In­dige­nous guernseys wel­comed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE Man­ning Rip­pers Foot­ball Club will pay homage to their in­dige­nous play­ers with a spe­cial out­fit in their home game against Piara Wa­ters on May 27.

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with some of the Abo­rig­i­nal lead­ers at the club, they will wear an in­dige­nous guernsey that takes into ac­count the her­itage of the play­ers.

Player Daniel Evans said each of the in­dige­nous play­ers was able to add their own touch to the jumper.

“I feel very proud to be able to wear the jersey and I’m ap­pre­cia­tive of the club to do some­thing like this,” he said.

Man­ning Rip­pers stal­wart An­ton Fer­rari said when the play­ing group ap­proached the club with the idea of hav­ing an in­dige­nous jumper, he was straight on board.

“It was ap­par­ent straight from the get-go that this player-led ini­tia­tive was the right thing to do, it was what the boys wanted to do to cel­e­brate the Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and we couldn’t be more proud of not just the out­come but the mean­ing and over­all mes­sage be­hind the ini­tia­tive,” he said.

Man­ning Rip­pers play­ers Daniel Evans and Clarence Cole with the new in­dige­nous guernseys.

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