The Nunga Next Generation Football Carnival will return from 28-30 October 2022 following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, with the Tjindu Foundation managing the three-day event at Thebarton Oval.
The event will be run in conjunction with the Nunga Next Generation Delegates Group and supported by the AFL and SANFL. It provides a stage for teams aligned to Nunga communities and Language Groups from South Australia – plus one Interstate ‘Allies’ team – to play against each other.
It also gives senior SANFL recruiters an opportunity to preview and join the celebration of local First Nations’ talent.
The event’s most recent best-in-carnival medalist Kysiah Pickett (Mallee Park) has gone to play in the 2021 AFL Premiership with Melbourne. Port Adelaide player Jase Burgoyne also played in the most recent carnival.
With 2,500 members of Aboriginal communities from across South Australia are expected to attend the event, with a minimum of eight male and four female teams expected to feature.
“The Tjindu Foundation is proud to be bringing the Nunga Next Generation Football Carnival back to celebrate the exciting emerging talent that Aboriginal communities across the state have to offer,” says Tjindu general manager Kellie Graves.
“The carnival is a great event for our community, and support from the AFL and SANFL has enabled us to offer free team, player and support staff registration for the event.
“Given the event’s most recent MVP Kozzie Pickett has gone on to play in an AFL premiership, we’re excited to see what the next generation of talent in this year’s carnival can do.”
Nunga U17 Next Generation Football Carnival registrations open
Registrations are free, and open for all team, player (birth year 2005-2009), coach and support staff nominations. Terms and conditions apply. Start your registration here.