The National Rugby League celebrated Indigenous Round over the weekend. #NRLIndigenous celebrates the contribution of Indigenous athletes participating in Rugby League while also drawing attention to the ‘RECOGNISE’ campaign that seeks to institute constitutional reform to recognise Australia’s first people.
Prior to the Round 22 clash between the Cronulla Sharks and North Queensland Cowboys, New South Wales Touch were given the opportunity to participate in the celebrations by showcasing an All Stars Touch Football exhibition match on Remondis Stadium. We invited the Shire All Stars and Indigenous All Stars to battle it out in front of over 13,000 fans in this one off game.
Representing the Shire All Stars were World Champions Matthew Tope, Steve Roberts, Kristie Moseley, Kiwi international’s Cain Rangi and Dean Williams along with host of decorated locals including Jessica Howe, Bronte Shelley, Vanessa Fitzgerald, Laura Shivers and Casey Shelley
Their opposition were no slouches and had their own World Champions in Trent Touma and Scott Bundy and were supported by an abundance of youth and raw ability including Justin Costello, Mitchell Heritage, Bobbi Law, Mel Mitchell, Lachlan Green and Keely Silva.
The game showed off the fast pace and high level of skill in our sport with plenty of talent on show including that of our referees who were represented by Victor Baptista and Analiz Deganos.
For further information on how you can support and learn more about the RECOGNISE movement, visit www.recognise.org.au