The Northern Territory news Mon 17 Nov 2014
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 17 2014 SPORT 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA P W D L For Agst Stk Chg % Pts St Marys 7 6 - 1 797 483 W2 +1 165.01 24 Nightcliff 7 6 - 1 829 636 L1 -1 130.35 24 Sth Districts 7 5 - 2 727 620 W1 No 117.26 20 Palmerston 7 3 - 4 752 816 W3 +2 92.15 12 Wanderers 7 3 - 4 632 734 L2 -1 86.10 12 Darwin 7 2 - 5 644 691 W2 +2 93.20 8 Tiwi Bombers 7 2 - 5 712 914 L4 -2 77.90 8 Waratahs 7 1 - 6 482 610 L6 -1 79.02 4 2014/15 NTFL PREMIERSHIP LADDER Ruscas Crocs savage Tigers SHANNON Rusca couldnt wipe the smile off his face on Saturday night after Southern Districts became the first team in 2014-15 to knock off Nightcliff. The Crocs produced a sensational second half outscoring their opponents nine goals to four to defeat the yellowand-blacks by 31 points at TIO Stadium and make themselves known as serious premiership contenders. Rusca described the win as a brilliant team effort from his developing side which recovered from a slowish first term to take the four points. We came to play today, we knew we were playing the top side, he said. Theyre a great side and they were 6-0 for a reason, thats why they caught us on the hop in the first quarter with their run and spread. We had to readjust pretty quickly otherwise the game would have left us behind. Rusca credited the efforts of Lionel Ogden, Kristian Papertalk, Henry Armour, Michael Bowden, Gary Rohan-like Dylan McLachlan and teenager Sam Smith, who shouldered the ruck load. There was an even spread of goals, with Jason Eagle and Will Farrer booting three majors apiece and Ogden, Papertalk, Hamilton and Can nard chiming in with two goals each. Up next for the third-placed Crocs is a tough away trip to Bathurst Island to take on Tiwi Bombers. The Bombers suffered a rare home loss to Nightcliff during the last match at Real Estate Central Oval and will be looking to bounce back. Rusca wont be taking Tiwi lightly, despite their recent form slump where theyve lost their past four matches. Weve got to do another job and get another win, he said. The teams above us at the moment are great sides and weve got to keep close to them to give us a chance to finish in the top three. Districts will get stronger in the coming weeks, with former AFL duo Des Headland and Richard Tambling set to return, adding 290 games of experience at the top level. Big man Ben Dowdell also isnt far away, which will help the Crocs ruck stocks. Well get them back within the next two weeks, he said. Nightcliff slipped to second on the NTFL ladder, with St Marys having a superior percentage after their massive wins over Waratahs (86 points) and Tiwi Bombers (84). The Tigers come up against a fired-up Darwin Buffaloes on a two-game winning streak at TIO Stadium on Saturday. Ruckman Seb Guilhaus (knee) is a chance to return, as is Centralian pair Gibson Turner and Desmond Nandy who were rested. Jordan McardLE email@example.com Palmerstons Aaron Davey played a vital role in his brother Alwyns 100th NTFL match Picture: IVAN RACHMAN PALMERSTON celebrated loyal servant Alwyn Froggy Daveys 100th match with an impressive 54-point NTFL win over Wanderers at Northline Oval yesterday. The 20.14 (134) to 12.8 (80) scoreline reflected a resurgence in the Magpies season, recording their third straight victory to well and truly be in the finals hunt. The man the they call Froggy (five goals) was sensational against an out-ofsorts Wanderers outfit, missing star names Brad Vassal, Liam Patrick, Mitch Taylor, Daniel Motlop, Shannon Motlop, Marlon Motlop and Aaron Motlop. Things were also made worse with big men Neil Vea Vea and Jonathon Miles suffering knee injuries and playing no further part in the match. A seven-goals-to-two third term was the gamebreaker for the black and whites in front of a strong home crowd. But Palmerston coach Dean Rioli said there was still plenty of room to improve, despite what he described as their best win of the season which moved them to fourth on the ladder. We played some great footy, but I was a little disappointed with our lapse in the final term where we let Wanderers kick four quick goals, he said. Take that five-minute period away and I was very happy with how we played against a quality opposition in Wanderers. Mobile big man Matt Dennis was clonking them all over the ground for Palmerston with good support from Callan Wilson while backman Jamie Damaso wore the in-form Thomas Motlop like a glove. Twin towers Josh Bennett and Mark Hamilton worked well together up forward, finishing with five and four majors respectively. Youngsters Brodie Bennett, Keidan Holt-Tubbs, Tyron Baden and Tobie Cameron got plenty of the ball, Alwyn Davey had a brilliant match across half-forward and Chuck Norris was at his courageous best before going off with blurred vision. Wilson was another causality, suffering a corky. Wanderers had a two-goal burst midway through the second term but the home side steadied to go 27 points up at the main break, well in control of the match. The margin was 75 late before Wanderers put some respectability in the score. Sizzling Pies clip Eagles wings PALMERSTON V WANDERERS 134MAGPIES5.3 9.6 16.9 20.14 80EAGLES2.1 5.3 7.6 12.8 GOALS Palmerston: Alwyn Davey 5, J Bennett 5, M Hamilton 4, T Baden, K HoltTubbs, T Cameron, P Liddle, Aaron Davey, L Dhurrkay. Wanderers: S Arthur 3, A Cook 2, A Lansen 2, J Motlop 2, C Dunne, T Motlop, J Erlandson. BEST Palmerston: Al Davey, M Hamilton, J Damaso, K Holt-Tubbs, M Dennis, T Cameron, J Bennett. Wanderers: A Erlandson, A Motlop, S Arthur, K Fejo, A Lansen, J Jeffrey. UMPIRES A Manicaros, M Noonan, B Walters every monday & friday in the Drug suspect Bombers cleared for Ireland Test FROM PAGE 19 If players receive a penalty less than the maximum twoyear ban the AFL can decide to let them keep awards and prizemoney under its own code. Former Essendon players Brent Prismall and Stewart Crameri have separate legal representatives to the 32 other players, with a ruling expected on the extent that all cases would be bundled. Australia had assembled its strongest International Rules team in many years as it attempts to reinvigorate the flag ging series. The AFL expects to sell out the Patersons Stadium Test given strong support for the series in recent years in West Australia. But the presence of Fletcher and Watson means some of the attention will be turned on the efforts of the Essendon pair as the fate of Bomber players becomes clearer in coming weeks. Bomber Brendon Goddard is also in the Australian team. However, he arrived at the club after the 2012 season which is at the centre of the doping charges. By JORDAN McARDLE NTFL
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