Tatum’s Guernsey Debut

Tatum’s Guernsey Debut

When Tatum noticed that the Junior teams of the footy club she played for didn’t have an Indigenous guernsey, she asked the club why. Their response was to suggest that she create a design and submit it to them. Without hesitation, Tatum did exactly this, and after several efforts to get the perfect design, she finally came up with one that she felt represented her club and her culture. The Flinders Park Football Club made good on their promise and made Tatum’s design a reality. 

Tatum’s design features symbols representing the club and community coming together when they host other teams. It also represents the children and young people who play at the Club, the parents and carers who come together and the clubs in the division. The main design is outlined by a ribbon of blue, which symbolises the river and ocean close to the Club and signifies being connected and respecting Country.

Crows player Izak Rankine presented Tatum with her guernsey, and the football team she is a member of was the first team in her club to wear the guernsey, which will be used when teams play clubs of the same colour. If you follow the SANFL Juniors Show podcast you might even hear Tatum being interviewed about this. What a huge honour and show of leadership by Tatum. Perhaps one day, we’ll even see her designs on the field at Adelaide Oval!

Ms Viviana Graney
First Nations Focus Teacher