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The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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54 NT NEWS. Wednesday, June 20, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v4Alice to play NTFL trials FromBackPage Im sure the people in Alice will get a shock when they see how good the standard is. And well allow Alice players at NTFL clubs to play in the four-week trial with their hometown. AFL Central Australias regional manager Andy Hood has again urged caution. The consultation and planning has been fan tastic and a four-game trial will give us a good indication on where we are at, he said. But the word trial is important. There are no promises for the future. Now we have to prove we can cope with the travel involved in playing away most weekends, player fatigue and a lot of other areas that will be known after four weeks. 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 Premier League side still a way off for Banks By GREY MORRIS BANKS coach Lincoln Jenkins says NTFL Premier League football is still some distance away. The Division 1 premiership side has been granted a provisional licence to play four trial games at the top level during October. But Jenkins in his 14th season as coach of the nine time A-grade TEAFA premiers and 2012 NTFL Div 1 champions said there were no immediate plans to step up a division. It was sold to us as a four-game trial just to put our feet in the water and see what commitment is required, he said. We havent sat down and said were going to be in the Premier League simply be cause were just not geared for it with no juniors or anything like that. But the opportunity and potential is always there. If we have a four-game trial and see what comes of it, our committee and management can look at and put some plans around it. Jenkins said Banks were always in a recruiting mode, in terms of getting top quality players to the club. Were moving that way al ready, he said. A few of our premiership players have moved interstate and were looking to replace them. Jenkins said the logistics of the trial including where his side was in terms of playing a full Division 1 season still had to be worked out. Obviously I dont know the answers, he said. The logistics, points for and against and player movement have to be nutted out. A lot of planning has got to happen in the next five to seven days with the AFLNT and our president Luke Harris. It all happened on Monday night. What is required now is a step up from the players, coaches and administration to make sure were right for the October matches. Jenkins said Banks traditional white jumper with a blue yoke would stay the same. Its the 35th year of the Banks Bulldogs since Simon Day and Mike Harrison kicked us off in 1978, he said. If we changed that jumper theyd be jumping all over us. Nervous wait for Buffaloes DARWIN Football Club president John Paterson wants a final decision on his club relocating to Palmerston to be known soon. Paterson and the Buffaloes were told this week the potential move had been delayed for two months. Another consortium is competing with Buffaloes for relocation rights and use of crown land in Palmerston. The AFLNT wants to confirm training and playing venues before making a final decision. Both submissions were very professionally done and weve looked at them in depth, AFLNT boss Tony Frawley said. So were happy with that side of things. Now its over to us to deal with issues like playing and training venues. Paterson is disappointed at the delay, particularly after his club put many hours into their submission and convincing members the move away from their traditional base was viable. I can understand why the league needs more time to decide who gets to move out there, Paterson said. It must be a viable and sustainable venture for all parties concerned. But weve gone as far as we can with the reasons why we want to make the move. Our submission was in-depth and very comprehensive. Now the AFLNT needs to negotiate with major stakeholders to get the foundations right. Paterson said the Buffaloes were keen to start a junior development program at Palmerston at the start of new school term in July. Regardless of the delay in their decision, were going to make the move to get out there and start moving in junior development, he said. Theyre (AFLNT) going to introduce an under-12 program so we want to be heavily involved in the Auskick program at Palmerston when that kicks off. Insult has its price FOOTBALL Bulldog Will Minson faced the media yesterday after being banned for comments he made to Port Adelaides Danyle Pearce PORT Adelaides Danyle Pearce says Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minsons comments about Pearces mother were offensive and should not be tolerated. In response to the Bulldogs announcement yesterday that Minson would be banned by the club for one AFL game, Pearce released a statement saying Minson needed to start thinking about improving his on-field behaviour rather than worrying about handing out apologies. Minson fronted a media conference at Whitten Oval, offering his apologies and saying he had no excuse for his actions in Sundays Round 12 clash at Etihad Stadium. Minson said he had made unsuccessful attempts to contact Pearce. I accept the course of action the Western Bulldogs have taken, Pearce said. The important thing for me is that Will understands that this is not a minor matter that can be brushed under the carpet. It is a very big thing and insulting a players family is just not acceptable. Will has apologised, but I dont need that to move on. His actions from here will mean far more than words. Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas noted Minson had apologised to the club in 2008 for making onfield comments to onballer Kane Cornes about his ill son. Whilst its the second time we have faced a similar situation, we take Wills apology on face value and trust it wont happen again, Thomas said. Minson said he was sorry for what was said on the field. The last 24 hours have been an extremely stressful period for myself and no doubt unnecessarily stressful for Danyle Pearce and his family and the Port Adelaide Football Club, Minson said. I have absolutely no intention of putting anyone through that sort of stress or attention ever again. Minson choked up and was unable to answer at one stage when asked if he could redeem his reputation. That is what Im going to be dealing with for the rest of my life and its important I learn from this experience, the 27-year-old said. My younger brother spent three years at Port Adelaide and he speaks very highly of the footy club and of the players. Hopefully I havent done anything to affect Hughs relationship with the football club. Asked if his version of the incident differed to Pearces, Minson said there was no need to go into the details. Minson will miss Saturdays game against Brisbane at Etihad Stadium. Port captain Dom Cassisi says the two worst things he has heard on a football field had both come from Minson. Once you start involving, whether itd be your mother, women, your race or kids or whatever, I just think its crossing a line that doesnt need to be crossed, he said. AFL football operations general manager Adrian Anderson said the league endorsed Minsons suspension.