Bombers Leroy Jetta (left) and Courtenay Dempsey are all set for Dreamtime At The ’G tonight, with their guernseys bearing a touch of Gunditjmara about them.
Heywood artist and Gunditjmara man Tom Day is responsible for the new take on the Essendon strip, which is part of the AFL’s indigenous round. Day won a competition to design the new Bombers strip and used possum skin cloaks as an inspiration.
The artist has designed jumpers for community football sides and an indigenous recognition match between Heywood and Portland. The win is significant for Day, not just because of his indigenous heritage, but because his role models are Essendon heroes Michael Long, Derek Kickett and Gavin Wanganeen.