Football legends Michael O'Loughlin and Wilbur Wilson will be at Argana Park this long weekend to watch junior Indigenous football talent from across the state shine. ^^ Junior players from across the state are looking forward to the first SA Aboriginal Junior Football Carnival at Argana Park, Elizabeth Downs. Photos: Rob McLean The first South Australian Aboriginal Junior Football Carnival will be played over Saturday and Sunday at the Elizabeth Downs venue this weekend, with 13 teams participating across three age groups.
Carnival co-founders Phillip Appleton and Christine Glenn are looking forward to seeing Aboriginal football communities come together for the big occasion.
You can bet the on-field action will be electrifying.
“You are going to see hundreds of talented young stars out there,” Mr Appleton said.
Teams will play in under 10, 14 and 16 groups with local talent playing in the Northern Inga Lingas team, formed by students from Elizabeth North Primary School and Gawler & District College.Star of the future Tylah Appleton is looking forward to representing Tinyarra at the carnival."I'm excited because it's the first ever and it's going to be a big thing in history and it's good to be a part of it," Tylah said."I'm proud to represent my culture."Midfielder Isaiah Dudley will be representing Narungga in the under 14 grade and said there will be plenty of rivalry between the teams."I'm looking forward to playing against my family and winning," he laughed.The event has the support of former AFL players Troy and Shane Bond and Ricky O’Loughlin, while current Adelaide Crow Cam Ellis-Yolmen will also attend.
Meanwhile, football legends Michael O’Loughlin and Wilbur Wilson will present championship cups to the winning sides.
A third cup will be presented by Ceduna’s Scotty Ware, honouring his contribution to junior football in the Koonibba Football Club community.
Action kicks off on Saturday with a welcome to country performed by Jack Buckskin at 9am, with game play taking place from 9.15am to 5pm on both days.
There will be activities for families across the two days, while a special elders luncheon will also be held.
For more information, contact the SAAJFC committee via Facebook.