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52 NT NEWS. Friday, February 17, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 7 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 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 Glory re-sign Burns,Mehmet PERTH Glory skipper Jacob Burns and striker Billy Mehmet have re-signedwith the A-League club for a further two years. Burns, a former Socceroo, won the clubs most valuable player award last season and has played a key role in helping lift the Glory into fourth spot on the table ahead of tomorrows home clash with Newcastle Jets. Mehmetwas amainstay in the starting XI earlier this season, but has been forced to ply his trade off the bench in recent times. Reshuffle at SydneyKings IAN Robilliard yesterday stood down as Sydney Kings coach andwas appointed interim chief executive officer at the NBL club. Robilliard, who had coached the club since their re-admission into the competition for the 2010-11 season, assumed the role of interim CEO after the departure of executive director Stephen Dunn. TimHudson, Robilliards assistant coach this season, will act as head coach for the Kings clash away to Perth on Sunday. Difficult first day for Pike PALMERSTON golf export Aaron Pike faces a task to make the cut of the $120,000 Victorian PGA Championship at Creswick following an eight-over par 79 in yesterdays opening round. Three double bogeys and four bogeys tempered the two birdies Pike carded around the Forest Resort layout. To highlight how testing the coursewas on day one, just 36 of the 132-strong field shot par or better. Stephen Dartnell was the overnight leader at five-under. AGrade coach Anthony Castro AGrade Manager David Kurnoth BGrade coach Robbie Corrie BGrade Assistant Coach Charlie Luta BGrade Manager Iksan Blaauw Womens coach Dennis Stokes Womens Manager Leanne Austral Coaching and Development Moses Wigness U17 David Clark/Daniel Good U15 Corey Kurnoth U13 John FaAsio U12 Karen Newman U10 Matt Stuart U8 Moses Wigness U6,U7 Craig singleton MEET THE SENIOR COACHS & MEMBERSHIP DAY All new and past players welcome Airport Hotel Saturday 18th February 1.30pm onwards JUNIOR SIGN ON SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY Anula oval 1pm-4pm - BBQ & Drinks Supplied BMX Bike give away on sign on day 1 Ticket for every junior player signing up and paying mem bership in full - Drawn on the day at 4pm Junior Training Commences Tuesday 28th February 5.00-6.00 Anula Oval Thanks to our 2012 sponsors Metroll, Reomart NT, Metromax, Able Building Services, Fusion Fireworks, Quality Meats Parap, Mr Barra NT Welding, Airport Hotel, Fielders , QP Builders, Elders Doug Yuen Insurance, Quality Meats Parap, Ezy Gardens & Irrigation, AJ Communications,JSM Civils p/l Rhino Industrial,Full on Plumbing, New Millennium security BROTHERS RLFC WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE FOLLOWING COACHING STAFF FOR THE 2012 SEASON. Ten makes big play for rights to major sports THE Ten Network is positioning itself to launch a fullfrontal assault on the TV sports rights of rival networks and could bid for rugby league, cricket, V8 Supercars and tennis. Ten CEO James Warburton met with Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland in the past fortnight to discuss cricket rights and has had several meetings with V8 Supercars chairman Tony Cochrane. Ten heavyweights plan to hold preliminary meetings with Tennis Australia over its next fiveyear contract from 2014, meaning the network may air the Australian Open, Kooyong Classic, Sydney International, Brisbane International and Davis Cup ties. Ten also wants to make a bid to snatch the NRL free-to-air contract from Nine. All these rights are coming up within two years. The NRL and Sevens V8 Supercars contracts come up this year. Nines cricket rights expire at the end of the 2012/13 summer season, and Sevens Australian tennis rights after the 2014 Australian Open. One possibility is Ten teaming up with Fox Sports to bid jointly for the NRL. Ten would have to break the vice-like grip of Nine, who has first and last refusal in the bidding process. NRL boss David Gallop yesterday talked up the codes ability to carve up the TV rights to maximise the dollars We obviously need to explore every opportunity to ensure we maximise the revenue opportunity that our games current TV ratings results have produced, he said. Riewoldt to face year with positive attitude RICHMOND spearhead Jack Riewoldt says he has his body language issues in check, admitting he was out of line at times during a controversial 2011 season. Riewoldt was maligned for a series of incidents, including flipping the bird against Hawthorn, arguing with his own coaching staff and berating teammate Dustin Martin during a game. He comically attempted to re-enter a game while concussed, with the Richmond leadership group member admitting he has had to improve his communication. I have definitely improved out of sight with that. I had to improve as a leader and as a player in terms of that on-field stuff. I saw it as coaching but it came across differently on TV and its different in how people portray it, he said. There are certain guys in the team where, if we are angry, we yell at each other and get out, and then we get over it. But you have to have an understanding of the situation and the people you are talking to. With some guys, we need to be more constructive with their criticism of them. Riewoldt yesterday revealed the extent of his 2011 injuries, after surgery on both hips, his ankle, shoulder, a finger reconstruction and playing with two broken ribs. He says he learnt plenty about the toughness required to play at the elite level. I think I have come through a more mentally stronger person, he said. I played under fatigue and duress, and it makes you a better person and a better player. More waiting for Lion THE long wait in cotton wool continues for Josh Drummond after the injury-plagued Brisbane Lions dangerman was ruled out of the AFLs opening round yesterday. A setback in his recovery from off-season hip surgery is the latest in Drummonds myriad ailments that have restricted him to 79 games in seven seasons. However, a positive Drummond had still been hopeful of running out against Melbourne on March 31. But coach Michael Voss was taking no risks with the 28-year-old. Its probably unrealistic to think Josh will be available for round one, Voss said. Certainly, were hopeful hell play games before then but his fitness base has taken a little bit longer. Hes had a fairly big surgery, so weve got to go slow with him. His ball use is second to none, we know how valuable he is for us we want to get him out there. Drummond earlier said he had kept his fingers crossed he would feature in the pre-season NAB Cup. You definitely have moments where you wish itd go a different way, Drummond said. But being negative or feeling sorry for yourself doesnt help you get back out there or wont help me get through a full season of footy. Richmonds Shaun Grigg, Kangaroo Leigh Adams and Hawk Ben Stratton got together for a photo ahead of tonights NAB Cup opener between their sides Let the footy begin FOOTBALL HAWTHORN defender Ben Stratton says he is 100 per cent over the knee injury that ruined his 2011 season. Stratton, more than most, is itching to get back on to the field tonight after injuring his posterior cruciate ligament in April. He toiled to get back for the Hawks Round 24 game and then played two finals as well, only for his season to be cut short again this time by Collingwood in the preliminary final. Stratton said he had a slightly modified pre-season to keep his knee in check. I obviously needed a little bit of a break, the stress I put on my knee the last two games wasnt ideal, he said. So I had a little bit of a break, but then I approached the pre-season like any other still doing my rehab exercises just monitored a bit swelling-wise and stuff like that. I was able to get through most of pre-season unscathed, so its been good. Despite the soreness, the 22-year-old said he doesnt think he rushed his return last year. I dont think I came back too soon, its just my knee was under a fair bit of stress and I needed to give it a good rest over the off-season to get it right for this year, Stratton said. The Hawks will take on North Melbourne and Richmond in tonights NAB Cup opener at Etihad Stadium from 5.15pm (NT Time).