SA and NT teams power up women’s AFL 2016 Around the Campfire Cup

South Australian Womens Football League (SAWFL) Division 1 teams Port Adelaide and Adelaide University, the South Australian Aboriginal  women's team and the Central Australian Pinktalils will play for the 2016 Around the Campfire Cup at Coopers Stadium in Norwood on Saturday 8 October.  The new AFL women’s carnival will bring together these four talented teams to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and awareness of the Around the Campfire Indigenous school nurse program.

Around the Campfire Managing Director Chad Mclaren said it is the goal of the organisation to help educate all Australians about the reality of current levels of health across Indigenous Australia. Mr Mclaren said by bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous women together though a common passion helps to develop relationships over time, in turn creating trust and achieving true reconciliation.

The Around the Campfire Cup was established in 2015 which was played between Adelaide University and the Central Australian Pinktails. “The game last year was an incredible success where we achieved much in the way of togetherness and breaking down the barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,’’ Mr Mclaren said. The Pinktails took the honors at Thebarton Oval last year which was watched by SA Opposition Leader Mr Steven Marshall, SA Greens Tammy Franks MLC and NT MP Bess Price. Mr Marshall said “Around the Campfire Cup is a fantastic opportunity to actively promote reconciliation while watching some of our most talented female footballers compete.” 

The Central Australian Pinktails are the womens team representing the Redtails Right Tracks Program from Alice Springs. Rights Tracks is a program that was developed as a positive response to the ever increasing disengagement of young Indigenous people in Alice Springs. The SA Aboriginal womens team represents Sisters Kicking Goals, empowering Aboriginal women right across SA by providing an opportunity to play AFL football at carnivals like Around the Campfire Cup.

The Around the Campfire Cup has been endorsed by the AFL, SANFL and SAWFL. “The outcomes from the day are many, promotion of women’s football, networking opportunities, friendship and reconciliation, or simply a a great day out watching footy and listening to live music’’ Mr Mclaren said.

The format of the day will be a round-robin program, where each team will play a minimum of 3 games with the top 2 teams playing off in the final for the Around the Campfire Cup. The games will be 2 x 15min halves with a 5 min half time. Opening the carnival at 10am will be a traditional Kaurna ceremony, with the first game at 10.30am. The final game will be played at 4pm with presentation of the Around the Campfire Cup and other awards by SA Opposition Leader and local MP Steven Marshall.

Marngrook Footy Show co-host Shelley Ware is the Around the Campfire Cup ambassador and will be the ground Master of Ceremonies for the day.

Around the Campfire Cup 2016

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