With the support of Premier Partner, the KARI Foundation, the Sydney Roosters have today launched the Club’s 2020 Indigenous Jersey.
The unique jersey will be worn for the Roosters’ home game against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday, August 1 during the NRL’s annual Indigenous Round. The KARI Foundation will also serve as the Official Match Day Partner of the Club’s Round 12 fixture.
The Sydney Roosters 2020 Indigenous jersey has been designed by prominent Indigenous artist, Kylie Cassidy.
Kylie is a Wiradjuri artist who has grown up on the Central Coast and has been involved in many art and culture projects across the Region.
The design incorporates the totems of all Indigenous players at the Sydney Roosters, including players from the junior squads to the NRL.
Kylie explained the special meaning behind the artwork used to create the jersey.
The Sydney Roosters ‘Club’ is depicted as the main circle in the top left-hand corner. There are journey lines branching out from the circle which represents the many community programs and events the Roosters are involved in.
The outline of the Rooster logo is overlapping the circle and shows the strength and support of all areas of the Club. The Sydney Roosters logo is outlined in dot work to represent the ongoing Indigenous heritage of the players, staff and members of the Club.
Below are the totems of the Indigenous players of the Sydney Roosters, including players from the Junior Squads to the NRL. The totems contain symbols that represent land, sea and sky.
The footprints and surrounding area indicate the act of dancing and kicking up dust, which signifies the moving in the womb of Mother Earth. This act relates to the Roosters when they take to the field during Indigenous Round in 2020.
The red circle with the dots in the centre are dreaming symbols showing our connection to our stories, songs and culture. The 15 meeting place symbols (the blue circles) are connected together representing the 15 Premierships the Roosters have won so far throughout the Club’s history.
They are surrounded by symbols representing mountains, water and land showing the journey the team has taken for each Premiership.
The red dots along the outside represent the families, members and fans who continue to support the game. Along the bottom are tools and weapons used to represent both the women and men players and staff at the Club. The men are represented by the hunting boomerangs, woomeras, clubs, shield and Spears. The women are represented by dilly bags, clap sticks and digging sticks.
The red, blue and white dot work of different sizes throughout the piece is to represent the diversity of the Club and its supporters learning and sharing in our culture.
There will be an online auction of the players’ match-worn and signed jerseys available to Roosters Members and fans with all proceeds donated to the KARI Foundation to support Sydney Roosters Community programs. The auction will start on Wednesday 29th July. Jerseys are now available for retail at the Sydney Roosters Team Store in Bondi Junction or online store.