Football: Morley high school staff, students play with Perth Demons in exhibition game

Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game.
Perth Demons player Jarleth Duke, Hampton SHS student Nathan Hardwick, Hampton SHS student Caitlin Hill, Hampton SHS teacher Rowan Brookes, Perth Demons aboriginal engagement officer Callan Walley.
Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game.
Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game.
Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game.
Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game. Perth Demons player Jarleth Duke, Hampton SHS student Nathan Hardwick, Hampton SHS student Caitlin Hill, Hampton SHS teacher Rowan Brookes, Perth Demons aboriginal engagement officer Callan Walley. Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game. Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game. Hampton SHS Indigenous team playing against the Non-Indigenous team in the All Stars AFL Game.

INDIGENOUS and non-indigenous staff and students joined Perth Demons players to show off their footy skills at an exhibition match at Hampton Senior High School in Morley today.

A group of 10 Demons indigenous league and colts players competed alongside Hampton SHS for the second All Stars AFL Game as part of the school’s Naidoc celebrations this week.

Hundreds of students flocked to the footy oval to watch the game from the sidelines.

Year 11 Aboriginal student and Swan Districts Women’s Football Club youth player Caitlin Hill’s impressive skills amongst the boys drew loud cheers from the crowd.

Caitlin is also part of the State 18s women’s AFL team and Hampton SHS’ inaugural junior girls AFL training program.

Physical education teacher and former Perth Demons player Rowan Brookes said the match showcased the players’ talent and embraced the indigenous culture at the school.

“This year, we put more time and effort into it and now it is becoming an event on the calendar,” he said.

“For us to recognise the cultural differences, it is awesome for the school and the wider community, especially for some parents to come down and see their kids.”

Brookes said he hoped to see more junior girls play in the exhibition match in years to come.

Swan Districts Women’s Football Club and Fremantle AFLW player Akec Makur Chuot, who coached the girls for six weeks, said she would definitely be running the program again next year.

“Their skills were surprisingly really good; there were a lot of girls that played footy before and there were a few girls who haven’t played football,” she said.

“It was really fun just working with them and seeing them progress from week one until the end of the program.”