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40 SPORT THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Ange picks his man to lead Socceroos - Page 37 REDNECK RACISTS ST MARYS three-time premiership player Justin Wilson has fired a salvo at what he calls Victorias redneck bush football community. Wilson is still seething after 18-year-old Tiwi islander Cosmos Munkara was allegedly racially abused by an opposition player in a Kyabram Districts Football League match last month. The veteran Saint has heard first hand, a series of racist comments on and off the field during his five-year involvement in Victorian country league matches. Some people just havent grasped the concept of indigenous people and the reasons they come down south to play footy, he said. Ive played in the Kerang (Central Murray), Mildura (Sunraysia) and Bendigo leagues and there are a lot of red necks there that need to be hung out to dry and made accountable. Its confusing to me, because in the 11 years Ive been playing in the NTFL I havent heard a racist comment made despite the wide variety of different cultures that play the game here in Darwin. Yet in five seasons in country Victoria, two or three incidents that I know of have happened and obviously they continue to happen. They are behind the times down there. The fans should be banned like the players if they want to carry on like that. Wilson said it was a simple case of a lack of respect being shown towards the Tiwi players, who were desperately trying to make their families proud by playing football interstate. The Tiwi boys come down for the right reasons, not the wrong ones and that is to play football in conditions that are very cold and foreign to them compared to the Top End, he said. Its hard for Aboriginal boys everywhere to cope with that and being away from their families, without copping racist comments on top of that. Obviously the Long family is close to me and (former Essendon champion) Michael has been an ambassador for educating people in racism for a lot of years. Its why you get disheartened when you see it still hap pening in the country leagues. They need to stamp it out and make people more accountable for their actions. Until you get to meet some of the Aboriginal families, you dont know how wonderful they are. I bet the people making these comments still love seeing Cyril (Rioli) running around if they barrack for Hawthorn or any other fans with Aboriginal players in their teams. By GREY MORRIS FOOTBALL JA LENDS A BACKHAND 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, (known as JA), visited Darwin juniors 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. See story on Page 38 Picture: JUSTIN SANSON MYSTERY NUMBER BUY THIS PAPER AND YOU COULD WIN THE JACKPOT! Money jackpots each day Monday to Friday by $10 $3770 JA CK PO T MYSTERY NUMBERTO WIN INSTANTLY RING 1900 966 372 Conditions: Page 2 AND KEY IN YOUR LUCKY NUMBER Thursday