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TSL clubs’ jumpers celebrate region’s First Nations heritage

The Lauderdale and Kingborough football clubs wore special indigenous jerseys during their recent TSL ‘Indigenous Celebration Game’ clash, proudly honouring the First Nations heritage of the communities they represent.

Lauderdale featured a total of nine Indigenous players in its senior and development league sides, while Kingborough had eight indigenous players take to the field.

Both jumpers were designed by Palawa artist Takira Simon-Brown, with Lauderdale’s jumper featuring references to the indigenous history of the area including connections to bushland, animals and waterways.

“The Lauderdale design has been created using the mapping for Lauderdale showing the border lines of the suburb,” Ms Simon- Brown said.

“Within the suburb I have added turbo chickens running about, and the leaves represent the native plants of the area that are utilised by First Nations communities.

“The circular lines represent the waters surrounding Lauderdale and the canoes coming from other suburbs to gather on site.”

Lauderdale player and coach Allen Christensen said as a Tiwi Islander he was proud to represent First Nations people, and celebrations of indigenous culture in any context were always welcome.

“Indigenous people make up three to four per cent of the population so for 30 per cent of (Lauderdale’s playing) list to have indigenous connections shows that football clubs can be a safe place for everyone,” he said.

“During my time playing for Geelong and Brisbane I had the pleasure of participating in multiple indigenous initiatives and it’s great to see this trickle down to the lower leagues.

“We don’t need to wait for NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week to celebrate first nations culture -let’s just do it because that’s what we want to do.”

Despite Lauderdale putting up a spirited fight against the ladder leaders – with Christensen racking up 48 disposals – Kingborough won the match 71-46.

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