• See the Indigenous guernsey of all your favourite AFL teams. (Port Adelaide)Source: Port Adelaide
All 18 AFL clubs will wear specially designed Indigenous guernseys this weekend as part of Sir Dougall Nicholls Round.
Adam Santarossa

26 May 2016 - 2:37 PM  UPDATED 26 May 2016 - 4:17 PM

Adelaide Crows

The Crows jumper was designed by Indigenous artist Susie Betts, aunt of Crows star Eddie Betts.

The design features a crow in full flight on a navy blue base, surrounded by red, gold and white circles and dots.

In the Wirangu culture, the crow is called ‘Garnga’ and plays an important role spiritually as a messenger and healer.

Brisbane Lions

The Lions Indigenous guernsey has been designed by the talented Emma MacNeill (fiancée to Mitch Robinson), with her design paying tribute to former Fitzroy player Sir Doug Nicholls, whom the AFL Indigenous Round is named after.

Circle designs featured on the jumper represents a place, community or tribe. It shows the diverse places that everyone has travelled to reach Brisbane and a connection between the city, club and family.

Small 'U' shaped symbols represent both man and woman, and the people that impact the club daily.

The background is full of dots that never run the same way and it symbolic of the ups and downs of life.

Large hands on the front of the jumper represent friendship, sportsmanship and courage.

The large yellow boomerang on the front of the jumper is a symbol that represents a fearless hunter and provider. It has been placed over the heart to give the players strength.

Carlton FC

Carlton's guernsey was designed by Wurundjeri-willam artist Mandy Nicholson.

Her design honours Aboriginal icon and pioneer Sir Doug Nicholls. The guernsey features the Dangala (also known as the Murray River) which is where Sir Doug is from.

The Birrarung (Yarra River) also features, to show both rivers 'flowing together', symbolising unity and also to show the journey of reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australia.

A long neck turtle is featured on the back of the guernsey which represents one of his creation spirits. Also on the front is an emu which was another one of his creation spirits.


The Magpies guernsey was designed by Indigenous artist Nathan Patterson.

The design focus is around recognition of past and present Indigenous footballers. The Magpies is featured, being the club logo, but also as Magpies are extremely territorial, loyal and fierce.

They are bird that do not give up easily, an important message for the players.

Essendon FC

Essendon's Indigenous jumper was designed by club legend Gavin Wanganeen.

The design features 23 U-shapes, symbolising the Indigenous footballers who have played for the club, moving towards a circle in the middle of the sash, which represents the club.

Fremantle Dockers

The Dockers design features three boomerangs, which represents a weapon, musical instrument and 'the strength of coming back home.

It was designed by Roger Hayden and Richard Walley.

Geelong Cats

Past player Nathan Djerrkura designed the guernsey which the club will wear in both the Indigenous Round fixtures against Carlton, as well as Close the Gap match with Greater Western Sydney in Round 11.

The jumper represents the fresh and salt water people of Arnhem Land.

The guernsey represents the fresh and salt water people of Arnhem Land.

Arc lines represent the waves in the ocean and the pattern within the hoops represents fresh water rock pools, lakes, rivers and inland communities.

Gold Coast Suns

Designed by a local Yugambeh man, Luther Cora, the guernsey incorporates a range of symbols to represent the Gold Coast whilst honouring Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island traditional designs.

The red background is synonymous with the traditional owners of the Gold Coast land, while the guernsey’s side panels feature artwork representative of Torres Straight Islander culture.

Greater Western Sydney Giants

Brungle resident Luke Penrith designed the Giants Indigenous guernsey.

The big footprints across the jumper represent the players and the boomerangs featured highlights the team has 'earnt their stripes' as a side.

The footprints are placed from South to North, highlighting the progress of the young club.


Hawks star Shaun Burgoyne has designed the sides Indigenous guernsey.

The design focuses on each of Hawthorn’s current Indigenous players and their joining together on the land of the Wurundjeri.

Melbourne Demons

Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson designed the Demons jumper.

The stories behind the designs connect with the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne, the Wurundjeri people.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Designers Sarrita and Tarisse King have designed a guernsey that provides an aerial view of the land.

Dividing the design is a thick line, the bloodline, a symbol of their connection to each other and the land.

Port Adelaide Power

Port Adelaide's jumper was designed by player Karl Amon.

It represents the journey of the eight Indigenous players currently at the club.

Richmond Tigers

Patricia McKean's jumper focuses on the 2016 reconciliation theme and uses symbols to represents star players past, present and future. 

St Kilda Saints

St Kilda's design features six concentric circles that symbolise the geographic layout of the Boonwurrung Bay region, which extends along the northern, eastern and southern shorelines of Port Phillip, the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port and its two main islands.

It was created by Marcus Lee.

Sydney Swans

Lisa Sansbury, mother of Adam Goodes, designed the Swans Indigenous guernsey.

It represents the indigenous communities of Sydney and the people coming together around Sydney harbour. 

West Coast Eagles

Noongar artist Peter Farmer designed the West Coast guernsey for 2016.

It tells the story of the waalitj (wedge-tailed eagle) which is the strongest totem in the Noongar culture.

The waalitj featured is ready for ceremony and attack.

Western Bulldogs

The Bulldogs jumper was designed by Ballarat group 'Pitcha Makin Fellas'.

The group were assisted in the design process by the Indigenous members of the Bulldogs squad, Koby Stevens and teammate Joel Hamling.

The jumper symbolises an elder statesman within the community showing leadership and guidance to the younger people.

They'll wear the guernsey in both Round 10 and 11.

Photo credit to AFL Media and respective AFL clubs.

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