Club hon­ours its in­dige­nous roots

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

IM­PE­RI­ALS Foot­ball Club has hon­oured the in­dige­nous her­itage of the Lower South West Foot­ball League and the re­gion with new, spe­cially-de­signed team jumpers.

The jumpers were de­signed by Im­pe­ri­als league player Troy Wil­son.

Wil­son said the Im­pe­ri­als’ tra­di­tional black and white stripes were rep­re­sented in the mag­pie feath­ers on the front.

“The dot art­work on the front of the jumper rep­re­sents the ge­o­graphic paths trav­elled to lo­ca­tions where we play our foot­ball and the colours de­picted by all the clubs’ lo­ca­tions,” he said.

“The back of the jumper rep­re­sents a mag­pie drawn in dot art form, fly­ing through the grey south­ern skies in win­ter time.”

Im­pe­ri­als pres­i­dent Anthony Stub­ber­field said the jumpers would make their de­but on July 27 and 28 in a home game fix­ture against the Tigers.

“On the Fri­day af­ter­noon, July 27, a ju­nior game will be played, fol­lowed by a tra­di­tional in­dige­nous smok­ing cer­e­mony and cul­tural event,” he said.

The cul­tural event will in­clude an art dis­play, dance, food and mu­sic pro­vided by an in­dige­nous band.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Saarys Franklin, 10, right, looks for­ward to a fu­ture in foot­ball as she holds her fa­ther Davron's jumper, while NAIDOC jumper de­signer and Im­pe­ri­als league player Troy Wil­son and league cap­tain Jack Waide­man look on.

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