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The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017



The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017

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SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 SPORT 69 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA YOUNG Cat Brandan Parfitt spent parts of last year trying to navigate a truck around Adelaide. The 19-year-old juggled work and football the AIS Academy, national championships for the Allies as well as SANFL seniors and under-18s. I got into a truck-driving job I didnt really know Adelaide too well so I was always on Google Maps, wasting a lot of data, Darwin born-and-raised Parfitt told the NT News. I was pretty happy I got out of that and got drafted. Parfitt didnt have the greatest luck leading into last years draft, not like the year before when he excelled as a bottom age player at the national championships. He struggled with a groin injury and certainly didnt think he would end up at the Cattery as Geelongs top draft pick. It was definitely a shock, Parfitt said. I talked to (Geelong recruiter Stephen Wells) briefly at the draft combine. He sort of said along the lines, I dont really know too much about you, tell me how you went this year? I got the vibe that he obviously didnt watch me. I didnt think too much about Geelong. The Cats clearly were thinking about the 179cm forward prospect, calling his name at pick No.26 on draft night and later handing him Jimmy Bartels No.3 jumper. Knowing Nakia Cockatoo and Steven Motlop, both Darwin lads, helped him settle in and Parfitt is loving life down by Corio Bay, living with fellow first-year players Esava Ratugolea and Quinton Narkle with a local family. Were best friends and we hang out all the time, he said. Ive got some really good mates now. REMEMBER the classic Peter MacFarlane-Shannon Motlop marking contests from the 2010-11 and 2015-16 NTFL grand finals? Those two-man marking duels that brought crowds to the footy, just like Doug Kelly v Cadji Dunn, Brett Kenny v Steve Thompson, Dennis Dunn and John Paterson were all drawcards from the past. All will be relived when contestants reach out for $9000 in prizemoney at the launch of The Catch in Darwin today. AFL great Kevin Sheedy will be on hand to present cheques to the winners and runners-up. The concept is simple: a one-on-one marking competition where knockout matches consist of four catching contests in which two players try to catch a football delivered by a 40m drop punt. Players from all eight Premier League clubs and Division 1 sides have been invited to participate. Kicking off at 12.30pm after the AFL Womens State Academy game, The Catch will hold preliminary rounds with winners advancing to the final at half time of the NT ThunderSouthport NEAFL blockbuster. Exciting Darwin Buffaloes Jalen Clarke, Kevin Maroney, Tim Eldridge and Steven Anderson have joined the race to take the best catch. Palmerston Magpies will have up-and-coming youngsters Rodney Baird and Noel Collins, while Michael Bowden, Zac Smith and Kane Davis will represent Southern Districts. Nick Gooch will wear the red and white of Waratah, in competition with PINT Greenant Luke Howieson, Dillen Brown from Wanderers, St Marys Jordan Cullen and Nightcliff pair Patrick White and Matthew Trzeciak. The whisper across the waters of the Beagle Gulf indicate former AFL Demon and Tiwi Bombers premiership player Aussie Wonaeamirri will represent the islands. BRISBANE coach Chris Fagan is adamant the Lions are not admitting defeat against West Coast by resting three of their young guns. Eric Hipwood, Jarrod Berry and Hugh McCluggage have been spared from the long trip to Perth for tomorrows clash at Domain Stadium while Dayne Zorko (suspended) and Daniel McStay (shoulder) will also miss out. Fagan said the decision to rest players this weekend had been planned months ago with an eye to Brisbanes run home. Jacob Allison and Sam Skinner will make their AFL debuts for the Lions tomorrow. Fagan defends selections Parfitt moved to Adelaide at 16 with his mum Jody Peris (a cousin of Olympian and former senator Nova) and sister Rickelle. He finished his high school education there and got schooling in football too, playing seniors as a 17-year-old for North Adelaide. I just thought there was more opportunity and a better football environment in Adelaide playing in the SANFL, Parfitt said. SANFLs not as elite at AFL, but coming from Darwin where you train two days a week and (its) a pretty laidback lifestyle, it gave me a better insight into being a professional. Parfitt played every game in a dream AFL debut before his hamstring went ping against Collingwood in Round 6. Champion Data shows Parfitts pressure acts in that period caused 17 opposition turnovers. He rated second at Geelong only to captain Joel Selwood on that key pressure measure. His ability to hunt the ball and opposition has been lauded, his Round 3 display against Melbourne, which included 23 disposals and five tackles, earning a Rising Star nomination. Parfitt, who returned against Brisbane in Round 16 before missing last week against Adelaide with hamstring tightness hes back today against Carlton found positives in his 10 weeks on the sidelines, working closely with Motlop on his forward craft. Buffalo Jalen Clarke grabs a one-hander over Southern Districts' Kane Davis in the lead-up to todays launch of "The Catch'' Picture: GREY MORRIS Parfitt driven to play his best ELIZA SEWELL It was definitely a shock (being Cats top pick) B R A N D A N P A R F I T T TEENAGER Max Spencer will make his AFL debut for Gold Coast tonight against Richmond, replacing the injured Steven May. Co-captain May failed to overcome a hamstring injury suffered in the Round 17 loss to Collingwood, withdrawing yesterday after struggling to complete training on Thursday. Gary Ablett is likely to return, training strongly after hamstring soreness ruled him out of the last round loss to Western Bulldogs. Key Tigers forward Jack Riewoldt (eye) and former Suns midfielder Dion Prestia (knee/soreness) will both miss the clash. Co-captain May out for Suns Ready to fly high REAL MONEY BACK IF YOUR HORSE FINISHES 2ND OR 3RD IN RACES 1-4 AT DOOMBEN, UP TO $50!* DOOMBEN Download for *Excludes NSW residents. Applies to first fixed price win bets only. Bets placed via UBET web or app only. Conditions apply. Gamble Responsibly.

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