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Congratulations on a great sports carnival


The Chairperson of ATSIC’s Tumbukka Regional Council, Tim Chatfield, has congratulated the organisers of the VAYSAR Victorian Aboriginal football and netball carnival held in Geelong last weekend.

This year’s carnival featured 15 football teams competing in two divisions and 38 netball teams competing in three divisions. Matches were played at Skilled Stadium, St Mary’s and St Albans grounds and Kardinia Park Netball Courts.

“It was a great weekend of sport and social activities and it would not have been possible without the hard work of the organisers, the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in Geelong and the Victorian Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation (VAYSAR) co-operative.

“On behalf of the Tumbukka Council - which represents western Victoria, including Geelong - and all our communities across Victoria, I congratulate the two agencies on a job very well done,” Mr Chatfield said.

Mr Chatfield thanked all the participating teams, coaches and officials for making the Geelong carnival such a memorable event and congratulated the winners: Fitzroy Stars and Cummeragunja in the football and B+, Fitzroy Stars 2 and Rumbalara in the netball.

“To win your division takes a special effort, considering the quality of the opposition and the number of games played in a short period of time,” Mr Chatfield said.

Mr Chatfield said ATSIC was proud to be the carnival’s major sponsor and thanked all the other sponsors, as well as the Geelong Football Club, the Victoria Police and the City of Greater Geelong for their great support.

Mr Chatfield paid tribute to all those players who rolled back the years and put on the footy boots to participate in the legends match on the Friday afternoon as a curtain raiser to the carnival.

The Tumbukka Legends side, jointly coached by Geoff Clark and Greg Lovett and including Essendon great Michael Long and St Kilda firebrand Robert Muir, defeated a gallant Binjirru side led by Les Bamblett and Derek Kickett.

“It was a lot of fun to play in that game and it brought back memories of the great deeds of these champions,” said Mr Chatfield, who kicked several goals in a lively performance for Tumbukka.

“Unfortunately, Jim Berg suffered a serious knee injury during the game. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.”

2003 VAYSAR Statewide Indigenous Football and Netball Carnival

Grand final details

Football, Division One: Fitzroy Stars defeated Lake Condah Wanderers Football, Division Two: Cummeragunja (Echuca) defeated Kurnai Warriors (Gippsland)

Netball, Division One: B+ (Shepparton/Melbourne) defeated Rumbalara (Shepparton) Netball, Division Two: Fitzroy Stars 2 defeated Warma Turtles (Echuca) Netball, Division Three: Rumbalara (Shepparton) defeated Taungurung

For more information:

Giuseppe Stramandinoli (ATSIS Public Affairs) 9285 7225 or 0419 508 125

Tim Chatfield on 0409 274 652