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MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 SPORT 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA MELBOURNE VCOLLINGWOOD TV CHANNEL 7, FOX FOOTY, 2.30PM RADIO TRIPLE M, FIVEAA, ABC891 $4.65 TODAY, 2.50PM, MCG $1.20 IN C.Dawes, J.McKenzie, A.Riley OUT NEW MILESTONE T.McDonald - 50 games IN L.Ball, D.Swan, S.Dwyer, T.Broomhead, B.Grundy OUT N.Maxwell (calf), S.Sidebottom (suspension) DEF miD FwD int C.Garland 20 L.Dunn 14 N.Jetta 39 T.Langdon 41 J.Frost 45 A.Toovey 34 J.Grimes 31 T.McDonald 25 J.Howe 38 M.Williams 26 L.Keeffe 23 T.Goldsack 6 D.Cross 18 D.Tyson 12 B.Vince 23 D.Swan 36 B.Macaffer 3 H.Lumumba 8 M.Jamar 40 N.Jones 2 J.Viney 7 J.Witts 15 D.Beams 17 S.Pendlebury 10 R.Bail 44 J.Frawley 8 M.Jones 45 A.Fasolo 1 J.White 18 J.Blair 11 C.Pedersen 21 C.Dawes 6 J.Watts 4 L.Ball 12 T.Cloke 32 J.Elliott 19 FROM: M.Gawn 37, J.Kennedy-Harris 24, D.Terlich 46, A.Riley 27, C.Salem 3, J.Toumpas 5, J.McKenzie 13 FROM: S.Dwyer 2, B.Grundy 4, T.Adams 13, C.Young 14, J.Thomas 24, T.Broomhead 29, P.Seedsman 40 LAST TIME R11, 2013, COLLINGWOOD 17.20 (122) MELBOURNE 5.9 (39) Demons call on fans for full support COLLINGWOOD hold no fear for Melbourne, as the two AFL clubs attempt to reignite a rivalry that has turned tepid in recent years. A crowd of 50,835 watched the sides square off at the MCG last year, the lowest attendance on Queens Birthday since the clash became a regular fixture in 2001. It came five years after then chief executive Andrew Demetriou warned Melbournes supporters to turn up, otherwise the AFL would look at handing the date over to other clubs who are desperate to have an event. With the Demons now the leagues feel-good story following a sudden resurgence under new coach Paul Roos, the clubs annual cash cow is expected to deliver a much greater return. Roos spoke earlier in the week of how he was hoping to attract up to 80,000. Defender Colin Garland wants to play in front of the sort of large crowds the Magpies enjoy most rounds. But Garland said it was very much up to himself and his teammates. And when it comes to Queens Birthday, we havent really held up our side of the bargain recently, Garland said, referencing an average losing margin of 71 points in the past three encounters. Win, lose or draw I hope our supporters walk away saying the guys looked good, he said. We know well be up against it. Theyre a top-four side in good form, but we dont fear the Pies. The Demons new-found defensive steel has underlined their improvement this season. At the start of round 12 they were ranked sixth for fewest goals conceded, letting in an average of 11.2 a game. In 2013, that number was 17.9. Garland said an adherence to Roos non-negotiables tackling, pressure and quick defensive transition were partly responsible. Its pretty clear. If you dont do that, you dont play, he said. But the 26-year-old added time spent building respect and relationships during preseason was just as important. The time we put in was pretty immense, he said. Not just meetings and footy, but time off the field. We had more time around the club together. We talked a lot about leaving the past behind. By ROB FORSAITH in Melbourne Curtly Hampton in action for the Greater Western Sydney Giants against Essendon during AFL premiership action at Spotless Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night Picture: MATT KING Hampton faces injury lay-off CENTRALIAN-BORN Curtly Hampton, who is on the books for the Greater Western Sydney Giants, looks set to be sidelined for several weeks with a shoulder injury. Hampton suffered the setback during the third quarter of the Giants thrilling 15-point loss to Essendon at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night. He was holding his right shoulder in pain after a bump from Bombers Ben Howlett just seconds into the second half and was soon subbed off for Stephen Coniglio. The 21-year-old had his arm in a sling after the match and had scans on the injury yesterday. Giants spokesman Leigh Meyrick said the extent of Hamptons injury will be known early this week. Now in his third year of AFL, the Pioneer product has played 45 matches, including 10 this season where he is averaging almost 20 possessions a game. Its the second injury the athletic defender has suffered this season after missing his sides round eight loss to West Coast Eagles with an ankle problem. By JORDAN McARDLE in Alice Springs Thunder failed when going got tough: Clarke TERRITORY Thunder coach Xavier Clarke has blasted his playing group for throwing in the towel against a rampant Greater Western Sydney Giants Reserves at Spotless Stadium on Saturday. Thunder has slipped from first to fourth on the NEAFL ladder in the space of two weeks after back-to-back trips to Sydney yielded big losses to the Swans (67 points) and Giants (104). The Territory trailed by 21 points at half-time before conceding 16 goals to three in the second half. Despite the NT facing a Giants outfit fielding the maximum 22 AFL-listed players, with a combined 564 AFL games experience, Clarke said their effort level fell short. Our first half was really, really good. We went into the game trying to run and carry and create and play Territory footy and hopefully catch them off guard, and I think we went into half time fairly confident, he said. Unfortunately after halftime we didnt man up, were a bit lazy on their spread and they just hurt us. They kicked five goals in 10 minutes and not enough players put their hand up. Its a common thing that seems to be happening when teams start to get that roll on. Guys arent taking a bit of ownership and taking charge of the game and doing what they need to do to get it done. Elite teams, with guys that live it day-in, day-out, is always going to be a challenge. But we have to be competitive and not lay down and just throw in the towel when things get hard, and thats probably the thing to come out of these games, is that you have to be competitive right to the end whether you are 10 goals in front or 10 goals down. Thunder went into the Round 11 clash without talls Liam Patrick, Mitch Taylor, Jonathan Peris and Sebastian Guilhaus, who are all in line to play against the Gold Coast Suns at TIO Stadium this week. Clarke said having a consistent line-up after a trying month of football will help get the side back on track, but said effort and intensity is where it all starts. There is a couple of things we will take out of the game but its nothing new that we havent touched on already, he said. There is no miracle thats going to stop some of those blowouts, its just a few positional things and guys being a bit stronger in the contests, which is probably what it comes down to. As much as the Suns arent going crash hot I think they can see an opportunity and can sniff a bit of blood in the water. We just need to be on and up and about for this week, because we need to have this win at home to then go into a bye and reassess all our options and hopefully get a really strong team on the park.