Martu Youth Festival Scores Five Stars

The 2018 Martu Youth Festival was an exciting and historical event for the people of the Western Desert region. For the first time in Western Desert history female footballers were introduced into the tournament structure. This was a community driven initiative which made this a truly significant achievement. The 2018 festival was a focus on […]


Sky’s the limit for talented duo

Two very talented Nullagine Footballers attended a Naitanui Academy training session in Newman in mid-June. Carla Francis and Cheyenne Booth, both aged 15, had been recognised from previous tournaments such as the Kirby Bentley Cup, and were invited to attend the training session in Newman. The training was led by West Coast Eagles Game Development […]


Another First for our Western Desert Youth

For the first time, Martu youth from the Western Desert communities of Nullagine, Kiwirrkurra, Parnngurr and Punmu have participated in the Kirby Bentley Cup and the Nicki Winmar Carnival, both held recently in Perth. The Kirby Bentley Cup is a 9-a-side round-robin tournament for Aboriginal girls aged 13 to 15 years of age. The Nicky […]


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 […]


Ngurra Kujungka

The Newcrest Mining Western Desert Football Shield has involved representative squads drawn from each of the eight Western Desert communities travelling about 1500km to Perth to participate in an exhibition match prior to AFL games, and in the National Softball Championships. The Shield involves two teams – Yapurra, western communities Warralong, Nullagine, Jigalong and Parnpajinya; […]


Olympian’s visit a big hit at Parnngurr

The Western Australian Olympic Committee (WAOC), with support from the Western Desert indigenous sports council Ngurra Kujungka and Newcrest Mining Limited, recently conducted a visit to the Parnngurr community featuring two-time Australian Olympian Fergus Kavanagh. Fergus, together with WAOC representative, Jason Pedulla, and Indigenous Sports Development Officer, Daniel Tincknell, visited Parnngurr school, where they conducted […]


Jigalong win Nullagine Carnival

Jigalong win Nullagine Carnival Indigenous communities from Punmu, Jigalong, Warralong, Kiwirrkurra, Nullagine and Parnngurr recently gathered at Nullagine in mid-April for the first of three Western Desert Sports Council sports carnivals set for 2012. The four-day event included football and softball, entertainment and activities for children. ”Sports carnivals are very important to these communities, and […]


Dance enthralls at Warralong Carnival

A ceremonial dance was a feature enjoyed by about 300 people attending the Warralong Sports Carnival in mid-July. The Carnival was the second Western Desert League competition for the year, following the season-opener held in Parnngurr in May. Football and Softball competitions involving up to five teams playing round-robin matches before a series of finals […]