Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Borroloola Cyclones chief back in town

Photo: Glenn Thompson outside The Coffee Club, sponsors of Brisbane Roar, in Glenorchy yesterday

Glenn Thompson, the Tasmanian who has featured prominently on SBS and on the front pages of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age this past season because of his work with indigenous football, is home for a couple of weeks.

I caught up with Glenn yesterday and he is still pursuing the dream of his indigenous men's and women's team, the Borroloola Cyclones, touring Tasmania.

Borroloola is a town in the Gulf Country of the Northern Territory and Glenn's teams caused a sensation at this year's Arafura Games and the Indigenous Festival of Football in Townsville.

Tasmania also competed at that latter tournament.

Borroloola will participate in a tournament in Alice Springs in a couple of weeks' time.

John Moriarty, FFA's Indigenous Football Ambassador, hails from Borroloola and his wife is from Tasmania and he is keen to get Glenn's teams down here.

Borroloola recently received a visit from Adelaide United's Travis Dodd and he was a sensation amongst the kids in the town.

Glenn attended Friday night's grand final between Clarence United and South Hobart.

He often attends the local Summer Cup competition if he is in town.

1 comment:

Richard Bennett said...

I was working in darwin in 2008 and saw some local football and helped out with port darwin while I was training with the squad.

the facilities at marrarra and gardens stadium are brilliant but the standard is on par with tassie. top clubs there would finish mid table in premier league here and they have problems with promotion of the game in the media in an afl and nrl dominated sports media.

However I saw the olyroos play the chilean under 21's prior to the olympics and saw adelaide utd training camps before the asian champions league finals.

it seems the nt football community have invested in the future and will reap the benefits. they like tassie for a small area have great potential in the juniors indigenous or otherwise.

another interesting article walter.