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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 May 2014



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 May 2014

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36 SPORT TUESDAY MAY 6 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Giant Vic-tims of system that borders on neglect GWS Giants president Tony Shepherd has warned the AFL about becoming Victoriancentric to the detriment of the expanded competition. Shepherd claimed that the AFL may have a national competition but it was not yet the national game. The biggest challenge for the AFL is that it becomes a truly national competition and its not a truly national competition yet, Shepherd told the NT News. The fan base north of the Murray is just not big enough to call itself a truly national competition. That was reinforced again last Saturday when just 6500 hardy souls braved the cold to watch the Giants go down to Port Adelaide in Canberra. With the addition of the Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants in recent years as the second teams in Queensland and Sydney there are now eight of the 18 sides outside Victoria. Melbourne is in many respects the home of AFL. Its like Rome and we celebrate it but we have to recognise that to grow the code outside Victoria is an imperative, Shepherd said. We cannot afford to have a Victorian-centric philosophy. Shepherd was supporting claims by Port Adelaide president David Koch during last Saturdays official function in Canberra, who suggested that non-Victorian clubs should form their own bloc. We have to remind some of the clubs there is no V in AFL, Koch told the function. Thats a challenge. Decisions on scheduling affect us all and why we need a fair shake of it. The non-Victorian clubs should get a whole lot closer and remind the Victorian clubs that the future of the code is not in Victoria, its us, and particularly the Giants. To build the code you guys (the Giants) have to succeed. The Giants have the toughest job in the AFL attempting to expand into rugby leagues Western Sydney heartland and Shepherd claimed the club needed ongoing support. The support of the other 16 clubs for the expansion was terrific and it would not have happened without them but we need to continue that drive. We need to look at scheduling special games and the requirements of the local markets in the developing states, what suits them. It would be great for example to have an Anzac Day in Canberra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Anzacs in our national capital. Weve suggested a Good Friday game between the Swans and the Giants at the SCG next year because it works well with Easter for us. Shepherd claimed the Giants and Port Adelaide had a lot in common, both being the second clubs in their states. Mathew Stokes of the Cats and Steven Morris of the Tigers fight during the Cats five-point win at the MCG on Sunday Picture: QUINN ROONEY Viney straight to the tribunal for hit on Lynch MELBOURNE midfielder Jack Viney was referred directly to the AFL tribunal yesterday for his bump that left Adelaide forward Tom Lynch nursing a broken jaw. Lynch was sandwiched between Viney and Alex Georgiou in the incident on Saturday, which the match review panel opted against grading. Viney is set to front a hearing on Tuesday, while the debate over the merits of the bump and its place in modernday football will continue to rage. Apart from Viney, the only players facing suspensions from round seven are Richmond playmaker Brett Deledio and Geelongs Mathew Stokes. The pair were both charged with level-three striking offences in a heated second-quarter scrimmage between the Tigers and Cats on Sunday, but can accept one-match bans with early pleas. Fremantle midfielder David Mundy (rough conduct) and Brisbane forward Luke McGuane (striking) were also charged, but can both walk away with reprimands should they log an early plea. North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas, reported for striking Gold Coasts Danny Stanley, was cleared. Force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence, the panel said. Kossack hurts knee in Eastside landslide Trainor to exit: board Blues erupt TERRITORY Thunder forward Kayle Kossack could miss the rest of the NEAFL season after hurting his right knee in a Big Rivers Football League match. Kossack, who is yet to play a game for Thunder this year, limped from the field during Eastsides big win over RAAF Tindal in Katherine on Saturday. But it was the only negative for the Easterners, who booted seven goal to nil in the last quarter to beat the servicemen by 57 points, 14.9 (93) to 5.6 (36). Clement Chulung booted six goals in a masterly performance and another Kossack, Patrick, kicked four for the reigning premiers. Kalano beat Jilkminggan by 30 points in Saturdays early game, with Nightcliff recruit Caleb Clyden continuing his good form in a dominating performance through the middle. Beswick crushed the Arnhem Crows by 78 points, with the Blitner brothers, Jessom and Josh in scintillating form. The Crows were shadows of their former selves as the Joseph Brown-coached Bears ran them off their legs. The 16.13 (109) to 4.7 (31) win was proof Browns coaching style is working with his new side. The BRFL season reverts to a five-game format in Round 3 when new boys the Gurrindji Eagles join Lajamanu and Ngukurr on the playing roster. RUCTIONS at board level continue at Carlton with the impending resignation of vicepresident Ryan Trainor. Trainor, 39, will step down at the clubs board meeting at the end of the month. Unavailable for comment last night, he is said to be frustrated with the direction of the board. His resignation comes amid growing speculation of a challenge to the board of Stephen Kernahans anointed successor as president, Mark Logiudice. 3AW drive-time host Tom Elliott and Trainor are seen as potential alternative leaders while 1995 premiership star Fraser Brown has also been linked to a rival ticket. Trainor appeared to be the frontrunner to replace Kernahan but a swing last month led to Logiudice who has the backing of powerbroker Bruce Mathieson getting the numbers. Elliott said last night he has no current intention to become involved. The future of chief executive Greg Swann also remains uncertain. AFL PREMIERSHIP LADDER - ROUND 7 P W L D % Pts Hawthorn 7 6 1 - 181.3 24 Port Adelaide 7 6 1 - 153.9 24 Geelong 7 6 1 - 125.2 24 Collingwood 7 5 2 - 113 20 Gold Coast 7 5 2 - 102.4 20 Fremantle 7 4 3 - 120.3 16 Sydney 7 4 3 - 118.7 16 Nth Melb 7 4 3 - 95.6 16 West Coast 7 3 4 - 114.4 12 Essendon 7 3 4 - 105.8 12 Adelaide 7 3 4 - 100.3 12 St Kilda 7 3 4 - 67.8 12 Richmond 7 2 5 - 88.5 8 GWS Giants 7 2 5 - 84.8 8 Bulldogs 7 2 5 - 83.9 8 Carlton 7 2 5 - 78.9 8 Melbourne 7 2 5 - 71.8 8 Brisbane Lions 7 1 6 - 56 4 By MALCOLM CONN AFL By GREY MORRIS FOOTBALL

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