Carnival a Naidoc celebration
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.