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The AFL community will celebrate the continued contribution of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders to the sport this weekend and next with the Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

Nicholls was the first Aboriginal knight and served as governor of South Australia after his 54-game career at Fitzroy.

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All 18 AFL clubs showed off their stunning Guernsey designs ahead of the Sir Doug Nicholls round – which helps kick off Indigenous Sports Month – and there are absolute runners among them.

Indigenous Sport Month will celebrate the athletic and moral heroism of Indigenous athletes, but also the moments that inspire, signify progress and bring about change.

The goal of Indigenous Sport Month is to engage, educate and empower all Australians on the successes, challenges and triumphs of Indigenous athletes.


Designed by former Des Headland player, AFLW player Mikayla Morrison and Indigenous artist Kevin Bynder, the Indigenous Guernsey of Fremantle recognizes the tragic loss of at least 373 Indigenous men in an island prison camp Rottnest between 1838 and 1931.

“It will be very emotional (to play the jumper) and I will be really honored,” said Morrison.

“I think honoring each Aboriginal round, seeing the different models is very special to me. It really celebrates our culture and gives us a lot of recognition.

The Dockers will wear the jersey when they face Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in Round 11 and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium in Round 12.


The Crows’ native Guernsey was designed by forward Ben Davis and pays homage to the Kaurna heritage.

“Design symbolizes me for knowing a little more about my culture, a little more about myself and immersing myself in things that I didn’t think too much about before,” Davis said.

Adelaide will wear Guernsey in their Round 12 clash against Collingwood.


The Indigenous Lions Home and Away Guernsey was designed by triple prime minister Chris Johnson who called the opportunity a “great honor.”

“I’ve never had the opportunity to wear an indigenous Guernsey and there has never been an indigenous Fitzroy Guernsey so it’s really special to me,” Johnson said.

Brisbane will don both kits when they face GWS in Round 11 and Melbourne in Round 12.


Designed by proud Gunditjmara woman and Melbourne artist Laura Thompson, the Carlton Indigenous Guernsey was created in consultation with the club’s seven current Indigenous players – Eddie Betts, Liam Jones, Jack Martin, Zac Williams, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Madison Prespakis and Natalie Plane.

“It has been a real honor to work with Laura and our six other native players to create this year’s Guernsey, which we all feel a very strong connection to,” Jones said.

Carlton will don the jersey against the Sydney Swans on Sunday at SCG.


Designed by the proud Yorta Yorta and the man of Gunnai Dixon Patten, the native Guernsey of Collingwood features two thriving magpies.

Collingwood also used Patten’s designs in 2014 and 2015.


The Bombers’ Guernsey Dreamtime artwork is dedicated to Norm McDonald, the first Indigenous player to portray Essendon.

Essendon will don the kit when they face Richmond at MCG in Round 12.


Designed by the proud wife of Wadawurrung, Corrina Eccles, the Geelong Strip reflects important landmarks in the Barwon region.

“I wanted to tell the story of the land of Wadawurrung, the story of Djilang, and take people back on a journey to what the country was like before the way we see the built environment today,” Eccles said. .

Golden Coast

Designed by artist Yugambeh Luther Cora and artist Larrakia Trent Lee, the native Guernsey of the Suns features two sea turtles, representing the Larrakia and Yugambeh peoples.

“I love the design I made,” said Cora. “It was about community, meeting different crowds, reconciliation and also a celebration for the club.”

Gold Coast will wear the kit against Hawthorn this weekend.


Giants star and proud Whadjuk-Ballardong Noongar man Bobby Hill designed his club’s native Guernsey for the second year in a row.

It features his totem pole and that of Jeremy Finlayson, and tells the story of Hill’s move from Western Australia to Sydney to play in the AFL.

The footprints in the middle of the jumper’s back symbolize Hill’s journey, and the boomerangs and the campfire in the front represent the importance of the hunt during a soccer player’s education.


Using the same Guernsey as last year, proud Nyarinyin, Pitjantjantjara and Yankuntjantjara woman Justine Ronberg feature footprints showing players’ stages to reach the highest level, as well as symbols to represent the great Hawks family.


Designed by artist Arrernte Amunda Gorey, the Indigenous Guernsey of Demons recognizes the impact each person has on the club and its surroundings.

Melbourne will don the kit in their Matchday 12 match against Brisbane.

North Melbourne

Emma Macneill, wife of Yamatji Martu, designed the Kangaroos Guernsey, which represents all the indigenous men and women involved in the club.

“The joeys below represent the opportunities to be successful. It is our babies who continue to keep the love of play alive and encourage our leaders to be strong and bold in their ways, ”the Roos said on their website.

“The circle in the center collectively represents our club; the people who built it, the families who fill it, our players who represent it, our supporters who wear it.

Port Adelaide

Last week, Port Adelaide revealed their native rider for a clash against Fremantle, but the announcement was embroiled in controversy.

South Australian artist Elle Campbell claimed on social media that the drawing was inadvertently taken from one of her past works.

Fortunately, the club rectified the problem and invited Campbell to revive his Guernsey. All proceeds from the sale of the jumper will be donated to Aboriginal programs at the port.


Designed by Michelle Kerrin, the Tigers’ native Guernsey symbolizes the story of Shane Edwards and Jack Riewoldt, who arrived at the club together in 2006.

“One thing that really bothers me in my life is that I didn’t hear about native Australia and the real Australia until I came to Richmond,” said Riewoldt.

St kilda

The Saints’ native Guernsey was designed by club legend and proud Noongar man Nicky Winmar, and is inspired by his family, history and love for the club.

St Kilda will don the kit in their Matchday 11 match against North Melbourne and Matchday 12 against Sydney.


The Swans will celebrate the Aboriginal roots of Australian football with their Marn Grook jersey at SCG this weekend, recognizing the continued contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players to the sport.

Western coast

Designed by artist Darryl Bellotti, the native Guernsey of the Eagles features a rainbow serpent, an important figure of the Noongar people.

“To the Nyoongar people, the Waugul is widely regarded and is known as the Creator Spirit and in Dreaming, what Nyoongar calls Nyitting, only spiritual beings inhabited the earth,” Bellotti said.

Western Bulldogs

Former Western Bulldogs player Lindsay Gilbee and acclaimed Indigenous artist Nathan Patterson have teamed up to create Indigenous Western Bulldogs Guernsey.

“It’s something I’m extremely proud of and happy to share my story,” Gilbee said.

“I have a lot to learn. I don’t know everything. I really look forward to the trip to learn more about our history and our people. “

The Western Bulldogs will don the kit in their 11th inning match against Melbourne.

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