SUNS unveil 2024 Indigenous guernseys

SUNS unveil 2024 Indigenous guernseys

The Gold Coast SUNS will don a special edition Darwin/Larrakia Indigenous Guernsey, inspired by the club’s connections to the Northern Territory for its matches at TIO Stadium next month.

The guernsey is designed by Larrakia artist Trent Lee and will be worn for two matches in the Top End against North Melbourne on Saturday, May 11 and to open Sir Doug Nicholls Round against Geelong on Thursday, May 16.

The guernsey is one of two Indigenous designs to be worn throughout Sir Doug Nicholls Rounds in 2024 with the SUNS also unveiling its 2024 Indigenous Guernsey, designed by Yugambeh and Bundjalung artists Christine Slabb and Kyle Slabb.

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Image: Gold Coast SUNS players Joel Jeffrey (Darwin/Larrakia guernsey) & Ben Long (Indigenous guernsey) in the club’s 2024 Indigenous guernseys.

The Indigenous guernsey will be worn in Round 11 against Carlton at Marvel Stadium. It’s the first time the SUNS will have a unified Indigenous design with the club’s AFLW squad to also wear the jumper during the 2024 AFLW season.

The Darwin/Larrakia design features two predominant elements. The SUN design symbolises the iconic sunset at Darwin’s Mindil Beach, which is recognised worldwide and holds a special story to the Larrakia people. 

The design also features the Rainbow Serpent, the dreaming and creator of life that has created the earth and the lands that the SUNS will play on in Darwin.

Larrakia artist Trent Lee says he was honoured to have been asked to design the guernsey.

“I wanted to connect the design to the creation story so it was important to make sure that was at the forefront, alongside the iconic sunset at Mindil Beach,” Lee said.

“When (SUNS Life Member & Indigenous Programs Lead) Jarrod Harbrow asked me to design the guernsey, I was honoured. It’s been enjoyable to design past guernseys in collaboration, but it was a proud moment when I was asked to design this jumper.”

The SUNS currently have 10 players on its AFL and AFLW lists with connections to the Northern Territory. 

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 Image: Gold Coast SUNS AFL players with connections to the Northern Territory in the club’s 2024 Darwin/Larrakia Indigenous guernsey. L-R: Malcolm Rosas Jnr, Will Rowlands, Ben Long, Lloyd Johnston, Sandy Brock, Jy Farrar, Joel Jeffrey & Sean Lemmens.

The Indigenous Guernsey is inspired by Garrara, the language name of a long lagoon that ran south to north along what is today known as the Gold Coast. 

Represented by the feather motifs are Bilin-Bilin (rainbow lorikeet), Dun-Dun (swamp pheasant) and Mibin (eagle).

Ancestors of kinship groups are represented by the human-like figures. The circular symbols represent the sacred and cultural camps that local Aboriginal people inhabit and maintain while the background represents the vast space of the once large lagoon. 

“The inspiration of the design is the story of the land on which the club’s home (People First Stadium) sits and where the SUNS play its home matches,” Christine Slabb said.

“We wanted to make sure that the story was connected through the design.

“Both Kyle and I have collaborated previously, but it was a new and exciting opportunity to collaborate together on a SUNS guernsey for the first time.”

Reserved and General Admission tickets for both matches at TIO Stadium are still available, head to Ticketmaster to secure yours today.

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Image: Gold Coast SUNS Indigenous AFL players, modelling the club’s Indigenous guernsey which will be worn in Round 11. L-R: Malcolm Rosas Jnr, Ben Long, Joel Jeffrey, Lloyd Johnston, Sean Lemmens & Jy Farrar.

Original article by Gold Coast SUNS