South Augusta Football Club made a special acknowledgment to their rich Aboriginal history, wearing an Indigenous guernsey during the Spencer Gulf Football League’s first-ever Multicultural Round.
After becoming the first SGL side to wear an Indigenous guernsey last season, South’s A Grade side unveiled the new design during its 115-point win against Solomontown in Port Pirie on Saturday, July 21.
Designed by award-winning Davenport artist Lavene Ngatokorua for the second year in a row, this year’s guernsey was a nod to the club’s history of success, coinciding with its Aboriginal involvement.
The guernsey keeps the club’s red-and-white colours, but replaces the traditional ‘big V’ on the front with a river that connects 15 circles.
Each circle represents the 15 A Grade premierships won by the club.
One of the 2006 A Grade premiership winners, Bradley Amos, said he was proud to play a part in facilitating the initiative.
“South Augusta has a proud history of a lot of Indigenous players that have played in premierships,” he said.
“It makes me a very happy and proud Aboriginal person to be involved in something like this.”
More than 150 Aboriginal players have represented the Bulldogs during their 106-year history.
South Augusta President Michael Kerin underlined the importance of celebrating this achievement.
“We have had a very large contribution from our Indigenous players, families, members and supporters, as all clubs in Port Augusta do,” he said.
Kerin said the highlight of the day was seeing South’s eight Aboriginal players going up to do the coin toss before the A Grade clash.
SGL Vice-President Greg Congdon noted that Multicultural Round was a great opportunity to recognise Aboriginal contribution, as well as the many other cultures involved in football.
“The idea of the Multicultural Round was to celebrate the wide range of involvement of many different cultures that are becoming more and more evident in Aussie Rules,” he said.