The AFL is a great sport that truly captures the heart’s of Australian sport fanatics.
But like all sports there are areas of the AFL that can cause debate.
Holding the ball, head high contact, the Match Review Panel and drugs are all issues debated by fans and the media.
But one issue that is never raised and irritates me most in AFL are the team guernsey’s.
Guernsey’s were designed to set teams apart and make it easier for fans and players to recognise their teammates.
However, in the past few years manufacturers have designed guernsey’s that do not resemble the traditional appearance’s of teams and have resulted is clashes with opposition guernsey’s.
One of the major culprits of this trend is Port Adelaide.
Ten years ago Port Adelaide never had a clash issue with Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Melbourne, Richmond and St Kilda.
However with the decision to convert to an all black strip with a teal and white ‘V’ has led to a clash with numerous teams and created an unprecedented issue heading in the 2014 Elimination final against Richmond.
The week leading to the game focused on the AFL’s decision to force Port Adelaide to wear their white away jersey for the final even though the game was played in Adelaide.
Port were angered by the decision and decided to wear the traditional Port Adelaide SANFL guernsey.
Though Port looked wonderful in the traditional jersey, there would never have been a need to revert from their AFL home jumper if they added a white patch at the back of their guernsey.
Not only would a patch break up the bland black texture of the jumper, it would also keep in tradition with past Port Adelaide jumpers, which have always had a white patch.
For the 2017 season, Port Adelaide will wear a white patch at the back of their home guernsey’s but though this is a significant improvement, the Port Adelaide jersey is still bland for a club, which seeks to uphold it’s tradition, whilst progressing with the modern game.
In an ideal world the Power would be wearing their traditional black and white ‘prison bar’ guernsey that made them one of the most recognisable football clubs in Australia.
But with Collingwood holding the rights to the black and white in the AFL, the chances of the Power ever wearing the two shades is as slim as seeing the Loch Ness Monster.
Though the Power may never be able to wear black and white, it does not mean they can never revert to the ‘prison bar’ guernsey.
After watching the elimination final in 2014 I set out to design a modern version of the ‘prison bar’ strip, which would capture the history of Port Adelaide, without clashing with Collingwood or any other team in the competition.
The design I have created is the same as the traditional ‘prison bar’, but instead of being black and white, it is now predominately teal and black with a white patch.
As well as being used for the home jumper, the ‘prion bar’ template can be used for a clash strip, with the all black base of the strip reworked to be either white or teal and the striped styled to be black.
The ‘prison bar’ guernsey is one of the most unique jumpers in Australian football and it is a great shame that it is not used in the AFL.
But with a little use of imagination, Port Adelaide could once again don the ‘prison bar’ jumper.