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.

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