Nowra hosts feast of football
Mobs from around the country converged on Nowra this month to compete and celebrate grassroots football.
It was grassroots football of the round ball kind at its finest – energetic, enthusiastic, passionate and skilled.
The inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships was held over three days in the NSW town and those who attended described it as “deadly, fantastic and full of surprises”.
Hosted by the Wreck Bay Football Club, the championships were the brainchild of Bernie McLeod.
McLeod used his enthusiasm for the game and extensive community connections to make the championships a success.
There were friend and family reunions, jumping castles for the children and football workshops. Elders were able to sit in comfort by the main field and watch the action.
The Illawarra Bungarras defeated Northern Nations 4-0 in the women’s division.
The South East Dingoes won the men’s division, defeating Eora United 2-1 in the final.
Team Mundine defeated Team Fozz 4-3 in the Johnny Warren Football Foundation celebrity match.
Bernie McLeod and co-organiser Lawrence Gilbert said another 24 teams were keen to register for next year which would boost the total to 48.