The occasion holds great significance to Singleton’s Indigenous players including Josh Eade and Kyah McBride who only unearthed her heritage within the last decade.
“My pop would occasionally make reference to our heritage, but it was never sought further until recent years,” McBride told the Singleton Argus.
“We are of the Warramunga people, an Aboriginal tribe from Central Australia, located around Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
“It is intriguing to learn that there are many other families that are only recently discovering their indigenous background.
The guernsey conveys the history of the Wanaruah people.
“This guernsey not only allows for us to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, but is personally significant as it allows for me to reflect on my own background and play for my mob,” she continued.
“This jumper creates a united front for all that wear it. It removes the Black Armband view of history and pays respects to all Indigenous people that have ever walked our land.”
The jumper, which was designed by Jason Kolatchew, Chelsea Croucher, Tahlia Thompson and the Kawul learning centre at Singleton High School; will be donned by all three senior sides tomorrow.
Eade is expected to feature in both reserves and senior games.
“The jumper means so much to me being Aboriginal, I am proud of my heritage and how far we have come over the years,” he added.
“It gives me great pride to be able to wear the jumper and play for the Indigenous people.”
By Alex Tigani