Next week is the beginning of two of the biggest rounds in the AFL season with the commencement of Sir Doug Nicholls round, running over rounds 10 and 11.
And each year that means every AFL club reveals a new jumper design to mark the occasion, with designs from First Nations people close to the club.
This week has seen the unveiling of the club’s 2023 Indigenous jumper designs, and as usual there are some stellar additions to the lineup, including from the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers.
For the Eagles, this year’s theme of connection, unity and shared love for the club is laid within the design, created by AFLW player and proud Kija and Jaru woman Krstel Petrevski.
From the Kimberley, Petrevski said she sought advice and consultation from elders Simon Forrest and Vivienne Hansen on what elements to include on the guernsey.
They will wear it away next week against Hawthorn in Tasmania, before donning it again at a big home game at Optus against Essendon the following.
The Eagles recently released a statement showing support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament.
On the Fremantle front, Captain Alex Pearce collaborated with close friend Carly Grey (both hail from palawa country), telling the story of his journey from Tasmania to Noongar country to play for Fremantle.
Earlier this year the Dockers announced they will be known as the Walyalup Football Club during Sir Doug Nicholls round and AFLW Indigenous round.
They play Geelong at home in Round 10, before taking on Naarm (Melbourne) away the following week.
Both jumpers are on sale now via their respective teams’ websites.
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