Some 2,500 spectators visited Hale School last weekend for the annual ‘Super Saturday’ and PSA Indigenous Round of interschool sport. Twenty-six games of football, soccer, rugby, hockey, badminton and cross country took place involving 800 students from Hale and Aquinas College.
A highlight of this Super Saturday fixture was the 1st XVIII football game, which saw the teams donning specially-designed Indigenous jerseys in a nod to the AFL round. A special ceremony before the game included a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Shaun Nannup (Whadjuk Wardandi Nyungar man). Players, Seth Roberts (Hale) and Jesse Motlop (Aquinas) spoke about what their jumpers represented. Seth designed the Hale team’s jersey in collaboration with fellow teammate, Lawson Humphries, who is in the State 16s squad.
On the front is a boab tree, which is symbolic to the town of Derby where Lawson grew up. Within the tree are words that represent the four language groups where the Hale Indigenous boys come from: the Ngarluma, Nyul Nyul, Noongar and Yawaru. The four coloured circles on the front and back are symbols of camping grounds that were used in ancient rock art to help locate places to camp for Indigenous people. The brown and red camping ground and the orange and brown both represent ‘dirt country’ up north in the Pilbara and Kimberley. The dark blue and light blue is a symbol of people from ‘saltwater country’ who have grown up living off the ocean. Finally, the blue and green represent Indigenous people who live down south and east in farming areas.
“It is an honour for not only myself, but Lawson, Richie and my teammates to play in these jumpers for Indigenous round, which celebrates important milestones in the recent history of Indigenous people in Australia,” Seth said.
It was a particularly memorable day for the Hale 1st football side, which won 106-25 in front of a jubilant home crowd. There were also victories to our 1sts soccer, hockey, badminton and rugby teams.