The inaugural Gove AFL Under 16 Boys Competition has recently started and Djarrak Football Club are fortunate to have secured the coaching and mentoring services of Bernie Price to oversee the Djarrak FC Boys team. Price has a wealth of football knowledge as is currently employed as Director | Clontarf Academy Yirrkala School and also has AFLNT Remote Development Manager experience at Maningrida.
A development format has been devised amongst key stakeholders and players in the competition have been evenly spread across four competition teams. Followers of Gove AFL will recognise some family names in teams not thought possible yet this signals the difference at junior level in preparing the boys to play at a higher level.
When asked on the creation of the Junior Competition and how it came to be Price said "It was identified late last year that there was a significant gap in the transitioning the junior players from the Gove region into senior structured football so there was a real need for a junior competition"
He added "Nhulunbuy Clontarf Academy Director Hamish Simpson developed the initial proposal with assistance from Hayden Rickard. Through a detailed approach we were able to secure sufficient funding from the Cotton On Foundation and Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation to purchase four sets of uniforms and develop our competition. Both Sam Ellis and myself have had fairly extensive experience in the remote football space and Josh Bath has bought a new set of ideas, particularly to the training structure. As a result, we have been able to structure our Clontarf Program and the junior competition to really compliment each other" "It is important to teach these kids how to play the right way. This will certainly have a flow on effect and present the kids with more opportunities in talent programs throughout the country"
Djarrak FC Senior Coach Hayden Rickard was thrilled when asked about the competition beginning. He said "Its fantastic that this age group of boys now have a development program that includes games to go alongside the Geelong Cats Next Gen commitments. The club and Rirratjingu Football Program are stoked to have Bernie on board. Not only will the boys have great football content, they will also be exposed to time with a bloody great bloke and our hope is that his personality and manners rub off on the group. He added "The Rirratjingu Football Program value our relationship with the Clontarf Foundation and it has been a pleasure to add value to some of their initiatives".
Just last week both Price and Hamish Simpson attended a Clontarf Foundation workshop and presented on the relationship forged with the Rirratjingu Football Program and the Djarrak Football Club.
The Gove AFL Junior Boys competition takes place on Wednesday of each week. AFLNT RDM Nicholas O'Riley has had a hand in the delivery and has given the competition significant coverage on the Yolngu Radio Footy Show that airs each Thursday afternoon.