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The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

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52 NT NEWS. Wednesday, February 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -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 Nets stop Knicks charge DERONWilliams scored a season-high 38 points, outplaying Jeremy Lin and leading the New Jersey Nets to a 100-92 victory over the NewYork Knicks. Lin began his remarkable run against the Nets about twoweeks ago, butWilliams and the Nets were ready for him this time. Lin finishedwith 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but the Knicks lost for the second time in 10 games. Carmelo Anthony shot four of 11 and scored 11 points for New York. Dokic bundled out in Mexico AUSTRALIAN Jelena Dokic has suffered a first-round defeat at theWTA event in Mexico. The former world No. 4was upset by 21-year-old Romanian Alexandra Cadantu, going down 6-3 1-6 7-5 in amatch lasting more than two hours. Italys Roberta Vinci broke at the crucial moment in each set to edge out American Coco Vandeweghe 7-5 7-5, while Nina Bratchikova beat fellow Russian Anastasia Pivovarova 6-3 6-1. Tomic bows out in Memphis RISING Australian star Bernard Tomic squandered twomatch points before being knocked out in the first round of the ATP event in Memphis byworld No. 58 Ivan Dodig. Tomic, the eighth seed andworld No. 37, went down 5-7 6-4 7-6 (10-8) as Croatian Dodig fired 19 aces andwon 75 per cent of his service points. Dodig trailed 7-8 in the final set tie-break beforewinning the last three points to take the match in just under three hours. Tahs lose Manson on eve of finals Waylen Manson WARATAHS twin forward towers were cut in half yesterday when Waylen Manson told club officials he would not be playing in Saturdays NTFL elimination final against Wanderers. The 18-year-old, bigmarking forward has created havoc while working in tandem with exCarlton and Brisbane spearhead Brendan Fevola. The pair kicked 18 goals between them in a Round 3 game against the Eagles and nine of 13 against Southern Districts 10 days ago. But Manson has returned to his home in the Western Australian community of Billiluna in the Kimberley region and is at long odds to play in Darwin again. Its certainly a blow for us, especially when weve got a knockout final against a Wanderers side that has won eight of its past nine games, joint Tahs coach Chris Williams said. Unfortunately, its Waylens decision not to play, so we have to plan around it and hope we get the mix right. We do get a lot of goalkicking firepower back with Fevola, Stuart Cooper, Mitch Sandery and Michael Sumner returning to the side. Ruckman Chris Long (punctured lung) and clever utility Michael Witkowski (hip) will also miss the 4pm clash, but veteran defender David May will be back. Williams said the Fevola factor was the big leveller in any discussion of his sides winning chances against Wanderers. Fevs a class act and hell certainly give us a target to go to, he said. We had no forward targets last week despite going inside the 50-metre arc more than the Tiwis, who beat us easily. Wanderers impressed Williams with their pace in the 35-point, come-frombehind win over St Marys. Theyre a very quick side and weve probably only got Timmy Mosquito to run with them, he said. Wanderers officials will pull out the cheque book again this week, with at least five players booked on flights from Adelaide and Melbourne. Daniel and Shannon Motlop, Adam Cook, Bobby McCallum and Josh Cubillo are all based interstate. GREY MORRIS Time of rebuilding for Thunder rivals Morningside MORNINGSIDE Panthers will be a shadow of their former selves when they take on Territory Thunder in Round 1 of the NEAFL competition on March 24. The Panthers have entered a development phase after losing to Thunder by a record 98 points in last years North ern Conference grand final. The traditional power house club has lost Jacob Gough and Nick Clark (retired), Peter Yagmoor (Collingwood), Jackson Allen (Gold Coast Suns), Tom Bell (Carlton), Jack Lawler (NT Thunder), Caleb Brown, Luke Ferguson, Josh Bruekers and Austin Lucy. New coach Aaron Rogers hopes the clubs next-tier players from the under-18s, which won a premiership last year, and Division 1 will help guide the senior team. The Morningside policy over the last 20 years, I guess, is to really focus on develop ing talent from within, he said. We dont have the resources to go out and recruit big names, so again well give the young players every opportunity we can. We have a really good batch of young guys who have been exposed to senior football over the past few years, a bunch who have had around 20 games. Theyve been exposed to it and theyre working hard in the gym, so Im looking forward to seeing how they go. Rogers took over from John Blair after retiring from playing duties last season. JESS WEBSTER Tiger tops our list Troy Coates was named the NT News Player of the Year, as well as Nightcliffs best and fairest Picture: JUSTIN SANSON By GREY MORRIS Troy Coates is the NT News NTFL Player of the Year NIGHTCLIFFS pursuit of a drought-breaking NTFL flag got a big boost last night when ruck rover Troy Coates was confirmed as the 2011-12 NT News-Darwin Sportingbet Player of the Year. The 25-year-old, from Kerang in northern Victoria, polled 17 votes to beat Waratahs defender Tim Mosquito (16) and Tiwi Bombers forward Gerrard Cunningham (14). The Player of the Year trophy and the $1000 that comes with it, adds to the Nightcliff best and fairest award Coates won in convincing fashion on Saturday night. I feel pretty privileged, he said. Its a great honour to win an award like this when theres a lot of top quality players in this league. Lured to the Tigers two years ago on the back of the clubs Kerang connection through ex-midfielder Chris Gibson and committeeman Squizzy Taylor, Coates is confident Nightcliff can snap a frustrating 47-year premiership drought. Theres no doubt in my mind we can go all the way, he said. Theres a lot of belief among the players and, while on paper were looking very strong, weve just got to gel together in the finals. We took a good step against Districts last week, especially in the second half, and we need to carry that into the finals. Coates, who also plays with Eaglehawk in Victorias Bendigo League, is a big fan of Territory football and its emphasis on pace and skill. Im always asked to compare the two competitions and its a pretty tough thing to do, he said. The standard is similar to back home, but its a lot quicker up here and the players have a lot more skill. The bigger grounds in Darwin means the footy is a lot more open as compared to the game being played inclose back home that means a lot of stoppages.

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