The Northern Territory news Wed 14 Mar 2012
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56 NT NEWS. Wednesday, March 14, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -M A R -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Tiger of old has belief Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD BOMBERS HUNGRY FOR FLAG GLORY Page 54 NTFL GRANDFINAL ByGREYMORRIS NIGHTCLIFFS threetime premiership player Benny Lew Fatt says self belief and selective recruiting will bring lasting relief to his Tigers in Saturdays NTFL Grand Final. Lew Fatt played in Nightcliff premiership sides in 1957, 61 and 65 in between winning the Nichols Medal as the leagues best and fairest player in 1964. Lew Fatt said five decades without a flag was a disappointing result for a club that boasted champion players like Mark Motlop, Joe Daby, John Tye and Greg Peris. It just hasnt worked out for us on the one day of the season that really counts, he said. But this season the coaches, players, recruiting selectors and committee people have done everything right . They listened to the coach (Mo Motlop) and went out and got players they felt would make a difference like Troy Coates and Elijah Ware. And theyre a very close group, theyve stayed focused even when the so-called experts jumped off them. I read 17 of 20 experts backed Wanderers and only three Nightcliff in the preliminary final. But there was no panic among the playing group after that loss, and thats where credit must be paid to the coach and everyone associated with the club. Lew Fatt expects a strong challenge from competition newboys the Tiwi Bombers. The Tiwis will be just as desperate and full of confidence after the semi-final win, he said. And a win for the Tiwis will be a win for football right across the Territory because the kids in communities everywhere will want to be like them. But I just think Nightcliff will be that little bit more focused, particularly if they can play close to their Tiwi opponents. Ill say this much, I think the game will be over at three quarter-time, regardless of who wins.
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