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The Northern Territory news Wed 8 Mar 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 8 Mar 2017

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44 SPORT WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 GREY MORRIS Injuries floor Wanderers PORT Adelaide might not be playing in Alice Springs this year, but their presence was keenly felt by school students in Tennant Creek and Elliot this week. The Power took their Willpower Program to the home of small forward Jake Neade and came away with several new fans. The Willpower Program involves players and staff at Powers visit proves hit with Territory students the 2004 AFL premiers using real life experiences to connect with students. The program extends from Maralinga in South Australia to the APY Lands and north to the Northern Territorys Barkly region. Port Adelaides director of Aboriginal programs Paul Vandenbergh said this years trip involved a 5000km trek through the Barkly to speak with students. Last year we did 65,000km, which took in 27 remote schools and about 700 students in SA and the NT, all of which we learnt as much as the kids, he said. Right now were looking at rewarding school attendance of 80 per cent and above with a carnival in Alice Springs as part of the AFL Indigenous Round in May. Sadly were not playing there this year, but were still keen to put the carnival on to reward the kids who are going to school and learning. Vandenbergh said the injection of new staff like former player Alipate Carlile added an extra string to what has been a highly successful program. Its been unbelievable this year. When you bring new staff in sometimes you forget the significance of what it means to the players and the students, he said. GREY MORRIS Port Adelaide's Alipate Carlile with Elliott schoolchildren Grand final 49 for Saints ST MARYS V WANDERERS 126SAINTS4.6 12.11 18.18 30EAGLES2.1 2.1 4.6 GOALS St Marys: B Rioli 2 H Labastida 2 F Kinthari 2 C Ilett R Clarke S Rioli N Yarran J Long D Ewing T Storer N Paredes J Williams P MacFarlane J Cooper J Geary Wanderers: L Patrick A Tipungwuti D Ferreira Joel Cubillo BEST St Marys: B Rioli J Williams S Rioli I Vallejo J Cooper Wanderers: A Tipungwuti Joel Cubillo D Weetra J Erlandson L Patrick UMPIRES J Galbraith, P Matthews, S Panjer Henry Labastida kicking for goal for St Marys during last nights NTFL Premier League second semi-final against Wanderers at TIO Stadium Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI ST MARYS won a farcical NTFL second semi-final last night at TIO Stadium when the game was called off at three-quarter time. Wanderers were down to 12 fit players, two less than the minimum required 14, when league officials called it quits with St Marys almost 100 points in front. Almost 2600 fans turned out to watch the grand final qualifier but they were soon made aware it was going to be an extraordinary match when Wanderers ran out with 20 eligible players. That number fell away after half-time when a continual line of injured players made their way to the interchange bench and ultimately into a change of clothes and no further part in the match. St Marys coach Rick Nolan praised his players professionalism after the game, saying he could not believe the focus and discipline they had shown over the three days since the first game was abandoned. In a twist, Saints were down to 20 men at half-time after early exits by Jackson Geary (ankle) and Nathaniel Paredes (concussion). Wanderers president Ben Cocker said it was a sad day for the game, despite a big Wanderers crowd and a courageous performance from the 20 players that started the match. We were really proud of our supporters and the players that showed up tonight, we had to ask them to dig deep tonight and they did, he said. We worked very hard with the AFLNT to try and free up our under-18s and Division One players, but it did not eventuate when it would have given us the freedom to have a few more bodies running around. AFLNT boss Michael Solomon played down the significance of a major final being abandoned at three quarter time because of a lack of numbers. We had 2600 people watching the game, you cant help the fact they (Wanderers) ended up with 12 players and thats forgetting about them starting the game with 20, he said. Even with the full 22 being reduced to 16, if the umpires were convinced it was over and consulted captains and coaches it was always going to be called off. There were no By-law changes, its always been five games to qualify for Premier League. If clubs continue to rely on fly-in players, sooner or later it will catch up on them. The early finish had St Marys leading 18.18 (126) to 4.6 (30), catapulting them into their 49th Premier League grand final. They will take on the winner of Saturday nights Nightcliff-Wanderers preliminary final on Saturday, March 18. Compare the bookies and get the best odds all AFL Season Bet like a pro Gamble responsibly.

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