Djarrak Football Club have announced that Steven Raymond will take the Senior Coach Role on Game days till Round 7 in the Men's Gove AFL Competition as part of a development plan that will ensure coaching depth and experience for the future. Djarrak FC Senior Hayden Rickard explained the rationale from the switching of roles. He said "I'm really impressed with the way Steven has progressed through his coaching levels to date and he deserves this time in the seat where he will be able to bring his own messages that align to our plan for this year. He added "The club is committed to opportunities for coaches as well as players. We are very much in a development phase at the moment and will look to time our run as we work to build momentum whilst we start to implement a game plan. Our focus to date has been on craft but we expect our game shape to improve as we deliver our content specifically".
Raymond has his fingerprints all over the youth playing group and his delivery has seen a number of talented youngsters get the best out of themselves recently at the National Diversity Championships and this weekend further opportunities for the junior contingent reach the NT Schools Development Camp in Darwin. Rickard will take on assistant coach on game day and look after the backline with Bernie Price carrying his expertise to the forward line. The make-up of the Men's side is described as fluid at best with a number of players still not returned to the fold as yet.
Both Djarrak FC sides were bested in Round 1 Gove AFLW and Gove AFL action respectively last week. The sides faced off in Grand Final rematches and confronted a extremely motivated opposition in Gopu Football Club. The Women's team was super competitive going down 7.8 50 to Gopu FC 7.13 55 in spirited game that showed the program is in good hands with first year coach Araluen Maymuru putting together a squad with a mix of youth and experience. The Darwin Buffaloes connection of Shanita Garrawurra, Gawiya Mununggurr and Kaya Mununggurr showed their newly gained NTFL experience to be aggressive and clean around the contested ball throughout.
The men's team suffered a baptism of fire going down 5.14 44 to Gopu FC 17.10 111 in a troubling start to the season. Despite the lopsided result, Rickard was optimistic that he had seen enough from individual efforts that the panic button is not required. He remarked "Pretty ugly on the scoreboard but it was obvious that one side had six months worth of motivation, stewing over a result last year, and one side was very early into our season prep. We very much played like a side that had a craft focus, we've identified who is dominating our 1 v 1, what we need to work on individually. We still haven't touched on game shape and that showed". He added "The great thing about sport is we get an opportunity to turn that result around and chase some rewards for our effort".
This week the Women's squad face Nhulunbuy Saints FC in Gove AFLW at Hindle Oval from 10am at the Men face Baywara FC at 4pm also at Hindle Oval.