The Centralian advocate Fri 22 Jun 2012
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v. 65 no. 111
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68 Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 22, 2012 WIN FANTASTIC FAMILY SHOW PACK SEE PG 24 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 2 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 6 8 C O L O R : C M Y K 5 5 5 1 0 5 /1 2 King Ben inspires King Ben inspires Full details: P65Full details: P65 Sydney King Ben Madgen visited Santa Teresa yesterday to run a basketball clinic for local schoolchildren Picture: NOEL KESSEL ACCEPTED Dale Fletcher Central Australian club to play NTFL This has been two years in the making and it all came together within the past week Rob Clarke THE dream of a Central Australian-based team in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) took a giant step this week. On Tuesday, AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) announced the Central Australian Football Club will play a four-game trial in the 2012/13 NTFL season. Central Australian Football Club co-founding member Rob Clarke said: Its a surreal feeling, but we have finally got there. This has been two years in the making and it all came together within the past week. The club was born in April and Clarke hopes the side, who will debut on October 6 and also play trial matches on October 13, 20 and 27, will be in the competition by the 2013/14 season. He said: We will take this opportunity with both hands and see where we can take it. We have laid the foundation and now we have to make it happen. The decision was endorsed by the AFLNT board, and chief executive officer Tony Frawley is excited about the proposal. Frawley said: The proposed entry of the Central Australian Football Club into the NTFL promises to be as exciting as the entry of the Tiwi Bombers and the Wadeye Magic into the league. The Central Australian Football Club has been formed to give the town of Alice Springs the opportunity to be represented at the highest level, and while we are excited about the prospect of an Alice team competing in the NTFL. Frawley added full entry into the league will be contingent on a number of strict criteria being met during and after the trial period. Clarke said when he found out the AFLNTs decision on Tuesday, there was a mixture of emotions. He said: You need to make up a new word for how I feel at the moment. Locations of where the four games will be played are still to be decided but Clarke would love to have at least two of the games in Alice Springs. He said: We have to work through it with council and everyone concerned but it would be great to play at home. n More Page 67