The Rirratjingu Football Program will seek to improve its product following a visit by Technical Director Hayden Rickard, to the Sydney Kings Basketball franchise that is currently mid preseason for its upcoming NBL campaign where it will start favourites after some quality additions to its roster. Former NBA Champion Andrew Bogut makes a welcome return to Australian shores and brings a wealth of big league experience and a physical presence to the floor.
Rickard was able to shadow coaching staff including Australian Basketball icon Andrew Gaze and Assistant Coaches Lanard Copeland and Luke Kendall.
When asked what value the visit would bring to the program Rickard said "Obviously a great opportunity to sponge off some quality coaches. Seeing and hearing the coaches give instruction and feedback in a different setting away from football was really good. Basketball obviously has a different sporting culture to footy but coaching structure for how the Kings want to play this season was an eyeopener.
He added "The coaching staff were extremely open and it was great to hear their philosophies on their transition from attack to defence. This was a real work-on for our side this past Gove AFL season and the program can definitely use some of the basketball knowledge in our future content".
The visit also allowed Rickard to spend time with Basketball Managing Director Jeff Van Groningen. This allowed a umbrella view of how the franchise operates and gives consideration for a number of tweaks the program can implement in the short to medium term. Van Groningen also shared his background across a number of other NBL teams and a stint at the Brisbane Broncos.
The program thanks the Sydney Kings for hosting the visit, particularly Katrina Lindner.
In further news, Rirratjingu Football Program will begin its 3 week intensive training block beginning tomorrow at 5pm sharp at Yirrkala Oval. Participants intending on representing the Darwin Buffaloes in the upcoming NTFL Season are encouraged to attend.
Program Senior Coach Steven Raymond and RFP Women's Coach Araluen Maymuru will be monitoring progress of the group to ensure players are physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the Northern Territory's premier football league.