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Sydney Swans draft Aliir

  • Thursday, November 21 2013 @ 04:32 pm ACDT
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The 19 year old Kenyan born Sudanese youth drafted by the Sydney Swans last night may need to have a globe (or perhaps Google Earth) handy when he tells his grandchildren his life story. He was born in Kenya (1994) in a refugee camp after his family fled war ravaged Sudan.  The family came to Australia in 2003. 

We first heard of Aliir Aliir in 2010 when he was selected in the World XVIII team - he was living in Queensland and was identified as a talented footy youngster with a good leap and great skills.  He was regularly found on the lists of goal kickers and best players in junior footy for Apsley Hornets in Qld.

Boomerangs tour doco to sceen in Australia on NITV

  • Wednesday, October 23 2013 @ 11:29 pm ACDT
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Flying Boomerangs, a documentary on the Flying Boomerangs’ tour to South Africa earlier this year, will air on National Indigenous Television (NITV - a relatively new digital free to air station on Australian TV), Thursday, November 7 at 9pm.

The Flying Boomerangs is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men aged 14 -15 years-old, supported by the Coles AFL Indigenous Program.

NITV accompanied the Flying Boomerangs to South Africa in January this year where the squad of 25 played two matches against South African teams in Potchefstroom and Durban, coached by former St Kilda player Raphael Clarke.

African woman makes WA state team

  • Sunday, June 23 2013 @ 07:36 am ACST
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Susan Chuot is the first African player to make the Western Australia state women’s team. She was originally born in South Sudan but her family soon moved to Kenya to escape the war.

After her family moved to Australia, Chuot first played Australian Football at school, but her main passion was always soccer until she got involved at the Edmund Rice Centre, for young people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, coaching their Indigenous soccer team. Chout was then invited to become the first female to play for the Lions, the boys’ football team, in 2011 and she even captained the team in 2012.

Boomerangs clean sweep - game 2 footage

  • Friday, February 22 2013 @ 11:52 am ACDT
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On February 1st the Flying Boomerangs made it a clean sweep, defeating the Geminder Youth Academy South Africa Lions 117 to 32 in game two of their tour of South Africa.  Footage below from NITV and Australian TV broadcaster SBS.


Majak ready to go for 2013

  • Thursday, February 14 2013 @ 08:18 am ACDT
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Sudanese born Majak Daw speaks about the preseason how he sees his season ahead.


Boomerangs crush young Lions in Game One

  • Thursday, January 31 2013 @ 12:14 am ACDT
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The AFL Indigenous Youth Squad, the Flying Boomerangs, has crushed the AFL South Africa Geminder Youth Academy Under 18 side, 125 to 14, at Mohadin Cricket Ground, Potchefstroom, in North West Province.

  1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
Boomerangs 5.3 9.4 12.8 19.11 (125)
South Africa Youth 1.0 1.0 2.1 2.2 (14)

Best players

Boomerangs - Jade Gresham, Callum Ahchee, Russell Wynne, Liam Bennell, Aaron Yusia

South Africa Youth - Moni Yonela, Boitumelo Thiboeng, Denmark Baloi, Thabiso Phakedi, Karabo Morokoane

Goal Kickers

Boomerangs - Kyle Jackson 3, Liam Bennell 2, Aiydn Johnson 2, Russell Wynne 2, Jade Gresham 2, Brandan Darfitt 1, Kaya McKenzie 1, Jayden Gerrand 1, Eliyah Havard 1, Jamarrah Firebrace 1, John Manson 1, Tyler Cubby 1, Cory Glass 1

South Africa Youth - Boitumelo Thiboeng 1, Thembi Opaster 1

Note that there appears to be some differences in the behinds and thus total points tally reported in various media, showing the Boomerangs 19.18 (132).

Flying Boomerangs featured on NITV

  • Wednesday, January 30 2013 @ 12:17 am ACDT
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Africa The Flying Boomerangs team were featured on NITV news late last week. The video taken before their departure for South Africa can be seen below.


Young Lions named for 2013 Boomerangs tour

  • Tuesday, January 22 2013 @ 10:42 pm ACDT
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AFL South Africa has named the South Africa (Geminder Youth Academy) Squad To Play Against Australia Flying Boomerangs U/17 - on the 28th January and 1st February 2013.  This is an U/18 Squad topped up with 5 players U/20 years.

1. Denmark Baloi
2. Benefit Baloi
3. Junior Phehlamahala
4. Tshepiso Mogapi
5. Thabiso Phakedi
6. Dan Msizi
7. Mfanafuthi Mabuza
8. Thato Ben Manoto
9. Lebogang Teme
10. Mmereki Gulane
11. Banini Sekori
12. Karabo Morokoane
13. Akholiwe Figlan
14. Atang Moshoeshoe
15. Moni Yonela
16. Mbiko Soyama
17. Monwabisi Madikane
18. Siphelele Gamanye
19. Sikhulile Gamakhulu
The team will be topped by players from North West and Gauteng for Potchefstroom game and for the Durban match will be topped by KwaZulu-Natal players.

Indigenous squad named for Lions tour

  • Monday, January 21 2013 @ 11:04 pm ACDT
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As previously reported, The Flying Boomerangs are once again headed for a tour of South Africa.  The concept is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men aged 14 -15 years-old, supported by the Coles AFL Indigenous Program.

Selected from the 2012 AFL KickStart Under-15 Championships, the Flying Boomerangs squad of 25 players will play two matches against South African teams in Potchefstroom and Durban, coached by former St Kilda player Raphael Clarke.

The Boomerangs will also conduct a footyWILD clinic in Cape Town township, visit Table Mountain and Robben Island where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in 1964 for 18 years before being moved to another prison.

AFL National Community Engagement Manager Jason Mifsud and AFL Indigenous Programs Coordinator Xavier Clarke are attending the tour.

Itinerary and squad listed below:

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