The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017
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10 NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 NTNE01Z01FC - V1 Excitement builds as Tigers strive to end long drought A CLUSTER of big-name recruits has Nightcliff poised to break a long premiership in the NTFL this season. But according to Tigers captain Nathan Brown, there are still plenty of unanswered questions heading in the season opener this weekend. Its a season where you dont really know whats going to happen until it starts, he said. Among the sides main priorities is to quickly create a bond and chemistry which will allow them to click and play football of a high standard. Its all been so late, it has hit us straight away and we havent really had time to think about it, Brown said of planning for the season. But Im definitely excited its all been positive so far. Its only as complicated as you make it. Brown said the Tigers would be sticking to a familiar game plan under new coach Chris Baksh with a few tweaks along the way. SEASON FIXTURES INS AND OUTS Success is within reach FIFTY TWO years is a long time in football. Nightcliff last tasted NTFL premiership success in 1964-65 and its been an excruciating drought for the proud club. Nightcliffs always had that pressure on (to win a premiership), said incoming coach Chris Baksh. The Tigers can take inspiration from their yellow and black AFL counterparts Richmond, who snapped a 37-year period with a sensational premiership win at the MCG last weekend. Nightcliff were highly competitive last year, finishing third, and the addition of some big name recruits has some believing this season could be the end of the baron period. Cameron Ilett and Phillip Wills are superstars and NTFL household names who are crossing from rival clubs, while Setanta and Aisake OhAilpin, and former Palmerston ruck man Scott McLeod will give the Tigers plenty of height around the ground. Baksh said the addition of Ilett and Wills in particular would provide the club with a huge boost. They bring professionalism, he said. We wanted leadership on the ground, thats what we found hard last year. Emerging young players like Ryan Althouse-Cooper, Ryan Mu, Kyle Emery and Liam Holt-Fitz will benefit immensely from the experience the pair will bring to the table, as well as the elite knowledge of former AFL big man Setanta OhAilpin. The OhAilpin brothers, as well as former Palmerston ruckman Scott McLeod, will give Nightcliff plenty of height around the ground and can play a number of different positions. Its good to have guys who are residents in Darwin, it really helps us, Baksh said. We have a lot of versatility, players that can play a variety of roles. They will provide us with good value. The quality of the club mainstays Brodie Filo, Troy Coates, Julian Lockwood and captain Nathan Brown will compliment Nightcliffs new recruits perfectly and help to offset the losses of Fraser Thurlow, Andrew Boston and Seb Guilhaus. The club was not far off the pace last season, finishing second during the regular season before being bundled out in the preliminary final by Wanderers by 74 points. After being an assistant in 2016-17, this season will Bakshs first as head coach and he said he wasnt looking to reinvent the wheel in terms of the clubs game style. We want to create a good culture and build on what we did last year, he said. We will just focus on what we are doing and try and achieve our goals we want to be really competitive, top three or four and go from there. As for the external noise surrounding Nightcliffs highprofile recruits, Baksh said he would be focusing on how the club is being run internally. We know what we are doing in house and Im not really fussed what outhouse says, he concluded. CARL PFEIFFER NIGHTCLIFF TIGERS JOINED LEAGUE: 1950-51 as Works and Housing NICKNAME: Tigers HOME GROUND: Nightcliff Oval COACH: Chris Baksh CAPTAIN: Nathan Brown PRESIDENT: Jeff Borella PREMIERSHIPS (3): 1956-57, 1960-61, 1964-65 L E A G U E / N I C H O L S MEDALLISTS: H Muir (1956-57), J Bonson (1958-59, 1959-60), B Lew Fatt (1963-64), K Bonson (1970-71), J Daby (1980-81), N Murphy (1996-97, 1997-98), W Berto (2007-08), T Coates (2011-12), B Filo (2015-16) 2016-17 FINISH: Third 2016-17 BEST AND FAIREST: Troy Coates 2016-17 LEADING GOALKICKER: Kyle Emery (26). Coach Chris Baksh We want to create a good culture and build on what we did last year Captain Nathan Brown Its a season where you dont really know whats going to happen until it starts Key Nightcliff Football Club signings Phillip Wallis and Cameron Ilett with coach Chris Baksh and president Jeff Borella Picture: Katrina Bridgeford Tigers star Nathan Brown TEAM INFO TEAM SPEAK
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