Director Appointed: The Arafura Games in Good Hands

Planning is well underway for the return of the Arafura Games with the appointment of experienced event manager Kylie Salisbury as Director of the event.

Minister for the Arafura Games, Ken Vowles, said Ms Salisbury brings years of experience to the role. She will join the Arafura team on April 3, more than a year out from the Games, which will take place from April 27-May 4 2019. Eight countries have now signed up to take part.

“When the Games were scrapped by the former CLP government, they attracted almost 4500 athletes and support personnel from 47 countries,” Mr Vowles said.

“The Territory Labor Government is building the Games back up to this level of success. Having someone like Kylie at the helm, with more than 20 years of experience in event planning, is vital.

“She has delivered a number of high-profile events in the Territory, including the 75th Bombing of Darwin Commemorative Program and the Cyclone Tracy 40-Year Anniversary event.

“She will work with the Department of Tourism and Culture’s Tourism and Events team, which is responsible for successes such as the V8 Supercars Championships, and two officers from the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, as the Games are as much about building international government and business relationships as they are about sport.”

Ms Salisbury said she was looking forward to delivering an international sporting event that will benefit the Territory.

“The Arafura Games will bring great opportunities,” she said. “I will be working closely with the 15 sports involved to finalise the program, venues and competition schedule as quickly as possible.”

The sports included in the 2019 Arafura Games are Athletics, Tennis, Muay Thai, Sailing, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Table tennis, Boxing, Soccer, Badminton, Swimming and Archery. There will also be demonstration sports including Sepak Takraw and Dragon Boating.

Mr Vowles said the eight countries signed up so far were Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the Federated States of Micronesia.

“More countries will be announced soon,” he said.

Rugby League star takes out NT Sportsperson of the Year

From humble beginnings as a junior player in Nhulunbuy to representing Australia in the Rugby League World Cup, this year’s NT Sportsperson of the Year, Will Chambers, has shown exceptional skill and talent throughout his career.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said this award cemented Mr Chambers place in the history books of NT Sport.

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#sandpapergate – Cricket world condemns cheating Aussie cricket side

THE cricket world reacted with shock and outrage to revelations of Australia’s premeditated attempt to cheat against South Africa and the English newspapers have had a field day on their backpages.

Steve Smith, who has made it clear he doesn’t intend to stand down as skipper over the ball-tampering furore, and his leadership group discussed the merits of using sticky tape to illegally alter the ball at lunch on day three of the contest in Cape Town.

Surf Club Update

For those who have been down to the club recently will have seen how close we are to completion. We are currently waiting on a few bits and pieces to arrive from Darwin to finish it off completely. Hopefully they will be on this week’s barge.

The inside is all but finished, most of the external flashing complete, plumbing fit off all but done. Electrician will have a day or two’s work and that will be finished.

Things are looking good and if all our ducks line up it should all be done this week.

Our state of the art security system is being installed that will monitor inside and outside the building 24 hrs a day. Modern day technology is impressive.

A month or so back you may have seen the club advertising for a couple to provide onsite security and to be our bar hosts.

We are fortunate enough to have secured a couple from Queensland who will live onsite and have committed to 12 months and potentially longer. They both have a lifesaving background and it will be great to have their help and provide that extra onsite security.

At this stage we are well on track for our big opening night on the 16th March. We will certainly let you know closer to the time.

You have got no idea how excited we are!!!!!!!!!

We would like to thank all our members and guests for your patience during the building and renovating phase. It has been challenging but I believe we have continued to offer a good level of service.

Never before has our club seen so much activity in such a short time frame. New clubhouse, renovated toilets, new first aid room, renovated observation tower and new outside kitchen.

All we have to do now is get all of the fencing replaced with black aluminum pool fencing. All the materials have arrived and installation will commence as soon as the clubhouse is finished.

It would be great if that was also done by the opening night. Fingers crossed.

The total make-over will be complete.

Our AGM is on Sunday 11th March at 1000 and everyone is welcome. It would be awesome to see new faces being a part of this iconic club. As well as committee positions there is also the opportunity for other volunteering roles within the club.

Let us know if you are interested in helping out.


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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

Kaya Mununggurr one of the Territory’s best football talents

Kaya Mununggurr is taking the AFL world by storm.

The Yirrkala teenager has starred in the double blue guernsey of the Darwin Buffaloes this NTFL season following a whirlwind six months.

Mununggurr, 15, captained Djarrak’s women’s side to premiership glory in August, quickly catching the attention of the Geelong Football Club through the AFL Next Generation Academy.

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.

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


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


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