Officials, Teams and supporters of the Gove AFL will anticipate a bumper 2017 Competition with news that the Gove AFL formally agreed on an April 22 start date at a committee meeting held recently. Six Men's teams will battle it out over 15 Rounds and 3 Finals weekends in order to claim bragging rights in football supremacy for the year.
Djarrak Football Club begin preseason training next Tuesday 14 March where Cameron Stokes and Steven Raymond will facilitate the session. The clubs training and game style content for 2017 is in its final design stages and the coaching staff are confident that the playing group will be offered a high quality season with the prospect of accelerated learning. Senior Coach Hayden Rickard remarked "Cam and Steven have developed some bloody great content for our plan this year. I have no doubt our players will experience some of the best instruction across the competition". He added "It feels real now, a 5 week preseason to get some really applicable work into the group and just get stuck in and make an enjoyable environment".
Danny Beadman returns in the important Manager Role and his support around the club will again be crucial in building towards a successful campaign.
The club will again be supported by long time sponsors the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation. The Corporation has methodically increased its support of the club to tie in with the work of the Rirratjingu Football Program. Key targets over the past 18 months has seen a focus on being a socially responsible club, and staff and players have been privy to education sessions from subject matter experts regarding responsible alcohol use, family and domestic violence, employment pathways and other key topics in line with adding life skills to the group.
In further news, lighting towers are currently being installed at Yirrkala Oval. There are three towers around the ground with two newly being installed to bring a total of five. The East Arnhem Regional Council was successful in gaining funding that was approved by the Northern Territory Chief Minister after a visit to Yirrkala in 2016 at the invitation of Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation. Contractors have confirmed that the process may take some time due the recent heavy rain around the region affecting stability of the crane upon the oval.
With a number of key community events again happening in Yirrkala this year, it is hoped that more funding may be won to further update key facilities around the community.