The Koori Knockout

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The Koori Knockout
Photograph: Katherine Griffiths

The annual Indigenous knockout rugby competition is on this long weekend

In 2015 the Redfern All Blacks rugby league team won the annual tournament out in Dubbo, earning them the right to host the 2016 tournament here in Sydney. 

This year the Koori Knockout will be played over the October long weekend at Leichhardt Oval and surrounding fields so that 132 teams (64 men's teams, 22 women's teams, 46 juniors) of Indigenous players from communities across NSW can battle it out to see who is the last team standing in this knockout competition.

The Redfern All Blacks are Sydney's oldest Aboriginal rugby league club and last hosted the inaugural tournament 45 years ago in St Peters. In the years since the first Koori Knockout the tournament has expanded and is now described as a modern-day Corroboree.

Community and cultural events will take place around Redfern and surrounding suburbs for the thousands of players, volunteers and spectators who head to central Sydney for the event. 

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