The Intrust Super Cup Indigenous Round acknowledges the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people to the game of rugby league. In 2018, the Village Motors Dolphins will be wearing a specially designed Indigenous jersey in recognition of the round.
“We do not produce an Indigenous jersey every year, so when we do, it’s all that more special,” General Manager of Football Grant Cleal said. Grant said that the Indigenous Round initiative has special significance to the Club as well as past and present players. “All our players wear the strip with pride, remembering our links with Indigenous players including the late Arthur Beetson,” he said.
When it was time to settle on a design, Grant said he didn’t have to go too far to search for an artist. “I’d read a story in the Dolphins News last year about Redcliffe Leagues Club staff member Rynelle, niece of former player Bevan Bleakley, being an Indigenous artist. I had a chat with her and was thrilled when she agreed to create some concepts for a potential jersey design”.
Rynelle said designing the jersey had special meaning for her, given her family’s long association with the club. “The colour, the deep maroon of the jersey represents our past and the circles symbolise a meeting place. They symbolise the Club, as well as the greater community around the Club. Inside the circle is where life takes place. The space around the dolphin represents an unwritten future. The future is anything we want it to be,” Rynelle said.
The Village Motors Dolphins will wear the jerseys in their clash against Wynnum Manly on 1st July at Dolphin Stadium.