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Panther’s jumpers get Noongar flair

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Carey Park’s Kandice Hart, Brandon Bennell and Liam Stewart show off the Indigenous guernseys they will wear for tomorrow’s game against the Collie Eagles.
Camera IconCarey Park’s Kandice Hart, Brandon Bennell and Liam Stewart show off the Indigenous guernseys they will wear for tomorrow’s game against the Collie Eagles. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Carey Park will recognise its rich indigenous history by wearing specially-made guernseys against the Collie Eagles at Kelly Park tomorrow.

The annual Indigenous Recognition Game has been played for the past few seasons, but the Eagles have been the only team of the two to have special uniforms made.

But thanks to Newmont Boddington Gold, Carey Park was able to purchase four sets of the special guernseys, which were designed by player and artist Brandon Bennell and his sister Korrine.

A mural will also be unveiled on the side of the clubrooms, which was painted and designed by Brandon.

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Bennell said he wanted to keep the new jumper design close to the original, but give it the feel of a Noongar painting in his own style.

“I have always liked the colours and dots and stuff,” he said.

“I don’t have a particular story for it.

“I have painted a few paintings at home and I was trying to keep the same (guernsey) design and make it my own as a Noongar.”

Brandon said he hoped the Panthers continue their solid form in Saturday’s clash, which begins at 4.40pm.

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