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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, February 25, 2012. NT NEWS. 53 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:25-FGE:53 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K would you like the iconic to visit your town in 2012? Emirates Melbourne Cup for more details please visit www.melbournecuptour.com.au or contact Lauren Zammit at Wrights on (03) 9690 9911. tenders close tuesday, 10th april, 2012 V R C 4 0 6 9 /N T mor mel n Zam rs close t PROUD SUPPORTER The melbourne cup carnival logo is TM, victoria racing club limited (ACN 119 214 078). www.melbournecuptour.com.au ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Suns unveil the moves of Jaeger Jaeger OMeara will play for the Suns in the NAB Cup tonight EXCITEMENT over the player dubbed the next Chris Judd has reached fever pitch ahead of his debut on the Gold Coast tonight but Jaeger OMeara is unfazed. Expectations are sky high after OMeara who turned 18 on Thursday received special permission to provide ataste of things to come in the preseason AFL competition. However, Suns coach Guy McKenna has no concerns for OMeara getting ahead of himself 12 months before he is allowed to play an official AFL game. Jaegers a flatliner, he said. Theres not too much excite ment in him. He gets out there and does what he does, and does it very well hes settled. His WA-based family are another story, however. Theyre going to all of a sudden see Jaeger play against some big brutes from Melbourne, so its going to be confronting but Im sure hell handle himself, McKenna said. Indeed, McKenna is sure of it after watching OMeara emerge as one of the Suns best in last weekends intra-club trial. Hes a kid, hes not playing in the season but I want to expose him like I did with 45 players last year, he said. For us our season almost starts right now. The more time Gary Ablett can get alongside David Swallow, Dion Prestia, ruck to Zac Smith, the more we can do that the quicker were going to become (a good side). The Suns have picked a strong side for the triple-header also featuring the Brisbane Lions and Melbourne. Crows coach admits to nerves NERVOUS Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson doesnt expect to learn a great deal about his players in his first official outing as an AFL head coach against Port Adelaide and Carlton in the pre-season cup in Adelaide tomorrow. Sanderson, who will coach the Crows for the first time, said the format would probably not offer him realistic observations of his team. We have got 33 players that were going to have a look at, Sanderson said. But if its a restricted game time and more subs, it might be hard to get a decent look. Sanderson, a former Geelong assistant, admitted to nerves ahead of his head coaching debut. Its interesting, the way that everything is going to unfold, he said. Not just how I go coaching on the first chance I have had, but also with some new coaches and some new players, just to make sure that we are all getting the chemistry right. Sanderson said his imprint on Adelaides gameplan would be displayed. You will definitely see the Crows playing how we want to play, he said. Were really close to playing the way that we want to play, whether that is good enough, time will tell. We have done a lot of work on educating our players on a new way to play. Having said that, theyre not wholesale changes fans arent going to sit here on Sunday and think wow, this is so different. Port coach Matthew Primus also pledged a difference from last year, when his club won three games. Our ability to play the style of footy we want, and to maintain that every quarter, every minute and every match, is going to be a lot better than what it was last year, Primus said. Players do it tough Swans coach certainly feeling hot under the collar Territorian Steven Motlop celebrates his goal for Geelong against Sydney last night SCORES SYDNEY . . . . . . . . 0.9.5 (59) STKILDA . . . . . . 0.4.5 (29) GOALS Sydney: A Goodes 2 H Cunningham 2 J BoltonMMortonM Pyke NMalceski S Reid. St Kilda: A Saad N Riewoldt R Stanley SMilne. Umpires: SimonMeredith, Matthew Leppard, Jordan Bannister. GEELONG . . . . . . 0.4.5 (29) SYDNEY . . . . . . . . 0.2.1 (13) GOALS Geelong: G Burbury J Schroder J Walker S Motlop. Sydney: L Jetta L Parker. Umpires: SimonMeredith, Matthew Leppard, Jordan Bannister. STKILDA . . . . . . 1.3.9 (36) GEELONG . . . . . . 1.0.6 (15) NINE POINTERS St Kilda: J Gram. Geelong: G Burbury. GOALS St Kilda: SMilne 2 TMilera. Umpires: StephenMcBurney, Brendan Hosking, Nicholas Foot. Venue: Etihad Stadium. NABCUP ByROGERVAUGHAN SYDNEY Swans coach John Longmire has criticised the round-robin format for the start of the AFL pre-season cup after the heat affected last nights triple-header in Melbourne. The temperature was still at 32C at half-time of the last game at Etihad Stadium as the Swans, St Kilda and Geelong won a game apiece. It was no surprise that the Swans and Cats struggled without a gap between their games, while the Saints had an advantage in the last match because they had an extended break. The 18 teams are split into six groups of three for Round 1 of the competition, with each mini-match consisting of two 20-minute halves. From next weekend, the pre-season competition reverts to standard matches. The (round-robin) format is made more difficult in the really warm conditions with two and two (two interchange players and two substitutes), Longmire said. Its a significant difference between their energy levels in the first game than what it is in the second game with conditions like that. Longmire would prefer single games throughout the NAB Cup and extended interchange benches for hot conditions like last night. St Kilda completely dominated Geelong in the last match for a 21-point win, winning 1.3.9 (36) to 1.0.6 (15). Second-year player Tom Ledger impressed in St Kildas two games and was their best against the Cats. The Saints rested several stars for their second game, including captain Nick Riewoldt, defender Sam Fisher, and midfielders Lenny Hayes and Jack Steven. Jason Gram was among the Saints who played game three and kicked the first nine-point supergoal of the night in the first half. George Burbury, one of many Cats without senior experience who played last night, also kicked a supergoal against St Kilda. The undermanned Cats were too well-drilled for Sydney in game two, winning by 16 points. The Cats squad featured only nine members of last years premiership team, but they kicked two goals to nil in the second half to win 0.4.5 (29) to 0.2.1 (13). They used 11 players without senior experience. New Geelong captain Joel Selwood starred against Sydney with 15 disposals and was rested for the late match. In the first game, the Swans kicked six unanswered goals from 15 minutes into the first half to beat St Kilda by 30 points, 0.9.5 (59) to 0.4.5 (29). New St Kilda coach Scott Watters had his team playing on and kicking more, but once Sydney settled they were able to catch the Saints on the rebound far too often. Swans onballer Jude Bolton starred in game one, while Hayes was immediately burrowing for the contested ball as he returned from his long injury layoff for the Saints. St Kilda looked much tighter in the late match and were always in control against Geelong.