The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017
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24 NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 NTNE01Z01FC - V1 Waratah ready to build on last seasons gains WARATAH have an impressive platform to spring off in 2017-18. Having entered last season with consecutive wooden spoons, first-year coach Michael McLean instilled an unyielding attitude into the young Warriors. It saw them positioned inside the top five until the penultimate round of the regular season. McLean said despite the late disappointment, it was a successful campaign. Its about giving your best; we gave our best every week, he said. To be so close, but just be off the mark at the end, it is what it is. I thought we did extremely well. Ive got so much admiration for our playing group right across the board. You have to have a positive culture and they bought into it and the club was good place to be around. McLean insists although a foundation has been laid, high standards must remain to continue the rise. You can lose it very quickly if you lose your culture, he said. We have harped on the positives and havent forgotten JACK HISLOP what happened last year with what we started. Thats what we build off; it is certainly a platform for us. McLean has retained both Tim Mosquito and Justin Beugelaar, who are vital pillars in defence. It is through the middle and up forward where they must improve to reach that next level, says McLean. Picking up though the midfield and getting a forward line that can covert and kick a score, they were areas we fell down in, he said. Our defence down back was pretty solid with scores WARATAH WARRIORS JOINED LEAGUE: 1916-17. NICKNAME: Warriors. HOME GROUND: Gardens Oval. COACH: Michael McLean. CAPTAIN: TBC. PRESIDENT: Trevor Oliver. PREMIERSHIPS: (15): 1920-21, 1928-29, 1929-30, 1930-31. 1932-33, 1937-38, 1940-41, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1952-32, 1953-54, 1973-74, 1976-77, 1998-99, 1999-00. NICHOLS MEDALLISTS: J. Main (1929-30), D. Ganley (1951-52), G. McKee (1952-53), B. James (1953-54), J. Wilson (1960-61), B. Kantilla (1962-63), K. Nickels (1971-72), H. McPhee (1979-80), P. Ivanoff (1981-82, 1986-87), T. Mosquito (2016/17). 2016/17 FINISH: Sixth (7-10). 2016/17 BEST AND FAIREST: Tim Mosquito. 2016/17 LEADING GOALKICKER: Kim Kantilla (24) MICHAEL McLEAN Its more holding and sustaining what weve started building on. We have to get better and we want to get better, its as simple as that. TREVOR OLIVER We are definitely hoping to improve on last year. Another year with the same coach in charge and stability amongst the playing group will really help. TEAM INFO TEAM SPEAK against. That is a reflection of playing for your mate, working hard for each other. Just a little bit of class through the midfield would help a few of the lone rangers there. We need to kick to the right spots and make it easier for our forwards. They were struggling with supply coming into the right areas, which makes it hard and its a flow on effect. Frustratingly, new points rules have affected the clubs ability to strengthen those positions. Weve been planning for months. It is really frustrating to see these rules come into place so close to the start of the year, its really disappointing, McLean said. Its embarrassing when youve got a cast of thousands that want to play at your footy club. The rules that have been implemented up here are pretty unusual. As for an end goal, it is plain for McLean. Everybody wants to play finals, its more holding and sustaining what weve started building on, he said. We have to get better and we want to get better, its as simple as that. INS AND OUTS Sam Godden