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16 SPORT FRIDAY APRIL 14 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 AFTER a tough NTFL season and opening two rounds of the NEAFL, NT Thunders players get a well-earned rest this week with our first bye of the 2017 season. The players are all looking forward to spending some quality time with family and friends over Easter. Round 2 brought with it a disappointing 26-point loss to a professional Brisbane Lions side containing 19 AFL-listed players. It was an experience that will no doubt benefit our younger players in the squad going forward. Brisbanes ability to control the tempo of the game and the footy was impressive, something we cannot allow opposition sides to do. As disappointing as the loss was, we had some very positive signs to take out of the game. Another five goals from spearhead Darren Ewing, freakish Adelaide star Eddie Betts celebrates after kicking his first goal during last weeks Showdown clash against Port Adelaide Picture: SARAH REED Betts says racism ruining game STEVE LARKIN Thunder has earned rest over Easter impressive. We allowed them to collect uncontested possession at will. We pride ourselves on being a side that is uncomfortable to play against, utilising high pressure on the opposition to cause turnovers. On the weekend we were not true to this and will make some adjustments over the next week leading into our Round 4 match against Redland. Its important now we regroup physically and mentally, learn from the experience and improve. NT Thunders players and staff would like to wish all a Happy Easter, enjoy the break and stay safe. Its important now we regroup physically and mentally ADELAIDE star Eddie Betts says racism is wrecking the enjoyment of the AFL. Betts said enough is enough after being subjected to more racial abuse from fans during the Showdown with Port Adelaide last weekend. Stuff like this wrecks it, Betts said yesterday. We want to make footy an enjoyable place and support your team, win or lose. There is racial abuse ... its not kid-friendly. Its just not a great place to be. A woman has been charged by police after she labelled Betts an ape on social media, after the Crows beat the Power last Saturday. A Port fan had his club membership rescinded for making a racial taunt during the game, while an Adelaide fan racially abused Port ruckman Paddy Ryder during the match. Enough is enough, Betts said. Its racism and we want to stomp it out of the game. It affects me but it affects people around me more. Anna, my wife, was very upset with it this week, just the hatred of it. She was teary. Our kids are indigenous and they will have to grow up with this stuff as well. Last August, a Port supporter threw a banana at Betts during a game and had her membership cancelled. Betts said the latest furore had been tough to handle but he was grateful for widespread support. AFL chief Gillon McLachlan pledged to do more to combat racism while the Adelaide and Port Adelaide clubs issued a joint message in a bid to end racial vilification. The AFL Players Association and various AFL identities also spoke out in support of Betts and Ryder. The support that has been shown to me and my family by both footy clubs, the players association, has been fantastic, Betts said. And the AFL with (chief executive) Gillon McLachlan calling me three days ago before his press conference. Dees stay upbeat as Dockers visit MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin is hoping that his AFL side sees opportunity in crisis for the visit of a resurgent Fremantle. The Demons absentees list might not have reached breaking point but its hard to identify a worse-hit club so early in the season. Jesse Hogan and Jordan Lewis will miss the Dockers visit tomorrow as they con tinue to serve suspensions for reckless acts. Max Gawn has joined Colin Garland, Aaron vandenBerg and rookie Joel Smith on the long-term injury list, while Michael Hibberd is still a fortnight away from senior football. Its the absence of the AllAustralian ruckman that is set to hurt the Demons the most, given his undoubted ability and the tough match-up awaiting his fill-in, Jake Spencer. But Goodwin is backing the 27-year-old, who has just 36 games in eight seasons on Melbournes list, to compete against man mountain Aaron Sandilands. Were looking forward to giving Jake an opportunity, Goodwin said yesterday morning. Hes been on the list for a long time. footwork from captain Shannon Rioli and ruthless pressure from youngster Mikey Coombes kept us in striking distance of the Lions. Despite going down in some key match statistics, we only went inside the forward 50 six fewer times, but we allowed the Lions to convert 54 per cent of their forward entries to our 48 per cent. This provides focus on an area to improve going into our next game. We must be more efficient when going inside the forward 50. Brisbanes ability to run hard when in attack was also From the coachs box with Andrew hodges PLACE YOUR BETS WE ARE OPEN EVERY DAY OVER EASTER @thesportsbaratskycity
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