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The Redtails aim to create a Football Club incorporating the Right Tracks Program to drive change in the community of Central Australia. It's main aim apart from participating in the NTFL competition in Darwin is to create a team that gives strong healthy pathways in behaviour, job readiness programs, healthy living and bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Central Australians creating unity and pride throughout Central Australia and beyond. This team allows it's players to participate only if they are employed, studying or in the Right Tracks Program.
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Redtails v BRFL in Darwin 23.01.2021 (2)

Redtails flew to Darwin to verse Big Rivers FL in a Rep Game at TIO Stadium on 23.01.2021 at 2pm

Redtails squad photo 22.01.2021



Redtails defeated Big Rivers FL 12-18-90 to 5-10-40 @ TIO Stadium Darwin – 23rd January 2021


1st Quarter: From the warm up the playing groups energy level felt high even in the quite stifling hot and humid conditions that Darwin is renowned for. From the 1st bounce the intensity from both sides was intense as players pounced on any opportunity to get their hands on the ball, not excluding our midfield contingent with Carlile and Miles confidently competing in the ruck knowing they had strong support from Remfrey, Barry, Clarke, Liddle, Darren Abbott, Adams, extending out wide to the wingmen Swan, Lynch, Shawn Foster & Nelson. Once propelled forward we had the talent of Luke Foster, Kunoth, Lockyer Jr, Smith, Stafford and Veteran Campbell creating scoring opportunities with Lockyer Jr, S Foster, Stafford and Smith each kicking a minor while Kunoth got our 1st  and only goals for the quarter. Our Defenders were not left our of this scrimmage, experiencing many BRFL entries into their defence zone. The defensive intercepts, tackles and pressure from, Cole, Kurt Abbott, Hampton, Lake, McAdam, Farrows and Armstrong were spectacular, relentless and allowed us to maintain a lead of 8 points at the end of a very intense 1st quarter.
Redtails 1-4-10 to BRFL 0-2-2

2nd Quarter: With all of the initial nerves out of the way the Redtails settled into their practised team structures to generate some very smooth and exciting passages of play. Lockyer Jr got busy upfield kicking 2 goals 2, including Barry and Kunoth with a goal each and minors from Campbell, McAdam and Stafford. Downfield Cole continued to do and exemplary  job to keep the renown Patrick under pressure and Armstrong was only a breath away to assist with some outstanding silky smooth defence of his own along with the calm, experienced and resilient efforts of Farrows, Lake, McAdam, Hampton and K Abbott. Carlile and Miles continued to use their big bodied presence in the ruck and around the ground effectively.  The extensive gut running work and extraordinary ball skills carried out by Remfrey, Barry, Clarke, Liddle, Adams, D Abbott, S Foster, Swan, Lynch and Nelson across the centre enabled many opportunities for us and helped to extend our lead by 30 points as the players left the field at half time for a well earnt break to cool off and rehydrate. 
Redtails 5-9-39 to BRFL 1-3-9

3rd Quarter: As a storm was moving closer the air around the ground cooled, generating a surge of renewed energy to the players as the Redtails unleashed, exhibiting their signature Central Australian style of fast moving, skilful and exhilarating football. Everyone was up and about searching for a lead or opportunity to gain possession of the ball. The flurry of forward entries had many lining up for scoring opportunities, consequently D Abbott, Barry, Armstrong, Kunoth, Adams and Smith snapped minors while Barry, Lockyer, Kunoth, S Foster were all successful with a goal each and Stafford raised the bar with 2 goals totalling 14 scoring shots for the quarter and increasing our lead to 64 points. Redtails 11-17-83 to BRFL 2-7-19

4th Quarter: The final quarter witnessed the skies open up with a deluge of rain pouring onto the grounds and a reduction in light as dark clouds engulfed the area. Unfortunately the Redtails had an extremely strong prevailing wind to try and run and kick the ball into making forward movement extremely challenging, not to mention scoring shots problematic and difficult. Lockyer Jr kicked our only minor while our Veteran Matt Campbell was the only candidate successful in slotting us a goal that he basically ran into the square with and dribbled it through. BRFL had more success and more advantageous conditions going to their end of the field allowing them to add their best scoring tally per quarter with 3goals 3, but not enough to get close to our lead. Our lads enjoyed the wet weather experience of sliding through masses of water and a chance to adjust and try our some wet weather skills. It was a well earnt victory by 50 points.
Redtails 12-18-90 to BRFL 5-10-40

A massive Thank you to our wonderful Sports Med volunteers – Kirstin Remfrey, Tim Watkins & Renee Elliott.
The work they do is greatly appreciated and invaluable to allow our players to get the best out of their bodies at training sessions, in the game and to recover afterwards.

Water Carriers are also crucial team members, so Thank you to Brooke Schembri, Melinda Taylor, Kym Ellis & Abi Sekitoga.

Thanks to Head Coach- Shaun Cusack and Assistant Coaches- Rob Clarke, Ian McAdam, Darren Talbot & Damien Hall, Runner- Darren Talbot, Board Rotation –Ebony Miller.  
These Team Leaders do so much more than just instructing the team how to play, they volunteer their time to help mentor, guide and assist these young men to navigate their everyday lives and to develop healthy lifestyles and positive outcomes.

Redtails 12-18-90 to Big Rivers FL 5-10-40

Goals Scorers:- Nigel Lockyer Jr, Tosh Kunoth -3, Dylan Barry, Daniel Stafford -2, Shawn Foster & Matt Campbell -1goal each.

Best on Ground:- Dylan Barry, Nigel Lockyer Jr, Rohan Armstrong, Gareth Remfrey, Matt Campbell, Luke Adams. 

  (Written by Alecia Clarke)



Redtails team photo 23.01.2021




The Redtails Senior men played in Darwin over the weekend against the Big Rivers Football League (Katherine region) in a much anticipated rematch which seen Katherine take that honour way back in 2009.


With good representation from most clubs the fellas had been preparing for this match since well before Christmas and it showed in the result. On the day the players had to endure the full brunt of Darwin weather playing in energy zapping hot and humid  conditions in the first half, then in the second half torrential rain and flooding!

Best on ground and Redtails Vice Captain Dylan Barry said “ It was awesome and I’m honoured to wear the Redtails jumper, it’s a massive program to be a part of, it was a really good result in the end. It’s all about coming together and making our families proud”.

Leading up to the game the players attended a Nutrition session conducted by Jacinda Roberts (former CAAC Dietitian) and Right Track. We also follow the players up with employment support and if needed Health/ Wellbeing.

The Redtails success will never be based on what the score board says at the end of a game. Our success is based on the impact the Redtails and Pinktails experience has on our players. We want the players to come away with the knowledge that preparation is key, not only in footy but in life. So throughout the season Right Tracks support Football, Basketball and Netball Clubs


Cheers!
Macca

Ian McAdam

Sports and Health Coordinator
Redtails/Pinktails Right Tracks Program

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Best on Ground - Dylan Barry

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Redtails v New Zealand National Team 4.03.2020

Redtails flew to New Zealand on the 29.02.2020 for a Cultural exchange and to verse New Zealand National Team on 4.03.2020

Redtails v NZ squad photo 29.02.2020 


Redtails trip to New Zealand to verse NZ National Team
Itinery – Wednesday 4th March 2020 – Pre Game training & War Dance practice


 The big day had finally arrived after 4 days of lots of travelling and tourist activities. One may have imagined that this could have caused the players to feel a little tired and low in energy levels. This was not the case with this group of 26 young men, if anything I think it seemed to generate and build up this cloud of electric positive energy around the group that seemed to galvanise them together as one, as a result of spending 4 days bonding together and supporting each other in activities that many had never experienced or thought they would ever be able to try or be a part of. If one seemed a little out of sorts or apprehensive about an activity, others would gather around them and encourage and support them through the event.

     To fill in time after breakfast until lunch it was decided as a group to walk the 1.5kms over to the QBE Stadium and view the field that the game was to be played on. The lads were keen to have a run and kick even though a light rain was starting to come in. Staff at the AFLNT directed us to the Rugby field behind the stadium where we had permission to use and where the lads went through a warm up session before going through their War Dance and them running out some drills and a structured session. Happy with the release of some physical energy we all walked back to the Ramada Hotel for some free time before heading to lunch just next to the Hotel at the Coffee Club Ramada. This was all a great plan until we got to the Café to be informed that the power was out in the whole block. Our Hotel manager was brilliant in organising an alternative by phoning up a Restaurant at the Westfield Shopping complex to confirm that they could accommodate our group of 32 for lunch, so we walked another 1km over to lunch and back by 2.30 to do final preparations before gathering on our bus to be driven back to QBE Stadium at 3.30pm to prepare for the much anticipated game against the New Zealand National Team.

     The energy in the change room was focussed with an element a desperate desire for the wait to be over and to just be allowed to get on with the job at hand, including being able to showcase an aspect of their own indigenous culture by performing our Redtails War Dance for the very first time.



Redtails NZ trip Day 5- Wednesday 4.03.2020 Pregame War Dance

Redtails defeated New Zealand 16-10-106 to 2-4-16 @ QBE Stadium - 4th March 2020


     1st Quarter: The energy level after delivering our very first Redtails War Dance prior to the first bounce was like I have never felt from any squad prior to this day. It was delivered with unity, pride and belief in each other and honour to be representing their region. The physicality of the New Zealand side was felt as they hit hard with solid bodies letting our lads know they were here to play. It took all of the 1st quarter for our players to settle their nerves and direct that energy into structured play. We were lucky enough to slot the 1st goal by King as a result of some joint efforts by his fellow forwards Farrows, Adams, Marriott, Foster & Clarke. Great Ruckwork form Carlile to allow the effective work form midfielders Remfrey, Barry and D Abbott delivered straight to Foster for our 2nd goal. More brilliant work out of the centre with Lake alternating with Carlile in the ruck and creative ball work from Liddle, Sevallos, D Abbott, Barry, Remfrey, Wade Armstrong, Bishop & Dunemann allowed 3 more scoring opportunities with minors by Barry, Adams & King. Our defenders in Nash, Roberts, K Abbott, Forbes, Cole, Kennedy, Plummer and Doyle held their ground and delivered strong sound and decisive defence to any NZ entries containing them to 1goal 2 points allowing us a lead of 7 points after the 1st quarter. Cole retired from the game after a substantial collision and resulting corky.
Redtails 2-3-15 to NZ 1-2-8


2nd Quarter: The Redtails contingent settled into the structures they have trained with over the last couple of months gelling together as a team.Kennedy from the backline found himself upfield to kick our first 2 goals of the quarter, with NZ adding their solo goal in-between them. Our Defenders continued their strong and deniable line of defence with General Doyle issuing the incisive defensive manoeuvres to his troops, Nash, Plummer, Forbes, K Abbott, Kennedy and Roberts and always at the ready to gather the ball if it made it past his men. Across the centre, instinctual and intuitive ball movement was created by Remfrey, Clarke, Liddle, Sevallos, Barry, D Abbott, Carlile, Lake, Wade, Dunemann and Bishop to inject the ball to our forwards allowing Marriott, Barry and Armstrong to add 3 more goals for us, increasing our lead to 33 points at the halftime siren.
Redtails 7-6-48 to NZ 2-3-15


3rd Quarter: We commenced the 3rd term with just as much enthusiasm and desire to create as much forward activity as possible. King, Ford, Marriott, Foster, Armstrong, Adams and Farrows all working hard to open up corridors and create leads with 3 more goals to add to our score by Farrows, Ford and Foster, as well as minors by Marriott and Armstrong. The creative and strong ruckwork was continued by Carlile and Lake all over the ground, with the silky smooth gathering skills of Remfrey, Liddle, Bishop, Barry, D Abbott and Sevallos in continual motion and supported by their ever ready and evasive wingmen, Dunemann, Wade, Clarke and Adams. True to our Aussie military ancestry Doyle, Nash, K Abbott, Plummer, Forbes, Roberts and Kennedy battled just as hard in the backlines to keep NZ scoreless for the quarter stretching our lead to 53 points.
Redtails 10-8-68 to NZ 2-3-15


4th Quarter: Our final quarter was just as impressive as the others with our continued work rate and effort to run the game out to the final siren. No one backed off or released NZ from the strangled hold they had on them. Doyle continued to intercept, out mark and to read the NZ forward entries with precision directing his men and allowing NZ only a minor to add to their score. Which created many opportunities for the midfielders to create many more forward entries allowing Barry, Ford, King and Foster to add 6 more goals in total for our final quarter and a win by 90 points. It was a brilliant team effort where everyone played their role on the field with great voice, backup and comradery.
Redtails 16-10-106 to NZ 2-4-16


A massive Thank you to our wonderful Sports Med volunteers – Lisa Morgan & Julieanne Prior. The work they do is greatly appreciated and invaluable to allow our players to get the best out of their bodies at training sessions, in the game and to recover afterwards.

Thanks to Coach- Rob Clarke and Assistant Coaches- Darren Talbot & Ian McAdam, Runner- Ian McAdam. These Team Leaders do so much more than just instructing the team how to play, they volunteer their time to help mentor, guide and assist these young men to navigate their everyday lives and to develop healthy lifestyles and positive outcomes.

Redtails 16-10-106 to New Zealand National Team 2-4-16

Goals Scorers:- Shawn Foster -4, Travis King -3, Dylan Barry, Geraden Kennedy, Copelan Ford -2, Luke Farrows, Cody Marriott & Jordon Armstrong -1goal each.

Best on Ground:- Patrick Doyle, Joe Roberts, Gareth Remfrey, Dylan Barry, Peter Nash & Shawn Foster.               

                                                                                                                                                                (Written by Alecia Clarke)

Redtails v NZ team photo 4.03.2020

Redtails NZ 2020

There are so many memorable and values times that occurred before and after the NZ trip.
At trainings prior to the trip it was great to see who was committed and regularly attended training and gave 110%. It was good to see the excitement build as the event grew closer.
It was exciting to see how all the boys all bonded and were focused on a joint task. Yes, they were there to have fun but were focused on the task at hand. 
With such a variance in age range it was good to see the older boys mentoring, looking out for and guiding the younger ones.
I must say at first i questioned ( not that it was something we had control of) why there were so may days of touring and activities before the game but on reflecting on the trip I think it was fantastic as it gave the team, whom many are normally opposition to bond and form together as one. It provided them with positive, fun experiences which all built to the game.
The fun factor was certainly ticked with the Luge and White water Rafting which for many provided an experience they have never had before and certainly not something they are going to experience at home ( and personally gave me the opportunity to push my comfort zone to the edge and do something I thought I would never do.)
I believe the Mitai Maori Village Show and Dinner was a really valuable experience.  It gave the boys the opportunity to see and experience the Maori culture first hand and see how proud they are of their culture and traditions. In many ways their culture and heritage is something the boys can relate to and hopefully took home some valuable messages of pride that they can develop and pass on.
Seeing the boys practicing their dance initially, there was a mix of pride and embarrassment but on the day, standing in the gurneys, representing their families, their town, their pride…. They performed the dance with such power and heart showing ‘who they are’. Every player took to the field proud of who they are and where they come from. They were honoured and proud to show case a game that they love. When they kicked the first goal, their celebration said it all. It was fantastic to hear the support and encouragement that they all gave each other on and off the field.
 I loved when one of the boys was telling me that he was giving advice and guidance to his opponent and directing him in what he needed to be doing. This showed that it wasn’t just about winning a game, it was sharing the love of a game.
On a personal level having the opportunity to take Matt home and spread his ashes on the land he was born to is something I will never be able to show enough gratitude for. The support and compassion from the boys that knew was very humbling. 

By Lisa Morgan

 The Redtails trip to New Zealand was amazing on so many levels.
Jam packed from the get go with the run for the Auckland flight,
* Bus trip to Rotorua stopping at Matamata
* Mitai Maori dinner and cultural presentation .......Hangi - huge amount of food and incredible positive cultural presentation from the arrival of the warriors to the singing, games and night walk
* the search for a training area and how the guys pulled together working on their dance
* soaking in the Polynesian hot pools and looking out over the lake, the spa PR people wanting pictures of the guys

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Redtails U17 v Melbourne NGA 7.12.2019

U17 Redtails flew to Melbourne to vers Melbourne NGA at Gosch Paddock on 7th December 2019

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Pinktails v Woodville West Torrens 9.11.2019 -Adelaide

The Pinktails Squad flew to Adelaide on the 8th November 2019 to playe Woodville West Torrens on the 9th November 2019

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2018 Indigenous Guernsey designed by Curtis Haines

 
In 2018 Curtis Haines designed our Redtails Indigenous Guernsey as a tribute to Josh Palmer, a young indienous man of whom we lost tragically in 2010 via a family violence incident.

Curtis is one of our Senior Redtails Indigenous players, that has been involved with the club since Rob Clarke and Ian McAdam founded it in 2011.
He has also gone through the Right Tracks Program gaining permanent employment at the Alice Springs Hospital in 2013.
He is still employed there today and very proud of his achievement as well as being a valuable employee to the Hospital as an interpreter for the community patients that need his services to understand what medical conditions they have as well as treatment and assistance they may need.


The Redtails Indigenous Guernsey designed by Curtis was worn on the 27th May 2018 for the curtain raiser game between the CAFC Redtails and the Top End Storm Darwin prior to Round 10 AFL game between Melbourne Demons and Adelaide Crows at Traeger Park in Alice Springs and televised to the Nation by Channel 7. It was an amazing day for all involved.

It was also worn again for the Curtain Raiser game against Top End Storm on the 21st July 2019 prior to the Round 18 AFL game between Melbourne Demons and West Coast Eagle at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.
Curtis said the design represents players coming from many different communities around Central Australia to play as One, he also included a stick figure of Josh kicking goals on the front of the Guernsey to acknowledge and play tribute to him and his family .

Curtis Haines Guernsey



Here is a picture of Curtis Haines in the Redtails Indigenous Guernsey he designed. 
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