Ballan and Buninyong’s round three clash will form part of the Mullagh Wills Foundation’s Journey to the G celebrations.
The two teams lock horns in the Ballarat Cricket Association seconds competition, with the two-day encounter kicking off on Sunday.
The Mullagh Wills Foundation was created to celebrate the Aboriginal side of the 1860s, including its 1866 Boxing Day match against the Melbourne Cricket Club, as well as the first Australian side to tour England in 1868. The foundation also focuses on the star of that team Johnny Mullagh and its original coach Tom Wills.
Ballan and Buninyong players and club members will be invited to sign a book that includes messages from the journey. The book, which was presented to the Mullagh Wills Foundation committee and West Wimmera Shire Council in March, is currently held by the Moorabool Shire as it makes its way to the MCG for Boxing Day.
Each municipality along the route has been invited to pass a formal motion of reconciliation and support of the Aboriginal team.
A representative from the committee will present a trophy to the winning side at the conclusion of Ballan and Buninyong’s two-day match on Saturday, November 12.
Ballan lost last weekend’s round two clash against Golden Point, while Buninyong, the reigning premiers, defeated Coronet City.