John Maynard: The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Reviewed by
June 2012, no. 342

John Maynard: The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Reviewed by
June 2012, no. 342

Bernard Whimpress

 

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe: A History of Aboriginal Involvement with the World Game
by John Maynard
Magabala Books, $24.95 pb, 192 pp, 9781921248399

 

Communities, extended family connections, and role models have been keys to Aboriginal participation in Australian sport. Other factors – racist exclusion among them – have limited the appearance of Indigenous athletes in professional running and boxing. The high proportion of Aboriginal footballers now playing in the Australian Football League and both rugby codes inevitably begs the question of absences in other major sports.

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