Rirratjingu Football Program recently celebrated the Premier League debuts of Gapirri Burarrwanga and Dale Dhamarrandji in NTFL Round 6 and 7 respectively to take the number of program Premier League players to 13 in the third edition of the Yirrkala based outfit. They join with Lee Mununggur in being named for this weeks important clash with reigning NTFL Premiers St Marys Football Club. Darwin Buffaloes Football Club won the Round 2 clash 11.13 79 - 9.11 65 however the Green Machine and perennial favourites present a far more balanced outfit going into tomorrows 5pm encounter at TIO Stadium.
Dhamarrandji and Burarrwanga will line up in the backline with Mununggurr named in his favoured Half-Forward Flank. All three players played important roles in the 2017 Djarrak Football Club premiership and the way they have approached their Rirratjingu Football Program commitments suggests they will have added considerable growth to their individuals games prior to next years domestic season.
Justin Talal will stand down from duties this weekend for well deserved family time after a handy game in last weeks Division 1 upset win over Nightcliff Tigers. Talal was elusive on the outside break and showed an improvement in his tackling work.
In further news, Gawiya Mununggurr will be the programs second female player to represent the Darwin Buffettes with her inclusion in tomorrows squad to face rivals Wanderers Football Club at TIO Stadium 2 at 12:30pm in the Youth Girls Under 18 game. Kaya Mununggurr will use tomorrows Under 15 Youth Girls encounter to sharpen her skills before next weekends Michael Long Cup Tournament.
Program Senior Coach Hayden Rickard was thrilled when asked about the female members of the program. "Congratulations to Gawiya, a solid training block behind her means her debut is well deserved. The program is really proud of the impact we are having in the youth girls space and the pathways available to aspiring female footballers are amazing. Tomorrow will be a step up for Gawiya in pace from our Senior Gove AFLW with the Youth Girls Under 18's now a really quality competition at NTFL level".
BJ Mununggurr will debut for Darwin Buffaloes Under 16 Boys on Sunday with the rangy tall expected to make good work of his first NTFL appearance for 2017/18 after shining in the Under 14 Boys competition last season.
PHOTO CREDIT: Celina Whan from Buffalo Shooter.