The Northern Territory news Fri 28 Nov 2014
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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 SPORT 33 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V WANDERERS $1.55 NORBUILT OVAL, SUNDAY 4PM $2.45 IN Tambling, Dowdell, Hall OUT Roe-Duggan, Elder IN Vassal, Miles, Peckham, Maroney, Cook, Dhurrkay, Kruse, Lansen OUT S Motlop, D Motlop, Sansbury, Matthews, Dun ne, Patrick, Casimiro, A Motlop DEF miD FwD int Smith McLachlan Jones Lansen Taylor N McLean Ogden Crauford Bowden Maroney Kruse Grant McGregor Tambling Dingo Dhurrkay Vassal J Erlandson Dowdell Bosward Papertalk Miles Hodges Peckham Farrer Cannard Souter J Motlop T Motlop Thorne Pollock Taylor Hall Arthur Cook J Cubillo From - Singleton, Bowden, Sleeth, Armour, Fittock, Simpson From - Wolter, B Cubillo, Walsh, Schild PALMERSTONV ST MARYS $5.25 NORTHLINE OVAL, SUNDAY, 4PM $1.15 IN Cameron, Emery, Norris, Cloke OUT Liddle, Hogan IN Lohde, Geary, Cooper, Stapelton, A Long, Lovett-Murray OUT Ewing, S Rioli, Ilett, Milne, Yarran DEF miD FwD int Damaso Hussie Stephenson Williams Anstess J Clark Emery Norris R Mungatopi Vallego McMurtie J Long B Mungatopi Jetta R Davey A Long Wilson McKenzie Wilson Alwyn Davey Baden Smith Geary Orton Cameron Charlton-White Lonergan Forrest Larson McLean Holt-Tubbs Cloke D Mungatopi Atkins Stapelton Cooper From - Cooper, Liddle, Church, Morgan-Thompson, Daye, Wilson From - A Davis, Lohde, Flanigan, Lidgerwood, M Clarke, W Wolbers, Tandogoc, Lovett-Murray every monday & friday in the Trio target rookie goal WHILE the news was good for Southern Districts young gun Nakia Cockatoo, fellow Territorians Errin Wasley-Black, Marcus Hamilton and Abraham Ankers havent yet found new homes. Katherine-bred speedster Hamilton and Centralian defender Wasley-Black werent picked up in yesterdays NAB AFL National Draft on the Gold Coast. But theres still another chance to reach an AFL list this year, with the pre-season and rookie drafts to be held on Wednesday ahead of Fridays final list lodgements. Both Wasley-Black and Hamilton look set to play for their NTFL clubs Waratahs and Southern Districts respectively this weekend, with the former to line-up for his first match of the season against Nightcliff at TIO Stadium tomorrow. Its a perfect fit for Top Ender Nakia Cockatoo as he tries on his Geelong jumper for the first time and it looks pretty good on me Picture: MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES Cockatoo among the Cats NAKIA Cockatoo became a Cat yesterday, joining Top Enders Mathew Stokes and Steven Motlop in being drafted to the AFL powerhouse. The 18-year-old former Southern Districts junior who honed his skills with NT Thunders under-18 and senior program is the Territorys first top 10 draftee since Richard Tambling (4) in 2004. Im speechless, over the moon and just so happy Geelong has picked me, Cockatoo told the NT News last night. I really had no idea I was headed to the Cats because they really didnt show a lot of interest. North Melbourne was up there, but not Geelong, so when my name was called I just said wow before getting up on stage. Cockatoos dad Jason, mum Natasha and stepdad Peter were at yesterdays draft. Im pretty excited about playing alongside Stokesy and Steven Motlop as well and the jumper looks pretty good on me I reckon, lets hope I can do it justice, he said. Im going home for a couple of days before flying to Melbourne on Sunday for induction the next day and I cant wait. Cockatoos performances as a bottom aged player at the national under-18 championships in 2012 and 13 earned him selection in the AIS/AFL Academy as a Level 2 athlete. That included development opportunities with the AIS and a tour of Europe with the Australian under-18 team in April this year. However his 2014 playing program was cut short after suffering a serious foot injury. His performance for the under-18 Allied All-Stars when he was best on ground in the curtain-raiser to this years AFL grand final at the MCG and his outstanding draft-testing results in Melbourne rubbed out any concerns on his playing ability. Cockatoos explosiveness, power, speed and natural athleticism ticked all the boxes for the Cats, taking the dynamic, 186cm forward/midfield player with their first pick, making him the 13th draftee to date, for NT Thunder. Thunders high performance manager Wally Gallio said Cockatoos strength of character as a person also played a big part in his drafting. Then there is his ability to play in a lot of positions, the X factor he brings with him, speed and skills on both sides of his body, Gallio added. By GREY MORRIS Over the moon and flying high in draft TOP 10 PICKS 1. Patrick McCartin (to St Kilda from Geelong Falcons) 2. Christian Petracca (Melbourne, Eastern Ranges) 3. Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne, Sandringham Dragons) 4. Jarrod Pickett (GWS Giants, South Fremantle) 5. Jordan De Goey (Collingwood, Oakleigh Chargers) 6. Caleb Marchbank (GWS Giants, Murray Bushrangers) 7. Paul Ahern (GWS Giants, Calder Cannons) 8. Peter Wright (Gold Coast Suns, Calder Cannons) 9. Darcy Moore (Collingwood, Oakleigh Chargers 10. Nakia Cockatoo (Geelong Cats, Southern Districts)
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