Crows icon designs indigenous jumper for women

by Peter Argent


Heralding the start of the AFL Women’s competition, Adelaide Crows legend Andrew McLeod designed an indigenous jumper for the Crows women, which incorporates the strong heritage and values of the women in his life.

Andrew McLeod with the indigenous design Adelaide jumper for women. Wearing the jumper are Jasmine Anderson (click to enlarge)

Andrew McLeod with Tayla Thorn (left) and Jasmine Anderson (right); each of them wearing the indigenous design Adelaide Crows jumper for women. (Click to enlarge)


Starting with both his grand-mothers, all the women across McLeod’s life have been role models and nurtured him as a person first and in his sporting pursuits as well.

McLeod has also been a proud Territorian and still has a strong connection with his roots up in the “top end”.

This jumper will be launched tonight and used in each away game for the Crows, as well as for their fixture in Darwin.

The Adelaide dual Norm Smith Medallist and 340-game champion gave an insight into the special story of the creation of the playing jumper the girls will wear as an away strip and in Darwin.

“The sun mother is the giver of life, nurturer and educator, she gives us strength and courage,” he explained.

“The sun mother comforts and keeps us warm; she guides us and is someone we draw strength from.

“The claws of the Crow wrapped around the sides of the guernsey represent a mothers hug.

“The design inside the blue claw is Island matting, symbolising a meeting place, a location where we can come together and feel safe.

“Inside the red claw represents the two moieties (moieties equal to half) of Yolngu culture, Dhuwa and Yirritja.

“Everything – the people, plants, animals and the winds – are connected and come together through these two holistic world views and have done for tens of thousands of years.

“The yellow claw design is a dilly bag made from pandanus leaves, intertwine like family. Dilly bags are used to transport food or other important tools to be used for hunting and gathering.

“Both the Crocodile and Barramundi are synonymous with the (Northern) Territory.

“A female crocodile is moving forward creating a path for others to follow. Female crocodiles can lay up to 50 eggs at a time. They can be very aggressive, protecting their nests and young from predators.

“Saltwater Barramundi are born males, when mature they transform into females.

“Female ‘Barra’ are protected and can produce over 30 million eggs in a year.

“They are a beautiful fish with their iridescent skin making them attractive to all.”


Jasmine Anderson, Andrew McLeod and Tayla Thorn.

Jumper designer Andrew McLeod flanked by Jasmine Anderson (left) and Tayla Thorn. (Click to enlarge)

The two indigenous players in the Crows inaugural women’s program Jasmine Anderson (left) and Tayla Thorn, also both proud Territorians, are wearing the McLeod inspired jumpers.

McLeod is also proud that Thorn and Anderson have a connection to his clan and to football in the NT.

Jasmine Anderson’s grandfather, Jimmy, played alongside Andrew’s father, Jock, at the Buffaloes.

Tayla Thorn’s father, Tommy, played with the Buffaloes and the Wanderers in the NTFL as well.


  1. Yvette Wroby says

    Beautiful designs. With so much meaning. Well done

  2. Love it – got one for my daughter as soon as it came out

  3. I really like the design, and who wouldn’t want to wear a jumper designed by the great Andrew McLeod?

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