Koori rugby league knockout kicks off
By Hannah Ross
KOORI flags were flying high at Oakes Oval yesterday as competition kicked off in the 37th Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout.
The event was like one big family reunion as Aboriginal people from all over NSW came together in Lismore to socialise and watch some footy.
Gloria Williams, of Woodenbong, said she had travelled to previous knockouts in Macksville, Dubbo and Sydney, but it was nice to be able to watch her family members compete closer to home. Gloria's grandson was playing in the under-7s competition yesterday, while her son was competing in the Under-17s.
"It's great," she said. "Just a big coming together of all our mob. It's alcohol- and drug-free and you get to watch a good game of footy. "You never know who you are going to meet. Everyone is here looking around to see if they know someone."
Lismore's Donna Watson said she would be watching her kids, dividing her weekend between Oakes Oval and the Under-18s events at the Lismore PCYC.
"I'm totally rapt. I'm seeing people I haven't seen for 10 years," Donna said.