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Bright Marngrook Match

14 Nov 2014 12:00 AM - Bright Marngrook Match
On the 17th of October we celebrated the second annual Bright Marngrook Match. 
Bright P-12 College in partnership with the Thathangathay Foundation and Kindred Spirits Foundation held this fantastic event at the school which allowed the Dhudhuroa Traditional Owners, Wadeye Aboriginal people and the entire Bright community the opportunity to share and celebrate culture.

The day begun with traditional face and body painting and everyone who played in the match got dressed up in either red or black, depending on what team they were playing for. The Murrinpatha team dressed up in red and Dhudhuroa were in black. 
The Wadeye Elders and children performed a smoking ceremony and traditional dance to open the match and a Welcome to Country was also presented in Dhudhuroa by some of the Year 12 students.

It was a very exciting game but Dhudhuroa snuck in the win in the boys match and Murrinpatha came out on top in the girls.
In between matches half time activities were held for everyone to get involved and have a bit of fun, especially for the primary school kids. 

After the matches were complete Nicky Bomba, former drummer and percussionist of John Butler Trio and now frontman of his band Bomba jammed with students from Bright P-12 College and some Wadeye Elders (mainly Basil taking it away the didge) and anyone else who was wanting to get funky. Everyone got up and had a dance and enjoyed the atmosphere. 

Overall this was a fantastic day and we would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising and planning this special event, in particular Rebecca Crawley, Kindred Spirits Foundation, Colette from Red Dust Role Models and Nicky Bomba.

Also a very big thank you to everyone else who came along to share and celebrate culture, hope to see you all next year!

Check out some of the photos from the day courtesy of Morgan Smallbone.