The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Jul 2014
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20 JUST FOOTY MONDAY JULY 14 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Guts n glory Docker shocker FREMANTLE small forward Hayden Ballantyne has shown his best and worst sides again in the Dockers 76-point win over the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Patersons Stadium yesterday. Despite the Dockers recording the comfortable 21.10 (136) to 9.6 (60) win in which Ballantyne was a big contributor with five goals, he was reported just before threequarter-time for a behind-theplay hit to the stomach of tagger Tomas Bugg. Ballantyne already missed one game earlier this season through suspension and has 87.25 carry-over points. That was the only sour moment for Fremantle against a competitive yet outclassed Giants as the home side moved into second place on the ladder ahead of Hawthorn, Geelong and Port Adelaide. The Dockers extended their lead at every change having led by 16 points at quartertime, 30 at half-time and 41 at three-quarter-time but put their foot down in the final term with seven goals to two. Nat Fyfe was outstanding for Fremantle with 29 possessions and two goals, while Tendai Mzungu racked up 26 touches, David Mundy 25, Lachie Neale 24, Michael Barlow 23, Cameron Sutcliffe 22 and Lee Spurr 22, respectively. Anthony Morabito played his first game in Perth since 2010 and was again the substitute until the third quarter. Nick Suban and Mathew Pavlich did well up forward for the Dockers with three goals apiece. Ryan Crowley was also at his stopping best limiting Tom Scully to just 16 touches for the Giants. Despite the losing margin, there was a lot to like from the Giants in a competitive showing for the most part against a premiership heavyweight. Toby Greene was in his second game back from his clubimposed suspension and was one of the best afield with 35 possessions and a goal. Callan Ward also had 29 touches, Dylan Shiel 28, Phil Davis 23 in defence and Devon Smith 23. Lachie Whitfield kicked three goals, while Adam Tomlinson kicked two from 19 touches and 10 marks. Jeremy Cameron also regained some form with 17 touches and seven marks while kicking two goals from six shots. Shane Mumford also did well in the ruck limiting the influence of Fremantle giant Aaron Sandilands. OMeara vows Suns able without Ablett GOLD Coast midfield star Jaeger OMeara insists the Suns have the depth to cover for Gary Ablett and will use the bye week to re-load for a fullon assault on the AFL finals. OMeara was the Gold Coasts best player in the 28point loss to the Western Bulldogs in Cairns on Saturday with 22 disposals, two goals, five clearances and five inside 50 entries as the Suns stumbled to the 14th-placed Bulldogs. The Suns will have this weekend off before resuming their tilt for a maiden finals berth against Brisbane in QClash 8 at the Gabba on July 26. Since 2011, the Suns have lost all six games when Ablett has not featured in the line-up but this was the first time they were genuinely expected to win without their captain. The upset loss leaves the Gold Coasts finals hopes teetering on the brink. They must win four of their last six matches to lock-in a finals spot, starting with the Lions. Its going to be a tough run home but weve got a few days off now, OMeara said. OMeara said the loss of Ablett to a season-ending shoulder reconstruction was no excuse for their last loss. We are good enough to beat sides without Gary. Hes obviously a key player in our team but I think weve got enough depth in our side now to win without him, he said. It probably comes down to us playing a quarter of hard footy and the Bulldogs played three quarters of hard footy. The Bulldogs had 419 disposals on the night to the Gold Coasts 304 and had 20 more inside 50 entries and five more clearances. Apart from a sizzling burst from the Suns in the second term, the Dogs were always in control. Richmonds Troy Chaplin celebrates a goal during the Tigers 20-point win against Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium yesterday Picture: DARRIAN TRAYNOR Tigers pull down big game side PORT Adelaides top-four hopes have suffered another body blow after Richmonds upset win by 20 points at Etihad Stadium yesterday. Richmond led by 13 points at the final change and surged clear with a five-goal final term to win 19.12 (126) to Ports 16.10 (106). It was just Richmonds sixth win from 16 AFL games in 2014. But it was clearly their best as coach Damien Hardwicks side claimed a top-eight scalp and also notched three consecutive victories. After winning 10 of their first 11 games, former competition leaders Port now sit on 11-5 after four losses in five matches. No one celebrated harder for the Tigers than exPort defender Troy Chaplin, who kicked his only two goals for the season on Sunday, both in the last quarter. Sam Lloyd and Jack Riewoldt booted three goals each for Richmond and Anthony Miles, Trent Cotchin and Brandon Ellis were major ballwinners. Skipper Travis Boak was dominant for Port while Robbie Gray kicked four goals and Coleman Medal leader Jay Schulz was held to two, reaching his half century. Robbie Gray was assisted off after suffering concussion in a head clash with Richmonds Dylan Grimes in the final term. The Tigers were five points ahead at quarter-time and booted seven goals to Ports five in a free-flowing second term. Richmond led 11.6 (72) to 8.4 (52) at half-time. Gibson back to see feathers fly between Hawks and Swans HAWTHORN key defender Josh Gibson has put his hand up to return for the blockbuster against Sydney next round just to get away from his own fitness staff. The best and fairest winner endured torturous training sessions for the past two weeks to be primed for the timely comeback in the top of the table clash with the red-hot Swans at the MCG on Satur day week. He has been getting flogged on the track with his running. I think hell be pretty happy to play again so he can stop doing all that stuff, Hawks football operations manager Chris Fagan said. He has been hammered and he has trained really well. To his credit, he has done a fantastic rehab, so hell be ready to go unless theres any unlikely hiccups in the next two weeks. The Hawks wont hesitate to recall Gibson despite him missing the past eight games with the torn left pectoral muscle from the 19 points loss to Sydney in round 8. He has earned his stripes. Hes good enough to put him straight back in and he has been doing all the ball work for the last couple of weeks, Fagan said. He was pushing to play on Friday night, but we decided to take the extra two weeks to be doubly sure that everything has healed up with that pec muscle. Players have four days off after attending Saturday nights 1988-89 premiership functions and next weekends bye should ensure midfielders Brad Hill (knee) and Brad Sewell (hamstring) are ready to go too. Ruckman-forward David Hale and forward Billy Hartung showed solid form in VFL affiliate Box Hill Hawks win on Saturday to provide further selection options. And young midfielder Alex Woodward, who has overcome two right-knee reconstructions, is close to being the AFL premiers ninth debutant. He has been knocking on the door, Fagan said. RICHMOND V PORT ADELAIDE 126TIGERS4.2 11.6 14.7 19.12 106POWER3.3 8.4 12.6 16.10 BEST Richmond: A Miles T Cotchin B Deledio A Rance T Chaplin D Martin J Riewoldt. Port Adelaide: T Boak R Gray K Cornes O Wines. GOALS Richmond: J Riewoldt 3 S Lloyd 3 R Petterd 2 T Chaplin 2 T Vickery 2 B Deledio B Houli D Jackson D Martin N Vlastuin S Edwards T Cotchin. Port Adelaide: R Gray 4 J Schulz 2 M Broadbent 2 M White 2 C Wingard H Hartlett J Polec O Wines S Gray T Boak. UMPIRES L Farmer, A Mitchell, J Bannister CROWD 21,483 at Etihad Stadium FREMANTLE V GWS GIANTS 136DOCKERS4.1 9.5 14.5 21.10 60GIANTS1.3 4.5 7.6 9.6 BEST Fremantle: N Fyfe D Mundy H Ballantyne R Crowley L Spurr T Mzungu M Pavlich. Greater Western Sydney: T Greene C Ward L Whitfield S Mumford A Tomlinson J Cameron. GOALS Fremantle: H Ballantyne 5 M Pavlich 3 N Suban 3 D Pearce 2 N Fyfe 2 A Sandilands C Mayne L Neale L Spurr M Barlow Z Clarke. Greater Western Sydney: L Whitfield 3 A Tomlinson 2 J Cameron 2 C Ward T Greene. UMPIRES B Ryan, J Dalgleish, C Fleer CROWD 33,597 at Patersons Stadium. By CHRIS PIKE
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