Pre-game event: Sheedy v Colless

By Rod Gillett

Two great champions of our game, Kevin Sheedy and Richard Colless, will join together in conversation on Saturday, 23 March ahead of the Sydney Swans v Essendon match. All footy fans welcome.

Kevin Sheedy and Richard Colless have a lot in common. Both are passionate about the game, both are fixated on growing the game nationally, and both have already contributed enormously to the game. In fact, each of them has been awarded an Australian honour for their tremendous service to the game.

And both like channelling the inner schoolboy and picking footy teams!

“Sheeds” has done just about everything there is to do in footy…and more! Although he’s still racking up accolades, including being selected the Plumbers Greatest Team in association with the Plumbing Trades Employees Union that was announced late last year. He also led the selection of the Riverina Team of the Century in 2015.

Meanwhile, Richard Colless led the initiative for the selection of NSW’s Greatest Ever Team in 2019 from a list of more than 500 players that had played at the highest level. He is currently the chair of the selection committee that picks the State of Origin team each year from NSW players on AFL lists, currently 53. He is best known as the Sydney Swans’ longest-serving Chairperson, a position he held from 1993-2013, and is a member of the Swans’ Hall of Fame.

They will come together in conversation when Richard hosts Kevin in the auditorium at the Richard Colless-Basil Sellers Centre (Swans HQ) this Saturday at 4pm.

The conversation will cross a range of issues including the growth of the game, the entry of a Tasmanian team, the Swans-Giants rivalry,  the current state of play, and a preview of the Swans-Bombers match.

The event has been arranged by the NSW Australian Football History Society with the generous support of the Sydney Swans.


Saturday 23 March 2024, 4.00pm – 5.00 pm
SYDNEY SWANS HQ AUDITORIUM (Richard Colless-Basil Sellers Centre)
Driver Avenue Moore Park