ILLAWARRA-BASED team the South Coast Salt Water Warriors won the inaugural state-wide Aboriginal Rugby League knockout challenge, Kids in Care Cup, on Sunday.
South Coast Salt Water Warriors represented the South Coast along with one other local team, Gadhu Warriors and competed with nine other men’s Aboriginal rugby players from regions throughout the state.
The day-long competition was hosted by the Illawarra Titans Aboriginal Rugby League Football Club at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.
The event was created this year to raise awareness about the need for more Aboriginal foster carers in NSW.
It was also used by many of the teams as a warm-up to the long-running Koori Knockout, which takes place during the October long weekend; this year in Raymond Terrace.
Illawarra Titans president Barry Lenihan congratulated the South Coast Salt Water Warriors, who competed in the finals and won 26-20 against the Mindaribba Warriors from the Hunter Region.
The Minister For Family and Community Services Pru Goward attended the Opening Ceremony, and spoke of the importance of Aboriginal care for Aboriginal kids.
“Where possible, it is important that we find aboriginal carers for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care,’’ she said.
‘‘We are very happy with our transfer of the out-of-home care system to the non-government sector, and today showed the commitment of our NGO partners to the transfer.”
To find out more about becoming a foster carer for Aboriginal children and young people in the South Coast region, contact the local Aboriginal out-of-home care agency South Coast AMS on 44286666.