Play­ers roll in for Roe­bourne footy

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara res­i­dents from the fur­thest cor­ners of the re­gion came to Roe­bourne for the an­nual NAIDOC Foot­ball Car­ni­val last week­end.

The Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion-run event, now in its 10th year, brings re­mote com­mu­nity res­i­dents into town for a two­day tour­na­ment to crown the best footy team in the Pil­bara.

More than just a com­pe­ti­tion, for many this is the only time of year they have to catch up with friends and fam­ily.

This year it was Indee Sta­tion Sons who claimed brag­ging rights af­ter de­feat­ing De Grey 13 goals to two.

The games were hosted at the Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School oval, in­stead of the town oval as has been the case in pre­vi­ous years, be­cause of the venue’s bet­ter play­ing sur­face.

Af­ter com­ing close in the pre­vi­ous few years, the De Grey team made it to the grand fi­nal against Indee Sta­tion Sons.

The road to the fi­nals was a whirl­wind for De Grey af­ter dom­i­nat­ing Roe­bourne Ra­zors in the semi­fi­nals.

De Grey worked hard to keep the ball in their for­ward 50 and shut down any ex­its from the home side.

With a fi­nal re­sult of 7.6 (48) to 1.3 (9), the De Grey side was buoyed for the fi­nals ap­pear­ance against their fan­cied op­po­nents.

Indee Sta­tion Sons had it harder against Ji­ga­long but over­came the East Pil­bara com­mu­nity’s big mid­field pack to win 9.4 (58) to 4.1 (25) to book their place in the fi­nal.

This year the women also got a few teams to­gether to get out on the pad­dock to com­pete.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ji­ga­long's Dion Sam­son rises for the mark.

Indee Sons and De Grey form a line.

Ra­zors' Mark Lock­yer tries to dis­pose the ball un­der pres­sure.

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