Rika reaps rewards from MyGolf

A 15-year-old girl who was Australia’s MyGolfer of the month back in September 2013 when she was just 11 is now helping to nurture the next generation of female golfers in a remote community.

Her name is Katelyn Rika, and she lives in Gove in the Northern Territory. Since the age of eight, she has been besotted with the game of golf.

“I am super excited to be helping deliver the upcoming MyGolf program for girls,” says Katelyn. “Golf gives me so much joy and I love showing other girls how much fun it can be.”

MyGolf is Australia’s national introductory junior golf program and its girls-only program at the Gove Country Golf Club starts on Thursday 15 February at 4:00pm.

Designed for kids aged 5-12, MyGolf helps develop golf skills and engages kids in a fun, social, healthy and accessible way.

Having played golf for over five years, Katelyn is now an accomplished golfer, not only in the NT but nationally. She is the number one junior girl and female golfer in the NT and her national junior ranking is currently #89.

Katelyn at age 11 winning Golf Australia's MyGolfer of the month, September 2013

Katelyn at age 11 winning Golf Australia’s MyGolfer of the month, September 2013

She now travels the continent to play in the top junior tournaments. “It is a great experience and a good way to meet new people,” says Rika.

Katelyn’s mother Esther is a community golf instructor and will be delivering the upcoming MyGolf girls program alongside her daughter: “Our three daughters all play. Golf is such a great sport – you can play anywhere, anytime, at any age and with anyone. We would love to see more young girls playing golf at our club in 2018.”

As part of its focus on getting more women and girls into golf, Golf Australia is piloting MyGolf programs for girls around Australia. These programs will further emphasise learning in teams and shared fun, which make sport more attractive and fun for girls. No golf attire, equipment or experience is necessary for girls to be part of the program.

Esther is very proud of Katelyn, who is looking forward to being a great role model for local girls. Katelyn will be delighted to help your daughter, niece or grand-daughter get into golf!

For more information and to register visit www.mygolf.org.au.

Wallabies mauled 53-24 by Scotland

Wallabies mauled 53-24 by Scotland

An eight-try hammering from an inspired Scotland embarrassed the Wallabies 53-24 this morning in Edinburgh where the send-off of prop Sekope Kepu was far from the sole explanation.

A defiant Michael Cheika insists his Wallabies side is progressing well ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite slumping to the record-breaking loss in Stephen Moore’s final Test appearance.

Reduced to 14 men following Sekope Kepu’s red card for a shoulder charge to the head of Hamish Watson on the stroke of half-time, the impressive Scots took full advantage to run in eight tries at Murrayfield.

It was the biggest victory by Scotland over a southern hemisphere nation and comfortably eclipsed their previous largest winning margin of nine points against the Wallabies in 1981.

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Gove Junior Rugby League Gratitude

Hi Govites

Firstly I would like to thank all our kids that participated this year for Gove Jr Rugby League 2017 season, without you guys/gals this would not be possible.

Thank you to All the Committee members/Coaches/Refs and anyone else that had volunteered their time endlessly without you guys (as they say) the wheels would not be moving without your help so thank you.

Thank you too all our sponsors for 2017 – Gumatj – Gove Woolworths – Seaswift – Datjala – Roaming Flames – William Chambers for all your contributions to Gove Jr Rugby league whether it was fundraising/Donating or volunteering your time GRL appreciates any contributions and we thank you.
2017 has been nothing but amazing and. hopefully, you all had enjoyed the season.

Congratulations to John Grenfell for being the recipient of the Jao Orchard Memorial Shield, We hope that you continue to do well in the near future with whatever you do and continue to grow within Rugby League, well-done mate.

Also thank you, Tom Hancock, for presenting the award, #lookoutforyamate is some good advice to anyone on any given day! So Good luck to your 2018 season campaign for the Northern Pride mate all the best.

Thank you, Nigel Roy, for participating in our presentation and congratulations to all our recipients of each age group categories that were awarded well done you all played well.

Congratulations to the winner of the the QLD State Origin Jersey Fully signed by the 2017 Team kindly donated by Goves own William Chambers ( Aaron Dean ) hope you enjoy mate.

And for anyone that was not able to make it today please get back to me on messenger and we will organise a time to pick up your awards and EOYGs

Thank you, Gove, for 2017

The GRL Team

HD Earthworks Junior Open


Gove Country Golf Club JUNIORS Celebrated OCTOBER GOLF MONTH by holding their annual Junior Open.


The Club Annual Sheild Awards are as follows:
Overall Club Junior Champion – Naomi Rika
Junior Ladies Champion – Katelyn Rika
Junior Boys Champion – Mitchell Barrett
U12 Club Junior Champion – Hannah Rika
Coach’s Award Champion – Kevin Hyatt

FULL RESULTS and Album photos will be posted over the next few days.

Thank you to our Major Sponsor HD EARTHWORKS, also to our Annual sponsors SODEXO, Golf NT, Rotary Nhulunbuy.
Thank you to the Course Director Andy Gould and his team for getting the course ready for the comp. Thank you to our Club Committee, Staff for your support and especially all the PARENTS who help out each week as well. Last but not least, a big thank you to Graham Bolton (PGA Coach) who visits Gove each term from Cairns to provide the Juniors with expert coaching assistance.


The Indigenous Australian Invitational Rugby Team – 2018 USA/Canada Tour


SEEKING players

The team will tour New York City, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Denver and Longbeach California.


Applications are now open to tour.

In 2018 The IAIR will tour Canada and USA. The tour will be in September late 2018. It will consist of six games over two weeks. (Program below)

The IAIR looks to empower young Indigenous men by assisting them with their educational, employment and social goals. We aim to develop future indigenous leaders and take into account efforts made by applicants on and off the field when offering an invitation to tour.

Within the year period the IAIR will aim to assist selected players with their rugby development, studies, housing and employment options.

Expected financial commitment

If invited a non-refundable deposit of $250 must be paid on acceptance to tour.

The tour is estimated to cost approximately $6500 each including kit, flights (Townsville to New York, Toronto to Denver, Denver to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Sydney), Bus transport, entrance into tourist attractions, all breakfasts’ and accommodation. (not including spending money).

All monies (excluding the deposit) paid will be refundable up to six months prior to tour departure.

Players will be required to make regular and timely payments.

The IAIR does not make a profit from the tour. Management, support staff including Doctor , Physiotherapist and coaches are all volunteers and do not get paid.

Tour requirements

Players will need to be aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the tour.

– Individual conditioning and fitness will be the responsibility of each successful touring player and crucial for the playing and training requirements for the tour.

– Note: Diet and training support will be made available to all players if required. (done via email, video conferencing or phone)

Players must be registered and remain registered with a rugby union club and or school team

Players must meet payment deadlines. domestic flights to Townsville and from Sydney to your home town, passports, travel insurance and visas are not included in the touring package.

It is advised that invited players research appropriate travel insurance packages

Players will be expected to participate in all team events while on tour including functions, sightseeing, coaching clinics and spending at least one day volunteering with a Canadian based charity.

Players and support staff will need at least 17 days leave from their employer to tour. This will include a three day pre departure camp in Townsville, Queensland.

Players that are students need to consider their university, high school or college study and exam requirements when applying to tour.

All enquiries can be directed to Darrell Morris – 0407057808  IAIRrugby@gmail.com


Darrell Morris



Rugby tour 2018

‪12-14 September‬ 
Training camp Townsville Queensland.

‪Saturday 15 September‬ flights
Townsville to New York City
Training if possible

‪Sunday 16 September‬ 
Team event – statue of Liberty and ‪9/11‬ memorial.
Coaching clinic visit school in Brooklyn
Free night

‪Monday 17 September‬
Free day

‪Tuesday 18 September‬
Team training
Drive to West Point
Early night game v West Point and travel to Boston

‪Wednesday 19 September‬ 
team Visit to jfk library
Night training
Free night

‪Thursday 20 September‬ 
Morning game v Harvard
Drive to Montreal
Recovery session
Free night

‪Friday 21 September‬ 
Morning Training
Visit Kahnawake People in the Mohawk territory
Night Game v Montreal in Mohawk territory

SATURDAY 22 September‬ 
free day

‪Sunday 23 September‬ 
Travel to Toronto 5 hours
Free afternoon
Game v Ontario Rep team

‪Monday 24 September‬
team event bus will go to Niagara Falls

Tuesday 25 September‬ 
Flight to Denver
Free night

‪Wednesday 26 September‬ 
free time possible events with USA rugby
Game v Native American team

‪Thursday 27 September‬
Fly Denver to LA
Training / Compton
meet billets after training
Free day

‪Friday 28 September‬ 
Morning free
Game v Longbeach
meet Longbeach Indig community at the university
Night free

‪Saturday 29 September‬ 
Morning Hollywood and Santa Monica fly out that night


Gove Golfie Juniors Development Workshops

The Term 4 season has commenced and today junior golf focused on developing golf skills using fun games.

We also had a visitor, Peter Gahan from the Northern Territory of Institute of Sport (NTIS). Mr Gahan is the Manager of Coach and Athlete Development (Physical Development) and he spent the weekend in Gove facilitating coaching development workshops, which are a part of a NTIS Coaching Scholarship Program.

This program focuses on improving the quality of coaching at all levels, across all sporting codes for volunteer Coaches to the High Performance Specialists. Coaches will learn how to deliver programs that increase physical activity for all levels and ages, utilising quality, holistic, stimulating and fun teaching methods.

Scholarship recipients and Community MYGOLF Instructors Johnny and Esther Rika commenced the program this weekend, working on theory and practical modules that looked at Goal Setting, Effective Training Sessions, and Improving Movement Skills and Manipulating the Learning Environment.

Next week’s junior golf session will be game-play on the course, in preparation for the HD EARTHWORKS JUNIOR OPEN and end of year Awards, which is an OCTOBER GOLF MONTH event that will be held on the 28th October, starting 8.00am.

Thank you to ANDY GOULD and his team for keeping the golf course looking amazing and the Club Committee for your support to the junior program. Also thank you to SODEXO for the provision of fresh fruit after junior sessions.



October 15 – MYGOLF Session
October 22 – MYGOLF Session
November 5 – MYGOLF Sessions
November 19 – MYGOLF Session
November 26 – MYGOLF Session
December 3 – MYGOLF Session
December 10 – Final Session for 2017

Contact details: Email esther.rika@bigpond.com or M-0408 856 113



Original published on www.djarrak.com by Joey Beadman

Kaya Mununggurr made every post a winner in a promising debut earlier today as Darwin Buffaloes Football Club won an entertaining game against St Marys Football Club in the NTFL Youth Girls Under 15 clash at TIO Stadium. Overnights showers ensured a slippery surface for both sides to contend with, but it was Buffaloes that made advantage of first use throughout. Mununggurr roved through the middle and also spent time as ruck in a pleasing hit-out. There were little signs of nerves as she went looking for work on and off the ball and was rewarded with a goal.

Rirratjingu Football Program Senior Coach Hayden Rickard was elated with Mununggurr’s performance. He said “Really pleased for Kaya. She worked bloody hard over the past month for this opportunity and took it today. She has an opportunity in front of Geelong Cats Next Gen Academy staff next weekend and then we will look to load up some games before the end of the year. She was really good with her shepherding and clean at ground level. She was pretty chuffed to be here”.

In yesterdays Round 2 games the Darwin Buffaloes won a tight encounter over St Marys by 11.13 79 – 9.11 65. St Marys started well and kicked the first 3 goals of the game and looked comfortable as Buffaloes wasted opportunities in front of goal to sit 3.10 28 early after halftime. But the double blues had a surge of energy and wrestled ascendency of the match through the third quarter before running home through key goals to Hassan Ah Mat-Watkins and Darren Shillabeer. Program participant Lee Mununggurr was busy from the half-forward flank and settled after a shaky start handling wise to contribute with some classy disposals. Djarrak Football Club player Kenny Morton made a fine debut in Buffaloes colours as he rove through the Ruck and as a hit up forward late in the contest.

In Division 1 action St Marys dominated a spirited Darwin Buffaloes by 10.18 78 – 5.2 32. Justin Talal made the trek west for his first taste of NTFL action for the season and played through the wing and half forward flank for the Buffaloes. A wasteful second quarter by Darwin allowed St Marys to grab the game by the throat and as they piled on the pressure, Darwin struggled to contain the attack of the Green Machine. Talal was joined by Campbell Wurramarrba as the Djarrak Football Club player kicked an early goal before contributing in defence. Further Groote Eylandt based Djarrak FC members will look to join the Buffaloes in the coming weeks.

In further news, Djarrak Football Club members Dale Dhamarrandji and Djamika Ganambarr have been selected to represent the Eastern Conference in the Chief Ministers Cup to held at Yirrkala next Saturday. Kaya Mununggurr will back up her NTFL debut game by playing for East in the Under 16 Girls game. Geelong Cats Next Gen Academy staff including Academy and VFL Women’s Head Coach Paul Hood will scout for talent during the representative carnival.

The Rirratjingu Football Program proudly wear CFS Gear. Check out the Cricket & Football Shop NT for your team wear requirements.


Nhulunbuy Speedway Final Placings

An awesome night of racing at Nhulunbuy Speedway. Some great racing in all classes. Welcome back Damon Smith, awesome to see four formulas on the track all night!

Thanks to YBE and Gavin Law for a great track. Thanks to all our sponsors for your continuing support. Thanks to NTFRS for your attendance. Thanks to John and Estelle Carter from the Peninsula Bakery for your great food.

Final placings

SNR Karts
1st Paul Blackler
2nd Rob McDonald
3rd Teresa W King
4th Kim Wilkinson

JNR Karts A Class
1st Thomas Niven
2nd Bradley Niven
3rd Marcus Niven
4th Leigh Niven

JNR Karts B Class
1st Levina Smith
2nd Mitchell Ah Shay
3rd Stacey Smith
DNF Liam Smith

1st Camryn Lombaard
2nd Victor Hall

1st Ian Parish
2nd Dan Ah Shay

Formula 500’s
1st Brad Smith
2nd Mitch Whitmore Em N Mitch Whitmore
3rd Gavin Law
DNF Damon Smith

NT Sedans
1st Scott Greening
DNF Victor Hall

JNR Stockcars
1st Kurt Edwards
2nd Jayden Wagg

Thanks to all the members and volunteers for your help throughout the night. Well done to all the riders and drivers for a great night of racing. Thanks to all the spectators that continue to support the Nhulunbuy Speedway.

Next race meeting 14th October

Hope to see you all there👍🏁🏁🏁


Meninga Launches RLWC2017 Street Mural in Darwin

The 40 metre Rugby League World Cup Street Mural of Smith, the Kangaroos captain, Chambers, a Nhulunbuy junior, and Ferguson, who plays for the Jillaroos, was commissioned by the Northern Territory Government to celebrate the first international to be played in the Top End.

Through the support of the Northern Territory Government, Darwin will host a Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) quarter-final on Friday, 17 November and visitors to the city for the match will be greeted by the mural on the corner of Bennett and Cavanagh Streets in the CBD.

A collaboration led by well-known Darwin artist David Collins and Jesse Bell, featuring designs by Shaun Lee and East Arnhem Land’s Gayili Marika Yunupingu, the mural will be in place until after the RLWC2017.

“It is great, the artists did a fantastic job,” Meninga said after joining NT Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss, RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill and the artists involved to officially launch the RLWC2017 Mural in Darwin.

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The RLWC2017 will be contested from 27 October to 2 December and features 14 nations playing 28 matches in 13 cities across Australia, New Zealand and in PNG. The quarterfinal will be held in Darwin in November 2017.