NAIDOC carnival kicks goals
Youngaleena Hunters have capped off a big weekend of footy in Roebourne with a 13.14 (92) to 4.1 (25) grand final win over the home side on Sunday.
The Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation’s ninth annual NAIDOC football carnival ran over three days and saw several teams from Roebourne compete against sides from Hedland and remote communities across the Pilbara.
More than just a carnival, it is often the only chance many competitors and spectators get each year to catch up with family from far and wide in this region.
While the Roebourne Razors scraped into the finals with a post-siren goal over town rivals the Roebourne Magpies, the Hunters were the side to beat all weekend.
After the tragedy of last year’s event, when Bobby Alec died on the field of play,the 2016 edition was played with extra significance. After the finals, a memorial urn was presented to a teary Alec family, who thanked family and friends present for the support received in the past year.
Organiser Arnold Lockyer said next year’s 10th anniversary event would be celebrated.
Team OJP and Roebourne Magpies contest the ball.