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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 SPORT 75 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Veteran Duggan set to inspire HIGHLY respected Jets veteran Kylie Duggan says she cannot wait to return for yet another final appearance against Uni Rebels tonight. Duggan will bring her class, experience and calmness to a Tracy Village outfit chasing an unprecedented 13th-straight title. The playmaker has featured in 11 of the Jets 12 consecutive premiership victories. Im so excited. I cannot wait for the game and Im keen to do well, she told the NT News. Despite having NT Thunder commitments in the VFLW this year, Duggan has still managed to appear in eight Jets games. There should be no signs of rust from the star player tonight. Im so proud of what the girls have done this season, (but) that extra leadership on and off the court is something Ill bring to the group, Duggan said. The feeling of making grand finals never gets old, and its been great to see our younger players come through this season and make significant contributions. Tyla Cubillo and Leah Seden have cemented themselves into the team and really stood up. We can count on them to do a job. As much as Duggan would have loved to play a full season with the Jets, she said she grew as an athlete and person during her time with the Thunder team, playing nine games in the VFLW. It was an amazing experience and I learnt so much on and off the field, she said. I learnt how committed you have to be if youre an athlete at that level. If you really want something, you have to work hard to get it. Jets stand-in co-captain Tikesa Docherty-Cole said every player in the team had been looking forward to Duggans return. Its so good not just on the court. She also brings great leadership and a beautiful personality, Docherty-Cole said. Were so happy that shes back. Shes been training with footy so shes got a lot of agility. Shell come out firing for us. JOSH SPASARO Confident Jets vow well bring it to claim magical 13th title WILL 13 be the unlucky number which could stop Tracy Villages incredible premiership-winning streak of 12? We will find out when the Darwin Basketball Championship womens final between the all-conquering Jets and Uni Rebels gets under way at 6.30pm tonight. Jets stand-in co-captain Tikesa Docherty-Cole has every bit of confidence her team can extend its title-winning run to a magical 13. Everyone keeps saying 13 is an unlucky number, Docherty-Cole said with a laugh. (But) we want to come out firing and be unstoppable. Tahnee De Santis (knee season), captain Kylie Duggan (NT ThunderW commitments) and Erin Geer (Glad stone in the QBL) have been key absences this season. We say every season we work hard. But this season weve had so many changes, Docherty-Cole said. And I think weve come together and built a strong team dynamic. Leah (Seden) has stepped up into a point guard role, which is the hardest position in the team. So for her to come in as a 16-year-old and control the tempo, were really proud of her. Rebels are confident they can match the Jets renowned running game. But Docherty-Cole believes her team can win the pace battle and nullify Unis shooting threat, with Danielle Ponter and Ieasha Friel dangerous be yond the three-point arc. Theyve got such good shooters. Danielle will be one to stop early in the game, DochertyCole said. Theyve come from fourth spot to make the grand final. I think theyve done really well. Because weve played in so many finals we know how to bring it on game day. Final-bound Rebels back father figure coach Lee over his woes with tribunal with disputing decisions, unsportsmanlike behaviour, breach of code of conduct, putting (officials) in fear and public criticism of officials after Unis 65-31 loss to tonights final opponents the Jets back on May 27. The Rebels mentor maintains he only questioned a call. Faced with a possible suspension of 20 weeks or more, his players banded together for their father figure in a strong show of support. It was close to getting to a point where if I went (got suspended), every (Rebels player) was going (to quit), Lee said. They wouldnt have felt comfortable without me being there. A week after that Round 10 game, a social media post from a DBA-contracted official read tech fouling dickheads since 95, with that official stood down indefinitely. Lees daughter was in the background of a picture accompanying the post. Everything thats been thrown at the club me, myself and a couple of the spectators its just made us hungrier to win, Lee said. Ive got five kids of my own, and a couple of girls sent me a Fathers Day message on Fathers Day, he said. Ive been asked to coach again next season but well see how I go. Weve learnt some lessons from the last grand final we played. Ive enjoyed it and managed it better this year. Its been challenging but its driven us more. My wife Nikki is my backbone. While Im here with these girls, shes at home with the other four Without her I dont think I could do it. Lee is well respected by everyone on the Rebels team, which features a stack of junior players who he drives to training sessions. IT could have been the season from hell for Uni Rebels coach Brendan Lee, but his strength of character has seen his team qualify for its second Darwin Basketball womens final in the past three seasons. Lees resolve was heavily tested when he was handed a tribunal notification, charged JOSH SPASARO The clashes between respective Palmerston and Essington big men Willie Shackleford and Deola DBrown should be memorable when the pair face off in the Darwin Basketball League Championship final tonight Pictures: PATRINA MALONE Shack hands young peace of his mind ALWAYS entertaining with his many pearls of wisdom, Palmerston big man Willie Shackleford was at his philosophical best leading up to the Darwin Basketball Championship final against Essington tonight. As soon as I step across the line nothing else matters. I just try to leave all the baggage off the court, Shackleford said. Thats my place of peace. Thats what I mean by being in a world of my own when Im on the court. As long as youre confident within your own psyche, thats not cockiness. I try to teach the young players that. With Essington players hanging off the superstar American imports every word, this is why the Power will not fear reigning champions the Cannons tonight. Palmerston are the only team to inflict defeat on Essington this season, winning 81-74 in Round 11. The Cannons rebounded with a 100-60 hammering in Round 18. But none of those results will matter tonight. Letting them run up and down I think thats where they can be at their best, Shackleford said of Essington. Making them have to grind it out playing half-court basketball, I think well get the best result that way. After taking a few weeks to find his feet following his arrival in Round 9, fellow American import Breland Hogan has reached his peak for the Power. He is now averaging just under 22 points per game. The battle between Hogan and Essington playmaker Tobiasz Hose will be a crucial one. Hes got his legs now and realised this competition is pretty challenging, so hes cranked it up another level, Shackleford said of Hogan. I said to him you need to show the people what youre capable of and its good to see him doing it now. JOSH SPASARO

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