Zoey comes from Elcho Island and has attended Shepherdson College on the island as well as Kormilda College in Darwin in the past. Zoey is a yapa (sister) for Evelyn and Justina, although Balandas (non-Yolngu) would call them first cousins. Their fathers are brothers, and they all have the same grandfather and grandmother.
Zoey is studying in Year 10 at Belmont High School. She is a talented footballer and is training with St. Joseph’s Women’s Football club in Geelong, with the other young women in our program. Zoey has played some underage representative football in the N.T, and would love to follow Evelyn’s footsteps and play VFLW football for the Geelong Cats.
Malka is the youngest student we have ever taken into our program at the age of 13. Malka is also from Elcho Island (Galiwin’ku) in north east Arnhem Land, although she has lived in Darwin for the last few years with her family and attended mainstream schooling.
Malka is a talented basketballer and has represented the NT at U/13 level. She is playing football with St. Josephs Women’s and has entered Year 8 at Belmont High School. She has just recently been selected to train in a U/14 Geelong Cats Academy which has been a highlight for her so far.
Justina, the younger sister of Evelyn, also from Galiwin’ku and attending Belmont High School, decided to make the journey down to Geelong and pursue her dreams of getting a good education and playing footy at the highest level possible. She had a great start to the 2018 year, playing and training with the Geelong Falcons as well as the U/18 St. Joseph’s girls footy team. Unfortunately in her first practice game of the season, she ruptured her ACL and required a full knee reconstruction. It was a tough start to her year down in Geelong, being so far from home and not being able to play any sport, however her resilience and strong mental toughness got her through. Justina had a knee reconstruction in August 2018 and we hope to see her back on the footy field within 12 months. Justina hopes to complete 3 years of study down here in Geelong and graduate from Year 12, with the hope to go on to further studies.
Evelyn is from the community of Galiwin’ku, also known as Elcho Island. Evelyn joined us at the beginning of 2018, commencing Year 11 at Belmont High School. From the beginning she displayed determination, committment to pursuing her education and football career and she is a true leader. Evelyn is a very talented footballer, signing a contract with the VFLW Geelong Cats team early in 2018 and making her debut in May 2018 against Collingwood. She played a number of games in the VFLW season, but also played with the Seniors at St. Joseph’s Football and Netball club. A memorable match in 2018 was against the NT Thunder VFLW team in Darwin. Evelyn flew with the Geelong Cats team to Darwin to play and then 8 of her team members made the trip to Galiwin’ku to visit her home community and meet her family. Definitely a great experience for Evelyn and her team mates. Evelyn’s goals are to complete Year 12 in Geelong in 2019 and look to pursue further studies, possibly Sport and Recreation.
Take a look at a highlights video of the trip to Galiwin’ku.
CATS MEDIA – video