Volunteer coaches for the VACSAL Carnival; from top left – Brad Brown & Billy Walker, Destiny Harrison, Alana Solomon & Denielle Campbell, Mel Farnham, Rob Baxter & Max Solomon, Ursula Hood, Jasmaine Sauders, Damien Abbey & Jarrod Callaway, Christine Hayes.

By Troy Brown

The junior VACSAL Football and Netball carnival is set to return this year.

For those of you who don’t know what VACSAL is, VACSAL stands for the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd.

It is a statewide agency that provides advice to government on a range of community development issues, and is a major provider of extensive services to the Aboriginal community in both the metropolitan and some regional communities.

Established in 1984, VACSAL is a community based, community-controlled organisation comprising of representatives from Koorie organisations across the state.

Every year VACSAL holds sports carnivals for Aboriginal communities across the state.

The junior football and netball carnival is being held at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium in Reservoir on September 26 and 27.

Bairnsdale Regional Unlimited Sports (BRUS) is bringing seven teams to the carnival – four netball and three football teams.

Coaching these teams are:

  • 9s Footy: Damien Abbey & Jarrod Callaway
  • 12s Footy: Rob Baxter & Max Solomon
  • 15s Footy: Brad Brown & Billy Walker
  • 9s Netball: Destiny & Keshia Harrison
  • 12s Netball: Christine Hayes & Ursula Hood
  • 15s Netball: Mel Farnham & Jasmaine Sauders
  • 17s Netball: Alana Solomon & Denielle Campbell

We’ll post photos and videos from the carnival later this week!

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