Djarrak Football Club are proud to announce that five members will be honoured with Life Membership of the club. The club is giving life membership status for the first time since Djarrak FC began competing in the Gove AFL in 1975. The chosen five represent four players that have built a legacy for the players of today to follow and an off-field contributor that has helped drive the standards of the club culture over recent years.
In making this announcement, Djarrak Football Club has sought permission to publish deceased recipients names in full.
Djarrak Football Club recognise the following life member announcements.
Mr Yikaki Maymuru dec.
Yikaki Maymuru was a legend of the club and the Gove AFL itself. Guiding Djarrak to premierships in 1975, 1980 and 1981. His football exploits also won the Merlo Medal in 1976, 1979 and 1980. Yikaki Maymuru has left a legacy of family members playing in brown and gold and today, his grandchildren are continuing the Maymuru association with the club.
Mr Dhungala Mununggurr
Dhungala Mununggurr is awarded life membership through his contribution to Djarrak Football Club as an outstanding player. With high football intelligence, Dhungala Mununggurr roamed the forward line on game day and took responsibility to kick the team score at critical times. Dhungala Mununggurr continues to support Djarrak Football Club since his retirement from playing days long ago.
Dr Gawirrin Gumana AO dec.
Dr Gawirrin Gumana AO first began playing Australian Football at Yirrkala in the old mission days. He was a founding father and strong presence with the formation of Djarrak Football Club in the mid 1970's as it began playing in the then newly Gove AFL. Dr Gawirrin Gumana AO leaves a legacy as an artist and key figure in the history of Land Rights.
Mr Benji Maymuru
Benji Maymuru has been the heartbeat of Djarrak Football Club during the modern era. He has captained the club on numerous seasons and was an integral part of the leadership groups in the 2009, 2015 and 2017 premierships. Benji Maymuru played his football across most positions which highlight his versatility and longevity in the game. A true gentleman off the field, Benji Maymuru continues to set an example for our young crop of current players.
Mr Danny Beadman
Danny Beadman has been the glue at Djarrak Football Club for the past decade. His volunteer-ship in off-field roles has been just as vital to our clubs success as that of the playing group. Danny Beadman will be long remembered in Djarrak Football Club circles for his dedication to the club and his mentorship of the playing group across both our men's and women's programs. Danny Beadman was critical in ensuring that our Rirratjingu Football Program got off to a great start and he played a father figure role during our travel to Darwin for NTFL duties.
The club is holding a special presentation today for Danny Beadman who will receive his award this evening in Darwin.
Djarrak Football Club Technical Director Hayden Rickard was thrilled when asked about the first five recipients. He said "It is wonderful for these contributors to this great club to be formally recognised. It has been a thorough selection process to announce our first five Life Members and I'm really happy we get coverage from our early years and into the modern era as well".
He added. "I'm sure the families of this years recipients will be very proud. It is the intention of the club to recognise further worthy Life Memberships each year".
Supporters and family of the award recipients are encouraged to to set aside the evening of Saturday August 10 where the club will hold is 2019 prize giving culminating in the presentation to families and life members of their awards.