THE AFL indigenous round is a time when the game takes a moment to reflect on the contributions of its aboriginal Australian players, coaches, staff and supporters.
Sydney has been a prolific supporter of indigenous AFL talent over the decades, producing or nurturing some of the most well known and respected names in the game.
We look at the top 10 all-time greatest indigenous AFL players to lace up a boot.
ADAM GOODES (SYDNEY SWANS)
Goodes is one of the greatest to play the game and his numbers speak for themselves — 372 games, 464 goals, two premierships, two Brownlow Medals, an AFL Rising Star award, three Bob Skilton medals, four All Australian selections and a spot in the indigenous team of the century. The 2012 grand final was arguably his finest hour when he played three quarters with a torn posterior cruciate ligament and kicked a vital second-half goal.
MICHAEL O’LOUGHLIN (SYDNEY SWANS)
O’Loughlin was the third player with indigenous heritage to reach the 300-game mark. He was a key member of the drought-breaking 2005 premiership team and kicked 524 goals. He is a member of the indigenous team of the century and the AFL Hall of Fame.
LANCE FRANKLIN (HAWTHORN/SYDNEY SWANS)
Franklin has only been in Sydney for four seasons but has already left an indelible mark. He won the third of his Coleman Medals in 2014 and has helped Sydney to grand finals in two of his three completed years and won All Australian representation in those years.
LEWIS JETTA (SYDNEY SWANS/WEST COAST)
Jetta played 127 games in his six seasons in Sydney. In 2012 he booted 45 goals and produced a stunning finals series and grand final. In the preliminary final he ignited the crowd with a 100-metre run and goal and in the grand final burned off Hawks’ Cyril Rioli in a dash down the wing.
DON KEYTER (SOUTH MELBOURNE)
Keyter was the first indigenous player to represent the Swans. He debuted for South Melbourne in 1953 and went on to play 86 games and kick 81 goals.
ZAC WILLIAMS (GWS GIANTS)
The 22-year-old made his debut at 18 in the star-studded Giants. He has only played 62 games in his five seasons but looks like a 200-gamer with poise in defence, judgment and distribution.
NATHAN WILSON (GWS GIANTS)
Wilson is a GWS foundation player. His speed and long kicking are standout features and were on show on Saturday when he had a huge hand in the last-minute win over Richmond.
DEREK KICKETT (NTH MELBOURNE/ESSENDON/SWANS)
Kickett played 63 games for Sydney after switching from Essendon in 1994. He played every game of the previous season but was dropped for the Bombers’ grand final win. He played three seasons in Sydney with the 1996 grand final loss his last game.
JAMIE LAWSON (SYDNEY SWANS)
Lawson’s short and dazzling career is one of footy’s saddest stories. The lightning quick winger played 61 games between 1991 and 1994 before breaking his leg. The injury developed compartment syndrome and he never played again, he was 22.
TROY COOK (SYDNEY SWANS/FREMANTLE)
Cook spent most of his career at Fremantle but he started at the Swans in 1997, playing 43 of his 193 games there. Under Rodney Eade he became one of the AFL’s best tacklers. He won the Doig Medal in 2000.