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Date posted: 3 March 2014
Talented Aboriginal footy players have come together to compete in the 2014 Nicky Winmar Carnival in Mandurah, Western Australia (WA).
Coordinated by the WA Football Commission, the event features teams of under-15 playing in a round-robin style.
Regional players from all over the state took part and for the first time teams from the Pilbara joined the carnival.
An Aboriginal Sports Development Officer for the Department of Sport and Recreation, Antoni Grover, played 202 games with the Fremantle Dockers and is currently an assistant coach with the State 18s. He says the carnival provides a wonderful opportunity for players to develop their skills and grab the attention of WA Football League (WAFL) clubs.
He said 'It's also a great chance for those not already involved in local footy clubs to participate in the carnival.'
'We hope to see some of these players offered a place in WAFL development pathways. After last year’s carnival, we know many of the boys were asked to try out for district squads and a good number have transitioned into community football,' he said.
Aboriginal Sports Development Officer, Trevor Stack from the Department of Sport and Recreation said the Nicky Winmar Cup had become an important event for WA Football.
Source: Mandurah Mail