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The Northern Territory news Wed 14 Mar 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 14 Mar 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, March 14, 2012. NT NEWS. 51 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-GE:51 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K McCabe on call to fill key role A KNEE injury to Brumbies five-eighth Matt Toomua might signal Pat McCabes return to midfield. Coach Jake White, however, insists the move will not be rushed before Fridays Super Rugby away clash with the Chiefs. Toomua played all 80 minutes in the Brumbies 24-23 victory over the Cheetahs on Saturday, but looks set to miss up to a month because of medial ligament damage. White has the option of switching Christian Lealiifano from inside centre to the playmaker role and bringing McCabe who is one game into his return from shoulder surgery in from the wing to the midfield role he filled for the Wallabies at last years World Cup. White wants him in the midfield but will not make the change until he is confident McCabe is ready. The object eventually is that we want to try and get Pat into the midfield (but) whether its this weekend or not . . . weve got to make a call on that, White said. He has played with Christian at No. 10 and hes played at No. 12, so it has been a combination thats worked. But (its a question of) whether or not hes fit; whether hes actually got the confidence to defend that channel or not. McCabe pulled up well after a solid game against the Cheetahs, which included a try in the second half. The Brumbies also have the option of calling up understudy five-eighth Zack Holmes, but White hinted the Chiefs backline might prove too tough a challenge for the 21-year-old on debut. Whether or not its the right week to play him at No. 10 when youre playing (Aaron) Cruden, Sonny Bill Williams and (Richard) Kahui as a combination, thats the tough one, White said. 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 Local players Jamie Collins, Joanne Morrison and Rebecca Winch with Australian coach Lisa Alexander Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Aussie eye on NT talent NETBALL By IANBUTTERWORTH Darwin is a great training centre for many sports because of its location in the tropical north AUSTRALIAN Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander visited Darwin earlier this week to take charge of the NT netball elite players and high performance coaches. The trip was part of Alexanders Australia-wide bid to promote the sport and identify talent. Darwin was her first port of call as she makes her way around the country as part of the Diamonds on the Move coach education program. My goal for the Diamonds on the Move program is to make sure that every member organisation has had a visit from the national coach, Alexander said. Darwin is a great training centre for many sports because of its location in the tropical north and coming in as national coach helps them understand our vision for the sport, and hopefully to make them feel a part of the netball family. Also the visit is for the member organisations to understand how important they are to our sport in terms of not just high performance, but grassroots as well. Current NT under-19 captain Jamie Collins was among a select group of athletes from the NTIS, U17, U19 and Australian Netball League teams to receive coaching from Alexander. This was my first time training with Lisa and it was great because she focused on the basics, and sessions were not complicated, Collins said. Her coaching techniques allowed us to pick up the messages because the routines are slow initially and gradually got more intense which is such a great way to train, and all the girls understood what was required. Our time with Lisa has been wonderful and has been at a good time because the national championships are coming up soon. Ebden grabs first top-10 scalp MATTHEWEbden is the sole Australian left at the IndianWells ATP/WTA tennis tournament after world No. 6 Samantha Stosur was bundled out in the third round. Australian qualifier Ebden caused a huge upset by beatingworld No. 8 AmericanMardy Fish 6-3 6-4 in just one hour and 25minutes. It was the 91-ranked Ebdens first win against a top-10 player. Meanwhile, Nadia Petrova needed two hours, 46 minutes to defeat Stosur 6-1 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5). Aussie hero joins theVillans SOCCEROOS star Brett Holman is set to step into the English Premier League limelight next season, earning a deal with Aston Villa. The 27-year-old midfielder was reportedly courted by fellow Premier League clubs Fulham and Blackburn Rovers before agreeing to join Villa after a decade spent plying his trade in The Netherlands. Holmanwill sign on a free transfer when his present contract with Dutch side AZ Almaar expires in June. AhMau, Harrison free to play ST GEORGE Illawarra prop Leeson AhMau and Gold Coast backrower Ashley Harrison are both free to play for their clubs this weekend after taking early guilty pleas. AhMauwas chargedwith grade-one dangerous contact after hitting Canterbury lock David Staggwith a shoulder to the head in Saturday nights loss to the Bulldogs. Harrison received a dangerous contact charge for his late shot on Josh McCrone in the defeat to the Raiders. Jones balancing act at trials Leisel Jones LEISEL Jones is wary of an Ian Thorpe flop moment at the Olympic swimming trials as a middle ear infection continues to affect her balance. Seeking to become the first Australian swimmer to qualify for four Olympic Games, NT-born Jones is expected to canter to a gold medal in her pet 100m breaststroke event. But a middle ear infection has troubled Jones, 26, for the past three weeks and despite trying several remedies, she cant fully shake the illness. Ive tried everything ear candling, acupuncture, antibiotics, drops, Jones said. Ive done three different courses of antibiotics. I just have to put up with it. Its about 95 per cent now but still affects my balance a little bit. Jones is wary of the no false start rule that caused Thorpe to be disqualified in the 400m freestyle heats at the 2004 Olympic trials and said she will be taking no risks in her 100m event, starting on Friday. I will be hanging on to the blocks very tightly, Jones said. Jones made a decision late last year to return to Brisbane and join Stephanie Rices squad training under Michael Bohl, which has improved her fitness levels. Champ happy under the radar Magnussen ITS hard to imagine the fastest swimmer in the world ever flying under the radar. But world 100m freestyle champion James Magnussen believes the hype surrounding Ian Thorpes comeback will allow him to thrive at the Olympic trials in Adelaide which start tomorrow. Magnussen, 20, is hot favourite for Olympic gold after his stunning performances at last years world championships in Shanghai and wants to make a statement to his international rivals this week. Thorpe will attempt to qualify for London in the 100m and 200m freestyle and Magnussen, Australias only individual world champion at present, has welcomed his comeback in more ways than one. Especially when it comes time for the 100m freestyle, Im sure it will be probably more hype surrounding Ian Thorpe than me, Magnussen said before preparations in Adelaide yesterday. Im happy to go under the radar and get about my business, and, once we get to the final, sort of do what I intend on doing. Anywhere down to around 47.2 is pretty realistic and would send out pretty strong warning signs to the rest of the world.