Shoalhaven Heads-Berry created their own slice of history on Saturday winning the inaugural Indigenous round NAIDOC Cup, defeating rivals Wreck Bay 3-nil.
Goals from Benjamin Rawlinson, Christian Page and Hugh Dobson secured the hosts at Vic Zealand Oval the win, during round 12 of the Shoalhaven District Football Association reserve grade competition.
The idea of the trophy stemmed from Wreck Bay's Bernie McLeod, the man behind the National Indigenous Football Championships held at Ison Park every year.
"I used the play for the Heads with Dave White and Scott Aldridge and when I found out Matt (Dave's son) was playing this season, I started a conversation with him and flagged the idea - which he loved," McLeod said.
"The whole day went great, which is a testament to all involved for supporting and acknowledging the Indigenous players within your club."
The Wreck Bay Sharks coach, who's played a key role in the creation of the Clash of Cultures concept, hopes this match becomes a staple of the football calendar and encourages more clubs to get involved in the future.
"Both clubs are committed to working together and using football as a vehicle in support of true reconciliation for First Nations people," McLeod, who was joint winner of the 2017Western Sydney Wanderers Chairman's Award, said.
"I would like to put a challenge out to all of the other clubs within Shoalhaven football to come board to next year to support and embrace this wonderful concept during NAIDOC Week and design an Indigenous jersey in honour of reconciliation and their indigenous players within there club".
The result sees Wreck Bay fall to third on the ladder with an 8-4 record, while the Heads move up to fifth with a 5-5-2 record through the opening 12 rounds.
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