"Real" Football at its Best
As the sun shone brightly over the red dirt football ground in Jigalong, a remote Aboriginal community about 160 kilometres from Newman, a fantastic display of youth football saw the two towns come together.
The fast paced game saw parents and spectators cheering for both towns in the annual Jigalong v Newman Football Match. The match was targeted at 11-17 year olds boys and girls. Players from Newman piled into a bus in the early morning to venture along the two hour long gravel road.
Players from both teams were given a free singlet to remember the event and experience of playing members from a remote Aboriginal community on a traditional football oval. The red dust flew through the air as players fought for the football, player’s peripheral vision and skill to keep their feet improved immensely to avoid certain rocks and cow manure on the ground.
It was great to see the positive spirit the game was played in, players from both teams helping each other up, shaking hands and laughing with one another, whilst community members jumped in to goal umpire, score and run the barbeque.
Presentations followed the thrilling match, which saw Newman take the shield home with an 18-point win. Players Aaron Sampson (Newman) and Jarras Sailor (Jigalong) received best on ground.
Players and community members then enjoyed a sausage sizzle together, before Newman began the long journey home, stopping at the local water hole for a post-game recovery session and jumps off a tree into the water.
The event would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the ongoing support of the Newman Junior Football League and committee members, Jigalong Community Members, V Swans and V Swans partnership with BHP Billiton.
We look forward to a bigger and better game next year.