Redlands Touch Association would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we play, learn and enjoy touch football, the Quandamooka People. We would like to pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We extend this acknowledgement to all First Nation people of Australia.
“I would like to speak to you about our mascot, the mud crab, or as we call him, Nalaroo. We have many stories of Nalaroo from where I come from and there is much we can learn from him as Muddies. Firstly, he is mostly quiet, hardworking and reserved by nature. He is sensitive and highly attuned to his environment. He tries really hard to avoid conflict. But when he is backed into a corner, Nalaroo summons all his courage and fights, just like us Muddies. When Nalaroo faces an obstacle he will find a way to go around it because he can’t go backwards – So he is always moving forward…. Every year, old Nalaroo goes through a shedding. He makes himself a new shell because he’s outgrown his old one. This is his seasonal cycle. During this time, Nalaroo is changing. He is growing into his new self. He is learning more and more about who he is and where he is going. Us Muddies are like Nalaroo and much like him, we also have a cycle. At the end of the playing season, you jarjums have come to the end of it. You have outgrown your old shells and have made new ones. You have learned all you can learn until your next season. Now it is time for you to grow into your new shell, your new skills and your new talents. And just like Nalaroo, you too won’t go backward. You’ll move forward always. Yuwai”.
– Rhiannon Moreton, a Quandamooka Traditional Owner, Coach, Player and Volunteer at Redlands Touch.