Ready and Deadly for Indigenous Nationals

Ready and Deadly for Indigenous Nationals

RMIT played host to the 2022 Victorian Indigenous Intervarsity competition in preparation for the Nationals event in late June.

After a successful Reconciliation Week full of important culturally significant events hosted by the university, the final chapter was written on Sunday at RMIT Bundoora.

Swinburne and Melbourne University competed in Volleyball, Netball and Basketball tournaments to determine the winner of Victorian Indigenous Intervarsity trophy for 2022.

The fixture saw RMIT take out the honours in the Volleyball to begin with followed by Melbourne University’s dominance in the Netball.

RMIT eventually took out the trophy for 2022, clinching on to win the Basketball in the final match of the day to be crowned Victorian Indigenous Intervarsity champions.

Students prepare for a volleyball serve Image (by Student Mikko Robles): All smiles as RMIT take to the net for some Volleyball.

The student athletes were treated to some delicious Indigenous catering from Mabu Mabu during the interval.

This was a great opportunity to mingle with players from the other universities and get socialable before the Nationals in Brisbane.

Some students even managed to sneak into the main show court to witness a big victory by the Women’s RMIT Big V team against Collingwood in their very own Indigenous Round fixture. 

Regardless of the results on court, Jake from visiting university Swinburne was just happy to be out there playing with his mates.

“It’s been great to get the mob together and have a little practise before the Indigenous games begin in a couple of weeks in Brisbane," he said.

“We’re just really excited for a fun and happy competition, and we saw that here today”

“It’s really good practise for Nationals and we’re keen to go. Today was an important opportunity to build our teamwork and connect on the court.”

Melbourne University student Guruji, who has been to multiple Indigenous Nationals said this was one of the best events he had been to and shared his enthusiasm for the event. 

“I’m really stoked about the team's performance and for everyone coming out today.”

“It's been a really enjoyable day."

Indigenous students congratulating each other after a volleyball match Image (by Student Mikko Robles): RMIT congratulate each other at the centre of the court after taking out the trophy for 2022.

RMIT’s excitement machine on the court and Indigenous Outreach Coordinator at the Ngarara Willim Centre off the court, Jordan Carter reflected on the importance of the day for his team. 

“The purpose of today was to bring together a couple of different Melbourne universities to play, practise and get a bit of time into their teams before the Indigenous Uni games start.”

“We have a great people of people and there’s great spirit when representing RMIT.”

Jordan also reflected fondly on the ‘Welcome to Country’ delivered passionately by local elder Uncle Ringo who brought the students together by referring to the common connections the students have and the gratitude and pride they carry playing sport whilst representing their mob. 

“Uncle Ringo really speaks to the heart of the students which really gives these students a connection and gives them that feeling that it’s a culturally safe space.”

The UniSport Indigenous Nationals will be held from 26-30 June at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane and will be contested in a mixed competition across touch football, netball, basketball, and volleyball. 

Story: Michael Serpell 

23 June 2022


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