Brighton Seahawks celebrate indigenous round

Brighton Seahawks Junior Football Club players Laith De Fraine (11), Matt Leahne (17), Lance Hinder (17), Heath De Fraine (6), Violet Shea (14), Brihanna Headland (8) and Mariah Blurton (12). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493774
Brighton Seahawks Junior Football Club players Laith De Fraine (11), Matt Leahne (17), Lance Hinder (17), Heath De Fraine (6), Violet Shea (14), Brihanna Headland (8) and Mariah Blurton (12). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493774

JUNIOR footballers will don guernseys with an indigenous design for a Naidoc round in Alkimos and Butler this month.

Brighton Seahawks Junior Football Club will hold a girls match on June 21 and boys games on June 23 as part of an indigenous football round with players wearing a guernsey designed by artist Richard Websdale.

“We decided to hold a special Naidoc round to acknowledge and show respect for the indigenous players and families that play a big role in our club and community,” vice president Brendon Sharp said.

“We are a proud club that aims to promote our inclusiveness of the vast range of cultures in our local community.

“Our community is growing at a rapid rate and the growth of our club over the past few years is reflective of this.

“We want the local community to be aware that our club welcomes all cultures, religions, genders and abilities to play the great game of Australian Rules football.”

Richard Websdale’s guernsey design.

Sharp said Websdale was a former player at the Seahawks senior club and the theme of his design was “fly as one”, telling a story of unity and family.

“The Seahawks wings are designed to create the unity of the Brighton Seahawks JFC and the local community families,” Sharp said.

“The players at our junior club will wear a specially designed Indigenous guernsey for this round.

“Our club will continue to use this guernsey for other special events, and as a clash guernsey.”

There will also be a Welcome to Country before the games, with June 21 matches at Leatherback Park from 5.30pm and the June 23 games at Kingsbridge Oval starting 8.30am.

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