Solomontown to wear indigenous guernsey on Saturday

TRIBUTE: Mayor Leon Stephens, left, and Cats footballer Shamus Highfold display the club's indigenous guernsey.
TRIBUTE: Mayor Leon Stephens, left, and Cats footballer Shamus Highfold display the club's indigenous guernsey.

The artwork of the late Christabelle Enalanga will live on as the design of Solomontown Football Club's indigenous guernsey.

The idea for the design came from thirds and league player Shamus Highfold, 16, who is Christabelle's grandson.

Shamus knew the club wanted to recognise the Indigenous Round this weekend and supplied a painting by his grandmother that provided the artwork on the guernsey.

"My grandmother painted a lot. She would probably have been 'over the moon' to know it was on a guernsey. She would be really happy," he said.

My grandmother painted a lot. She would probably have been 'over the moon' to know it was on a guernsey.

Shamus Highfold

Shamus hopes to win a spot in the league team and pull on the guernsey for the match against arch-rival Port at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The design features witchetty grubs, bush bananas, patterns representing women and waterholes.

Mayor Leon Stephens attended the unveiling of the guernsey at the clubrooms with Cats secretary Brian Harmer and Shamus' father Gavin O'Brien and Caleb and Liam Martin and Olivia Agius.

Mr Stephens, a former Solomontown player, said it was a "perfect example" of promoting indigenous culture.

"It looks awesome," he said. "No pressure, but Shamus is going to be best-on-ground this week."

Shamus, who is originally from Alice Springs and the Arrente tribe, attends John Pirie Secondary School.

He aims to get a job and get his driver's licence once he leaves school. He usually plays centre, but recently switched to half-back.

Secretary Mr Harmer said league coach Joel Head had raised the possibility of having an indigenous guernsey.

The design was given to Pirie Signs and Designs which donated the tops.

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