West Coast Eagles 2018 Womens Indigenous Guernsey
This year’s West Coast Eagles Sir Doug Nicholls Round guernsey was designed in consultation with the club’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) reference group, which includes the likes of current players Lewis Jetta, Willie Rioli and Liam Duggan, coaches Jaymie Graham and Adrian Hickmott and former player and West Coast Eagles indigenous liaison officer Phil Narkle.
In November 2017 RAP representatives approached the broader playing group, coaches and staff to begin designing a guernsey that reflected the club’s unique culture and history.
As part of the process, the RAP group also engaged several local Aboriginal artists and asked them to capture the essence of the Eagles.
West Coast Eagles RAP chairperson Richard O’Connell said: “The design process encouraged everyone to understand the story our Aboriginal players wanted to tell and then have input about how to best depict that story. This resulted in lots of conversations between players, coaches and staff from all walks of life – a wonderful example of reconciliation in action.”
Aboriginal artist Kevin Bynder brought the club’s story to life with his eye-catching design.
Bynder is a Whadjuk-Yuet-Balaadong man from his mother and a Badamia Yamatji from his father.
He grew up the northern suburb of Girrawheen in Perth and currently works at LaSalle Catholic College, where he uses his knowledge and culture to teach young Aboriginal students.
The club’s 2018 Sir Doug Nicholls Round 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,” Jetta said.
In the Dreamtime before the land was formed, the Waagyl (Rainbow Serpent) would wait for the Waalitj to guide her towards fertile land and areas where the Waagyl could lay her eggs.
The Waagyl would trust the Waalitj, as the Waalitj represents strength, courage, wisdom, healing and creation.
The Waalitj’s talons in the artwork demonstrate its ferocity and therefore the ferocity of the West Coast Eagles.
The Waalitj’s prey feels and sees its talons before impact, much like the club’s rivals before they witness our might on the field.
The circles at the top of the design represent the members, fans and football community, with the small semi-circles (signifying footprints in Aboriginal symbolism) that surround them portraying the varied pathways that lead to the club.
Below the Waalitj, the circles that hold it represent past players, staff, members and fans stood around the Derbal Yirrigan (Swan River).
Although these figures may have ‘moved on’, their legacy and spirit is not lost.
The design as a whole depicts the connection of the club to its players, supporters, community and heritage, as it is through the Waalitj that the land today is as we see it: full of diversity, growth, freedom and opportunity.
The Guernsey will be worn twice this year, in Round 11 when West Coast plays St Kilda and Round 16 when the Eagles play the GWS Giants during NAIDOC week.
Change of Mind Returns
In addition to your statutory rights under the Australian Consumer Law, should you change your mind regarding a purchase, we will happily provide an exchange or refund, subject to the following conditions being met:
Items, together with proof of purchase from the West Coast Eagles Team Store, must be returned within 21 days of purchase.
Items must be in saleable condition and be unworn or unused, with all labels attached and in original packing.
Items are not listed in the exclusions, below.
Please choose carefully when purchasing the following items as change of mind returns will not be provided on these items:
- Sale items
- Custom made and altered products
- Gift vouchers
- Headphones and earphones
- Items exchanged under the SGIO Exchange Program