April 16th, 2021
It will be a proud moment for Keegan Dennis this evening when he runs out onto Wayne Gracey Field at Carmichael Park in the club’s new Centenary Jersey which he designed. Keegan’s Under 18 Men’s Division 1 team will take on Carina at 6.30pm tonight in their first official home game of the 2021 season, hoping to continue the great form they’ve shown throughout the pre-season.
A talented graphic designer, Keegan is passionate about all things football and design, and is currently undertaking a Diploma of Graphic Design at South Bank TAFE. Late last year the club approached Keegan to create a new jersey that was not only unique and special enough to stand out on the field, but also commemorate Wynnum Wolves FC’s Centenary Season. Keegan said he was stoked to be able to take on the job, as kit design is one of the things he most enjoys doing for fun in his spare time. He said the opportunity to turn the Centenary jersey concept – based on a description of the club’s original strip but incorporating some contemporary colour aspects – into a reality was incredibly exciting.
Keegan’s dedication for design was first sparked in 2017 in New Zealand where he “fell in love with graphic design” and knew straight away that this was the path he wanted to pursue. Coming back to Australia after two years abroad he continued to study graphic design throughout his senior years in high school. In deciding what the club’s newest kit should look like, Keegan and committee club members agreed that a move away from an all-yellow jersey was necessary to mark the Centenary year – and in line with historical descriptions of the club’s original playing shirts. However, incorporating the iconic yellow colour into the design was still a must.
The new jersey features the club’s striking Wolves yellow around the collar and sleeves, and the modern design sports thin black, vertical pinstripes down the length of the body — paying homage to the historical description of the 1921 jersey worn by Wynnum’s first ever Football team. A description of Wynnum’s original jersey was found in in the Chronicles of Australia Soccer which described a playing strip that included: Black and white vertical stripes, black shorts and black socks with white turnovers.
As a rule, Keegan said his creative design process usually involved a heap of time in front of the computer, acknowledging that it often becomes a very messy workplace before he is able to narrow down his graphic design ideas. “But that’s all part of the process,” he said. Receiving a strong brief and solid feedback from committee members was key in perfecting the features of the Centenary kit. Keegan is stoked with the final product and is equally excited to get to wear the strip for the first time this evening.
Wynnum Wolves’ First team players stepped out in the new Centenary jersey for the first time last Sunday afternoon in their opening home game of the 2021 FQPL Season. Every Wynnum Wolves FC player – from Mini-Roos to Masters – will be wearing the Centenary kit this season. If you want to know more about this budding young designer, you can follow Keegan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KDesignMedia or Instagram @KeeganDesignn
Written by Melanie Canosa and Edited by Vicky Krayem for Wolves FC.