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Designed by Jordan Ardler, age 22 from La Perouse

The Roosters 2017 Indigenous jersey incorporates the totems of the Roosters five Indigenous players.

The jersey represents and acknowledges the local Eastern Suburbs region, as well as incorporating the totems of the five Sydney Roosters Indigenous players.

The Goanna represents Blake Ferguson and Connor Watson from the Wiradjuri Nation, the Shark represents Latrell Mitchell from the Biripi Nation and Lightning and Thunder represents Chris Smith and his Northern Territory family tribe.

The Whale represents up-and-coming Rooster Grant Garvey and the Sydney Roosters of the Eora Nation.

The surrounding patterns and designs are symbolic of the salt-water Aboriginal communities placed upon the South Eastern coastline.

Each symbol echoes imagery from the ocean, forming a protective barrier around the totems of the players positioned in the centre.

The symbols reflect ripples in the water and erosions in the sand.


  • Welcome To Country performed by Marcia Ella-Duncan
  • Traditional Smoking Ceremony performed by Uncle Max Eulo
  • Cultural Dance Performance performed by Muggera Dancers
  • National Anthem performance
  • Cultural gift exchange | A hunting boomerang made by Bidjigal man and La Perouse Elder Uncle Laddie Timbery.

The hunting boomerang is made from red gum wood and used during traditional hunting practices.

It is thrown by the hunter to disable animals such as kangaroos, emus and goannas.

Boomerangs such as this are particularly important to the La Perouse Aboriginal community as members of our community have been selling boomerangs and conducting boomerang throwing exhibitions for tourists since the 1800s.

In addition to this, engaging in the creation and sale of these boomerangs is an early example of Aboriginal people in the Sydney area participating in the post-colonial economy.


  • Didgeridoo workshops
  • Boomerang sand painting
  • Face Painting
  • Indigenous Music
  • ABSEC Marquee
  • Recognise Marquee


The Sydney Roosters are proud to be partnering with Recognise and AbSec for Indigenous Round.

AbSec (The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat) is a not-for-profit NSW Aboriginal peak organisation, working to support Aboriginal organisations TO ensure better outcomes  for vulnerable Aboriginal children, families  and communities.

AbSec is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal children are raised in a safe environment, with a strong connection to culture and who they are, as well as providing the best possible opportunities to fulfil their potential, supported by Aboriginal organisations. 

Recognise - RECOGNISE is the campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution and to deal with the racial discrimination.

RECOGNISE has two main aims - to celebrate the legacy of the people that campaigned for the 1967 referendum and to have one million conversations about recognition.  

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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