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Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014



Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014


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60 SPORT SUNDAY MAY 18 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Thunder bounce back with lightning speed T E R R I T O R Y T h u n d e r atoned for their record-breaking NEAFL loss last by dismantling the Brisbane Lions Reserves at TIO Stadium last night. Thunder showed no lingering effects of a demoralising 125-point hammering of Aspley as they led the ninth-placed Lions by 40 points at quartertime before winning by 69. The 19.14 (128) to 8.11 (59) victory was full of hard running and dominance around the stoppages as The Territory broke the match open with its customary flair and speed in a complete turnaround from last week. It took only a minute of play in the first quarter for Willie Rioli who missed last weekends match due to a close friends funeral in Perth to spin out of trouble and goal from 50m out. Ewing had four at quartertime as Thunder went into half-time 60 points clear. Cameron Ilett set the tone early in the centre in the absence of Alwyn Davey, who was rested. Darren Ewing was on the receiving end of some quality supply but was also terrific in beating his AFL-listed opponent Jordon Bourke in several contests to finish with six goals. Chris Dunne kicked four in the middle quarters to end up with five. Justin Beugelaar had an entertaining battle with Stefan Martin playing his first match of the year on the comeback from a persistent back injury to hold the former Melbourne Demon to two goals, both coming in the third quarter. The win keeps the NT on top of the ladder as the competition has a bye next week for the NEAFL representative clash against the WAFL in Sydney. Eight Territory players were named in the initial 42-player, which will be cut to 25 this week. By JESS WEBSTER NEAFL Umpire boss slams fans over inconsiderate booing AFL umpiring boss Wayne Campbell has lashed those sections of the crowd on Friday night that booed concussed official Troy Pannell. The third quarter of the Etihad Stadium clash between Essendon and Sydney was stopped for about five minutes as Pannell was assessed before leaving the ground on a stretcher. A minority of the 41,098 in attendance cheered Pannells accidental collision with Nick Malceski, then gave the umpire an unceremonious exit. It was disrespectful, Campbell told the AFL website yesterday.. A small minority of the crowd have to ask themselves if theyre proud of themselves this morning for acting that way. Campbell said Pannell was recovering well from the blow to the back of his head. Swans defender Dane Rampe expressed his sides disapproval with Pannells send-off. A few of the players out there were saying thats not on, Rampe said. And its not. No matter what the state of the game is, its unsportsmanlike. The boos provoked widespread condemnation on Twitter, with Bombers defender Michael Hibberd among the users saying it was in poor taste. Meanwhile, Sydney coach John Longmire believed Dan Hannebery had no option but to crash into Michael Hurleys head in Friday nights match, with the team now hoping the AFLs match review panel would share his outlook. Hannebery and Hurley were both hunting a loose ball in the third quarter of the Swans 50-point win when they collided. Hurley bent over to take possession of the Sherrin when he was floored by Hannebery, who turned his hip but appeared to act on instinct rather than out of malice. I had a look at it and I guess the question Id ask is what else was he supposed to do? Longmire said. One, he could not go for the ball and you dont want to encourage that. Two, he goes in head first as well and I dont want to encourage that either. So I dont know what the other options are. None of the umpires believed the incident warranted a free kick, let alone a report. Dockers add cream to Pavs milestone FREMANTLE celebrated Matthew Pavlichs 300-game milestone in grand style with a comfortable 32-point win over AFL heavyweights Geelong at Patersons Stadium last night. Pavlich booted 3.3 from 16 possessions, and in the process passed the 600-goal mark in the 13.18 (96) to 9.10 (64) triumph in front of 38,565 adoring fans. Geelong were not able to recover from their goalless opening quarter as Fremantles relentless pressure took its toll. Mercurial Cats midfielder Steve Johnson could come under strife for his subtle headbutt on tagger Ryan Crowley. Dockers ruckman Zac Clarke will also face scrutiny for his swinging elbow that collected Johnson high in the second quarter. Fremantles fifth win of the year lifted them into fifth spot on the table ahead of next weeks bye. And with a host of games against lesser sides to come over the next 10 weeks, the Dockers are well placed to make a charge towards the top-four. Geelong (6-2) dropped to fourth spot ahead of next Fridays clash with North Melbourne. Pavlich, who became the first Perth-based AFL player to reach 300 games, enjoyed a dream start to the match. It took him just 26 seconds to take a mark inside-50m, and he made no mistake with the resultant shot from the boundary line. Pavlich had a hand in the next two goals, before nailing another of his own to bring his career tally to 600. Not much went right for Geelong in the opening quarter. Even the ultra reliable Jimmy Bartel was off the boil, with the 2007 Brownlow medallist dropping two easy marks and spraying two shots he normally would have nailed. The Dockers led 33-3 at the first change, but they wasted the chance to kill off the game in the second quarter after booting a wayward 2.8. Geelong closed to within 19 points with six minutes left. But Pavlich stood tall when it mattered most, with a clever chip off his left boot allowing Tom Sheridan to kick the sealer. Dockers Stephen Hill, Michael Barlow, Nat Fyfe and David Mundy ran rampant through the midfield. Thunders Liam Patrick is held without the ball by a Brisbane Lions Reserves player at TIO Stadium last night Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD 96DOCKERS5.3 7.11 10.15 13.18 64CATS0.3 3.5 6.7 9.10 BEST Fremantle: S Hill D Mundy H Ballantyne A Sandilands M Johnson M Pavlich N Fyfe. Geelong: T Hawkins 3 T Varcoe 2 G Horlin-Smith J Bartel J Murdoch S Motlop. GOALS Fremantle: H Ballantyne 3 M Pavlich 3 T Mzungu 2 D Pearce M Barlow N Fyfe P Duffield T Sheridan. Geelong: T Hawkins 3 T Varcoe 2 G Horlin-Smith J Bartel J Murdoch S Motlop. UMPIRES Chris Donlon, Jeff Dalgleish, Ray Chamberlain. CROWD 38,565 at Patersons Stadium. 128THUNDER7.4 11.10 16.10 19.14 59LIONS1.0 2.3. 6.6 8.11 BEST NT Thunder: C Ilett D Ewing C Dunne B Rioli M Rosier Brisbane: R Harwood L Moseley J Polkinghorne S Martin J Crisp GOALS NT Thunder: D Ewing 6 C Dunne 5 L Patrick 2 S Rioli 2 N Djerrkura J Musgrove W Rioli J Farrell Brisbane: S Martin 2 D McStay I Conway L Moseley A Smith R Bewick H Bertoli-Simmonds