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26 JUST FOOTY FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 HEAD TO HEAD Played 12, NT Thunder 7, Southport 5 LAST TIME Thunder 17.14 (116) d Southport 16.11 (107) in Round 2, 2015 SOUTHPORT V NT THUNDER FANKHAUSER REVEREVE, 11.30AM TOMORROW P SOUTHPORT NT THUNDER I INTERCHANGE 22 Wolbers 33 Mutu 18 Hector 17 Cornish EMERGENCIES 11 Thynne 30 McKenzie 2 K Brennan INTERCHANGE Vea Vea 45 Williams 28 A Motlop 4 Long 14 Patrick 37 McKenzie 5 Eldridge 38 K Kossack 41 15 Crowley 2 Ewing 1 Screech 21 Barry 32 Fraser 24 Dunne 10 Hill 16 Ilett 19 Mills 6 Lockwood 26 Headland 9 T Motlop 14 Bock 20 Smith 3 Kiel 19 Lonergan 13 Troutman 10 S Rioli 16 Trask 13 Bowden 34 Holland 23 Tambling 4 Shreeve 15 Rosier 7 J Brennan 3 Orton 24 Merrett 29 Beugelaar 5 Pope 12 Peris 28 Clements 33 B Rioli 8 Hunt 18 Taylor 6 Anthony 26 Weetra Motlop makes timely return THUNDER skipper Aaron Motlop and big leaping forward Liam Patrick are back in the Thunder side for tomorrows NEAFL clash against Southport on the Gold Coast. Motlop (pictured) returns for his 50th NEAFL game after missing last weeks loss to Sydney University due to family commitments. Utility Guy Orton, who looked set for a long break when he hurt his left knee in the win over Aspley in Brisbane two weeks ago, is an unlikely addition. Coach Xavier Clarke said the St Marys hard man could have played against Sydney University last week, but the decision was made to rest him for another week. Another Saint, Jack Long, has been added to an already extensive eight-man interchange bench. On the debit side, in-form young defender and Round 5 Rising Star nominee Ryan Nyhuis will miss because of a family holiday planned to coincide with the end of the NTFL season. Ryans the third player affected by holidays planned after the NTFL season and its really something out of our control, Clarke said. Marcus Hamilton is an other out for us this week, though he is unavailable due to work commitments in Katherine. He was lively early until match fitness caught up with him. Unfortunately Justin Emery will miss with a calf injury. We were a bit optimistic on it and didnt play him in the second half against Sydney Uni, but it hasnt come up. Clarke smiled when reminded the Lajamanu Lightning Bolt will be back in a Thunder jumper tomorrow afternoon. Liam Patrick is back from a fortnights rest and to be honest I think he wants to go back to the Gold Coast to catch up with some old friends, Clarke joked. But seriously, were grateful for his contribution. Hes a great addition to the forward line and he certainly gives us a target up there. GREY MORRIS Leading ref Noonan to whistle up new umpires MARK Noonans tenure as a Premier League field umpire officially ended when he blew the whistle in the 2014-15 NTFL Grand Final. But Noonans role as the AFLNTs umpiring manager will continue between whistle blowing stints in Division 1, U18s and affiliated league matches. He steps away after 204 Premier League games 199 from 2005-15 and five in his first trek north in 1998-99. Noonan took charge of six grand finals after telling AFLNT boss Tony Frawley almost a decade ago that 200 games at the top level would be his limit. Basically my new aim is to push the next batch of umpires, adult and AFLNT junior academy, to NTFL premier league in the coming seasons, the 34-year-old told Just Footy. So Ill just concentrate on coaching, it was a good way to finish with a grand final and 200 games. Ill still run around with the up and coming umpires and continue to push our umpire development programs. Included in that is bringing remote community umpires into Darwin for a week-long NTFL experience and AFLNT junior umpiring academy links to NT player talent pathways. Noonan is also focusing on female umpires. Ngukurrs Patrick Daniels takes a screamer over Camels Daniel Broderick Picture: CASEY BISHOP ROUND 4 of the Big Rivers Football League promises to be a cracker with a big double header scheduled at Katherines Nitmiluk Oval tonight. The Katherine Camels and the Crows begin proceedings at 6.30pm before Beswick and Eastside meet in an 8.30pm clash. The Crows got 10-goal hauls from David Groves and former Richmond forward Relton Roberts in their 31-goal thrashing of Jilkminggan last week. The Camels will again be well served by the likes of Nichols Medal runner-up and playing coach Tom Gleeson and centreman Damien Broderick. Gleeson is happy with one of his ins for the weekend, utility Damien Charleston. He is small in stature but massive in reputation, Gleeson said. The Crows will be up and firing for this game. The second match in the doubleheader is Beswick and Eastside. The Bears are on the rise and produced an upset last week by beating the Kalano Bombers. Eastsides flag favouritism has waned slightly after their thrilling two-point win over the Crows in their nailbiter clash a fortnight ago. Easterners coach Greg Bain said: All the exciting youth is out, with the Thunder boys playing in trials in Darwin. Kayle Kossack is a big in for us in a week where other players get a chance to cement their spot. Ngukurr is expected to overcome the Tindal Magpies at Nitmiluk tomorrow afternoon. The Doggies have been in fine form under coach Paul Amarant and a treat is in store for BRFL fans at the Showgrounds tomorrow. In a good sign for the struggling Magpies, they managed to get 28 on the training track on Wednesday. The last game of the round is Jilkminggan v Kalano in a 5pm clash at Nitmiluk, where the youthful Blues will unveil some new recruits. Double header to thrill fans Rioli Sr extends Tiwi Bombers coaching deal WILLIE Rioli Sr hopes his extended coaching tenure with the Tiwi Bombers will lift last seasons NTFL finalists to another level. Bombers president Mick Burns confirmed yesterday the 43-year-old will be at the helm until at least the end of the 2016-17 NTFL season. Im very happy and equally excited to be leading my people for another two years and Im confident the players will take on board what I taught them in my first year, he said. Rioli will travel to Melbourne on Monday as a guest of AFL club Essendon in the lead-up to next weeks Dreamtime Game against Richmond at the MCG. He will spend time with coach James Hird and his coaching staff and the Bombers football department, in cluding the legendary Kevin Sheedy, before sitting in the coaching box at the MCG for the showcase indigenous clash with the Tigers. Rioli, an NTFL player life member, Nichols medallist and four-time premiership player with St Marys, coached Imalu to the Tiwi Island Football League flag. A member of the successful NT side that won the 1988 Bi Centennial Carnivals Division 2 flag, Rioli was drafted by Hawthorn in the early 90s and played at WAFL club South Fremantle. Burns said the Bombers were extremely satisfied with Riolis performance in his first Premier League season. We are keen to build on the improved player confidence and community support generated by Willie, he said. Grey Morris firstname.lastname@example.org