Djarrak Football Club was looking down the barrel at quarter time on Saturday's match against a rising Nhulunbuy Saints Football Club by chasing a 1.3 9 - 6.1.37 scoreline in blustery conditions at Yirrkala Oval. The Brown and Gold Army were slow out of the blocks and Nhulunbuy Saints FC were clinical with a strong wind allowing a regular flow of ball into the Djarrak FC defensive zone. Composure was the key message at the quarter time break and Senior Coach Hayden Rickard urged his side to make use of the perceived"5 goal wind".
Sylvester Wunungmurra was a warrior for Djarrak FC and spent the entirety of the match in the ruck. His ability to win the ball at the source and find the dangerous Raven Marika on the outside wrested the advantage back to the Yirrkala based club to lead 6.8 44 - 6.4 40 at the major break. A clinical third quarter in lock down mode showed the resilience of this years Djarrak FC Mens Team and the side suffocated opportunities out of the Nhulunbuy Saints and were dangerous on the turnover going coast to coast at will.
The fourth quarter was a torrid affair with no quarter given by either side, yet it was Djarrak FC that best made use of their possession to go into the middle of the season undefeated after grinding to a 11.11 77 - 9.12 66 win. Rickard was pleased with his sides ability to come back into the match. He said "Our willingness to go deep into the well has really shone through in the past month. We have really had to work hard for games and this result is no exception. It shows me that this group really cares for each other, that when our backs are against the wall then we will find a way to get ourselves out of a tight situation. He added "I thought Cam Stokes was bloody clinical today, he spoiled a number of entries into the defensive zone. Raven was tidy on the outside but it was probably his desire to work back and gets his hands dirty on defence that highlighted his best game in Djarrak colours to date. Longy (Michael Maymuru) was again a go to for our side, he's one of the bravest footballers I've seen".
Djarrak FC will now have two weeks on the sidelines as a result of no football over the Queens Birthday break and a bye round for the club the following week. A light training week has been scheduled with a focus on supporting the Gove AFL Junior Competition. Training will then ramp up to focus on fine tuning for the remainder of the Gove AFL campaign. There is real pressure around the club and no players are guaranteed a finals guernsey should the club progress to that stage as forecast.
BEST: 5 S Wunungmurra, 4 R Marika, 3 M Maymuru, 2 C Stokes, 1 D Dhamarrandji