Djarrak Football Club fell to a surging Gopu Football Club to record the clubs first loss for the season by virtue of a 9.7 61 - 12.6 78 result. The wheels fell off in the final quarter where Gopu FC dominated kicking into the wind to take the scalp of the Gove AFL Ladder leaders.
Djarrak FC Coach Steven Raymond was pyhlisophical when asked where the Brown and Gold Army got it wrong on the day. He said "Credit to Gopu. We weren't quite there mentally and with football, you need to make it happen and not just expect it to happen. We will go away and keep working hard".
The Brown and Gold Army were slow out of the blocks and Gopu FC were clinical when given a sniff. Best serving Djarrak FC were Cameron Stokes who was a warrior down back, Winston Yunupingu repelled a number of raids from fullback and Sylvester Wunungmurra was a tower of strength in the ruck before succumbing to a hand injury that may hamper his chances of making an appearance at finals time.
A number of players will be filtering through the side over the next month in order to have as many reach qualification level of four games as possible.
Djarrak FC meet Nhulunbuy Baywarra FC in Nhulunbuy at Hindle Oval next Saturday at 4pm.
BEST: 5 Winston Yunupingu, 4 Cam Stokes, 3 Sylvester Wunungmurra, 2 Michael Maymuru, 1 Joseph Smith