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28 NT NEWS. Friday, July 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 2 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Dalziells patience pays off WEST Coast midfielder Bradd Dalziell was determined not to fall into the trap of fellow fringe players, and his steely determination is now paying rich dividends. Before this season started, Dalziells career appeared to be petering out after managing just 26 games over five seasons at the elite level. The 26-year-old played 15 games for his original club Brisbane, before notching just 11 games over his first three seasons at the Eagles. But, he quietly kept plugging away in WAFL ranks, where he has produced strong performances. That perseverance has finally paid off, with a raft of injuries to key players this year opening the door for Dalziell to play nine of West Coasts 14 games to date. With the likes of Daniel Kerr, Luke Shuey and Sharrod Wellingham poised to return to senior ranks over the next fortnight, Dalziell knows he faces a fight to hold his position. Some guys can take it either way (when they get dropped), Dalziell said ahead of Sundays western derby against Fremantle. You can come out of the side and kick up a stink about it, whereas Ive just gone back there and focused on my football and come out the other side better. SPORT 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 ntnews.com.au Skill just a force of Ablett By BRUCE MATTHEWS What to do about Gazza? Its Richmond coach Damien Hardwicks turn to mull over how to limit the damage of the AFLs most prolific ball magnet. Hardwick and his assistants will probably be tossing up the options on Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett even as they board the plane for Cairns today. The Tigers have studied how other clubs tackled the Ablett phenomenon, particularly Adelaide skipper Nathan Van Berlo this season. We do look at a few, Hardwick said. Probably the guy who best did the job was Van Berlo I think Gary still had close to 30 (touches) and kicked two goals, but his influence wasnt quite the same, so hes a hard guy to stop. Theres a couple of players who can go through him, whether we go head-tohead or we look at Dan Jackson, one of those types of players. Well put some work into Gary, no doubt. The thing is, he still manages to get 30 touches. I dont think theres a player in the history of the game who has improved every season and his season thus far has been outstanding. Neade sizes Rioli up By GREY MORRIS THE Territorys own Elliott Express cant wait to lock horns with another Top End speedster tomorrow. Jake Neade versus Cyril Rioli will be one of several mini clashes in the early afternoon Port AdelaideHawthorn Round 16 game at Adelaides AAMI Stadium. And while the probability of matching up with Junior Boy over four quarters is remote, Neade hopes there will be a situation where the two Territorians are drawn into a contest. Thats something Im looking forward to a lot, playing against Cyril and the Hawks, he told the NT News . Hes a great player and someone I want to be like as a footballer, so hopefully Ill catch up with him at some stage of the match. Neades debut AFL season with Port Adelaide has closely represented a meteor crossing the Territory sky since his first game in Round 1 against Melbourne. Territory Thunders best player in their 2012 under-18 Division 2 national championship win has averaged 11 effective disposals in his first season at the elite level. The diminuitive Neade (170cm and 67kg) has thrilled Power fans with his capacity to run all day, huge appetite for goals and ability to lay defensive tackles. Its been a buzz, he said. The players have been great to me and the coaching staff have all the right advice. And the good thing is were back on track after losing those games (five in a row) after winning our first five so its looking good. We had our chances against Essendon but couldnt grab them enough times, hopefully that changes against the Hawks. Neade has shown he can kick a goal with his ability to accelerate away from a contest and kick goals on the run. Power fans will be hoping that happens on several occasions against the tough and uncompromising Hawthorn defence tomorrow. Williams calls for indigenous players health scheme By PETER ROLFE FORMER indigenous AFL stars should be given free gym memberships, medical checks and nutritional advice in a bid to boost their life expectancy after leaving the game, premiership coach Mark Williams said. Moved by the premature death of Richmond and Territory great Maurice Rioli at 52 in late 2010, Williams yesterday said the AFL and Australian community had to take better care of its indigenous players once they left the sport. Opportunities for free medical check-ups I think are really important so that things dont get away from so many Aboriginals with kidney trouble and all these sort of things, he said. We need to make sure that our footballers at least are living the life that they can and to get to the higher stages of life. Free gym membership, nutrition advice, all those things because when it gets to they have no fame any more, no money and no way to shine, it really does affect their pride. Williams also called on the AFL to change its official logo to incorporate the Australian and Aboriginal flags. It is the indigenous game, its Australias game, he said. And he called on the AFL to better explain the rules of the game to new Australians, in different languages on TV and on big screens at matches, to help educate them. Explain the game on TV, even in text to explain what is going on. You need to explain it slowly and calmly without the previous knowledge . . . hold their hand and Im sure they will get into it. Williams, who said his great grandfather was a slave from Jamaica, revealed he was the victim of racism as a child for his dark skin. Geelong great Sam Newman backed Williams call. Footy seen as best medicine for OBrien Luke Ball at training yesterday as he prepares for his milestone 200th game against the Crows tonight Picture: WAYNE LUDBEY COLLINGWOODVADELAIDE COLLINGWOODS Luke Ball says he hopes football can help troubled teammate Harry OBrien heal. OBrien will miss the Magpies clash with Adelaide at the MCG tonight, which is Balls 200th AFL game. Collingwood are consulting with experts about the best way to manage the defender after the club was contacted by Victorian police over the alleged murder he witnessed. Brazilian-born OBrien revealed on Tuesday that while in Rio de Janeiro in 2011 he heard gunshots and watched a man die and had struggled to come to terms with the horrific experience. Some contact has been made (from police) to the club and that contact has been made on a very respectful basis which is, how appropriate is it for Harry to be dealing with this, said Magpies chief executive Gary Pert. In a lot of ways thats going to be determined by Harrys support team. Harry certainly needs to be in a mind-set to deal with everything going on. This would be another layer so well be taking expert advice on that. Collingwood dont have a time-line for his return to football and Ball said it was important that his teammates didnt judge OBrien. Its all about supporting him . . . and also letting him know that hopefully the way out is to play footy and to do what he does best, Ball said. From a selfish point of view we need him out there playing well because hes probably having his best year and when hes playing well were a better team. Ball said he was aware of OBriens issues and praised his courage in going public. Hopefully that takes a bit of pressure off him and hes able to go and deal with his issues the best way he can. After playing just nine games in the past two seasons, Balls milestone match has been a lot longer coming that he had hoped. The 29-year-old midfielder admitted that last years serious knee injury had caused him a lot of concern over his playing future. There was a period last year where you have little bits of doubt over how youre going to come back, he said. Ball said he had been inspired by his former St Kilda teammate Lenny Hayes, who returned from a knee reconstruction to take out a best and fairest. Ball is set to be joined in the midfield by Copeland Trophy winner Dayne Beams in his first senior game this season after a troublesome quad injury. He has been a little bit of a forgotten man, Ball said of Beams. For him to have not have played has really hurt us so that will be nice.