Nathan Djerrkura

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Nathan Djerrkura
Nathan Djerrkura playing for Geelong.JPG
Nathan Djerrkura in 2008
Personal information
Full name Nathan Djerrkura
Nickname(s) Djidi[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-19) 19 September 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Yirrkala, Northern Territory
Original team Wanderers (NT)
Draft 25th overall, 2006
Geelong
Height/Weight 176 cm / 80 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2010
2011–2012
Total
Geelong
Western Bulldogs
04 (0)
21 (8)
25 (8)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2009 Indigenous All-Stars 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 21 2012 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2009.

Nathan Djerrkura (born 19 September 1988) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted to the Geelong Football Club in 2006 and played four games for them before being traded to the Western Bulldogs during the 2010 Trade Week.

Early life[edit]

Nathan Djerrkura was born to Gatjil and Jenny Djerrkura in the indigenous community of Yirrkala, Northern Territory on 19 September 1988.[1][2] He is of Indigenous Australian heritage and his ancestry can be traced to the Yolngu.[3] His father, Gatjil, was a former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) chairman before his death from a heart attack in May 2004.[2][4][5]

Djerrkura attended Scotch College, Melbourne on an Indigenous scholarship.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Taken at pick 25 in the 2006 National AFL Draft, Djerrkura is a highly rated young midfielder with a great work ethic and a strong body for his size. He gets a lot of hard ball gets and can kick goals when required. He has lightning pace and provides strong tackling pressure in the forward line. He was one of the best prospects from the Northern Territory in 2006, and was featured on SBS in a draft special.

Djerrkura played 2 NAB Cup matches in 2007, and was close to making his debut in Rounds 1 and 2 after strong reserves form, until he received a setback when he was injured early in the season playing football in the VFL.

Djerrkura's nickname is Djidi which means "black magic."[1]

Djerrkura participated in the 2008 AFL Grand Final sprint, coming 1st in his heat and going on to come 3rd overall.

On 8 October 2010, he was traded to the Western Bulldogs in a deal which would see Geelong pick up draft pick 57.

Djerrkura retired from AFL Football on 15th of September 2012 after playing 21 games for the Western Bulldogs. He kicked 8 goals this season and said he wanted to move on to the next phase of his life.[6]

Honours[edit]

Team:

  • VFL Premiership (Geelong): 2007

Individual:

  • Under 18 All-Australian (2006)
  • Represented Northern Territory Under 18 (2006)
  • Represented Indigenous All-Stars (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Auciello, Michael (21 March 2007). "A magical voyage to the top – Nathan Djerkurra". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Djerrkura justice". Geelong Football Club. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  3. ^ AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 75.
  4. ^ "Promising young midfielder Nathan Djerrkura in contention for Cats debut". foxsports.com.au. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  5. ^ McKenna, Mark (March 2008). "Comment". The Monthly. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Nathan Djerrkura to retire from AFL football at age 24". 15 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Mathew Stokes
Geelong F.C. Community Champion Award
2010
With: Travis Varcoe
Succeeded by
Joel Selwood