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SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 SPORT 59 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Round 17 18 19 20 21 Final Record Ladder Sydney Swans (11-2) 8 4 4 4 4 15-3 1st UWS Giants (12-2) BYE 4 4 8 8 14-4 2nd Aspley (10-3) 4 4 4 4 8 14-4 3rd Redland (10-3) 8 4 4 4 4 14-4 4th Ainslie (9-5) BYE 4 4 4 4 13-5 5th NT Thunder (11-3) 4 4 8 8 BYE 13-5 6th Southport (8-6) BYE 8 4 4 4 11-7 7th KEY GAMES IN THE RUN HOME NT THUNDER V SOUTHPORT Round 18, Saturday August 2 at Fankhauser Reserve, 1.30pm For Southport, a loss would put a huge dent in their finals hopes after losing to Redland yesterday and it will be an important clash for the Territorians, who havent beaten the Sharks at Fankhauser Reserve since Round 6, 2011. SYDNEY SWANS v GWS GIANTS Round 20, Saturday August 16 at the SCG, 10.05am If the Giants beat Sydney Hills Eagles and Queanbeyan as expected, and the Swans lose to Thunder but beat Brisbane the Gold Coast, they will need to beat GWS to have a chance at finishing minor premiers. ASPLEY V REDLAND Round 21, Saturday August 23 at Casheezi Park, 1.30pm Aspley should benefit from the bye this weekend and beat the Bombers on their home turf next week, but it will be a different story in the final round of the season. True pride in special brand XAVIER Clarke knows he has one of the toughest coaching assignments in the country, but he wouldnt have it any other way. Twice he has knocked back developing coaching opportunities in the AFL, and if he was asked at the end of the year to head back to the elite level, he would say no again. The challenge of running his own football side for a full season for the first time, plus the demands of travel and the geographical nature of where his players are based are some of the demands that come from being NT Thunders head coach. The 30-year-old believes taking the hard road will By JESS WEBSTER make him a better coach in the future. The experience of being able to come up here, compared to going to an AFL club and just being a sole development coach, is so much different, he said. Ive seen guys come out of the AFL into development coaching roles and they are stuck there for five years before they move anywhere, and then end up coaching country league footy. My experience in the AFL is something I can hopefully take up, not down. That was probably one of the reasons that I thought I would actually give this a crack because the experience it can give me was better than any other option. One of Clarkes biggest goals when joining NT Thunder was for the players to help drive the direction of the club. They have turned around their fortunes from a disappointing seventh last season to equal first after 15 rounds, and an opportunity to host the NEAFL Grand Final if they are the highest ranked qualifier. We coach the individual in terms of what they need to do to improve the team, but ultimately for me I think the way you approach your footy and your training transfers into your everyday life, he said. I call it personal brand. Thats the way I speak to my boys about taking pride in their footy, but also who they are and how they want to build as individuals The NT News is giving one lucky reader the chance to become show king or queen of the 2014 Royal Darwin Show. Get express entry for you and your family, VIP seating with drinks and nibbles at the Spectacular Canadian Lumberjack Show, get 3 showbags of your choice, tickets for 10 rides and the opportunity to meet Dora the Explorer. 10 runners up will also receive a family pass to the Show. Royal Darwin Show July 24-26. To enter visit ntnews.com.au/competitions WIN AND BE CROWNED SHOW ROYALTY Entries close midnight 22/7/14. Winners drawn 10am 23/7/14 and contacted by phone. See ntnews.com.au/competitions for full terms and conditions. 30