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The Northern Territory news Mon 10 Jun 2013



The Northern Territory news Mon 10 Jun 2013

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18 NT NEWS. Monday, June 10, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K SNAPSHOT Snapshot of Round 11AFL action THEYSAID IT: I hope everyone at our club is living in the real world. Because the type of footy were playing at the moment is not top-four standing. Were really confident we can fix that and turn it around quickly, but its not a given. Geelong coach Chris Scott after his side eventually shook off bottom side Greater Western Sydney to win by 59 points at Skoda Stadium on Saturday. STATSTHATMATTER: 11. Times up for former Adelaide key forward Kurt Tippett who has served his 11-match suspension for a salary-cap breach and is eligible to make his debut for his new club Sydney when they travel to AAMI Stadium to play Port Adelaide on June 22. MANOFTHEROUND: Dan Hannebery gathered a seasonhigh 42 possessions at AAMI Stadium in Sydneys 77-point thumping of Adelaide. KEYMOMENT: Essendons Jake Carlisle didnt have things all his own way against Carlton on Friday night at the MCG but a big grab in defence in the final minute of the match ensured his sides victory by five points. TALKINGPOINT: Third-year club Gold Coast have silenced the knockers and are pushing strongly towards a possible maiden finals berth after their emotional victory over North Melbourne in wet conditions at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night. The Suns boast a winloss record of 5-6 at the halfway mark of the season. KEY INJURIES: Allen Christensen (Geel, concussion), Steve Johnson (Geel, concussion), Joel Selwood (Geel, dislocated finger), Toby Greene (GWS, quad), Dean Brogan (GWS, back), Shane Mumford (Syd, fractured cheekbone), Jared Petrenko (Adel, shoulder), David Mackay (Adel, hip), Charlie Dixon (GC, ankle), Josh Kennedy (WC, calf). UNDERPRESSURE: Melbourne coach Mark Neeld survived a board meeting on June 3 but a big loss to Collingwood today will add another layer of intrigue to the second-year mentors shaky prospects of holding his job for next season. North Melbourne coach Brad Scott guided his side to finals action in 2012 but faces a near-impossible task to match that feat this season after slipping to 4-7 following a shattering loss to Gold Coast. Only fighters need apply as Sanderson trust betrayed By MICHELANGELO RUCCI BRENTON Sanderson this week is facing the biggest challenge of his 36-game coaching career deciding which Crows he can trust. Adelaides selection this week becomes about a statement of rebuke against the players who failed in the Crows biggest defeat of the Sanderson era, a 77-point home loss to Sydney. On what we saw last night, said assistant coach Mark Bickley yesterday, you would look at dropping 10 players . . . a lot didnt hold up or get close to capacity. But the reality is Sanderson cannot make so many changes, forcing him to reveal the players he trusts for a response against finals contender Richmond at the MCG on Saturday. Bickley, who was left to hold together the Crows as the interim coach after their last major hiding in 2011, also notes the players outside the 22 have to be in better form than those inside. You dont lose form in one week, Bickley said. But, to use Sandersons caustic post-game words, one insipid, embarrassing and unacceptable effort against the Swans could be enough to force a major re-think of the player list at West Lakes. We will keep picking the players who want to stand up, said Sanderson. We learned a bit today about a couple of guys. We know the guys who want to fight and we will keep putting in players who deserve their opportunity. The preparation for a shake-up at selection was evident yesterday when Adelaide withdrew midfielders Matthew Wright and Jarryd Lyons from todays North Adelaide and Glenelg line-up to avoid a five-day turnaround for the duo, from the SANFL to the AFL this week. Adelaide also have injury issues with Jared Petrenko suffering suspected damage to his right AC joint, lead ruckman Sam Jacobs taking a bad knock to his right knee and midfielder David Mackays ongoing hip injury. Tippett tipped to finally make return The Rock, right, will be pleased Kurt Tippett is ready to pull on a Swans guernsey in a real game soon SWANS star recruit Kurt Tippett is certain to come straight into the team to play Port Adelaide in two weeks after ruckman Shane Mumford suffered a depressed fracture of his cheekbone in Saturday nights 77-point thrashing of the Crows. Mumford will be operated on this week and is expected to be out for two or three matches opening the door for Tippett. Before Mumfords injury coach John Longmire refused to commit to playing all three of Sydneys ruckmen (Mumford, Mike Pyke and Tippett) in the same team. Obviously with Mummy (Shane Mumford) having to get his cheek bone fixed up there is a spot there, Longmire said. He was a big chance to play anyway. We just have to decide how much game time he plays. Tippett has been not played an AFL match in nine months, his last outing was playing for Adelaide in the preliminary final against Hawthorn where his four goals nearly earned the Crows a spot in the grand final against the Swans. The 202cm forward/ruckman has been on an intensive training program for the last three months but has no match fitness. In Mumfords absence Longmire is expecting Tippett to carry a large ruck workload with Mike Pyke. Hell need to play a big more than a half, if you are going into an AFL game of football you have to be prepared to play a lot more than a half, Longmire said. Unfortunately for Tippett and the Swans their reserves have the bye as well as the senior team meaning the power forward will have no match practice at all. While Tippett would like to be playing, there are plenty of Swans players who are happy to have the mid-season break right now. Fourteen players have played all 11 games this season including Dan Hannebery, Jarrad McVeigh, Josh Kennedy, Ryan OKeefe, Kieren Jack and veterans Adam Goodes and Jude Bolton. I think its come at a good time, Bolton said. Weve been on the road a bit and were back there again in a couple of weeks when we resume against Port Adelaide. We can take stock and do our mid-year review (today) and the guys get the chance to have a breather and set themselves for the back end of the year. While some teams struggle to find form after a week off the Swans had no problem with the break last year. In fact the Round 12 bye was followed by a run of seven straight wins. They train today and then come back on Friday and have a really solid session on Saturday, Longmire said. Some of the players have had really big workloads so theyll enjoy freshening up for a couple of days. We dont have the week end off, we have the time off during the week and thats the time to give it a rest. Thats what we did last year and followed a similar process and well do the same freshening them up physically and mentally. When the Swans return to Adelaide to play Port in two weeks time Tippetts reception looks to be a hostile one. While some are predicting Power fans will cheer for Tippett, there is the real possibility Adelaide supporters will turning up to the match just to vent their feelings about Tippetts departure. There were a few people at the airport yesterday asking where Kurt was, Bolton said. Krakouer will be back: Pies THE Magpies have strongly denied claims Andrew Krakouer has walked out on the club, insisting the forward has told coach Nathan Buckley he will return to training this week. Krakouer was dropped from todays Queens Birthday match against Melbourne and did not play in Saturdays VFL match, sparking speculation about his future. The club confirmed last night the 30-year-old had been given time off to deal with a personal matter relating back to his home state of Western Australia. Krakouer called Buckley on Saturday to assure him he would return as soon as he sorted out the matter. It is true that he hasnt been at the club for a few days because he has got an issue back home that he has been sorting through, Collingwood spokesman Stephen Reilly said.