AFL NSW/ACT celebrates NAIDOC Week
The tenth annual AFL NSW/ACT NAIDOC Cup has been won for 2019 with Macquarie Fields High School taking out the main prize.
Seven high schools currently working with the AFL NSW/ACT Western Sydney Indigenous Academy took part in the day’s action played at Blacktown International Sportspark.
While the mixed AFL 9s round-robin tournament was the main calling for the NAIDOC Cup, the day also included cultural activities such as basket weaving and bush tucker tasting.
As the only event on the calendar that brings the AFL Western Sydney Indigenous Academy partner schools together, the NAIDOC Cup is seen as one of the best opportunities for the students to be able to connect and network with each other, providing a strong sense of community and instilling cultural pride.
It was a competitive field with much pride on the line as the Grand Final came down to defending champions, James Meehan High School and Macquarie Fields. It was a close final, but Macquarie Fields would take the win.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth – let’s work together for a shared future.’ NAIDOC Week is celebrated across Australia and throughout the week celebrates the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The event is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
AFL NSW/ACT wishes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a happy 2019 NAIDOC Week.