Women’s coach proud of guernseys, sense of family

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
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Kristy Jetta, Maxwell Jetta and Josh Ryder with South Bunbury’s indigenous guernseys which were worn against the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Camera IconKristy Jetta, Maxwell Jetta and Josh Ryder with South Bunbury’s indigenous guernseys which were worn against the Bulldogs on Saturday. Credit: Shane Horner

South Bunbury women’s coach Maxwell Jetta managed to combine culture, family and football during Saturday’s showdowns against Bunbury at Hands Oval.

With support from both family members and the Tigers, Jetta designed a commemorative female indigenous guernsey, which was worn proudly by his team during their 12-point win over the Bulldogs.

It followed on from Jetta’s men’s guernsey, which he created last season, with both designs creating a symbolic awareness of indigenous culture through storytelling.

“I also got my sisters involved because they are part of the football club and team,” Jetta said.

“Both guernseys tell actual stories, they’re not just random designs. They are designs which are meaningful.”

Jetta said the 30 symbols located towards the centre of the guernsey represented the 30 players in the women’s team sitting in a circle.

In addition, the long red lines along the sides of the design represent digging sticks which women use, along with Tiger claw marks on the back, which resembles the Tigers element of the football club.

It’s been an unbeaten season so far for his side, and Jetta has relished the family nature within his women’s team.

“I always look forward to meeting up with the wonderful girls in our team,” he said.

“We are all a team and have great chemistry, which is one thing that I work on.

“Sometimes, we don’t always go to footy training.

“During the season on Friday nights we go out and watch Ebony Bilcich and Fieldo (Kate Fielding) play basketball.

“That’s what happens.

“The family goes out and supports each other.”

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