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The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017



The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017

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18 NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 NTNE01Z01FC - V1 Could this be the year for Southern Districts? THEY may have bowed out in straight sets in the finals series last NTFL campaign but make no mistake about it Southern Districts look to be the real deal in season 2017-18. The Crocodiles have retained the majority of their core group of stars while also adding a number of quality players, which has them poised to seriously challenge for the premiership this season. Coach Shannon Rusca told the NT News there was a determination around the club to progress and evolve as a team. Were always looking to improve and reassess what worked well and what didnt work well last season, he said. Well make some small changes to our plan which will hopefully keep us up there with the leaders. One glance at Districts list and it is clear it has the making of a team capable of going all the way if it gets the formula right. We are not going to change much at all, we are going to stick to what we know wins games, Rusca said. CARL PFEIFFER At this stage, compared to last year, I think we are in front of last year. I believe the quality of players are in front of last years squad. The balance of the team is better than the previous years we have had. Not only have the Crocs added the quality of their team by adding some more-thanhandy recruits but they have also retained most of their star big-names from last season. We get our big-name players back, Mark Jamar, Ed Barlow, Matty Payne, Rusca said. We are pretty happy with the recruits we have had and we are extremely lucky we have got great guys who fit in well at our club. To top it off, a number of players returning to the club from injury will further strengthen the side. There are also a couple of local guys back (this season) that we havent had the last few years players like Josiah Farrer they will help us, Rusca said. Richard (Tambling) is back after a few seasons away he will add class and experience around the ground, which will invaluable for us. Were really grateful we get Richard back in the jumper. Losing former captain Matt Cannard during last season had an impact at the Crocs, but Rusca was philosophical about how it will affect the club. Hes a big loss with his leadership skills, he said. One door shuts another one opens, so its an opportunity for some other guys at the club to take the reins and lead the club into the future. Rusca said he was being careful to keep a lid on the clubs expectations heading into this season. SOUTHERN DISTRICTS CROCS JOINED LEAGUE: 1987-88 NICKNAME: Crocodiles HOME GROUND: Norbuilt Oval, Freds Pass COACH: Shannon Rusca CAPTAIN: TBA PRESIDENT: Sam Eyles PREMIERSHIPS (2): 1997-98, 2006-07 LEAGUE/NICHOLS MEDALLISTS: B Hughes (1989-90), A Collard (1998-99), K Maher (1999-2000), B Jarman (2001-02), S Rusca (2006-07), M Cannard (2009-10) 2016-17 FINISH: Fourth 2016-17 BEST AND FAIREST: Jared Brennan 2016-17 LEADING GOALKICKER: Will Farrer (62) Coach Shannon Rusca: Our game style we know consistently wins games of footy. We just needed to add a few extra players to give us that edge, which I think will help us take the next step come finals time. TEAM INFO TEAM SPEAK ROUND 1: WANDERERS (ASBUILD OVAL) OCTOBER 6 ROUND 2: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (ASBUILD OVAL) OCTOBER 13 ROUND 3: WARATAH (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 21 ROUND 4: BUFFALOES (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 27 ROUND 5: TIWI BOMBERS (TIWI OVAL) NOVEMBER 4 ROUND 6: WANDERERS (ASBUILD OVAL) NOVEMBER 10 ROUND 7: ST MARYS (ASBUILD OVAL) NOVEMBER 18 ROUND 8: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (TIO STADIUM) NOVEMBER 24 ROUND 9: NIGHTCLIFF (PSC BM OVAL) DECEMBER 3 ROUND 10: WARATAH (TIO STADIUM) DECEMBER 9 ROUND 11: BUFFALOES (TIO STADIUM) DECEMBER 16 ROUND 12: NIGHTCLIFF (TIO STADIUM) JANUARY 7 ROUND 13: TIWI BOMBERS (TIO STADIUM) JANUARY 13 ROUND 14: BUFFALOES (ASBUILD OVAL) JANUARY 20 ROUND 15: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (NORBUILT OVAL) JANUARY 26 ROUND 16: WANDERERS (ASBUILD OVAL) FEBRUARY 4 ROUND 17: NIGHTCLIFF (TIO STADIUM) FEBRUARY 9 ROUND 18: ST MARYS (ASBUILD OVAL) FEBRUARY 17 SEASON FIXTURE Former AFL big man Mark Jamar pictured doing battle with Waratahs ruckman Jackson Ferguson last season will again be an important asset for the Crocs