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Strikers unveil new Indigenous top for Alice Springs

11 January 2019

Sophie Devine and Colin Ingram wearing the new design.

The Adelaide Strikers are ready to unveil a new version of the shirts designed by Aboriginal artists for last year’s matches in Alice Springs.

The design by South Australian based artists Mel Agius and Colleen Strangways has been retained but some elements have been moved and there is a darker base colour.

 

The Strikers’ women will be the first to use the new kit in its two games against the Perth Scorchers in Alice Springs this weekend and then the men’s team will also wear it twice, against the Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval on 3 February and against Perth Scorchers at Alice Springs on Adelaide Oval on 9 February.

 

The artists’ drawings represent the Strikers making their way from Kaurna land to Alice Springs, the place of the Arrernte people, to play the Perth Scorchers.

 

Adelaide Strikers General Manager Bronwyn Klei said:

 

“They are beautiful shirts and we will be very proud to wear them, not only in Alice Springs this year but also at Adelaide Oval next month for a BBL game.

 

“We loved last year’s shirts but we think the new version will be even more striking while supporting our wish to recognise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage and culture while inspiring the next generation of cricketers”

 

Artists explain the design:

 

“The Adelaide Strikers team reside on Kaurna land and the ibis tracks depicted on the uniform artwork represent Kaurna creator ancestor, Tjilbruke, the Ibis Man.

 

The ibis tracks are shown on the uniform making their way to Alice Springs, the place of the Arrernte people and Yeperrenye (Caterpillar Dreaming).

 

Yeperrenye is the main Dreaming of Mbantua (Alice Springs) with the caterpillar on the left representing the East MacDonnell ranges and to the right, the West MacDonnell Ranges.

 

Also making their way to Mbantua is the Perth Scorchers to play against the Adelaide Strikers and therefore the circles in the artwork represent the communities of all three areas meeting together to witness the game.”