The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014
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38 SPORT THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 FOOTROT FLATS COLA war heating up CARLTON coach Mick Malthouse has called on the AFL to scrap its cost-of-living allowance (COLA) now, rather than wait until 2017. A Fairfax Media report on Tuesday suggested the league would remove COLA by the start of the 2017 season, replacing it with rent subsidies for the two clubs based in Sydney. Greater Western Sydney would retain salary cap concessions in 2017 under the new system of equalisation measures to be announced in June. Malthouse, a long-term critic of COLA and the twotiered system he feels it has created, wanted action now. 2017? Whats wrong with 2016 or 2015, he asked. The quicker we straighten it out ... so theres no spikes in someone elses salary cap for particular reasons or because you live here or whatever you do, the better. McLeod targets racist fans TERRITORIAN Andrew McLeod wants the AFL to follow world soccers Say No To Racism concept to end racial abuse towards players from the terraces and in society. The Crows premiership hero has urged the AFL to end theme rounds like Indigenous Round at the end of the month and Multicultural Round in mid-July and re place them with a No to Racism campaign developed by the AFL players union. We should be celebrating the indigenous and multicultural themes of our game every week, McLeod said. I understand why these theme rounds exist to promote the game, but there is now a need for a round where we promote the fight against racism. Weve seen where the AFL is changing rules to make the game appealing to everyone. Here is a campaign that can change more than football. The AFL had its strong stand against racism tarnished this week by another two cases of racial abuse from fans towards the players. Brownlow medallist and Australian of the Year Adam Goodes was subjected to a racial taunt from an Essendon fan while playing for Sydney at Etihad Stadium on Friday. This was the second case of abuse towards Goodes in 12 months after he was abused by a teenage Collingwood fan at the MCG last year. And Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon on Tuesday apologised to Melbourne player Neville Jetta and his family for racial abuse from a Bulldogs fan during a match on May 10. McLeod wants AFL players to front a major campaign that replicates their intolerance to racism on the field. The players need to drive this because they have the most influence on the supporters, the dual premiership player said. As a collective the AFL, the clubs and the players we can change attitudes in society by educating the fans. It needs to happen. McLeod, who was repeat edly subjected to racial abuse from fans in his club-record 340 AFL games with Adelaide, says that racism has been beaten on the field but not in football crowds. No one is born as a racist, McLeod said. We will always have people who do not understand what they are saying. But the best way to remove racism from someones behaviour is to educate. The AFL can be at the forefront of educating people in Australia against racism. When I was younger I would roll with it. It always shocked me. But I would get through it by trying to play better as a way of responding . By MICHELANGELO RUCCI FOOTBALL Alexander serves up ace advice to Darwins juniors By JESS WEBSTER TENNIS FOUR aspiring Territory tennis players got the lesson of a lifetime yesterday when Australian legend John Alexander hit the court as their hitting partner. Alexander, 62, visited Darwin juniors Serena Adams, 12, Eilis Kruger, 11, Peter Politis, 10, and Kyle ODonoghueEllis, 12, at the AWOF Sports Centre in Coconut Grove. Alexander, who won seven singles and 27 doubles titles during his professional tennis career spanning the 1960s to 1980s, regularly conducts clinics with junior players around the country. He said participation and a decline in available courts has contributed to Australias form slump at the elite level. Weve got a great history but its not a great time for us at the moment, for a country that in the 60s and 70s had more than five of worlds top 10 tennis players in both the womens and mens divisions, he said. Its about participation, particularly in the major cities where participation has gone down with the loss of infrastructure. Alexander reached a career-high ranking of No.4 in 1975 and was one of the longest-serving players for Australia in the Davis Cup. He said he enjoys offering tips and advice to young players when he can. The last time I came here it was 1985 and Tennis Australia arranged us to spend some really meaningful time here. It was very good because they get so little of that input, he said. I think having a fresh pair of eyes on anyones game is not a bad idea. Australian tennis great John Alexander shared some tips with aspiring Darwin junior players Kyle ODonoghue-Ellis and Serena Adams, both 12 Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Great Scott will eat up hard yards MATT Scott might be the only out-and-out prop in Queenslands State of Origin line-up but Corey Parker cant think of many better in rugby league at the moment. Scott will aim to bring his phenomenal club form into next weeks Origin opener against NSW in Brisbane in a role that will take on added emphasis in the absence of Sam Thaiday. Queenslands eight Origin series wins in a row have been built on a platform of prop rotation during matches with options such as Scott, Petero Civoniceva, Steve Price, Ben Hannant and others taking turns to batter the Blues lines. The Queensland stocks look a bit thinner than normal this year with Nate Myles partnering Scott in the Maroons front-row and Parker, Ben Teo and Chris McQueen likely to perform part-time roles. It could lead to NSW targeting Scott in a bid to blunt his effectiveness but Parker believes the Kangaroos bookend will be able to repel anything the Blues throw at him, comparing him to former Queensland warhorse Shane Webcke. Its just his consistency, Parker said. Hes unrelenting. Every time you play him, its a battle. Its very similar to how Webby used to play. When hes doing that, just with his sheer determination and size, its going to be a battle for anyone. Scott has ripped apart Brisbane and the Sydney Roosters in his past two outings. By ED JACKSON RUGBY LEAGUE
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