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The Centralian advocate Tue 31 Oct 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 31 Oct 2017


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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26 SPORT TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 MELBOURNE CEO Peter Jackson said he believes striking a deal to bring the clubs AFLW side to Alice Springs was a no-brainer, adding that he hopes to one day see NT talent wearing the famous red and blue. THE Melbourne Football Club has further strengthened their link with Alice Springs, partnering with the Central Australian Football Club to help create pathways for indigenous footballers. Alice Springs has been zoned to the Demons as part of the AFLs Next Generation Academy with Melbourne to further their commitment to the region with a senior academy also. Melbourne Football Club CEO Peter Jackson said the partnership was all about giving Centralians the best opportunity to develop as people and footballers. Demons set Alice links It stems off of our Next Generation Academy; the AFL allocated Alice Springs to us, which were delighted about because we think its important to try and use AFL footy to improve indigenous wellbeing if we can, he said. I got introduced to Rob and we came up here during the game last year and we were talking about what this Redtails program is all about. It really strikes a chord; we know in Melbourne we cant do this all ourselves. We can put our brand and our muscle and expertise behind it to attract some other support as well, and give Rob the capacity through Redtails to do his bit. If we can find talented indigenous players capable of finding a pathway and get more playing AFL football whether its for Melbourne or another club, thats fantastic, but its also a broader agenda than that. Its using that attraction to football and using that to help improve life skills and decision-making, which is what Rob is on about. If we can help support that, then thats great and if the AFL can lend support as well, then even better. The support Melbourne will provide the Central Australian Football Club will extend to both the Redtails mens academy and Pinktails womens academy, with founder Rob Clarke saying it is vital to have the club on board. To have the support of Peter Jackson and the Melbourne footy club behind what were trying to achieve off the field is what its all about, he said. If we can get someone playing for Melbourne from Alice Springs that obviously gives that carrot, that yes it can happen ... We need to make sure players are mature enough to be able to achieve that and we have some things in mind with Melbourne that can try make that happen. Melbourne FC partner with Redtails Anthony GeppaFOOTBALL Melbourne Football Club CEO Peter Jackson with Rob Clarke and Ian McAdam from the Redtails program. Picture: EMMA MURRAY FROM BACK PAGE I think thats important (to have the AFLW in Alice Springs). The AFL is very serious about womens football and the AFLW, and all the clubs are as well, he said. We played that pioneering role and it just made sense to us. As soon as we knew we wanted to invest longer term in Alice Springs with the game and the academy, that our womens team should come. Our womens team is embedded in the club. Its doesnt sit there on the side and what we do as a club we do as a whole club. The girls played up in Darwin last year against Adelaide and we said, OK, but lets play in Alice Springs because thats where our academy is. At the moment Adelaide get first grab at Northern Territory girls, but I hope at some stage that if we find a girl that comes through the Pinktails that is good enough to play in the AFLW, even if its just the game up here, that would be great. If the girls are good enough, I think that would be sensational. Melbourne Demons will host Collingwood at TIO Traeger Park on Saturday, February 24, with the match beginning at 5.40pm. Melbournes Daisy Pearce will lead her side on to Traeger Park in 2018 Picture: DAVID CROSLING Stars sure to shine on Traeger Park stage THE green machine is back. St Marys looked like the Saints of old as they bulldozed their way to a 73-point win over a sluggish Waratah at TIO Stadium on Saturday. The win snapped a threegame losing streak for St Marys, who slammed home eight goals to one in the first half to ensure the match was all but over by the end of the second quarter. Debutant Maurice Rioli Jr, son of legendary Norm Smith Medallist Maurice Rioli Snr, looked completely at home in his first premier league match, with the 15-year-old booting a goal and using his pressure and tenacity around the contest to help set up several more. He didnt look out of place at all, St Marys coach Rick Nolan said. I think he had three touches in the first three minutes of the match playing on Timmy Mosquito, which was not a bad effort. Were very happy with his game, he played his part very well. Fielding a bulked-up playing side, St Marys were clinical through the midfield, with the likes of Anthony Wilson, Jackson Geary and Michael Coombes gathering possessions at will in their first matches of the season. Raph Clarke was dynamic all over the ground for Saints and finished with three majors, while the backline of Ben Rioli, Jaden McGrath and Iggy Vallejo kept Tahs to only three goals for the match. Nolan said he was pleased to finally get some points on the board for his side. It was good to turn it around and have a good win, he said. I thought Ben Rioli was amazing down back and Jayden McGrath as well. Green machine up and running Carl Pfeiffer FOOTBALL