The Western Bulldogs will debut their 2022 Indigenous guernsey this Sunday against Collingwood, in AFLW Indigenous Round.
Designed by artist Rubii Red, a proud Lama Lama woman from Cape York in Queensland, in collaboration with participants from the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s Nallei Jerring program, the guernsey focuses on connection and growth.
“I wanted to represent the young people’s growth, their cultural journey as individuals, as well as the importance of their communities and their safe circles being present with them for their journey,” Rubii said.
“I included the rings, as pathways for the young people, which also represents their connection to the Club and the program, and helping them connect with their culture.
“The circles in the background represent the many communities and safe spaces these young people have, while the figure which looks to be standing on the one of the rings, represents the journey, the young person, walking their own path and discovering themselves.
“The footprints indicate two things; the journey as well as following their ancestors and role models to learn who they are as young Indigenous people."
Bulldogs defender Naomi Ferres said it was special for the players to be able to represent the guernsey on the field.
“I love the story behind the design – I think I really relate to what it means so it’s awesome,” Ferres said.
“We’re such a community club – to have the program participants help design the guernsey is great.”
Marayne Muller, Palawa and Wiradjuri woman, and program mentor from the Nallei Jerring program, said it was pleasing to see the design come to life.
“I think this is a really special opportunity because it empowers our young people, and shows that the Club values our community and our young people as a whole,” Muller said.
“(The players) really took the time to hear our stories, and reflect on the impact it also has on them.”
The match-worn Bulldogs’ AFLW Indigenous guernseys from this weekend’s game will be auctioned off after the match.