Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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56 SPORT SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 NIGHTCLIFF V TIWI BOMBERS 133TIGERS4.4 13.7 16.11 20.13 119BOMBERS3.1 6.3 8.5 19.5 GOALS Nightcliff: B Ngalkin 6 K Campbell 6 R Carpenter 3 G Smith 2 T Baust A Duncan D Wanganeen Tiwi Bombers: M Liddy 7 R Tungatalum 5 C Tipuamantamirri 3 R Pupangamirri 2 D Munkara J Mullins BEST Nightcliff: B Ngalkin D Wanganeen R Nyhuis A Duncan R Mu. Tiwi Bombers: M Liddy R Tungatalum J Mullins C Tipuamantamirri A Tipungwuti UMPIRES S Purcell, J Collins, B Walters Delayed take-off costs Bombers shot at win Tiwi player Dionysuis Munkara flies for the mark over the top of Nightcliff ruckman Sebastian Guilhaus during their NTFL Premier League match at TIO Stadium yesterday Picture: HELEN ORR NIGHTCLIFF won another shootout against the Tiwi Bombers yesterday after the Bombers came from nine goals down at three quarter-time to lose by 14 points The Tigers had winners all over the ground in the first three and a half quarters before the Tiwis exploded into action with an 11-goal last term in the NTFL Premier League match. The 20.13 (133) to 19.5 (119) win was Nightcliffs 10th of the 2014-15 season, consolidating their top three position. For three quarters they dominated proceedings, using the football in the proper manner with well-executed foot and hand passes to have the normally free-flowing Tiwis at sixes and sevens. Even when Nightcliff did not have possession they hunted down their Tiwi opponents in packs and with big tackles around the waist and midsection instead of going high. Ashley Duncan and Ryan Mu were early prime movers, presenting livewire half forward Baydon Ngalkin with several scoring opportunities. The Tiger spread was also excellent, meaning every time a teammate looked up there were several options to give the ball to. Down back Derick Wanganeen showed some superb reading of the play and precise disposal when under pressure. Ryan Nyhuis was another Tiger who showed great poise when in possession and he should be one of the first players picked for the under-18 nationals when the Thunder squad is named for the national championships in Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne. The Tiwis were not allowed to get their running game going until the last quarter when it could be argued the Tiger players took their feet off the accelerator. Matthias Liddy was always a threat at full forward after his 10-goal haul against the Tigers before Christmas and Ross Tungatalums skills belong on the wide spaces of the MCG rather than TIO Stadium. The Tiwis will be disappointed with the loss, particularly Nightcliffs nine-goal-tothree second quarter that exposed the Bombers defensive frailties when confronted with a side that uses the ball in the right manner. Essendon know the score isnt sufficient ESSENDON defender Cale Hooker says the Bombers must bounce back from their lowest-scoring season in 43 years with sharper ball use next season. Having improved their defensive set-up under Mark Thompson last year, the Bombers have turned their focus to becoming more lethal by foot under returning boss James Hird this pre-season. According to Champion Datas 2015 Prospectus, Essendon averaged 83.1 points per game last season the lowest average since 1971. That is despite averaging five more inside-50s per game than their opposition. Hooker said the entire squad must take responsibility for improving their delivery forward and goal output next season, rather than lumping the scoring responsibility on young key forwards Jake Carlisle and Joe Daniher. We want to kick more goals and we have been working on our efficiency going forward, Hooker said yesterday after a triathlon at Williamstown Beach in Melbourne. It is just as much (about) how we use the ball and deliver it to them (forwards, rather than just) how they (Carlisle and Daniher) are performing, So, I think we will see a few guys up there this year and hopefully we can kick enough goals. Carlisle (back), Hurley (tonsillitis) and Daniher were all absent from the triathlon yesterday, won by three-game defender and VFL best and fairest winner, Ariel Steinberg. But Hooker said the young talls were tracking well as the Bombers look to ruckmen Jon Giles and Tom Bellchambers to fill in for departed ace big man Paddy Ryder. They (Carlisle and Daniher) have both been tracking really well. Joey has been training the house down, which has been good, Hooker said. Those two are looking really good and theyre going to be really important for us this year. By GREY MORRIS Ablett denies teammates slur GARY Ablett senior has strongly refuted suggestions he blamed some of his teammates for Geelongs failure to win premierships from four Grand Finals between 1989-1995. An article in News Corp papers late last year quoted Ablett from an interview that appeared in a book titled Geelong: In Our Own Words, which included profiles of 32 famous Geelong identities. Ablett (pictured) and his son, Gary junior, were part of the 32 selected by former Geelong president Frank Costa and were both open and giving with their time. But Gary senior said his c o m m e n t s had been taken out of context. I have great respect for everyone I played with and would never want them thinking that I blamed any of them in any way, said Ablett, 53. I saw Bill Brownless and Sean Simpson recently and they had both read the book so there were no problems, but when you isolate some comments it changes what I was trying to say. There were times when we relied too much on too few but that can be said of many teams. It meant the opposition could exploit us a little easier. And by the time I got to my mid-30s, I was trying to get a kick myself and there were times when you looked for some younger players to share more of the workload. And they all tried to, which I witnessed first-hand at training. They were a great bunch of blokes who I loved playing footy with. We all would have loved more success but it isnt what we are measured by as people. By JON ANDERSON Im not a stager, says Goodes ON the eve of possibly his final AFL season Adam Goodes will not be changing the way he plays despite criticism accusing him of staging for free kicks. The 351-game veteran points out he has never been cited by the tribunal for staging for free kicks despite Matthew Lloyd, Garry Lyon and Eddie McGuire accusing the two-time Brownlow medallist of faking falls to gain free kicks. Goodes (pictured) said that Swans coach John Longmire did meet him around the time the furore erupted and encour aged him to improve his impact on the contest but did not have a problem with it. I go out there to play it in within the rules week in and week out, and the whole staging issue has never affected me, Goodes said. I had a chat with the coach John Longmire (around that time) and from then that changed some of my behaviours, and there were times where my impact on the contest could have been a lot bet ter and should have been a lot better. I have never been cited by the tribunal for staging. Thats their opinion. When pressed on if he had become more theatrical around the contest in recent times Goodes said he had not. Definitely not, Goodes said. I like to play the ball. I like to go at it just as hard as anybody else. I dont think I have become more theatrical. Goodes, 35, has polarised football crowds all over Australia with the two-time premiership player attracting boos at away grounds. By JESSICA HALLORAN By JAY CLARK