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Lee Mununggurr won the NT News nomination for the NTFL Rising Star with a composed display of football at Gardens Oval on Sunday as Darwin Buffaloes Football Club dispatched Waratah Football Club by 11.13 79 - 7.16 58. The small forward has the ability to bring his teammates into the game with clean delivery, this being a highlight of a handy outing. The demands of the Gove AFL season possibly caught up with Mununggurr and a week off football in Round 4 was just the tonic to rest some wary legs.

Rirratjingu Football Program Senior Coach Hayden Rickard highlighted that Mununggurr has a lot of development ahead. He said "Congratulations to Lee, a lot of hard work starting to pay off. What's most exciting is, he has a tonne of development in him. Working on his decision making and his ability to stay in the contest for longer periods - his delivery to others is really clean, its taking that skillset and adding chase pressure, a harder edge on the inside contest and a more demanding voice".


Mununggurr was joined in Premier League by debutant Gapirri Burarrwanga. Burarrwanga made an immediate impact in his debut and the slight defender got through a tonne of work, and limited the small forwards across the Waratah forward line with his decision making and closing speed suggesting there will be more appearances at league level to come.

Djarrak Football Club premiership player Che Mc'Gorm was named best on ground in Division 1 as Darwin fell to Waratah by 4.7 31 - 10.14 74. Dale Dhamarrandji got through a huge block of work in the defensive zone and the Footy Means Business graduate is demanding attention from the Premier League selectors with his assured displays over the past fortnight.

In further news, Rickard and 2018 Djarrak FC Women's Coach Araluen Maymuru attended the 2017 AFL Female Coaching Forum held at the Carlton Football Club in Melbourne on Sunday. The only Territorians in attendance, the Rirratjingu Football Program is signalling it's support of Women's Football and the learnings from the forum will directly benefit the 2018 season plan. Geelong Cats Women's VFL and Academy Coach Paul Hood presented on the journey of the Cats first female team, Matti Clements from Mental Edge Consulting presented on 'Developing a Culture of Success through Trust', David Rath from Hawthorn Football Club delivered a kicking session where he encouraged experimentation and highlighted that the 'athlete be the expert, not the coach'. Tackle specialist Malcom Bangs delivered a safety based tackle and contact session and St Kilda line coach Peta Searle delivered small sided games.

Find the NT News article on Lee Mununggurr below.

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