DONNING the club’s inaugural Indigenous Round jumper, a Ballajura Junior Football Club Year 7 team cruised to a 121-point over Ellenbrook on Saturday.
Ballajura outscored Ellenbrook, winning 18.24 (132) to 1.5 (11).
The team wore a special jumper designed by the mother of twins, Malcolm and Arthur (12), Narelle Garlett. The front of the jumper featured patterns and symbols including two hands that meant “closing the gap” through building lifelong relationships between parents and players.
Printed below the players’ number on the back are the Noongar words Boola Danjoo Yira Yarkiny, which translates to many together standing strong.
Ms Garlett said she used Ballajura’s history in the design.
“I have included a fresh water creek that acknowledges the Aboriginal people who once settled in the area and used Emu Creek as their hunting ground and a fresh water source,” she said. Ms Garlett said the boomerang signified an Aboriginal initiation for the maturing players.
“It is a symbol of being proud and strong in their own cultural identity and that’s on and off the field,” she said.
Ms Garlett said her sons had continued her family’s footy tradition.
“Footy is a big part of my family,” she said.
“Every time we go to the footy, we are one of the few Aboriginal families who have kids.
“But we get there, we do not see the colour difference as everyone is treated equally and fairly which is a huge step in closing the gap.”
President Kevin Devrill said the parents funded the jumpers for the junior players.
“I loved the design; it shows that the community is coming together,” he said
“If I had the money, I would do it for the whole club.
“Ballajura is a large multicultural community and we all get along really well.”