Aboriginal art a first for Mortlock

GUERNSEY: Contemporary aboriginal artist Jillian Larking with her artwork for the EP Shark Warriors' guernsey, the first year an aboriginal design has been selected for a Mortlock Shield guernsey.
GUERNSEY: Contemporary aboriginal artist Jillian Larking with her artwork for the EP Shark Warriors' guernsey, the first year an aboriginal design has been selected for a Mortlock Shield guernsey.

In a first for the Mortlock Shield, a team will be playing in a guernsey displaying contemporary aboriginal artwork when they run out on Saturday for the first game of the Shield.

Contemporary aboriginal artist Jillian Larking said she was contacted by her cousin Jeremy ‘Bubbles’ Johncock, who is involved with the Adelaide Crows Football Club as an indigenous liaison officer, to design a guernsey for the EP Shark Warriors a few months ago.

“I was really happy to do it – I’ve designed a few shirts around (Port Lincoln),” Miss Larking said.

“I’ve always wanted to do a guernsey after seeing all the indigenous round guernseys in the AFL.”

Miss Larking said she had been painting aboriginal artwork since she was a teenager and was proud to design a guernsey for a Mortlock Shield team.

“I’ve sold paintings all over the world," Miss Larking said.

Miss Larking said Mr Johncock asked her to redesign the shark on the guernsey to make opposition players feel more intimidated.

“He (Johncock) said those other sharks look really cartoonish – (he asked me) to make it look really mean,” she said.

In the design, the shark represents a team of players who are not permanent residents of the Eyre Peninsula and have moved around to different locations for different reasons – but will set up a temporary residency in Port Lincoln over the weekend.

“I’ve always been a Lincoln District girl...but I might have to go for the EP Sharks this time..I get a guernsey out of it too!”