Travelling far and wide for the 2010 WA ‘Be Active’ Touch Football State Championships

Coach Cameron Adams with members of the East Arnhem Land team.
The East Arnhem Land team travelled over 4000 kilometres to reach the competition.

15 Dec 2010

Teams from across Western Australia took to the fields at the UWA Sports Park, Mount Claremont in late November to compete in the 2010 WA ‘Be Active’ Touch Football State Championships.

The annual event, which attracted 41 teams, including teams from as far away as Albany, Geraldton, Goldfields and Bunbury, allows  teams from across the state to compete in Touch Football Western Australia’s premier competition.

The event is an opportunity for players, coaches and referees to impress for selection to represent Western Australia at national tournaments, as well as for participants to have a chance to catch up with all the friends they have made from across the state through Touch Football over the years.

Included in the line up in 2010 was a team from East Arnhem Land, which travelled over 4,000 kilometres to get to the event. The chance for the new team to compete against the best Western Australian sides proved to be an invaluable experience for the players from Ramingining, in the far north of the Northern Territory.

The side became crowd favourites at the tournament, with their newfound skills and enthusiastic nature.

Not only did the team have to travel a long way to get to the event, the difficulties they experienced made their journey even more rewarding. East Arnhem Land coach and team organiser, Cameron Adams, explains:

‘We had to travel from Ramingining to Darwin, which ended up taking us 10 hours, because we had a few flat tyres and a few problems,’ Mr Adams said. ‘The road was deemed impassable so we weren’t supposed to drive it ... We passed most of the big rivers and we got to one before we hit the bitumen and I actually sunk my car.’

‘Fortunately the car didn’t stop and the boys were able to push it out and we just opened the doors and flushed the water out and kept driving. That was a bit of an adventure,’ Mr Adams said.

‘We just literally arrived off the plane and drove straight to the game. A lot of them had never been on a big plane before.’

The event proved to be a great learning experience for the team, and Adams couldn’t be any more proud of his side.

‘I love them, they’ve got an amazing sense of humour, they really have become my close mates and they all call me their family. I’ve actually been adopted by them, if you ask each and every one of them I’m related to them somehow. That’s what it’s all about, it’s just one big family,’ he said.

The Ramingining finished the tournament in sixth place, yet their spirit and endeavour was first class.

Wanneroo took out the title, with a ten touchdown to eight victory over the Southern Stars in the Men’s Open division, while Perth Brothers defeated the Northern Districts 9-1 in the Women’s Open division.

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