The Djarrak Football Club Womens team had a encouraging win over the Nhulunbuy Saints Football Club on Saturday at Hindle Oval in fine conditions with a spirited 9.10 64 - 4.3 27 win. The side debuted their new playing strip that has the traditional Brown and Gold stripes with a Pink collar and sleeve cap to signify the clubs first female team.
Djarrak FC sit on top of the Gove AFL Womens Ladder by virtue of five games undefeated. The team has been welcomed into the club fold and train with the same content that the mens program are delivered. With so many newcomers to the sport spread across all teams in the competition, football purists could be forgiven for believing that the standard of the competition could be substandard. This view is wide of the mark with all teams bringing commitment, a willingness to learn and the bravery to attack at will.
The ladies were fortunate on the weekend to have Tim Blake support the Womens Program Manager Araluen Maymuru with coaching duties. Blake, renowned as a no-nonsense ruckman for the mens program, bought a clear vision for a simple game plan as well as giving players the chance to rotate through different positions in order to best identify each ladies strengths and most suited playing spot.
The side will take on Gopu Football Club this week.
In further news, the mens program will return to action this week for the Yirrkala Derby clash with Nguykal Football Club. Nguykal FC responded to questions regarding their season with an emphatic victory over a tough Baywara Football Club. Nguykal now have the ascendency and will likely win the fourth qualifying spot for finals. Nhulunbuy Saints Football Club got a vital win over Gopu Football Club to draw even with the Gunyangara based side on the ladder but sit ahead by 7 percentage points.
Djarrak can't be toppled from holding onto first qualifying position and will likely choose home advantage for the first final. The path home features the resurgent Nguykal FC and the only club to better the brown and gold army this season in Gopu FC. When asked for his thoughts on the next two games Senior Coach Hayden Rickard expressed the mental approach was key at this stage of the season. He said "Whilst the ladder favours our group quite comprehensively, any team in this competition has the ability to fire and really put us under the blow torch. The challenge for us is having our head very clear on what works for us, ticking our training and preparation processes during the week and being the team player - putting yourself first. The next two weeks are going to be bloody tough around the selection table. I'll be judging on who applies constant relentless game pressure, who's willing to empty the tank, who's willing to go to another level".
Djarrak FC meet Nguykal FC at Yirrkala at 2PM on Saturday.