Martu youth soak up Camp environment

A group of the most talented U/16’s football players from the Kimberley, Pilbara and the Western Desert travelled to Perth in the April School Holidays to participate in a three-day talent academy camp run by the West Australian Football Commission.

The group of 35 players participated in many organised activities over the course of the North-West Academy’s Camp, which kicked off on Monday April 16.

The camp provided the group with an understanding and experience of what it is like to be involved in the WA Talent Pathway. A massive thanks is extended to Newcrest Mining, Ben Bryant, Daniel Tincknell and the great team from Telfer Community Relations; and Ngurra Kujungka staff who assisted the three Western Desert boys travel from their communities to Perth for this exciting training opportunity.

Ngurra Kujungka participants Isaac Biljabu (Punmu), Murph Williams and Justin Jacobs (both from Parnngurr) need to be recognised for their special efforts to fit in so well and perform on the field after travelling from some of the most remote locations in the Western Desert. The North-West squad came together exceptionally well and it is a credit to the players that they were so inclusive of each other.

The camp included WAFL and AFL Club visits; and professional development sessions around health and well-being, food and nutrition, and strength and conditioning. The North-West squad were hosted at Guildford Grammar School and were treated to plenty of quality food and amenities.

The Western Desert boys were also able to access their regional zoned WAFL club, Swan Districts, with masterclass sessions led by Head Coach Beau McDonald and Shane Beros and supported by Swan District’s current 100+ gamer Adam Faulkner, Newman V Swans program attendee Jarrod Cameron (now with West Coast as a development player), and ex-AFL superstar Drew Petrie.

Finally, the North West Academy team played against the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle NGA’s (Next Generation Academies). No scores were kept but NWA boys were dominant across the field, with all players performing credibly. Hedland’s Dermal Daly was asked to remain in Perth to participate in a State trial match as he was noted by AFL scouts who attended the NGA games. Well done, Dermal, and all the best!

Thank-you to Isaac Isaac Biljabu, Murph Williams and Justin Jacobs for your willingness to learn and always give it your best efforts,and keep on having fun and making the most of your AFL opportunities and, finally, for the way you represented yourselves, families and communities.