WAFL match has international flair


Indian migrant Evana George tosses the coin before the match after becoming an Australian citizen. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Indian migrant Evana George tosses the coin before the match after becoming an Australian citizen. Picture: Chris Kershaw

EVANA George’s first experience as an Australian citizen was to toss the coin before Saturday’s WA Football League match between West Perth and Subiaco.

Originally from India, Evana (7) was one of 93 City of Joondalup residents who took part in the citizenship ceremony held as part of the Falcons’ International Round celebrations.

It was the first time the Joondalup resident had ever been to an Australian rules football game and she got to meet the umpires and shake the hands of the team captains before bouncedown.

She was the only member of her family to take part in Saturday’s ceremony.

After the ceremony, participants and their guests were given free entry to the match at Arena Joondalup, which attracted a crowd of more than 6000 and was telecast live around WA.

The Falcons and Lions played in specially designed jumpers to celebrate the multicultural links both clubs have in the region.

This was the third year the City had conducted a WAFL citizenship ceremony on Arena Joondalup ground.