The inaugural games for the brand new Western Desert remote community AFL competition Wilurarra Tjutaku Football League kicked off on the weekend of 1-2nd of September in Papunya, 250 kms west of Alice Springs.
Five teams played, all from remote communities and outstations to the west of Alice Springs. The teams were the Walungurru (Kintore) Hawks, the Pikilyi Bombers (Yuendumu outstation team), Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) Swans, the Watiyawanu (Mt. Liebig) Saints, the Papunya Cats, and the Papunya Eagles. The Pikilyi Bombers were the loud and proud winners. It was great to see some of the younger sporting talents getting a run over the weekend, and giving some of those older players a run for their money. It's not just the style of play that is unique in the Western Desert - there is also a unique spectator and team support style, plus of course all the action from the kids and aspiring players on the sidelines.
See previous posts on the league for info on how this league is building bush football as a way of keeping young people and their families strong in the Papunya region.
Thanks to Pete Gleeson for photos.