Gary Dhurrkay

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Gary Dhurrkay
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Personal information
Full name Gary Dhurrkay
Date of birth (1974-03-04)4 March 1974
Place of birth Northern Territory
Date of death 21 August 2005(2005-08-21) (aged 31)
Place of death Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Original team East Fremantle
Draft pre-draft selection, 1995, Fremantle
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–98
1999–2000
Fremantle
Kangaroos
51 (46)
21 (20)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2000 season.
Career highlights

Gary Dhurrkay (4 March 1974 – 21 August 2005) was an Australian rules footballer and Aboriginal Australian community leader.

Dhurkkay was a part of East Fremantle Football Club's 1994 premiership in the WAFL, before being a part of Fremantle's inaugural AFL team in 1995.

After an inconsistent season in 1998, he was relegated to Westar Rules for much of the year, and played in East Fremantle Football Club's 1998 premiership. At the end of the season he was delisted by Fremantle, but the Kangaroos gave him a second chance when they selected him with selection 31 in the 1998 AFL Draft. After playing 21 games in the 1999 and 2000 season at his new club, Dhurrkay retired in mid-2000 to focus on his Aboriginal cultural beliefs and became a leader of the Marngarr community in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

At about 5am on 21 August 2005, Dhurkkay was fatally injured in a car accident on the Melville Bay Road, Arnhem Land when his car rolled and he was thrown from his vehicle and died of his injuries. He was 31 years of age.[1]

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