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Indigenous squad named for Lions tour


As previously reported, The Flying Boomerangs are once again headed for a tour of South Africa.  The concept is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men aged 14 -15 years-old, supported by the Coles AFL Indigenous Program.

Selected from the 2012 AFL KickStart Under-15 Championships, the Flying Boomerangs squad of 25 players will play two matches against South African teams in Potchefstroom and Durban, coached by former St Kilda player Raphael Clarke.

The Boomerangs will also conduct a footyWILD clinic in Cape Town township, visit Table Mountain and Robben Island where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in 1964 for 18 years before being moved to another prison.

AFL National Community Engagement Manager Jason Mifsud and AFL Indigenous Programs Coordinator Xavier Clarke are attending the tour.

Itinerary and squad listed below:

Tour highlights:

24  Jan – Training in Perth, including performance of the War Cry

26 Jan – Soweto tour (Mandela House, Regina Mundi Church & Township)

28 Jan - Boomerangs v Lions - Game 1

30 Jan – Visit Lion Park

1 Feb – Boomerangs vs. Lions – Game 2

3 Feb – Visit Table Mountain/Robben Island

4 Feb – Visit a juvenile prison

2013 Flying Boomerangs squad:

Brandan Parfitt (Karama, NT), Aiden Hill (Alice Springs, NT), Brendon Jackson (Whyalla, SA), Kyle Jackson (Whyalla, SA), Isaya McKenzie (Willaston, SA), Geoffrey Taylor (Port Lincoln, SA), Liam Bennell (Albany, WA), Darnell Morrison (Lockridge, WA), Callum AhChee (Armadale, WA), Elijah Howard (Waterford, WA), Jayden Gerrand (Sinagra, WA), Gary Scott (Geraldton, WA), Neil Winmar (Maddington, WA), Russell Wynne (Mount Barker, WA), Jamarrah Firebrace (Moama, NSW), Ben Davis (Maroubra, NSW), Tyler Cubby (Moama, NSW), Hayden Banks (Forest Hill, NSW), Cory Glass (Chirnside Park, VIC), Jade Gresham (Mill Park, VIC), Koolyn Briggs (Moonee Ponds, VIC), Aidyn Johnson (Echuca, VIC), Djye Thorpe-Morgan (Shepparton, VIC), Heath Molloy (Monunda, Carins, QLD), Aaron Yusia (Forest Lake, QLD), John Mason (Flinders View, QLD)

Raphael Clarke - Head Coach

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Indigenous squad named for Lions tour
Authored by: Cam Homes on Tuesday, January 22 2013 @ 01:53 pm ACDT

I keep counting 26 names in that squad!!!!

Speaking of Under age touring teams, I note that AFL Europe has one of the AFL/AIS Under age matches down to be played in Copenhagen, Just hope that match has been scheduled for a week end (not like the dud in Paris last year) so all the footy fans in Denmark and southern Sweden can get along to watch.

They could well get a few Pirates and Wharfies from Hamburg Dockers as spectators too. Years ago the trip from Hamburg to Copenhagen was done(by myself) in about 3+ hours( that included a ferry crossing back then too) could well be a bridge across that stretch of water by now.

Now if an International Test was played at the same time(what a Festival of Footy that would be) A crowd of 3 to 4 hundred or more would not be impossible.

And if the organisers could get Europe's most famous Taswegian along to present the best player medals (would pretty remiss not to at least ask) how many more just curious onlookers they could drag in on the day. The lady in question would certainly know how to kick a footy if she had brothers.

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Indigenous squad named for Lions tour
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, January 22 2013 @ 09:41 pm ACDT

Count again Cam.


No just messing with you (I was tempted to type no more).

It was 25 according to the AFL press release we received, but yes there's 26 names.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Indigenous squad named for Lions tour
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, January 23 2013 @ 11:36 am ACDT

Just wouldn't wanna be the bloke that turns up at the airport to find only 25 plane tickets available because I can't count :-)

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Indigenous squad named for Lions tour
Authored by: Harley Vague on Saturday, January 26 2013 @ 12:41 pm ACDT

Nice full page artilce with photo in today's West Australian newspaper about the WA contingent of the Boomerangs. Unfortuantely it's not duplicated online.

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