Success at the Koori Football and Netball Carnival


Earlier on this year, Gayle Lambert attended the Koori Football and Netball Carnival on behalf of the Netball Victoria Community Engagement team in Thorpdale.

The program falls in line with Netball Victoria’s strategic plan to build the capacity of our game and is an initiative that works toward a strong engagement strategy within the indigenous netball community.

Gayle’s role on the day was to work with the women in the community, familiarising and mentoring the netball coaches in the talent identification process with the young Koori athletes and to provide them with information on the guidelines for identifying talent.

The carnival was organised by the Budjeri Napan Association who are a not-for-profit Association located in the Latrobe Valley area and first met six years ago to address the needs of the local indigenous community.

The Association brings a wealth of experience from sporting, health, justice, educational and social support backgrounds in the indigenous community.

The words Budjeri Napan means ‘good food/good tucker’, this name chosen to reflect promoting the message we want to deliver around good nutrition and healthy lifestyle options.


Features of the Carnival included:

  • Adult Netball Competition Grand Final: Lightning Blacks 29 defeated Boorun Allstars 20
  • Best Player Carnival – Georgie Dent
  • Best Player Grand Final – Tanarli Hood
  • Best Player U15 Netball Match – Laura Young
  • ANZ NetSetGO Clinic conducted by Judi Buhagiar
  • Talent identification and training for netball coaches assisted by Netball Victoria representative Gayle Lambert
  • Adult Footy competition; U15 Footy match; AusKick clinic.
  • Aboriginal Pit stop program for health screening.

Netball Victoria would like to thank the Gippsland community for their efforts in organising such a great event.