2017 National Indigenous Football Championships

22 December, 2017

Young Players On Field for a Mini World Cup

It was a fantastic start and an exciting finish to the National Indigenous Football Championships in Nowra recently, with plenty of mob cheering on the best of grassroots soccer.

Illawarra Bungarras took out the Women’s Final for the second year in a row, defeating Newcastle All Stars 4-3.

And Eora United defeated the defending champions Queensland Warrigal Dingoes 1-0 in the Men’s Final.

The NIFC also aims to create new pathways for Aboriginal youth in metropolitan, regional and remote communities.

Young players at the end of their coaching by Western Sydney Wanderers. Image: OurMob.

NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Football NSW and other major sponsors supported the event for a second year, and the Western Sydney Wanderers FC  ran a children’s clinic for players under 12.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council Media team was there to speak with some of the young players about their time with the Wanderers and the round ball!

We hope you enjoy our video and images below.


Reibey Aldridge (centre) with dad Scott (left) and brother Jesse. Image: OurMob
Keyala Brown and Leotia Brown. Image: OurMob
Thomas Vanoploo with NSWALC cameraman Josh Ridgeway. Image: OurMob
Image: OurMob


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.