Rirratjingu Football Program Coach Steven 'Scully' Raymond guided program members through a recovery session post game on Sunday afternoon at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre at the home of Territory football, TIO Stadium. Thanks to Wally Gallio, High Performance Manager AFL NT, Division 1 players were able to utilise the state of the art facilities in their recovery session as directed by Scully. Players have been learning about recovery and how to best look after yourself post game and training and this session will further add personal skills to the group regarding doing the right thing for self and the best of the program.
On the back of a 12.7.79 - 8.5.53 loss against Pint Football Club, the players learned key skills that will enable them to be in prime condition to travel this coming week.
Lee Mununggurr's skill set shone in the tough afternoon encounter and his evasive running and ability to deliver cleanly saw a pundits speak highly of the youngster. Hardness at the contest remains his biggest work on and he must continue to train with a hard edge in order for that to develop into his game time.
Shem Williams-Browne continues to improve in his role across halfback and his work rate should have him knocking on the door for higher honours in the future.
Winston Yunupingu played his first game for Darwin Buffaloes and the rugged defender got through his first match for many months. The program will look to get some run into his legs over the coming break and hope to see a fitter player in the new year. Brendan Marika has been stood down from program duties and he will enjoy a well deserved break on Elcho Island for the coming festive break.
In further news, Rirratjingu Football Program met with Wally Gallio in order to have Raymond and Cameron Stokes begin their Level 2 Coaching Certification respectively. Both will have planning and coaching commitments for Djarrak FC in 2017, and the season will be tailored to best allow both coaches to receive their qualification post 2017 Gove AFL Season. There are discussions for Representative Age Group appointments for next year on the table, and the program will endeavour to support both coaches and players attaining experience at higher levels moving forward.
The Rirratjingu Football Programs falls within the Social Programs arm of Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation.