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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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24 Reclink Update Reclink in Alice Springs has been off the Richter scale (excuse my excitement!) in the last few months with a ton of big events and plenty of regular activities. Major Reclink events in Alice Springs recently have been the Reclink Memo Lawn Bowls Classic, Reclink Football Grand Final Day, Reclink Goodwill Dinner and the start of the Inaugural Reclink Super 8s Cricket. Regular Reclink activities have included 10-pin Bowling, Indoor Rock-climbing, Social Tennis, 2 Movie days, 8-Ball and the Golf Driving Range and swimming at the Town Pool. It has been encouraging to see people trying out new things and having the courage to have a go at things they normally wouldnt get the chance to do. Reclink Lawn Bowls Classic The Reclink Lawn Bowls Classic was held at the Memo Club on 4 September 2008. It was bowls and a BBQ to kick off the Goodwill Tour by the Salvation Army Hawks Reclink AFL team and some of the Board Members from Reclink Melbourne. Local Alice Springs Reclink agencies and other members of the Alice Springs Community were invited down to join in on the evening and get a real experience of what Reclink is all about. Teams of four were mixed of locals and Melbournians to encourage people getting to know someone new and share the fun. There was lots of fun and some entertaining bowls played. A special mention to two of the guys from MHACAs D2DL program: Ryanwho took out the Bowler of the Day Trophy, and Rudy who got the trophy for Most Consistent. Champion effort fellas! All that practice at Memo Bowls Club on Tuesday afternoons paid off! Reclink Grand Final Day The 2008 Grand Final day was held on a warm afternoon at Traeger Park. The A-grade fixture was a rematch of the 2007 final between the Cottages AllStars and Amoonguna Eagles. The match was played with extraordinary skill and raw speed. Cottages raced out to a huge lead at half-time. Amoonguna came back strongly and nearly pulled off an amazing comeback, however the final siren beat them and Cottages claimed their first Reclink Title. The Inaugural Reclink Goodwill Cup was played out between the CAAAPU-DASA Tigers and the visiting Salvation Army Hawks from The Reclink Melbourne league. In what was a physical contest, the two sides contrasting playing styles made the game an exciting display. The CAAAPU-DASA Tigers saved their best performance of the season for the Cup and held off a brave Hawks side. The cup stays in the Alice, the Tigers winning by four goals. The B-Grade final was won by the MZ Bulldogs who took a combined Reclink side. Heres what being part of the competition meant to some of the CAAAPU-DASA Tigers players: E - We all enjoyed ourselves, especially me that had family members present at the Grand Final; it produced overwhelming feelings of dignity and pride that had been missing for a long time. JS - Reclink Footy has shown me that I can have fun without drugs and alcohol, and when I leave this program I have the confidence to keep active and encourage my kids to be healthy and active too. Left: Winning recipients at the Reclink Lawn Bowls Classic CAAAPU-DASA Tigers-Winners of the Inaugural Goodwill Cup Right: Mary giving Glenise some fine pointers

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