The 2023 VACSAL Statewide Senior Football Carnival unfolded over two days at the Banyul Warri Sporting Precinct, Torquay, on the lands of the Wadawurrung People. Drawing participation from over 50 teams across Victoria, the event showcased the epitome of sportsmanship and competition as teams vied for the honour of being crowned State Champions.
Amongst the array of competitive teams, the Fitzroy Stars exhibited exceptional skill and prowess, ultimately emerging victorious as the George Atkinson Victorian State Champions. The team boasted renowned footballers, including former AFL stars Eddie Betts and Neville Jetta, whose experience and talent shone brightly throughout the tournament. Accompanied by significant contributors like Tyrone Bean, Jai Burns, Ethan Penrith, and Thomas Clarke, the Stars were an exemplary team unit.
Fitzroy's captain, Kain Proctor, expressed immense pride in leading the Stars to victory, highlighting the deep-rooted significance of the club within the Aboriginal community. Proctor emphasized the collective effort involved in organizing and participating in the carnival, giving credit to those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. The event not only celebrated football but also united the Aboriginal community, embodying the cultural, social, and emotional significance of sports in their lives.
VACSAL, as the organizing body, echoed the sentiment that such carnivals foster community unity and well-being, recognizing the integral role of sport in Aboriginal lifestyle. The event showcased the shared passion for football and highlighted the positive impact it holds on health, culture, and overall well-being within the Aboriginal community. Established in 1984, VACSAL continues to embody the spirit of its Elders, striving to empower the community while preserving cultural identity and promoting equity across all aspects of life.
Read the full article here.
Photo Courtesy National Indigenous Times
Courtesy National Indigenous Times