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Aboriginal youth sports super carnivalWednesday, February 14, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Hundreds of the State's up and coming Aboriginal footballers aged 13 to 17 will showcase their talent in the 2018 Aboriginal Youth Sports Super Carnival, which sees the Kirby Bentley Cup, Nicky Winmar Carnival and Netball WA's Aboriginal Youth Gala Day take place over the first weekend of March.

Kirby Bentley Cup
Friday March 2, 4pm - 8pm
Lightning Park Tonkin Highway, Noranda
Register to play or coach

Nicky Winmar Carnival
Sunday March 4, 9am - 5pm
Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah
Register to play or coach

Aboriginal Youth Gala Day - Netball
Sunday March 4, 9am - 5pm
Mandurah Netball Association, Mandurah
Register your team today

The super carnival kicks off with the Kirby Bentley Cup, a 9-a-side round robin AFL tournament for Aboriginal girls aged 13 to 15. This event provides players with the opportunity to be selected for the WA Female Kickstart team and represent the State in the National Female Diversity Championships.

The Cup is named after AFLW Dockers forward Kirby Bentley, who is helping to promote the football pathway for young talented Indigenous girls. 

"The cup is established to engage our young indigenous footballers in WA. I think these kids will change the way we play football in the country as the Garlett’s, Yarren’s and the Franklin’s have done in the AFL," Bentley said.

"It’s exciting for me to be able to give back and for the girls to have a pathway and a stepping stone into the AFL.

"For me, this Cup is about the girls. It's an honour and privilege to have but for the girls to play in it, it’s all about them."

The carnival will commence on Sunday, March 4, with Aboriginal boys aged 13 to 15 from both metropolitan and regional WA taking part in a round robin tournament at Bendigo Bank Stadium in Mandurah.

The carnival will also provide a selection platform for the AFL National Kickstart Championships.

The Aboriginal Youth Gala Day is a round robin netball competition for high school aged players held in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation and Netball WA.

The carnival aims to provide an opportunity for teams to refine their skills in a competition environment.