THE Gippsland Eagles Indigenous Football team tasted success at the Murrun Dhelk Statewide Koori Football Netball Carnival at Bendigo recently.
The side, made up of Indigenous players from across Gippsland, went through the round robin competition undefeated before meeting the Fitzroy Stars in the grand final.
The Eagles lifted another gear in the final and won by 30 points, with best on ground honours awarded to Basil Sibosado, who played for Kilcunda-Bass this season.
Three-time Kilcunda-Bass premiership player Jason Wells was awarded the goalkicking award for booting the most goals of the tournament.
Jason’s brothers Danny and Casey also played and father Bernie was coach of the side.
Kilcunda-Bass was well represented with Daniel Mock, Tony Jerrard, Jade Jenson, Dylan Smith and returning player Luke James playing for the Eagles.
Wonthaggi’s Byron Dryden and Jeffrey Winmar also played in the winning side.
Gippsland also had a side in the Division 2 competition, with Kilcunda-Bass junior Adam Honeysett playing for the Bunjils.
Kilcunda-Bass’ Carol Evans and Bobbie Lee Blay were trainers for the side.
Carol said the weekend was a fantastic display of footy.
“All games were pretty fast and skilful,” she said.
“In the grand final they played a silky smooth game and really jelled together. It was a real team effort and you couldn’t point out anyone who didn’t do a job.
“We’d like to thank Westernport Water for sponsoring our drink bottles and Kilcunda-Bass for the loan of equipment and sponsorship. “The boys are absolutely over the moon and it was a great weekend.”
Gippsland’s Indigenous team stars