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

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 or M-0408 856 113


Original published on 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.

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.


Djarrak Football Club supporters celebrated finals glory with both the Women’s and Men’s teams winning their respective Grand Finals in fine conditions at Yirrkala Oval on Saturday. The club won the first Gove AFL Premiership contested in 1975 and the Women’s team wrote themselves into the history books by winning the first Gove AFLW Premiership by virtue of a dominant display of accountable football to beat a tough Gopu Football Club by 9.11 65 – 5.9 39.

In the men’s final that started at 3:30pm, the Djarrak FC side faced a late onslaught with a desperate Gopu FC taking the lead with 5 minutes to remain. Matthew Campbell, named Best on Ground, claimed a late intercept from the defensive zone to repel a Gopu raid and the following passage of play into the Djarrak forward line allowed the Brown and Gold Army to raise the pressure. Lee Mununggurr played the role of the hero as he calmly slotted an angled shot to take the final score to an 11.6 72 – 9.12 66 victory.

Djarrak Women Win GAFL Prelim

Djarrak Miyalks have won their way through to the Grand Final after delivering their best performance for the year against the pacey Ngukal side. The Miyalks held their nerves and refused to panic after an electrifying start from the opposition which slammed home 2 goals into the wind in the first five minutes. From then on the Brown and Gold army skilfully brought the game back to their own style of play by shutting down the oppositions explosive running through well rehearsed structured setups.

The Miyalks went into the final quarter 3 goals up and extended the lead despite kicking into the wind. Goal kicking practice during the week paid off in the best possible way with the Miyalks putting the opposition to the sword when lining up the sticks. Emotions erupted at the final siren as the Miyalks realised what they had achieved after so much hard work through out the year. Bayini thrived as designated Captain and played a sensational game putting on a clinic all over the ground. Kaya was missed in the first quarter but made up for it with a best on ground performance. Kaya collected 10+ contested balls and kicked brilliantly breaking the lines on many occasions and marking strongly.

Kerry really stepped up and the pocket-rocket exploded through the packs with a number of incredible plays that lifted the crowd to their feet. Shanita, Rokuwuy, Ashanti and RakRak were brilliant kicking long and dominating the marking contests. Emily and Nikki again starred along with Shannon in the last line of defence.

Next week Djarrak Miyalks have a chance to make history by being the first premiers ever in the Women’s GAFL. They will be challenged by an outstanding Gopu lineup and the stage is truly set for a classic match between the two best sides all year. The Djarrak men will face off against Gopu in the Mens GF following the women. The Miyalks will be focussing at training on continuing to play our style of structured play and discuss tactics to help being overwhelmed by what will be an enormous crowd in excess of 1000 screaming fans. We urge all supporters to get along early for the Miyalks match and watch this history-making event!

Best Players: Kaya, Emily, Kerry, Bayini, Nikki, Shanita.

WBO Confirms Jeff Horn DID Win Fight Against Pacquiao After All

Aussie boxer Jeff Horn has been confirmed — for the second time — as the winner of his blockbuster bout with champion Manny Pacquiao, after the World Boxing Organisation re-scored their welterweight title fight amidst a storm of controversy and complaint about the result.

2017 SRC & Bronze Medallion Course

A number of people have enquired about the 2017 SRC & Bronze Medallion Course for yourself or child.

The cost of the course is $150 payable to GPSLSC at the commencement of the course. You will need to attend all sessions to attain the qualification.

The 2017 course will be run on Sundays commencing on 14th May 2017, with final assessments on 18th June 2017.


On 14th May we will meet at GPSLSC at 2.00pm for;

Information and sign on session

Online login details (bring your laptop/ipad /phone that you will be using to complete the online components – so we can ensure you have access to the online information)
The course costs $150.00

We will then go to Town Pool for the;

Pre-qualification Swim at town pool (swimmers/towel/goggles)
(If you do not reach the required time, you will have another opportunity, this will be discussed on the day)

Surf Rescue Certificate

Surf Rescue Certificate minimum age to complete is 13 years. This award will allow you to be a part of the patrols for Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club.

The SRC certificate is not only for members under 15, it is also a great way to prepare for a Bronze Medallion if you are new to surf, not such a strong swimmer or want to help with water safety for your children during Sunday mornings and junior carnivals.

You are required to complete a 200 metre swim in 5 minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres. Training will involve surf awareness, basic first aid, resuscitation, surf skills, rescue techniques and patrols. Online learning needs to be completed during the course. Practical on the job training will also be conducted with GPSLSC patrols.

On completion of training and practical’s all candidates are required to attend a compulsory assessment that will involve demonstrating competency in all the skills you have learnt. Successfully completing the course requires commitment and application. On successful completion of the course, participants will receive their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

The Bronze medallion is the minimum requirement for a surf lifesaver. This award is open to all members over the age of 15 and involves training in surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures, emergency care as well as anatomy and physiology.

As a patrolling member for Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club, you will need to have the Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) award. If you are new to the club this is a great way to get to know people.

A reasonable level of fitness is required as candidates will be involved in simulated ocean rescues (and do real rescues once qualified) using various types of rescue equipment. You are required to complete a 400 metre swim in 9 minutes or less, in a swimming pool of no less than 25 metres. Online learning needs to be completed during the course. Practical on the job training will also be conducted with GPSLSC patrols.

On completion of training and practical’s all candidates are required to attend a compulsory assessment that will involve demonstrating competency in all the skills you have learnt. Successfully completing the course requires commitment and application. On successful completion of the course, participants will receive their Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue).

If you have any questions please email GPSLSC at

Alison Snowden

Gove Junior Rugby League NT Trials

Good Morning Govites

Don’t we have a treat for you coming up in April! We have the opportunity to showcase your gifted talents in front of a selector who is coming to Gove to select some fine specimen or women to go over and join the NT Titans team.

The ages we are looking at are from U14s to U18s

So if that sounds like you come on down to the Nhulunbuy Primary School fields every Wednesday from 5pm – 6pm Starting 22/03/17

What to bring
– Boots
– Shoes
– Loose fitting clothing / sports Wear
– Any required strapping
– Any required Protective
Note: If you have a medical condition please let the coaches know prior to training.

NB: All players coming to the trials are also required to be registered players to the NTNRL if you have any enquiries the team will be down there to help out.

Good luck and see you there!