AFL Indigenous Round Footy: Behind The Design

by The Know

One of the most significant rounds on the AFL calendar, Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round sees the football community formally celebrate and recognise Indigenous Players and culture within the AFL and around Australia.

This year, Sherrin and the AFL have joined forces with Gavin Wanganeen – AFL Hall of Famer, Brownlow medallist and premiership player, to create the striking new design. It has taken over six months between Gavin beginning the initial drawings, and the finished Sherrin being produced in the factory. Reflecting on the collaboration, Naomi Maclean, Marketing Manager at Sherrin says, “We’re thrilled to be unveiling a new design created by Indigenous AFL Legend Gavin Wanganeen. It has been a pleasure collaborating with him on this unique design and we can’t wait to see it on the field.”

Gavin’s inspiration behind the artwork design is quite fascinating, “There are 18 circles over the ball, with each circle representing one of the 18 clubs in the AFL competition. Even though Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make up approximately 3% of the population in Australia, they make up close to 11% of players in the men’s League. In 2017, every AFL club will have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander players on their list and so these circles are significant, as they represent opportunity for current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander generations. As a 300-game player this is particularly personal to me, as I was once one of those kids, chasing my dream to play in the Australian Football League.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary since the landmark decisions of the 1967 referendum. To reflect the importance of this occasion for the Australian community, the numbers ‘67’ are featured on a panel of the ball.

The Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round commences on Thursday night at Simmonds Stadium, with Geelong taking on Port Adelaide, before the Dreamtime at the ‘G blockbuster of Richmond and Essendon.

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