18 December 2015
Australian Indigenous Oztag teams perform strongly in 2015 World Cup
The Whitehaven Coal-sponsored Australian Indigenous Oztag teams performed strongly in the 2015 World Cup.
With 15 teams competing, the Australian Indigenous teams ended the tournament runners up in three divisions, Boys 16’s, Mens Over 35’s and Mens Over 45’s. The Girls 16’s, Girls 18’s, Boys 18’s, Men’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s made it to the semi finals, while the Mixed Opens, Womens Opens, Mens Opens, Womens Masters and Mens 30’s made it to the quarter final stage.
Jeff Hardy, Convenor of Australian Indigenous Oztag, said: “The World Cup was a fantastic event. The colour, culture and competition was something our players will never forget. Our players stood tall and represented our people and culture with pride. Everyone coming together from far and wide to make one mob was an unbelievable feeling.
“Having former legends such as Cliff Lyons, Andrew Walker, Nathan Blacklock, Rod Silva, Kevin McGuiness, John Simon, Craig Simon, Will Robinson, Brendan Williams and Luke Carroll as part of our teams was a huge positive influence for all involved.
“I would like to personally say thank you to Whitehaven Coal for your support in helping make this tour a success. The World Cup experience will have far reaching positive effects on the Indigenous community and Whitehaven Coal can be proud that they have played an integral part. Every member of the touring party was able to benefit from the sponsorship provided, so thank you for your invaluable support.”
Below are a selection of photos from the World Cup (supplied by Australian Indigenous Oztag)