NAIDOC Cup 2023: Plumpton wins in the wet

Well done to the more than 50 Indigenous students from five schools who participated in the NAIDOC Cup, many of them trying footy for the first time. Although damp, there were plenty of laughs and some quality football at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Plumpton High School won the day, defeating Macquarie Fields High School in a high scoring encounter, 5.6.36 to 4.5.29.

The NAIDOC Cup is an AFL 9s tournament is run by AFL Indigenous Academies Western Sydney, which delivers specific cultural, educational and leadership programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across eight high schools from Blacktown to Campbelltown.



NAIDOC Week 2023

During NAIDOC Week people across Australia will come together to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2023 is For Our Elders.

Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families. 

They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers, and our loved ones.

Our loved ones who pick us up in our low moments and celebrate us in our high ones. Who cook us a feed to comfort us and pull us into line, when we need them too. 

They guide our generations and pave the way for us to take the paths we can take today. Guidance, not only through generations of advocacy and activism, but in everyday life and how to place ourselves in the world.

We draw strength from their knowledge and experience, in everything from land management, cultural knowledge to justice and human rights. Across multiple sectors like health, education, the arts, politics, and everything in between, they have set the many courses we follow.

The struggles of our Elders help to move us forward today. The equality we continue to fight for is found in their fight. Their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our people.

It is their influence and through their learnings that we must ensure that when it comes to future decision making for our people, there is nothing about us – without us.

We pay our respects to the Elders we’ve lost and to those who continue fighting for us across all our Nations and we pay homage to them.

Learn more about NAIDOC Week and find local events here: