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Liam Jurrah
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Jurrah in August 2009
Personal information
FullĀ name Liam Jungarrayi Jurrah
Nickname(s) LJ, the Warlpiri Wizard, the Cougar
Date of birth 22 September 1988 (1988-09-22) (ageĀ 32)
Original team Yuendumu Magpies (CAFL) / Nightcliff (NTFL)
Draft 1st overall, 2009 Pre-Season Draft
Position(s) Forward
Career highlights
  • Melbourne leading goalkicker: 2011
  • Mark of the Year: 2010
  • Harold Ball Memorial Trophy: 2009
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 2009

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. His first game was against Essendon at Etihad Stadium in the 2009 season.

Jurrah was born in Yuendumu, in the Northern Territory. He was the first indigenous person from a remote community in central Australia to play in the Australian Football League. He is an initiated member of the Warlpiri people. His skin name is Jungarrayi. He grew up speaking four different dialects of the Western Desert, and learned English at school. 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.

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