Territory Stories

The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017



The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017

Other title

NT news


The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT




This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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

Publisher name

News Corp Australia

Place of publication


File type



Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

News Corp Australia



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

08 NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 NTNE01Z01FC - V1 Family the key for Wanderers WHEN Wanderers were criticised last season, its family values shone through. The 2016-17 coach Dean Rioli was incensed when nobody gave his side a chance after it limped into the finals and was set to take on the second-placed Nightcliff. The Eagles lost convincingly by 33 points to the Tigers in Round 12 and their record over the final six rounds was WLWLWL. But fuelled by their doubters the team played an exciting brand of football to knock off the Tigers twice in the finals, before losing the grand final to St Marys. Both teams will meet again in Round 5 a Friday night game at TIO Stadium on November 3, and Wanderers have ample motivation. St Marys were given 14 Saturday games this season, and we only got seven, coach Mo Motlop said. People want to get back to their football club early. But when you play at night, the players dont get the opportunity. Weve got to play with the cards that have been dealt. down in last seasons grand final, but were a club thats in good shape and theres no reason why we cant win the title this season. You can expect Wanderers to adopt yet another exciting brand of football as they are known for in 2017-18. Ive watched a lot of Wanderers games over the years with interest, and I want to add more zip and zest to the team this season, Motlop said. Motlop embracing pressure at Eagles NEW Wanderers coach Mo Motlop realises the weight of expectation that comes with taking the reins at the Darwin club which has a proud NTFL history. But he is prepared to embrace it. Im excited, but I realise the task I have ahead Wanderers have qualified for seven of the past 10 grand finals, he said. Im taking on one of the top two teams in Territory footy, but Im looking forward to it and I have a lot of belief in the playing group I have here. Steadiness in Wanderers playing roster has been vital over the pre-season. Because it is a club with such strong family ties, Daniel Motlop, who retired after last seasons 54-point loss to St Marys in the grand final, was the only major departure in the off-season. Electric midfielder Adam Tipungwuti also went back to the Tiwi Bombers just weeks out from the start of the new competition. But Motlops son Marlon Motlop who only played six games for the club last season is set to have more game time in 2017-18. That is massive news for the Muk Muks Motlop has SANFL experience with North Adelaide and played five AFL games for Port Adelaide across the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Marlon is a good addition, and he will give us steadiness and experience, leadership and game knowledge, Motlop said. Wanderers major addition was onballer Josh Cubillo, fresh from a premiership win with Aberfeldie in the Essendon District Football League. Same as Marlon, Josh is a top-line football player. Hes also played for Sturt and North Adelaide in the SANFL, Motlop said. Despite making yet another grand final last season, Wanderers were criticised for their lack of consistency in the home-and-away round for a club with such a strong roster. That was largely because the team would change on an almost weekly basis. Motlop said the key to more regular-season wins was simple. Those who train are welcome to come to our selection meeting nights on a Thursday night that sort of thing builds strong morale at a club, he said. If the commitment and willingness is there from the players, thats vital towards success. St Marys beat us hands JOSH SPASARO WANDERERS EAGLES JOINED LEAGUE: 1917 NICKNAME: Eagles HOME GROUND: TIO Stadium COACH: Mo Motlop CAPTAIN(S): TBA PRESIDENT: Ben Cocker PREMIERSHIPS (12): 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1922-23, 1923-24, 1957-58, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1992-93, 2010-11, 2014-15 LEAGUE/ NICHOLS MEDALLISTS: T Cooper (1957-58), T Cooper (1961-62), R Moreen (1965-66), M Ryan (1968-69), J Howes (1993-94), T Karpany (2003-04), J McNamee (2010-11) 2016-17 FINISH: Third (10-8, then runnersup) 2016-17 BEST AND FAIREST: Daniel Weetra 2016-17 LEADING GOALKICKER: Adam Tipungwuti (26) LIFE MEMBER AND 2016-17 CAPTAIN AARON MOTLOP Its an exciting time. With the news the Thunder guys can now play more games, thats definitely going to help us a lot. The community feel weve got is very strong. Were all pretty close and get along. COACH MO MOTLOP Im excited, but I realise the task I have ahead Wanderers have qualified for seven of the past 10 grand finals. Im taking on one of the top two teams in Territory footy, but Im looking forward to it and I have a lot of belief in the playing group I have here. Wanderers newly appointed coach Mo Motlop with club president Ben Cocker at TIO Stadium Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY TEAM INFO TEAM SPEAK SEASON FIXTURES INS AND OUTS Ins: Josh Cubillo (Aberfeldie), Jack Shannahan (Palmerston) Outs: Adam Tipungwuti (Tiwi Bombers), Daniel Motlop (retired) Marlon Motlop

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.