Aboriginal Round 2022 – Guernsey Designs

As we head into the Hostplus SANFL League Indigenous Round and NAIDOC Week 2022, here’s each club’s stunning Guernsey design and the unique stories behind them.

The Aboriginal Round is a celebration and recognition of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SANFL players, past and present, who have made and continue to make such a significant contribution to our national game.

Designed by East Arrernte man Pat Caruso, this year’s Adelaide Football Club native Guernsey is the first time the same design has been worn in the Club’s AFL, AFLW and SANFL – a Guernsey, a Club.

We fly as one – the design celebrates the whole Club, including all three teams, coming together in our shared journey of reconciliation.

The aboriginal adaptation of the raven sits in the center of Guernsey, with the Kaurna shield perched proudly on its chest.

The male and female hands that make up the crow’s wings and the fingerprints on the feathers that wrap around the guernsey represent the imprint that players, staff, members and supporters have left on the Club over the course of his journey.

Male and female Aboriginal symbols rest on its wings, symbolizing male and female players coming together to support, encourage and thrive.

The crow is surrounded by layers of many circles of different sizes, colors and shapes, symbolic of a meeting place and the Crow community coming together on a shared journey.

A secondary Kaurna shield stands at the base of the flight path, surrounded by the footprints of the Crow family whose relentless, consistent, and hardworking attitudes propel the Crows forward.

The Central District Indigenous Guernsey 2022 was proudly designed by Justin Franey, a Grade 12 student from a local Indigenous school, Kaurna Plains School R-12.

Justin explains the significance of the Guernsey Central District design:

It shows Kadli (the dingo). Before the Bulldogs there were Kadlirna (dingos) in this area, now we can be together. Behind the dingo there is the river at Gawler, which is called Kadlitipari (dingo river). It is a meeting place where people met, made tools, fished and hunted. They collected the food they needed for their families and drank from the river.

In Gawler, you can see Scar trees where murlapaka (bark shield) and kuru (coolaman) have been cut. There are the hills next to the dingo which are the hills you can see from the Central oval.

The little dots around the circles are Purli (stars) and I wanted to show that we all meet under the stars and under the Wirltu Tidna, the eagle’s foot (The Southern Cross).

The great circles are meeting places and show us all together, from different places. We come together as a family to tell stories, have stories and play football. The dingo tracks show us moving and traveling too, to protect each other. It’s like my own story, with my travels and my journeys. I was born in Darwin, moved to Alice Springs but now live in Kaurna country. The dingo is also my totem.

Anwerne apurte irreme – we all come together

Designed by Amanda Turner, aunt of senior player Gibson Turner, the overall Guernsey theme is about the Glenelg community and coming together.

Guernsey represents not just the players, but the whole training squad, the people within the club and the Bays community – it brings us all together. The circles represent the ground we walk on and everyone comes together as one.

The design also reflects the club’s journey through the year-round football season, as well as our ‘all in’ brand.

The Guernsey Native from North Adelaide was designed by former players Joel and Matt Campbell.

The two circles represent Alice Springs and Prospect Oval. The path between them represents the path of the players who came from Alice Springs, as Joel and Matt did, to play soccer for the Roosters.

Guernsey combines their past, present and future links between Alice and North Adelaide FC and the strong link we hope to establish with the Redtails program which has helped produce current Roosters star Nigel Lockyer.

The Goanna on the back of the guernsey represents the dream of Matt, Joel and Nigel.

Norwood’s Guernsey was designed by midfielder Dom Barry’s mother, Joanne Ken, a Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara woman, born in 1968 near the community of Mimili. It includes the Kanpi Rockhole, KaIaya (emu), ngampu (eggs) for the Kanotarea pi and MaIu (kangaroo footprints). Joanne Ken is the daughter of Iwana Ken (December 2014) and Fred Tapatapa (December 1994).

Iwana (Dom’s Nana) was a Pitjantjatjara woman born in Walytjitjata near the tri-state border of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia. Fred was a Yankunytjatjara man whose country was Mulya Ulpa near Fugon. Guernsey centers on the events that led to Iwana being given her new name of Pitjantjatjatjara, under which she became popular throughout her life.

Barry said it was an honor for his mother to design the Guernsey which he describes as a personal reflection of his mother’s connection to the culture.

“The design turned out amazing,” Barry said. “I am proud of this Guernsey for several reasons. One angle is how proud I am of my mom designing the sweater and the other angle is that we can feature my Nana’s story.

“My mum obviously wanted to be involved in her son’s footballing journey with her impact throughout my journey… It’s one of the proudest moments of my life.”

Designed by Lachie Jones with the help of his aunt Madeliene Dirdi, Port Adelaide’s SANFL Indigenous Round Guernsey (a modified version of the AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Round Guernsey) celebrates his journey to learn more about his indigenous heritage and the life and inheritance from his grandmother.

Guernsey’s centerpiece is a Brolga – the totem pole of the Yanyuwa people of Jones’ grandmother’s country in Borroloola, Arnhem Land, southeast of Darwin.

The footprints and lines and circles around the V on the Guernsey front represent his Nanna’s journey as a member of the ‘Stolen Generation’ from Borroloola to Bute on the Yorke Peninsula.

On the reverse, the Brolga in a Meeting Place depicts his Nanna’s final resting place in Bute.

“The art represents me, my family, my grandmother, my people, the Yanyuwa people,” Jones said of her design.

“The Brolga is Nanna’s totem. We take care of the brolga and the brolga takes care of us. As you can see, the brolga takes flight and is a powerful creature.

“I’ve included a boomerang at the bottom of the V as an ancient Aboriginal tool that has been in use for over 60,000 years and is still used in Aboriginal culture today.

“The Brolga at the back of Guernsey is central to the meeting place and it symbolizes Nanna’s final resting place and the end of her journey, as well as the start of mine.

“Nanna never forgot her family in Borroloola and they never forgot us.”

For the first time, the South Adelaide League and Reserves will wear an Indigenous Round sweater to celebrate First Nations people.

Designed by the Barkindji woman Caitlyn Davies Plummer from Dustin-Koa Art, the original painting is called “Ongoing Journey” which depicts not only the journey of football season, but the journey of understanding and reconciliation with First Nations communities.

Caitlyn said she felt honored to have designed the Panthers 2022 Ongoing Journey Guernsey.

Sturt’s 2022 Indigenous Round Guernsey was designed by Eastern Arrente graphic designer Pat Caruso in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players from the club’s senior men’s and women’s teams.

The swan is the totem of the Ngarrindjeri people of the Murray River region.

The River Murray is also represented by the chant lines on the guernsey, celebrating creation, knowledge and the estuaries of the river.

Kaurna Country is represented by the shield and coastline of South Australia.

We recognize our ancestors through the emu print and the seated people, paying homage to the dream and the players of the past. The ancestors are also represented by circles of time, extending subtly throughout our lives and transmitting protection and wisdom.

The boomerang is a tribute to former player Jeremy Johncock and all those who take responsibility for being the guardians of culture. It represents protection and the return to help.

We also recognize our Torres Strait Islander players with the turtle and ray symbols. The hammerhead shark is the family totem of Abe Davis of Sturt and his brother Ben (Adelaide).

Ben Davis also donated the basket weaving pattern, used to make food baskets and representing connection, working together and being united as one club.

The West Adelaide native sweater design is explained by its designers Vivian Davey and Matthew Rankine:

A circle on the front representing the Hisense stadium – our home and our gathering place.

The belt represents the Keswick Creek running along the oval and the spears inside the belt are the weapons we take to hunt our prey (the opposition). These spears are designed to bring down prey that is running, climbing, or flying.

The circle track (Hisense Stadium) is for the WAFC players, coaches, support staff and supporters on the match day course.

The circles on the back of Guernsey represent the meeting places of our opposition that we have infiltrated.

The Kaurna shield on the back is used to protect us during battle to ward off any attack from our opposition. This is an essential piece of Guernsey as it is a symbolic recognition to the Kaurna people whom we play on the land.

The names engraved on the guernsey are those of all the indigenous footballers who have worn the red and black and helped make West Adelaide what it is today.

The 2022 Woodville-West Torrens Indigenous Guernsey was designed by club board member Devinia Binell.

Devinia is a proud Barngarla-Kokatha-Wirangu woman and the club were honored to see her design move from their 2021 polo shirts to Guernsey for this weekend’s game against Norwood.

Devinia explains the design:

“The painting represents my understanding of the importance of recognizing the WWTFC as a true community club. The Club has many relationships and partnerships with various agencies, community groups and First Nations peoples. In the artwork, I tried to capture that and show the many and varied links.

The large circles represent WWTFC, with the five smaller circles representing important links and valued partnerships with the SANFL community, past and present players, WWTFC supporters, community football clubs and, most importantly, Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

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