Annual Koori Knockout
The NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout Carnival is one of the biggest indigenous events in Australia and takes place every October long weekend. The Knockout emerged in the late 60's and early 70's as an Aboriginal initiative for Aboriginals who were looking for a game of football in Sydney, in times when opportunities and prospects for Aboriginals in the big cities were on the rise. The 2016 edition of the Annual Koori Knockout had more than 120 participant teams, up from 8 participating teams for the very first Knockout in 1971, and drew more than 30'000 spectators to the legendary Leichhardt Oval in Sydney. Apart from winning the title, the winner of each edition also gains the hosting rights for next year's edition.