Buccs proud to represent culture by donning singlets designed by Yamatji artist Charmaine Green

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Clayton Parfitt wears the Indigenous jersey designed by Charmaine Green.
Camera IconClayton Parfitt wears the Indigenous jersey designed by Charmaine Green. Credit: Reuben Carder/Geraldton Guardian

Clayton Parfitt and his Geraldton Buccaneers side proudly represented culture and history as they step out on court this weekend.

The Buccs will take to the court wearing singlets designed by Yamatji artist Charmaine Green to celebrate NAIDOC Week and the Indigenous community’s contributions to the team, and Parfitt — one of a string of Indigenous players to have suited up for Geraldton — said he was looking forward to it.

“It recognises past, present and future Aboriginal leaders and community,” Parfitt, who is the older brother of Rovers players Farren, Gabriel and Trevor and a flag-winning former captain with the footy club himself, said.

“It gives the players the chance to celebrate their love of playing the sport and a platform to represent their (values).

“The big one for me is family.”

Parfitt said he was exposing his two young daughters to the Wadjarri culture of his group, from around the Mullewa area, where his family had deep roots — Mullewa Saints coach Charlie Comeagain is family. The Buccs were due to run out on court at home in the jerseys last weekend, before the official start of NAIDOC Week, and hold a welcome to country, but the round was postponed because of lockdown.

“It was unfortunate,” Parfitt said.

“It would have been a home game. You want to be playing in front of family and friends on your country.

“Hopefully we get to wear the jerseys again at some stage at home.”

Buccs coach Dayle Joseph said Parfitt was one of a string of Indigenous players who had brought their ability to the side over the years, including Johny Narkle, Mark Micallef and Justin Mallard.

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