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The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016



The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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46 SPORT FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 ALICE Springs AFL product Curtly Hampton is not far away from a debut with new club Adelaide Crows with the 23-year-old recovering well from plantar fasciitis. Hampton, 23, is yet to play a home and away game for the Crows since his off-season move from the GWS Giants after having surgery on his foot in April to repair the damage. Crows general manager of high performance Brett Burton said the former GWS player, who also had a modified pre-season because of a groin complaint, would build up his fitness base before making a return through the SANFL in the coming weeks. In good news, Curtly was able to do main training (Monday), Burton said. Well look to get a couple of weeks (of training) under his belt with the main squad and then hell be available to play in 2-3 weeks. Curtly close to debut for Crows FOOTBALL Curtly Hampton is close to a return to football. Picture: DEAN MARTIN Jamie Hampton. ALICE Springs football prodigy Jamie Hampton has seen his chances of being drafted to the AFL boosted, with national talent football manager Michael Ablett praising the Pioneer star. Hampton, playing for the Allies side at the AFL under-18 championships, impressed Ablett with his skill and poise. Ablett said he had the ability to make it as an AFL player. It was (Hamptons) first game into the Allies team and he really took his opportunity, he only had the nine disposals but hes one of those players that only has to have a minimal amount to have a large impact on a game, Ablett said. Hes got elite foot skills and hes a game breaker, hes that beautiful size at 186 (centimetres) from the Pioneer footy club. Hes classy, hes got a little bit of work to do on his defensive side of his game and youd like to see him improve in the contested ball, but overall hes a player thats got AFL attributes. Hampton is aiming to follow in his brother Curtlys footsteps, with Curtly currently plying his trade for the Adelaide Crows. Hampton has star qualities FOOTBALL DESPITE boasting an impressive record of four wins and just one loss, Federal coach Jackson Ankers isnt getting carried away with his sides start to the 2016 season. The reigning Central Australian Football League premiers are on track for back-toback flags this season, having not lost a match since Round 1 but coach Ankers said his side still have a lot of improvement in them. The results I guess have been pleasing but Id hate to think that everyone in our group is happy with where were at and if they thought were exactly where we should be they would be incorrect, Ankers said. We are trying to not ever get complacent and keep working and building throughout the year. I guess the big thing is that we learn more about our group and each other each week and we use that to keep progressing through the season and Id hate to think that weve reached our peak already thats for sure. Federal have been dominant in recent weeks with the form of star midfielder Abe Ankers a big part of his sides success, but coach and brother Jackson believes his side is not reliant on just one player. I think were only going to see him get better and better the more games he plays and the fitter he gets. Hes a phenomenal player and I love being able to coach him not only as a player but as my brother also, he said. However, the side will likely be without the former Melbourne star due to a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, West will be desperate for a win of their own after a disappointing start to the 2016 season. The 2015 grand finalists have won just one game to date this season but have shown flashes of their brilliant best, with the side hopeful of putting together a four-quarter performance this week. The two struggling sides will face off at Traeger Park tomorrow at 3 oclock. Federal in no mood to ease up on winning run He is an important part of our team but we have a lot of other important parts too; we dont play well unless everyone is doing their job properly. The Demons face a tough task this weekend when they tackle an in-form Rovers side, going head-to-head with former player Gibson Turner for the first time but Ankers believes it will be business as usual this week. Were definitely expecting a tough game this weekend; Rovers are playing good footy each week and I think theyre right up there in setting the benchmark for the competition week in, week out, he said. Its business as usual for us (in regards to Turner); we dont fall into the trap of singling out individuals and trying to base our game around them. Well certainly try and find a good match-up for Gibbo when he goes forward but we just have to trust our guys that they can do the job and then everything will fall in place. The two sides will square off at Albrecht oval from 3pm. In the other Premier League match this week, South will be aiming for their first win of the season against a struggling West side. The Kangaroos have struggled in 2016 but showed signs of improvement last week with the return of mercurial forward Liam Jurrah. Anthony Geppa FOOTBALL Wests David Wongway marks strongly in front of Pioneers Farron James. 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