Excitement is building for a historic all-Indigenous football match being organised by Deniliquin’s Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre.
Families connected to two local Aboriginal Reserves — Moonahcullah and Cummeragunja — will take part in a day of football and netball.
The day is being held in honour of the 1920s-1930s Moonahcullah and Cummeragunja football teams and will be held at Mathoura Recreation Reserve on Sunday, July 2.
The day will start with a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle Leo Briggs (Moonahcullah) and Uncle Col Walker (Cummeragunja).
‘‘The day’s activities are all about reconnecting, being together and having a celebration; it isn’t about the final scores,’’ Yarkuwa chairperson Jeanette Crew said.
‘‘The connection between Cummeragunja and Moonahcullah extends back many generations with marriages, friendships and shared histories.
‘‘This event presents an opportunity to recognise our family connections.
‘‘This year it’s all about everyone getting together but the event may develop into competitive carnivals in the future.
‘‘We’re hoping for a crowd of over 400 people coming from all parts of Victoria and New South Wales.
‘‘This event is a great opportunity for both the Aboriginal and broader community to celebrate a shared history.’’
The day of sport will start with the ‘Little Midgets’ football game all the way through to the senior football.
All Moonahcullah teams have been filled except for the Under 14 football side, which needs another eight players.
People are also welcome to register for the waiting/emergency player list for other teams, or help as a volunteer on the day.
Players and volunteers should contact Chris Cooper at Viney Morgan Aboriginal Medical Centre on 5869 3433 (Cummeragunja teams) or Carren Bux at Yarkuwa on 5881 3312 (Moonahcullah teams).
The event will be drug and alcohol free and there will be hoodies and T-shirts for sale on the day to commemorate the big occasion.
Players will also have the option to buy their playing jersey.
If anyone has any queries or would like further information, contact Carren Bux at Yarkuwa.