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The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Jul 2014



The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Jul 2014

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MONDAY JULY 14 2014 JUST FOOTY 21 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA P W L D % Pts GWS GIANTS 13 11 2 0 211.2 44 SYDNEY 13 11 2 0 187 44 NT THUNDER 14 11 3 0 124.9 44 ASPLEY 13 10 3 0 164.6 40 REDLAND 12 9 3 0 126.5 36 SOUTHPORT 13 8 5 0 15538 32 Ainslie 13 8 5 0 121.5 32 Sydney Uni 12 6 6 0 92.7 24 Sydney Hills 13 5 8 0 85 20 Brisbane 13 3 10 0 75.4 12 Belconnen 12 3 9 0 62.4 12 Eastlake 12 3 9 0 54.1 12 Queanbeyan 13 2 11 0 63.2 8 Gold Coast 14 0 14 0 42.7 0 Thrilling Thunderclap for Riolis milestone THERE was no better feeling for NT Thunder midfielder Brad Vassal than to kick the winning goal in teammate Shannon Riolis 50th milestone match at the weekend. The Territory escaped with a thrilling one-point victory over the Brisbane Lions Reserves when Vassal snapped a goal from the pocket at the 27-minute mark to put his side seven points clear, before the Lions scored a late major. The 30-year-old said that it was one of the more memorable moments of his career in a match the Territory desperately needed to win to keep their aspirations of a top two finish alive. The big key for us was Shannon Rioli in his milestone game you dont want any of your teammates to remember a loss, so to get over the line and contribute was massive, he said. It was really good to see his face and to see how happy he was. In my whole career Ive never really kicked that last crucial goal, so it was an honour to do it because Shannon has been such a good player and I really respect their family. The win keeps Thunder in equal first position ahead of a bye this weekend. They will take on the Sydney Swans Reserves who beat them by 67 points in Round 10 at TIO Stadium in a fortnight. Vassal said the playing group has come along way in the past month and a win against the Swans will be just what the clubs needs heading into the finals series. The win (against the Lions) was very important for us as a team. Our under-18s in Errin Wasley-Black, Sam Godden and Abe Ankers who came back into the side really stood up as well. We have all bonded a lot more and understand how each other all plays. We are playing really good teamorientated football. We learned a lot from that loss against the Swans and we are looking forward to the challenge. I think we will be up for it, and really give ourselves some momentum heading into the finals. Vassal is set to play his 50th milestone match against Sydney, while Darren Ewing is also primed to kick his 500th club goal after booting four to finish on 499 against the Lions. The 50-game milestone man Shannon Rioli celebrates with teammates after NT Thunders one-point win over Brisbane Lions at the Gabba Picture: MARK CALLEJA Federal prevail but Wests force them to fight for it AN eight-goal opening term by Federal could have been the final dent in Wests hopes to reach the AFL Central Australia top four this season. This set the scene for a 13-11 (89) to 9.6 (60) win for Federal and lifts them three wins plus a massive percentage ahead of their nearest challenger for fourth place. But after the initial onslaught Federal were only able to add 5.10 to 6.5 for the rest of the game. Federal captain Joe Relic gave credit to Wests for playing the game out and not giving in. We knew we had to get the win and were not concerned about how we got it, he said. The boys knew the win was there after the first quarter but did not put the game away. The first quarter was crisp and clean as we played good football and know we can reproduce it in the finals. We had quite a few guys missing in the end and had to pull players up from the Bgrade including a couple who had to double up. Federal were also without coach Stephen Brooks, who was suspended after being reported for abusive behaviour towards an umpire against Western Aranda two weeks ago, with Jai Pumphrey taking on the mentoring role. Souths did Federal a favour by defeating Ltyentye Apurte 14.10 (94) to 5.12 (42) win after trailing by a point at half-time. The Saints were kept goal less after the long break while Daniel Stafford continued his good form from Countrys win against City last week with three goals to take his match tally to five. Yesterdays game between Rovers and Western Aranda was played in completely contrasting conditions to the perfect football day on Saturday. But it did not stop Rover from posting the highest score of the weekend 19/19 (133) to 3.1 (19) with the Bulldogs scoreless for three quarters. Rovers coach Fred Campbell was delighted with the teams performance in the conditions which were more akin to a wet and cold Melbourne day than Alice Springs. Campbell said Rovers, now a game clear of Pioneer in second place, were halfway to where they wanted to go this season. He wanted Rovers to finish off the season well. Buzz over Hornets as Sharks fall ASPLEY put some valuable distance between them and their rivals with a commanding 43-point win over Southport at Fankhauser Reserve yesterday. Led by a four-goal, best-onground performance from Austin Lucy, the 13.13 (91) to 7.6 (48) victory puts the Hornets a game clear in fourth position ahead of Redland and the Sharks. The top four teams GWS, Sydney, NT Thunder and Aspley all have a bye next week while the Bombers and Sharks do battle in Brisbane. Redland were easy 17.22 (124) to 11.6 (72) winners over Eastlake with Cleve Hughes booting six goals. He now sits just one behind Thunders Darren Ewing in the competitions goal-kicking leaderboard. Ainslie continue to press for a top-six berth after a 22.8 (14) to 8.3 (51) demolition of Queanbeyan, while a wasteful Sydney overcame Belconnen 9.17 (71) to 6.11 (47). GWS cruised past the winless Gold Coast by 43 points, while Sydney University were too strong for Sydney Hills Eagles, claiming a 41-point victory. THEY might be having a few days off but ladder-leaders Sydney Swans promise they wont take their foot off the pedal as another heavyweight showdown with premiers Hawthorn looms. The Swans on Saturday night extended their winning streak to 12, equalling the clubs all-time record, with a 71-point drubbing of Carlton at the SCG. It started out as a fairly even and low-scoring contest but ended up a one-sided affair after a 10-goal assault in the third quarter. Half of those came from superstar forward Lance Franklin, who helped his side pile on 64 points to the Blues one in the term. Our second half was fantastic, Swans coach John Longmire said. We were maybe trying to be a little bit cute in the first half at times, and sometimes thats not the way to play footy in those type of conditions. The Swans, who have a bye this week, are one game clear of Hawthorn, their next opponent on July 26 at the MCG. NEAFL LADDER ROUND 15 NEAFL ROUND 15 Redland 17.22 (124) d Eastlake 11.6 (72); Sydney 9.17 (71) d Belconnen 6.11 (47); Ainslie 22.8 (140) d Queanbeyan 8.3 (51); NT Thunder 17.5 (107) d Brisbane 16.10 (106); GWS Giants 16.16 (112) d Gold Coast 7.15 (57); Aspley 13.13 (91) d Southport 7.6 (48); Sydney Uni 17.5 (107) d Sydney Hills Eagles 9.12 (66). Swans vow Hawks will make it 13

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