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The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017



The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017

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22 NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 NTNE01Z01FC - V1 Urgency key for Tiwis BRENTON Toy expects attitude and intensity to be big factors in the revival of Tiwi Island football in the NTFL competition. The Bombers finished a disappointing last in 2016-17, paying the ultimate price for a late start to pre-season training and appointment of a senior coach. The clubs win-loss ratio, one win, one draw and 16 losses was all about haste, a lack of confidence gained from a long run of losses and a lack of key players. We finished with two wins and a draw last year which was a bit disappointing and one of them was taken off us, Toy said. So probably the only way for us to go is up and thats cer tainly how were planning it. We had a big carnival on the islands with the eight TIFL teams plus a combined side from West Arnhem that really sparked some interest from the players and generated a lot of enthusiasm among the group. That included a general meeting between the players on where each individual is at and what our plans were. Everybody walked out of there on the same page with a bit of excitement around the next couple of weeks, which are the first two games of the new season, both of them in Darwin. Toy said leadership was discussed at length, with players like Ross Tungatalum, Austin Wonaeamirri, Simon Munkara and Rupert Pupangamirri important to that process. There will be no single captain, with players from the appointed leadership group responsible for matchday tasks like calling the toss of a coin pre-match. Toy said the club had the depth of talent among their young players to be competitive. I was starting to wonder whether our list is ageing, he said. But the younger group coming through are continuing to put their names forward. Jack Munkara, the younger brother of Simon, had a good season down south and has come back fit and ready to go and Roy Kantilla is another one who has come back fit and keen to produce a consistent season. Adam Tipungwuti is back from Wanderers, Pio Puautjimi from St Marys and when the fans see Jason Puruntatameri in action they will be amazed at the transformation in him. He looks like he did five years ago, losing all the extra weight he gained and getting the run back that made him such an important player for the club. Toy said the Bombers had a very good and rounded bunch of senior players, including the likes of Tungatalum and Wonaeamirri and their emerging leaders. So basically our greatest accountability will be to ourselves, he said, and not to fill the cracks from last seasons disappointments. When we left that meeting we all knew what was expected of us, what it will take to climb back up the ladder and the behaviours needed to get there. Its a completely different feel to last year and finishing bottom last year means we can only move up, something that will take some of the heat off us a bit. Toy said he will be a different taskmaster to the one the Bombers saw in his first stint in charge more than seven years ago. Im going to be a lot different to what I used to be as a coach, that means a bit more relaxed, reflective and more patient than I used to be, he said. That will take some more heat off and make people feel more comfortable and ready to do what they do best, play footy. GREY MORRIS TIWI BOMBERS JOINED LEAGUE: 2006. NICKNAME: Bombers. HOME GROUND: Tiwi Oval. COACH: Brenton Toy. LEADERSHIP GROUP: Adam Tipungwuti, Patrick Heenan, Austin Wonaemirri, Jason Puruntatameri, Ross Tungatalum, Bradley Palipuaminni, Dion Munkara, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Simon Munkara. PRESIDENT: Gideon Pangariminni. PREMIERSHIPS (1): 2011-12. NICHOLS MEDALLISTS: Shane Tipuamantimirri (2012-13). 2016-17 FINISH: Last (1-1-16). 2016-17 BEST AND FAIREST: Ross Tungatalum. 2016-17 LEADING GOALKICKER: Ross Tungatalum (25) BRENTON Toy can see a lot of positives and a handful of negatives in his sides regular diet of early afternoon games through the 2017-18 NTFL season. The Bombers play all 18 home and away games at 1pm or 2pm, meaning they will be drastically short of night football if they do qualify for the finals. I reckon there are two theories on it, the Bombers coach told the NT News. One is that we can train and condition ourselves to the 1pm and 2pm games and try and use it as an advantage, because the other clubs will start training at 5.30pm when its cool and the games will be in the evenings as well. So if we can practice midweek in the early afternoon during lunch breaks for an hour and were probably the only club that can do that, that will condition ourselves to the heat and be of a significant benefit to us. Toy said the midday heat did not always carry with it intense humidity, meaning the balls his players would be handling in training sessions would be less slippery. TEAM INFO TEAM SPEAK Bombers player Brenton Bading with coach Brenton Toy, right, who is expecting big things from his team this season Ins: Adam Tipungwuti (Wanderers), Pio Puautjimi (St Marys) Outs: Nil INS AND OUTS

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