Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012
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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday, December 23, 2012. Sunday Territorian. 55 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-DGE:55 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K sundayterritorian.com.au THE YEAR IN TERRITORY FOOTBALL SPORT footy breakthroughs Port defeated Melbourne by 28 points in their match at Darwins TIO Stadium, while the other Top End AFL match saw the Bulldogs prevail over Gold Coast by 38 points Damian Cupido is one of a raft of ex-AFL footballers to join NTFL ranks for the 2012-13 season FromPage54 September 8: Rovers ended a 15-year premiership drought, beating Federal by 41 points to win the Central Australian Football League Premier Division grand final. The Double Blues won 18.7 (115) to 11.8 (74) with an emotional Rovers captain Luke Farrows was almost lost for words. This has been five years in the making. The guys just played so great today, he said after the game. I am proud of every single one of them. September 16: The Brisbane Lions reserves deny NT Thunder back-to-back NEAFL premierships with a 60-point grand final win at Yeronga in Brisbane. The Lions broke the match open in the premiership quarter, turning a 13-point half-time lead into 39 by the last change on their way to a 21.8 (134) to 10.14 (74) win. September 29: Territory pair Cyril Junior Boy Rioli and Shaun Burgoyne are on the losing side when Hawthorn go down to Sydney in the AFL Grand Final. The Hawks trail early before a thirdquarter surge gets them to the lead. But the Swans respond to win their second flag in seven years. OCTOBER October 5: Full-back Jason Roe is named Territory Thunders club champion for 2012. Roe polled 171 votes to beat last seasons winner Jake Dignan (155). October 6: The NTFL com petition becomes reunion centre for ex-AFL stars. Big names like Damian Cupido, Laurence Angwin, Xavier Clarke, Shannon Motlop, Fergus Watts, Brent Prismall, Cameron Cloke, Ricky Dyson, Andrew Lovett, Brodie Moles and Simon Buckley all ply their trade in Darwin. October 12: Centralian Dominic Barry is the first player from the championship winning Territory Thunder under-18 side drafted to an AFL club when he joins Melbourne. October 24: Elliotts Jake Neade competes a fairytale ride in Australian football when he joins Port Ade laide in pre-draft dealings. October 26: Jed Anderson completes a hat-trick of Thunder players joining AFL ranks when he links up with Cyril Rioli at Hawthorn. October 29: The future of the Central Australia Football Club in the NTFL competition is up in the air after their successful four-game trial. The Redtails will need $650,000 a season to compete in the NTFL full-time. Founding member Rob Clarke said the club needed the right people to listen to sponsorship proposals. NOVEMBER November 10: Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, Port Adelaide great Peter Burgoyne and Richmond star Joel Bowden are inducted as legends into the AFLNTs Hall Of Fame. November 10: Wanderers stars Doug Kelly and Ted Cooper, Centralian star Henry Peckham, Nightcliff champions Joe Bonson and Benny Lew Fatt, St Marys heroes Noel Long and Billy Roe, Alice Springs administrator Cal Dean, St Marys long-time president Vic Ludwig and Darwins Leo Castillon are inducted into the members Hall Of Fame. November 25: Tiwi Bombers president Mick Burns wants to host a $15,000-a-head crocodile and fishing safari to fund the construction of new changeroom facilities at Tiwi Oval on Bathurst Island. The project will cost about $2 million to complete, but it will promote more home games for the reigning NTFL premiers. DECEMBER December 7: AFL club Melbourne embark on an historic heat and humidity camp in the Top End. The Demons use the nine-day camp to lift the mental strength of their entire playing squad in the extreme heat of a Top End wet season. December 8: Southern Districts full forward Damian Cupido remains on track to be the first NTFL player to kick 100 goals in 13 games. His four goals in a losing effort against Wanderers has him within 21 of the 100-goal mark.
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