Monday, MARCH 1, 2010
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Preston Campbell proud of his colours. (Picture courtesy of Action Photos)
More than just a game for Indigenous All Stars skipper By SOLUA MIDDLETON It was an important day for Gold Coast Titans Preston Campbell, when he captained the Indigenous All Stars on 13 February. The date of the highly anticipated All Stars clash between the Indigenous and the NRL sides, also marked the second anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations. Preston Campbell said playing on the anniversary was very emotional. “It was very emotional and it’s very important to myself and the Indigenous community,” he said.
“Although I think it might not seem it, if you go out to the communities and asked if it meant anything to them, 99 per cent would say ‘yeah it did’.” But the anniversary also strikes a personal chord with the skipper. “It meant a lot to myself you know I had family involved in the Stolen Generations, my aunties were taken away and my uncles were put into boys homes and taken away from my grandparents,’ he said. “But to have it on the second anniversary is just that little bit special.” He said that his family would have been inspired by concept of the game.
“Anything Indigenous, people they look for inspiration and especially our people,” he said. “This whole concept you know, it shows with how our jerseys sold, how our tickets sold. “Anything to do with Indigenous people, they will get on board.” In the ocean of red black and gold flags flying from the stadium, Preston’s name was chanted throughout the ground. So does this mean he will be back next year to play again? “If I get picked, the fans pick the team, but it’s about the young blokes coming through,” he said.
Bright future for First Sun
Contents Feature: Williams family search for hope..... P3 Feature: Student’s success ............... P4 Services, Editorial, Letters ...................... P5 Youth Space, Cooking up ............................ P6 Wanted and deadlines ................................. P7 Sport: Back of the net with James Brown .. P9 Sport: All Stars coverage .................. P10-12
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Chairman Kevin Freeburn, General Manager Haydon Burford, Federal Member for Richmond and Ageing Minister Justine Elliott, Operations Manager Stephen Goonda and community Elder Clarence Phillips. By SOLUA MIDDLETON FIRST Sun Employment is hoping to engage more Indigenous jobseekers now that it’s relocated to new premises in Tweed Heads. The opening was well attended by about 60 people which included representatives from the community, employers, government agencies, and training providers. On hand to officially open the office was Federal Member for Richmond and Minister for Ageing Justine Elliott and Elder Clarence Phillips. Operations Manager Stephen Goonda said the new office was needed to better cater for the growing number of clients wanting to register with them. “We needed more space and better facilities to match the needs of our clients,” he said. “It provides for a more professional approach to our service delivery and makes clients feel more welcome in such an environment.” On 1 July 2009, the Australian Government introduced a new approach to employment services - Job Services Australia. JSA is designed to meet the employment and recruitment requirements of both job seekers and employers. It replaces previous employment services such as Job Network but will
provide new opportunities for Australians to receive one-on-one assistance and tailored employment services. First Sun Employment won a tender to deliver those services. “We provide a free service to all our clients and employers,” Mr Goonda said. “We provide support for all eligible job seekers, including those who have recently lost their job and disadvantaged job seekers. “The new service offers job seekers real skills and more purposeful assistance through greater flexibility and more tailored services to suit their individual needs. “As an example, providing wage subsidies to employers who take on our clients, paying for approved courses, travel assistance, job search training and skills. “We also aim to focus on addressing skills that are in demand through greater involvement with employers.” First Sun have also been successful in gaining an Indigenous Employment Program contract to deliver more specific and tailored services to Indigenous clients. “We welcome all clients to come and have a look, even if you are registered with another Job Services Australia provider,” Mr Goonda said. First Sun is located at Office 22, Level 2, Wharf Central Building 75 Wharf St, Tweed Heads. NSW 2485
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR POLICY: All letters must be signed (name will be withheld on request) profanity is unacceptable. All letters are subject to editing for clarity by the editor. The publisher or editor of Be Counted reserves the right to edit or withhold from publication any letter for any reason whatsoever. Letters reflect the opinion of the author, not necessarily that of Be Counted or its staff, nor does it take any responsibility of the views stated by those who write to the editor. COPYRIGHT: All material in Be Counted is copyright. No part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission of the publisher. © Be Counted 2010 EDITOR: Solua Middleton PUBLISHER: Solua Middleton Email: email@example.com Phone: 0411 737 161 For advertising rates email becounted.mag@gmail. com or call 0411 737 161 Printer: The Print Spot, 18-20 Quarry Rd, Murwillumbah. Be Counted would like to thank this edition : Gold Coast United, The Koori Mail, Action Photos and contributors Gina Combo, James Brown, Dahri Wharton, Jeanie Bigby and Pascale Babot.
Hope for a cure
Ernie and Karla Williams with their sons from left Elih, Khaden and Jaawan. (Photo by Gina Combo) By SOLUA MIDDLETON FOR the past 11 years it’s been a struggle for Ernie and Karla Williams and their three children of Tweed Heads. While their photo reveals smiling faces, it doesn’t reveal the nightmare this family face almost weekly with the health of their three boys. Jaawan aged 11, Elih aged 9 and Khaden aged 4 were all born with an ultra rare condition known as Rare Metabolic Condition (Renal Sulfate Wasting) affecting their major organs, which requires special dietary management. It’s so rare the three boys, who also have autism, are the only people known to have been diagnosed with this condition in the world. When the boys suffer a major episode some of the symptoms that occur range from stomach cramps, continuous vomiting, dehydration, eye ulcers as well as affecting their nervous system and muscle use and development. These complaints are an everyday occurrence. But there’s other psycho-social impacts which include memory and delay in speech development which creates great challenges with educational learning. With little known about the boys’
condition it’s been a struggle for the William’s family to get some help. “We’ve gone 11 years pretty much without any help,” Mrs Williams said. “We’ve had quite a good response to people reaching out, and we don’t really know how to react. “It’s hard to ask for help, so many doors have closed on us so we just have been doing it on our own. “The energy it took to beg for help to get a ‘sorry we can’t help you’ is draining.” The boys have been in and out of hospital since being born receiving intravenous (IV) fluids, as toxins build up in their bodies resulting in them being unable to tolerate anything orally which causes them to become very sick and severely dehydrated within a short period of time. Karla prepares all of the boy’s meals from scratch with foods they can tolerate. Jaawan, Elih and Khaden all have to avoid eating foods which we take for granted such as dairy products, foods containing gluten which includes wheats and grains, soy, foods with sugar and the majority of fruit and vegetables. But the family have been given hope. After feeling drained from exhausting all avenues, a paediatrician from the United
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States of America has given the Williams family hope. “He combines traditional and natural medicine, and that is something that we prefer,” Mrs Williams said. “He also works with autistic children to heal and he has had great success. “And he was also willing to help us, no doctors had any interest to help us. “We feel like we have exhausted all avenues.” But to meet with that doctor they needed enough money to get to there. By a stroke of luck by Karla’s stepmother Cheryl won a flight to Disneyland, which is also coincidentally located 20 minutes away from the doctor. So this trip will double as a medical trip and a family holiday... something that they’ve never been able to do. “It’s something we have never experienced, we don’t know what it is like to relax and enjoy day to day living, like most other healthy families take for granted,” Mrs Williams said. “It’s like pretending to be a kid, and have a laugh and fun and just pretend that everything is okay.” • If you want to help the Williams family financially or through other avenues email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with the appropriate people.
Indigenous scholarship winner feels honoured
Tim Eckersley reflects on his past and focuses on the future. FIVE Indigenous scholarship winners’ dreams have come true at Gold Coast Institute of TAFE. For one of the scholarship recipients, Tim Eckersley from Southport, it is an opportunity which will change his life. The mature age student is about to embark on a new journey of rediscovering his true ability and taking the step to return to the classroom.
Tim said he was adopted when he was only one week old to a supportive family who he still has strong connections with. “When I was in Year 8 at high school I dropped out of school because I was dealing with the fact that I was adopted and started hanging out with people who were a bad influence,” he said. Tim is the first to admit his life since then has been bit of
a roller coaster ride. “I found myself with a drug addiction and spending time in and out of prison,” he said. “It was prison that actually saved my life with education and learning about my Indigenous culture which greatly assisted with my healing process. “I have been through rehab and now supervise at the Goldbridge Rehabilitation Centre at Southport on a regular basis. “I know I would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t experienced difficult times but I also know that I can use my rocky journey to my advantage and give back to the community.” Tim’s father who works in family services has been a big influence in his life and has inspired him to work in the welfare industry. “I feel honoured to receive a scholarship at Gold Coast
Institute of TAFE to study what I am really passionate about,” he said. “Sure I am feeling a little anxious about the thought of studying but I know with the support of my family and the TAFE’s Indigenous Support Officer I will achieve my goal of completing the Diploma of Community Services. “I will then be on my way of reaching my dream of mentoring young children who are experiencing similar difficulties that I have in the past.”
Recipients The additional Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Indigenous scholarships winners include Corey Kershaw (Diploma of Justice), Geret Kaworo (Diploma of Justice), Tamika Martin (Diploma of Nursing) and Jayden Cooke (Certificate I in Construction). Acting Chief Executive
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Officer, Aaron Devine said the scholarship program had been very successful for past students and was devised after consultation with the Institute’s Indigenous Advisory Board and feedback from the broader Indigenous community. “Participation by the Indigenous community in courses at Gold Coast TAFE is increasing, and we feel this was another way to encourage this positive trend,” Mr Devine said. “Offering scholarships to outstanding individuals within the Indigenous community is our way to help overcome known barriers such as cost, and to reward those who show great potential and passion for their chosen vocation. “We’re very proud of our winners and believe they will passionately embrace this opportunity with enthusiasm.”
Your letters Your reaction to the changing the flag debate WHEN you think about it, the flag represents a whole lot of things that shouldn’t be celebrated in any way. That includes; murder, theft, stolen generation, rape, and a lot of other things but I’m guessing you get my point. It needs to be changed, no question about it. Ani Fisher FAIRFIELD, BRISBANE, QLD
THE flag should emerge the Aboriginal and Australian flags together. Karen McDonald ONSLOW, WA * Be Counted would love to hear from you, so send your letters, poems, photos and feedback with your full name to email address email@example.com
A starry edition
WELCOME if this is your first edition, and welcome back if this is your second. It has been exciting and inspirational putting this edition together. I’ve had some excellent response from the public. My humble publication has even found its way to North Queensland and Western Australia. But I noticed a bit of a theme occurring when compiling this month’s articles, and dare I say it had a bit of a twinkle twinkle to it. No doubt one of the biggest stories that got many of us starry-eyed was the recent All Stars clash at Skilled Park. If you were lucky enough to get a seat like myself you
will understand me when I say the atmosphere was electrifying and uniting. It was a really proud moment standing beside so many of my Indigenous brothers and sisters. I can’t imagine how the team must have felt. But also shining their way through the pages of Be Counted is the story of the Williams family. Parents Ernie and Karla Williams have done everything on their own to help their three sons who suffer a virtually unknown illness. Despite hitting brick walls they have not given up hope on giving the boys a healthier life. Then there’s Southport man Tim Eckersley who has beaten life’s demons, turned
his life around and now wants to help others. And let’s not forget that the sun is a star, so the story of First Sun Employment hoping to increase their assistance to Indigenous people on the Tweed also coincidentally made it’s way into this edition. But there’s plenty more stories in this edition of Be Counted that have that star quality, you’ll just have to finish reading it. I thought I’d have to wait years to have a star edition, but it seems I had to only wait until the second month. But I know I haven’t covered the half of it, so if you think you have something with star power to share with Be Counted contact us now.
Music competition Black & deadly Calling young THE National Cannabis budding artists Prevention and Information BLACK and Deadly is a girls group for Indigenous students held throughout the year. It provides an opportunity for students to meet Elders, gain life skills, develop friendships, set goals and have fun. While it is aimed for girls aged 15 to 17 years, it is during school hours and criteria must be met to see if you qualify. Next meeting is Friday 5 March at the Girl Guides Hall, Burleigh Heads from 9am-2pm. Contact Linda Arthur (07) 55691818 for more information.
IF you’re aged between 18 to 26 and consider yourself a budding artist then this opportunity could be for you. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board with Qantas are offering a new visual arts award to a young and emerging Indigenous Australian visual artist. The award highlights the role that young and emerging artists play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintaining culture from elders. If you want to express your interest contact Chris Bonney on (02) 9215 9167.
Centre Indigenous Music Competition is giving Indigenous Australians the chance to showcase their creative talent and express their ideas about cannabis and its harmful impact on their communities. Entries must be in the form of a song in any genre or style and must creatively explore the harmful impact of cannabis on Indigenous communities. See website for further details. http://ncpic.org.au/ncpic/ news/competitions/article/ indigenous-music-competition
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SERVICES EACH issue we will try to provide information about services and helpful hints that might be of interest to our readers. The services will be located across the Gold Coast and surrounding regions. Our featured service this week is Food Aid. Holders of Pension Cards and Health Care Cards are able to access the services of Food Aid, which is located at Mal Bourke car park (off Hicks Street (opposite the Courthouse) at Southport. Food Aid is set up inside the entrance to the car park. Food Aid is available from 10.30am-1pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. At the cost of $7 you will receive a box with an assortment of fruit and vegetables plus other food items available on the day, these items may include margarine, bread, rolls and cakes.
Helpful Hint To remove stubborn tea and coffee stains on you cups simply place some bicarbonate soda with dishwashing detergent on your dish cloths to remove stains. It’s also great for cleaning glasses to crystal clear. Do you have any useful information or hints you want to share with other readers? If so, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Be Counted is about our community on the Gold Coast and nearby regions. It’s about our voice being heard, our stories, and our people standing up and being counted.
Do you want to be counted? We are also focussing on our youth and the issues that are impacting them.Primary and high school aged children can also send in letters, poems, pictures, letters and have their say in a section dedicated to their voice. All contributions can be sent to email@example.com Photos should be at least 300 dpi. and sent in their raw format.
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YOUTH SPACE Be Counted is really wanting to focus on youth and share their voice with the wider community. Youth Space is dedicated to young people sharing their voices, the issues that impact them as a young Indigenous people, whether they are triumphs or tragedies or just a good laugh. Be Counted’s aim for Youth Space is to see it become a place of empowerment and inspiration not only for the young people, but for the older generations. Send your letters, pictures, or poems to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pack up the makeup HI everyone, my name’s Darhi Wharton and I’m telling you my story this month. I will be 15 this year and I’m in Grade 9 at Miami State High School. I would like to talk about wearing makeup to school. I wear some eyeliner and foundation but I notice other girls pack on the makeup, they put on lots of mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow. In class today this girl had lots of makeup on and the teacher pointed it out to her. I like wearing makeup on special occasions like when
I go to the Princess Parties, an all girls deportment and grooming group. The girls usually get escorted by boys who give us a rose when we arrive for a three course dinner. At the Princess Parties we have dancers and other performers come in to entertain us. Other times I like to wear makeup is when I go to Epic which is a church youth group at Surf City, Surfers Paradise. My sister and I go to this group every Friday night.
We play games, dance and do lots of fun thing. This group is for both boys and girls. Basically I like to wear makeup when I go out but I don’t wear too much... like I said... only eyeliner and some foundation and sometimes I put a little lip gloss on. I notice that the girls at school who wear too much makeup and sometimes don’t put it on properly. Instead of looking nice they might look like a clown and that’s really funny sometimes.
Cooking up Ingredients • • • • • • • • •
1 medium onion (Diced) 500gms lamb mince 1 packet nachos mix Olive oil Lettuce (shredded) Tomato (diced) Grated cheese Light sour cream 2 packet corn chips
Cooking directions Heat oil in frying pan, add
onion sauté until caramelised. Add lamb mince stirring to separate till cooked. Turn on oven to 150 degrees. Stir in the nachos mixture into the lamb mince and cook a further 2 minutes. Spread corn chips to cover a dinner plate and place in moderate oven for 2 minutes to warm chips. Place lamb mixture to cover corn chips. Place shredded cheese on mixture and place in
microwave for approximately 2-3 minutes (until cheese melts). Place shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes on top of lamb mince and melted cheese. Place dollops of light sour cream on top and serve immediately.
From the kitchen of Jeanie Bigby
Serve Serve: 6. Rating: Easy Time: Approx. 15 – 20 mins
Each edition of Be Counted, we will showcase one our reader’s recipes. Send in your recipe and a photo of your culinary delight, with your full name and contact details to email email@example.com BE COUNTED
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Winners are grinners SOME of the nation’s sporting greats gathered at Robina for the Indigenous Sport Queensland Awards. Chairman Wayne Coolwell said the awards recognised Indigenous Queenslanders on the local, national and International stage. Indigenous golfer India Matthews picked up the Leigh-Ann Goodwin Youth Award; 14 year-old sprinter Teri-Ann Cain received the Robbie Williams Encouragement Award and; Greg Inglis
scooped the “Eddie Gilbert” Medal. ISQ also launched a Hall of Fame website, and those honoured were: Eddie Gilbert - cricket, Arthur Beetson rugby league, Darby McCarthy - jockey, Lloyd McDermott - rugby union, Ron Richards - boxing, and Edna Crouch and Mabel Campbell - cricket. Mr Coolwell said the website highlights Indigenous sportspeople who have contributed so much to their sport and community.
Anita Weazel of Woodridge with Marion Fenech.
Back row from left: Greg Inglis, John Ford, Judy Watego, Eddie Barney, Becky Thompson and Lloyd McDermott. Front from left: Teri-Ann Cain, India Matthews and Darby McCarthy. RIGHT: Lloyd McDermott pictured second with his uncle Danny Wagge, Lillian Garrett and EJ Garrett.
Maurice Clark with wife Amy Rodgers-Clark.
LEFT: From left Theresa Anderson, Nathan Appo and Naomi Moran.
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Greg Inglis with Eddie Barney
Swimmer a future star Photos and story by GINA COMBO
TWEED River High student Mariah Jones has her sights set on the 2012 Olympics in London. The 16 year-old swimmer from Tweed Heads has a grueling training schedule, leading up to the State/Aussie Surf Titles to be held at Kurrawa in March, and the Australian Age Championships held to be in Sydney in April. Making it to the 2012 Olympics would be a dream come true for this teenager. Gina Combo spoke to the focused swimmer who is passionate about her sport and determined to succeed. Mariah says she gets her inspiration from her dad who is also her idol. She said: “I believe in going after your dreams and never giving up, even if
Maria Jones swimming butterfly at one of her training sessions someone thinks you’re not good enough.” “My motto is follow your dreams and goals- no matter what.” Mariah is also a member of the 2010 Queensland Surf Life Saving Development Squad and Point Danger Branch Team. She swims nine pool sessions and two board sessions per week and has an impressive list of accomplishments under her belt … way too many to mention. However her recent achievements at Queensland Sprint Champions include: • U/16 1st Breaststroke • U/16 2nd 50m Freestyle
• U/16 2nd 50m Butterfly • 2009 Surf Titles Surf Race final U/17 and Opens. Her father Rod Jones has been co-training and coaching Mariah alongside Banora Point Pools’ Andrew Hunter since she was four years-old. Mr Jones is very proud of her achievements and says she’s dedicated and accomplished a lot for a girl her age. Mariah has a younger sister Leah who, under the watchful eye of dad and coach, is set to follow in her big sisters footsteps. Mariah Jones is truly an inspiration for all Indigenous kids who have a dream.
In the back of the net with ... James Brown
Final Series a bonus after a tough start to the season
IT’S Finals Series time in the Hyundai A-League, perhaps the most exciting part of the season for fans and certainly an exciting time for us players. This has been Gold Coast United’s first season in the competition and time has certainly flown since we started pre-season training back in April 09. Before I joined United I suffered from a string of long-term injury problems, then just before we were due to play against the English Premier League team, Fulham, I copped a fractured leg in training. After overcoming all my previous injury concerns I was so keen to start this season fresh and problem free, so at the time it was a real blow and
very frustrating to find myself on the treatment table yet again. But during those times it’s so important to stay as positive as you can and focus on your recovery. Friends, family and teammates are very supportive, so if you ever find yourself in that situation I recommend you make sure you have those people around you. Staying occupied is important too. If you have other interests, like study, reading, or a hobby, etc, you can spend time doing those things, which again helps you to stay positive and happy. Being injured meant that I had to basically start again and work my way back into the coach’s plans by training
well and playing as well as I could in the Youth Team to get my fitness levels up to speed. But having those setbacks made me even more determined to work hard and appreciate how lucky I am to play football for a living. That determination helped me not just get my fitness back quickly, but also my confidence. All the hard work was worthwhile when I finally made my First Team debut and eventually scored my first ever goal in the Hyundai A-League against the Newcastle Jets in mid-January. I’m now hoping to play a big part in the Finals Series, which is the crunch time of the season because almost every game is sudden death.
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Everyone is pumped and training harder than ever because we all want to make sure we’re in the team, especially for the big games because they can be rare events in anyone’s career and you never want to miss out! But healthy competition for places is what professional sport is all about and keeps everyone on top of their game.
Prince named Ambassasdor
Raising the curtain on young talent
NSW celebrate win
BEFORE the All Stars clash, Indigenous Under 16s warmed up the field. Queensland’s and New South Wales’ future stars of field thrashed it out. But it was New South Wales that came away victorious. They defeated Queensland 24-12.
TITANS’ Indigenous All Stars Scott Prince was recently named the Indigenous Ambassador for the Department of Education Employment and Work Place Relations Indigenous Education campaign, ‘Learn, Earn, Legend!’. “I feel very honoured to be given the role of Ambassador for such a worthwhile program,” Prince said. “It was my dream to play Rugby League that helped me stay in school and I am particularly passionate about this cause. “I really hope that I can help motivate all kids, especially Indigenous Australians to stay in school and get the education they need to follow their dreams.”
Queensland do everything to try and defend
All Stars Action at Pizzey Park TOP LEFT: From left Aunty Lana Boondi Williams, Daphne Houston, Aunty Bev Anderson and Aunty Isabelle Kent.
TOP RIGHT: Aunty Patricia Levy with NITV National News Sports Presenter Lindsay Bassani.
BOTTOM LEFT: These keen students listen intently to Preston Campbell’s footy tips. BOTTOM RIGHT: Sam Thaiday gives some lessons on tackling.
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More of the All Stars action
ABOVE CLOCKWISE: 1. Jamie Soward seals the win with a final try. (Photo: Koori Mail). 2. Scott Prince makes a pass. 3. Sam Thaiday charges. 4. Fans show their appreciation. (Photos: Action Photos and NRL.) LEFT: Preston Campbell gives a thumbs up to a great night of footy. RIGHT: All Stars Team face a war dance from Nunukul Yuggera performers before the clash. (Photos by Solua Middleton)
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Tweed teenager making her mark in the pool
The Indigenous All Stars team celebrate victory at the inaugural All Stars clash as Skilled Park. (Picture: Action Photos) SKILLED Park was the backdrop for one of the most exciting National Rugby League matches this year. The clash between the Indigenous All Stars and the NRL All Stars drew a sell out crowd to the Gold Coast. Needless to say the atmosphere was electric. Wendell Sailor, in his retirement match, scored the first try and celebrated by grabbing the nearest post and blowing into it like a didgeridoo. The Indigenous team led the first half, but the NRL side clawed their way back in the second. With six minutes left on the clock the Indigenous All Stars were a try away from victory. Jamie Soward sealed the deal, scoring a try and leading the Indigenous All Stars to a 16-12 victory. Johnathan Thurston was awarded the Preston Campbell Medal for man of the match, and Jamal Idris was presented with the 2009 George Green Medal for best new Indigenous talent of the season.
Wendell Sailor celebrates the first try of the night. (Picture:The Koori Mail)
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