By Claire Ottaviano
THE Old Guildfordians Mundaring Hockey Club will battle it out against the Westside Wolves this Sunday to win the inaugural Hockey WA Indigenous Round Charlie Burns Cup.
The event will open with cultural dance, food and festivities followed by the Premier 1 men’s match at the Guildford Grammar School hockey turf.
In recognition of NAIDOC week, postponed due to lockdown in July, the cup was named after World War I and II veteran and first Guildford Grammar School indigenous student Charlie Burns.
Club president John Hutton said as one of the first hockey club’s established in WA in 1904, the original Guildford Hockey Club was steeped in both indigenous and settler history.
“Guildford Grammar School has a strong indigenous program and it’s the right time for the club to celebrate its historical and indigenous links,” he said.
“Together with the school community we’re putting on a celebration of food, cultural dance and story time before the game.”
Nyamal youngster and Guildford Grammar Year 11 student Jaylen Coppin designed the Indigenous Round jersey.
“The school motto is ‘go forward’ and an animal that can only move forward never backwards is the kangaroo so I incorporated the kangaroo as a homage to the school,” he said.
“The ‘G’ for Guildford represents a meeting place with the players as the hunters.
“There are also watering holes depicted which connect to the Swan River.”
Seeing his design on the team shirt for the first time on Tuesday, Jaylen said he felt extremely proud and honoured.
Cultural festivities start on August 29 at 11.45am followed by the hockey match at 12.30pm.