IT’S Dreamtime at the “T” on Saturday when the TSL Tigers will wear an indigenous jumper designed by 11-year-old schoolgirl Kayla Braslin at the Twin Ovals.
Marcus Davies and Lachie Watt had a sneak preview of the jumpers the Tigers will wear against Hobart City Demons in the “Recognise Match”.
The Demons will also wear a “Dreamtime” jumper and the Kingborough club hopes the match will become an annual event.
The design for the Tigers’ jumper was inspired by Kayla’s Aboriginal heritage and coincides with the AFL’s indigenous round.
It took the grade six student from Margate a week to design the guernsey, which features the “R” logo for the Recognise movement and Kayla’s handprint on the back.
On the front, the Tigers stripe has been replaced by a flying muttonbird while the circles represent the nine Aboriginal tribes of Tasmania and the red lines are their fires.
“I really like the jumper,” said Tigers sharpshooter Watt.
“It’s good to recognise where we’ve come from and the traditional owners of the land and it’s good a young girl who is Aboriginal has designed it.”
Davies said it was a proud moment for the club
“It’s a fantastic initiative and we’d love to keep it as an annual event hopefully between the Tigers and Hobart City,” he said.
Recognise is a national movement to build support for giving Aboriginals recognition in the Constitution.