This story is set in 1846 and is the story of a young Tom Wills, written through his eyes when he lived near the Gariwerd Grampians near the Djab Wurrung tribe.
Tom Wills was one of the most important Australian sportsmen of his time. Born near Canberra in 1836, he moved with his pastoralist parents to the Western District of Victoria to a place called Moyston in the Gariwerd Grampians. The Gariwerd Grampians were the home of the indigenous tribe called the Djab Wurrung.
Tom befriended the local children and mingled among the tribe. To their delight Tom learnt to speak their language fluently. And of course, he learnt to play and love Marn-grook football. “Kick it to me!”, a cry heard through generations, from the red dust of the outback to the asphalt schoolyards of the inner city, to the hallowed turf of the MCG on Grand Final day, transports us to another time and place but resonates to this very day, where the game is all that matters and having a kick with your mates is the most important thing in the world.
Kick It To Me by Neridah McMullin fills a void that has long existed. - Eddie McGuire