Djarrak Football Club have formally announced the 2017 Coaching Roster that is charged with creating and delivering the 2017 Gove AFL Club season plan. Hayden Rickard will return in the Senior Coach role and will be joined by Steven Raymond and Cameron Stokes as Assistant Coaches respectively. Bernie Price will oversee the Djarrak Football Club Junior Program as Club Development Coach and will work in with the Senior Program as Senior Advisor. Price is seen as a huge asset for the club and he will mentor senior players who have been identified to work with the Junior Program .
With the football club becoming known for its player pathways to the NTFL through the relationship with Darwin Buffaloes, the club has set its sights on being the prime destination for aspiring coaches. Leaving no stone unturned after the 2016 Season, the review process identified a need to explore coaching recruitment and secure AFL knowledge. Rickard recently attended the AFL National Coaches Conference held at the the home of football, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Rickard has shared his findings to the Djarrak Coaching Roster from Keynotes and Electives from presenters that included John Worsfold - Head Coach Essendon Football Club, Luke Power - Head Coach NAB Academy, David Rath - Hawthorn Football Club amongst a high quality field of experts.
Rickard was enthusiastic when questioned on attending the conference. He said "It was a great opportunity for the club to have a representative in Melbourne. As well as being able to sponge some really relevant and current trends in the game, its was an opportunity to network with other coaches and clubs from around the nation. Some learnings have immediately added to our 2017 content and some learnings will help our coaching staff in the long term as well. It was a privelige to represent Djarrak and share some of our stories and challenges also".
With both Rickard and Price holding their AFL Level 2 Coach qualification and Raymond and Stokes currently undergoing their Level 2 with support of AFLNT High Performance Manager Wally Gallio, Djarrak Football Club players can expect a challenging and intensive learning environment. High on the agenda will be improving and working on craft and decision making. Heavy analysis of the 2016 review has ensured a vastly improved football approach with last season being significantly tailored to engineering a culture change at the club.
Raymond brings a wealth of experience including coaching Junior level NTFL and Northern Territory teams. The former Darwin Buffaloes player also has Remote Development Manager AFLNT experience on his coaching resume and he will guide the midfield and stoppages for the season.
The defensive zone will be coached by Stokes who will again resume playing duties during the season. The former Hawthorn player and Darwin Buffaloes key defender brings high performance experience, NTFL Premier League nous and has assisted coaching duties at NT Thunder Junior Level.
In a sign of Womens and Junior Football quickly approaching, Djarrak Football Club have moved to form key relationships and attract quality people to undertake coaching responsibilities for these particular areas. Women's football has taken off with the AFLW being a resounding success and also offering Territory based female footballers a pathway to elite sport through the Adelaide Crows. The Rirratjingu Football Program intend to offer Djarrak Football Club Womens players similar opportunities currently afforded to the Mens Program, with a pathway to the Darwin Buffettes NTFL Womens 2016/17 Premiership team on offer to those willing to work hard on and off the field.