Indigenous guernseys welcomed
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.