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The 2023 ACT NAIDOC Touch Football carnival, held on Wednesday 5th of July at Deakin Playing Fields, saw 29 public service departments competing for internal bragging rights, as a part of the ACT Governments NAIDOC Week celebrations.

The carnival was opened with a Welcome to Country presented by Ngunnawal Elder, Uncle Warren Daly, who later in the day presided over a traditional smoking ceremony.

Welcome To Country (1)
© Welcome to Country from Ngunnawal Elder Uncle Warren Daly


NAIDOC Day Smoking Ceremony
© Ngunnawal Elder Uncle Warren Daly presiding over the afternoon smoking ceremony.

Early competition saw some fiercley contested pool matches before teams were split into Trophy, Cup and Plate divisions to compete in the knockout finals series.

The eventual Grand Finalists in each were:


ADF v Defence

Defence victorious 4-1

NAIDOC Trophy Defence
© Trophy Winners - Defence


Health and Aged Care 2 v Australian Federal Police 1

AFP victorious 4-3

© Cup Winners - AFP



Infrastructure v Finance

Finance victorious 6-4

NAIDOC Plate Finance
© Plate Winners - Finance

Congratulations to all involved on making such a fantastic occasion possible, a special thank you to Cris Castro and his team, TFACT staff and referees and the volunteers involved, these events are not possible without each and every one of you.



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