Fremantle has unveiled its 2021 Indigenous jumper, with a special tribute paid to the club’s history-making 2003 side.
The Dockers set an AFL/VFL record when seven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players lined up in a single game.
A pre-game silhouette of Troy Cook, Jeff Farmer, Antoni Grover, Roger Hayden, Des Headland, Steven Koops and Dion Woods will feature on the back this year’s indigenous jumper, which was designed by Headland, Fremantle AFLW player Mikayla Morrison and artist Kevin Bynder.
The club will wear a clash version of the jumper against Port Adelaide this weekend and a home version against the Western Bulldogs at the Dockers’ next home game on June 6, as part of Sir Doug Nicholls round.
Sir Doug Nicholls round incorporates both rounds 11 and 12 this season, as the AFL formally celebrates the impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players.
Also featuring in the design is a tribute to the journey of Headland and his cousin Bynder from Shark Bay to Fremantle, a special mention to the Beeliar Wetlands from Morrison and two number seven boomerangs in the centre of the strip.
“The two boomerangs make a number 11 at the centre, which was my number, Mikayla’s number and also Dale Kickett’s number at Fremantle,” Headland explained.
“I also wore the anchor jumper when I was playing, so it’s got an anchor look to it, too.”
The Stolen Generation flower is situated at the top of the jumper while a symbol joining both the AFL and AFLW is at the bottom.
“It’s just great to show that we’re one club, we’re united together and I’m glad to see that both teams will wear this jumper over the next year,” Headland said.
“It says that, while we all come from different places, we’re all represented at the Fremantle Dockers Football Club,” Bynder added.
While Fremantle turned to current and former players to design their Indigenous strip, their opponent Port Adelaide has been engulfed in a plagiarism controversy for theirs.
After revealing a 17-year-old student designed their Sir Doug Nicholls strip, the club was forced to quickly backtrack after Indigenous artist Elle Campbell claimed the artwork as her own from 2019.
The Power later issued a statement confirming the design on their jumper belonged to Ms Campbell — and not the student who submitted the design to the club.
Ms Campbell has since given the club her blessing to stay in the plagiarised strip.