Day Two came and delivered in fine fashion as the 2018 National Indigenous Football Championships held at the South Nowra Complex hit fever pitch with semi-finalists announced in a brilliant day of football action.
Four group winners were announced in the Open Men and Women competitions with two teams standing out from the rest of the pack namely the Yuin Black Cockatoos and Illawarra Bungarras.
Both teams saw their Open Men and Women sides top their respective groups with semi-final football action gripping the Complex on Saturday morning.
The Under 14’s category saw the Finals played out on Friday with the Newcastle All-Stars (Boys) and Djuwin Walimburra (Girls) taking out top honours in the Jade North World Cup Series.
Former Socceroo star Jade North also held his successful ‘Kickin with a Cuz’ clinic that proved to be a major hit with the locals as well as participants.
North was assisted by yet another familiar Australian football star in newly appointed Wollongong Wolves coach and ex-Socceroo Luke Wilkshire as the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s club also played a pivotal role in coordinating the clinic alongside North.
Western Sydney University also threw its support behind the tournament as day two of their ‘Coaching Unlimited’ program also featured.
The ‘Coaching Unlimited’ program saw members from the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation educate the various coaches on hand about supporting the well-being of their athletes amongst many other topics of discussion.
The fun and excitement did not stop there.
The first ever Elders Walking Football Match was a massive hit with the 20 local Shoalhaven elders who participated in the game alongside a very familiar figure in the Australian football game, that was no other than FFA CEO David Gallop.
A number of interested on-lookers, including Football NSW’s Head of Football Peter Hugg, saw Gallop strut his stuff on the football pitch as the 2018 National Indigenous Football Championships further cemented its spot as the largest Indigenous tournament in Australia.
The third and final day of the Championships will not only see who will be crowned Champions in the Men and Women competitions but the ever popular Holcim Celebrity Match will also feature at 12:30pm.
Saturday 3rd November Schedule
- 9:00am – 10:00am: Semi Finals for Mens and Womens teams.
- 11:00am – 12:00pm: Womens Grand Final.
- 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Holcim Celebrity Match.
- 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Mens Grand Final.