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44 SPORT WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Shoulder surgery to sideline Anderson for next six weeks NORTH Melbournes Jed Anderson, the former Darwin Buffaloes and NT Thunder player, could miss the first weeks of the AFL season after undergoing shoulder surgery. The 22-year-old forward ruptured his AC joint last week and had surgery on Monday, the Kangaroos say. Jed was involved in a fullcontact drill last Friday and was tackling when he injured his right shoulder, senior performance consultant Steve Saunders. He had a reconstruction of his left shoulder before coming to North, and has injured the right AC joint. The Kangaroos expected Anderson to resume full training within six weeks and said he should be available within the first weeks of the season, which begins in late March. Anderson missed much of last years campaign after injuring a hamstring in his opening game for the Kangaroos. It was his first season at North Melbourne after three years at Hawthorn where he played 10 games. Former Crows star Andrew McLeod, the 1997 and 1998 Norm Smith Medallist, with the alternative jumper he designed for the Adelaide team for the AFL womens competition Picture: SARAH REED Former Adelaide star supporting girls team FROM BACK PAGEThe clash with the Demonsis a Crows home game butwill celebrate the clubs unique partnership with the Northern Territory. Of the inaugural squads 27 players, nine are based in Darwin. Adelaide will don its distinctive tricolour red, blue and gold hooped strip in its other four minor round matches, including Saturdays historic season opener against GWS at Thebarton Oval. The Crows are the only club in the inaugural AFL womens competition to have an indigenous guernsey and they turned to their club record 340-game superstar and dual Norm Smith medallist McLeod to put his imprint on it. McLeod designed the first indigenous guernsey worn by Adelaides mens team in 2014. When I was asked to design the jumper for the womens foundation season I thought about the role women have played in my life, other footballers lives, the indigenous community and the fact that these women are forging a new path for future generations of young girls who will dream of following in their footsteps, he said. McLeod explained that the focus of the design is the sun mother splashed across the front of the jumper which is a creator of life, nurturer and educator. She gives us strength and courage, comforts and keeps us warm and guides us, McLeod said. The three claws of the Crow wrapped around the sides of the guernsey represent a mothers hug. The design inside the blue claw is island matting, symbolising a meeting place, a location where we can come together and feel safe. Inside the red claw represents the two moieties (meaning half) of Yolngu culture, Dhuwa and Yirritja. Everything (people, land, plants, animals, wind) is connected and comes together through these two holistic world views and have for tens of thousands of years. The yellow claw design is a dilly bag (made from pandanus leaves) intertwined like family. Dilly bags are used to transport food or other important tools to be used for hunting and gathering. The crocodile and barramundi synonymous with the Northern Territory also feature strongly in McLeods design. The female crocodile (on the jumper) is moving forward, creating a path for others to follow and representing the AFLW taking shape, McLeod said. Female crocodiles can lay up to 50 eggs at a time and can be very aggressive and very protective of their families, particularly at nesting time. Saltwater barramundi are born males but when they mature they transform into females, being the giver of life. They are also a beautiful fish with their iridescent skin making them attractive to all. The jumpers are available at Adelaide Football Club for $89.95. NATHAN Fyfes close friend and former captain Matthew Pavlich says he would be staggered if the Fremantle free agent departed the club. But the players union president says players must continue to fight for free agency rights after as few as six seasons of service. Pavlich, who will this year make the move from 353-game footballer to Fox Footy commentator, remains a friend and confidante of Fyfe. The Brownlow Medallist has huge interest in his services from clubs including St Kilda, which has salary cap room and draft picks should they need to force a trade. Fyfes manager Jason Dover said yesterday more serious discussions would start once the season got under way. He said Fyfe was not putting off talks until years end, with conversations between Dover and Fremantle weekly. Pavlich said in his conversations with Fyfe it was apparent the versatile star saw the opportunity in front of him at Fremantle. I dont think he will (leave), knowing him personally. My view is that he will stay. He would be mad not to. He knows that and being a free agent, like I did on a few occasions in my career, you look at other options, Pavlich said. I would be quite staggered if he left. I just know him quite well and as someone has had experience in playing at one club and that being Fremantle, the opportunities that has afforded me and my family were great. I speak from experience, but also having conversations with him. So its an exciting time for him given the opportunities he can have. Under the current free agency provisions, a player becomes a free agent after eight seasons and an unrestricted free agent the first time they are out of contract after 10 seasons. But the AFLPAs stance is players should be free agents at six years and unrestricted free agents at eight years. 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