The Aboriginal round is a highlight of the NRL calendar, and something that means so much to many.
Let’s take a look at each club’s shirts for this year, as well as what they represent.
Created by Casey Coolwell-Fisher. Quandamooka – Nunukul, the jersey design is called “Shared Dreaming”. Coolwell-Fisher describes it as “the spirit and soul returning to our people, land, sea and sky, in animal or vegetable form”.
What makes this jersey design extra special for the Broncos is that two of their stars were part of the process. Kotoni Staggs, a proud Wiradjuri Man and Albert Kelly a proud Gumbaynggirr and Dunghutti Man, helped design the tape.
They must be very proud, it’s a great jersey.
Created by Kayannie Denigan, a Luritja woman, the jersey design is called “Enduring Connections”. Among all the amazing artwork, the jersey features totems to represent the native players of the current Raiders team. Lyrebird (Adam Elliott), Goanna (Jack Wighton), Emu (Elijah Anderson, Xavier Savage), Wedgetail Eagle (Jamal Fogarty) and Crocodile (Sebastian Kris).
It is also wonderful that the NRL’s School to Work program and the University of Canberra were able to work with Denigan to help with the final product.
Beautifully designed and well assembled.
indefiniteNorth Queensland Cowboys
Created by Indigenous artist Margaret Mara, the jersey design is called ‘My Journey My Way’. In Mara’s own words, the design “is a celebration of the journey we take from our birth to the time when we become the ancestors guiding our peoples.
I like the simplicity of the jersey and the pop of color at the bottom finishes it off beautifully.
The Bulldog jersey is based on a painting by Pam Brandy Hall. Pam is the granddaughter of the late Aboriginal activist, Jack Patten. The painting depicts tales from the land of Gadigal, also known as Sydney, specifically the part that runs along the Cooks River.
Brandy Hall explains: “The banks of the river were once used for important ceremonies and corroborees. The painting depicts the many paths that lead to the meeting place or corroboree, in which indigenous people come together with their strong cultural pride and connection to the country. They shared their different dialects and their mutual appreciation of land and water – this is the story of my country, my people”.
The colors are perfect. Gorgeous layout.
The Eel jersey was designed by Sean Kinchela, a proud Gamilaroi and Wiradjuri Man, as well as a Parramatta fan. Kinchela was inspired by the Burramattagal people, who settled in Parramatta.
“I take great pride in sharing my culture, not only with my family and friends, but also with non-Indigenous people around the world.” Kinchela said.
I love this shirt. With the boomerang at the top and the way the eel has been integrated into the design, it’s just perfect.
indefiniteDragons of St George Illawarra
The Dragons held a contest for an artist to design their native round jersey. He was tried by the club’s reconciliation action plan committee, staff, players and former locals. Out of 22 incredible artists, Joanne Niki, a proud Torres Strait Islander, was announced the winner with her design titled “Engagement”.
Niki explains, “The fiery colors in the background represent the fiery breath of the dragon and the passion the team has put into the game and your contributions to the community. You may notice that it is shaped to reflect the Illawarra and the land of Dharawal country. ”
The colors are beautiful and I like the connection between the design and the region.
After 45 contestants submitted their designs, an independent judging panel selected the work of proud Worimi man Gerard Black for the Indigenous Knights jersey.
The design, named “Birriwal Guwiyn”, means Strong Spirit in the Gathang language, which is the traditional language of the Worimi people.
“I hope that when the players put on the shirt, they feel like they’re putting on a spiritual shield of pride, honor, respect and connection, and every player will feel that power and walk together knowing they’re connected to the spirits of earth, sky and sea and the creator spirit Baiyami,” explained Black.
The intricate details of this jersey are simply breathtaking.
indefinitePanthers of Penrith
The creation of the Panthers jersey was a joint effort of Natasha Fordham and Glen Liddiard, Panthers Aboriginal Welfare Manager.
The design represents all the men and women involved in the Darug Nation Rugby League.
Throughout the artwork are various handprints, including those of Penrith players J’maine Hopgood (Gurang Gurang) and Chris Smith (Arrernte).
Another effortless and tasteful design.
indefiniteGold Coast Titans
Kieran Chilcott, an aborigine from the Yugarabul people, designed the Titans indigenous jersey for 2022. He came up with a design that looks to the past as well as the future of the club and all its indigenous connections.
It depicts all 34 past and present Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their 16 different tribal groups. The design also pays homage to the 5 native captains the club has had.
It’s a spectacular jersey. I love that it incorporates representation from Preston and Jayden Campbell, as well as the Titan’s inclusion on the NRLW team.
indefiniteSydney South Rabbitohs
Uncle Joe Walker, a proud man from Wahlabul, designed the Souths jersey and it represents all the women in their lives, as well as Mother Earth.
A very stylish design, and it’s great to see how the club’s red and green have been used to highlight different parts of the story. The artist explains: “The red color on the shirt represents the blood in our veins and the red earth we live on, and the green represents the natural beauties of our earth. The red and green also represent the Rabbitohs and their connection to people in all of our lands. »
This jersey has a special meaning for the club, as it was partly designed by an indigenous non-profit group called the Cultural Choice Association. The wonderful organization is dedicated to reducing heartbreaking youth suicide rates in Indigenous communities, but it’s also an organization founded by Roosters player and proud Gamilaroi man Connor Watson and his family.
The design is called ‘New Growth, New Hope’ and with CAA, La Pérouse-based Aboriginal artist Jordan Ardler and young men from the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Center in Kariong on the central coast of NSW worked together to create the design. ‘work.
indefiniteManly sea eagles
The Manly Indigenous jersey highlights the Club’s ongoing partnership with Poche Indigenous Health Network, and the bright colors represent their logo and all the wonderful work they do in the Indigenous community.
Some nice touches throughout the design, with the words “FAMILY” and “RESPECT” on the collars – two very important ideals for the Poche Indigenous Health Network and the Sea Eagles.
Really nice shirt. And it’s very cool that the players have their last names on the back for game day.
The Sharks have done it again, with another spectacular Native Round jersey.
The club has a wonderful partnership with Deadly Choices, an organization that provides health and wellness education and management pathways to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the County. Killer picks brought the club into contact with Ms Chambers-Hegarty who designed the shirt, taking inspiration from the region that is on the land of the Gweagal people of the Dharawal nation.
The design incorporates links to the Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Barada Barna peoples, as well as a depiction of the Sharks’ six senior indigenous players and their families.
The jersey design is called “Past Present and Future”.
It has different depictions of many local areas that surround where the Tigers play their home games. He also embodies the history and unification of the club as well as the direction the club is taking.
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The club colors have been used perfectly and the design is simply stunning.
indefiniteNew Zealand Warriors
The Warriors jersey design is called Te Amokura and the club described it as “a powerful expression of our connection, our unity and our identity”.
Among many depictions, it shows the sacrifices that have been made over the past three seasons by those who have been away from home and based in Australia.
Developed in partnership with PUMA and Te Tairāwhiti-based Tā Moko artists Maia Gibbs (Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungungu) and Henare Brooking (Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) of Toi Ake maori creative studio.
A solid and well-designed jersey.
Coree Thorpe, a proud Yorta Yorta, Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Wurundjeri man, designed the Melbourne Aboriginal Round Shirt. He is also a proud supporter of the team and holds a leadership and community development position with Dardi Munwurro.
Thorpe was inspired by the Rainbow Serpent. “I like to tell a story and Storm has an amazing story,” Coree explained.
“Like the snake, every year changes. It’s the shedding of people, of players but the journey continues. He’s stronger, he’s learning, he’s healing and changing,” he said.
“You have to understand where you’re coming from to know where you’re going, and I think Storm does that very well.”
A beautifully crafted design.