Monday, August 31, 2015

Two Boys From Alice Springs Join The Leafa Spirit

Two Boys From Alice Springs Join The Leafa Spirit

By Carol Craftman
The Spirit News
November 3, 2076

Alice Springs, North Australia will have its first-ever players play for the Leafa College Spirit. Cornerback Lorem Ipsum, the son of an Aboriginal stockman, and wide receiver Etaoin Shrdlu, a member of the Arrernte People, are the first indigenous players to join the Spirit in what is a victory for diversity and multicultural tolerance. While they are natives of Alice Springs, Ipsum (born Loren Epsom Namatjira) and Shrdlu (born Etienne Mabo-Goodes) have played club football for the South City Chiefs of Adelaide in their youth and their families own summer homes in Alberton.

"I come from a family of patrons of Australian football," said Ipsum. "My dad, who works at Anna Creek, is a Port supporter and wanted me to take part in playing the game of footy. But I wanted to be bold and try a new sport, and lucky, I was scouted by the Chiefs with Eti. Rest in history. Now we get to represent the Outback next season over in Canberra."

"Totally excited for next year, to come in as a first-year and get a chance to earn playing time is really exciting," said Shrdlu. "Mum and Dad are telling me to represent my family loud and proud, stand tall and get the best education possible at Leafa. I couldn't be more over the moon knowing that Leafa is looking here in Central Australia to find the best players. We can hit you hard, we got speed, we have the gift. And we do everything for our country, so count on us and Ippy to get her right."

Leafa College hit the road to face the Nevada Wolf Pack next week at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada, USA. The match will be broadcast on the radio on 5AO and the 5AO Sports Radio Network, One and One World Sports.