Djarrak Football Club will begin Preseason Training for the 2016 Gove AFL Season with a team meeting to be held at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala at 5:00pm sharp on Tuesday 22 March. All intending players are encouraged to attend.
The 2015 Gove AFL Premiers have strengthened their relationship with Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation with a view to continuing the social changes and improvements stemming from the 2015/16 Rirratjingu Football Program. This program has seen a partnership develop between Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation and Darwin Buffaloes Football Club that hosted members of Djarrak Football Club. The RFP participants undertook structured football training, health education and developing work ethic through regular attendance at work or vocational training.
Rio Tinto Gove Operations work readiness RALPA Program was instrumental in mentoring and upskilling RFP participants at the beginning of RFP. Staff continued to support and mentor participants post RALPA Program.
The positive changes through the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation has resulted in Djarrak Football Club appointing a new coaching panel with a focus on the present and a keen eye fixed on the future.
2016 Djarrak Football Club head coach will be Hayden Rickard. Rickard is an experienced Rugby Union coach with appointments at Premier level in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Rickard has held coaching appointments with NT Schoolboys and the flagship NT Mosquitoes. Rickard will be responsible for developing a coaching structure that develops coaching staff and players alike. Rickard will tackle attacking zone responsibilities this season.
Assistant Coaching appointments have seen former Djarrak Football Club players Harold Koops and Ishmael Marika selected to cover the midfield and defensive zones respectively. Both coaches will bring football knowledge into the coaching set-up.
Danny Beadman will again assume managerial duties for the reigning premiers. Beadman was a huge influence with the RFP and continues his important duties this season.
Darwin Buffaloes Football Club will provide coaching support and mentoring through Mark Motlop. Motlop has turned the fortunes of the Buffaloes around through a culture change over the past few seasons and has helped to improve RFP participants including NTFL Round 16 Rising Star nomination Mabo Mununggurritj. Buffaloes will also provide players through the club exchange with a valuable addition being ex-Hawthorn player Cameron Stokes.
Preseason Meeting: Tuesday 22 March
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala NT