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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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50 NT NEWS. Wednesday, September 5, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -S E P -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 0 C O L O R : C M Y K 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 Good news for Guerra HAWTHORN defender Brent Guerra lost his 2008 AFL Premiership medal in a home robbery last week, but a street sweepers keen eye has saved it from being swept down a drain. Kane Thorpe spotted the medal in a gutter yesterday morning while doing his usual sweep of St Kilda. (I was) doing my normal sweep around the park (and) when I was in Herbert St noticed this little red purse, he told Melbourne radio yesterday. I jumped out and grabbed it before the brooms did, checked it out, and it had his medal, I couldnt believe it. But the bag didnt just contain one medal. I opened it up and saw the SANFL medal as well and the blue medal ribbon, and thought, youre kidding, Thorpe said. Guerra has had a spate of bad luck recently, with the burglary followed by a hamstring injury that threatens his place in Hawthorns 2012 finals campaign. It hasnt been a great week, getting the house robbed and the medals stolen last Monday and doing my hamstring, Guerra said. To get the news (of the medals) this morning geez, Im bloody happy, I can give you the tip. Grundys penalty to stand SYDNEYS loss to Geelong has become a double blow ahead of the finals, with the AFL tribunal confirming Heath Grundys one-game suspension for striking. His absence means the Swans will have to rework their defence to cope with Adelaide tall forwards Kurt Tippett and Taylor Walker in Saturdays qualifying final at AAMI Stadium. Lewis Roberts-Thomson has played a lot of footy down there (in defence), so thats certainly an option if need be, Sydney coach John Longmire said before the hearing. Its just something you deal with (and) its the reality of playing football these things happen. Youve got to be a resilient group and adjust to them (any setbacks). The loss to the Cats had already meant that rather than host the Crows, the Swans had to travel to tackle Adelaide in the opening week of the finals. Mondays match review panel reported Grundy for striking Geelong key forward James Podsiadly with a crude blow to the neck during the match at Simonds Stadium. Also yesterday, Geelong accepted a one-game rough conduct suspension for star utility Steve Johnson, ruling him out of Saturday nights MCG elimination final against Fremantle. Teammate Paul Chapman escaped with a reprimand for his striking charge. Malthouse ready to go but Blues job no done deal MICK Malthouse says hes excited about the prospect of coaching Carlton as the club began talks with the threetime premiership mentor. Malthouse, who has won AFL flags as a coach with West Coast (1992 and 1994) and Collingwood (2010), is the hot favourite to be appointed to the top job at Carlton. But Carlton chief executive Greg Swann denies it has been a done deal for some time that Malthouse will replace the dumped Brett Ratten. Although Malthouse insists he is in no rush to get an answer from Carlton, the Blues are likely to make a decision on their new coach in the next two weeks. (The talks) were really promising, Malthouse told Channel 7 yesterday. They were good, they were very honest and I have a clearer picture now of how the inner workings of the football department work at Carlton. Malthouse, who turns 59 later this month, insisted he still had the fire in the belly to succeed as a head coach. Swann said Carlton had spoken to Paul Roos about the vacancy, although the 2005 Sydney premiership coach has consistently said he was not interested in any position next year. President (Stephen Kernahan) has spoken to Paul Roos, hes had a couple of conversations with him, so thats happening as well and obviously weve made contact with Micks management, Swann told Carltons weekly television program The Blue Print. Those meetings are happening and will continue to happen. Once underrated, Talia is favourite for rising star By JON ANDERSON ONE of the few glaring blank spaces on the Assumption College football honours board is set to be filled. The Victorian school, regarded as the best footballer factory in the country, has never produced an NAB Rising Star winner but Adelaide Crows defender Daniel Talia should set that right when he becomes the 20th winner of the award today. Talia, 21, rated a prohibitive $1.50 favourite by Sportingbet Australia, has produced a 22-game season in defence, the equal of previous key backmen who won the award: Justin Koschitzke (St Kilda, 2001) and Jared Rivers (Melbourne, 2004). With the departure of Phil Davis to Greater Western Sydney and Nathan Bock to Gold Coast, the Crows thrust Talia into a role some believed beyond him. Each week he went straight to the best opposition forwards such as Lance Frank lin, Nick and Jack Riewoldt, and Tom Hawkins. Talia, who was selected at centre half-back in the under 18 All-Australia side, actually played most of that year as a centre half-forward with Calder Cannons. So how did he get through to pick No. 13 in the 2009 national draft? Part of it may have been that a hamstring injury prevented Talia from going to the draft camp. At worst, it was poor recruiting. Talias main rivals for the Rising Star is expected to come from GWS key forward Jeremy Cameron and Western Bulldogs midfielder Mitch Wallis. Rioli NTs only hope Hawthorn forward Cyril Rioli is the only Territorian named in the initial All Australian squad Picture: GETTY IMAGES AUSTRALIANRULES SQUAD All Australian squad: Patrick Dangerfield, Sam Jacobs, Brent Reilly, Scott Thompson, Taylor Walker (Adelaide); Eddie Betts (Carlton); Dayne Beams, Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan (Collingwood); JobeWatson (Essendon), LukeMcPharlin, Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle); Corey Enright, TomHawkins, Tom Lonergan, Joel Selwood, Harry Taylor (Geelong); Gary Ablett (Gold Coast); Grant Birchall, Lance Franklin, SamMitchell, Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn); Drew Petrie, Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne); Trent Cotchin, Brett Deledio, IvanMaric, Jack Riewoldt (Richmond); Sean Dempster, Lenny Hayes, StephenMilne, Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda); Kieren Jack, Lewis Jetta, Josh Kennedy, Ted Richards (Sydney); Dean Cox, Darren Glass, Nic Naitanui, BeauWaters (West Coast). CYRIL Rioli is the only Territorian in with a chance of being named as a 2012 AFL All-Australian player. The even nature of the competition has been recognised, with seven clubs having four or five players nominated in the 40-man squad. Adelaide and Geelong head the list with five apiece, while St Kilda and Richmond both of whom missed the finals were among the five teams with four nominees. The final 22-man team will be announced on September 17. Twenty-four members of the squad have yet to claim an All-Australian guernsey, including leading Brownlow Medal fancies Trent Cotchin, Jobe Watson, Dayne Beams and Patrick Dangerfield. The announcement of the All-Australian full-forward shapes as a contentious issue. It normally goes to the Coleman Medallist. But with Richmonds Jack Riewoldt only claiming the leading goalkickers title in the final round of the season with a relatively modest tally of 65 goals, a case could also be made for any of Lance Franklin, Tom Hawkins or Matthew Pavlich to be named at full-forward. Fremantle skipper Pavlich has won six All-Australian guernseys, the most of any in the 40-man squad. Gold Coasts Gary Ablett has been a member of the past five.