A strong partnership between AFLNT and Police allows sport to be used as a way of engaging with young people and supporting the community.
Wadeye Magic played their first game on home soil against the Tiwi Ranku Eagles. The match began with a minute silence in remembrance of two Wadeye men who passed away earlier in the week.
Senior Constable Sarah Kings joined AFLNT’s Kevin Bruce (Indigenous Program Manager), Travis Perry (Talent & Education Manager), Sean Bowden (Wadeye Magic board member) as well as other members from AFLNT on the airwing flight to support the first home game of the Wadeye Magic.
“It was something special to be at the ¾ time huddle and actually feel the desire of the young Wadeye men to win the game for their town! It was just as special to see four Wadeye men walk to the Ranku bench at the start of the game, greet their relatives and put on Ranku jumpers! The spirit of both teams was just incredible.” Sean Bowden
Home ground advantage held true that day with the Magic defeating the Eagles 91-78.
The heat of the day kept a few community members away but the ‘ever committed’ NT Police were not going to miss out on the fun...
“AFL really brings the community together; everyone really likes watching the games, they really look forward to it and it’s great to be a part of that.” Constable Clarke said.