The Darwin Buffaloes Football Club Division 1 team won the first senior men's game for the struggling club on a rain soaked TIO Number 2 Oval that caused continuity problems for both Buffaloes and opponents University Rats. The Rirratjingu Football Program provided four Gatapanga to the side with Djayminy Marika, Shaun Mununggurr, Justin Burarrwanga and Shem Williams-Browne all donning the double blue guernsey.
Williams-Browne, a new addition to the program and former Buffalo was explosive off halfback and caused all sorts of problems for the University forward lines. His rebounding was excellent and he made a significant impact on proceedings until replaced through severe cramp late into the game. Williams-Browne has set his sights on Premier League and he will be keen to back up this handy debut in the next game to further his cause.
Marika and Mununggurr roved across the forward line and were both dangerous at the fall of the ball. Burarrwanga continued his rotational role yet the heavy field didn't allow him his usual impact. The Buffaloes won 8.15.63 - 7.6.48.
Tyrone Dhagapan debuted for Premier League after 4 weeks of progressively improved games through Division 1. Employed through the wing and half forward flank, Dhagapan was active throughout yet needs to add some hardness when attacking the pack. The signs are there that he is developing well and the program will back itself to extract the best out of him in the coming weeks.
Brendan Marika and Cameron Stokes again backed up from last week in what Stokes described as "the hottest game I've played in". The 2:30pm game was played in scorching conditions and the playing group was drained post match. Nightcliff Tigers won the encounter 20.13.133 - 9.6.60. The game was evenly contested till mid-way through the third quarter when the Tigers went on a scoring blitz to demonstrate they are the benchmark NTFL team at this early stage of the season.
The Rirratjingu Football Program supplied two Under 18 players with Billy Wanambi and Lee Mununggurr both travelling with the side to play Big River Hawks in Katherine. The Buffaloes struggled with playing numbers and did not have a bench to rotate and suffered a heavy 20.13.134 - 5.5.35 loss. Wanambi and Mununggurr named amongst best on ground for the Gatapanga.
This week will see the program prepare players for Tiwi Islands Bombers in Premier League and powerhouse Banks Football Club in Division 1. Travelling group will be confirmed Wednesday.
The Rirratjingu Football Program falls under the Social Programs arm of Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation.