LA SALLE College Aboriginal teacher assistant and WA artist Kevin Bynder’s artistic flair and design has earned him the privilege of being the chosen designer for both the West Coast Eagles and Port Adelaide for the AFL’s Indigenous Round.
Bynder, a Whadjuk-Yuet-Balaadong man on his mother’s side and a Badamia Yamatji on his father’s, has been an artist for 17 years and also had his design chosen in 2016 for the Western Australia’s Men’s and Women’s State Aboriginal teams for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.
The 2018 AFL Sir Douglas Nicholls Indigenous Round guernseys were designed in conjunction with each club’s unique culture and history.
Made more special for Bynder is the collaboration design with his nephew, Port Adelaide Football Club ruckman Paddy Ryder.
The West Coast Eagles guernsey will be worn in round 11 against St Kilda and round 16 against GWS Giants.
The Port Adelaide guernsey will be worn in round 11 against Hawthorn and round 12 against Richmond.
The Eagles’ guernsey centres on the Waalitj (wedge-tailed eagle) with its talons poised ready to attack its prey.
Aboriginal player Lewis Jetta said he was thrilled with the final design.
“The strength of the Waalitj ready to pounce is a great symbol of how we play our football, focused and determined to succeed,” he said.