Djarrak Football Club won the local derby against fellow Yirrkala side Nguykal Football Club in fine conditions at Yirrkala Oval on Saturday by 15.9 99 - 7.13 55. The game opened with Nguykal FC physically dominating the first quarter yet Djarrak FC went into the break drawn 2.1 13 - 2.1 13. The Brown and Gold Army were industrious in the second quarter and managed to grind away to a halftime lead of 10 points by virtue of a four goal quarter to lead 6.3 39 - 4.5 29.
With instructions to make use of the prevalent wind blowing towards the ocean end, Djarrak FC found their attacking groove and piled on another six majors through the improving Josh Marika and key forward and captain Djayminy Marika. Debutant Kenny Morton posed a threat when moved to Centre Half Forward and he made good use of the hard earned ball won through the middle as well as attracting the spare defender to open avenues for others. Che Mc'Gorm and Luke Bath were clinical through the guts and Raven Marika showed his class when attacking the ball on the inside and well as going dangerous on the outside break.
Starting the final quarter at 12.4 76 - 4.9 33 the side played tactically to contend with attacking into the wind. Despite a sometimes messy final period , Djarrak FC finished strong and protected the third quarter blitz. A number of players stood up throughout the clash and defenders Joel Ikupu and Campbell Wurramarrba worked hard to contain a potent Nguykal attacking zone. Lee Mununggurr again stood out and his rotation with Michael Maymuru ensured the side had a continuous flow of clean delivery forward.
The result aside, Senior Coach Hayden Rickard was still searching for answers to explain the early tussle after demanding a quality start through the week. He said "Hats off to Nguykal early. They disrupted our continuity and we were hassled out of contests early. I was pleased with our response after halftime and it really shows that if we don't get our shape right around the ground, then we really put ourselves under pressure. He added "Once we got our starting points right, we became a really dangerous side. Its having our experienced campaigners standing up and finding solutions on the run, we are seeing signs of that. I'm pleased with the effort. I'm excited for the growth that can happen over the next five rounds to put us in the frame to have a shot at the big prize".
Football will again be staged at Yirrkala this week to alleviate the unavailability of Hindle Oval due Territory Day celebrations. Djarrak FC will take on Gopu Football Club who return to action after a bye. The game starts on Saturday July 1 at 4:00pm.
BEST: 5 D Marika, 4 L Mununggurr, 3 J Marika, 2 C McGorm, 1 C Wurramarrba