Every SANFL club's 2022 Indigenous Round Designs. (Photo: sanfl.com.au)

Ahead of the 2022 SANFL Indigenous Round, The Inner Sanctum takes a look at your club's design and the meaning behind it.

With Indigenous Round set to take over the SANFL once again, The Inner Sanctum looks at what your club will be wearing.


For the first time in Adelaide’s history, the Club’s AFL, AFLW, and SANFL sides will all wear an Indigenous guernsey with the same design this season.

This year’s design highlights the coming together of the men’s and women’s teams on their reconciliation journey, as well as acknowledging the impact that the many members of the Crows family have left on the Club since 1991.

The guernsey was designed by Eastern Arrernte man Pat Caruso, whose design agency We Create Print Deliver was named NAIDOC SA 2021 Business of the Year Award.

Central District

Central District’s 2022 guernsey was designed by Year 12 student Justin Franey, who attends a local Aboriginal school, Kaurna Plains.

Isaiah Dudley in the 2022 Indigenous Round Guernsey. (Photo: cdfc.com.au)

“The guernsey shows Kadli (the dingo). Before Bulldogs there were Kadlirna (dingoes) in this area, now we can be together,” Franey explained to the Central District website.

“Behind the dingo, there is the River in Gawler, which is called Kadlitipari (dingo river). This is a meeting place where people would meet, make tools, fish and hunt.

“At Gawler, you can see Scar trees where murlapaka (bark shield) and kuru (coolaman) have been cut. There are the hills next to the dingo which are the hills you can see from Centrals Oval. The small dots around the circles are Purli (stars) and I wanted to show that we all meet under the stars.

“The large circles are meeting places and show us all meeting together, from different places. We meet together as family telling stories, having yarns and also playing football. The dingo tracks show us moving to protect each other.”


Glenelg’s 2022 Indigenous guernsey is designed by Amanda Turner, aunty of Tigers player Gibson Turner. The guernsey will be worn by the League side on Saturday, July 2 at ACH Group Stadium.

The guernsey is known as Anwerne apurte irreme and represents everyone coming together.

The guernsey represents not only the players, but the whole training group, the people within the club and the Bays community – it brings everyone together. The circles represent the ground we walk on and everyone coming together as one.

The design also reflects upon the club going through the journey of the football season across the year, as well as the ‘all in’ trademark.

North Adelaide

North Adelaide’s 2022 guernsey is designed by past players Joel and Matt Campbell.

“The two circles represent Alice Springs and Prospect Oval. The path between them represents the path of the players that have come from Alice Springs like Joel and I have, to play for the Roosters,” Matt said.

“The guernsey combines our past, present, and future connections between Alice and North Adelaide FC and the strong connection we hope to build with the redtails program which has helped deliver current Roosters star, Nigel Lockyer.”

The Goanna on the back of the guernsey represents the dreaming of Matt, Joel and Nigel.

North Adelaide’s 2022 Indigenous guernsey. (Photo: SANFL)


Following on from its 2021 theme, Norwood will celebrate Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara culture when it wears its Indigenous guernsey in this Sunday’s clash with Woodville West-Torrens.

Designed by midfielder Dom Barry’s mother Joanne Ken, a Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara woman born in 1968 near Mimili community. The guernsey features the Kanpi Rockhole, Kalaya (Emu), ngampu (eggs) for the Kanpi area and Malu (Kangaroo footprints). 

The guernsey is centred around the events that led to Iwana receiving her new Pitjantjatjatjara name which she popularly became to be known as throughout her life.

Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide’s guernsey is based on the design by AFL-listed defender/forward Lachie Jones, which talks of his grandmother’s journey as part of the Stolen Generation from Borroloola in the Northern Territory to her final resting place in Bute on Yorke Peninsula.

Port Adelaide’s Indigenous guernsey. (Photo: PAFC)

The guernsey’s centerpiece is a Brolga – the totem of the Yanyuwa people of Jones’ grandmother’s country at Borroloola, in Arnhem Land, south-east of Darwin.

The footprints and the lines and circles around the V on the front of the guernsey represent his Nanna’s journey as a member of the “Stolen Generation” from Borroloola to Bute on the Yorke Peninsula, while the teal symbols represent the people who helped along the way.

On the back, the Brolga in a meeting place represents his Nanna’s final resting place at Bute.

South Adelaide

Darnell Tucker in the 2022 South Adelaide Indigenous Round Guernsey. (Photo: safc.com.au)

Designed by Barkindji woman Caitlyn Davies-Plummer of Dustin-Koa Art, the original painting is called ‘Ongoing Journey’, which not only represents the journey of the football season, but the journey understanding and reconciling with First Nations communities.

The main journey line running down the jumper has diverging mountains, which not only represents a physical land element but also it is symbol for overcoming adversity. It serves as a reminder to keep pushing even when things seem impossible.

The physical element of the mountain represents the cliffs of Moana, Seaford and the coastline around the South Adelaide Football Club. The tidal patterns represent the ocean, which pays respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are connected to the sea.

There are other symbols throughout the guernsey that pay respect to the language groups that are connected to the bush/land. They show desert shrubs, a boomerang and undulating country.

On the bottom right of the jumper, there are three men, representing the three Indigenous players within the South squad, Hayden Sampson, Darnell Tucker and Kim Kantilla.

The other people around them is the rest of the team, players and coaches that will always support and uplift the Indigenous players and their families. The u-shapes along the journey line are symbolising the player’s families and other significant people in their lives that have supported them throughout pre-season and games.

There are two special stars on this painting. Stars within Dustin-Koa Art’s paintings represent loved ones/spirits of ancestors watching over those still in the physical world. One star is representing Hayden Sampson’s little cousin who is in the dreaming. She is placed his shoulder to symbolise that her spirit and light will always be with him and the family.

The second star represents a huge South Adelaide fan, Corey, who lost his brave battle with MND.


As well as designing Adelaide’s jumper, Indigenous artist Pat Caruso, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players from the men’s and women’s playing squads.

The swan is the totem of the Ngarrindjeri people of the River Murray region. The River Murray is also represented by the songlines on the guernsey, celebrating creation, knowledge, and the estuaries of the river.

Kaurna country is represented by the shield and the coastline of South Australia. Ancestors are acknowledged through the emu print, and people sitting paying tribute to the Dreaming and the players of the past. Ancestors are also represented by circles of time, laying subtly throughout our lives and passing on protection and wisdom.

The boomerang is a tribute to past player Jeremy Johncock, and all those who take responsibility in being a custodian of culture. Sturt also acknowledge its Torrest Strait Islander players, with the symbols of the turtle and the stingray.

The hammerhead is the family totem of Abe and Ben Davis. Ben has also donated the basket weave pattern, used to make food baskets and representing connection, working together and being united as one club.

West Adelaide

West Adelaide’s guernsey, ‘The Hunter’, is designed by Vivian Davey and Matthew Rankine. Hisense Stadium, the club’s home ground, is situated on the lands of the Kaurna People.

“The circle on the front of the guernsey which represents Richmond Oval, our home and place of gathering,” Davey explained.

“The Sash represents the Keswick Creek running alongside the oval, and placed inside the sash are spears we take to hunt the opposition.

“On the front there is a trail from the circle (Richmond Oval) which represents the WAFC players, coaches, support staff and supporters on the game day journey. On the back of the guernsey, the circles are meeting places of opposition that have been infiltrated.

“The Kaurna Shield is used to protect us during battle to ward off any attacks from our opposition, this is a vital piece of the guernsey as this is a symbolic acknowledgement to the Kaurna people who’s land we play on.

“The names etched on the guernsey are those of all previous Indigenous footballers to have worn the Red and Black.”

Lachlan Squire in the 2022 design. (Photo: westadelaidefc.com.au)

Woodville-West Torrens

Woodville-West Torrens guernsey has been designed by a member of the club’s board, Devinia Binell.

Devinia is a proud Barngarla-Kokatha-Wirangu woman and the club is honoured to wear her design in this weekend’s game against Norwood.

“The painting represents my understanding of how important it is to recognise the WWTFC as a true Community Club,” she said.

“The Club has many relationships and partnerships with varying organisations, community groups, and First Nations People.

“The large circles represent the WWTFC, with the five smaller circles representing the important connections and valued partnerships with the SANFL Community, Past and Present Players, WWTFC Supporters, Community Football Clubs and most importantly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.”

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