The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015
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FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 JUST FOOTY 31 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA RAIDERS V BULLDOGS SUNDAY, 3.30PM, GIO STADIUM Jack Wighton 1 Sam Perrett Edrick Lee 2 Curtis Rona Jarrid Croker (c) 3 Tim Lafai Sisa Waqa 4 Chase Stanley Jordan Rapana 5 Corey Thompson Blake Austin 6 Josh Reynolds Mitch Cornish 7 Moses Mbye Paul Vaughan 8 Aiden Tolman Josh Hodgson 9 Michael Lichaa Frank-Paul Nuuausala 10 James Graham (c) Josh Papalii 11 Frank Pritchard Iosia Soliola 12 Tony Williams Shaun Fensom 13 Greg Eastwood INTERCHANGE Kurt Baptiste 14 Sam Kasiano Jarrad Kennedy 15 Tim Browne David Shillington 16 Lloyd Perrett Shannon Boyd 17 Antonio Kaufusi 18 Danny Fualalo 19 Herman Eseese REFEREES Ashley Klein, Henry Perenara UBET Raiders $1.67; Bulldogs $2.20 TV Live Channel 9 KNIGHTSV BRONCOS MONDAY, 6.30PM, HUNTER STADIUM Dane Gagai 1 Jordan Kahu James McManus 2 Daniel Vidot Sione Matautia 3 Jack Reed Joseph Leilua 4 Dale Copley Akuila Uate 5 Lachlan Maranta Kurt Gidley (c) 6 Anthony Milford Tyrone Roberts 7 Ben Hunt Kade Snowden 8 Jarrod Wallace Tyler Randell 9 Andrew McCullough David Faalogo 10 Adam Blair Joseph Tapine 11 Alex Glenn Tariq Sims 12 David Stagg Jeremy Smith 13 Joe Ofahengaue INTERCHANGE Chad Redman 14 Joe Boyce Chris Houston 15 Francis Molo Korbin Sims 16 Corey Oates Jack Stockwell 17 Kodi Nikorima REFEREES Gavin Badger, David Munro UBET Knights $1.50; Broncos $2.60 TV Live Fox Sports 1 NRL TEAMS ROUND 11 RABBITOHSV EELS TONIGHT, 7.15PM, ANZ STADIUM Alex Johnston 1 Reece Robinson Joel Reddy 2 Semi Radradra Dylan Walker 3 Ryan Morgan Bryson Goodwin 4 Brad Takairangi Aaron Gray 5 John Folau John Sutton (c) 6 Corey Norman Luke Keary 7 Luke Kelly George Burgess 8 Tim Mannah (c) Cameron McInnes 9 Nathan Peats Dave Tyrrell 10 Danny Wicks Ben Lowe 11 Manu Mau Chris McQueen 12 Tepai Moeroa Jason Clark 13 Anthony Watmough INTERCHANGE Issac Luke 14 Junior Paulo Nathan Brown 15 Richie Faaoso Tim Grant 16 Peni Terepo Thomas Burgess 17 Pauli Pauli Daryl Milard 18 Chris Grevsmuhl 19 REFEREES Jared Maxwell, Chris James UBET Rabbitohs $1.53; Eels $2.50 TV Live Channel 9 WESTS TIGERSV COWBOYS TOMORROW, 7PM, CAMPBELLTOWN James Tedesco 1 Lachlan Coote Kevin Naiqama 2 Matthew Wright David Nofoaluma 3 Justin ONeill Chris Lawrence 4 Kane Linnett Pat Richards 5 Antonio Winterstein Mitch Moses 6 Michael Morgan Luke Brooks 7 Ray Thompson Matthew Lodge 8 Ben Hannant Dene Halatau 9 Jake Granville Keith Galloway 10 Sam Hoare Curtis Sironen 11 Gavin Cooper Kyle Lovett 12 Ethan Lowe Martin Taupau 13 John Asiata INTERCHANGE Ava Seumanufagai 14 Rory Kostjasyn Jack Buchanan 15 Glenn Hall Sauaso Sue 16 Ben Spina Delouise Hoeter 17 Kelepi Tanginoa Brendan Santi 18 Joel Luani 19 REFEREES Matt Cecchin, Gavin Morris UBET Wests Tigers $1.67; Cowboys $2.20 TV Live Fox Sports 1 Eels coach Brad Arthur is set to come under scrutiny in light of alleged salary cap breaches uncovered by the NRL Parra probe over salary cap issues THE Parramatta Eels repeatedly ignored NRL warnings last year that they were in danger of breaching the salary cap. Week after week and even as early as Round 1, coach Brad Arthur kept picking players knowing he was over the second-tier cap. By the end of the year the NRL squad had blown out to be around $335,000 over the cap the equivalent of having two extra average-paid players on their roster in the closest and hardest-fought competition on record. Imagine the embarrassment if they had made the finals. The Eels were also reprimanded for providing $32,104 in benefits to players by the Parramatta Leagues Club in 2013, including their purchase of Fuifui Moimois car for $15,000 when it was valued between $3800 and $5200. The Eels were in breach in each of the four salary cap categories: $101,718 in the NRL top 25 bracket; $233,036 in second-tier contracts; $60,915 for the Holden Cup top-20 list; and $8277 for second-tier Hol den Cup players. They have been ordered to undergo an independent review of governance and management operations and implement changes recommended by the review or risk losing four points. After being handed a $525,000 fine and docked four competition points (suspended) for 2016, Parramatta CEO Scott Seward said last night his club would challenge some of the findings but at the same time not put four competition points at risk. The vast majority of changes at management level have already taken place, Seward said. The governance reform at the club started about two years ago but well abide by the review because were certainly not going to risk losing points. Seward insisted the Eels were actually several hundred thousand dollars under the salary cap for this year. This was all about the past management, he said, The NRL acknowledged that a lot of the problems we (current management) inherited. The NRL would not go into the specifics of the breaches or name players. But players sacked by previous coach Ricky Stuart, including Willie Tonga, Matt Keating and Cheyse Blair, were apparently part of the cap issues because the Eels were still paying part of their salaries. The second-tier cap was over by about $600,000 last year before exemptions were taken into account by NRL auditors. So it could have been much worse. I want to emphasise I dont think this is about cheating, said chief executive Dave Smith. Its about mismanagement. We have the closest competition in the world and nothing will allow it to be undermined. PHIL ROTHFIELD Eels breach wont affect TIO numbers NRLNT general manager John Mitchell believes Territorians will still support the embattled Parramatta Eels despite yesterdays revelations of an unprecedented salary cap breach. In their second year of a four-year, $4 million deal with the Northern Territory government, the Eels are due to play the Penrith Panthers in Darwin for Round 22 at TIO Stadium. Mitchell (pictured) dismissed any notion that the club could lose its supporter base in the Territory, on top of the $525,000 fine it was issued by the NRL. But he did admit that this type of mism a n a g e m e n t was detrimental to the game. Any integrity issue is dis appointing within the game and thats what we strive to do, make it the best possible game we can, Mitchell said. Parramatta are a very old, traditional club and they are very well supported all round. NT Sport Minister Gary Higgins was on an NT budget roadshow in Tennant Creek yesterday and unavailable for comment, but a Department of Sport and Recreation spokesperson said the $1 million of taxpayer money given to Parramatta each year covered the cost of the premiership games, pre-season matches and local game development. Mitchell was not concerned that yesterdays fine could affect the clubs capacity to deliver on its development commitments, which include local coaching development and growing participation numbers. I would suggest that the Northern Territory government have got the outcomes well and truly outlined in their agreement and Parramatta have exceeded all expectations really in that agreement in terms of working with the community, Mitchell said. Nor was he concerned Territorians could be in for a less than special game with the club still on the bottom of the NRL ladder. I would suggest that Parramatta will still pull a very, very strong crowd considering that the Penrith Panthers will also be playing them, he said. Its a traditional rivalry anyway so were still looking forward to a very good number of people attending and I dont think this will affect the game numbers at all. REBEKKA WAKE Gordon cause for concern PARRAMATTA coach Brad Arthur says Michael Gordon is struggling with the contract dramas that have blocked his move from Cronulla. Gordon had reportedly walked out on the Sharks earlier this week after being denied a request to shift to the Eels a fortnight ago. Cronulla have since denied the report and released a statement explaining the 31-yearold was given leave to address personal matters. However, Arthur revealed yesterday he had spoken to Gordon and was concerned for his wellbeing. I called him a couple of days ago just to make sure he was OK, Arthur said. I just wanted to reassure him that if he can make the move over here, were still willing to have him. But my main concern was that he was not in a good headspace. He said hes struggling a little bit. But hes a pretty strong kid, in the dealings Ive had with him. I think hell be okay. The former NSW representative comes off contract with the Sharks at the end of the season, but is unlikely to earn an extension due to the development of Valentine Holmes and the clubs commitment to Ben Barba. The Eels have tabled a deal for Gordon until the end of 2016. However Arthur insists the club could be forced to look elsewhere for a fullback. I think hes still hopeful. Were still hopeful. But its getting to the stage where, its nine days (sic) now until the deadlines up, he said. If we cant get anything sorted between now and then, well obviously need to get a fullback moving forward for next year. Weve got a good young kid in Bevan French whos our future, but hes still 12 months off. MATT ENCARNACION