Toll Tiwi Bombers AGM & Life Memberships

Club President Mick Burns announced at the Toll Tiwi Bombers Annual General Meeting the awarding of inaugural Life Memberships to retiring board member Cyril Kalippa (Rioli) and past President Allan McGill.

The Honorary Club Life Memberships are the first awarded in the clubs short 8 year history.

Burns said both men have been critical to firstly the creation of the club in 2005 as well as its on-going survival through tough financial times.

Cyril Kalippa, the patriarch of the nationally famous Rioli family which includes the 1982 Norm Smith Medallist the late Maurice Rioli, St Marys and South Fremantle Premiership player Sibby Rioli, current Toll Tiwi Bombers Coach and Nichols Medallist Willie, multi St Marys Premiership player Cyril and grandson the Hawthorn excitement machine Cyril (Junior) Rioli.

A foundation member of the Tiwi Land Council in 1988 and a persistent advocate for the self determination of commercial independance for the Tiwi people Cyril Kalippa realized a dream with the creation of the Toll Tiwi Bombers team.

Cyril Kalippa has been a key supporter promoting the role the Club plays in addressing and improving major social behaviour issues common to most remote Aboriginal communities led by the demoralizing Youth Suicide rates and understanding Responsible Alcohol Use with its effect on families.

Allan McGill was also part of the inaugural Toll Tiwi Bombers Board and accepted the Presidency role in 2007/08. He oversaw the Club playing in 5 finals series retiring on the back of the 2011/12 TIO Premiership.

Allan McGill was a former Milikapiti Council CEO and long term senior administrator with mainland councils in Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin. He was also CEO of housing contractor Territory Alliance during his time as President providing employment and training opportunities for the Tiwi community.

With first hand experience of issues facing remote communities Allan McGill was critical to generating business and government recognition of the potential positive social benefits a stand alone Toll Tiwi Bombers team in the mainland NTFL community.

Both Cyril Kalippa and Alan McGill remain passionate supporters of the Toll Tiwi Bombers Club.

Toll Tiwi Bombers Board 2014/15

The newly appointed Toll Tiwi Bombers Football Club Board is Mick Burns (President), Lesley Tungatalum, Danny Munkara, Barry Puruntatameri, Bob Beadman, Brenton Toy and Cameron Hotton.

Melville Islander and former Toll Tiwi Bombers Coach Brenton Toy provides extraordinary football experience to the Board along with immediate past Toll Tiwi Coach Cameron Hotton who has now been on the Board for 5 years.

President Mick Burns expects an improved onfield performance reflecting the efforts of new Coach Willie Rioli Snr who will be joined by his Territory Thunder playing son Willie Junior and the natural improvement of the youth introduced in last seasons campaign.

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Great News: Toll Tiwi Bombers win prestigious Telstra Community Award

Toll Tiwi Bombers win prestigious Telstra Community Award

The small Tiwi Islands Community of 2500 people based on islands north of Darwin are hugely excited at the news their representative AFL Club the Toll Tiwi Bombers has been awarded a $5,000 Telstra Community Development Grant said Club Development Manager Peter Atkinson.

The Toll Tiwi team which commutes to Darwin by charter aircraft and ferry to play in the NT Football season from October to March each year will use the grant to upgrade the player driven Community Player Role Model project said Atkinson.

The program which will be retitled the Telstra Player Community Ambassador Program will increase the promotion of education and communication as the tools to address community social issues common to remote regions such as Youth Suicide and Domestic Violence.

The Toll Tiwi Bombers team is drawn from 5 different communities coming together at weekends to play in the Darwin mainland based 98 year old  NT Football League competition. The Club hasplayed in 6 of the 7 season final series since entering the competition.

Atkinson added that the Club and its members recognize and appreciate the generosity of Telstra in supporting sport in the Northern regions of Australia.


Toll Tiwi Bombers 2014/15 Season Fixture


Rd 1       Sat 4/10/14         5.25pm                 Southern Districts        TIO
Rd 2       Sat 11/10/14       3.00pm                 Darwin                               Real Estate Central, Wurrumiyanga
Rd 3       Sat 18/10/14       3.10pm (ABC)   Waratah                            TIO
Rd 4       Sun 26/10/14     3.00pm                Nightcliff                          Real Estate Central, Wurrumiyanga
Rd 5       Sat 1/11/14         5.35pm                 Wanderers                         TIO
Rd 6       Sat 8/11/14         3.10pm (ABC)    Palmerston Magpies     TIO
Rd 7       Sat 15/11/14       3.10pm (ABC)    St Marys                            TIO
Rd 8       Sun 23/11/14     3.00pm                 Southern Districts         Real Estate Central, Wurrumiyanga
Rd 9       Sat 29/11/14       6.00pm                 Darwin                                TIO
Rd 10     Sun 7/12/14        3.00pm                Waratah                            Real Estate Central, Wurrumiyanga
Rd 11     Sat 13/12/14       8.00pm                 Wanderers                        TIO
Rd 12     Sat 20/12/14       8.00pm                Nightcliff                          TIO
Rd 13     Sat 10/1/15         3.10pm (ABC)    Waratah                              TIO
Rd 14     Sat 17/1/15         5.35pm                 Darwin                                  TIO
Rd 15     Sat 24/1/15         3.10pm (ABC)    Nightcliff                            TIO
Rd 16     Sat 31/1/15         8.00pm                 Wanderers                         TIO
Rd 17     Sat 6/2/15           8.00pm                 Palmerston                        TIO
Rd 18     Sat 14/2/15         5.35pm                 St Marys                             TIO

Willie Rioli Toll Tiwi Bombers coach 2014/15

Rioli to Coach Tiwi Bombers in 2014/15     


Toll Tiwi Bomber President Mick Burns today announced that 1989 Nichols Medallist and former Hawthorn listed player Willie Rioli will be the island club’s 2014/15 NTFL TIO Premier League Coach.

200 game NTFL premiership player Willie Rioli Snr whose record also includes premierships as a player and coach with Tiwi Island power club Imalu will lead the club in its 8th season.

Burns said that Rioli has earned enormous respect within the Tiwi and NT Football community for his attitude both for his sporting prowess and in his business roles.

He has a long history of success in both fields which the Toll Tiwi Bombers Board are confident will amongst many qualities he will bring to what is accepted as the toughest coaching role in the NT with players drawn from 5 island communities, Darwin and interstate.

The youngest member of the champion 1988 NT Bicentennial team Rioli moved to Perth in 1989.

Drafted by Hawthorn in 1990 from St Marys via South Fremantle and playing under then Coach Alan Joyce he was at the club for their 1991 AFL Premiership which featured AFL legends John Platten, Gary Ayres, Dermot Brereton, Jason Dunstall and Robert Diperdominico.

The new Toll Tiwi Bombers Coach has a son Willie Jnr starring with the Northern Territory Thunder at present along with nephews Shannon and Benny. He is an uncle of current Hawthorn star Cyril.

President Mick Burns also announced former AFL Geelong and Adelaide forward Ronnie Burns and former AFL Swan and NTFL Player Life Member Brian Stanislaus as Assistant Coaches.

Burns said his namesake, Ronnie, has also coached successfully in Melbourne suburban leagues in addition to assistant roles at several NTFL clubs. He is relocating from Melbourne in September.

Toll Tiwi Bombers have been awarded a Thermoskin Community Grant

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The Toll Tiwi Bombers have been awarded a Thermoskin Community Grant of $1250.00 to purchase training equipment.

The Melbourne based company selected the Toll Tiwi Bombers from 100’s of entries from football clubs around Australia-fantastic result

President Mick Burns said receiving the award which recognizes football clubs actively involved with their Community was satisfying for the Board and players. It provides a starting point for the 2014/15 season as the Toll Tiwi Bombers work to improve its position in the NTFL completion.

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Telstra offers Northern Territory Football clubs the chance to share in $100,000

9 April 2014 – Telstra is supporting local Northern Territory Football Clubs with twenty $5,000 grants through the new ‘Telstra Club Commitment’ program, meaning a total of $100,000 will be invested into the game at grassroots level to help support clubs across the state.

From giving the clubhouse a lick of paint, to improving facilities and purchasing new gear, the grants are an opportunity for suburban and regional clubs to make improvements for their players and members.

Telstra Area General Manager for the Northern Territory, Brian O’Keefe, is encouraging official club representatives from registered Northern Territory local Football clubs to enter by visiting and stating why their club deserves to win, and what the club would spend the grant on.

“Local Australian Football clubs play an important role in the community as they are a place for friends and families to spend time together over a shared passion for the game. Telstra believes in the importance of supporting these local clubs and communities, and will do so by giving away twenty $5,000 grants through the Telstra Club Commitment program,” said Mr O’Keefe.

“Players, families and friends in the community can also add to their team’s submission by uploading a photo demonstrating their support for their team on their local club’s submission page,” he continued.

Fremantle Dockers star Chris Mayne credits the support and encouragement of his own junior football club, Belmont Junior Football Club, as instrumental to the development of his professional career and is encouraging the Northern Territory clubs to apply for one of the twenty $5,000 grants up for grabs.

“Footy was always my biggest passion as a youngster and I have some really fond memories of playing at junior level. It was here that I learnt about teamwork, hard work and dedication to the sport which has been my life and my career,” said Mr Mayne.

To find out how you can help your club win a $5,000 Telstra Club Commitment grant, visit

Applications will be judged on the creativity and merit of the answer, as well as the creative merit of the community support. Entries close Friday 30 May 2014.

Winners will be published on on Monday 16 June 2014.

AFLNT CEO Tony Frawley is ecstatic with the investment of Telstra into grass roots clubs in the Northern Territory.
“With $100,000 distributed into the NT, this program is nothing short of sensational and it gives our clubs a great opportunity in what is a tough environment to win vital funds for their clubs,”

“The funds are crucial particularly for clubs outside of the urban areas, where they can utilise the funds to assist with the development of club infrastructure, a new set of jumpers or the ever increasing travel costs associated with operating a club in remote NT.”

“We urge all our Clubs right across the NT to jump on a register and start posting photos demonstrating their passion for their club and community for their chance to win as it is an opportunity not to be missed.”

To find out how you can help your club win a $5,000 Telstra Club Commitment grant, visit

2013/14 GOOD SPORTS Toll Tiwi Bombers Annual Presentation

2013/14 GOOD SPORTS Toll Tiwi Bombers Annual Presentation

Brilliant Toll Tiwi Bomber rover Ross Tungatalum was a runaway winner of the 2013/14 Toll Tiwi Bombers Best & Fairest Player Award announced at the weekends Tiwi Enterprise Motel function at the Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island. It was Tungatalum’s 3rd Club Champion win.

 A former St Kilda listed player and 2012 NTFL Most Valuable Player Tungatalum’s form had him dominating the voting after Christmas to finish a convincing winner ahead of Runner-Up Aussie Wonaeamirri and third placed 2nd year defender Adam Tipungwuti.

In a year where the Toll Tiwi Bombers club used 65 individual players Ross Tungatalum played 13 games of a possible 16, Territory Thunder listed Wonaeamirri 10 (restricted by player management rules) and Adam Tipungwuti 11. 4th – 6th were defender Jason Puruntatameri, utility Dion Munkara & defender Albert Tipungwuti.

In a close contest the Toll Tiwi Bombers Leading Goalkicker Trophy went to Gerard Cunningham with 27 goals in 9 games from Ross Tungatalum (25), John Kelantumama (24) and Roy Kantilla (23).

The Toll Tiwi Bombers Most Consistent Player Award went to the Pularumpi based teenager Kevin Portaminni who was the only player who participated in every match.

The Toll Tiwi Bomber Best Team Man Trophy went to former AFL listed Demon Aussie Wonaeamirri who also took the Andrew McMillan Memorial Award for positive use of social media.

The Toll Tiwi Bombers Best First Year Player Award went to Jerome Tipuamantimirri and the Coaches Award to Adam Tipungwuti. Tipungwuti also became the first Toll Tiwi Bomber earlier in the month to win the NT News/NTFL Rising Star Award for the whole competition and is currently at College in Brisbane where he is also a member of the Queensland Under 18 Squad preparing for the AFL National Championships.

The Presidents Volunteer of the Year Award was split three ways with Team Manager Cindy-Lee MacDonald, Timekeeper Karen Wilson and Hydration Manager Graham Mintern being recognized.

The Club acknowledges the support of Major Corporate Sponsor TOLL Holdings, Major Support Corporate Sponsor Real Estate Central, Function Sponsor GOOD SPORTS and Venue Sponsor, The Tiwi Enterprise Motel.

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