One of the most special things about Indigenous Round for skilful Labrador midfielder Kapun Morris, is that he gets to play footy on his country, which, as a member of the Kombumerri Tribe, is the Gold Coast region.
“I’m fortunate enough to come and play on, basically, my country and what better way than to suit up in a Labrador jersey,” said Morris.
Kapun remembers being one of only two Indigenous players in his junior league, but while it was a different experience he had a ‘terrific time.’
“They were quite interested in what I used to do, you know, and how I used to perceive myself and act. You know, they loved me as much as I loved them,” said Morris.
‘Kapo’ credits Southport coaches Craig Crowley and Norm Dare as positive influences, who helped him deal with some racism that unfortunately reared its head at stages through his career.
“Back then there was a lot of racism, back in my era, so I had to adjust to gameday, which was very tough, but it’s really good now that Indigenous players can come to the footy and enjoy footy,” said Morris.
Home life has changed a bit for Morris over the past few years and he now has two daughters, aged 10 and 8.
“At the end of this year that will probably be it for me, because it’s just flat out with school and stuff on weekends, and it’s not all about me on the weekends now,” said Morris.
“I’ve had my time.”
While Kapo’s career is close to the end, there’s still plenty of footy left this season so expect the Tigers number 22 to make it count.
By Sean Melrose