About the carnival

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History of the Carnival

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, South Australian Aboriginal communities were playing inter-community football games. These communities also played teams in the local South Australian National Football League.

Community games such as the game in 1968 where Point Pearce football team played off against the Koonibba football club to commemorate 100 years of the establishment of Point Pearce mission.

Also around this time, Adelaide Nungas were playing matches against Port Augusta, whilst Gerard mission was competing in the local Riverland competition.

From these inter-community games, there was an interest in having a state-wide playoff and the first coming together was held at Elizabeth oval in the early 1970s.

After multiple successful annual football events, there was a strong push from our women to be involved in this carnival event and so netball was introduced to the format.

There were players selected from both football and netball teams to play in a first all Aboriginal interstate competition across Australia.