The Northern Territory news Tue 3 Jan 2017
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TUESDAY JANUARY 3 2017 SPORT 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Detroit centre Aron Baynes is injured yesterday Womens sport lights up Collingwood COLLINGWOOD is abuzz as womens sport prepares to reign at the Holden Centre in coming weeks, according to president Eddie McGuire. The Magpies will field both an AFL Womens team and a Super Netball outfit, with both competitions set to kick off next month. And its not only those who will be playing that are excited by the prospect, with McGuire saying the looming seasons has reinvigorated the club. Its an exciting place to be at the moment, he said. The enthusiasm that the womens game both our netballers and our footballers has brought to the club and the way its been embraced by the mens football department has just lit a wick at our place. Its so exciting and has really enthused everyone at the club, including the supporters. We had a survey done just to make sure were heading in the right direction. Weve never had a more positive response from our members on a very big survey base, too, on just how excited they are to have the womens football coming in and the netball team as well. Its just been wonderful. McGuire said the AFL Womens has caught fire far quicker than anyone thought. Koroibetes loss not fazing Storm MELBOURNE feel theyre well-placed to cover the loss of Marika Koroibete to rugby union ahead of the 2017 NRL season. Koroibetes move to the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby side has left a big hole in the Storms young backline. Storm football director Frank Ponissi said that Victorian product Young Tonumaipea (pictured), ex-Wests Tigers flyer Josh Addo-Carr and centre Curtis Scott were in the running to fill the vacancy. Its a pretty open position, to be honest, Ponissi said. T o n u m a i pea, 24, started on the wing in the first six games of the 2016 season, but his strong start to the year was derailed by a knee injury. That opened the door for another Fijian flyer, Suliasi Vunivalu, who had a meteoric rise as he crossed for 23 tries in 21 games and finished as the competitions top try-scorer. Young was unlucky, as he was probably one of our best players and he had that wing spot sewn up, but then he got injured and by the time he got back, Suli had gone to another level and he couldnt get his position back, Ponissi said. Addo-Carr, 21, made an impression on the Storm when he scored against them in his NRL debut in round seven. Lemanis backs game in Darwin AUSTRALIAN basketball coach Andrej Lemanis has thrown his support behind the possibility of a Boomers game coming to Darwin. Last month, the NT News revealed the Northern Territory capital was being considered by Basketball Australia as a venue during an Asian qualification series in the lead-up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Boomers will play six home and away matches between November and February 2019 as part of their World Cup qualifiers. Darwin Convention Centre would be used for one of those games if the Boomers were to visit the Top End, but it would be subject to strict and lengthy FIBA criteria. Theres nothing to say if we drew Singapore, or a near northern neighbour that it couldnt be played in Darwin. Its not out of the question, BA chief executive Anthony Moore said last month. When approached by the NT News, Lemanis also the coach of the Brisbane Bullets in the NBL backed the potential move. Thats the first Ive heard of it, he said. But every time Ive been to Darwin, its been great the basketball support has been great and the stadium is good. JOSH SPASARO Essendons Darcy Parish has been working hard in the off-season Picture: MIKE DUGDALE Worden up against fine ultimatum THE Tiwi Bombers will be faced with a mammoth task at TIO Stadium on Saturday take on the seemingly unstoppable St Marys with sanction drama hanging over the club. Rooted to the bottom of the NTFL ladder, if the Bombers are merely competitive against the Saints who have won eight straight games it will be an achievement. The winless outfit is also facing a huge battle off the field. Already struggling financially, the Bombers received a monster $5000 fine suspended for 12 months for coach Wayne Wordens scathing criticism of the umpires after their 10-point loss to Waratah on December 17. Worden was also slapped with a $500 fine, which must be paid before he is permitted to coach again in the NTFL. Something needs to be done, we are getting a raw deal from the umpires and all I ask for is for them to be consistent, Worden said at the time. I think if you have a look at the tape again, there was a good example of bad umpiring. We can see it the spectators can see it, why cant the AFL see it? Why cant they look at the videos, they look at it all the time, and explain it to these umpires its not fair. The Bombers have apologised for the comments. JOSH SPASARO last season, but admitted it came as a surprise. The former Cat had been preparing for the worst, but is now hoping his run without injury only continues. I was expecting to break down at some stage (last year), Kelly said. Id sort of factored that into my preparation for the year and fortunately I didnt. I felt I worked hard on it throughout the year, as well as working with Woosha (coach John Worsfold) and Crowy (high performance manager Justin Crow) to manage my loads really well. I was really thankful I got through the season the way I did. ESSENDON young gun Darcy Parish has piled on the kilos as he prepares for the final weeks of his first full AFL preseason. The 19-year-old has added six or seven kilos to his 181cm frame and says the results of engaging in the teams full program which restarts next week is starting to show. Im a bit heavier than what I started off as, probably six or seven kilos, he said. Aerobically Im a lot better as well, running a lot quicker times. Obviously (last years draftees) are a lot more involved in the second year. Strength builds up, fitness base builds up as well so you can definitely tell from this time last year there is a huge step up from all of the boys. Theyre all looking fit and strong and looking forward to the year. Parish, listed at 72kg last season, played 20 games last season and said there is plenty more where that came from, hopeful of putting a bit of polish on what he was able to achieve in 2016. Aerobically I want to get to more contests and finish of games stronger, the midfielder said. Also just my craft around stoppages. It has been great with Myersy (David Myers) and Hep (Dyson Heppell) who Ive already learned (from). Its great to have all of the boys back, there was great buzz you noticed it straight away. Everyone is fit and raring to go, so its great. Veteran teammate James Kelly also notched 20 games Bombers teenager means business Every time Ive been to Darwin, its been great B O O M E R S C O A C H A N D R E J L E M A N I S ARON Baynes limped off with a sprained left ankle having played nine minutes off the bench for Detroit, scoring two points and four rebounds, while countryman Patty Mills couldnt rescue the Spurs in overtime against Atlanta. San Antonios Aussie guard finished with five points and three assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. made a tying 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation and scored nine points in overtime, including the go-ahead free throw, to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 114-112 victory over the Spurs yesterday. Hardaway made the first of two free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime for a 113-112 lead. Paul Millsap grabbed the missed free throw before Dennis Schroder also made only one of two attempts with 3.9 seconds remaining. Millsap scored a seasonhigh 32 points and had 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who snapped a string of 11 straight losses to San Antonio since 2010. Baynes hurt in Pistons win LAUREN WOOD