After a successful trip east of the Western Desert in 2015, Ngurra Kujungka has again hosted Netball WA as part of its Multisport program.
Netball WA’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Nicole Rendell, travelled with Ngurra Kujungka’s Indigenous Sport Development Officer Callan Hatchman for a week of netball clinics in Warralong, Nullagine and Jigalong.
Netball was a new challenge for these communities, with some children never experiencing the sport before.
Throughout the trip, basic netball skills were demonstrated, modified games were played, and competition for prizes was fierce.
As part of Netball Australia’s NetSetGo program, each Western Desert community will receive a netball kit and resources to continue delivering the sport.
The highlight of the week-long tour was unexpected second visit to Nullagine. With a funeral underway during the week, community members from Marble Bar and Jigalong had converged on Irrungadji and so, with some quick changes to travel plans, Nicole and Callan were able to spend two nights in Nullagine.
Netball was played during school hours, and after school in town, and in the dust at the camp set up for the upcoming funeral. Kids from town, neighboring communities, and as far away as Onslow all had the opportunity to test their skills at netball.
As a result of Netball WA’s visit, plans are now underway to possibly establish a Western Desert side representing the Martu at the annual NAIDOC Carnival held in Perth.