It wasn’t the Queensland captain who stole the show. North Queensland won the National Rugby Final on Sunday, but it was this little girl’s doll which captivated entire Australia.
Queensland captain, Johnathan Thurston, was captured by the lenses crying after his side’s victory. He celebrated his victory with his daughter on his lap who clutched a dark-skinned doll.
For the first time in NLR history, both the skippers in the final were indigenous Aussies.
Frankie, with her darling doll sparked loads of emotions in social media.
There were racism rows on the Aussie rules in the recent months. Adam Goodes, an indigenous Australian, who featured for the Swans, had to quit the field for a time-out following a crowd-barracking. Goodes, the 2014 Australian Player of the Year, according to the fans, was punished due to his comments on the indigenous issue.
Nova Peris, the first Australian indigenous to win a gold medal in the Olympics, and now a member of the parliament, said at the time that the saga showed Australia “has a problem with the truth of Aboriginal people”.
Linda Burne, the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council chairwoman, said in her speech before the finals, that rugby was about to have its “Cathy Freeman moment” as both the skippers were indigenous Aussies.
“It is a very significant moment in the sport of rugby league, but in particular the story of Aboriginal participation in rugby league.” Said Ms Burne.
The Cowboys defeated the Broncos 17-16 in a keenly contested finals of NRLat Sydney Olympic Stadium. The NRL entertainment also finished at the zenith of the AFL.