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Commemorative Coogee Dolphins rugby league jersey 2003

Object type
Commemorative objects

Object number

Commemorative yellow, blue and white synthetic football jersey. This short sleeved jumper has a white collar and blue cuffs. On the front is a blue and white vee, and "L QUAY FUTURES". "In Memory of Clint Thompson #6, Adam Howard #10, David Mavroudis #5, Shane Foley #8, Gerard Yeo #3, Joshua Lliffe #4" is embroidered in red on the proper right side of the chest. The Coogee Dolphins emblem and "6-10-5-8-3-4" are embroidered on the proper left side of the chest. In red and black on the left sleeve is the logo and web address of a company called Smart Clothing. Printed on the back is "BEACH PALACE HOTEL" above a black vinyl iron on "9".

Collection name
Coogee Beach Dolphins collection

Collection statement of significance
The Coogee Beach Dolphins collection consists of one yellow and blue commemorative rugby league jersey, from the World Sevens tournament, summer 2003, signed by rugby league stars, and relatives of the Coogee Dolphins rugby league club lost in the Bali bombings of 12 October 2002. The jersey was worn during the tournament's three matches. Additionally there is a colour photograph of the 2002 season Coogee Dolphins 'A' team, including the six team members who lost their lives in the blasts.

Late on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2002, two bombs exploded in the crowded Paddy's Bar and the Sari nightclub on Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Exact figures are difficult to substantiate, but at least 202 people were killed in the first two blasts and over 300 injured. Of the two hundred or more dead, at least eighty-eight were Australians. For many, this event seemed to bring home the immediacy of global terrorism. Ceremonies commemorating the dead and injured were held throughout Australia, in particular at Sydney's Domain on 20 October 2002. The fate of football teams and players became a particular focus for national grieving. In the shock of the killings, the behaviour of all the victims, but in particular the mateship and camaraderie shown by members of sports teams, provided inspiration for those at home. The response of the Coogee Dolphins in Sydney focused on commemorative matches in the Rugby Sevens international tournament and the re-naming of the northern headland at Coogee beach as 'Dolphin's Point'. In such ways did Australian football teams become the focus for an unprecedented period of national mourning.

Coogee Dolphins Football Club

Place made
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Date of production

Associated organisation
Coogee Dolphins Football Club

Associated place
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Associated place
Coogee, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Associated date

Date of event

Synthetic cloth

Width: 1050mm
Height: 770mm
Depth: 30mm

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