Indigenous team playing international football

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    The lads from Borroloola will be Australia’s Indigenous representatives in the International Arafua Games taking on teams from the Northern Territory, East Timor, Indonesia and Macau.

    The small community is over 600 km from Darwin, but they are becoming recognised across Australia for their football passion and prowess.

    Glenn Thompson, Coach of Borroloola, has worked hard to develop the boys and girls of this small community 600km’s from Darwin. And one of their players has already trialled with an A-League Youth side.

    Borroloola is the only Indigenous community in the Northern Territory where you see football goals, rather than the more favoured AFL, when entering the area.

    You can check out the draw here.

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    • May 8th 2009 @ 6:40pm
      Art Sapphire said | May 8th 2009 @ 6:40pm | ! Report

      Thanks for article and the link Eamonn.
      I will make a note of checking the results.

    • May 9th 2009 @ 8:42am
      onside said | May 9th 2009 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      Eamonn,good story.Its needs a follow piece on one of those ACA type TV shows.
      The story has everything, a world sport, aboriginal kids, representing Australia, a
      maybe mutimilionaire in the making, lots of fun, big beautiful smiles. Its the future.

    • May 9th 2009 @ 8:52am
      Eamonn said | May 9th 2009 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      Reckon it would be a big story if it was AFL or NRL indigenous guys wouldn’t it?

    • May 9th 2009 @ 3:02pm
      onside said | May 9th 2009 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

      Eamonn
      Couldnt be AFL , its only played in Australia
      NRL? well theres PNG and NZ.that about does in this region.

    • May 9th 2009 @ 4:03pm
      Midfielder said | May 9th 2009 @ 4:03pm | ! Report

      Eamonn

      The lack of media for national teams at times is difficult to understand and it does pose a question as to who is running the editorial departments … but taken from the 2008 annual address by Frank Lowy …” In the past five years, Australia’s nine national teams have played 377 international games in 144 cities around the world…”” http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/InsideFFA/default.aspx?s=insideffa_newsfeatures_newsitem&id=25108 …that is impressive and more than one game a week but almost totally un reported.

    • May 9th 2009 @ 4:31pm
      JF said | May 9th 2009 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

      Do you not receive SBS! so sick of soccer complaining about lack of media coverage. An entire station devoted to soccer, yet still not enough for you.

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