The Preston Bullants Junior Football Club launched the club’s first Indigenous jumper design on Sunday 16 July at HP Zwar Reserve with all players wearing the new jumper across Round 10.
The jumper — designed by U14s player and proud Gunditjmara and Taungurung person, Marley Stewart — was unveiled in front of players, coaches, family members and supporters of the club with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country led by Wurundjeri person, Colin Hunter Jr Jr.
Supported by VicHealth and the JumpStart Program, the newly designed jumper symbolises a group of honey ants and their home and the different networks and connections at the club.
Speaking on the design, Marley said, “The middle of the honey ant circle shows the Preston Bullants Junior Football Club and Community – this is our homebase, heart and meeting place.”
“As players and honey ants, we may explore and leave the club at any given time on our individual journeys, but we know we are always welcome back to the honey ant site which we call our home away from home.”
Preston Bullants President, John Pappas, said, “It is a special day for our club with all players are wearing the Indigenous Guernsey for the first time."
"We are very proud and honoured to have such a great Indigenous player and artist at our club in Marley."