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Hawthorn Football Club Indigenous Guernsey adidas 2019 Youth Rioli Commemorative

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The AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round is one of the most significant weekends on the football calendar.

Painted by Jennifer “Lulu” Coombes and inspired by Cyril Rioli, Hawthorn’s 2019 indigenous guernsey design features two prominent aspects of the Tiwi Island culture, Pukumani Poles and the Kulama ceremony.

Pukumani Poles, which are found on the front of the guernsey, are commonly used in ceremonies and are also placed around the graves of the deceased in order to protect the dead from evil spirits. The art on these Poles is unique, often telling a story about the departed individual. 

On the back of the guernsey, the circular figures are a depiction of a Kulama Yam Ceremony. Such ceremonies occur at the beginning of the dry season, around the months of April and May. They run over three days and nights, with the rituals conducted by Tiwi men and women who participate in the ceremony. Songs are composed to tell of events, both positive and negative, that have occurred on the Islands in the past year.

Within the inner rear facing neckline, the 2019 Hawthorn Indigenous Guernsey provides a nod to the amazing career of Cyril Rioli - beautifully presented statistics and imagery of our 189 game superstar, who retired in 2018.

Coombes’ final touch is on the outside of the guernsey.

“Junior Boy (Rioli) asked to have Tiwi wording on the jumper, so I called my aunty Therese Marie and, after a week and a half of consulting with Old Lady Callista Kantilla, we agreed on the wording.”

The wording they settled on is “Ngawa Puranji Yiloga”, which translates to “We love our footy”.

“I feel honoured and privileged that my nephew, Cyril Rioli, has asked me to design this year’s indigenous jumper,” Coombes said.

“Not just for our family, but the whole of Tiwi Islands and the Tiwi people, to be able to showcase our culture on the footy arena is just an awesome feeling.”

  • Regular Fit
  • 100% Polyester Double Knit
  • New for 2019
  • Climachill keeps you super-cool and dry in the hottest weather
  • Player issue fabrication with UPF50
  • Traditional ribbed armband and back neck collar
  • Club internal taping around collar
  • Outer rear facing neckline featuring the words “Ngawa Puranji Yiloga”, which translates to “We love our footy”

Featuring adidas Climachill technology which is a revolution in active cooling apparel technology. The line incorporates innovative fabric woven with titanium and industry-first 3D aluminium cooling spheres.

A micro fibre fabric allows the apparel to act like mesh and moves excess moisture away from your skin.

Washing Instructions :-

  • Wash and iron inside out
  • Do not use fabric softener
  • Cold machine wash
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Cool iron

Please Note: No refunds or exchanges once heat pressed name or numbers are applied.  If you have elect to have a guernsey heat pressed with your favourite number,  these goods could take between 14-20 business days to deliver.