NSW Derby a celebration of Indigenous culture

Suncorp Super Netball will hold its Indigenous Round this weekend, with the league and all clubs celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture throughout the week and across the four scheduled matches.

And what a treat we have in store this weekend for New South Wales netball fans with the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball going head-to-head at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday (3.00pm).

The round will recognise the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages, with the match ball being used throughout the round especially designed around this.

The ball design incorporates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and lists the main language groups represented by members of Netball Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, along with the traditional languages of the lands on which Round 8 games will be played.

In addition to this, all Suncorp Super Netball teams will take the court this weekend wearing unique uniforms featuring Indigenous artwork designed by an artist local to the club. Each uniform design tells its own story and these will be revealed by clubs throughout this week.

Welcome to Country ceremonies will take place at all Suncorp Super Netball matches, along with a series of performances by local Indigenous groups.

Netball NSW is delighted to provide the stories behind this year’s Indigenous dresses of the NSW Swifts and GIANTS.

NSW Swifts – designed by Courtney Jones

The circles on the outside represent children, young netball players who aspire to be play professional netball one day. The lines are the journey of their netball pathway. Some journeys are pretty straight forward and are not. Each curve in the line represents a challenge along the way.  These challenges could include; injuries, missing out on opportunities etc.

At the end, the child grows up to become a strong woman. There are seven women around the meeting place in the middle which symbolizes each player that takes the court.

At the centre of the artwork, is the NSW Swifts, depicted by the swift bird. The artwork also shows that these athletes have been brought together, no matter how long, short, easy or difficult the journey has been.

GIANTS Netball – designed by

Like in 2018, this year the Giants dress is designed by Krystal Dallinger – who is of the Kamilaroi Nation of Walgett, Lightning Ridge & Angledool in Western NSW. She too is a young aspiring netballer who has been mentored by the Giants’ own Sam Poolman, who is sporting Krystal’s new design today.

This year’s dress is based on ‘family’ – not only Krystal’s family, but the netball family and the Giants Family. She has placed the tree of life in the centre of the dress as a symbol of this and where life begins.

Like last year, Krystal has also placed three turtles to keep a piece of her in the story. Last year’s dress included a goanna as a personal totem, but the 2019 dress includes an emu. This is Krystal’s family totem and she feels the Netball community and Giants are all one family now.

Through the centre there is no water as the rivers back in Dubbo have dried although the colourful dots represent the fact there is still life within the earth. The handprints are Krystal’s own as a symbol of her constant support of the Giants family.

SECURE YOUR SEATS TO THE DERBY

Join us for The Derby in Round 8 of Suncorp Super Netball at Qudos Bank Arena.

This is the game not to miss! The NSW Swifts will take on GIANTS Netball in the second instalment of The Derby.

Who will claim state bragging rights as NSW’s two elite netball teams go head-to-head to write another chapter in their storied rivalry?

It’s Team Swifts vs Team GIANTS. It’s The Derby and you won’t want to miss!

Get your tickets from Ticketek HERE