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The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015



The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015

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38 SPORT MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 In pulling the pin on the Nottingham event, Kyrgios tweeted that he was still sick and had been unable to practice since his 47-minute loss to Wawrinka. The two-time grand slam quarter-finalists Wimbledon build-up has been in stark contrast to last year when he won a Challenger tournament in Nottingham before making a spectacular run to the last eight at the All England Club. A FIRST-TIME seeding must compensate for a lack of match practice as Nick Kyrgios heads to Wimbledon after a scratchy preparation involving just one competitive grasscourt outing. Kyrgioss withdrawal from the Nottingham Open follows his no-show in Stuttgart because of an elbow injury and a first-round loss to newlycrowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka at Queens last week. Its now time for the state game to return Garry Hocking holding up the spoils after Victoria defeated South Australia in the last State of Origin AFL match at the MCG in 1999 and (inset) the late EJ Whitten with his son, Ted Whitten Jnr, do a lap of honour at the State of Origin match in Melbourne in 1995 Kyrgios bit rusty but seededFOOTROT FLATS THE latest call for State of Origin football to be reinstated at AFL level is testimony to the sense of belonging you do not get at club level. The AFL administration has resisted calls to bring back state football for years, using the lame excuse that their competition produces an interstate clash every week. Well I have news for AFL boss Gillon McLachlan and his bunch of merry men, the pride and prestige associated with wearing your state colours on sporting battlefields around the country is alive and well. Those people that argue a Port Adelaide-Geelong game is an interstate clash are kidding themselves. My team Geelong has its famous No.29 coaching Port Adelaide and for those historians out there, Ken Hinkley was born in Camperdown, Victoria. Even my old mate Garry Buddha Hockey is from Cobram, a hamlet on the banks of the Murray River and he wears the black, white, teal and silver with gusto against all comers. My State of Origin solution is simple and functional. Scrap the mickey mouse pre-season competition no one likes or respects and play two origin games Victoria and South Australia at the MCG and Western Australia and the Allies at Subiaco Oval For mine, representing your state or territory is the ultimate, an everlasting tribute to those players and officials who have gone before you. There is a lot of pride in a club jumper, just ask John Stokes (North Darwin), Kevin Wanganeen (Wanderers), Ted Liddy (St Marys) and my old sparring partner Garry Smart (Waratahs) how important it was for them. But as long-serving St Marys president Vic Ludwig a man I regard highly for his knowledge of the Top End game always says, the cream and the best players always rise to the top when the ultimate prize is up for grabs. Those words hit me in the face in Sydney on the weekend when I watched a brilliant and courageous Territory Thunder side win against the odds when they wore down a very good Sydney University outfit. The 23 players who wore the Thunder jumper were from several clubs across the NT Wanderers, St Marys, Wara tahs, Nightcliff, Southern Districts and Palmerston in Darwin and Centralian outfits Federal and West. Watching every player throw themselves at the football, cop some big knocks like best on ground Richard Tambling (mouth) and Gibson Turner (ribs) and come up looking for the football gave this writer a big sense of pride. And its funny, I dont recall any of the players talking about Wanderers, St Marys or Federal, it was all about us and the opposition and a desperation grown from getting a win on the road for the Territory. Darren Ewing booted five goals of the highest order, Cameron Ilett was at the bottom of every pack, Justin Beugelaar, a relative newcomer to Thunder colours, was sensational, Turner from Santa Teresa inspirational and Shannon Rioli did things with the football no mere mortal could. And make no mistake, this was no ordinary opposition in Sydney University, the NEAFL Students are a fair dinkum, class act, who play a tough, direct style of game that had won them five games on the trot before they ran into a bus with the brand name Territory Thunder scrolled across it. Courageous effort JASON Days effort was hailed as superhuman as he defied debilitating vertigo to capture a share of the US Open lead going into the final round. Still battling the problem which caused him to collapse on the course during the second round, Day put together a brilliant two-under-par 68 on the brutally tough Chambers Bay layout yesterday. The world No.10 ranked Australian shared the lead with Americans Dustin Johnson (70) and Jordan Spieth (71) and South African Branden Grace (70), with the quartet enjoying a three-shot buffer to their nearest challengers. Only Louis Oosthuizens 66 topped Days score and the Queenslanders long-time caddie, coach and father figure Col Swatton was in awe of his 27-year-old charges achievement. Firebirds celebrate THE Queensland Firebirds have stolen a stunning victory in the trans-Tasman netball grand final, rallying yesterday to defeat the NSW Swifts 57-56 in a thriller. In a scarcely-believable comeback, the Firebirds spent almost the entire match trailing but took the lead for the first time with 15 seconds to go, when goal attack Gretel Tippett scored. That triggered an almighty roar from the sellout crowd at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre as the Firebirds held on for victory. It is Queenslands first title since 2011 and comes after losing the past two grand finals. The result continues NSWs poor record in Queensland, with the franchise yet to win a game in Brisbane, while it was the Firebirds 13th win on the bounce. Bairstow stuns NZ JONNY Bairstow proved an ideal stand-in as his unbeaten 83 took England to a 3-2 series-clinching win over New Zealand in the fifth one-day international at the Riverside yesterday. England, chasing a revised target of 192 in 26 overs, collapsed to 5-45 as leftarm spinner Mitchell Santner (3-31) took three wickets for four runs in seven balls. But Yorkshire wicket-keeper/batsman Bairstow saw them to a three-wicket victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method, England finishing on 7-192 with six balls to spare. It was all a far cry from the World Cup, where Englands firstround exit included an eightwicket defeat by New Zealand. The visitors made 9-283 in their full 50 overs after losing the toss with Martin Guptill (67) top scoring.

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