The Northern Territory news Wed 25 May 2016
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WEDNESDAY MAY 25 2016 SPORT 41 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA ISRAEL Folau has warned teammates a do-or-die mindset will be the NSW Waratahs undoing in Friday nights must-win Super Rugby clash with the front-running Chiefs. The Waratahs likely need to win their last four games to secure a finals berth, but Folau says thinking like that will only add to the pressure at Allianz Stadium. We know what position were in in terms of where were sitting in the competition, Folau said. So I think we can put that on the back seat and focus on our game and the way we want to play, and just go out there and try and play some footy and hopefully that will be enough to get us the win. With the Waratahs still coming to terms with life without midfield playmaker Kurtley Beale, coach Daryl Gibson toyed with the idea of moving Folau closer to the action at inside centre. But the attacking ace is happy to stay put at outside centre after once again being the Waratahs shining light in the No.13 jumper in last Fridays 29-10 loss to the Crusaders. Ive been comfortable at 13, Folau said. Weve got a few guys in the squad that can obviously fill that 12 position and for me Im just going out there to play the best I can. A couple of times I lined up at 12 (against the Crusaders) and shifted out late to 13 so its just a more of a deception thing at the time. It wasnt part of the game plan. I was trying different things throughout the game and it seemed to work at the time. A two-times John Eales Medallist as Australias premier player, Folau said the more insight he could garner in different positions the better. Football Association followed in the early 1980s until his return to the Top End and more whistle blowing in the NTFLs junior grades. Now I do it much more regularly since Ive got this job, he laughed, in reference to his fulltime role as a politician and more than 700 ap Sebastian rushing to China for Australia SEBASTIAN Burford-Gorst has been selected in the Australian junior gridiron team to play at the 2016 World under-19 Championships in Harbin, China. The 17-year-old, who grew up in Darwin, will be part of a 45-man squad that will fly to China in June to compete against the likes of the United States and Canada. Burford-Gorst, who plays for Uni SA Eagles in the Gridiron Association of South Australia junior competition, has been picked as one of only five receivers in the squad. There were 10 receivers trying out and there were only five spots and I was one of the people chosen, he said. The South Australian league isnt well recognised around the country, with only two clubs competing in the junior division, which makes Burford-Gorsts selection remarkable. Our league isnt that popular at all, so it was hard to get some recognition, he said. It was the first time the coaches had visited South Australia to check us out. The Cincinnati Bengals supporter has only been playing the game for just over a year and got involved in the sport through his father. My dad used to play the sport in Darwin back in the day, so he got me into it through watching the NFL. Burford-Gorst believes that Australia has a strong chance of matching it with the worlds best. I reckon we have got a good chance against China and some of the lower teams, he said. Teams like the USA and Canada will be tough, but we should put up a good fight. The tournament will take place from June 28 to July 10. JACK HISLOP Sebastian Burford-Gorst, formerly of Darwin, on the attack for the Uni SA Eagles in the Gridiron Association of South Australia junior competititon. The 17-year-old has been named in the Australian team for the 2016 World U19 Championships in China Keeping it in the family pearances in a green umpiring shirt. Wood said his three goal umpiring daughters had followed a similar path to umpiring. It was how it happened, he said. They seemed to like the idea and earned a bit of pocket money along the way. Its great, I enjoy having the family there with me, its always been a collective thing umpiring all these years. Joanne was the first daughter to make it to league level, waving the flags in January, 1996 before Angela followed suit in 2013. The family connection does not end there. Joannes son William is a field umpire with the Thunder juniors and her husband Kieth Pratt has gone past the 400-mark as a goal and boundary umpire in the Norhern Territory Football League. Pratts daughter Leanne and son David are former league umpires, Leanne as a goal umpire and David on the boundary. Carolines sons, Jason and James, also umpire, waving the goal umpire flags in the same manner as their mother. That means the Wood and Pratt families have reached a third generation in supplying men and women in green to adjudicate the game in the far north. GREY MORRIS Angela Wood (left), Gerry Wood, William Wood, Kieth Pratt and Joanne Wood certainly enjoy their footy umpiring Picture: HELEN ORR They seemed to like the idea and earned a bit of pocket money along the way WHEN Gerry Wood began his umpiring career on the Tiwi Islands in the 1970s, a whole new generation of Australian football game controllers was born. Now in his mid-60s and the Member for Nelson in the Territory Parliament, Gerrys love of the whistle has flowed on to his three daughters Angela, Joanne and Caroline. While strictly a field umpire, he played football under coach Tony Shaw at St Marys in 1970 before deciding the more dangerous role of umpiring was for him. Stints in Katherine when the town side participated in the former NT Crucial for Waratahs to focus on victory DARREN WALTON
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