From the Goldfields to the Red Centre

Goldfield and Retails ruck-man going up for the ball

A great time was had by all when 22 Under 18 football players from the Goldfields visited Central Australia for a week of community engagement, new experiences, and a football game against the Central Australian Redtails. 
 
The concept was formed in late 2017 and was further developed by the Goldfields Regional Manager, Rod Ward in conjunction with AFLNT Central Australia Pathways Academy Coach, Andy Hood.
 
The Goldfields team is comprised of the four leagues around the Victorian districts of Bendigo and Ballarat. Whilst the Redtails Under 18 team has players from the CAFL and remote communities, including Amoonguna, Harts Range, Hermannsburg, Papunya and Santa Teresa.
 
The first-ever Redtail vs Goldfield clash was played at a fierce pace and both teams displayed exciting skills. In what was a very entertaining game, Jackson Renzi was voted best for the Redtails who went down by 41-points to the Victorian team, Goldfields 13.12.90 – Redtails 7.7.49. 
 
More highlights of the week for the young men from the Goldfields was a team trip to Uluru and a cultural exchange trip to the Hermannsburg community, where players assisted students in class at Ntari school. Part of the school visit was to assist with gardening and to fix up the school’s vegetable patch. 
 
The trip was made possible thanks to AFLNT, Bunnings Alice Springs, the Right Tracks Program and the Redtails Under 18 players.

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