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Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018



Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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WednesdayApril 25, 2018KATHERINETIMES28 katherinetimes.com.au twitter.com/katherinetimesfacebook.com/KatherineTimes Kicking goals for Roper PLANS to establish a new AFL competition in the remote Roper Gulf region are gaining momentum, following a successful AFL Champions Forum held in Katherine last week. The forum was held in response to community requests for a new football competition outside Katherine, to help remote players access more games and promote a healthy living focus. Council CEOMichael Berto says community leaders view football as an effective way to address mens health and anti-social behaviour, which is why theyve campaigned so strongly for a new competition. People are concerned, particularly with young men on community, he said. They want to make things right for them, so they can give them every opportunity to live a good life into the future. Each community wants to start addressing their issues with the men around grog and violence, and thats as important to themas playing footy. Hosted by Roper Gulf Regional Council, the forum brought together key stakeholders from AFL NT, Big Rivers Football League, Sunrise Health, the NT Government, No More campaign and local AFL Champions. The group raised a range of ideas to boost mens football participation, including weekly matches, monthly carnival-style football and partnerships with teams playing in the Big Rivers Football League. The forum also highlighted significant challenges in developing a new competi tion in the vast and isolated region, including governance, funding and logistical arrangements. Mr Berto says while those seeking a new competition need to be realistic about what canbe achieved, hewas confident a pilot program could be launched this year if communities were serious about supporting it. Its pretty clear to us that a grassroots competition like this will only succeed if the communities themselves put in the time and effort needed tomake it work, he said. That means we need locals volunteering to coach teams, keep score, wash uniforms and all of the many other jobs that help keep a football team and competition running. If that doesnt happen then this wont succeed, because there are limited resources available to invest in this competition. That said, the commitment shownby those attending the forumwas impressive and I think the level of interest is strong. The group will meet again soon. SPORT FIX: Football is viewed as an effective way to address mens health and anti-social behaviour, They want tomake thingsright for them, so they can give them every opportunity to live a good life into the future. Michael Berto ##SPORT### SOCCER PAGE 27 Two big competitions this season KATHERINE COUNTRY CLUB | 40 PEARCE STREET | PHONE: 8972 1276 INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS AND BONAFIDE GUESTS KATHERINE BOWLS CLUB WEEKLYYYYYY BBBBBBOOOOOOWWWWWWLLLLLLSSSSSS EEEEEVVVVVEEEEEENNNNNNTTTTTTSSSSSS MONDAY NIGHT FUN SOCIAL BOWLS 6.15PM TO 7.30PM $6 PER PERSON INCLUDES GREEN FEES AND EQUIPMENT | BOWLS CLUB REP TO SHOW YOU THE ROPES TUESDAY NIGHT JACKPOT PAIRS NAMES IN BY 6PM START 6.30PM TILL 8.30PM $7 PER PERSON SUNDAY MORNING SCROUNGERS 8.15AM FOR 8.30AM START $5 PER PERSON INCLUDES GREEN FEES AND EQUIPMENT A W 35 06 45 7