Club Cowra

Junior Magpies To Don Locally Designed Indigenous Jersey

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

IMAGE: Junior Magpies players display the artwork by Ricky Whitton, that will be displayed on their away jerseys this season.

Last Friday afternoon River Park was buzzing with junior league players new and old as they gathered at the nest for the annual muster day.

However, this year’s muster afternoon for the Under 6’s-10’s was not like any other as the club unveiled the new jersey for this season’s travelling sides.

The under 11’s-16’s tackle and Under 11’s, 13’s and 15’s League Tag sides will be fitted out with the stunning new jersey designed by indigenous artist and ex magpie Ricky Whitton.

The story behind his vision for the jersey touched the hearts of locals, especially those who have laced up the boots and played for the magpies at junior and senior levels. Channelling his own memories and experiences of playing rugby league in Cowra, Ricky crafted a magnificent piece of artwork that tells a beautiful and moving story, connecting the past, the present and both sides of the river where each footy ground sits and people gather.

The committee have received a large wave of enquiries from adults wishing to purchase the Jersey’s for themselves, showing just how connected Cowra locals feel to Ricky’s story and his art.

The community-run club is sincerely grateful for Ricky’s generous and kind contribution to Cowra Junior Rugby League and the players taking to the field this season.

The players are excited to pull on the new jersey and represent the magpies in what is set to be a big year ahead, as the competition comes back into full swing for the 2022 season.

By Jamie-Lee Farley

Cowra Regional Art Gallery

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