Djarrak Football Club Men's and Women's team will play against Nguykal Football Club on the Thursday night time-slot this week in order to support the Aboriginal Family Violence Policing Conference that is being held in Yirrkala this week. Djarrak FC major sponsor, the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation continue as platinum sponsor post last years inaugural conference and had invited the conference to take place in the idyllic Yirrkala Community this week.
Police from jurisdictions covering all states and territories will be in attendance as well as key Government and NGO stakeholders. The conference stemmed from discussions in Canberra in 2016 following the NT Police, No More Campaign staff and the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation and Rirratjingu Clan members held bunngul at Parliament House and supported Prime Minister Turnbull is his address to confront Domestic and Family Violence.
Djarrak Football Club are the first Gove AFL Club to design and commit to its own Domestic Violence Action Plan. The Djarrak Football Club believe our players and volunteers should be safe at football and safe at home.
The womens team kick off the Thursday night fixtures at 5:30pm followed by men's action from 7pm.
In further news, Djarrak FC had wins against Nhulunbuy Saints FC by 7.8 50 - 2.0 12 in Gove AFLW and the men's side responded to a previous loss against Baywara FC through a comprehensive 15.11 101 - 8.6 48 display.
The Women's team was missing superstar Shanita Garrawurra through injury yet the youthful core of the side was able to get the job done against a determined Nhulunbuy Saints. Bunganga Yunupingu was was active throughout with her midfield run causing plenty of problems for the black, red and white Saints outfit. Shakerah Nabegeyo continues to show she is a real prospect for the Darwin Buffaloes through the Rirratjingu Football Program that will commence in October.
Gawiya Mununggurr took the captaincy reigns and youngster displayed confidence with the leadership role. The side is slowly building form as it looks to launch towards finals and will face a stern test against Nguykal FC this week.
The mens side has had a disrupted campaign thus far with a high turnover of players each week with the weekend no exception. The club had six of its players in Victoria where they were hosted by the Geelong Football Club. Four youth boys competed in a Next Gen Intra-Academy fixture with Wamut Mununggurr named best on ground.
Selection will be on the agenda this week with a number of positions hotly contested, particularly after the key win on Saturday. Djarrak FC signalled its intentions early with a goal within the first minute, a clear sign that the club was not to allow the ambush the last time both clubs squared off. Tyler Lovell was in rich form covering the field from centre halfback and the Geelong native showed composure through a tough second quarter to repel the Baywara attack.
Dale Dhamarrandji and Joseph Smith were asked to do a job through the ruck and both players toiled away in a position that allowed parity at each contest. Ralph Dhamarrandji and Raven Marika saw plenty of possessions however their delivery at times let both players down in some key moments.
Senior Coach Hayden Rickard was adamant the side was yet turn the corner into the positive ledger of the season thus far. He said "Definitely not. We got the 'W' today through hard work and some key individual performances. We are yet to show that we have achieved or displayed the essence of 'team' as yet.
He added "There are signs that we are close to nailing the team components that will hold us in good stead come the business end of the season. Its time for some of our senior players to step up. I'm determined to blood our youth players this year but I don't expect them to win games for us - they just have to nail their roles. We have some quality players with NTFL experience, these are the men I'm looking to drive the side forward".
The squad for Thursday night includes the four 15 year olds returning from Geelong, inside midfielder Leslie Maroney debuting from the Darwin Buffaloes partnership and Yama Banu looks to find form in front of goals after returning from a knee injury last weekend.