The New South Wales Annual Rugby League Knockout, run on the long weekend in October, is the largest gathering of Aboriginal people in Australia. This chapter examines the wider kinship dimensions, which is the foundations of Aboriginal social and cultural life relationships amongst people and to place. The New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, beginning in Sydney in 1971, is widely described as a 'modern day Corroboree' with teams and supporters from Ballina to Bega along the coast and west to Bourke. The chapter considers how the game of Rugby League is played at the Knockout in all-Aboriginal setting. There are significant challenges ahead support Rugby League in the bush and the commitment by Rugby League to develop and retain Aboriginal players and amongst Aboriginal people the best mechanisms to ensure the continuation of this modern day corroboree into the future.
|Title of host publication||Indigenous People, Race Relations and Australian Sport|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|