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Siblings to share stage at Indigenous Festival in Newcastle by Tracie Edmondson 2 February 2014


amily pride is plentiful in the Redfern household of talented siblings Lavinia and Kareel Phillips who are preparing to share centrestage in two headline matches at the NRL’s Festival of Indigenous Rugby League in Newcastle next week (Saturday, February 8). Lavinia has been named in a strong line-up for the NSW Indigenous Women’s team including World Cup winning Jillaroos sisters Julie and Emma Young and sister-in-law Rebecca Young, who will play against former All Stars reps Teresa Anderson, Theresa Anderson, Bianca Ambrum, Ashleigh

Singleton and Ashley Monkland in the QLD Women’s Indigenous team. Lavinia’s brother Kareel Phillips was also named in Laurie Daley’s non-elite Indigenous team, the First Nations Goannas, who will play in a trial match against Wayne Bennett’s Newcastle Knights, marking the culmination of the week-long festival in place of the Rugby League All Stars, which is being rested in 2014 post World Cup. Determination and hard work runs in the family with their father Shane Phillips awarded the Australian Local Hero in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards for his work as an advocate for Aboriginal rights and his role as CEO of the Tribal Warrior

Association. “I’m really fortunate to be able to share this experience with my brother,” said Lavinia. “I feel honoured to be selected among such talented women and I’m looking forward to representing both my family and my community. “Rugby League is a big part of our lives, so next week will be pretty significant for all of our family.” Kareel was officially welcomed into the First Nations Goannas camp on Tuesday as he set off for a week’s training with the Rabbitohs as part of the NRL’s initiative to give talented young Indigenous players first-hand experience of what it takes to play in the game’s premier competition. Teams list page 2

Julie Young, Bec Young and Bianca Ambrum with Gordon Tallis as Australian representatives but will play in opposite sides in the interstate Indigenous women’s clash. Image supplied

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QLD Women’s Indigenous Team

NSW Women’s Indigenous Team

Teresa Anderson (C) - Inala

Caitlin Moran - Newcastle Yowies

Tracey Hill - Inala

Nakia Davis Welsh - Mindaribba

Natalia Wauhcope - N/Territory

Mailika Moylan - Newcastle Yowies

Chantelle Dodd - Highlanders

Tanisha Stanton - Newcastle Yowies

Ashley Monkland - Highlanders

Lavina Phillips - RAB

Theresa Anderson (VC) - Highlanders

Kiah Simon - Newcastle Yowies

Jess Shaw - Highlanders

Rebecca Young - Mindaribba

Ashleigh Singleton - North QLD Waru

Julie Young - Mindaribba

Katie Shaw - Highlanders

Karlinda Potts - Illawarra Titans

Kaitlin Moss - Injured pre carnival

Kiara Maza - RAB

Tallisha McKinnon - Highlanders

Emma Young - Mindaribba

Tegan Gibbs - Tiddas

Kandy Kennedy - Mindaribba

Bianca Ambrum - Nth QLD Waru

Khloe Caldwell - RAB

Molly O’Connell - Toowoomba

Carly Phillips - RAB

Sharni Upton - Highlanders

Nikita Wilson - Sister Strong (Wollongong)

Natasha White - Highlanders

Mel Sutton - Mindaribba

Tash Taylor - Highlanders

Shaylin Williams - RAB

Ayrlie Timmermans - Inala

Eunice Grimes - Mindaribba

COACH: Karen Stuart

COACH: Dean Widders

MANAGER: Troy Buyer

MANAGER: Michelle Baille

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Siblings to share stage at indigenous festival in newcastle  

Family pride is plentiful in the Redfern household of talented siblings Lavinia and Kareel Phillips who are preparing to share centrestage i...