CHAMPION: Bree Pogany played in the winning Koalas Australian Indigenous Football team at the Arafura Games.
CHAMPION: Bree Pogany played in the winning Koalas Australian Indigenous Football team at the Arafura Games. Contributed

Nanango player features in historic win in the NT

NANANGO'S Bree Pogany has made history with the Australian Indigenous Football Team at the Arafura Games in the Northern Territory.

Bree played a prominent role in the team, affectionately known as the Koalas, who took out the competition which was held in Darwin from April 26 to May 4, in the first year they have taken part.

Despite having never played together before, they made their mark on the competition early by scoring a 4-1 win over Darwin.

They backed up with a 5-0 win over the Northern Territory Indigenous Team, and a dominant 14-0 victory over Timor.

"It was good because we wanted to get our goals up to stay on top of the ladder,” Pogany said.

The Nanango player scored two goals in the game against Timor, and set up goals for her teammates.

Going into the competition, Pogany knew their toughest competitors would be the Singapore National Team and it was reflected in the results, with scores locked at nil-all at full-time.

The Koalas advanced to the semi-final and once again proved their winning form against the Northern Territory Indigenous Team, winning 8-0.

Pogany sustained an injury ahead of the final which meant she wasn't able to play to the best of her ability, but that didn't stop her from trying her best.

The team took out the competition with a 3-0 win over the Singapore National Team.

"It was intense. We had to work hard and they were fast and quick on the ball,” Pogany said.

"Their back line was a lot faster and they defended well which made it difficult to get past them.”

The Arafura Games prides itself on showcasing unique arts, culture, history and understanding between competing nations and Pogany's highlight was the opening ceremony.

"We didn't realise how big it was until we turned up and there were so many different countries participating,” she said.

"It was great to see all the different cultures represented and performing at the opening ceremony.”

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