The North Melbourne Kangaroos have officially launched the club’s 2022 Indigenous guernsey, 'Marram'.
Designed by Wurundjeri/Dja Dja Wurrung artist Ky-ya Nicholson Ward, the guernsey will be worn by both the club’s men’s and women’s teams for the first time in history.
The Kangaroos men’s side will wear the guernsey across Sir Doug Nicholls Round, against Narrm (Melbourne) in round 10 and St Kilda in round 11, as well as the club’s round 12 clash with the Gold Coast Suns in Darwin. The club’s AFLW side will wear the new design in their upcoming season.
"Marram is the word for Kangaroo in Woiwurrung language, the language of the Wurundjeri people," Nicholson Ward said.
"The way I have represented it in the guernsey is to honour the Kangaroo. The Kangaroo only physically moves forward so it symbolises moving forward in a positive way and into the future in a positive way. I’ve also used Uncle William Barak’s men and women symbols used in his artworks.
"The pawprint represents the players and their own unique journeys and the way they’ve come from different places across Australia and the world. It honours their diversity and uniqueness.
"The meeting place represents the North Melbourne Football Club, it represents the players, staff and supporters all coming to Wurundjeri country to support the girls and boys."
Kangaroo Jed Anderson is looking forward to proudly pulling on the guernsey, particularly in front of his home crowd in Darwin.
"What Ky-ya has put on the jumper is very special," Anderson said.
"To not only show the Kangaroo and what it means but to also put something special out there for all our fans and people of Arden Street.
"We are a small group of players in the AFL but there’s a big meaning to it.
"I’ve never played in front of all my family back home in Darwin, it’s going to be very special.
"To wear the Indigenous jumper for not only Darwin itself but for where I’m from in Katherine is huge. Hopefully all the fans and everyone up there enjoy us coming up, I’m very excited, I can’t wait."