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The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, February 22, 2012. NT NEWS. 53 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-FGE:53 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K 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 Injury clouds atWaratahs DANIEL Halangahu is on standby to step into the Waratahs No. 10 jersey against Queensland on Saturday after an injury cloud over Berrick Barnes. TheWaratahs have delayed naming their team until tomorrow after several players carrying niggling strains were not given the green light following training yesterday. Barnes is believed to be the player of most concern, having aggravated a groin muscle during theWaratahs win over Tonga. Marsh looking for runs DUMPED Test batsman ShaunMarsh is hopeful the Western Australian captaincywill have a positive effect on his battingwhenWA face NSW in todays one-day clash at theWACA. Marsh has been handed the reins atWA following injuries to regular skipper Marcus North (finger) and stand-in AdamVoges (shoulder). Weve got a young team and being one of the leaders now, hopefully I can go out there and get us off to a good start, he said. Deanswants Bledisloe WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans says Australias decade-long Bledisloe Cup drought is a ridiculous statistic and one hewants to change this year. The Wallabies ended a Tri Nations drought in 2011, but couldnt stop the Kiwis from again claiming transTasman rugby bragging rights. It is themost prized piece of silverware available this year andwe havent had it since 2002, Deans said. Its a ridiculous stat and its one that wewould like to change. Priority picks ditched By GREG BUCKLE and SAM LIENERT THE AFL will scrap its priority draft pick system and replace it with a version that makes it much harder for clubs to gain extra selections. The overhaul announced yesterday is partly aimed at removing suspicions that clubs tank for extra picks. Under the outgoing system, a club that earned 16 premiership points (four wins) or fewer in a season was given an extra pick before the second round of the national draft. If a club earned 16 points or fewer in consecutive years it was awarded an extra selection before the drafts first round. The new formula for 2012 and beyond takes into account premiership points, percentage, finals appearances and injury rates for a club over several seasons. The new formula will make it harder for a club to be granted a priority pick after just one poor season, or that a pick will be given before the first round of a draft. AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson said the rule changes were partly aimed at eradicating any suspicion that clubs tanked late in seasons for extra draft picks. Providing a club with pick one and two at the start of the draft is a massive free kick to that club, Anderson said. Anderson said AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, who has constantly denied the existence of tanking, fully backed the new rule. Theres no doubt there is an unhealthy obsession in some quarters with the whole idea that there could be tanking, Anderson said. Part of the rationale is to deal with that. There will inevitably be some speculation around poor performance. This should very much reduce the volume of speculation. Anderson said the league also wanted to move closer to having an uncompromised national draft. Some clubs in recent years had been pushed back from pick four to pick seven because three teams received priority picks. We think its unfair on a lot of clubs that dont completely bottom out and dont receive a priority pick but get pushed back in the draft order, Anderson said. Swans defence pioneers AGGRESSIVE Sydney midfielder Kieren Jack believes the two new additions to the AFL teams leadership group will give the Swans an advantage across the park in 2012. The Swans announced yesterday defensive duo Nick Smith and Ted Richards would be joining the nine-strong leadership group after impressing in the clubs big games in the past two years. With the bulk of the current group including cocaptains Adam Goodes and Jarred McVeigh spending most of their time either up front or patrolling the midfield, Jack applauded the decision to give extra responsibility to the clubs two strongest defenders. I think its really important you have some key leaders at all ends of the ground, Jack said. Ted and Nick will probably take charge of the defence when players like myself and Jarred and Ryan OKeefe cant get down there because were involved in the midfield heavily. Thats really important. You want to make sure youve got leaders across the ground and we think that with the nine that weve got weve got a good spread, and a good mix with some youth coming through. Theyre two blokes who are really keys in the backline and have been for a number of years now. Ted and Nick are consistent performers on the field and two really important players in our structure. Richards and Smith join Jude Bolton, Ryan OKeefe, Rhyce Shaw and Jarred Moore, as well as Jack, Goodes and McVeigh, as coach John Longmires goto men on the pitch. Were looking forward to them helping drive the club cultures on and off the field for 2012, Longmire said. Territorian Mathew Stokes is put through his paces at Geelong training yesterday Picture: MIKE DUGDALE Times changing for Cats GEELONG is facing a period of significant transition and needs to somehow find the necessary improvement to compete with Collingwood and Hawthorn. Thats the assessment of Geelong coach Chris Scott, who says the retirements of four big names leaves the defending premiers in a difficult position to remain dominant in 2012. Scott says the Cats will send plenty of young faces into battle in Friday nights AFL pre-season cup matches against Sydney and St Kilda at Etihad Stadium. Scott says he was blown away by the some of the form shown by the Hawks in last Fridays pre-season cup opening round. We know theyre innovators. Theyve got a very strong coaching group, Scott said yesterday. Well keep a close eye on them because were not arrogant enough to think we know it all. If we roll out what we rolled out last year, well get beaten. No one at Geelong kids themselves about that. There is a lot of mitigating circumstances that would count against some improvement but weve just got to fight and work as hard as we can to make sure we improve somehow. Scott said it was logical for various experts and betting agencies to talk up the Hawks and last years runners-up Collingwood as the heavyweights this year. I dont have a problem with it. I didnt have a problem with it last year, he said. Were about to take (Cameron) Ling, (Cam) Mooney, (Darren) Milburn and (Brad) Ottens out of our side. And I stand up here saying we have to improve. That makes it incredibly hard. Scott said the Hawks were exceptional in 2011 and he said Collingwood were the best team for virtually all of the season last year.

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