Football: Hat-trick for Bulls


The Bulls, who played first time grand finalists Wakkathuni Warriors for the title, proved to classy, running away 5.8 (38) to 2.1 (13) winners.

The final wrapped up a great weekend of football that showcased the great speed and skills of some of the best footballers in the Pilbara.

Four teams made the trip to Roebourne for the carnival that also included three local teams: the Magpies, Razors and Regionals.

The initial round robin competition gave teams a chance to play each other once before the top four teams went through to the finals.

The competition this year was so tight that the Roebourne Regional Prison team missed the finals on percentage alone, having won the same number of games as the Jigalong Eagles and the Magpies.

In the two play off games that decided the grand finalists, the Bulls cruised past the Magpies 5.3 (33) to 0.1 (1) while the Warriors crushed the Eagles 9.2 (56) to 1.1 (7).

Organiser Arnold Lockyer said the event was run on behalf of the Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation and was proving a successful event.

“This is all just part of NAIDOC celebrations,” Mr Lockyer said.“It has been good; really good.”

Mr Lockyer said there had been some good matches over the weekend.

“They’ve all been pretty close throughout the competition.”

He said it was good to catch up with family and friends from across the Pilbara.

“We are all somehow connected whether it be by family link or through friendships, so it’s a pretty good turn out here.”

Mr Lockyer made special mention of the Pilbara Thunder who were a team that combined communities from Warralong, Nullagine and Marble Bar to participate.

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