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The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Nov 2016



The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Nov 2016

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 2016 SPORT 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Magpies still upbeat despite battling for form DESPITE a five-game losing run, Palmerston coach Tavis Perry is happy with his sides attitude and intent heading into an important three-game stretch. The Magpies suffered a 137point defeat to St Marys last weekend at Asbuild Oval, but the heavy loss has not affected the teams spirit leading into tomorrows game against Darwin, according to Perry. Its been a really good week on the track, Perry said. You would have thought the boys would have been demoralised after the weekend, but that hasnt been the case. They have come with really good intent and purpose and we have a few good ins this week, so hopefully we will give the Buffs a good shake. The upcoming match against Darwin who won their first game of the season last weekend against Tiwi proves the start of a threematch run crucial to Palmerstons season. After the Buffaloes clash, the Magpies play Waratah and Tiwi, both winnable games in Perrys eyes. We have to win two of those to be any chance (of playing finals football), Perry said. Everyone has their eye on finals, but Im just focusing about this weekend against the Buffs. Perry said his team would be wary of a Darwin side who are desperate to kick start their season with back-to-back victories. Theyve got really good outside runs and dangerous forwards. Phillip Wills gives them a lot of drive through the midfield, as does Matt Campbell, Perry said. They are a good side; the Buffs will look to make finals given their success last year. Any time you come up against a side coached by Mark Motlop, you know they are going to give their all and show a lot of enthusiasm. In a boost for the Magpies, ruckman Matt Dennis comes into the squad, as does small forward Brayden OHara. Aaron Davey, Brayden OHara, Kain Proctor and Daniel Russell also return. JACK HISLOP Chasing redemption THE NTFL grand final rematch could come down to whether Wanderers much-improved defence can quell St Marys super-charged, superslick forward line, according to Dean Rioli. The Muk Muks coach has spoken often about wanting a steelier backline since replacing premiership mentor Andrew Hodges ahead of last season. Only three clubs conceded more points than Wanderers in their victorious 2014-15 campaign, but they were the thirdstingiest in Riolis first year in charge and are No.2 this season. Stopping the Saints potent attack including leagueleading goalkicker Francis Kinthari, Darren Ewing, Peter MacFarlane, Justin Cooper and Pio Puautjimi will be another challenge. Not even unbeaten Nightcliff match reigning premiers St Marys 128.33 points per game. Theyve got a much quicker forward line. Cooper, Kinthari and Pio are three really quick forwards, Rioli said. Theyre quick and dangerous and their midfield are always competitive and very strong. We have a pretty tall, bigbodied defence ... against Tiwi Bombers we restricted them to 10 goals as a big defence, but we will have to have a Plan B and C. The Muk Muks welcome back Nathan Djerrkura for his second game of the year, while ASADA-banned ex-Bomber Luke Davis will debut now his suspension is over. Shannon Rioli, Anthony Wilson and Cooper are the Saints additions, with Anthony Hale (shoulder) out and doubt surrounding former Brisbane Lion Jaden McGrath (ankle). Justin Wilson and Jack Long will also potentially be back after a week out. The classic St Marys-Wanderers rivalry enthrals both Rioli and counterpart Rick Nolan as they take aim at facing off in a fourth straight decider in the new year. No more than 10 points separated the sides in four of their five clashes last season. Nolan referred to what the two clubs have created against one another as special. The two clubs, in a way, are pretty similar ... and have had the lowest football spends the last few years and the playing groups genuinely love their clubs, Nolan said. Their list is as good as its been in any of the past couple of years. I have no doubt whatsoever theyll be there towards the end of this season. Theyre up on us on the ladder and are a very good football side. Nolan was wary of Wanderers new blood, including Leslie Maroney, Hugo Drogemuller and Adam Tipungwuti, on top of the likes of Josh Jukes and Josh Wilson. MARC McGOWAN Wanderers Hugo Drogemuller will be a danger against St Marys this weekend Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Bitter foes talk down chance of chicken dance feud sparking fireworks ST MARYS footballer Luke Bath wont be on the field, but any lingering after-effects of his infamous post-grand final chicken dance will be there for all to see tomorrow. Premiership teammate Raphael Clarke put footage of the dance reportedly mocking Wanderers indigenous heritage on Facebook and subsequently enraging their beaten foes. Daniel Motlop spoke about the furore to the NT News in March this year and Muk Muks players initially skipped NT Thunder sessions to avoid training alongside Saints-listed clubmates. Its disappointing, because theyve showed us no respect in this case, where weve always said we respect them, Motlop said at the time. Theyve won the game, which was good for them, but now we both move on, not continue to carry on about it. The two clubs, which have faced off in the past three NTFL Premier League deciders, clash for the first time since the grand final fallout tomorrow at TIO Stadium. Dean Riolis Wanderers sit second with a 5-1 record, while Rick Nolans thirdplaced St Marys have won three straight matches by triple-digit margins to sit 4-2. Weve got potentially seven or eight players who didnt even play in that grand final, so for us its a new year and were not talking about it, Rioli said. At the back of the players mind, they know what hap pened last year ... (but) if they go into the game with that, they will have taken their mind off the task of winning the game. If we win this game there will be a two-game buffer between the Saints and us, so thats our focus its an eight-point game for us. Nolan did not expect any extra fireworks compared to other clashes between the clubs in the opening five minutes tomorrow. There is always emotion when we play each other and I dont know if it will be any higher than normal, Nolan said. There are things we would change (from what happened), but we havent really spoken about it much at all. The past is the past and youve got to move forwards. MARC McGOWAN THE STATS WANDERERS v ST MARYS 2014-15 Round 1: St Marys 21.10 (136) d Wanderers 10.12 (72) Round 8: St Marys 17.10 (112) d Wanderers 10.3 (63) Grand final: Wanderers 11.17 (83) d St Marys 7.7 (49) 2015-16 Round 1: Wanderers 9.13 (67) d St Marys 10.4 (64) Round 9: St Marys 13.13 (91) d Wanderers 9.13 (67) Round 12: Wanderers 7.9 (51) d St Marys 6.12 (48) Qualifying final: Wanderers 10.6 (66) d St Marys 7.14 (56) Grand final: St Marys 7.8 (50) d Wanderers 7.6 (48)

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