Gunbalanya, Northern Territory

Goal kicking practice at Gunbalanya, 320 kilometres east of Darwin.

There are no scoreboard numbers visible to the right of frame but the all-important names of teams are leaning against the fence in the forward pocket.

Gunbalanya, also known as Oenpelli, has a community of about 1400 people.

The photograph is  by Jesse Marlow and is from his book Centre Bounce, Football from Australia’s Heart, published in 2003 by Hardie Grant Books. Marlow spent four years travelling throughout the Northern Territory ‘capturing a game that plays an important role in contemporary indigenous Australia.’

Images from Centre Bounce have been exhibited and published extensively, both in Australia and internationally.

Jesse Marlow is an award-winning photographer whose work is held in private and public collections across Australia.

Read more about Jesse Marlow

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