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06 June 2013

5th Annual Indigenous Cultural Football Weekend

The Annual Cultural and Football Carnival, founded by Golden West Resources and involving the Wiluna Martu Eagles and Dalkeith Nedlands Junior Football Club (“DNJFC”), took place at Dwellingup Oval over the June long weekend.

The event, now in its fifth year, coincides with National Reconciliation Week and is about bringing two cultures together in a unique team-building weekend that combines highly skilled football with cross cultural and ice breaking activities.

It has rapidly become a major event on the junior football calendar and is an important celebration of team spirit, cultural understanding, respect and healthy living.

The teams were comprised of boys and girls with ages varying from 10-16. While the older boys play at full tilt with all the skill they can muster, they also make sure the younger players from both sides are brought into the game and are able to play without fear of being bowled over by the bigger boys.

“It is this understanding among the older boys to protect the younger boys and girls, regardless of the side they are on, that was and remains a unique feature of the game,” said Golden West Resources Director Mick Wilson.

The Wiluna Martu Eagles were once again victorious, winning by 52 points, despite lending DNJFC two players.

“The event is a very successful example of mining companies and indigenous people working together,” Mr Wilson said.

Duran Patch, one of the original players from the program, competed at Paterson’s Stadium on 26th of May in the curtain raiser to the AFL’s Fremantle Dockers vs Melbourne Demons match, where he was named best player.

The weekend is proudly supported Murlpirrmarra Connection and a number of local mining and services companies. Murlpirrmarra Connection is an organisation that assists and supports education, educational options, sporting pathways, health, rehabilitation, discipline, self-confidence and employment prospects for young Wiluna and Murchison based Aboriginal men and women.

 

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