Rirratjingu Football Program member Lee Mununggurr debuted for the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club at Premier League level against a determined Tiwi Bombers at TIO Stadium in fine conditions on Saturday. Darwin Buffaloes survived a slow start and a fast finishing Bombers side to clinch a must win match by 18.11.119 - 16.11.107.
In what shaped as a must win scenario for the double blues, the task was further complicated with a raft of injuries and suspensions ensuring a young side with multiple debutants would lean on experienced campaigners to get the job done. Mununggurr had a handy debut game and contributed with a goal. Positioned at Half-Forward Flank, Mununggurr was perhaps guilty of chasing the ball a fraction deep in the defensive zone and limiting his athleticism on the rebound by being too close to the action. Overall, he will be pleased with his effort and be working towards further Premier League opportunities this season.
Veteran Cameron Stokes has put a hamstring injury behind him and will be looking to galvanise the defensive zone heading into the business end of the season.
The Rirratjingu Football Program have been training for the past two weeks with a commitment for a further five rounds of NTFL competition.
The Darwin Buffaloes Premier League team currently sit one and a half wins behind Waratahs on the ladder and a loss at this stage of the season will have a real ramifications on pushing for the elusive fifth spot that will guarantee finals football for the second consecutive year.
Darwin Buffaloes Division 1 currently sit well outside the finals ladder positions and the Rirratjingu Football Program will use the remaining rounds to build experience in the playing group for the upcoming Gove AFL Season.
With the Gove AFL set to announce details on an upcoming Under 16 Competition, the Rirratjingu Football Program may look at getting games under the belts of some of the Under 14 players that show an interest in joining Djarrak Football Club. BJ Mununggurr fits into this category as he has continued to train with the senior group.