Goannas make a statement at Indigenous Football Festival

By Kirra Livingstone

THE Sunshine Coast Goannas thrashed the Sunshine Coast Wanderers 6-1 at Ballinger Park in Buderim, to kick start the inaugural International Festival of Indigenous Football.
Goannas and junior Matildas player Rosie McMahon excelled in the July 1 clash, scoring three of the six goals, but club president Wayne Alberts said it was a great effort across the board.
“Right across the board, all the players had standout games, everybody was sensational on the field so it was great to see,” Wayne said.
This representative game was important to the indigenous team, playing the opening match to the Indigenous Australian men and women teams who faced off against the Aotearoa Maori teams.
“They loved the feeling of being the curtain raisers, I think they just enjoyed putting on the Goannas jersey, they were really excited about it and we are all a family so it was important to them,” he said.
Wayne added that the atmosphere at the International Festival of Indigenous Football was electric, with a total of 500-1000 spectators enjoying a full day of representative football.