CONGRATULATIONS! Port Augusta Football Team Triumh - 17 Oct 2008
PORT AUGUSTA FOOTBALL TEAM TRIUMPH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 30 YEARS OF THE SA ABORIGINAL SPORTS FESTIVAL TAKING HOME THE WINNIE BRANSON CUP.
The South Australian Aboriginal Cultural and Sport Festival, was held in Adelaide over the Labor Day holiday weekend 3rd to the 5th October 2008. The Sports Festival a Social Inclusion Unit initiative under “The Breaking the Cycle” program attracted funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and ETSA Utilities. The festival attracted around 8,000 people over the 3 days.
The Sports Festival kicked off at SANTOS Stadium on the Friday were, over 650 Aboriginal young people participating in the Nunga Little Athletics Day along with 500+ parents had a great day. Hon Kate Ellis Federal Minister for Sports and Hon Paul Caicca, SA Minister for Youth both attended and Cathy Freeman sent the following message
“Congratulations to everybody involved in the Nunga Little Athletics State Championships at Santos Stadium for creating something so obviously powerful and unforgettable.
Whether you¹re a volunteer, parent, official or of course a competitor, I wish you good luck and I encourage the competitors especially, to try to do the best you can, and above all to have as much fun as possible.
Take care and bye for now”.
Over the next 2 days Football teams played from as far away as Yalata and the far North in 17 football matches competing for the Winnie Branson Cup, with Best on Ground at the Grand Final being awarded the Gavin Wanganeen Medal and presented by the SANFL at the home of the West Adelaide Football Club Broadspectrum Oval.
Not to be outdone the women were competing over the weekend for the Josie Agius Netball Cup with 18 teams playing in some 53 netball games, with Best on Ground at the Grand Final being awarded the Beryl Wilson Medal.
For the first time in the 30-year history of the SA Aboriginal Carnival the Port Augusta Football club won the Grand Final. The Gavin Wanganeen Medal was awarded to Wade Thomson from Port Augusta. The women played in over 53 games of netball in both the A Grade and B Grade will the women’s Kaurna team winning both finals. The Beryl Wilson medal was awarded to Jackie Banks (A Grade) and Emily Gollan (B Grade).
Both the Sunday and Saturday was very warm and sunny and the venues at ETSA Park and WAFC were packed with hundreds of kids lining up for the jumping castle, animal farm and the face painter and the endless line in front of the ice cream van.
The Elders were treated to a special lunch with Elders being able to get a meal from the WAFC.
The event was further enhanced with over 100 young Indigenous youth people participating in an AUSKICK clinic with ex AFL stars such as Che Cockatoo-Collins and both Troy and Shane Bond.
Of great disappointment was the cancellation of the Presentation Dinner at the West Adelaide Football Club. This would have been a nice way to cap of a great weekend. Up until then all we had heard over the weekend was positive comments on how great the Sports Festival was, with major metropolitan media including Channel 7, the ABC and The Sunday Mail having positive stories.
Due the cancellation the following people didn’t get the recognition they deserved
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