1986 WKFA V BATHURST ISLAND
One of the best exhibition games ever seen
in Broome occurred in 1986 when Bathurst Island (renowned Australia
wide for producing footballers such as Maurice Rioli) played a
combined Kimberley side.
The resulting high class game saw Bathurst
triumph, winning by nine points from the fast finishing Broome
side. As well as the sheer brilliance of the Bathurst side, the
Kimberley side would have been one of the strongest combinations
seen in Broome, and the standard of the game reflect the abundance
of talent present.
The visit was organised by the Broome Aboriginal
Football Association and it took a full year of hard work to bring
the match to fruition. Particular mention was made of the work
of the BAFA Committee. Peter Cox, Mark Manado, Sandra Mad Masuda,
Bev Walley, Albert Cox. Paul Lane and Mal Mason who did a magnificent
job in looking after the Bathurst boys during their stay in Broome.