Jobs Events Advertise

Weather strands Tiwi Bombers in Darwin

Jackson Clark -

Approximately 40 members of the Tiwi Bombers' playing group and coaching staff have been left stranded in Darwin due to weather conditions affecting flights back to the Tiwi Islands.

The club will spend the entire week based in Darwin before undertaking preparations for its Round 14 clash against Nightcliff this Saturday.

The Bombers released a statement on social media during the week informing the club's supporters of their predicament.

"Due to the aircraft service provider we use, their limitations and capability to fly in such adverse weather conditions has left the Tiwi based players and staff unable to return home," the statement read.

"This has caused a range of issues but for the most part our team has come together and have rolled with the situation put before them.

"We will utilise this time positively to tick off a few outstanding items and get a chance to train as one, training together does not present itself often so we will take full advantage of it."

Tiwi are coming off a 53-point loss to reigning premiers Waratah in last weekend's game which was contested for the Maurice Rioli Cup.

Maurice's eldest daughter, Donna Rioli spoke and presented the cup on behalf of her siblings and the Rioli family.

Hawthorn champion and Norm Smith Medallist, Cyril Rioli caught up with the Bombers' squad before last Saturday's game. A handful of former AFL players were also in attendance for the match.

Hawthorn champion Cyril Rioli with the Tiwi Bombers players before last weekend's game against Waratah. (Image: Instagram/@jrboyrioli)

The Bombers have said that despite the challenges they have faced this week, the group remains in high spirits.

"Besides only packing for one night's stay, and without some important items such as clothes and kid's toys, the team is in high spirits, they said.

"As we have done in the past, we will continue to put one foot in front of the other regardless of the obstacles put in our way."

The club has also appealed to anyone in Darwin who may be able to assist.

"We have fathers and mothers separated from their children and partners, we have mums and dads at the hotel with their children," they said.

"If you're out there and feel you have means to help in any way, especially with the kids, please contact the club.

"Family that are in Darwin with ability to stay in contact and provide support we do encourage."

The Bombers sit seventh on the Northern Territory Football League ladder after a much-improved season that has resulted in four wins from 11 games – their best return since the 2019/2020 season.

Tiwi's women's team are in eight position with three wins so far this season.

   Related   

Powell-Pepper to miss start of premiership season for 'careless' scratch match bump
Port enforcer Sam Powell-Pepper is set to spend the start of the AFL season on the sidelines after his bump on Crow Mark Keane e...
Jarred Cross 26 Feb 2024
Indigenous Matilda Lydia Williams backs 'important' move for exposure and future goalies
Noongar Matilda and veteran goalkeeper Lydia Williams sees the long-term impact for fans and aspiring footballers being able to...
Jarred Cross 26 Feb 2024
Hynes wants Sharks to flip script on NRL finals failure
Nicho Hynes is urging Cronulla to put their poor finals record behind them and ensure 2024 is the year they make good on their u...
George Clarke 26 Feb 2024
NSW flexes muscles with big win over Queensland at National Indigenous Cricket Championships
New South Wales’ women's side have booked their spot in Tuesday’s National Indigenous Cricket Championships final with a dominan...
Jarred Cross 26 Feb 2024

   Jackson Clark   

Ex-AFL star Steven Motlop joins North Warrnambool
Ex-AFL player Steven Motlop will ply his trade in Victoria this season after signing with Hampden Football League club North War...
Jackson Clark 25 Feb 2024
Sanders stars in the Bulldogs' match simulation win
Western Bulldogs young gun Ryley Sanders has staked his claim for a Round 1 debut after a scintillating performance in Friday’s...
Jackson Clark 24 Feb 2024
Bolton a class above in Tigers' match simulation win
Richmond midfielder Shai Bolton was a class above in Richmond’s match simulation win against Melbourne yesterday. The star Tige...
Jackson Clark 19 Feb 2024
Gruelling training camp has Horne-Francis fit and firing ahead of 2024 season
Port Adelaide young gun Jason Horne-Francis could be primed to take his game to another level after undertaking a gruelling trai...
Jackson Clark 12 Feb 2024