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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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54 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 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v5 Hoop Nikolic suspended JOCKEY Danny Nikolic has been banned indefinitely from riding after a heated run-in with Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey at yesterdays races in Seymour in Victoria. The last two races were delayed after jockeys considered a strike in support of Nikolic, whose simmering relationship with Bailey again erupted. Bailey has alleged Nikolic made threatening remarks to him near the stewards tower. Nikolic has accused Bailey of completely inventing the story. Nikolic said he told his version of events to his fellow riders who spoke to jockeys association chief Des OKeeffe to ask if they should strike. OKeeffe advised them to ride. FOOTROT FLATS 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 Thunder not panicking NEAFL By JESSWEBSTER TERRITORY Thunder coach Daniel Archer doesnt see the need for a major overhaul of his side ahead of Saturdays NEAFL preliminary final against traditional powerhouse Southport on the Gold Coast. Former AFL players Austin Wonaeamirri and Shannon Rusca played in the reserves at the weekend and will come into further consideration, as do youngsters Kieren Smith and Jack McEwin, who were squeezed out of the side which lost to Brisbane in the major semi-final. Archer said execution in a few areas let the minor premiers down against the Lions Reserves, but was pleased with the attitude and effort of his players and any changes would be based on matching up to the Sharks. If there are changes made, and I doubt whether there would be too many, it would be moreso making sure that weve got the team to do the job against a new opponent, he said. Weve just to make sure the team we select this week allows us to play our best brand of football, but also limit the oppositions. They are a proud club thats got a proven record in finals, but at the same time, we are very hungry to make sure we have the opportunity to progress another week. Thunder won its previous 10 matches by an average of 55 points, but Archer said they were prepared for the lift in intensity. I dont think we went in under-prepared in any way, he said. We knew what finals football is like and there was a fair chunk of our team on the weekend that had experienced a finals campaign. They knew what they were going to get Brisbane were just that little bit better than us. Its been really good in that we have gotten a lot of positives out of it. Its given us the chance to be tested under some real intense pressure and pace, and to tell you the truth, I thought we responded really well. NT Thunder takes on Southport at 1pm (NT time) at H&A Oval in Broadbeach for a place in the Northern Conference grand final against the Brisbane Lions Reserves, to be played on September 16 at Yeronga Oval. Jurrah in Redtails sights CENTRAL Australia coach Shaun Cusack has put Liam Jurrah at the top of his shopping list. Jurrah has told AFL club Melbourne he wants to live with his mother and grandmother in Adelaide. That has fuelled speculation he could line up with Adelaide or Port Adelaide in the 2013 AFL season. But Cusack, is only interested in Jurrah kicking goals for the Redtails in the NTFL. Ill certainly be ringing Liam to see where he is at, Cusack said. Having Liam in the side would be fantastic and a big buzz for our side, theres no doubt about that. Its a wait and see thing really. Ill find out from other people if he wants to play and what hes got on his plate. Theres a lot of things that will have to be worked out, but if it can happen Ill have Liam in the side for sure. Jurrah will be in Alice Springs in March to face court on charges of aggravated assault and intent to cause serious harm from a February incident at a town camp. Cusack wants the cream of Alice football to represent the Redtails in their fourgame NTFL trial in October. Pioneer forward Ryan Mallard, Souths Charlie Maher and Anmatjeres Daniel Stafford are names Cusack wants to lock up. Matches against St Marys in Alice Springs and Palmerston, the Tiwi Bombers and Nightcliff in Darwin will be early indicators of the new clubs worth. Well learn a lot about travel and how to do it effectively to ensure we get the best out of our players while we are up there, Cusack said. Darwin Buffaloes president John Paterson puts the juniors through their paces at the clubs first training session in Rosebery Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Buffaloes take first step in migration to Palmerston NTFL ByGREYMORRIS THE Darwin Buffaloes made their first serious foray into enemy territory last night. The first Darwin under-12 side gathered for a kick and a catch at Rosebery Middle School. It is the forerunner to the Buffaloes moving their entire operations to Palmerston in 2013. A training base in the new suburb of Zuccoli has been confirmed, with all home games at Northline Oval. Theres a lot of excitement among the boys and girls that Darwin footy club finally has a presence out here, president John Paterson said. We will have a youth girls side out here as well and if there is enough excitement, another under-14 boys team. The support were getting from the people of Palmerston has been over whelming and something were really appreciative of. The senior and Division 1 sides will continue to train in Darwin until the end of the 2012-13 NTFL season. The long term arrangement is to have them out here and the seniors will train at Rosebery on a hand ful of occasions, he said. Paterson said Tuesday and Thursday training sessions at Rosebery had already been locked in for junior training. Finding volunteers to perform water carrier, training and team management roles was the next step.