Thursday, 29 September 2011

Sherrin - Australian Design

This week is AFL Grand final week with my team Geelong against Collingwood. Go Cats! Players will battle it out with a Sherrin which is indeed an Australian design classic.

The unique oval shape of our footy came about by T.W Sherrin fixing up a misshapen rugby ball. In 1880, he designed the “sherrin” with indented rather than pointy ends to give the ball a better bounce. In 1897, Sherrin footballs went into mass production.

The Sherrin is the official ball of the AFL and its distinctive red oval shape has come to symbolise the uniquely Australian game. The "sherrin" featured in the exhibition 175 Years of Victorian Design

Australian design classic the Sherrin Australian rules football.

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