Sydney Thunder will honour Indigenous culture by wearing a unique playing shirt in its KFC Big Bash League clash against the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Designed by Rheanna Lotter, a Sydney-based Yuin woman, the playing shirt symbolises the connection, commitment and inclusivity of the Thunder Nation.
The large circle on the shirt represents the team; the smaller circles represent the supporters, staff, sponsors and wider community.
The large circle is connected to the smaller circles by unbreakable song lines. It is this strong connection between all parts of the Thunder Nation that enables the team to function and compete.
Hear from Rheanna Lotter talk through the design in the video below.
Thunder fast bowler and proud Worimi man Brendan Doggett hopes the initiative will help to inspire young Indigenous cricketers around the country.
“I reckon it looks awesome and it’s a good stepping-stone towards acknowledging Indigenous culture in Australian cricket,” said Doggett. “My culture is a massive part of me so I definitely will be wearing it with pride.
“It’s great to see so many Indigenous cricketers breaking through the professional ranks now. I think it’s important for us to be role models for these kids and show them that cricket is another avenue to expand themselves and learn about themselves.
“It’s always been a goal to use the BBL as an avenue to promote our game in Indigenous communities and by wearing playing shirts like this, it’s going to help leaps and bounds.
“It’s been a lot of hard work from people behind the scenes to get us to where we are now and we just really appreciate it and it’s down to blokes like myself, D’Arcy Short and Dan Christian now to put our faces in front of the camera and show off our Indigenous heritage.
“You always want someone to look up and hopefully we can be that for young Indigenous people.”
The Indigenous playing shirt is available to purchase online here and will also be available for purchase at the match.
Tickets for Thunder’s Saturday night showdown with the Hurricanes are on sale now, with kids from $5 an adults from $20. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to save on match day prices! Buy now.