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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, September 5, 2012. NT NEWS. 51 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-SEGE:51 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Nissan powering to V8 grid MOTORSPORT THE Nissan project which will bring 21st century technology to V8 Supercars began in such secrecy that not even the Japanese parent company knew about it. Todd and Rick Kelly, who will race the new Altima next season, told staff at their $25 million Melbourne development plant they were work ing on a new engine for a boat. They secretly imported a standard Altima engine from the US for preliminary testing then began negotiating with Nissan to launch a full-scale attack on the V8 series. And the result is a spectacular all-aluminium 32-valve powerplant that will attract intense scrutiny from Supercar officials to make certain it lines up on the grid in parity with the ageing Falcon and Commodore engines. The last time Nissan competed in the Supercar series with an all-conquering four-wheel drive GTR it created an outcry. Godzilla, as it was known, whipped the local products to give Mark Skaife the championship title and he and Jim Richards victory in the Bathurst 1000. It was the last thing Holden and Falcon fans at Mt Panorama wanted, booing loudly at the presentation as Richards famously responded loudly from the podium: Youre a pack of arseholes. Todd Kelly, racing director of Kelly Racing, assured V8 supporters that the new Nissan as technically advanced as it is will not cause a similar reaction. In fact, according to Kelly, Nissan already has a growing V8 Supercar fan base. The response that weve had from the spectators and the fans has been incredible, Kelly said yesterday. After their exit (from the series) 20 years ago I was a little bit funny about how they might respond to a new manufacturer and Nissan coming back in. But its amaz ing how much has changed in 20 years. Now every race meeting weve been to, even in the heartland of our existing manufacturer Holden in Adelaide at Clipsal, so many people came up and said, Awesome job on getting Nissan on board. The fans are at the point where they want to see a new manufacturer and the sport really needs it. ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Cats hit out as Johnson banned AUSTRALIANRULES GEELONG has taken a swipe at the AFL tribunal system after star utility Steve Johnsons one-game ban and Paul Chapmans reprimand before the finals. Geelong football manager Neil Balme said yesterday the system put too much pressure on players and there was an over-analysis of incidents to determine whether there should be penalties. Balme also said Johnsons Sydney opponent, Dan Hannebery, had contributed to the incident that resulted in the Cats star being suspended for rough conduct. Johnson will miss Saturday nights elimination final against Fremantle after the Cats accepted his ban. They also decided not to challenge the reprimand handed to Chapman after he was booked for striking Sydney midfielder Ben McGlynn. The reason we love going to the footy is because we play on the edge, Balme said in a video posted on the Cats website after they accepted the two penalties. The challenge on the players is a really very hard test. In my view, those sorts of things are either obvious or theyre not. If someone intentionally whacks someone, well, I think were all happy with him getting weeks. But when weve got to look through it and say maybe this happened and maybe it didnt, its very hard on the players. Balme made it clear that Geelong did not agree with the match review panels decision to charge Johnson over the Hannebery incident. Cotter aims to boost Saints by looking forward NTFL ByGREYMORRIS JASON Cotters plans to add depth and bite to the St Marys forward line are coming to fruition. The new Saints coach noted an over reliance on veteran Darryl White and Peter MacFarlane to kick goals last season and wants to add more options to his forward half. From my enquiries and speaking to some of the senior guys, we need to give Whitey and Noodles (MacFarlane) a bit of a hand down there, Cotter said. Weve got a few forwards in the pipeline at the moment. It just depends how our discussions with them pan out. One piece of good news is the return of premiership half-forward Karl Lohde from his backpacking trek through America. And midfielder Henry Labastida is returning to Saints after a season with Southern Districts. Cotter is not keen to over play star on-baller Cameron Ilett after a full season with Territory Thunder. The new 28-game rule allows players who commit for a full season with Thunder to play a maxium 10 NTFL games plus the finals. Cotter is taking a wait and see approach with Ilett particularly his physical state after 18 minor round games and finals with Thunder. I think Ill go gently, gently with Cameron this season, he said. Hes played a lot of footy in the last few years and needs a rest. Cotter has another interest this week when his NEAFL club Southport play Territory Thunder in the preliminary final. Southport beat Redland by three points in the first semifinal to get a shot at Thunder. The big prize for the winner is a grand final berth. Star on-baller Trent Cotchin is the man most likely to take over from Chris Newman as the skipper of Richmond Picture: DARREN TINDALE Cotchin says hes ready to take Tigers captaincy By MARK STEVENS TRENT Cotchin has declared he is ready to captain Richmond after the surprise decision by Chris Newman to relinquish the top job. But in keeping with his team-first ethos, Cotchin is adamant he will have to beat a strong field in a stringent voting process. Speaking after sealing a win in the prestigious AFL Coaches Award, Cotchin said he had learned a lot about leadership in recent seasons. I feel as though my development has been pretty solid over the last couple of years. Ive learned a lot from Chris himself, and other leaders around me, Cotchin said. I was lucky enough to live with (former skipper) Kane Johnson when I first came to the club that was a great experience. There is so much to continue to learn on-field and off-field. Cotchin said Newmans decision had opened up an exciting opportunity at Punt Rd. As sad as it was to see someone who has done such a fantastic job, in the five or so years he was captain, make the decision, it gives one of our leaders an opportunity to step up to the plate, Cotchin said. It will be exciting for whoever it is who takes on the role. Cotchin, 23, is considered as a certainty to replace Newman, but the Tigers will go through a rigid process, with Brett Deledio likely to be the main challenger. We have a stringent process and thats very much respected by the group that will be the deciding factor, Cotchin said. There will be a vote by the playing group and its a system weve used the last couple of years ... it seems to be working. We have so many players who can take the mantle. The coaches are expected to decide the timing of the vote. Cotchin, a Brownlow favourite, polled 107 votes to win the AFLCA award from Collingwoods Dayne Beams (99) And Gold Coasts Gary Ablett (92). His tally was the second highest in the history of the award behind only Magpie Dane Swan, who polled 114 in 2010.