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Festival of Indigenous Rugby League

The First Nations of Australia defeated their Maori rivals in the first Festival of Indigenous Rugby League held on February 10 at Redfern Oval.

Play going well for the Goannas. Photo: Andrew Collis
Play going well for the Goannas. Photo: Andrew Collis

The Wahine Maori (women’s team) fell 18-0 to the First Nation Gems in a physical match-up, but it was the Gems’ superior ball handling that was the telling factori in the final result.

In the men’s game, NZ Maori started well aginst the Goannas before succumbing 22-16. Krystal Hurst, a proud Worimi woman who designed the Goannas’ jersey said: “It’s just a really good time when people get together and you get to see family and watch good games of footy, so I tried to represent that in the artwork. It’s like we’remaking the Goanna tracks as well ….”

Goannas’ coach Laurie Daley wants to see an Indigenous side play in the Pacific Tests or even join them in future Rugby League World Cups.

In the interstate challenge, the Newcastle Yowies reconrded an entertaining 38-26 win over the Dhadhin Geai Warriors.

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