Here is everything you need to know about the Sydney Roosters 2019 Indigenous jersey to be worn against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium in Round 11.
Now in its eleventh year, the NRL's Indigenous Round is scheduled the week leading in to the National Reconciliation Week.
Indigenous Round celebrates the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples both to the game of rugby league, and to the wider community.
To celebrate the involvement of Indigenous players, officials and fans in rugby league, clubs will play in newly designed Indigenous Round jerseys in Round 11.
Our truly unique Indigenous Jersey was designed by Danielle Mate Sullivan, who worked with our Indigenous players to design and develop a design that represented them as proud Indigenous people but also represented our Members and our overall Club within the community.
Danielle is a descendant of the Murrawarri People on her Grandmother’s Maternal side and the Euahlayi People on her Mother’s paternal Grandmother’s side.
Danielle has progressively developed herself as a contemporary Aboriginal artist and now presents her talents and services under her business brand of DJMate.
Danielle explained in depth the special meaning behind the artwork used to create the 2019 Indigenous Jersey.
“The artwork represents the totems of the 2019 Sydney Roosters Indigenous players,” she said.
“The large circle at the centre of the piece represents the Roosters Club.
“The totems (shark, crocodile, goanna and whale) all face inwards to the Club where they meet.
“Surrounding this is the red, white and blue dot work which represents the supporters of the Club.
“The supporter’s communities, large and small, are the circles surrounding the Club.
“The white small dots show the connection from community to Club and the Club back to community.
“The large hand prints are the actual players prints and the smaller prints are of their children/family.
“This shows the importance of not only family, but the role the players have in inspiring our next generation and leaving a positive imprint of culture for everyone,” added Danielle.
All 21 player jerseys will be auctioned off online from now until the 28th of May, with all proceeds going to the KARI Foundation.
The jersey will include a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Sydney Roosters.
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