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The Northern Territory news Mon 24 Sep 2018



The Northern Territory news Mon 24 Sep 2018

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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28 SPORT MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley after his side beat Richmond Tigers last Friday to reach the AFL grand final Picture: JULIAN SMITH/AAP ONE of the biggest disappointments in this writers time as a football writer has been the lack of Territory footballers who have coached at AFL level. Great players like Andrew McLeod, Michael Long, Michael McLean and Darryl White were Goliaths on the playing arena without turning their intricate knowledge of Australian football into directing teams in the national competition on match-days. McLean was an assistant coach under Leigh Matthews at Brisbane in 1999 and 2000 before deciding that the green fields of Darwin were far enough away from the madding crowds. And McLeod has dabbled in the role, with assistant tasks at SANFL club Norwood and the Adelaide Crows womens side, without taking a big step to the AFL Crows. Former AFL and NTFL Saint Xavier Clarke is an assistant coach under Damien Hardwick at Richmond and is on track to become the Territorys and the AFLs first indigenous coach. But the man who beat them to it and someone who often goes under the coaching radar when discussing former Territory stars is Nathan Buckley, the Collingwood supremo since 2012, when he replaced Mick Malthouse as the Magpies senior coach. Buckley is five days away from engraving his name into immortality if Collingwood beats West Coast in Saturdays grand final. He came to the Territory with his parents Ray and Karen at Christmas in 1973 as an 18-month-old baby, probably knowing his real destiny in life lay in Australian football and all the sharp turns and sideways movement the sport entertains. From little things, big things grow is the perfect description for the youngster who played NTFL football with Nightcliff and Southern Districts before making his name in the SANFL with Port Adelaide and later with Brisbane and Collingwood. The kid who went through a growth spurt from the age of 17 after being called too small during his for mative years, made an art form of the word domination. He won the prestigious Brownlow Medal in 2003 following a thrilling tie with Adelaides Mark Ricciuto and Sydneys Adam Goodes and was awarded an All-Australian jumper seven times. One of a handful of players with the late and great Maurice Rioli to win the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground in a losing grand final side, Buckley was from the top shelf as a player. It seemed controversy and green eyes followed him around, with media speculation on his ability as a senior coach trailing him to the first bounce of the 2012 season. A fourth-place finish in his first season as coach was followed by sixth in 2013 and all seemed rosy with the man they call Bucks at Australias most popular and most scrutinised AFL club. But the next four seasons turned sour when injury and a lack of depth saw 11th, 12th, 12th and 13th finishes appear on his resume. Almost out the door at the end of last season, a two-year contract extension removed any doubts on Buckleys tenure at Collingwood and the support of notable Magpies like president Eddie McGuire. This years third on the ladder was Collingwoods first top-four finish since Buckleys first season in charge. It has gone on to post successive finals wins following a qualifying final loss to grand final rivals West Coast. In a twist, a study of Buckleys early playing history in Territory football through southern journals reveals absolutely nothing, except for occasional references to his dad as a former Woodville player in the SANFL. Attempts to get hold of Buckley for a one-on-one description of his Territory upbringing have so far proved unsuccessful. But what is known from a study of a man determined to reach the games pinnacle, is a tribute to his focus and self-belief that he had the tools to climb the mountain and take his coaching role to Australian footballs greatest stage. MONDAY ntnews.com.au/sportMORRIS ON MONDAY Buckley shines bright light for ex-NT players to follow 1896: Percy McDonnell, an Australian cricketer who played 19 Tests from 1880-88 and scored three centuries, dies of a heart attack at 35. 1934: 2500 New York Yankees fans see Babe Ruths farewell appearance at Yankee Stadium. 1938: Don Budge wins the 58th US Mens National Championship, beating Gene Mako 6-3 6-8 6-2 6-1 to become the first tennis player to win the grand slam. 1953: Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano stops Roland LaStarza in the 11th round to retain his title. 1979: Cincinnati Red Pete Rose reaches 200 Major League Baseball hits in a season for the 10th time. 1988: Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson breaks his own 100m world record with a time of 9.79 seconds at the Seoul Olympics. But he is disqualified three days later for use of the drug stanozolol and the gold medal awarded to American Carl Lewis. 2017: NFL players kneel, lock arms or stay in their dressing room during the US national anthem in protest against comments made by President Donald Trump. September 23 MORRIS ON MONDAY ON THIS DAY with GREY MORRIS

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