The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017
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V1 - NTNE01Z01FC NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 13 Club looks for support at grassroots FANS of Darwin Football Club need to embrace the club as a whole, first-year coach Matt Campbell said this week. While acknowledging the importance of the clubs offfield support, where supporter numbers easily outweigh that of any other club, Campbell said there was a lot of work to do with the Buffalo juniors and their senior sides. Weve got a proud club with a rich history, he said. The main thing coming from the playing side of it is lets get some more people down to help out. We need volunteers, parents to come down and help our juniors or get the credentials to be a sports trainer, volunteer umpire or volunteer coach. People say Darwin Foot ball Club has not got a club to call its own, but I dont think four walls in the form of bricks and mortar is essential, its just the foundation. Campbell said a strong community feel where everyone buys in, is when it really happens at a football club. This is what Ive learnt from playing country footy in Victoria and South Australia, he said. The old men are cooking the sausages, grandpa is taking the padding out for the goals and someone else marked the oval the day before. I dont think the Buffaloes have ever had that, he said. Ando has been around the Buffaloes for a while, but the coaching staff rate him for his ball getting ability and are confident he can produce a consistent, breakout season. If he can become more engaged in matches and as one official said, a bit more switched on the club will see the best of him. STEVEN ANDERSON The Buffaloes are rapt with the fitness of their new joint captain, who the coach said was raring to go after a big pre-season and a fierce desire to succeed. Stokes can play through the midfield and up forward where he loves to create and kick goals with his one-touch skills and smart disposal. JARROD STOKES Another Buffalo who has got his body right as coach Matt Campbell said. Like Anderson, Philpott is committed to a big season in the double blue jumper where his hardness at the ball and ability to make the right decision when in possession will be big assets for Matt Campbell and his coaching staff. LIAM PHILPOTT Matt Campbell knew there was something special about Lee Mununggurr when he played alongside him. The 19-year-olds skills close to the ground impressed Campbell and left him with a lasting impression of the Yirrkala flyer. If anyone from the Buffaloes is going to win the Rising Star, hell be the one, Campbell said. LEE MUNUNGGURR ON THE RISE Cameron Stokes Buffs ready to rumble DARWIN BUFFALOES ROUND 1: WARATAH (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 8 ROUND 2: ST MARYS (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 14 ROUND 3: TIWI BOMBERS (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 21 ROUND 4: PALMERSTON (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 27 ROUND 5: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (TIO STADIUM) NOVEMBER 4 ROUND 6: WARATAH (GARDENS OVAL) NOVEMBER 12 ROUND 7: NIGHTCLIFF (PSC BM OVAL) NOVEMBER 19 ROUND 8: ST MARYS (TIO STADIUM) NOVEMBER 25 ROUND 9: WANDERERS (TIO STADIUM) DECEMBER 2 ROUND 10: TIWI BOMBERS (TIWI OVAL) DECEMBER 9 ROUND 11: PALMERSTON (TIO STADIUM) DECEMBER 16 ROUND 12: WANDERERS (TIO STADIUM) JANUARY 6 ROUND 13: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (TIO STADIUM) JANUARY 13 ROUND 14: PALMERSTON (ASBUILD OVAL) JANUARY 20 ROUND 15: ST MARYS (TIO STADIUM) JANUARY 25 ROUND 16: WARATAH (TIO STADIUM) FEBRUARY 3 ROUND 17: WANDERERS (TIO STADIUM) FEBRUARY 10 ROUND 18: NIGHTCLIFF (PSC BM OVAL) FEBRUARY 17 SEASON FIXTURES Buffaloes player Jalen Clarke congratulates team mate Darren Shillabeer for kicking a goal PLAYERS TO WATCH follow us on @coolalingacentral LARGE UNDERCOVER PARKING OPEN 7 DAYS