Shane Edwards, the celebrated Richmond champion, has taken on the task of designing the Indigenous jumper for the local South Australian football club, Golden Grove. The team, affectionately known as the Kookaburras, competes in the Adelaide Footy League's Division Two. As fate would have it, Edwards began his football journey at Golden Grove when he was just eight years old, making this opportunity all the more special for him.
In an interview with The Crows Show, the 34-year-old expressed his deep sense of honor at being approached by his junior club to design their jumper. Reflecting on his roots, Edwards stated, "Golden Grove Footy Club is where it all started for me. They asked me if I wanted to design the jumper, and I was quick to accept. I couldn't be more thrilled with the opportunity. I took the time to consider what elements should be incorporated before seeking input from others."
During the design process, Edwards collaborated with Pat Caruso of We Create Print Deliver, the designer of the Crows' 2022 Indigenous strip. Explaining the significance behind the chosen symbols, Edwards said, "The three boomerangs represent my personal journey: leaving to play for Richmond in Melbourne and eventually returning to Adelaide. The three ovals represent the playing fields Golden Grove has utilized, while the various colors surrounding the meeting place signify the coaches, president, team manager, parents, and teammates—all looking in."
The bottom boomerang features symbols for both men and women, with yellow dots representing every player Edwards has played alongside at Golden Grove. After an illustrious 303-game career with Richmond, the AFL legend retired at the end of the 2022 season, having secured three premierships with the Tigers and a spot in the 2018 All-Australian team. Following his retirement, Edwards relocated back to South Australia, where he now serves as Adelaide's Indigenous Player Development Manager.
Golden Grove will proudly showcase this remarkable jumper in their upcoming match against Edwardstown on June 17. After clinching the Division Three premiership last season, the Kookaburras were promoted to Division Two, where they currently lead the ladder, making the occasion even more significant for the team and their dedicated fans.
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