NSW Koori Knockout

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NSW Koori Knockout
Sport Rugby league
Inaugural season 1971
Winners & Host Newcastle Yowies (2017)
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NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout Carnival is one of the biggest Indigenous gatherings in Australia. The very first knockout was held at Camdenville Oval, St Peters, on the October long weekend of 1971 with 8 participating teams. The winning teams gains the right to hold the next knockout. Organisers created the knockout as an alternative more accessible to Indigenous players than the state rugby league.

History

The Knockout emerged from the new and growing mostly inner-city Sydney Aboriginal community in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The emerging political movement in Redfern for self-determination and justice, increased opportunities arising from post-referendum federal government initiatives and greater employment prospects in the industrial areas of Sydney influenced Aboriginal families' migration to the inner-city, particularly South Sydney. The Knockout emerged within this complex economic and social context. It was initiated by six men affiliated with Koorie United: Bob Smith, Bob Morgan, Bill Kennedy, Danny Rose, Victor Wright and the late George Jackson. They formed Koorie United in response to the rapidly expanding Sydney Aboriginal community. The established Sydney-based Aboriginal sides, the Redfern All Blacks and La Perouse Panthers (or Blacks as they were sometimes called), were aligned with the South Sydney football district. There were many Aboriginal men looking for a game of football and so Koorie United formed joining the ‘rival’ Newtown Jets district, with sponsorship from Marrickville Council, where some of the committee members worked.

The Koorie United committee were connected through kinship and the shared experience of relocating to the city. Bob Morgan, Danny Rose and Bill Kennedy hail from the New South Wales north-western town of Walgett in Gamilaroi country. Bob Smith and Victor Wright had relocated from Kemspey on the New South Wales north coast, and while the late George Jackson was based in Sydney, he also had connections with Gamilaroi as his wife was from Coonabarabran.

Following a 'meeting' at the Clifton Hotel, a well-known gathering place for Kooris in Redfern in the 1960s & 70s, the Koorie United committee proposed holding a statewide Knockout competition. Prior to this there had been many town-based knockout football and basketball competitions. However, the establishment of the Knockout set out with some different objectives. Bob Morgan says: Our concept at the time was to also have a game where people who had difficulty breaking into the big time would be on show. They could put their skills on show and the talent scouts would come and check them out.

The Knockout was formed with a view to providing a stage for the many and very talented Aboriginal footballers playing at the time who had been overlooked by the talent scouts. Although there were some notable exceptions, like Bruce (La Pa) Stewart playing on the wing for Easts and field goal specialist, Eric Simms, with South Sydney, Aboriginal footballers experienced difficulty breaking into the ‘big time’. It was thought the Knockout would provide a chance for Aboriginal footballers to get noticed, where for reasons of racism and lack of country-based recruitment they were overlooked. There was also some talk of entering an all-Aboriginal side in the National Rugby League competition. But the instigation of the Knockout was intended to be far more than sporting competition, as original committee member Bob Morgan said: The Knockout was never simply about football, it was about family, it was about community, it was getting people to come together and enjoy and celebrate things rather than win the competition football.

The first Knockout

In 1971 Koorie United hosted the first knockout at Camdenville Oval, St Peters, attracted seven teams: Koorie United, Redfern All Blacks, Kempsey, La Perouse, Walgett, Moree and a combined Mt Druitt / South Coast side. It was won by La Perouse United.[1]

With Kempsey winning the Knockout in 1975, the first non-Sydney side, it was decided that the winning team would host the Knockout the following year, and so the tradition began.

The Kempsey Knockout was memorial to the late Victor Wright Senior, a long time supporter of the Knockout and of Aboriginal Football. The original winning trophy was donated by the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs.

The inscription on the trophy reads, NSW Koorie Sports Committee Annual Football Knockout "Perpetual Trophy", Donated by Foundation of Aboriginal Affairs.

Knockout winners

Year Men's Knockout Winners
Team
1971 La Perouse United
1972 Redfern All Blacks
1973 Redfern All Blacks
1974 Koorie United
1975 Kempsey All Blacks
1976 Louis St Dodgers
1977 West Kempsey
1978 Redfern All Blacks
1979 Redfern All Blacks
1980 Narwan Eels
1981 Zetland
1982 Zetland Magpies
1983 Dubbo Pacemakers
1984 Koorie United
1985 Moree Boomerangs
1986 Narwan Eels
1987 Newcastle All Blacks
1988 BAC Walgett
1989 BAC Walgett
1990 BAC Walgett
1991 La Perouse All Blacks
1992 Redfern All Blacks
1993 Redfern All Blacks
1994 Toomelah Tigers
1995 Bourke Weilmoringle
1996 Nambucca Valley Rams
1997 Nambucca Valley Rams
1998 Wellington Wedge tails
1999 Nambucca Valley Rams
2000 Narwan Eels / Louis St Dodgers
2001 Narwan Eels / La Perouse Panthers
2002 Moree Boomerangs / La Perouse Panthers
2003 Cec Patten-Ron Merritt Memorial
2004 Cec Patten-Ron Merritt Memorial
2005 Cec Patten-Ron Merritt Memorial
2006 Cec Patten-Ron Merritt Memorial
2007 Wollumbin Warriors
2008 Narwan Eels
2009 BAC Walgett
2010 Walgett Aboriginal Connection
2011 Mindaribba Warriors
2012 Newcastle Yowies
2013 Newcastle Yowies
2014 Walgett Aboriginal Connection
2015 Redfern All Blacks
2016 Redfern All Blacks
2017 Newcastle Yowies
Year Woman Knockout Winners
Team
2007 Casino woman's
2008 Casino woman's
2012 Mindaribba sisters
2013 Newcastle Yowies
2014 Redfern All Blacks
2015 Redfern All Blacks
2016 Redfern All Blacks
2017 Redfern All Blacks
Year Under 17s Boys Knockout Winners
Team
2013 La Perouse
2014 Newcastle All Stars
2015 Toomelah Tigers
2016 La Perouse
2017 Illawarra Titans

Koori vs. Murri Interstate Challenge

The QLD Murri vs. NSW Koori Interstate Challenge is an annual rugby league game played between the winners of the NSW Koori Knockout and Murri Rugby League Carnival.

Year Koori vs. Murri Interstate Challenge
Winners Score Runners-up
2012 Mindaribba Warriors 40–18 Southern Dingoes
2013 Argun Warriors 28–24 Newcastle Yowies
2014 Newcastle Yowies 18–12 Southern Dingoes
2015 Badu Kulpiyam 30–22 Walgett Aboriginal Connection
2016 The Southern Dingoes 26–12 Redfern All Blacks
2017 Redfern All Blacks 34–12 Cherbourg Hornets

2014 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League

The NRL launched a Festival of Indigenous Rugby League program to take the place of the prestigious pre-season Rugby League All Stars game following every World Cup year.The 2014 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League featured a trial match between the Newcastle Knights and an Indigenous team, drawn from the NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout and Murri Rugby League Carnival in Queensland, as well as the NRL Indigenous Player Cultural Camp, Murri vs Koori women's and Under 16s representative games, a Murri v Koori match, a jobs expo and community visits.[2]

First Nation Goannas
2014 squad Coaching staff
  •  1 Javarn White - FB
  •  2 Kieran Vale - WG
  •  3 Rickki Sutherland - CE
  •  4 Joshua Benjamin - CE
  •  5 Malcolm Congoo - WG
  •  6 Kareel Phillips - FE
  •  7 Adrian Davis (c) - HB
  •  8 Reggie Saunders - PR
  •  9 Roy Smith - HK
  • 10 Matthew Pittman - PR
  • 11 Noel Underwood - SR
  • 12 Davin Crampton - SR
  • 13 Phil Dennis - LK

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain


8 February 2014, 7pm (AEDT)
Newcastle Knights 52–12 First Nation Goannas
Tries
Jake Mamo 3
Joseph Tapine 2
Alex McKinnon 1
Korbin Sims 1
Sione Mata'utia 1
Josh Mantellato 1
Matt Minto 1
Goals
Josh Mantellato 6/10
Tries
1 Davin Crampton
1 Rod Jensen
Goals
2/2 Adrian Davis
Hunter Stadium
Attendance: 6,826
Referee/s: Gavin Badger, Chris James, Jeff Younis, Dave Ryan

Leader board

Teams Wins
Redfern All Blacks 8
Narwan Eels 5
Cec Patten-Ron Merritt Memorial 4
BAC Walgett 4
Nambucca Valley Rams 3
Newcastle Yowies 3
Zetland 2
Koorie United 2
Louis St Dodgers 2
Moree Boomerangs 2
La Perouse Panthers 2
Walgett Aboriginal Connection 2
Dubbo Pacemakers 1
Toomelah Tigers 1
Wellington Wedge tails 1
Bourke Weilmoringle 1
Kempsey All Blacks 1
West Kempsey 1
Mindaribba Warriors 1
Wollumbin Warriors 1
La Perouse United 1
Newcastle All Blacks 1

Trophies

Throughout the 46-year history of the Knockout there have been many trophies added. Many of the trophies are memorials. Some of these trophies are dedicated to those who have made a significant contribution to the Knockout and Aboriginal football. These include the William Peachey Memorial Trophy – donated by the Peache family; the Lance Brown Memorial Trophy presented to Bourke/Weilmoringle RLFC, Gary "Mad Mick" Kennedy; McGrady Memorial Shield; Tommo Tighe Memorial Shield; Tabulam Rugby League Football Club Paul Roberts Memorial Shield; Wesley McGrady Memorial Trophy; Vincent Clyde Donovan Memorial Trophy – donated by the South Taree Footballers for the best 5/8 of State Knockout; and the George "Pedro" Squires Perpetual Trophy – donated by the Greenup Family Bowraville.[3]

NRL players to play in Koori Knockout

See also

References

  1. ^ "Aboriginal Rugby League". dictionaryofsydney. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Festival of Indigenous Rugby League launched". NRL.com. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "About us". foxsportspulse. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
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