Car­ni­val a Naidoc cel­e­bra­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

THE Wir­rpanda Foun­da­tion’s men and women went head to head on the net­ball court at the an­nual 2015 Naidoc Net­ball Car­ni­val at the State Net­ball Cen­tre in Jolimont this month.

For­mer AFL play­ers An­toni Grover, Troy Cook and Dale Kick­ett lined up for the men against a women’s team in­clud­ing Ash­lea Wal­ley, Josie Janz-Daw­son , Melva Yar­ren and Ash­leigh Brazill.

The women got off to a strong start, but the men made a come­back in the sec­ond half to win 18-15.

Grover, an Abo­rig­i­nal sup­port de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with the Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation, said the car­ni­val brought the com­mu­nity to­gether and also pro­vided a tal­ent path­way for young net­ball play­ers.

Net­ball WA se­lected a Naidoc All Stars team at the car­ni­val that will com­pete in a com­pe­ti­tion later this year.

The car­ni­val at­tracted a record 81 teams from Perth, Ger­ald­ton, Northam, Man­durah, Bunbury, Albany, Mount Barker and Tam­bellup.

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies said the car­ni­val was a high­light of Naidoc Week for many Abo­rig­i­nal women and was more spe­cial this year be­cause games were played in the new State Net­ball Cen­tre.

The Wir­rpanda Foun­da­tion women’s team was nar­rowly de­feated by the men.

Ash­lea Wal­ley.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie

An­toni Grover.

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