See the Mighty Hawks Fly

In the East Kimberley, as in many remote places, Australian Rules is a bonding force. At Halls Creek, Centennial Oval bursts into life on winter Saturdays, as footy fans from outlying areas make the trip to town. "Aboriginal people live, breathe and sleep football," says Warren Greatorex, an assistant coach and player with the Halls Creek Hawks. "Football keeps small communities going." The Hawks play in a bush league of seven, with three teams from Kununurra and one each from Wyndham, Timber Creek (N.T.) and Warmun. In these parts, says Derby-born Greatorex, indigenous players are athletic and naturally skilful. In spite...

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