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The Northern Territory news Tue 4 Feb 2014



The Northern Territory news Tue 4 Feb 2014

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, February 4, 2014. NT NEWS. 35 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:4-FEGE:35 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Taylor leaps to lead for player of the year WANDERERS defender Mitchell Taylor has jumped to the outright lead in voting for the 2013-14 NT NewsDarwin Sportingbet Player of the Year. Taylor, who signed with Territory Thunder last week, was at his running best again st Southern Districts on Saturday despite his opponent and namesake Troy Taylor booting three goals. The key defender was the only player from the leading group to poll votes on a wet and slippery weekend of football. Nightcliffs Nathan Brown moved to within striking distance of the $1000 prize and trophy by producing four solid quarters in his sides big win over Waratahs. Palmerstons Jack Shannahan continued his lateseason surge with a best-on ground performance against the Buffaloes. Former Gold Coast star Liam Patrick was superb for Wanderers against Districts, and St Marys skipper Peter MacFarlane clinical in his five-goal performance against the Tiwi Bombers. Waratahs Colleen Gwynne attempts to get away from her Nightcliff marker in their clash at the weekend, which Tahs won easily Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Magpies swoop into second with upset win PALMERSTON caused the upset of the womens round in NTFL football when they beat the second-placed Buffaloes by 10 points at TIO Stadium. The third-placed Magpies did it in style, leading their more highly-rated opponents all day in recording a 5.9 (39) to 4.5 (29) win. Magpies Maree Scott and Michaeline Brown were again prominent in a win that propelled their team into second spot. Most of the focus last weekend was on Waratahs and their ace full forward Abbey Holmes attempt to reach a century of goals. Holmes booted seven of the nine required to reach three figures as Tahs beat Nightcliff easily. The 10.7 (67) to 0.1 (1) win had other highlights though, including Jess Websters miracle snap from beside the point post that went through and Amy Chitticks four-quarter effort for Tahs. Tracy Village replaced Nightcliff in the top four when they beat St Marys by seven points. Sharona Bishops two goals got the Razorbacks home, despite failing to score in the last quarter. Wanderers were too good for Southern Districts, booting seven goals after half-time to turn a seven-point deficit into a 34-point win. Tama Thompson was outstanding with three goals and Bec Taylor and Lauren Motlop four-quarter contributors for the Eagles. Scott weighs midfield options AFL COACHING an AFL club can be a little bit like playing follow the leader, according to North Melbourne mentor Brad Scott. Tenth last season after a heartbreaking run of narrow losses, the Kangaroos are listed equal fifthfavourite with one leading betting agency for the 2014 flag. The addition of triple All-Australian Nick Dal Santo to Norths midfield is a key factor in the growing sense of expectation at Arden Street. Scott is leaving open the possibility of shoving the 29-year-old former Saint in defence, despite the need to cover for the likely absence of skipper and ruck-rover Andrew Swallow, who is in doubt for round one as he recovers from an Achilles injury. If you speak to most clubs . . . the buzz word in footy at the moment is versatility, Scott said. Theres a bit of follow the leader in that. Hawthorn played Sam Mitchell off half-back last year and Shaun Burgoyne and Luke Hodge in defence and all of those guys spent time in the midfield as well. Dal [Santo] has played there so I know he can play there. What weve got to work out is how the mix works. Hes a genuine midfielder who can play at both ends. We look at last year when Andrew Swallow went out, Ben Jacobs and Levi Greenwood came in. This year Nick Dal Santo comes into that. The Kangaroos are hoping the pressure on pacy midfielder Daniel Wells should ease in 2014 with an emerging group of young midfielders ready to take on more responsibility. Theyre all young guys but theyve played a fair bit of footy now, Scott said. Ban worry a Thorne in the side for Eagles NTFL ByGREYMORRIS Shane Thorne WANDERERS spearhead Shane Thorne will decide today whether to contest a two-match ban for striking. The brilliant Eagles goalkicker has been offered the ban as part of an early guilty plea on a charge of striking Southern Districts opponent Tom Gleeson. Thorne is due to meet with his coach Paul Motlop today to view vision of the second quarter incident when he retaliated after being struck by Gleeson. If he accepts the twomatch suspension, he will be eligible to return for the qualifying final against likely opponents Nightcliff on February 21. Gleesons Crocodile teammates Troy Taylor and Fred Sleeth escaped with reprimands after their charges of unduly rough play and striking were graded as reckless and low. Buffalo Dylan Fullers season is over unless he can overturn a two-match ban for using obscene language. Tiwi Bomber Alistair Darcy escaped a ban when he was reprimanded for his first quarter strike on St Marys Willie Rioli. Meanwhile, Gardens Oval is the new venue for Round 17 matches involving Palmerston and Wanderers and the Tiwi Bombers and Waratahs. The league, in its wisdom, has moved both matches from TIO Stadium after a rainsoaked weekend of matches on the main oval. The AFLNT needs to pro tect the playing surface from further damage with a view to ensuring the oval is in prime condition for the finals series, chief executive Tony Frawley said. n ST MARYS have denied ace forward Justin van Unen has played his last game at the club. The first-year Saint has signed a new contract with Vermont in Melbournes Eastern Football League. St Marys coach Rick Nolan reacted angrily to suggestions his prized recruit would not be returning for the last two home-and-away games and the finals. Thats an absolute joke, he said. Justin will play this week against Southern Districts and Wanderers the week after that. Nolan was more concerned with the condition of star defender Ben Rioli, who was concussed for the second consecutive match against the Tiwi Bombers. Ben probably wont play this week as a result, which is not good news for us, a disappointed Nolan said. More football P31

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