This weekend 1st Grade will play in the the Club’s first ever indigenous jersey designed by SUFC player Liam Coe. This is a big step towards our continued reconciliation; and highlighting the inclusive culture we strive for here at SUFC. We hope it will inspire young aboriginal men and women to pick up a rugby ball and come to Sydney Uni.
The design of the jersey follows the three rivers of the Wiradjuri Nation of central to Southwest NSW. SUFC players, Liam Coe and the Whiteley Brothers, Lincoln and Mitch are Wiradjuri men that hail from within its borders of the Lachlan river, Murrumbidgee and the Murray.
Wiradjuri country is a popular site for tree carvings that are linear in shape, involving the solid stokes and triangular patterns that feature on the shoulders.
Wiradjuri men believe the rivers were carved by Baime’s messenger the rainbow serpent, as the rivers form in the wake of its path which you can see along the front of the jersey. The bora rings lie along the river as meeting places, sacred sites and ceremony and represent the three sections of our club, Colts, Grade and the Women.
You can take home one of the jerseys by bidding on them in the silent auction. Click the Bid Now link under the number you would like. Proceeds raised from the jersey auction will be donated to AIME to support Indigenous students through high school and into University.
The auction will close at half time of the Round 18 match with Gordon on Saturday 11th August with jerseys being sent to the winners the following week. (or collected after the match on Saturday if you like!)