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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015

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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015

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NT news

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The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

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2015-05-04

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English

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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News Corp Australia

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Darwin

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/256768

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/517362

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MONDAY MAY 4 2015 SPORT 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Hamptons keen to mark his 50th game for Giants CURTLY Hampton has been away from home for a long time, almost five years if you count his recruitment to the GWS Giants in 2010 as a Northern Territory zone selection. Those were the days the Alice Springs footballer had Territorians Shaun Edwards, Jed Anderson and Jake Neade for company in the Giants organisation. But in 2015 he is the sole survivor of that intake, focusing on getting back into the Giants senior side and an opportunity to reach the 50game mark at AFL level. An impressive performer in the Giants reserves sides 10point loss to Territory Thunder on Saturday night, 22year-old Hampton has bigger fish to fry. You always want to play AFL, but sometimes its just the luck of the draw when the senior side is going so well, he said. Thats when youve got to take your chances and try and play well in the NEAFL and I feel like Ive been doing that. So I hope I can get back into the AFL with my 50th just around the corner. Asked if he enjoyed playing as an attacking defender off half back, the former Pioneer player said on-ball role alternating through half forward was his preferred option. Personally I think on-ball and half forward where I played a lot of footy for Pioneer as a junior is my best pos ition, even though I really like half back where you can create your own run and carry, he said. But getting on ball where I can free myself up to show what I can do around the stoppages is what I like doing. Lining up against Alice Springs footballers Gibson Turner and Dominic Barry in a Thunder jumper on Saturday night was a little bit strange for Hampton. Especially Gibbo, who is related to me, he said. And obviously Dom, who I played a lot of footy with growing up was out there as well and doing some smart things with the footy. To find yourself back here playing against blokes you have known since you were little is a bit weird, but I guess thats part of the national competition. Hamptons commitments with the Giants mean he does not get back to Alice Springs as much as he would like. Not really, in fact only in the off-season can I get the time, he said. Thats something I want to do a lot more, is to get back home and see my family but sometimes its a bit hard. GREY MORRIS NT Thunder player Aaron Motlop congratulates team member Liam Patrick on scoring a goal Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Thunder becoming a dedicated band of brothers SIX years after the Territory Thunders move east into the Brisbane competition a genuine culture is beginning to take hold at the NEAFL club. This writer looked into the eyes of wingman Shannon Rioli on Saturday and saw something I have never seen before, a sense of belonging that can very quickly develop into a brotherhood. Top End fans see it all the time with NTFL premier Wanderers. A camaraderie bred from respect for each other that can even grow into forms of jealousy. Thunders popularity among Territorians since the club was hastily put together in 2008-09 has mirrored the value of the Australian dollar, tarting on a reasonable high and slowly spiralling down. The reasons for that are fourfold. The popularity and success of the NTFL competition, unfamiliarity with the concept and its internal workings, the elitist arm of the club that tends to keep the average fan on the outer and a reluctance to accept change. Even a premiership in their third season a16-goal thrashing of Morningside in the grand final created howls of delight among the players, close friends and family and the support staff. But it hardly raised a ripple in the clubs and bars of the Top End, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Gove, where most of the talk centred around the AFL season or how Wanderers, Pioneer or the Arnhem Crows had performed in their competitions. There are several other side reasons and some that stick today. One of them is why are we in an interstate competition when the cream, as in players selected in the AFL Draft, will always rise to the top, regardless of who and where you are playing. But right through the questions, the reasoning and even criticism of the Thunder concept, a core of players have returned every year. Goalkicking forward Darren Ewing, brilliant midfielder Cameron Ilett, present day skipper Aaron Motlop, Jarred Ilett as a player and administrator, Shannon and Ben Rioli. That group believed in the program and what it was doing for the Territorys most popular sport. Cameron Ilett has won four club best and fairest awards in seven years that has embraced just about every NEAFL award on offer. And Ewings 530-plus goals in seven seasons and a handful of league goalkicking trophies are testimony to his longevity and class. Six years after Thunder beat Southport at TIO Stadium to announce their arrival in the Queensland competition, the long-held dream of a successful and popular representative side in a regular competition is alive and getting better. The NT News Sport @NTNewsSport Suns seconds break drought in fine style GOLD Coast Suns reserves scored their first NEAFL win since August, 2013 against Brisbane Lions reserves at Metricon Stadium. The Josh Fraser-coached side turned a five-point threequarter time deficit into a 25point win, 10.14 (74) to 6.13 (49). AFL-listed players Aaron Hall, Andrew Raines, Mitch Hallahan and Zac Smith all put their hands up for a recall to the senior side with impressive performances. Gold Coast also won their first game of the season in the AFL against Brisbane, winning by 64 points. MONDAY MAY 4 2015 SPORT 21 V0 - NTNE01Z01MA Hamptons keen to mark his 50th game for Giants CURTLY Hampton has been away from home for a long time, almost five years if you count his recruitment to the GWS Giants in 2010 as a Northern Territory zone selection. Those were the days the Alice Springs footballer had Territorians Shaun Edwards, Jed Anderson and Jake Neade for company in the Giants organisation. But in 2015 he is the sole survivor of that intake, focusing on getting back into the Giants senior side and an opportunity to reach the 50game mark at AFL level. An impressive performer in the Giants reserves sides 10point loss to Territory Thunder on Saturday night, 22year-old Hampton has bigger fish to fry. You always want to play AFL, but sometimes its just the luck of the draw when the senior side is going so well, he said. Thats when youve got to take your chances and try and play well in the NEAFL and I feel like Ive been doing that. So I hope I can get back into the AFL with my 50th just around the corner. Asked if he enjoyed playing as an attacking defender off half back, the former Pioneer player said on-ball role alternating through half forward was his preferred option. Personally I think on-ball and half forward where I played a lot of footy for Pioneer as a junior is my best pos ition, even though I really like half back where you can create your own run and carry, he said. But getting on ball where I can free myself up to show what I can do around the stoppages is what I like doing. Lining up against Alice Springs footballers Gibson Turner and Dominic Barry in a Thunder jumper on Saturday night was a little bit strange for Hampton. Especially Gibbo, who is related to me, he said. And obviously Dom, who I played a lot of footy with growing up was out there as well and doing some smart things with the footy. To find yourself back here playing against blokes you have known since you were little is a bit weird, but I guess thats part of the national competition. Hamptons commitments with the Giants mean he does not get back to Alice Springs as much as he would like. Not really, in fact only in the off-season can I get the time, he said. Thats something I want to do a lot more, is to get back home and see my family but sometimes its a bit hard. GREY MORRIS NT Thunder player Aaron Motlop congratulates team member Liam Patrick on scoring a goal Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Thunder becoming a dedicated band of brothers SIX years after the Territory Thunders move east into the Brisbane competition a genuine culture is beginning to take hold at the NEAFL club. This writer looked into the eyes of wingman Shannon Rioli on Saturday and saw something I have never seen before, a sense of belonging that can very quickly develop into a brotherhood. Top End fans see it all the time with NTFL premier Wanderers. A camaraderie bred from respect for each other that can even grow into forms of jealousy. Thunders popularity among Territorians since the club was hastily put together in 2008-09 has mirrored the value of the Australian dollar, tarting on a reasonable high and slowly spiralling down. The reasons for that are fourfold. The popularity and success of the NTFL competition, unfamiliarity with the concept and its internal workings, the elitist arm of the club that tends to keep the average fan on the outer and a reluctance to accept change. Even a premiership in their third season a16-goal thrashing of Morningside in the grand final created howls of delight among the players, close friends and family and the support staff. But it hardly raised a ripple in the clubs and bars of the Top End, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Gove, where most of the talk centred around the AFL season or how Wanderers, Pioneer or the Arnhem Crows had performed in their competitions. There are several other side reasons and some that stick today. One of them is why are we in an interstate competition when the cream, as in players selected in the AFL Draft, will always rise to the top, regardless of who and where you are playing. But right through the questions, the reasoning and even criticism of the Thunder concept, a core of players have returned every year. Goalkicking forward Darren Ewing, brilliant midfielder Cameron Ilett, present day skipper Aaron Motlop, Jarred Ilett as a player and administrator, Shannon and Ben Rioli. That group believed in the program and what it was doing for the Territorys most popular sport. Cameron Ilett has won four club best and fairest awards in seven years that has embraced just about every NEAFL award on offer. And Ewings 530-plus goals in seven seasons and a handful of league goalkicking trophies are testimony to his longevity and class. Six years after Thunder beat Southport at TIO Stadium to announce their arrival in the Queensland competition, the long-held dream of a successful and popular representative side in a regular competition is alive and getting better. The NT News Sport @NTNewsSport NEAFL LADDER ROUND 4 P W D L % Pts ASPLEY 4 4 0 0 156.51 16 UWS GIANTS 4 3 0 1 153.87 12 SYDNEY 4 3 0 1 142.56 12 NT THUNDER 3 3 0 0 107.5 12 SOUTHPORT 3 2 0 1 133.33 8 Ainslie 3 2 0 1 128.19 8 Brisbane 4 1 0 3 91.52 4 Gold Coast 4 1 0 3 77.89 4 Redland 4 1 0 3 75.42 4 Sydney Uni 3 0 0 3 79.6 0 Eastlake 4 0 0 4 37.93 0 ROUND 4 Southport 5.3 9.9 14.13 17.13 115 Redland 0.1 1.2 1.3 4.10 34 GOALS: Southport: J Anthony 7 C West 4 J Brennan 2 J Hunt F Pope J Holland S Thynne. Redland: M Thomson B Grewar I Edwards P Hunter BEST: Southport: J Anthony F Pope C West D Troutman B Headland J Brennan. Redland: S Miller J Licht J Rayner M Uebergang Aspley 3.3 8.6 15.8 15.12 102 Eastlake 1.1 4.2 7.5 12.8 80 GOALS: Aspley: A Hughes 3 E Mallan 3 J Stanley 2 J Williams J Wagner H Leong M Payne M Stewart N Jackson E Sansbury. Eastlake: D De Gois 2 N Fothergill 2 M Frail 2 K Mahon 2 A Bruce B Dowdell S Camp M Channon. BEST: Aspley: G Grose J Wagner E Sansbury A Hughes M Stewart. Eastlake: B Lagana J Kirkwood M Frail R McLachlan B Dowdell B Halse. Sydney 1.1 2.4 9.6 10.9 69 Syd Uni 2.3 3.9 3.9 3.10 28 GOALS: Sydney Swans: J Hiscox 2 T Nankervis G Hewett N Newman J Foote J Rose J Campbell B Jack B McGlynn. Sydney University: T Morrison A Lucy S Blesing BEST: Sydney Swans: H Marsh A Davis T Nankervis Z Jones B Jack G Hewett. Sydney University: J Turner M Rawlinson L Stevenson S Blesing M Thompson T Morrison. Thunder 3.3 7.5 11.8 14.10 94 Giants 4.3 5.4 9.8 12.12 84 GOALS: NT Thunder: L Patrick 4 C Dunne 2 D Ewing 2 D Barry 2 G Turner C Ilett G Orton R Smith. UWS Giants: J Lamb 3 C OwenAuburn C Hampton Z Williams H Brill J Barrett J Steele K Merson S Reid P Ahern. BEST: NT Thunder: R Smith R Tambling L Patrick R Nyhuis T Motlop D Barry. UWS Giants: M Buntine T Mohr A Kennedy D Addison J Lamb P McKenna. Gold Coast 1.3 3.6 6.6 10.14 74 Brisbane 2.4 3.7 6.11 6.13 49 GOALS: Gold Coast: P Wright 2 A Raines 2 G Woosup C Filewood M Hallahan A Hall D Stanley J Joyce. Brisbane: R Lester 2 E Hipwood 2 M Hammelmann L Dawson. BEST: Gold Coast: A Hall M Hallahan T Downie A Raines Z Smith. Brisbane: B Keays J Aish R Lester R Harwood. ROUND 5 SATURDAY Sydney Uni v Ainslie Blacktown, 11.30am UWS Giants v Sydney Swans Spotless Stadium, 12.25pm Aspley v NT Thunder Graham Road, 1pm Gold Coast Suns v Southport Metricon Stadium, 1pm Bye: Redland Suns seconds break drought in fine style GOLD Coast Suns reserves scored their first NEAFL win since August, 2013 against Brisbane Lions reserves at Metricon Stadium. The Josh Fraser-coached side turned a five-point threequarter time deficit into a 25point win, 10.14 (74) to 6.13 (49). AFL-listed players Aaron Hall, Andrew Raines, Mitch Hallahan and Zac Smith all put their hands up for a recall to the senior side with impressive performances. Gold Coast also won their first game of the season in the AFL against Brisbane, winning by 64 points.


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