The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jun 2012
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32 NT NEWS. Friday, June 15, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Riewoldt dedication sees him up and raring to play RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has praised Jack Riewoldts dedication after he went without sleep to give himself every chance of playing against Greater Western Sydney tomorrow. Riewoldt has been named in the Tigers side for the match at Skoda Stadium despite an ankle injury sustained last week against Fremantle. He strapped up the ankle and kept playing, though his impact was lim ited and he looked at long odds to take on the Giants. But Hardwick said Riewoldt was an almost certain starter after getting up during the night this week to keep icing his ankle. Were very, very confident hell play, which is a great credit to Jack and the work hes put in to get himself available for this game, Hardwick said. Its been a great lesson for our younger players how much you put into it. Hes been sleeping about three hours on and off, and icing it every three hours. But the Tigers will be without first-year revelation Steven Morris (shoulder), with Daniel Connors selected for his first match of the season. Forward Ty Vickery has also been left out with a leg injury. The Giants have also been forced into several changes, with consistent ruckman Jonathan Giles out with calf soreness but experienced Dean Brogan replaces him after recovering from injury. And No. 1 draft pick Jonathon Patton has been named for his AFL debut despite an injury scare at training on Wednesday. North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has wielded the axe, making four changes for their match against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium tomorrow night. He has recalled forward Lindsay Thomas, while Aaron Edwards, Cruize Garlett and Luke and Cameron Delaney have all been dropped. Mature-age rookie Sam Gibson will make his AFL debut for the Kangaroos after some impressive reserves form. The Suns have axed four players and lost Campbell Brown to injury, and have called Territorian Liam Patrick into their side. Rance sizes up Patton WHAT better way for Richmonds Alex Rance to regain form than by taking on a debutant teenager in a team ranked 17th on the ladder? Rance has made a solid start to his fourth season at Tigerland, however the 22-year-old Western Australian had a tough day last week as Fremantles Matthew Pavlich bagged six goals on him. Tomorrow, Rance is expected to line up on Greater Western Sydneys 19-yearold recruit Jonathon Patton. However, not only is Patton already a man-sized key forward at 197cm and 102kg, hes regarded as a future superstar after being taken at No. 1 overall in the 2011 AFL draft. Rance will be conceding Patton 3cm and 9kg. Hes a formidable looking lad. You only had to watch him at draft camp, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said yesterday. Youd never probably seen someone so ready to take the game to the AFL. Hardwick was asked if Rance would try to intimidate young Patton. Rancey will niggle, maybe, but he (Patton) is a player whos certainly looking to make his way in the AFL and well treat him accordingly, Hardwick said. Black is back for Brisbane LIONS veteran Simon Black appears set for a return against Hawthorn on Sunday as Brisbane looks to build momentum from its upset win over West Coast. Black ran freely with the main group at the start of a closed training session at the Gabba and looks to have overcome the knee injury which forced him out of the Eagles boilover. Fellow midfielder Tom Rockliff was confident Black would play against the Hawks at the MCG. Hes trained really well this week and he just has to come through a few runs today, and I think hell do that, the vice-captain said. Rockliff said Brisbanes effort to produce their thrilling win over West Coast without the 2002 Brownlow Medallist was huge for the clubs young midfield brigade going into a tough challenge against the Hawks. It would have been great to have him out there but it was good that other blokes stood up and Ryan Lester went through the midfield, and played a really good role in the game, he said. It gave us confidence (as) we havent beaten a topeight team in two years. Its fantastic for the boys to get that win and build a better environment. Theyre the Eagles, theyre flying high West Coasts Nic Naitanui soars for the mark as Carltons Chris Judd looks on in Perth last night Picture: DANIEL WILKINS WEST COASTV CARLTON EAGLES 79 BLUES 69 WESTCOAST 3.3 5.12 6.17 10.19 (79) CARLTON 2.3 4.4 8.8 10.9 (69) GOALS West Coast: J Darling 3 D Cox 2 A Hams D Kerr J Brennan Q Lynch W Schofield. Carlton: L Henderson 2 M Kreuzer 2 A Collins A Walker D Armfield J Garlett K Simpson ZTuohy. BESTWest Coast:NNaitanui S Selwood M Priddis W Schofield J Darling. Carlton: A Carrazzo H Scotland AWalker D Ellard BMcLean. Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Dean Margetts, Luke Farmer. Crowd: 34,224 at Patersons Stadium. CARLTON skipper Chris Judd endured a torrid outing on his former stomping ground as West Coast posted a fighting 10-point victory at a slippery Patersons Stadium last night. Judd tallied just 12 possessions and lost his cool late in the match as the Eagles overcame a valiant Blues fightback to post the 10.19 (79) to 10.9 (69) triumph in front of 34,224 fans. West Coast shot out to a 26-point lead late in the second quarter, but their wayward kicking came back to haunt them as Carlton slammed through the next five goals to take the lead. The Blues led by three points at the final change, but two quick goals to Eagles forward Jack Darling turned the match on its head. Judd endured a frustrating night opposed to Scott Selwood, and the former West Coast star lost his cool late in the match after giving away a free kick to Dean Cox in a marking contest. The two-time Brownlow medallist exchanged harsh words with Matt Priddis amid some push-and-shove. And Judd was left stunned seconds later when he gave away a 50m penalty for a soft elbow nudge on Priddis. Carltons fifth loss from their past six games leaves them outside the top eight with a worrying 6-6 record ahead of their bye week. And it doesnt get any easier for Brett Rattens charges, with Hawthorn and Collingwood to come. The win sees the Eagles back on top of the table.
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