NAIDOC car­ni­val kicks goals

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Roe­bourne and Youn­galeena play­ers shake hands be­fore the big game. Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Team OJP and Roe­bourne Mag­pies con­test the ball.

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