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The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016



The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 SPORT 35 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Roos get timely return on trade JAY CLARK NAB CHALLENGE Week 1 (NT times) Thursday: Hawks v Blues at Aurora Stadium (5.40pm) Friday: Dockers v Tigers in Mandurah (5.40pm) Saturday: Saints v Kangaroos in Wangaratta (12.35pm), Swans v Power at Blacktown International Sportspark (3.10pm) Sunday: Crows v Eagles at Unley Oval (12.35pm), Lions v Suns in Burpengary (3.10pm) Murphy to stay as Carlton skipper MARC Murphy (pictured) will tomorrow be confirmed as Carlton captain for a fourth season. The Blues off-season reset under new coach Brendon Bolton has not extended to the clubs on-field leader, with Murphy given the nod to continue. Bolton said he was really open-minded about the captaincy when he took over in November but was impressed by the midfielders leadership qualities over summer. Murphy is expected to be named at the head of a leadership group featuring at least one new name as Carlton look to start their rebirth. The Blues made a whopping 15 changes to their list in the off-season, embarked on a new recruiting strategy and appointed a fresh coaching panel. But Murphys own form runner-up in the 2015 best and fairest and a lack of suitable challengers to his captaincy saw him reappointed after input from players and coaches. Reigning club champion Patrick Cripps is regarded as the logical successor but, at only 20 and with just 23 games under his belt, the season comes too soon for him. Carlton open their campaign in Launceston on Thursday, with a NAB Challenge match against Boltons former club Hawthorn. I think everyone should be encouraged that our players are in really good physical condition, Bolton said earlier this month. Our program has challenged them both mentally and physically. Ive been surprised how they have taken on to that program. Ive also been excited about our youngsters. We took our first-yearers to Tassie and put them under some extreme conditions and they endured. Ive also been excited about some of our older guys, Simmo (Kade Simpson), for example, is running PBs at the moment and Bryce Gibbs is in the best physical condition he has been in for a while, so its all encouraging. Murphy has been Carlton captain for three years after succeeding Chris Judd. Murphy led the Blues to the 2013 finals and has finished runner-up in the clubs past two best and fairests. NORTH Melbournes bold decision to trade its first-round draft pick for ex-Hawk Jed Anderson is set to pay immediate dividends. Anderson, a Northern Territory product, was one of the clubs standout performers in Friday nights intra-club match and is on track to lock down a Round 1 berth against Adelaide at Etihad Stadium. Coach Brad Scott said the forwards pace and polish could deliver the Roos a point of difference. His speed was on display in the practice match, burning off veteran Michael Firrito on a 50m bouncing run down the wing that finished with the goal of the game. Scott said the club was happy with the deal to send pick No.15 to Hawthorn for the 179cm speedster. We were prepared to go hard for Jed because we feel he has got a lot of attributes that we need, Scott said. He has got really good inside-outside speed, good agility, good evasion, he makes good decisions and he is hard at the contest. So I think he really complements what we have got inside. Anderson played only 10 games in three seasons at the Hawks as he battled injury and illness, including a severe bout of pneumonia after a duckshooting trip in Darwin. But the goal sneak has completed a faultless summer campaign. Its up there with one of the better pre-seasons Ive had, he said. The workload everyone is doing (is high) and everyone is pushing each other to hopefully go one better this year. Scott said Anderson was an attractive option because he could be a 10-year player. North sent picks 15 and 55 to Hawthorn for Anderson, pick 38 and 40. He is 22, so that enables us to start to look at some players who are going to be here for a long period of time, Scott said. ... He has slotted in brilliantly. Off-field he is a terrific young man. I cant speak highly enough of him and on field he is showing the point of difference that we are after. Howard gets Hinks wink PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has put untried Wagga Wagga recruit Dougal Howard on his team sheet to lead the Powers depleted ruck stocks against Sydney in the NAB Challenge opener in Sydney on Saturday. And it is far more than the impressive two-goal effort in the Powers internal trial that has the 19-year-old, 199cm ruckman in line to seize opportunity created by Essendon recruit Patrick Ryders WADAimposed, season-long ban. Port Adelaide midfielder Hamish Hartlett noted Howard stepping up at training late last month, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on the 2012 Essendon supplements saga rippled to Alberton to knock Ryder out of the AFL premiership race. Dougs, the past two or three weeks at training, has been the most exciting player that we have had out on the track, Hartlett said. There was a training session in particular, two weeks ago, when he had to go headto-head in the ruck with Lobbes and he gained an enormous amount of confidence out of that particular session. It is amazing what a bit of confidence can do for a footballer. Ever since then he has been jumping into packs, taking great marks. He has gone from strength to strength Lobbes is understanding of his responsibilities this year and he has really looked after himself. But we do have other guys who can play the ruck role really well. Jackson Trengove provides an X-factor. There is Justin Westhoff and we now have Charlie Dixon. We do have options. Former Darwin Buffaloes and NT Thunder player Jed Anderson, who parted company with Hawthorn at the end of 2015, doing a drill during a North Melbourne training session Picture: COLLEEN PETCH SUPER RUGBY Round 1 February 26: Blues v Highlanders in Auckland, Brumbies v Hurricanes in Canberra February 27: Cheetahs v Jaguares in Bloemfontein, Sunwolves v Lions in Tokyo, Crusaders v Chiefs in Christchurch, Waratahs v Reds in Sydney, Force v Rebels in Perth February 28: Kings v Sharks in Port Elizabeth, Stormers v Bulls in Cape Town Quirk back in business as Sunwolf FORMER Reds flanker Ed Quirk has made a try-scoring start to life as a Sunwolf in Japan but a crushing reality check is in store for Super Rugbys least-prepared team. Remarkably, the Japanese Sunwolves only trial with a team of limited combinations was last Saturdays 52-24 stroll against a Japanese Top League XV in Tokyo. It came after barely a week with the whole squad training together under coach Mark Hammett, who as upbeat but realistic. As Ive said all along, in the first year theres going to be hurdles, struggles and learnings, Hammett said last week. While we need to prepare for now, we also need to have a good eye for the future. Redhead Quirks try was of great personal satisfaction after last season at the Reds was lost to a slow-healing knee injury. The Sunwolves face a daunting debut season with no obvious wins, starting with a tough first assignment against South Africas Lions in Tokyo on February 27. South Africas Bulls have suffered a major setback with Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard ruled out for the season with a major knee injury. Western Force winger Luke Morahan scored two tries in a strong display in the 34-26 trial win on Saturday over the Asia Pacific Dragons in Perth. For the Force, ex-Springbok flyhalf Peter Grant had valuable game time, coming to grips with his new teams pattern and throwing the final pass for Junior Rasoleas try. Meanwhile, when Michael Cheika took over the Waratahs he took them to his home turf and made them slog up and down stairs. Daryl Gibson is doing something similar ahead of his first season as NSWs head coach but replaces the Coogee stairs with a 3000m-high New Zealand mountain range. The Waratahs are deep into a three-day adventure hike in the Southern Alps, south of Canterbury, as part of a 10-day tour across the Tasman. The rugged beauty of the region is well-known to Gibson, who grew up on New Zealands south island, but his players are now getting an upclose look, too, during a training exercise in the Peel Forest area. It is similar to camps conducted often by AFL clubs, including Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Port Adelaide.

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