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20 SPORT MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Exit fears ease as Austin powers on AUSTIN Wonaeamirri gave his biggest indication yet of sticking with NEAFL club NT Thunder after playing in a club practice match on Saturday morning in Darwin. The ex-Melbourne Demons goalsneak was believed to be considering joining Patrick Heenan and Ross Tungatalum in leaving the club, but flew in from the Tiwi Islands to gain match fitness in a trial match with the under-18 and under-16 squads, along with other senior team players. Wonaeamirri will meet with club officials this week to confirm his decision to stay after it was revealed last week Heenan and Tungatalum have sought clearances to play football in country Victoria. The matter is now before the NT Thunder board, where a financial resolution will need to be met before the players are released. Wonaeamirri originally sought a clearance to join his former Demons teammate and fellow Territorian Aaron Davey at VFL club Richmond in the off-season, but Richmond would not pay the clearance fee put forward by NT Thunder. The half-forward has played one match for Thunder in the 2014 NEAFL season. By JESS WEBSTER Sharks stinging loss: Hornets buzz grows ASPLEY are continuing to go from strength-to-strength in the NEAFL competition after coming from behind early to beat rivals the Southport Sharks by 49 points at Graham Rd on Saturday. A six-goal-to-none second term broke the match open as the Hornets ran away with a 15.13 (103) to 7.12 (54) victory on the back of stellar performances from midfielder Ryan Matthews and five goals to Wanderers forward Eddie Sansbury. Redland jumped into third on the ladder when they ran out 16.11 (107) to 11.10 (76) winners after trailing by a point at three-quarter time against the Brisbane Lions Reserves. Cleve Hughes continues to lead the competitions goalkicking count with another bag of five goals, while Ash McGrath made a successful return to the park for the Lions with four. Sydney University remained in finals contention as they kept Belconnen goal-less in the first half on their way to a 16.12 (108) to 5.9 (39) win. Sydney Hills Eagles outlasted Queanbeyan 11.19 (85) to 10.16 (76) and Ainslie were too strong for Eastlake to triumph 10.23 (83) to 7.5 (47). Sydney Swans maintained top place on the ladder by defeating the winless Gold Coast 12.12 (84) to 9.12 (66). NEAFL LADDER P W L D % Pts Sydney 9 8 1 - 233.4 32 GWS Giants 9 7 2 - 206.8 28 Redland 8 7 1 - 144.6 28 NT Thunder 10 7 3 - 103.2 28 Aspley 9 6 3 - 181.2 24 Ainslie 9 6 3 - 126.4 24 Sydney Uni 6 6 3 - 115.4 24 Southport 9 5 4 - 129.0 20 Brisbane 9 3 6 - 84.9 12 Sydney Hills 10 3 7 - 73.5 12 Queanbeyan 9 2 7 - 73.5 8 Belconnen 8 2 6 - 54.5 8 Eastlake 8 1 7 - 39.9 4 Gold Coast 10 - - 10 43.2 0 NEAFL WRAP Round 11 Sydney Hills Eagles 11.19 (85) d Queanbeyan 10.16 (76) Sydney University 16.12 (108) d Belconnen 5.9 (39) Ainslie 10.23 (83) d Eastlake 7.5 (47) Redland 16.11 (107) d Brisbane 11.10 (76) Aspley 15.13 (103) d Southport 7.12 (54) Sydney Swans 12.12 (84) d Gold Coast 9.12 (66) Hail The Three Amigos THE Brisbane Lions troupe of busy small forwards known as The Three Amigos is a collective weapon that will excite fans for years to come, coach Justin Leppitsch says. Although largely understated after his sides upset eightpoint win over the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, Leppitsch praised Dayne Zorko, Josh Green and Lewis Taylor. Zorko (19 disposals, 1.2 and two score assists) set the Lions alight in the second term with some brilliant busts and ball use, while Green (18 touches and two goals) and Taylor (21) were also pivotal with their line-breaking running. We have a weapon, I think, and one thatll be around for a long period of time. So our fans can be really excited, Leppitsch said post-match when asked about the damaging trio. They all talk to each other too, The Three Amigos they dont leave each others side throughout the week either. Its a terrific strength weve got. Hopefully we can maximise it every week and they can contribute like they did tonight. Leppitsch said his sides matchwinning second term, when it added 7.5 to just 2.2 to take a 27-point lead, was probably the best the Lions had played under his coaching. Roos rally floors shattered Tigers NORTH Melbourne have crushed Richmonds season in one incredible quarter, producing one of their greatest-ever comebacks to win comfortably at Etihad Stadium. North Melbournes second half made amends for a dismal first, as they won 17.14 (116) to 13.10 (88). The Kangaroos condensed their Jekyll and Hyde season into the match, turning around a 35-point half-time deficit to a 15-point lead in 20 minutes. Richmonds ferocity was stolen by North Melbourne; the Tigers completely imploded, conceding goal after goal. Drew Petrie was irrepressible in the air, Brent Harvey was lethal by foot and Levi Greenwood provided the run to power them home. For all of the heartbreak endured by Richmond fans over the years, there cannot be many tougher days than this. From the opening bounce, the Tigers were tough, played with purpose and looked set for an upset. With a nod to their last-out defeat to Essendon, Richmonds banner read Restore the Roar, and thats what they set about doing. A tight opening quarter finished with the Tigers one point up and unlucky not to be further ahead. Their relentless pressure told in the second term, with Aaron Edwards, Dustin Martin twice, Ty Vickery and Ivan Maric all kicking truly to put the Tigers well on top. Martins 19-touch four-goal half particularly impressed. The Kangaroos looked demoralised and destroyed; with Scott Thompsons late and wild swing of the arm to Jack Riewoldts head sure to be analysed. But whatever Kangaroos coach Brad Scott told his team at half-time will go down in North Melbourne folklore. They were unrecognisable after the main break, slamming on eight goals in sixteen minutes. Petrie kicked three, with Robin Nahas and Harvey also prominent. The Tigers had a chance to recover when Petrie missed an easy kick for his fourth, and Matt Dea stole in with a goal to break the flow. But eight points was as close as the Tigers got, the Kangaroos closing out the match with a five-goal final term. Only once in their history had the Kangaroos come back from such a half-time deficit, finishing 28 points to the good. ROOS V TIGERS 116NTH MELB3.3 4.7 12.11 17.14 88RICHMOND3.4 10.6 11.8 13.10 GOALS North Melbourne: Petrie 4, Harvey 3, Bastinac 2, Ziebell 2, Nahas 2, Greenwood, Black, Cunnington, Goldstein Richmond: Martin 4, Riewoldt 3, Morris, Thomas, Edwards, Vickery, Maric, Dea BEST North Melbourne: Harvey, Swallow, Greenwood, Petrie, Goldstein, Nahas, Ziebell Richmond: Martin, Thomas, Houli, Ellis, Miles INJURIES North Melbourne: L Thomas (hamstring) replaced in selected side by S Wright, Adams (head) Richmond: To be confirmed UMPIRES Hoskin, Schmitt, Mollison OFFICIAL CROWD 32,977 at Etihad Stadium By BEN McKAY in Melbourne North Melbourne star Brent Harvey on the rampage against the hapless Richmond at Etihad Stadium last night