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Raised by 100 people in 3 months
Created May 23, 2019
39162128_1558704446540435_r.jpegGravel to Greatness. ...
"Something life changing is happening in the Kimberley ...but we could use some help on the journey. Literally." Indigenous women from the Fitzroy Valley remote communities are taking up playing Australian rules football at an astounding rate.

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/kimberley-women-and-the-power-of-a-football-ng-b881166651z

The enthusiasm and thrill of the women playing the game that men have traditionally dominated for years has created an opportunity like no other for the communities  in which they live.

Over 150 women from Bayulu, Wangkatjungka, Muludja, Yakanarra, Noonkanbah and Mowanjum have formed six teams to participate in the Central Kimberley Football league on a weekly basis over twenty weeks. Older women,  young women, women of all levels of ability have been embracing training and games.

Learning the rules, how to kick and handball, how to bounce an oval shaped ball, team positions, looking after equipment and uniforms, payment of fees, organizing the kids so they can play are all part and parcel of the thrill.

Having taken up playing they have also assumed positions of responsibility in managing, coaching, umpiring and administering their clubs. In some cases they have even assisted in the role of supporting the men's teams.

Not only are health and well being outcomes being achieved by their participation they are now becoming  more involved in aspects of community life such as community governance.

But these positive outcomes for community function are being threatened by something quite basic.

The largest obstacle for most of the women is they have to travel huge distances [up to 265 kilometres one way] to play. Riding on the back of trucks or in crowded Troop carriers across desert gravel roads to get to the highway, to then find a lift into town.

Play.

Then do it all in reverse to get home.

Lack of community vehicles and the resources to maintain and fuel them [and competing with the men for seats on the truck]  are a major impediment to the women fulfilling their dream of footy fun and the associated spin offs of that.

The Central Kimberley Football League is looking for funding to assist these communities help their women get into town and home again. Resources to access and maintain vehicles, purchase fuel and to pay drivers to facilitate the continued ability to participate.39162128_1558680027410417_r.jpeg

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Amazing, exciting, fearless, intense, exhausting are just a few of the words that can describe a hugely entertaining CKFL women's grand final on Saturday. before a huge crowd of over 1000 people. The Yungngora Blues won a see sawing game that had 9 lead changes, by 11 points. 8 goals 6 points to Muludja Lions 6 goals 7 points. The scores were level at three quarter time but the Blues came out running to get a two goal advantage half way through the quarter. The Lions fought back desperately to overhaul the lead getting within 5 points with 3 minutes to go. The Blues were able to hang on with a late goal that sealed a memorable victory. Yungngora's Terri Ann Dann was adjudged best on ground with a standout all round performance.
A huge thanks to the generous donors who contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign to help the women get into town for their competition. You would have loved the game.
Thanks

Geoff
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Preliminary final results CKFL womens competition. Yungngora Blues 9 goals 14 points defeated Yakanarra Dockers 1 goal 1 point. Even though the scores were very one sided the game was an exciting spectacle with many fine passages of good team work and terriffic skills. The grand final will be played between the Yungngora Blues and Muludja Lions next Friday [a replay of last years GF]. Should be a cracking game with the best of talent on show.
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Muludja Lions will be playing the Yungngora Blues again this year in the grand final of the FVASA Cup. The Blues defeating the Dockers by 54 points this afternoon.
We're expecting a cracking game of highly entertaining football next Friday evening at 5.00pm at the Fitzroy Crossing Oval.
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First semi final action bayulu Bulldogs vs Yakanarra Dockers. Dockers victorious by 3 points. Maybe the Bayulu girls weren't quite as happy after kicking 3 goals 13 points and losing by 3 points.
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