The Norwood Football Club’s 2017 Indigenous Guernsey has been unveiled by our Aboriginal players ahead of Friday night’s Indigenous Round against the Eagles.
The guernsey designed by Norwood player Anthony ‘Rabbs’ Wilson & good friend Shane Cook and Cultural Adviser Jack Buckskin, tells a story of Aboriginal culture and focuses heavily on the Kaurna Shield and Tarnda – the Red Kangaroo.
The Kaurna Shield is a bark shield that was used by the original people of the Adelaide Plains and is represented on the side of the 2017 Indigenous Guernsey. As footballers are often described as going to war when they run out to face their opposition, Wilson explained this was an essential aspect of the design
“The shield is more than 150 years old, and was used in ritual combat by Kaurna man, football is a modern-day ritual combat so it was an important part of this year’s design”
The Tarnda is represented at the front and back of the guernsey with the Big Kangaroo’s feet shown at the front and the tail on the back. Tarnda is also one half of the official name of Victoria Square, it was used in Kaurna language to refer to the greater area of what is now the Adelaide city region.
The bottom of the Guernsey shows Indigenous dancers. Dance is an important aspect of Indigenous culture as a form of celebration and also communicates stories of ancestral heroes. The dancers at the bottom of the Guernsey represent the connection between hand and foot in movement, be it dance, running around playing football and celebrating a goal or a win.
Players will wear the Indigenous Guernsey in celebration of the SANFL Indigenous Round this Friday night at Norwood oval when we meet the top-placed Eagles.