Palumpa Power claim historic flag in remote Indigenous community

WOMEN'S football is spreading far and wide, with the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye just completing its first season of female footy.

Wadeye is around 420km south-west of Darwin and can only be accessed by road during the dry season.

Otherwise accessible by boat or plane, Wadeye is one of the largest remote Indigenous communities in the country, with a population of approximately 2,500.

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Before this year, a one-off women's exhibition match was held in 2018, but three senior teams - Wadeye Reds, Manthathpe Roos and Palumpa Power – have just competed in a five-week pre-season competition.

The Power were crowned premiers after seeing off the Reds by 11 points in the Grand Final, held on the same day as the men's decider.

"The concept of women’s footy is still very new to the Wadeye community," AFLNT youth football development manager (Wadeye region) Birrigan Young said.

"Since starting my role with AFLNT in mid-March, we ran a few junior female scratch-match games which gained heaps of interest from senior women and from there we realised the potential of running a competition."

The Wadeye Reds and Palumpa Power in action during the Grand Final. Picture: AFL NT

The competition looks set for expansion as soon as next season.

"All committee members agreed on running a pre-season competition to show the community women can not only play footy but also drive interest for others to play," Young said.

"Due to the popularity of women’s footy this year, we believe we will be able to expand the competition to four or five regular full Wadeye and Palumpa teams for next season, which would be amazing."