Karratha local designs winning Dockers guernsey
When the Fremantle Dockers hit the ground at Optus Stadium in Round 10 of the AFL season, they’ll be sporting a guernsey designed by a Karratha local.
Victor Bellotti, who works for Woodside as a maintenance technician, designed the Dockers jumper for the indigenous round, with the players set to don the guernsey against the Brisbane Lions on May 26.
Each year Fremantle ask one of their former indigenous players to design the jumper and life member Troy Cook looked to his hometown and heritage in Carnarvon for inspiration.
Bellotti said Cook wanted to tell the story of the Gascoyne and wanted an artist from the region to draw it.
“Troy is a bit older than me, but we’re both from Carnarvon, we used to play footy in the same competition and our families are friends,” he said.
The final design used the landmarks, fauna and cultural connections that have had a lasting impression on Cook’s life.
The Gascoyne River is the central feature of the jumper, while tracks of a kangaroo, emu and goanna are represented and the Gascoyne’s language groups are acknowledged.
Bellotti said Troy had a vision of how he wanted to tell the story.
“I put that vision to paper for him,” he said.
“He gave me briefs to work to, I came up with the design, sent him photos and went back and forwards until we got it right.
“It only took a couple of weeks and about three revisions, so a bit of good communication between Troy and I made it come together pretty seamlessly.”
Bellotti has been given tickets to the indigenous round game and is eager to see the players run out in his design.
“I’ll be very proud to see the boys in it during the round, it’s a great feeling to see the mock-up, but I haven’t seen it on a player yet and I think that will be really surreal,” he said.
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