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The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012

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P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:21-AGE:37 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, August 21, 2012. NT NEWS. 37 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 Season likely over for veteran SYDNEY Roosters veteran AnthonyMinichiellos season appears over after being handed a gradethree striking charge by the NRLMatch Review Committee yesterday. The chargemeansMinichiello will miss twomatches if he opts to take the early plea after his hit on Canberra fullback Josh Dugan in Saturdays loss to the Raiders. If he fights the charge and loses, hewill receive a three-game ban for his high shot. Only two rounds remain in the NRL. Raiders keen to build cred CANBERRA coach David Furner says his young side are keen to prove their NRL finals credentials by ending Canterburys stunning 12-gamewinning streak. The Raiders take on the Bulldogs in round 25 in Canberra in their sternest test to date, in a game theymust win to keep their finals hopes alive. On a three-matchwinning streak, Furner believes the Raiders are building to a season-defining performance as they host a rare Friday night game. Broncos skipper tips awin ROOKIE skipper Sam Thaiday is not disheartened by the Broncos losing streak, believing the club is building towards a special win after good performances against Canterbury andMelbourne. Brisbane head to Brookvale Oval on Friday to play Manly, after the Sea Eagles flexed their muscle against Newcastle (42-20) at theweekend, reminding everyone including the Broncos they are the defending premiers. ROUND25 SEA EAGLES vBroncos Raiders v BULLDOGS Penrith v TITANS DRAGONS vWarriors COWBOYS vKnights Roosters v TIGERS RABBITOHS v Eels STORMvSharks Likely winners in CAPS ROUND26 KNIGHTS vRabbitohs BRONCOS vPanthers Titans v SEA EAGLES Tigers v STORM BULLDOGS vRoosters WARRIORS vRaiders Sharks v COWBOYS EELS vDragons Likely winners in CAPS Referees grilled over obstruction rule REFEREES coach Bill Harrigan has given NRL match officials a crash course in the workings of the obstruction rule after admitting to a number of crucial refereeing blunders on the weekend. After a review of Round 24, Harrigan said yesterday that video referee Sean Hampsteads controversial decision to award Canterburys Johnathan Wright a 74th minute try against Wests Tigers was wrong because of illegal use of a decoy runner. It shouldnt have (been awarded), we made a mistake there, got it wrong, Harrigan said. But I would like to say from the word go that you can run around your own player in some instance on a football field but in this instance it was wrong. In an official video posted on the NRL website Harrigan attempted to clarify to fans, players and coaches alike how the obstruction rule will be policed in the final two rounds of the premiership and during the finals series. Harrigan said he had called an emergency meeting of his entire refereeing squad in an attempt to ensure refereeing controversy does not overshadow the NRLs key end-of-season games. Im not happy that I have to come out at this end of the season and admit that we have made mistakes, Harrigan said. Today I have had all the referees and the video referees sit down and we have gone through a lot of our obstruction calls. We have worked hard to get clarity in what we are doing so there will be no confusion, when we go into Round 25 and 26 and then on into the semi-finals, between the referees and video referees. We all know what we are doing, that was the objective of today, to make sure . . . we all knew exactly where we all stood when it came to block runners and obstruction plays. LIKELY TOP 8 Magic match for May Steven May WHATEVER becomes of Steven Mays football career, he will fondly remember his first AFL match at the MCG. The Southern Districts key position player was Gold Coasts best player on Sunday in the 64-point loss to Hawthorn, taking 12 marks and kicking three goals. They were also Mays first goals at this level. Coach Guy McKenna said they had tried May in attack before, but to no effect. As McKenna noted, on Sunday the planets aligned for the 20-year-old. May dominated from the start, to the point that Hawthorn had to move Ryan Schoenmakers into defence after half-time. Like May, Schoenmakers was moved from defence into attack for this game and was doing well, kicking two goals in the first half. But Mays form caused Hawthorn genuine concern. We were really impressed with the way that May played up forward, said Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson. McKenna said May had impressed in the pre-season with a defensive game on Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown. A shoulder injury then interrupted Mays preparations and Sunday was only his sixth game this season. I just wanted to take the opportunity, I had fun, May said. Playing down back, you learn what you dont want the forwards to do and that helped me today. McKenna told May on Wednesday that he would go up forward and was rapt with the youngsters performance. This game was played on his terms and he took full toll, which was a credit to him, McKenna said. Lions face growing list of injury woes BRISBANES NEAFL season has run into injury problems. The Lions reserves spent eight weeks on top of the ladder and looked certainties to win the minor premiership. But the good news ended when the Sydney Swans reserves beat them in Saturdays final home-and-away round. The 13.8 (86) to 17.15 (117) loss meant Territory Thunder grabbed their second minor premiership and a weeks rest. Redland, 13-goal losers to Thunder on Saturday, finished fourth ahead of Sundays elimination final opponents Gold Coast. If Brisbane beat Southport in Saturdays qualifying final at Coorparoo, they must get on a plane to Darwin for a second semi-final matchup with Thunder at Palmerston. The Lions listed AFL players only have to play three NEAFL games to qualify for the finals. That means five members of the side that beat Adelaide at the Gabba on Saturday night Jordan Lisle (16 NEAFL games), Claye Beams (11), Elliott Yeo (10), Josh Green (9) and Jack Crisp (9) can face Southport. The one negative is only 14 listed players can be on the field with four on the interchange bench. Richard Newell underwent a shoulder reconstruction on Tuesday. He joins the sidelined Bryce Retzlaff (knee), Brad Harvey (ankle), Jared Polec (adductor) and Jared OBrien (adductor). Aaron Cornelius (Achilles), Sam Sheldon (hamstring) and Patrick Wearden (quad) are all in doubt. Bad news for Kurt FOOTBALL ByANDREWHAMILTONand MICHELANGELORUCCI Key Crows forward Kurt Tippett training with his teammates in Adelaide yesterday Picture: SARAH REED GOLD Coast and Brisbane have been forced to reevaluate their interest in Kurt Tippett after reports the exit clause that was supposed to deliver the giant Crow home to Queensland does not officially exist. The Suns have claimed they would not part with top ten draft picks or players to lure Tippett home and are sticking to that policy. The Lions remain in the hunt, but it is unclear what they could tempt the Crows with. Brisbanes top draft pick and a player might get the deal done but the Lions have yet to decide if they are prepared to offer that. Rising South Australian born midfield star Jack Redden has been mentioned as a trade but that scenario is unpalatable to the Lions and Redden. News Limited understands that a widely discussed contractual clause that demands the Crows release Tippett to a Queensland-based club for no more than a secondround draft pick does not exist in the official contract lodged with the AFL. Instead it appears to be more of a gentlemans agreement accepted by former Adelaide football operations chief John Reid.

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