Culture key for Balga boys


A dozen Balga Senior High School students travelled to Merriden and Bruce Rock last week to play in an exhibition game against a team from Merriden Senior High School.


The fixture was just one of many activities during an overnight camp organised as part of the Subiaco Football Club’s Community Engagement Program.

The boys built shelters, cooked their own dinner, sampled some local yabbies and took part in team building exercises.

Subiaco midfielder and teacher at Balga Senior High School Jason Bristow helped run the camp and says he’s hoping to make it an annual event.

“It’s a bit of a reward for the guys who have met certain behavior criteria through out term one, we had 12 come along and we were pretty impressed with how much they took away from it.”

Aboriginal & Islander Education Officer and former Muntadgin local Lenny Yarrin made the 250km trip to talk to the boys about local indigenous heritage.

“The boys place a lot of importance in their culture so we got local Lenny to fill them in on the history of the land and their ancestors and they responded really well to with that,” Bristow said.

 “It ties in with some of the stuff they’ve been doing back in the class room, they study language and they just love hearing about their culture.”

“It’s the first camp that I’ve organised and we would love to make it an annual thing and hopefully one day take them over to Melbourne and take them to the footy and show them that side of things.” He said.

Subiaco Football Club and Balga Senior High School would like to extend their gratitude:

  • Beverley Stanes (Principal), David Pirovich and Geordie James (PE staff) – The staff from Merredin College who helped organise the game for the boys.
  • Rodney Thornton (CEW “Be Active” Coordinator) – Who is also the secretary for EDFL who helped source the umpires for the game.
  • Steve Boughton (Wheatbelt Regional Football Development Officer) – Who gave up his time and came and umpired the game for us.
  • Franz Fuschbichler (Bruce Rock Farmer) – Who allowed us to use his shearing shed and leant us the BBQ.
  • Trevor Arnold (Bruce Rock Farmer) – Set the nets and caught the entrée for dinner on the Monday night. The boys loved the local “seafood”.
  • Damien Bow – The manager of the Bruce Rock Recreation Centre who came and opened up the Bruce Rock Football club change rooms so the boys could have a shower and get cleaned up before heading back to Perth.
  • The staff at the Merredin Hospital – For taking such good care of Regan when he broke his Collar bone.   

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