The annual Unity Cup took place at JJ Holland Park on Sunday March 20th with 16 boys teams and 10 girls teams competing.
The event, which is supported by the Australian Federal Police and the Victorian State Government Office of Multicultural Affairs, is now in its ninth year.
The Werribee Football Club entered 2 girls teams and 1 boys team. The teams are predominantly made up of Karenni and African youths who have migrated to Wyndham in the past 10 years. The event features a variety of religious and cultural groups including Jewish, Islamic, African, Indigenous, Indian, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many others from Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Werribee’s Community Development Manager Chris Gallagher said
“The Unity Cup is a great way to break down the barriers between religious and cultural groups through football, which is a goal the club continues to strive for within the City of Wyndham”.
The tournament was an action packed day with each team playing 4 games. Our girl’s team came agonisingly close to becoming crowned champions of their division for the 3rd year in row, losing to the Jew Crew on percentage at the top of table. On a positive note, Sabrin Nyawela for the girl’s competition and Rody Win Mawroe for the boy’s competition took out the best player award. There is plenty of talent in our three teams.
The Unity Cup was again held as part of the Urban Communities and the Kensington Community Festival making it a family friendly event. There were plenty of activities including cultural music performances, an AFL Auskick inflatable playground, food trucks and a petting zoo.
Congratulations to all teams that participated. You can count on the Werribee Football Club being bigger and better in 2017.