Plumpton students win 2017 NAIDOC Cup

Plumpton High School has taken out the 2017 NAIDOC Cup against runners-up, Sarah Redfern High School, today in Western Sydney.

Now in its sixth year, the annual NAIDOC Cup is run by AFL NSW/ACT as a part of National NAIDOC Week, which begins this Sunday.

Four high schools from the AFL NSW/ACT Western Sydney Indigenous Program attended the event, held at Blacktown International Sportspark.

More than 100 students took part in an AFL 9s-style round-robin tournament, and were cheered on by parents, teachers, and volunteers throughout the morning.

Western Sydney Indigenous Academies Manager, Candice Bell says that the NAIDOC Cup provides an opportunity for AFL NSW/ACT’s Indigenous Academy partner high schools, to come together and build community connections within the Western Sydney region.

“The NAIDOC Cup is our pillar event for NAIDOC Week,” says Bell.

“The event is designed for students to take pride in their culture, and share that culture with their school peers.”

Former GWS GIANTS AFL Women’s player, Codie Briggs attended the event, mingling with the teenagers and sharing her knowledge of the game.

The event also included a performance of the Australian National anthem, sung in traditional Dharawal language by Tiarni Bussell of Sarah Redfern High School.

National NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and takes place from 2-9 July 2017 across Australia.

AFL NSW/ACT will be taking part in National NAIDOC Week celebrations at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) on 7 July 2018 in Redfern. Please visit the NCIE website for more information.