The 2014 Western Desert League season started with teams looking stronger, fitter and healthier. The Jigalong Festival was set to be a ferociously contested competition in both the softball and football.
Members of the Jigalong football teams (the Eagles and Suns), together with assistance from other community members, were busy preparing the oval, cleaning up and getting everything in order in the build-up to the festival.
With support from major sponsor Newcrest Mining Limited, Healthway and Andy Tulloch (bus driver/medical), transport for the communities was on its way. It was great to see Punmu, Kiwirrkurra, Warralonin the Preliminary Final.
A rematch of the 2nd semi-final saw Nullagine defeated again by the top team in the festival, as Kiwirrkurra secured their first Grand Final victory. In the football, the first game played was a catch-upg, Parnngurr, Parnpajinya and Nullagine all make the journey.
Jigalong fielded two softball teams, and they met with strong competition from Nullagine, Parnpajinya, Kiwirrkurra, Warralong and Punmu. The young girls in each of the seven teams soon showed there is going to be a high level of talent for many years to come in the Western Desert Softball League. match from last year’s Round 3 Warralong Festival, featuring Punmu and the Jigalong Eagles. The home ground advantage proved pivotal, as the Jigalong Eagles ran away with a 20 point win.
In a major surprise, reigning softball champions Punmu did not make the finals for the games throughout the four days were tight, with some fantastic goals scored. Nullagine finished on top with 4 wins from their 5 games, followed closely by Warralong, the Jigalong Eagles and Suns. Kiwirrkurra and Punmu showed plenty of talent but just missed out on the finals.
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On Wednesday and Thursday nights Jigalong was rocked by a huge Desert Feet Tour concert. A highlight was the Jigalong band playing an electrifying set with all the commNullagine and the Suns upset the Eagles in both the semi-finals. Nullagine, after finishing on top, defeated the fourth place Suns in the preliminary final to progress to the Grand Final.
After winning the 2nd semi-final, Warralong had earned themselves a rest, with Nullagine having to play straight through. It shunity members getting up too dance. Well done, Damien, and your DFT crew!
Thanks to the Police, the Martu Trust School Holidays Program, the Jigalong Medical Centre and the Jigalong Shop for their support throughout the festival.
Ngurra Kujungka displayed their professionalism again by facilitating an exciting, well-organised festival. Bruce Booth, with the support of Annabell Landy, Darryl Jones, Roderick Samson, Shaun Peterson and Daniel Toby, must be congratulated for their assistance throughout the festival.
Discussion has already begun for the next coming together of the people – at Nullagine in July for Round 2! (July 7-10).