The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017
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20 NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 NTNE01Z01FC - V1 Positive Pies aim for marked improvement IT was just eight rounds into Tavis Perrys first season as a head coach at Palmerston in the 2016-17 NTFL competition before he was left in a state of exasperation. He quickly found out the rigours and demands involved with the job. After the Magpies 14.14 (98) to 3.3 (21) drubbing at the hands of Waratah at Gardens Oval on November 27, he said: I dont know what to do anymore. Weve tried to be positive and use simple game plans, but our lack of effort and skill (has been costly). Weve havent had one player who has been in good form, or had a good season to date. Its been a real challenge. For whatever reason were really struggling, and now Im under the pump. There is no doubt last season was a brutal one for Perry, his players and supporters, some fans letting their feelings known they werent happy with a 3-15 season, which saw the black-and-whites finish second-last. But Perry is a positive person and it seems he JOSH SPASARO never lost his players in his first year as a head coach. Just as importantly, he has already put last season well and truly behind him. There are reasons why the long-suffering Magpies faithful can believe their team could at least be more consistent than their last campaign. Alwyn Froggy Davey has joined Perry as a playing cocoach, and the 100-game former Essendon Bomber has been a popular figure at training sessions. Perry has also had excellent numbers at training. Former Essendon player Courtenay Dempsey is expected to fire at Palmerston this season PALMERSTON MAGPIES JOINED LEAGUE: 1972 NICKNAME: Magpies HOME GROUND: Asbuild Oval COACHES: Alwyn Davey and Tavis Perry CAPTAINS: Alwyn Davey and Aaron Lonergan PRESIDENT: John Marshall PREMIERSHIPS (3): 1980-81, 2000-01, 2001-02 LEAGUE/NICHOLS MEDALLISTS: Ian Wallace (1977-78), Tony Lehman (1982-83) 2016-17 FINISH: Seventh (3-15) 2016-17 BEST AND FAIREST: Tom Davies 2016-17 LEADING GOALKICKER: Keidan HoltTubbs (10) Co-coach and co-captain Alwyn Davey: I think we just want a more competitive team, and to play an exciting brand of footy. Weve done a lot of fitness and skill work. Its good to have heaps of players down at training. Its good to be back after a years suspension (after the Essendon supplements saga) and to be part of the club again. Hopefully we can move forward this season. Co-coach Tavis Perry: Weve had some hit-outs that were a big improvement on last year. I think weve got that core group of players who look like theyre fit, healthy and available. That was what we didnt have last year. TEAM INFO TEAM SPEAK Magpies star Aaron Davey