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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
Top: Members of the Kyneton senior football team showcasing the woollen retro football jumpers. Bottom: Noel Henderson, the principal of nearby Avington Merino Stud, who supported the manufacturing of the Kyneton woollen football jumpers. To mark its milestone 150th anniversary, the Kyneton Football Netball Club has produced a limited edition all-Australian retro football jumper made from 100 per cent Australian Merino wool. Hand made in Melbourne with the traditional long sleeves and collar, the black and yellow jumpers are numbered 1-44, with a small selection to be framed featuring the Club’s Premiership sides since 1966. “For those lucky enough to purchase the jumpers, they will own a very special memento that will be treasured for years,” said Club President Karen O’Sullivan. “We are grateful to Noel Henderson from Avington Merino Stud at Sidonia, who has made it possible for the jumpers to be produced, along with AWI.” Local wool trader Billy White ran with the original idea by Ron Rutledge to have a commemorative jumper. His family has grown wool in the local area for five generations, and his son Monte plays in the Kyneton Tigers Under 14s. The limited-edition jumpers (1-44) featured on WIN Television News and were auctioned at the end of May. The re-entry of wool into footy merchandise comes as a result of AWI’s ‘Fibre of Football’ initiative that was launched four years ago to celebrate the rich heritage of the The local footy club at Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges region of Victoria has produced a retro football jumper made from Merino wool, with support from AWI. KYNETON’S 150TH COMMEMORATIVE WOOL JUMPERS MAKE THEIR MARK The Wagin Football Club, based in a prime wool-growing region of Western Australia, is this season wearing wool on the footy field. The Upper Great Southern Football League team has donned a lightweight wool-synthetic blend jumper, comprising a composite fabric of a machine-washable superfine Merino wool next to the skin and polyester on the outside. The club’s new coach is former Fremantle Dockers defender Paul Duffield, who three years ago returned to his farming roots as a woolgrower at nearby Darkan. Paul said the team has been delighted with their new wool footy tops, especially as about three quarters of the team are local woolgrowers. “The wool tops have turned out fantastic, we’re really happy with them,” said Paul. “They have a different, more comfortable, feel than our previous tops and they have performed very well in the hot conditions we’ve been having. “Most of our players are woolgrowers so they are pleased to see their fibre back in footy playing gear. We’re grateful to the support that we’ve received from AWI in helping us out in this way.” The collaboration came about after the coordinators of AWI’s The Sheep’s Back network in Western Australia, Andrew Ritchie and Mark Allington of Icon Agriculture, attended an AWI network meeting in Sydney and were given a presentation about AWI’s Fibre of Football The local footy club at Wagin in the Great Southern region of Western Australia is this season playing in guernseys containing Merino wool, with support from AWI. The Wagin Football Club wearing their wool playing tops. WAGIN BULLDOGS DON WOOL PLAYING GUERNSEYS campaign. As keen footy fans themselves, they pursued getting wool back into their local side’s playing gear, which resulted in AWI supporting the production of the guernseys through JS Sports of Adelaide, South Australia. Australian wool industry and Australian Football. AWI worked alongside AFL merchandise licensee PlayCorp together with Australian manufacturers. While retro woollen footy jumpers and other supporter gear for the AFL Premiership clubs have been available for the past few seasons (at www.shop.afl.com.au), AWI is delighted to see the uptake of woollen apparel in grass roots football clubs like Kyneton. OFF FARM 9
In the Shops - September 2018