Young Essendon players arrive in Top End for camp
ESSENDON has sent its first to fourth year players to the Top End for a repeat of its biennial ‘Rite of Passage’ camp.
The players and coaching staff, including former Tiwi Bomber Anthony McDonaldTipungwuti and Jake Long, the son of former champion Micanoe chael, were in Maningrida yesterday at the beginning of a cultural awareness trip.
The AFL Bombers will be in Darwin on Friday and Saturday after visiting their Next Generation Academy zones in West Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. Senior coach John Worsfold told the club’s website the camp provided a number of opportunities for Essendon’s younger players.
“The Rite of Passage Camp involves cultural learning and awareness, history of the club and its relationship with the Tiwi Islands and communities in Darwin, some footy work and some other educational pieces,” Worsfold said.
“The players will head out to our Next Generation Academy Zones to spend some time in the community. The camp is a big part of us connecting with the club’s identity and culture, which is closely linked to the indigenous population in the Northern Territory.
“We will be heading to the Katherine Gorge where we and hike a long way away from civilisation.
“It will be phones off and we will be out there together having an experience under the stars.
“The next place we visit will be the Tiwi Islands, which is a really important place for the club.’’
THE Tiwi Bombers will contest headbutting and rough conduct charges against key players Dion Munkara and Jason Puruntatameri from their Round 6 game against Southern Districts.
The Bombers’ season is at the crossroads after two wins from six games and an important clash with Waratah ahead of them on Saturday.
Munkara is alleged to have headbutted Districts’ Callum Currie seconds before the halftime siren in Saturday’s match at Norbuilt Oval, while Puruntatameri’s rough conduct charge arises from a clash with Crocs spearhead Will Farrer.
Bombers coach Brenton Toy said the club would enter early guilty pleas on ruckman Wesley Black’s striking charge on Districts’ Fred Sleeth and Sylvani Babui’s kicking charge involving Crocs’ Nik Rokahr.
“But we will contest the charges on Jason and Dion,’’ he said. “Jason has never appeared at a tribunal and from what I’ve seen on the video any contact he made with Will was unavoidable.
“And the Dion incident will come down to the word of the two players, it was very hard to tell what happened after Wesley and Fred Sleeth did some jumper grabbing.’’
St Mary’s are likely to accept a one match ban for utility Gavin Dhurrkay after he was found to have made careless, medium impact and high contact with Nightcliff opponent Koko Niki in Saturday’s match at Nightcliff Oval.
Dhurrkay’s rough conduct charge carried a two-match ban, but he can reduce that to one with an early guilty plea.
Darwin Buffalo Sean Brown must answer a rough conduct charge at tonight’s tribunal after the match review panel charged him with making intentional, high impact and high contact on Waratah opponent Andre Ellis.
Wanderers Division One player Ron Williams will also appear at the tribunal on a charge of using abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene behaviour towards or in relation to an umpire during the last quarter of Sunday’s match against Palmerston.
PINT’s James Williams has been charged with striking St Mary’s midfielder Justin Wilson in two separate incidents in their match at Marrara Cricket Ground.
Both strikes were classified as intentional, low impact and high contact, resulting in two and three-match suspensions that can be reduced to one and two weeks with early guilty pleas.