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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016



Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016


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SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 SPORT 57 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Parramattas Corey Norman takes down the Gold Coasts Tyrone Roberts during the Round 14 NRL clash at TIO Stadium yesterday Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Eels glad for NTs support THE Parramatta Eels believe ongoing dramas at the club havent affected their reputation in the NT. With the NRL club in negotiations with the NT government about securing a new agreement beyond 2017, the current issues surrounding the Eels have not come at an ideal time. It has been hard to watch for Territory Eels fans, having seen their club take a battering over the early months of the 2016 season. The Eels were docked 12 competition points in early May for salary cap rorting and five Eels officials are now being investigated by NSW police over their alleged involvement. On top of this, star player Corey Norman was allegedly caught with a container of MDMA capsules at Star Casino only weeks after the NRL handed down its salary cap punishment. Parramatta commercial partnerships manager Michael Holloway said the Eels dont believe their current issues have fractured the relationship they have with the people of the NT. We dont feel like weve let anybody in the Territory down or our own fans down, he said. Its unfortunate, no doubt about that, that these things have happened within the club. Holloway said that they have been in regular contact with the NT government about the ongoing issues. We have been keeping all our corporate partners in the loop of whats happening, he said. Obviously there are some things that we werent aware of with media reports and all that sort of stuff. As best we can, we always try and inform people and weve had several meetings with the department of sport and recreation about everything that is happening back in Sydney. Holloway said the Eels were stoked to have a crowd of 7722 at TIO Stadium yesterday. Ive got to say, not only Parramatta fans but Territorians are such resilient people and it shows, the stadium is full of blue and gold, he said. PARRAMATTA have won their first NRL game since being rocked by salary cap allegations, edging in-form Gold Coast 22-12 in Darwin. Just a day after the club responded to show-cause notices for alleged cap rorting, star Corey Norman and Kaysa Pritchard lifted the Eels to their eighth win of the season. Down 8-0 after just 13 minutes, Parramatta responded with 22 straight points, ending the Titans four-game winning streak and leaving them hanging on to eighth spot. The Eels had lost all three games since allegations surfaced of salary cap breaches, which are likely to see them stripped of 12 competition points, all but ending any hope of a 2016 finals appearance. In front of a crowd of 7722 at TIO Stadium, the Eels led 20-8 in the 64th minute when Nathan Peats was penalised for dissent, gifting his former team two points. The indiscretion came moments after Norman sliced through a tiring Titans defence in the 60th minute and handed off to Kaysa Pritchard to finish a 55-metre movement and seal victory. Earlier, the Eels shrugged off a slow start to take a 12-8 lead into half time. In-form Titans halfback Ashley Taylor laid on two tries for his side in the opening 20 minutes, including a no-look cutout pass for Anthony Don in the sixth minute. Taylor again linked up with his right winger five minutes later this time through the boot with Don tapping back for Agnatius Paasi to pounce. The game turned when the former Brisbane talent almost set up a third try in the 27th minute. A pass intended for Josh Hoffman was picked off by opposite centre Clinton Gutherson, who then offloaded for Bevan French to race 80 metres to score against the run of play. Norman orchestrated his team superbly, while Pritchards injection in the second half was also key, although the hooker was put on report for a second-half high shot on Will Zillman. For the Titans, Taylor and prop Luke Douglas tried hard in a losing team, while mid-season recruit Konrad Hurrell, in his first game for the club, struggled in the warm conditions and failed to see out the match. Top End wins over NRL heavyweights PLAYERS and officials from both the Parramatta Eels and Gold Coast Titans were thrilled to have spent the week in Darwin. Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said he was happy his side were able to claim their third successive victory at TIO Stadium. Its been great; we might have to come back here a bit more weve had three trips here for three wins, he said. Arthur spoke of the great backing the Eels had received all week from the NT public. The crowd was good tonight and weve had great sup port, he said. Its good for the boys to get away and spent some time together, especially off the back some tough weeks. Captain Beau Scott said that the condition of TIO Stadium and the facilities the Eels used throughout the week were excellent. The surface was great, its a great venue all the facilities are top notch, he said. Weve enjoyed our week over here and it makes it easier to train over here when you get to train at such good facilities. Scott said that rugby league is a sport on the rise in the Territory. It was great, theyre definitely keen on rugby league over here, he said. Titans coach Neil Henry said that his club also enjoyed their time in the Top End. The town has been fantastic and we got a good crowd here today, he said. The boys have enjoyed it. JACK HISLOP EELS 22 TITANS 12 PARRAMATTA Tries: B French M Gordon K Pritchard Goals: M Gordon 5 GOLD COAST Tries: A Don 2 A Paasi Crowd: 7722 at TIO Stadium Referees: Gavin Badger, Chris Butler JACK HISLOP Eels thrill Darwin crowd SUBSCRIBE TODAY TO THE NT NEWS * Memberships automatically renew as follows 7 Day Paper Delivery + Unrestricted Digital Access $10/wk, $40 billed 4 weekly. 7 Day Paper Delivery + Unrestricted Digital Access offer includes unrestricted digital access to The Courier-Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, Herald Sun and the NT News Digital Print Edition. A Digital Print Edition subscription provides access via a secure login to view an exact digital replica of the printed edition of the NT News. A Digital Print Edition subscription is for a period of time and not a specified number of downloads. Payment in advance by credit/debit card or PayPal only. Renewals occur unless cancelled. 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