FINAL ROUND FIXTURE A TEST

August 11, 2017

This weekend will be the final regular season fixture with Gove AFL Round 15 action taking place at Yirrkala and Djarrak Football Club will meet Gopu Football Club at 2pm. The Brown and Gold Army will qualify first for the finals series and will not know whom it will face first up till both matches have been played on Saturday. All three chasing clubs are within a win of second spot and the extra life available for the top 2 placed teams.

 

Senior Coach Hayden Rickard played down the importance of the weekend results and the prospect of not knowing who they will face in a weeks time. He said "I'm not looking ahead to next week. We have a quality outfit in Gopu FC that did a number on us last time we faced off. We have enough to worry about with this challenge than get the calculator out and model scenario's. All teams in the finals will be dangerous on the day. He added "Its an opportunity for our side to show we have learnt from our last outing. We have deliberately tapered off over the bye week and had a big load this week. Its all there to play for".

 

The side will welcome back a number of players in qualification games that includes Matty Campbell, Ralph Dhamarrandji and Tyrell Dhurrkay. When asked if the rotation policy had hurt the sides momentum Rickard remarked "We needed to find out who could handle the pressure when it really ramped up. Although we had significant changes throughout the side over the last 5 games I still had an expectation that we would get the job done. Falling over in two of those games really allowed us to be honest and identify some holes. The challenge is to fix them". 

 

Cameron Stokes is unavailable with family commitments and will be a loss. Joel Ikupu returns to lead the defensive zone that has been the strength of the side this year. His inclusion and the availability of Dale Dhamarrandji who has been in Darwin for work commitments will allow continuity moving forward. Sylvester Wunungmurra returns from injury and will likely be moved into the ruck with Tim Blake's disrupted season now over with a significant wrist injury. Djayminy Marika is still a week away due a hamstring injury and the dangerous forward will be sorely missed in this weeks encounter. Bernie Price will be looking to build his form to finish the year after his injury issues and Joshua Marika returns in his chaos role that he has excelled in thus far.

 

Djarrak Football Club Womens team will face off against Nhulunbuy Saints Football Club at 11am at Yirrkala. Djarrak supporters are encouraged to support both games.

 

 

 

 

 

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