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Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012



Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012


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58 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 23, 2012. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 8 C O L O R : C M Y K WINNELLIE CENTRAL, HICKMAN ST, WINNELLIE. ph (08) 8984 4876 *Conditions apply. Limited availability, while stocks last. Offer applies to current stock only. Available to approved purchasers. Finance available. $9,990* www.polarisindustries.com.au email info@cyclonemc.com.auWORLDS #1 OFF ROAD VEHICLE MANUFACTURER WHILE STOCKS LAST SPORTSMAN 550 550cc, Automatic, Independent Suspension, 19.9L fuel capacity. SPORT THE YEAR IN TERRITORY SOCCER sundayterritorian.com.au A year of big changes NTNews soccer reporter IAN BUTTERWORTH looks back at the sport in 2012 Port Darwin were triumphant in the mens Premier League Top Four Cup Casuarina took out the 2012 DFL Mens PremiershipLitchfield upstaged premiers Olympic to take the womens Premier League Top Four Cup A MAJOR change to the domestic competition in the Top End greeted soccer fans and players when the Darwin Football League was launched prior to the season kickoff in April. The inaugural DFL executive took over running of the Top End game from the Northern Zone of the Football Federation of the Northern Territory. The Silverware up for grabs for the respective mens and womens Premier Leagues and other grades throughout the competition, included the 2012 Premiership for the team finishing the minor rounds with the highest points and, subsequently, the Top Four Cup competition. S even teams contested the mens Premier League division and three emerged as fron trunners for the inaugural DFL premiership. Such was the evenness of the playing competition, the title was not decided until the final minor round, with top spot between Casuarina and Port Darwin eventually being separated by a single point. Port beat the Reds in Round 21 (4-0), but it was the Rowdies who grabbed the title in emphatic style, with a 11-2 triumph over Uni Azzurri. The Michael Gerakioscoached Port Darwin exacted some revenge in the Top Four Cup by winning through and taking the title in a canter, 5-1 over Olympic. Casuarina were knocked out in straight sets. The contrast between Port Darwin and the other mens high flyers was amazing. Casuarina, Olympic and, on their day, fourth-placed Hellenic could find the net regularly and while Port had their moments in front of goal, it was a water tight defence that put them ahead of the rest. In the 20 games they played including two finals Port conceded a mere 18 goals. I n the womens Premier League, Hellenic who had won the previous six titles fell from the top of the mountain and just scraped into the four. Darwin Olympic were awarded the womens premiership, but only after a dispute about the result of a match played two months earlier was finally settled at a time when most clubs had completed their playing duties for the season. The Litchfield women were the Reds main rivals during the season and they gained their own slice of history by taking the Top Four Cup in a 1-0 thriller over Uni Azzurri. In the Youth League, Darwin Olympic won the premiership, but were then downed by Hellenic 5-1 in the Top Four Cup final. A mong some other initiatives during the inaugural 2012 DFL season, were senior games played at Darwin Football Stadium, the Italian Club and, for the first time, at the new Palmerston Stadium under lights. Because the Football Stadium in Darwin was unplayable, DFL grand-final day was successfully conducted at the Palmerston venue. NT Loyal Rangers Supporters Club and Mindil Aces Football Club combined forces more than 12 months ago to lure coaches from Scottish soccer football giants Glasgow Rangers to Darwin. Despite the world famous club suffering huge administrative financial times, they fulfilled the commitment, with six coaches from Glasgow Rangers junior coaching academy coming to Darwin for a five-day series of clinics in June. They put 120 Top End youngsters from under-8s to under-18s through their paces at Bagot Park. It was a dream come true for NT Loyal Rangers Supporters Club president Andrew Power. Weve been planning this for a long time now, and when the financial issues arose, it put the project in jeopardy, but they came through with the six coaches which is necessary for the 120 kids we have here at Bagot Park, Power said at the time. T he largest global soccer educational program, Coerver Coaching, made its way to the Territory with local identities Bobby Wright and Steve Lolias taking out the licence to practice. Coerver Coaching is a soccer coaching program recommended by the worlds leading clubs, coaches and players for all levels of youth players (boys and girls). The program is practiced extensively in Europe, America, Africa, Oceania and Asia and is designed and developed to improve players in small-sided groups, in smallsided games and at home. NT licensees Wright and Lolias have extensive playing and coaching experience, and are directors of the Indigenous Soccer Academy. After completing the Coerver coaching diploma in youth development we could see why it is recognised as the worlds top soccer skills teaching method, and felt we just had to bring it to the Northern Territory, Wright said.

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