Billy Wanambi, Lee Mununggurr and BJ Mununggurr received mentions, praise and awards at the recent Clontarf Academy Yirrkala School Awards Night. All boys are members of the Rirratjingu Football Program and Djarrak Football Club respectively.
BJ Mununggurr has mixed his education between homelands and the Yirrkala School in 2016 and has received positive remarks from teaching staff and Clontarf Academy staff for his approach to education this year. Unable to play senior Gove AFL football, Mununggurr still attended training sessions for the Djarrak FC and latterly has been rewarded by the Rirratjingu Football Program with some games for the Darwin Buffaloes Light Blue Under 14 Team. The program have sighted working on his weak kicking leg as an focus for 2017 in order to add more threats to his growing game.
Year 12 graduate Lee Mununggurr has completed his schooling and has received a traineeship with YBE beginning with his Rio Tinto Gove Operations work induction this week. Challenged by Rirratjingu Football Program staff to add physicality to his already clean delivery, Mununggurr has responded and was recently among the best on ground for Darwin Buffaloes Division 1 with pundits predicting a taste of Premier League to come. The program wish Lee all the best for his transition to working life and will use Rio Tinto employees Djayminy Marika and Dale Dhamarrandji to support and mentor the young footballer.
Year 11 student Billy Wanambi picked up a number of awards including Clontarf Academy Student of the Year, the overall award. Wanambi, with a year remaining at school, has been improving his educational performance and balancing his football commitments to ensure his education remains his priority. Wanambi was also presented with his Djarrak FC Rookie of the Year Award after an outstanding Gove AFL Season where he spent time through the wing/forward pocket roles but also transitioned through the mid-field when asked to do a job for the team. For Rirratjingu Football Program duties, Wanambi has represented both the Darwin Buffaloes Under 18 and Division 1 teams thus far in the NTFL Season.
Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporations Social programs Coordinator Hayden Rickard and Management Accountant Rhian Oliver attended the evening and both gave credit to the boys. Oliver said "It's fantastic that a season of Djarrak football has complemented the boys efforts at school. Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation will always value educational outcomes and it's rewarding to see our social programs adding to the great work being done here at the Clontarf Academy and the Yirrkala School". Rickard added "Well done to the lads. Lee is moving on to work and has a great opportunity that he needs to embrace. Billy had a great year at Djarrak FC and it has transferred to his attitude at school and that is precisely what our program is about. BJ has been surrounded by our senior guys and his work ethic at his age is really great. It sets them all up for a huge 2017".