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The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017



The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017

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V1 - NTNE01Z01FC NT NEWS / SUNDAY TERRITORIAN, Thursday, October 5, 2017 25 The man from Turkey Creek claimed the 2016-17 Nichols Medal after a stellar season. Michael McLean described the ball magnet as one of the best players hes coached. If he can get close to that form again it will be a huge boost. TIM MOSQUITO A versatile defender and onfield leader. He has stuck solid with the club despite interest from other parties. JUSTIN BEUGELAAR Had a big year in the Thunder guernsey, finishing runner-up in the 2017 Club Champion award and winning the under-23 Best Talent Award. Is a respected member of the playing group and is loved by his teammates. ABRAHAM ANKERS A no-nonsense defender who uses his height and skill to keep taller opponents at bay. Works well under pressure and isnt afraid to attack the ball. Elevated to a Thunder rookie late in the season COEN HUTT ON THE RISE Beugelaars bond stronger THERE wasnt a shortage of interest for Justin Beugelaars services over the off-season. I chatted to a couple of clubs and I was talking to one pretty seriously, but in the end I wasnt going to go anywhere. I love where I am at Waratah I love the club, Beugelaar said. There are times where you look to see if the grass is greener on the other side but Im glad Ive stuck loyal. Its good bringing the younger guys through and showing leadership and showing the way. I can see light at the end of the tunnel, especially under Mago (coach Michael McLean). There is a feel of something special on the horizon at Gardens Oval, Beugelaar says. Great stepping stones were built last year and this year we have to improve on that, but all the groundwork has been set for us, he said. The big thing with Mago is he just instils confidence in the group and that belief that you need. After last year, the boys are very excited for this upcoming season. The whole club is one now. Theres no separate groups and theres a lot of functions to drive that family feel. Thats one of the big positives and it shows on the training track. Waratah ready to build on last seasons gains WARATAH WARRIORS Waratahs Marcus Valastro fights for the ball with Buffaloes opponent Steven Anderson ROUND 1: DARWIN (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 8 ROUND 2: WANDERERS (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 15 ROUND 3: PALMERSTON (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 21 ROUND 4: ST MARYS (TIO STADIUM) OCTOBER 28 ROUND 5: NIGHTCLIFF (TIO STADIUM) NOVEMBER 4 ROUND 6: DARWIN (GARDENS OVAL) NOVEMBER 12 ROUND 7: TIWI BOMBERS (GARDENS OVAL) NOVEMBER 18 ROUND 8: WANDERERS (GARDENS OVAL) NOV 26 ROUND 9: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (TIO STADIUM) DECEMBER 1 ROUND 10: PALMERSTON (TIO STADIUM) DECEMBER 9 ROUND 11: ST MARYS (TIO STADIUM) DECEMBER 16 ROUND 12: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (TIO STADIUM) JANUARY 7 ROUND 13: NIGHTCLIFF (GARDENS OVAL) JANUARY 14 ROUND 14: ST MARYS (TIO STADIUM) JANUARY 20 ROUND 15: WANDERERS (GARDENS OVAL) JANUARY 26 ROUND 16: DARWIN (TIO STADIUM) FEBRUARY 3 ROUND 17: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (GARDENS OVAL) FEBRUARY 11 ROUND 18: TIWI BOMBERS (TRACY VILLAGE) FEBRUARY 17 SEASON FIXTURES Sam Godden, Nicolas Bourke and Marcus Valastro will be key members of the Warriors team this season Justin Beugelaar PLAYERS TO WATCH 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: Brock Orval, Sam Weddell (Southern Mallee), Sam Howard (Murray Bushrangers), Ryan OConnor, Jarrod Hay. Outs: Dustin Gordon, Josh Barton, Sam Crawley, Cameron Spence. INS AND OUTS

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