Adelaide Crows Women's player Abbey Holmes landed in Yirrkala today and spent a session with the Rirratjingu Football Program including a coaching stint with the group. Darwin based Holmes was accompanied by Nic O'Riley, AFL NT Remote Development Manager and the presence of the guests definitely added value to the session.
Holmes was very open with her football experiences to date, but stressed that "if you're not a team player, you won't last in the team" when explaining the amount of work that goes into selecting the right people versus talent. This resonated with our program where 'Better People make Better Players' is our overarching aim in developing our group.
The team heard that Holmes had kicked a 100 Goal season and this had led to opportunities in the football world ,including the EJ Whitten game with a focus on prostate cancer having a significant meaning for a close family member. Amongst working for Channel 7 during this years VFL Season, Holmes spoke about adding skills and new dimensions to her own game that will serve her well in the inaugural AFL Women's Competition kicking off next year. The Northern Territory is officially Adelaide Crows country and NT based Crows train out of AFL NT headquarters, TIO Stadium.
When Holmes eventually debuts, she will don the very colours that the Adelaide raised player has supported all her life. The program wish Abbey all the best moving forward. Holmes will attend the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation White Ribbon Dinner tomorrow evening at the Walkabout Lodge, Nhulunbuy.
In further news, the program hosted Bakamumu Marika, Chairman of Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation at the tail end of training. The visit coincided with a session discussing what both the White Ribbon Organisation and No More Campaigns target especially with the special fundraiser taking place tomorrow. Marika was eloquent in reassuring the group that family or domestic violence is not acceptable and confirmed the program is on the right path.
Rirratjingu Football Program Head Coach Hayden Rickard added "Tonight was a really great session. Abbey was great giving her time to the group, and some of her feedback during the session will help our players develop moving forward. He continued "It was great to have Bamu visit training. When Bamu speaks, people listen. We know we have a great responsibility with our new Domestic Violence Action Plan through the No More Campaign and we continue to pursue excellence on and off the field".