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The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014



The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014

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

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 SPORT 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA ST MARYSV PALMERSTON $1.03 TIO STADIUM, SATURDAY, 5.30PM $11.00 IN Cooper, M Clarke, Flanagan, McMurtrie OUT R Clarke (hamstring), Weeks, Geary (unavailable), MacFarlane (broken leg) IN Alwyn Davey, Emery, Hunter OUT Holt, Lendel, DEF miD FwD int Clark Anstess Stapleton Johnson Damaso Payne McAdam Tandogac Vallejo Bennet Holt-Tubbs Stephenson McMurray Wilson Yarran Morgan-Thompson Liddle Groves Walton Cooper Williams Wilson Cameron Baden AhMat Orton Labastida R Davey Charlton-White Garling Larrson McLean Cullen Norris Hamilton Braun From - Heath, M Clarke, Lidgerwood, Flanagan, Davies, McMurtrie. Hunter, Emery, Alwyn Davey, Higgins WARATAHSVNIGHTCLIFF $1.75 GARDENS OVAL, SUNDAY, 4PM $2.05 IN Manson, Embleton, Talbot, Handby OUT Farrell, Wray IN Turner, Nandy OUT Dzufer DEF miD FwD int Rowley Beugelaar McDonald Nyhuis Hart P Kossack Jennings Chaplin Smart Lamb Peris Kickett Heenan Ankers Mahoney Baldwin Duncan Carpenter T Marsh Talbot Sketcher Guilhaus K Kossack Parfitt Collis Barton Dhayapan Rowe Riley Wauchope Schaper Manson N Marsh Papazoglou Turner McKenzie From - Embleton, Westernberg, Delmenico, Murray, Collihole, Handby From - Klenke, G Smith, Goghlan, Olman, Gugliotta, Nandy, Jones-Cubillo every monday & friday in the Dream run for Cockatoo TERRITORY young gun Nakia Cockatoo has catapulted himself into first round AFL draft calculations after a domi nant national combine performance last week. The AFLs national talent development manager Kevin Sheehan described Cockatoos week as something he could only dream about, from his best-on-ground performance in the Allies AFL Grand Final curtain-raiser to his impressive testing. His top-10 finishes in the four-day combine included best in the kicking test (29 out of 30) and repeat sprints (23.93 seconds), fifth in the standing vertical jump (73cm) and sixth in the 20m sprint (2.9 seconds). Its a stark contrast to the teenagers luck during the first half of the season, when he missed three months including the entire NAB AFL Under-18s Carnival with a serious foot injury. A lot of people were probably wondering about a month ago if hed stand up physically to the demands of AFL, so hes dispelled all of that with his efforts last week, Sheehan said. He even beat triple Hawthorn premiership speedster Cyril Riolis 2007 efforts in the repeat 30m sprints by 0.08 seconds. Sheehan was just as positive about Katherine, Territory Thunder and Southern Districts star Marcus Hamiltons performances at the combine. Marcus tested with Errin (Wasley-Black) in the state combine and his numbers were pretty good as well, Sheehan said. Hes presented himself very well and hes a smart small forward. Hes got a good feel for the game and hes athletically sound, so hes certainly in the mix as well. AFL premier Hawthorn and fellow finalists Geelong and North Melbourne have already spoken to Hamilton. Errin picks up pace for AFL draft Francis Watson of Claremont and Nakia Cockatoo participate in the sprint test during the 2014 AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium Picture: MICHAEL DODGE AFL national talent manager Kevin Sheehan believes Centralian Errin Wasley-Black is much better placed to get picked up in next months draft. Taking part in his second AFL combine in as many years at the weekend, the Rovers product, was fit, firing and in a good space according to Sheehan. He looked well, he tested well and was physically in great condition, he said. Hes fought back well. Whether he gets drafted or not next month, Wasley-Black hasnt left anything to chance in 2014. At least three clubs are interested in the 19-year-old AIS-AFL Academy graduate leading to his late invite into the combine. A top-10 beep test result of 14.2 was Wasley-Blacks best performance, with his repeat sprints and vertical leap also impressive. Top End talent Nakia Cockatoo is rated as the Territorys best draft hope after blitzing the national combine, while Katherines Marcus Hamilton in another player in contention. Jordan McardLE jordan.mcardle@news.com.au

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