Sir Douglas Nicholls Yorta Yorta Leader

Left – Right: Leslie Briggs, William Briggs, Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls, Selwyn Briggs Aaron Briggs , Hartley Briggs 

In the round of the newly named Sir Douglas Nicholls’ Round we pay homage and respect for the foundations laid by Uncle Doug. Our Club’s origins are steeped in the greatness of many of our families that called Cummeragunja home; and in those Giants who knew excellence of the self and spirit. Their generous spirit, strong and steady characters, hard-working and family values are the essence of what Rumba celebrates every day.

Paul Briggs, President, Rumbalara Football Netball Club, had these words to say:
“Uncle Doug is a legend of the Yorta Yorta. He was drafted ultimately to Fitzroy Football Club from Cummeragunja. Like all the champions, and champion teams from Cummera, with dignity and respect, he was an influential leader of our people. Uncle Doug and the leaders of our families delivered to us the origins of Rumba FC . Along with our young people and elders, these family legends are the inspiration for Rumba’s emergence and for our sustainability over generations to come”.

Uncle Doug was an important figure in Paul’s life. Paul’s grandmother, Nanny Minnie, was a sister to Uncle Doug’s mother Aunty Florence, making Uncle Doug’s and Paul’s father Leslie, along with his brothers and sisters, and cousins, in the way of Yorta Yorta people, brothers and sisters.

The brothers all boxed, played football and ran professionally together. Leslie, older than Doug, provided much support from Cummeragunja to Uncle Doug’s work in his advocacy for better treatment of our people, through the Christian Fellowship.

At request of Paul’s parents, Leslie and Mary Briggs (née Kelly), Paul, at age 18 in 1972, moved from his home at Cummeragunja to Melbourne, and joined Uncle Doug, where he began work with the then Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Under the mentorship of Uncle Doug, Paul was an admin and youth support worker, setting the course for his aspiration to uphold the legacy of Uncle Doug and others in their vision of a better life.

The Sir Douglas Nicholls round is a great opportunity for all people to embrace and realise the potential of what our nation can be and celebrate his amazing legacy.
We are forever indebted to their selflessness and unshakeable resilience to maintain a sense of identity in the new world, in whatever way the occasion calls, in this instance football.

Games Night- 11th June 2016

Join us on the

11th June at 7pm for our next social function.

All your favourite drinking games!
Come dressed as your favourite sports player or team!

$5 if in costume $15 if not in costume
All supporters and players welcome to join us for a night of fun.
18 and over only , drinks at bar prices, no BYO


New score board for Rumba!!!

We are very appreciative and excited about yesterday’s announcement of funding for a new scoreboard! In a world where it is increasingly difficult to compete with the overwhelming mix of messages being delivered across the media, a scoreboard will give us the ability to promote our own messages. We will be able to promote messages of cultural affirmation, community events, celebrate milestones or healthy lifestyle. It’s also a great exposure opportunity for businesses to market their products to an increasing numbers of people, Clubs and institutions using RFNC facilities. The digital technology of this scoreboard is a welcome upgrade to our Club facilities will add greatly to our State and National profile.


Murray Football & Netball League reps from Rumba !!

Congratulations to Levi Power, Kane Atkinson and Justin Terlich for their selection in the Senior Murray Football League side with Levi Power selected as vice captain.

Also, young gun David Smith in the U18 side!
Good luck in the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships, this Saturday against South East Football League!


Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships 
ClubMulwala Murray Football League v South East Football League 
21st May, Lonsdale Reserve, Mulwala, Seniors 1pm

The Murray Football Netball League Open netball team has been announced . This team will play against the South East League on Saturday 21st May in Mulwala alongside the football teams. The match will commence at 12.00pm.

This team will also compete in the Association Championship final in Melbourne on 26th June.

Congratulations to Jessie Barnes-Hill on her selection to represent the league.

Go Murray!  Go Rumba!