Essendon is delighted to unveil its 2020 Dreamtime Guernsey, which will be worn in next week’s ‘Dreamtime in Darwin’ match against Richmond.
The striking guernsey will be worn in the blockbuster at TIO Stadium in Darwin on Saturday, August 22 - the showpiece game of the AFL’s annual Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round.
This year’s guernsey, which highlights the Tiwi Islands culture, was designed by talented budding artist Timaya Cunningham, a Year 12 Student at Xavier Catholic College Wurrumiyanga.
Cunningham said the design was in honour of the Tiwi culture, community and knowledge.
“The circle design is a Milimika circle. In a Milimika circle, everyone is equal. When Tiwi people from different clan groups sit in a Milimika circle, everyone’s voice is heard and considered,” Cunningham said.
“The design in the sash represents a journey of knowledge. The dot pattern shows movement across the land and the lines represent the Purrintjirti; a message stick.
“By putting the two patterns together, I wanted to show how Tiwi people share knowledge over a long journey through life.”
The Bombers have a long and proud affiliation with the Tiwi Islands. Located 80km north of Darwin across the Arafura Sea, the Tiwi Islands have produced some of the AFL's most talented players, including former Bombers stars Michael Long and Dean Rioli, and current star forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti.
The Tiwi Islands are part of the Bombers’ Next Generation Academy zone.
The Bombers would like to acknowledge their apparel partner Under Armour for its collaboration and support in bringing to life the 2020 Dreamtime Guernsey.
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