Geelong’s Round 13 clash against Adelaide will be a special one for Brandan Parfitt as the league celebrates Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
The annual round focuses on celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their contributions to Australian Football, and how players past and present have inspired generations of Australians.
“Obviously being Indigenous and growing up with all of my family being Indigenous it’s pretty special and you jot these dates in when you know you’re playing in these games,” Parfitt said.
Geelong’s very own Quinton Narkle designed the guernsey the players will wear against the Crows.
“My good mate designed the guernsey last year, so it’s pretty special and I am looking forward to running out there.”
After spending his initial seasons in attack, Parfitt has played increased minutes in the midfield this season and has developed into one of the club’s best inside players.
Parfitt is averaging 15 disposals and seven tackles per game in 2020 and is rated elite for pressure acts in the competition.
Back-to -back wins against fellow top four hopefuls Port Adelaide and St Kilda has given Parfitt confidence that the team is heading in the right direction.
“A the start of the year I think we were a bit up and down with our performances, but I think the last month we have strung some really good games together where we play really strong football for four quarters and we were able to knock off two really good sides in the last two weeks now.”
After playing five games in the space of 19 days, the Cats are in the midst of the nine-day break before taking on the Crows on Sunday, who are chasing their first win of the season.
"I think in the back of our mind every time we have gone up against teams that are lower than us on the ladder we haven’t performed and this week our messaging is make sure we go in with the right mindset and play our best football."
Geelong's Round 13 clash against the Crows at Adelaide Oval will commence at 1.05pm AEST on Sunday.