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Yolngu Radio’s Gabba broadcast makes history

- FLOSS ADAMS

FOR the first time in history an AFL semi-final will be officially commentate­d in an Indigenous language.

Yolngu Radio will broadcast the Brisbane Lions versus Western Bulldogs semi-final being played at the Gabba on Saturday in Yolngu Matha language.

Yolngu Radio creative manager Nic O’Riley said this achievemen­t was significan­t and special on a number of levels.

“It is definitely important for Yolngu people to hear their favourite sport in their first language,” Mr O’Riley said.

“It is sending a strong message to kids in North East Arnhem Land that they can do anything they want in their own language,”

The commentato­rs of the match will be William Gumbula and Baykali Ganambarr.

The Matha language is the third most spoken language in the Territory and is spoken by over 12,000 people.

The match will be broadcaste­d to the five major communitie­s in North East Arnhem Land, 14 homelands and throughout the greater Darwin area.

“It’s really special for our organisati­on and for the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land,” Mr O’Riley said.

“For the first time they will hear their favourite sport in their first language.”

 ??  ?? William Gumbula and Baykali Ganambarr in the commentary box.
William Gumbula and Baykali Ganambarr in the commentary box.

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