Health promotion foundation VicHealth has congratulated Rumbalara Football and Netball club on hosting Saturday’s historic Murray Football Netball League grand final.
The netball and football grandfinals attracted thousands of eager sportsfans and was the first time in the league’s history that a grandfinal was hosted by an Indigenous club.
The day paid tribute to the rich culture and history of the club, with the senior’s football game kicked off with a Welcome to Country in Yorta Yorta and Uncle Alf Boydie Turner, a 90 year old Elder and the sole surviving premiership player from the Cummeragunja Mission Football Team, had the honour of tossing the coin.
To support the ongoing development of Rumbalara, VicHealth has announced $50,000 in funding to support the club to conduct a study into the economic, social and health benefits of hosting events like yesterday’s grand final.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the organisation was thrilled to support Rumbalara and congratulated them on this historic moment for the region.
“The Rumbalara Football and Netball Club has a long and proud history of supporting Shepparton’s aboriginal communities to get involved in sport as a spectator, player or leader,” Ms Rechter said.
“Yesterday’s thrilling games united communities in the Murray region, highlighting the power of sport to bring people together.
“I commend the elders of the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club for their commitment to their community and look forward to working with them to grow the success of the club and the region.”
The findings of the VicHealth and Rumbalara study into the historic grand finals will be released later this year. The findings will support the Rumbalara community to gain support for future events to be hosted in community.
Rachel Murphy Senior Media Advisor on 03 9667 1319 /0435 761 732 [email protected]