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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 53 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Territorians get nod for Aussie side GREY MORRIS Tim Cahill returns home to Sydney tonight where he lines up for Melbourne City in A-League action ITS only a journey of about 30km, but it took Tim Cahill almost 20 years, with a few diversions along the way. Two decades after he left Sydney in search of a professional football career, Cahill finally gets to play a senior club game in the city of his birth even if he will be in the visiting teams dressing room, and knows I might get a frosty reception from some of the Wanderers fans. Cahill and Bruno Fornaroli lead Melbourne Citys expensively forged attack tonight at Spotless Stadium, aiming to continue Western Sydneys faltering start to the A-League season and close the gap between City and the other Sydney team at the top. Cahill is far too consummate a pro to be distracted by anything, but even he admits it will be weird playing a club game in Sydney 19 years and six months since he last turned out for Sydney United in the state league, 30km from Olympic Park out at Edensor Park. As with his trip to Brisbane Roar a fortnight ago, though, you can bet your bottom dollar that the frostiness will melt in seconds once the final whistle goes, and the queues of autograph-seeking kids form. I always said I wanted to play in front of the Wanderers fans Ive watched a few games in the stands in the past few seasons and this is all part of what I signed up for, Cahill said. To come back to Sydney after 19 years will be interesting. Ive only played there for the Socceroos in all that time, and it will be a different feeling coming for a club game. I guess there might be that bit of frostiness, but I was a big supporter of Western Sydney from the beginning, and theyve absolutely set the bar for Australian football because of what theyve achieved. Ive been signing autographs after each game, and when you see so many kids like after the Brisbane game the other week, its a sign of how big the game has grown. Its interesting to watch Cahill be absolutely determined to wring every last drop out of TERRITORY soccer made a big impression at the inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships in the NSW city of Nowra. The mens and womens teams finished third in their divisions, losing to eventual champions Southeast Queensland and Illawarra in their semi-finals. Their performances did not go unnoticed, with four players selected in the Australian mens side and three in the womens side. The players will tour with the national indigenous team in 2017, a fixture that could include warm-up games in Singapore. Mitch Amidy, Kane McAdam, Michael Mummery and Brayden McLennan gained national honours in the mens side, with Imogene Briston, Tahlia Holtz and Michealine Brown named in the Australian womens squad. Darwin Olympics championship-winning coach Steve Lolias took charge of the mens team, while Casuarinas Michael Camilleri coached the womens side. Lolias was over the moon at the third-place finish, saying his players ability to adapt to the faster tempo at national level was proof of their mental toughness. We lost the first game to Illawarra 3-0 and really struggled in terms of intensity around the ball and match tempo, but the fact we rebounded with a 4-2 win in our next match proved we were there for the right reasons, Lolias said. Remember 60 per cent of our playing group was under 18 years and we were required to play five matches a day, given they were shortened games of two 20-minute halves. Lolias was on the sidelines when the men led Queensland 1-0 late in their semi-final clash before conceding a penalty and losing 2-1 in extra time. Look, Im over the moon for what we achieved and the leadership group of Mitch Amidy, Paul Grant and Iman Muklis deserve a lot of credit for that, he said. The Territorys co-ordinator Bobby Wright said every player that pulled on an NT strip during the championships had performed above expectations. Were very proud of them all, he said. his career, aware the clock is ticking. It was nice to spend time at my old club in Marrickville a few months ago (on a visit with the Socceroos) and celebrate that, but you know Im celebrating what were doing now more than anything. So far I feel like were ticking boxes on and off the field, and not just for my team. Hopefully all the clubs get more support, more fans get introduced and the Melbourne City brand gets more exposure. At the moment it feels like football is winning. Im enjoying my football, and enjoying putting in the physical work necessary. Thats why it made sense for me not to travel with the Socceroos (to Bangkok this week), to give my body a chance to rest. No doubt therell be a handshake and a quick word with the opposition coach tonight too for the third time in six weeks Cahill comes up against a former Socceroos teammate now in the coachs caper, in this case Tony Popovic. It still feels a bit odd, seeing them in a different light and watching them on the sidelines, Cahill said. You see their different tactics, the way they approach games. 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