Liam Jurrah

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Liam Jurrah
Liam Jurrah.jpg
Jurrah in August 2009
Personal information
Full name Liam Jungarrayi Jurrah
Nickname(s) LJ, the Warlpiri Wizard,[1] the Cougar[2]
Date of birth (1988-09-22) 22 September 1988 (age 30)
Original team Yuendumu Magpies (CAFL) / Nightcliff (NTFL)
Draft 1st overall, 2009 Pre-Season Draft
Melbourne
Position(s) Forward
Career highlights

Liam Jungarrayi Jurrah (born 22 September 1988) is a professional Australian rules footballer. He used to play for the Melbourne Football Club. Jurrah was recruited by Melbourne Football Club from the Yuendumu Magpies (CAFL) in 2008.[3] His first game was against Essendon at Etihad Stadium in the 2009 season.[4][5]

Jurrah was born in Yuendumu, in the Northern Territory.[6][7] He was the first indigenous person from a remote community in central Australia to play in the Australian Football League.[8] He is an initiated member of the Warlpiri people. His skin name is Jungarrayi.[9] He grew up speaking four different dialects of the Western Desert, and learned English at school.[10] Jurrah began playing Australian rules football when he was very young. He played for the local team, the Yuendumu Magpies, against other communities such as Papunya, Lajamanu and Hermannsburg.

References[change | change source]

  1. Jurrah lights up Dees[permanent dead link]
  2. "Liam Jurrah takes a chance as Melbourne lives the dream". Mark Robinson for the Herald Sun. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  3. "Dees take Jurrah with pick 1".
  4. Williams, Rebecca (20 June 2009) Liam Jurrah brings some joy
  5. Silkstone, Dan (20 June 2009) Jurrah's arrival speaks to future
  6. Stevens, Mark. Liam Jurrah to debut for Melbourne Demons Herald Sun. 18 June 2009
  7. Flanagan, Martin. Melbourne's Warlpiri warrior The Age. 3 February 2009
  8. 'Dreams come true' for Indigenous AFL player; ABC News
  9. Lalor, Peter.Across the culture gap, Jurrah makes his mark The Australian 22 August 2009
  10. Flanagan, Martin (3 February 2009) Marlbourne's Warlpiri Warrior; Realfooty.com.au

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