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Dreamtime at the ‘G silent but clubs to mark occasion

The annual Dreamtime at the ‘G match between Richmond and Essendon that attracts about 80,000 spectators to the MCG each season will be recognised in its absence on May 23, the date it was scheduled to be played in 2020.

The Tigers and the Bombers are planning activities around what would have been Sir Doug Nicholls round to acknowledge the contribution of Indigenous culture to football, with their clash always the marquee match of the round.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan at the Welcome to Country at the MCG in 2017.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan at the Welcome to Country at the MCG in 2017.Credit:AFL Media/Getty Images

The match was originally scheduled to be a lead-in to national reconciliation week, which begins on Wednesday, May 27.

The two clubs are also hopeful that when they are eventually drawn to play each other in 2020 they will be able to dedicate the clash to the Dreamtime at the ‘G concept, which was introduced in 2005 when coaching legend Kevin Sheedy was Essendon’s senior coach.

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