14/04/2024

Lachie Jones in the guernsey he designed for the AFL's Sir Doug Nicholls Round. (Picture: @PAFC/Twitter)

Port Adelaide defender Lachie Jones believes that his opportunity to be involved with designing the Indigenous Round guernsey was a great opportunity for him to learn more about his nana's story.

Port Adelaide defender Lachie Jones believes that his opportunity to be involved with designing the Indigenous Round guernsey was a great opportunity for him to learn more about his nana’s story.

He spoke to the media at the South Australian launch of Sir Doug Nicholls Round at Adelaide Oval about this journey of finding out more about his culture.

When Jones was honoured with the task of designing Port Adelaide’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round guernsey, he turned to his aunty Madeliene Dirdi to find out more about his Indigenous roots.

“In terms of the journey, it’s still ongoing and I’m learning bit by bit and this was a great opportunity for that conversation to come up and going forward that will probably be for years to come,” he said.

“It was a good opportunity for me to honour my nana on my dad’s side, she passed away a couple of years ago.”

“She was a part of the Stolen Generation, so when she was born she was taken away from her family and so the piece here is about where she grew up, to where she moved, to where she passed away here in the Yorke Peninsula, so it sort of talks about her journey from Northern Territory to here.”

His grandmother was from Borroloola, which is located in Arnhem Land, south-east of Darwin. He admitted this process had inspired a trip to visit her birthplace in the off-season of last year.

“We were meant to go to Borroloola, which is where she was born in the off-season last year but COVID disrupted that so I’m still looking forward to getting up there at the end of this season,” he said.

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The guernsey is a striking design on a black base, the centrepiece being a Brolga which is the totem of the people of his grandmother’s country, the Yanyuwa people.

“The main piece at the front is the brolga and that was her totem animal, conversations started about the guernsey at the end of last year and it was an honour for me to be given this opportunity, in terms of everything else, it goes through my nana’s journey and people involved,” Jones said.

The lines, circles and footprints around the V shape at the front are used to that journey that Jones speaks about from Borroloola to Bute. The people along the way are represented with the teal symbols.

The Brolga on the back of the guernsey is pictured in a meeting place, this represents his grandmother’s final resting place in the Yorke Peninsula.

“I showed the group on Thursday last week at main training and got a lot of feedback, which is nice,” he said.

The guernsey will be on display in both rounds 10 and 11.

In round 10 Port Adelaide will be playing Geelong on Saturday at GMHBA Stadium and in round 11 Jones’ design will be on show in front of the Port Adelaide supporters at Adelaide Oval against Essendon on Sunday afternoon.

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