Richmond has unveiled its Season 7 AFLW Indigenous Round jumper, set to be worn against Hawthorn at the Swinburne Centre this weekend and in the inaugural AFLW Dreamtime match in Round 4.
Indigenous artist Josie Atkinson (Gumbaynggirr) created the predominately black design following consultation with Gabby Seymour, Maddy Brancatisano, and Ellie McKenzie.
Signifying a turning point for the Club, the colour palette in the sash only uses colours that have never appeared in a Richmond Indigenous jumper.
The turning point refers to the firsts that Season 7 brings for Richmond’s AFLW team, including the Club’s inaugural Indigenous AFLW player Steph Williams and the upcoming AFLW Dreamtime match.
Richmond is also looking to reach new heights in the competition- growing off the Club’s first win against a foundation AFLW team late in the 2022 summer season.
“This guernsey represents a time of change for us as a football club,” Richmond AFLW leader Gabby Seymour said.
“It is incredibly exciting to have our first Indigenous player in Steph Williams join us; she is someone that teaches us so much and that you want to be able to follow and learn off.
“It is also a time of change for us on the field. We are no longer just filling up the numbers; we want to take it on. We want to compete.”
The symbolic line work on the jumper represents the fierce warrior women at Richmond, including its AFLW players and the Indigenous staff and young women that have come through the Club’s Korin Gamadji Institute.
Seymour, McKenzie, and Brancatisano discussed their shared vision for the Richmond Women’s program as part of meetings with the artist, expressing a desire for the Club to become a respectful place for Indigenous women to prosper.
“Putting on the Indigenous guernsey for us signifies that Richmond and the AFLW, in general, is a place that loves and embraces Aboriginal culture and heritage,” Seymour added.
“Wearing the jumper says that we want to learn more and understand more, and it recognises the enormous contribution Indigenous Australians have made to football."
The AFLW will celebrate Indigenous Rounds across the next two weekends.
The jumper's Gumbaynggirr artist Josie Atkinson will be at the Club and profiled by Richmond Media in the lead-up to the Dreamtime match.