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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Apr 2017



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Apr 2017

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FRIDAY APRIL 14 2017 SPORT 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA EMERGING Geelong midfielders Nakia Cockatoo and George Horlin-Smith could be surprise inclusions for the Cats on Monday after recovering from thumb injuries. NT product Cockatoo had nine disposals and kicked a superb goal in Geelongs 42point win over Fremantle in Round 1, but has since missed the past two matches. Horlin-Smith injured his thumb in the clash against North Melbourne the same game he kicked the matchwinning goal to give his side a one-point win. There were no guarantees for Horlin-Smith, but Geelong coach Chris Scott said should he be declared fit, Cockatoo would walk straight start back into the AFL team. Hes an exciting player for us and we think we have suffered a little bit the last couple of weeks for not having him, Scott said. We dont take any risks with young full players full stop, but the information so far is that it looks like he will be available, and given that, hell play. The Cats have played their first three games on hard and fast decks and could yet rest or manage one or more players for the blockbuster game against Hawthorn at the MCG. STINGY travel and accommodation conditions have emerged as a key battleground in protracted pay talks between AFL chiefs and the player union. It was revealed yesterday that players from seven of the 18 games clubs pay up out of their own pocket for upgrades to single hotel rooms on interstate trips. The costs are deducted from the wages of players who prefer not to share a room with a teammate when preparing for matches. In some instances, players willing to share a room are But the pay offer would be followed by increases of just 1 per cent a season for the next five years and is certain to be rejected. Clubs and player agents are growing increasingly frustrated by the leagues failure to agree to a deal with the AFL Players Association, six months after the expiry of the last pay agreement. Asked yesterday if there was a chance that the players could strike, Dangerfield said. Well Id hope not, but were a long way apart at the moment. Theres still a fair bit of water to go under that bridge and were in constant negotiations with the AFL. MICHAEL WARNER LACHIE YOUNG Hawks recruit sidelined Injuries come back to haunt former Gold Coast star Eade looks for repeat from Suns COACH Rodney Eade says Gold Coasts surprise AFL thrashing of Hawthorn has set the standard for aceptable effort and hes not afraid to relegate players who dont maintain it. Eade is set to retain the team which recorded the clubs highest-ever winning margin against the Hawks having been similarly belted by GWS a week earlier and he made it clear yesterday he expected the same level of intensity. I dont think it will be the same result (on the scoreboard). What youre looking for is effort. I think weve set a standard about what to accept from our players, he said. Preparing for tomorrows clash with Carlton at Etihad Stadium, Eade said he would not be afraid to take any player out of the side if they did not peform. Your looking to find some consistency and thats what weve been able to get at the moment now we have some leverage at selection, Eade said. The seconds have played well, weve got quite a few players who are in good form in the NEAFL side, so well reward that. Retaining an unchanged team will be a new experience for the Gold Coast as they consistently lost players through injury in Eades first two years as coach. HAWTHORN star recruit Jaeger OMeara has been struck down by a knee injury and will miss the Easter Monday blockbuster against Geelong. In a huge blow for the winless Hawks, OMeara who has long battled knee issues sustained a knock to his knee in last weeks heavy loss to his old side Gold Coast and has failed to recover in time. We were hopeful hed get up for Mondays clash but unfortunately hes still not 100 per cent, Hawthorn football boss Jason Burt said last night. Given Jaeger hasnt played much footy in the past two years, were taking a cautious approach with this one. Were hoping it will be a short recovery and that he will be ready to go for Round 5. Geelong has made just one change so far, with Lincoln McCarthy out. It will have been 589 days between games, but Magpie Jamie Elliott is poised to line up for Collingwood for the first time in 18 months after he was selected in the teams extended squad for Sundays clash with St Kilda. Elliott, who has been plagu ed by back and ankle injuries over the last year and a half, kicked five goals in the VFL last weekend to stake his claim for selection. Jarryd Blair and Lynden Dunn have also been included in the Magpies extended squad. Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has rewarded Clay Smith and Josh Dunkley for knocking on the door at VFL level with recalls for todays clash with North Melbourne, axing premiership duo Caleb Daniel and Shane Biggs. Liam Picken has kept his spot after last weeks concussion, while Kangaroos draftee Jy Simpkin and Scott Thompson have been recalled by the Kangaroos to replace Sam Durdin and Ryan Clarke. Melbourne has called upon Jake Spencer to replace injured star Max Gawn against the Dockers, with Tomas Bugg also in for his first game of the year. St Kilda yesterday ruled out Jack Steven from Sundays clash as he continues to recover from a punctured lung, paving the way for young NT forward Ben Long to make his debut. Its quite frustrating for Jack, Saints coach Alan Richardson said yesterday. LAUREN WOOD Geelongs Nakia Cockatoo, the former NT Thunder and Southern Districts player, working on his game at training Picture: GLENN FERGUSON Cockatoo in line to make Cats line-up Various issues concern players forced to pay for an upgrade anyway. Rules around economy seating and access to business class seats are also being reviewed as part of negotiations for a new six-year collective bargaining agreement. Geelong star and AFL Players Association vice-president Patrick Dangerfield (pictured) yesterday conceded the two parties were still a long way apart from striking a pay deal. The AFL has pitched a heavily front-ended offer to the games 817 combatants that would see player wages soar by 20 per cent this season. Ph: 8981 5437 27 Cavenagh Street Darwin www.darwinrsl.com.au

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