WHEN asked if she wanted to design Melbourne’s 2021 AFLW Indigenous guernsey, Krstel Petrevski didn’t take long to answer.
The Demons youngster and proud Indigenous woman from the Kija/Jaru tribe knew exactly what she wanted on it, despite not fancying herself as an artist.
She envisioned something that represented her journey, her culture and her community, and with a story behind every element, has bought to life a jumper of true sentiment.
“I absolutely love football – it’s a major connection back to my home, my country and my people,” Petrevski told Melbourne Media.
“I have a lot of people to thank in my life for getting me to where I am today, the person I’ve become today.”
Petrevski’s design acknowledges both the past and the present, with references to former Demon Aliesha Newman, as well as the Indigenous boys on Melbourne’s current AFL playing list.
The 19-year-old has also featured all 29 of her teammates, paying her respects to those that embrace and love her culture, just as much as she does.
“They wear the jumper with pride,” she said.
“Every day, you get to be part of their growth, their development and their lives – it’s something real special.
“I love them to bits.”
This weekend will mark the competition’s inaugural Indigenous Round, with the Demons to pull on the guernsey to take on Collingwood.
And while Petrevski won’t be out there due to injury, it will be a moment she won’t forget.
“As disappointing as it is that I won’t get to wear it, I’m extremely blessed and extremely grateful to see all of my teammates wearing it,” she said.
“Seeing them run out in it and seeing the smiles on their face, I’ll be happy and my heart will be full, because I know they’re wearing it with just as much pride as I would.”
Watch below as Petrevski explains exactly what the guernsey means to her.