St Kilda’s AFLW side will debut its 2022 Indigenous guernsey this Saturday afternoon against Collingwood at Victoria Park, with the design composed by club legend Nicky Winmar.
The guernsey will double as the club’s clash strip for the 2022 NAB AFLW Season and will also be worn during this year’s Indigenous Round in Round 8.
A version of Winmar’s design, featuring a predominantly black colour palette as opposed to this season’s white, was first worn during the 2021 AFL Season as part of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
Last year’s match against Collingwood – in which St Kilda also wore an Indigenous-inspired guernsey – marked the first time the two sides had met at Victoria Park since Winmar’s stand against racism at the venue in 1993.
“We’re incredibly proud to be wearing Nicky Winmar’s guernsey both this week and throughout the course of the season,” Head of AFLW Tessie McManus said.
“Nicky’s story is one that resonates with our whole club, and it isn’t lost on us how much means it to him, St Kilda and the broader Indigenous community.
“We’re determined to do all proud this Saturday and hope to see a strong showing of red, white and black down at Victoria Park.”
This year’s Indigenous guernsey is inspired by Nicky’s family, his history and his love of the Saints.
Two Willy Wagtails, Nicky’s family totem, feature on the front of the jumper to represent both of his parents, alongside a silhouette of his iconic ‘I’m Black and I’m Proud’ pose from his defining stand at Victoria Park in 1993.
The stencils seen on the back of the guernsey are based off traditional Indigenous splatter techniques and feature Nicky’s very own hands.
They represent teamwork and demonstrate his eternal connection to the club and its current group of players – he will always have their back.