Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016
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60 SPORT SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Ablett out of Suns tune-up STAR Port Adelaide forward Chad Wingard has been given the all clear by medical staff to return to full-bore training after one of the most amusing pre-seasons of his career. Wingard, 22, played through a niggling knee injury throughout 2015 after undergoing surgery during last preseason. He carried on, and managed to kick a team-high 53 goals, but as the season wore on it became a weekly struggle. Heres the funny part when he received a well-deserved spell and travelled to Bali, he was stuck on the island for an additional 10 days because the airlines wouldnt fly because of volcanic ash in the air. During that time, he teased Power fitness coach Darren Burgess on social media, suggesting he was having a great break. TIWI BOMBERS V STH DISTRICTS 76BOMBERS2.4 6.5 7.7 11.10 119CROCODILES4.3 11.6 15.9 18.11 GOALS Southern Districts: W Farrer 8, M Cannard 5, K Papertalk 3, Z Carter 2 Tiwi Bombers: A Wonaeamirri 4, R Tungatalum 2, J Puautjimi, R Kantilla, J Mullins, D Munkara, M Dunn BEST Southern Districts: M Cannard, M Rosier, W Farrer, M Payne, D Turner Tiwi Bombers: R Kantilla, M Dunn, A Wonaeamirri, W Rioli Jnr, J Mullins UMPIRES D Kriticos, R Williams, J Collins WILLIE TERRIFIC OF all the brilliant, jaw-dropping and spectacular moments of Will Farrers 2015-16 NTFL season, his 100th goal was relatively straightforward. Farrer is known for taking big grabs, kicking goals from acute angles and being a oneman highlight reel but he reached the ton with a simple goal. In the ninth minute of the first term yesterday afternoon against the Tiwi Bombers, he flew for a high mark just outside the goal square but misjudged it and the ball fell in between a number of Crocs and Bombers players. As you are taught to as a rover, the clever Marcus Hamilton was at the foot of the contest he collected the footy and handballed directly to Farrer as he ran past and in to an open goal to bring up the rare triple figures. As soon as he kicked the ton, Farrer raised both hands in the air and was engulfed by his jubilant teammates before ecstatic Crocodiles supporters joined the party on the TIO Stadium playing surface seconds later. It was very special, he told the NT News after the game. Considering where I came from in the Kimberley, to come up here and play senior footy and kick 100 goals like I did today is great. I have to thank my mates, my teammates, our coach and my family as well for the sup port. Farrer becomes the sixth player in the 100-year history of the NTFL to boot 100 goals and the fourth Crocodile after Allen Jakovich, Ashley Wedding and Damian Cupido. The 100th goal was as easy as they come but goal No.99 arrived in typical Farrer fashion. A long ball came inside the Crocs attacking 50 from Dane McGennisken and the man everyone was looking at leapt ahead of his opponent Jason Puruntatameri to take a strong mark. He slotted expertly from 25 metres out on a slight angle to put himself one kick away from history. Farrer estimated he had never kicked more than 70 goals in a season before the current one. He thanked Southern Districts product and current Gold Coast Sun Steve May for giving him a fitness program that helped strengthen his bony legs. It is a good result today considering Tiwi are a good side, Farrer said. We cannot take the minor premiership for granted though, we need to get back on the training track and do what we have been doing all year. JORDAN GERRANS To come up here and play senior footy and kick 100 goals like I did today is great Bombers miss finals target as Crocs kill off hopes MISSION accomplished for Southern Districts. Approaching their Round 17 match against the Tiwi Bombers, the Crocs needed to secure the minor premiership, see Will Farrer kick a ton of goals and get through injury free. Crocs coach Shannon Rusca was able to tick all three boxes yesterday afternoon at TIO Stadium. The 18.11 (119)-11.10 (76) victory will see the NTFL minor premiership reside at Freds Pass for just the third time in the clubs history. Farrer, the man everyone was looking at, reached his goalkicking milestone of 100 goals for the NTFL season inside nine minutes of the first term. Once he passed the special landmark, Farrer powered on as he booted four in the second term and finished with a bag of eight. The Matthews Payne and Rosier found plenty of the footy through the midfield for the Crocs while Daniel Turner showed touches of brilliance. Farrer will get the applause as he should, but his key forward partner and skipper Matt Cannard is just as crucial to the Crocs fortunes come finals time. The long-haired Cannard covers some serious ground as a roaming centre-half-forward, creating space for Farrer, and will compete strongly in the air as well as kick straight in front of goals. Experienced midfielder Richard Tambling did not make his much-anticipated return to the NTFL in the triumph. He is expected to return to the already stacked Crocs side in the coming weeks as will Jared Brennan, Dean Staunton, Ed Barlow and Keegan Dingo. The defeat put an end to the Bombers optimistic finals hopes for season 2015-16. They will just be playing for pride against Palmerston on Saturday afternoon. With a faint hope of qualifying for the finals before the match, the Bombers decided not to fly any players going with a predominantly local squad. The Bombers were in the game in the opening two terms but fell away as the Crocs machine clicked in to gear. Willie Rioli Srs men kicked the first three goals of the final term to bring their crowd to live but the deficit was too great. Bombers star Ross Tungatalum was reported for a late high hit on Matthew Duffy early in the second term. JORDAN GERRANS Marcus Hamilton fires off a handpass for Southern Districts despite the efforts of Tiwi Bombers opponent Roy Farmer at TIO Stadium yesterday Picture: HELEN ORR GARY Ablett sent SuperCoach into meltdown with his late withdrawal from the Suns intra-club match with a foot injury, but the club says he will play in Round 1. The Suns skipper, 31, will not play in the NAB Challenge against Brisbane next week and is also unlikely to cross the Nullarbor to play West Coast in the second pre-season game on March 3. That would leave him only the game against Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on March 11 to tune up for the premiership opener against Essendon. It is not unusual for Ablett to play one pre-season game. The Suns took an overly cautious approach to their first four-quarter hitout, resting anyone who had any niggles. Reigning club champion Tom Lynch, fellow vice-captain Dion Prestia, Jack Martin and Adam Saad were notable omissions. Crows turning over new leaf ADELAIDE are taking a leaf out of Hawthorns best-selling book by highlighting possession in a tweak to the way the Crows play. Incoming coach Don Pyke, who scouted the club heavily last year when with West Coast there was the additional interest from having served as a Crows assistant in 2006 has singled out limiting turnovers as the clubs most immediate challenge. Coupled with implementing a better team defence, it has given the Crows a fresh focus as they reach the final phase of preparations ahead of their practice matches. A lot of it is based on keeping possession, key defender Kyle Hartigan said. I think we were 17th (out of 18 teams) in kicking efficiency last year and thats been a major focus. We just need to get our skills better. Wingard back in full training