Last Sunday saw a landmark occasion as the Wollongong Wolves became the first NSW based football team at any level to wear a commemorative Indigenous jersey.
Celebrating NAIDOC week, in our special commemorative jersey designed by Trent Duffy of ‘Artistic One Indigenous Art’. The jersey is courtesy of our apparel supplier GIOCA - who’s support and turn around times has been first class 👌— Wollongong Wolves (@WollGongWOLVES) July 7, 2019
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In celebration of NAIDOC week, the Wolves partnered with their kit manufacturer 'GIOCA' and local artist Trent Duffy of ‘Artistic One Indigenous Art' to create the kit which incorporates cultural aspects of the local Illawarra "Dhawaral" tribe.
Ex-Socceroo, now coach of the current NPL leaders, Luke Wilkshire commented: "Celebrating NAIDOC week with the commemorative shirt and other activities is our way of showing our respect to the traditional owners of our land and we hope this can become a tradition."
The Club held a half time Digeredoo performance and had juniors from the local indigenous club Wreck Bay Sharks FC as mascots.
The jersey, which was available to the public for a reasonable $55 sold out on match day and is a representative of the inclusiveness and positive response from the Football community.
The Wolves held onto a 1-0 win against Hakoah FC to extend their lead at the top of the NSW NPL to seven points.