Players roll in for Roebourne footy
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.
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.