The Australian team’s ‘alternate’ orange-and black uniform, highlighting the Aborigines’ theme, in its World Cup Pool-A match against South Africa at the Birsa Munda Stadium was a pleasant change for many hockey lovers on Friday.
The mighty Kookaburras, who normally sport the famous green-and-gold colour combination, paid tribute to the original inhabitants of Australia.
“The significance of the jersey is that it is a special, indigenous one that celebrates and acknowledges Australia’s first people, the Aborigines,” said Hockey Australia communications manager Nic Kerber in an email response to Sportstar’s query about the jersey.
Here’s an explanation of the design elements on the jersey which was painted by Aboriginal artists -
Australian captain Eddie Ockenden liked the design and theme of their ‘alternate’ jersey. “Like India has blue and then white, this is our second jersey. It is an indigenous design. It is really cool, looks nice. Good colour,” said Ockenden.
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