“Alice Springs has absolutely been buzzing for the past week with more than 3800 competitors enjoying what has become affectionately known as the Friendly Games,” said Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan. “The atmosphere has been incredible and it has been fantastic to see such camaraderie and friendship on show throughout the week which is what the Games are all about. “It’s also been great to see all the regulars that come back Games after Games after Games – some who have been coming since the very beginning back in 1986.
The Games ended on a rock and roll high with Peter Byrne presenting his internationally acclaimed Neil Diamond tribute show, Forever Diamond, supported by rock sensations Chocolate Starfish and coverband The Cast. The party of the year with a crowd of around 6000 danced the night away. CAAMA Radio was granted the right to broadcast this event LIVE around the country.
“I hope everyone has enjoyed the Masters Games and I’ll see everyone back in Alice Springs for the 16th Masters Games from October 8 to 15, 2016.”
Minister Conlan officially declare the 15th Masters Games closed at last nights Closing Ceremony.
The Fred Hollows Foundation and the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation were the organisations that benefited from the “Around the Campfire charity event held at the Convention centre in Alice Springs. The local crowd danced, sang and supported the inaugural event held last night. Iwantja, Jacinta Price, Warren H Williams, Caper & Tjintu Desert Band rocked the convention centre. Praise goes to Chad Mclaren for organising such an event as it makes its way around the country. CAAMA Radio did a live to air broadcast around the country.
It was a night filled for memories as ex-players and family gathered at the Pioneers Shed to celebrate and remember those players who made the club what it is today. Joined by Darryl White, triple premiership player who was acknowledged by the club to where his AFL career first started.
Willy Cole, Joe Egan, Willy Taylor, Harold Thomas and Alec Kruger from the 1947 era were acknowledge for their contribution to the game and to the Pioneers Club. While Johnny Pepperil, one of the greats from the 1960s reminisced about his memories of the club in the early days to where it is today.
Lloydie Bray was also acknowledged for his remarkable contribution to the game and family and friends took a trip down memory lane through the video montages of Mr. Bray before telling stories of how he influence their lives.
While footballers and coaching legends, Mick and Tony Liddle, were also acknowledged during the night through presentations looking back at their extensive careers.
A group of Aboriginal Elders (and ex-footballers) from all across the Territory have reunited for the Masters Games! They may be the only competitors in the basketballs’ 55+ division but they’ve still got tonnes of energy and have given the younger teams a run for their money.
While it’s a gold medal by default for the Tjilpis basketball team, the spirit of the games is strong with this group as they make up the rules, switch teams and constantly have a laugh with each other.
A leading adviser to Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described his own four-day stay in a Central Australian Aboriginal community…. as a massive learning curve.
Warren Mundine… the Sydney based chair of the PM’s Indigenous Advisory Council travelled to the remote Ampiliwatja community 320 kms north-east of Alice Springs to gain his own personal appreciation of life in the bush in an Aboriginal community.
Mr Mundine told CAAMA RADIO the stay had re inforced many of his own thoughts about how Governments deal with Aboriginal and Islander Australians.