The GIANTS have launched their Indigenous guernsey that will be worn during the 2019 Sir Doug Nicholls Round matches in rounds 10 and 11.
Based on artwork by Wiradjuri woman Leeanne Hunter, the design called ‘Football Dreaming’ represents harmony, health, education and employment; the GIANTS’ four community pillars.
The oval on the front of the guernsey represents a football, while the hands represent the people – family, friends and staff of the club – who support the journey of all footballers who play for the GIANTS.
The two boomerangs that sit on the chest of the design are symbolic of the acknowledgement and connection to Indigenous culture, and pride in aboriginality.
On the back of the guernsey a large circle represents the club, the meeting place, where people gather in harmony and reconciliation, to be employed and to learn.
The flying boomerangs around the meeting place are symbolic of the constant movement of life and the game of football.
The footprints walking to and from the meeting represent a footballer’s journey. They come to the club to work and learn, and they leave stronger and smarter than when they arrived.
Leeanne Hunter’s design was chosen by the GIANTS’ Reconciliation Action Plan working group which includes the GIANTS’ aboriginal players Zac Williams, Jeremy Finlayson and Bobby Hill.
Williams and Finlayson also worked with the artist to help shape the story reflected in the final design.
The GIANTS will wear their 2019 Indigenous guernsey for the first time against Melbourne at the MCG in round 10 on Sunday, May 26 before wearing it at GIANTS Stadium in their round 11 clash with the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday, June 1.
The GIANTS’ 2019 Indigenous guernsey is now available in store at the GIANTS Shop and online, click here to purchase