Cyclones didn’t stop Nhulunbuy riders competing at Australian BMX titles

Cyclone Marcus’ wrath was felt far and wide across the Territory but it did not stop a group of talented Territory BMX riders recently competing at the Australian BMX titles in Bunbury, Western Australia.

“We had a group of riders due to fly out of Nhulunbuy on Saturday 17 March, but Cyclone Marcus forced the cancellation of all flights out that day and it meant that our riders didn’t think they’d make it to the titles in time to compete,” Nhulunbuy Club President, Paul Mery said last week.

However, Marcus did not stand in their way and the group arrived in the early hours of Monday morning to join the team of 29 Territory competitors who raced at the events.

BMXNT Chair, Kylee Carter, said four Territory BMX clubs had riders at the event including Nhulunbuy (6 riders), Jingili (Darwin) – 15 riders, Satellite City (Palmerston) – 6 riders and Red Centre (Alice Springs) had 2.

“We had 12 female riders and 17 male riders competing in categories from ‘Sprockets’ (5-7 year olds) to riders in the 50 years plus class,” she said.

“Competing at the National Championship is a big deal as it is the largest event on the Australian BMX calendar with just over 1300 race nominations.

Mrs Carter said, that after months of training and preparations, attending this event was quite daunting – but also very exciting – for many of the NT competitors.

“A national championship event like this one gives our riders the opportunity to challenge themselves and reach new personal goals.

“Equally important are the life skills the riders get from their training, goal-setting, budgeting and travelling to new places. The perseverance and dedication these riders have shown is a credit to their clubs and parents,” she said.

BMX riding is classified as an extreme sport but the NT competitors were lucky enough to largely escape without too many serious injuries.

“Poppy Goat injured her elbow, Taj Sartori broke an arm and Jacob Mery was hurt in a crash early in the week, but we came home largely unscathed,” Kylee said.

Nhulunbuy BMX Club President, Paul Mery said he was proud of the team’s efforts at the event.

“We didn’t land a medal place at the event but what the kids (and parents) experienced in Bunbury was more than worth all of the time, cost and planning it took to get there,” he said.

The team’s next big event will be the NT Titles to be held in Nhulunbuy (October 3-6) on the club’s new track and facilities generously provided by a grant from the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.  Information on this event is available at


BREAK out box:

The NT athletes that made it into the main final of their class (listed from the most successful at the top):

  • Mickayla Perkins 15 year Girls. 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes, 1st Nationals 24″ bikes, 5th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Ian Orr 13 year Boys 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes. 3rd National 20″ bikes.
  • Caitlin Jong 13 year Girls 1st Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd National 24″ bikes,  2nd Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Yasmin Ford 13 years Girls 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd Oceania 24″ bikes,  6th Nationals 24″ bikes, 7th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Catherine Carter 13 years Girls 7th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″bikes, 7th Nationals 24″bikes.
  • Jason Eecen 50+ years Men 4th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″ bikes, 6th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Kyla Sartori 10 year Girls 8th Oceania 20″, 5th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Maddison Walker 8 year Girls 5th Oceania 20″ bikes.
  • Isabel Spooner 13 year Girls 4thOceania 24″.
  • Taj Sartori 9 year Boys 8th Oceania  20″ bikes.
  • Hayden Russell 15 year Boys 6th Oceania 24″ bikes.


Story by Kylie Abood Images Courtesy BMX Australia

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.