Darwin Buffaloes Football Club booked Grand Final appearances with wins in Under 12, Under 18 Youth Girls, Women's Premier League and Mens Premier League over the weekend and the Under 16 Boys Hickman still remain in the hunt progressing after their win on Sunday.
Rirratjingu Football Program will have representation in Under 18 Youth Girls with Shanita Garrawurra and Gawiya Mununggurr to feature as the Buffettes take on Southern Districts in the Big Dance at 2:30pm at TIO Stadium. Garrawurra is currently under an injury cloud but a disciplined approach to recovery has the bright prospect of availability looking likely in the clutch encounter.
BJ Mununggurr will play for a Grand Final position as the Under 16 Boys take on Palmerston Football Club at TIO 2 at 1:45pm also on Saturday. Mununggurr was clinical in yesterdays 14.11 95 - 0.0 0 win over a hapless Southern Districts. Rirratjingu Football Program Senior Coach Hayden Rickard was pleased with Mununggurr's performance. "Really happy with BJ. We have asked him to stay on his feet at the contest and he really was dangerous in digging out the hard ball. His delivery to team mates was first class and one particular snap on goal has the club excited for his senior debut in Djarrak colours this year.
Gapirri Burarrwanga and his fellow Premier League players have earned a week off after a tenacious game to win through the first available Grand Final spot by putting Southern Districts to the sword early in the first quarter and never relenting there on in despite a stoppage in play due a lightning storm over the ground.
The 7 goal blitz set the scene for the Buffaloes as they responded to Senior Coach Matt Campbell imploring his charges to get on the front foot early. The placement of two talls forward in Darren Shillabeer and Todd Miles with the added threat of goal sneak Adam Sambono caused difficult match-ups for the Crocs defence and they were dominated early through relentless pressure at the source. Captain Jared Stokes is in sublime form and would not look out of place in a NT Thunder Guernsey so compelling is his form.
Burarrwanga was dangerous on the outside of the contest and his footwork saw him evade trouble on a number of occasions during the game. Program staff will slightly taper his workload this week in order to have him firing as the Darwin Buffaloes look to win the clubs first flag since the 2005-06 Grand final. The 13.10 88 - 10.8 68 win may have surprised some football followers, but those inside the Buffaloes camp have confidence that the outside run and tackle pressure on display can undo any opponent. The third placed Buffaloes have beaten 1st and 2nd place qualifiers over consecutive weekends.
Unfortunately Kaya Mununggurr's Under 15 Youth Girls bowed out in their Semi-Final. Mununggurr can be extremely proud of her development over the course of the NTFL Season and she has really improved her football IQ. Rickard remarked "Kaya just continues to surprise. We still have some work to do in terms of her engine working for longer periods but its the clean hands at ground level and working to dangerous spots that are pleasing. She's a bloody tough unit and loves the physical battle". He added "Araluen (Maymuru) has done a great job with all the girls".
In further news, Djarrak Football Club are welcoming players back to training over the next two weeks to prepare for the 2018 campaign. With the performance of Darwin Buffaloes there is a slight overlap in content between respective seasons with craft being a priority over the next fortnight before game sense and strategy will be introduced.