Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Player Defends Goodes

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Player Defends Goodes

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Byline: Trinette Stevens trinette.stevens@capnews.com.au

WHEN Rockhampton Aussie Rules player Isaac Kielly first saw Adam Goodes perform an indigenous war dance in a game against Carlton in May, he swelled with pride.

The 25-year-old Glenmore Bulls' player not only performed, but led the very same dance himself at the MCG to a crowd of Melbourne press and CEOs a few years before.

He said the experience was the first sense of cultural pride and belonging he had felt as an indigenous youth.

But once the controversy storm started to swell around the dance, which involved the miming of a spear throw, Isaac said he was left feeling disappointed.

"I didn't understand what was going on with all of the comments that had been made... they totally forgot the point of why he did the dance," he said.

"It wasn't to attack anyone, that dance was made up by the under-16 players... that's why I thought it was awesome he did the dance, it meant something to him. …

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