Connecting with Community

Darwin, Northern Territory

Territory Transit was proud to be a sponsor of the Aboriginal Quitline SA/NT Regional AFL Challenge, held in Darwin on the 5-6 October 2019. The Challenge saw some of the best remote Territory football talent on display and took place at TIO Stadium and the Marrara Cricket Ground.

As part of the sponsorship Mark Davis (Depot Manager) and Glenn Murray (Operations Manager), of Territory Transit, set up a Hydration Station at the stadium and issued reusable, Territory Transit water bottles where the athletes could refill them from water dispensers throughout the competition.

Glenn Murray, Territory Transit Operations Manager says: “The weather was extremely hot so the Hydration Station was really popular and I got to connect with most of the athletes. It was excellent to engage with the community and to see the athletes compete at a well organised competition.”

The weekend also provided umpire and coaching development opportunities with teams invited to bring an aspiring talent from their community to be part of the festivities whilst receiving formal training and qualifications while in Darwin. Ten teams competed in the challenge from Bathurst Island, East Arnhem, Kalano Bombers from Katherine, Kalkarindji, Lajamanu, Maningrida, Gove, Ngukurr, West Daly and Yuendumu, who travel the furthest racking up over 1,000km’s to get to Darwin by bus. Teams played four minor round games of two 15-minute halves on Saturday followed by finals on Sunday morning. The grand final saw the Ngukurr Bulldogs defeat Lajamanu in the 2019 who received $1,000 in prize money and were awarded free team registration into the next Regional Challenge.

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