Season planning for Djarrak Football Club is well underway with coaching appointments being finalised and recruitment of players now high on the agenda. 2017 is certain to be a year of change for Australian Football on the Gove Peninsula with a Junior Competition aimed at boys and girls slated for a March start and the Geelong Football Club committing to delivering a Geelong Cats Academy program that will be rolled out across the East Arnhem Region but that will have a particular focus in Yirrkala to add value to the new Junior Competition. The Geelong Academy have identified late February for the Academy starting to develop junior talent with a participation pathway focus. An announcement will be shortly made identifying a major naming rights sponsor and secondary sponsor for the Junior Competition.
Womens Football is set to be on the national agenda with the AFL Womens Competition begining over the first weekend of February and it is anticipated this will lead to a rise in female participation in the local Gove AFL at both junior and senior level. Indications from the Gove AFL Committee are that both Womens and Junior Competitions will come under the Gove AFL umbrella in order to strengthen the case for peak body support and for future funding avenues. The Adelaide Crows that includes 9 Territorians on their list played Fremantle Dockers at TIO Stadium on Saturday. The standard was excellent for a trial game and it was an example for coaches and players how best to use the extra space created with only 16 players on the field for each team.
The importance of creating a family friendly environment has driven Djarrak Football Club to develop a Domestic Violence Action Plan with support of the No More Campaign. It is vital that prospective male, female or junior members realise the club they are joining is proactively creating a safe environment from which to develop as people and footballers.
The Senior Program is currently finalising its coaching department with Hayden Rickard returning as Head Coach and he will be joined by Steven Raymond and Cameron Stokes as Assistants with midfield and defensive zone responsibilities respectively. Both Raymond and Stokes are each navigating their coaching pathway and currently completing certification throughout the season. The club also have the ability to tap into the extensive football nous of Bernie Price who will oversee the Junior Program and also have an advisory role at Rirratjingu Football Program and Djarrak Football Club senior level.
Djarrak Football Club welcome footballers looking to join a progressive club that can provide a meaningful pathway to the NTFL - the Northern Territory's premier Australian Football competition, a socially responsible and family safe setting and benefit from a professional coaching and support structure that has been put in place to cater to personal and team improvements. If interested in joining Djarrak Football Club in 2017 or for more information please contact Hayden Rickard on Hayden.Rickard@rirratjingu.com or 0439 103 622.