Katherine football players will soon embark on a long 12-hour drive to Gove to reignite representative football for both regions.
The best male and female football players from Gove and the Big Rivers regions are eagerly preparing to take to the field and play a representative football match in Gove on Friday 28 September.
AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) Regional Development Manager for Katherine, Julie Hunter said she’s excited for the opportunities games like this provide the players from the Katherine region.
“We (AFLNT) recognised the need to increase representative footy within the regions and this is only the beginning.
“The players are keen to develop their skills and see how they compare against teams from other communities and we’ll be working towards more regular representative games like this in the near future,” she said.
Either side of the game, Katherine players will enjoy local cultural experiences such as fishing and visiting waterholes, which their hosts have kindly offered to organise.
AFLNT Remote Development Manager for Gove, Andrew Wainwright believes it’s a great way for players to gain game practice and stay fit for the upcoming NTFL season and the Chief Ministers Cup held in Gove the following week.
“Local clubs and players are excited to represent their region, which they haven’t had the chance to do in recent years.
“This will be the start of a relationship that we build between our communities, with the concept to make it an annual event,” he said.
AFLNT will release more information on teams and timings closer to the event.