Reconciliation Week event ahead of Magpie matches

☐ The U10s YB’s pass a ceremonial ball. Photo: YVETTE ANDREWS.

CROYDON’S Inner West Magpies have celebrated Reconciliation Week and the importance that the First People of Australia have at the heart our national game, with smoking ceremonies and ceremonial painted footballs.

John Blair led a smoking ceremony before the under 10s match on May 25 at Wagener Oval and will lead another ceremony before the Premier Women’s game at Picken Oval at 1pm on Saturday, June 1.
John said leading a ceremony with local Aboriginal families at the club was a highlight of the season.
“Everyone gets involved,” he said. It’s a positive cultural experience for all the young footy players at Wests.’

☐ Geordie Gregory, celebrating 100 senior Men’s games. Photo: CHE TAYLOR

In Round 7 match results, Men’s Premier division went down against UNSW Bulldogs in a tough match 57-89; best on ground were Jock White, Lucas Lam, Matthew Belbasis. Women’s Premier Division also saw a tough day against UNSW going down 70-16; best on ground were Melissa Freckelton, Alannah Kavanagh and Amelia Causley Todd.
The Men’s Premier Reserves ended with a final score of 87-27; best on ground were Daniel Lawrence, Liam Salkeld and Chris Bateman. Men’s U19’s Div Two continued their strong form defeating Penrith Rams 65-0.
Geordie Gregory also celebrated his 100 games over the weekend. Geordie is a hard working footballer who’s game is primarily based on effort and competitiveness – a great club member that epitomises the culture of the Inner West Magpies club.