Click here to learn more about the specially-designed Indigenous Round guernseys to be worn in the Macca’s League this weekend.
Woodville-West Torrens will acknowledge those in their regional recruiting zone by sporting a gold, green and blue version of the APY Thunder guernsey (pictured above).
The orange and white version of the jumper will be worn by APY Thunder forward Ainsley Walker and his team-mates in the 2018 Don McSweeny Cup at Adelaide Oval.
Walker, pictured with Eagles indigenous star Jared Petrenko, will play in the Eagles’ reserves on Saturday while the rest of his team-mates also got the chance to train with Michael Godden’s charges at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Wednesday.
The guernsey represents: “Young Anangu men from all APY Lands communities coming together and uniting to represent Anangu and their communities in a positive and empowering way through football.”
Designed by star indigenous recruit Robbie Young, in conjunction with Aboriginal artist Shane Kookaburra, North Adelaide’s guernsey represents its strong connection to the Aboriginal culture.
The v on the front, in the shape of a boomerang, mirrors the v on the regular jumper while the four medium-sized circles reflect the four Indigenous senior players at Prospect in Young, Frank Szekely, Keanu Miller and Anthony Stengle.
The half oval on the back illustrates the home of the Roosters, Prospect Oval, while the dots and striped lines traveling from the front of the guernsey to the back represent everyone moving back and forth between the oval and going to work.
”With the foot prints on the back of the guernsey I thought of something different – it’s what makes a club unbreakable,” Young said.
”The prints represent the current players who have the opportunity to put on the North Adelaide guernsey and wear it with pride and passion.
”It represents the past players too because they’ve been able to establish the Roosters’ playing style and have left a significant mark on the football club and the community for supporting and sticking with the club during the season through thick and thin.
South’s guernsey, designed by brothers Rohan Carmody and former Panthers star Rigby Barnes, will be worn during the clash with Glenelg at Gliderol Stadium on Saturday.
The jumper’s design tells the story of Ngkwerenenghe Atherre (Two Sisters), in which two sisters travelled from Anarpipe (north of Alice Springs) through to South Australia at night time, following the Milky Way. They became part of the creation story for the Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna peoples along the Coorong and Adelaide Plains area.
The two sisters can be seen placed on either side of the SA monogram on the front of the jumper.
Aboriginal Australians are the world’s oldest astronomers, using the sky to navigate this country for thousands of years. The design for the Milky Way, which the two sisters used to navigate their way to South Australia, can be found within the club’s traditional hoops.
The front of the jumper also features the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, which represents the contribution of the current and previous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players at South Adelaide.
Glenelg will wear an indigenous guernsey for the first time, designed by star recruit Marlon Motlop in conjunction with Keelan Fejo, carries the theme ”Stand Strong.”
”Football is very much like our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, when you are a part of a club you are a part of its culture,” Motlop said.
”You are committed and the effort you put in will get you to where you want to be – Stand Strong.
”(On the guernsey) the Aboriginal man is holding his spear and shield which represents him standing strong in war/battle – this can reflect how we are when we play the game – for most of us it’s like going to battle.
”The cross-hatching (Rarrkbun) represents the direction of strength, power and knowledge when the spear is being thrown.
”Boomerangs represent stories/songs – this reflects a connection to footy and how many great stories/songs come out of the game and stay with us forever.
”The weapons/tools which represent the effort we give to get to where we are now. The under layer is The Torres Strait islander Head dress “Dhoeri”, which is a representation of Torres Strait Islander people.”
Sturt’s Indigenous Round guernsey, to be worn against Norwood at Peter Motley Oval, has been designed by premiership defender Byron Sumner.
This year’s guernsey is all about the players and communities working together to make up Sturt Football Club.
The circles represent different communities in the club’s area, the meandering navy blue line is the River Murray, which makes up part of Sturt’s country zone, and on the sides the half-circle shapes are the Adelaide Hills.
At the bottom, Sumner has used white cross hatching, the traditional style of painting – rather than dot painting – used by the Ngarrindjeri people who are his heritage. But, more than anything, he wants his guernseys to represent “all Indigenous people, the players at the club and also the club in general as it’s its own community.”
Norwood’s Indigenous Round guernsey has been designed by emerging Aboriginal artist Shane Cook.
Cook, a friend of Redlegs indigenous wingman Anthony Wilson, has also designed the artwork which will adorn each of the footballs to be used throughout all of the Macca’s League fixtures this weekend.
A passionate advocate of Indigenous Round, Wilson invited Cook to attend Redlegs training at The Parade on Wednesday night.
Cook gave the Redlegs’ senior players an insight into his design while Wilson also arranged for his fellow squad members to try an array of Indigenous food items.
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