Academy hits the ground running

Action from the Tjindu Aboriginal AFL Academy game against Immanuel College

The Tjindu Aboriginal AFL Academy teams have played their first games across South Australia with games against the Henley Sports Academy and Immanuel College.

Coached by Essendon and Port Adelaide legend Gavin Wanganeen, the women’s and men’s academy sides lined up against two of the state’s leading football schools and showed plenty of skill and excitement with the ball.

“It’s great to be back in business for the year with Gavin Wanganeen on board as head coach and a brand new squad of players from right across South Australia,” says Tjindu Foundation general manager Kellie Graves.

“We want to thank Henley High School’s Sports Academy and Immanuel College for hosting our Academy teams in our first matches of the year.

“It’s also fantastic to have the support of our program partners RAA, the National Indigenous Australians Agency, SA Department for Education, Northpoint, BHP, ComwireIT, Beyond Bank, One Rail, Cancer Council SA and the Australian Electoral Commission.”

The Aboriginal AFL Academy is an education program for Aboriginal senior school students, which utilises industry-leading football training and games as a participation incentive. The Academy provides leadership opportunities, school support and the opportunity for students to earn SACE credits for either Aboriginal Studies (Stage 1/2) or the Integrated Learning Subject (Stage 1).

Best Players: Tjindu Aboriginal AFL Academy vs Henley High School Academy

Women’s: K Lynch-Starr, S Taylor, Z Mueller, B Zito, T McLean, M Salvin-Molloy

Men’s A: A Munkara, Z Coulthard, I Highfold, C Gould, I Poole, R Bonney-Tucker

Men’s B: T Mangelsdorf, R Clark, I Nettle, R Sinclair, J Dixon-Miller, R Sumner

Best Players: Tjindu Aboriginal AFL Academy v Immanuel College

Women’s: K Wanganeen, K Lynch-Starr, R Bovoro, Z Mueller, M Wombat

Men’s A: F Rigney, J Fenwick, Z Coulthard, I Highfold, L Coulthard

Men’s B: I Highfold, L Coulthard, J Carpenter, J Cox, K Pickett

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