Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0508 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 8 MAY 2015 11
NINE girls from the Barkly Region set off to
Alice Springs for the NT Championships all
keen and eager to play and better their Netball
There were nine other teams from across NT with all
varying netball skills, but this did not deter the girls
The first activity saw the girls break up into nine
groups and mix with members of other teams to com-
plete a variety of team building activities which was
a good ice breaker to meet other young netball girls
from across NT.
The girls played a variety of positions and worked out
which positions they were best suited for.
They displayed great defence and some high-flying
intercepts in a few of the games.
As the competition progressed, the Barkly girls just
kept on improving all of their netball skills and were
scoring goals every game.
They started to gather a small cheer squad made up
of parents, umpires and other players who followed the
team around as they played over the three days.
The educational excursion was to the Alice Springs
Desert Park which saw all the girls enjoy learning about
different animal life in a variety of desert environments.
All girls have improved all of their netball skills and
hopefully will continue to play netball as there were
some fantastic natural abilities displayed over the
Tennant Creek High School’s Millie Green was great
with her encouragement and coaching of the girls
throughout the competition.
The Barkly may not have won a game but we man-
aged to keep the encouragement flowing throughout the
games and at breaks that led the Barkly team winning
the “Team Spirit Award.”
Stories by PAM DILLON
Barkly netballers display team spirit
TWENTY boys from communi-
ties around the Barkly met for
the first time to head to Darwin
for the Under 12 AFL Champion-
ships in April.
The boys came from Ali Curung,
Alpurrurulam, Canteen Creek, El-
liott, Epenarra, Willowra and Tennant
Due to the size of the region, it was
impossible to gather the boys together
for any training before the event.
Because of this, most of the boys met
for the first time the day before their
They faced a tough draw on the first
day of the competition, playing both
Darwin teams and one of the two
Although the Barkly boys lost their
games, they showed a lot of spirit
against well-drilled teams who had
much more experience playing to-
The final presentations included two
highlights for the Barkly team.
Alonzo Nelson was named in the
reserves for the NT U12 AFL team to
play in Geelong in July. For a player
with another year to play in the under
12s, this was a great achievement.
The Barkly team was also awarded
the Team Spirit Award, which reflected
their fantastic attitude and sportsman-
ship throughout the tournament.
Congratulations to a great group of
boys, and all the best with your future
Team work shines in AFL competition
Ali Curung has held some great
activities over the past few weeks
to involve the parents and children
of the community.
The Yellow Shirt crew has been
busy with getting kids to school
every day and most parents and
carers appear to appreciate the
Papulu Apparr-Kari’s Parent and
Community Engagement (PaCE)
team has been conducting
parent follow-ups and delivering
the Families As First Teachers
The PaCE team has also been
working with Arlpwe Art Centre to
finalise Pathways to Education
project, which will be officially
opened in the near future.
A great job has been done on
this project with the kids and the
community is creating a great
The movie night held a few
weeks ago was a great night and
all that attended had a wonderful
A big thank you to the local
NT Police, the T&J guy, the Ali
Curung Student Attendance
Officer (SAO) team, PAK Staff
(Anita and Jen) and PMC teams
for pitching in and doing a great
What would have been better
if more carers and parents had
attended and enjoyed a family
event with their kids.
More movie nights and activities
will be coming if the school
attendance keeps improving.
So get your children to school
to ensure they get a better
Ali Curung community gets involved
PAPULU APPARR–KARI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
l SAO Lakeisha and helper at the Arlpwe Art Centre pathway.
l John Mason GEC and Desmond
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