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The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

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54 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 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v4 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 FOOTROT FLATS Morris stays at Dragons ST GEORGE Illawarra have re-signed prolific tryscorer Brett Morris for three more seasons. The Test and NSW winger, who has scored 75 tries in 107 games for the Dragons since debuting in 2006, has extended his deal with the club until the end of the 2015 season. The move is a boost for the Dragons, who lost key backs Darius Boyd (Knights) and Mark Gasnier (retired) in the off-season. It is also a ringing endorsement of new coach Steve Price, who faces a tough task stepping into Wayne Bennetts shoes. Im looking forward to working under head coach Steve Price, who has a lot of fresh ideas for the direction of the team, and cant wait for the season to start, Morris said. Bunnies hooker cops ban FRESH from returning after a two-match suspension, Issac Luke will miss South Sydneys NRL season opener after accepting a onegame ban for a contrary conduct charge. The New Zealand hooker was sanctioned after making contact with referee Jason Robinson during the Rabbitohs 18-12 defeat by St George Illawarra during the first half of last Saturdays Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium. Luke took the early guilty plea yesterday and will sit out Souths encounter with the Sydney Roosters on March 5. Lukes teammate Eddy Pettybourne has also taken the early guilty plea for a high shot on Dragons centre Chase Stanley, but will be free to face the Roosters at ANZ Stadium. Brisbane prop Petero Civoniceva will also miss the start of the new campaign against Parramatta after pleading guilty to a grade three careless tackle charge. The veteran frontrower was placed on report for a challenge on Melbourne utility Ryan Hinchcliffe in Saturdays trial in Hobart. He will now make his eagerly awaited homecoming in round two against North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium on March 9. The Broncos considered challenging the grading being of the belief that Civonicevas hit was comparable to the grade one charge handed out to Pettybourne. However, the risk factor ruled out any action. Civoniceva will now start the season with 96 carryover points, baggage that could prove very costly. Ponting rises to Ashes CRICKET RICKY Ponting is still chasing Ashes redemption. Despite having time called on his glittering one-day career, the 37-year-old still hopes to go to England for the fifth time on an Ashes tour next year. Ponting says that while the Ashes are not the sole reason for continuing his 162-Test career, its an opportunity he would relish. If Im a good enough player to do that then it would be great to go back there one more time and have a few better memories of England than what Ive had the last couple of tours, he said. Ponting is the only Australian captain to surrender the Ashes twice on English soil, in 2005 and 2009. England retained the coveted urn 3-1 in Pontings final series as captain in 2010-11. Everybody is (after redemption) as far as Ashes cricket is concerned, he said yesterday in Sydney. Ponting would be well into his 39th year by the time the Ashes tour winds up in England, but the man many feel is second only to Sir Donald Bradman in the history of Australian Test batsmen can take heart from the Dons own record. Bradman was two weeks shy of his 40th birthday when he played his final Ashes Test. Ponting believes as long as he has the desire to play for Australia he has no reason to walk away from the game. I love the game and I love every opportunity I get to represent my country, Ponting said. One thing Ive always been conscious of is not letting my teammates down and not letting my country down. Im not going to keep play ing and drag myself through times where I dont think I can play great cricket. Ive proved to a lot of people this summer I can still play great cricket for Australia and be as good as anybody out there on the field. The biggest challenge for Ponting will be ensuring he gets enough cricket between Test series. He has all but ruled out playing English county crick et between Australias final Test in the Caribbean in April and the next home series against South Africa in November. For the moment, retirement is not an option. Not really, Ponting quickly responded when asked if he had thought of giving the game away after his ODI snub. All Ive got left now is Test cricket and I want to make every post a winner, he said. Parramatta veteran Nathan Hindmarsh, talking to schoolchildren in Sydney yesterday, says he is still as keen as ever going into his 15th NRL season Veteran Hindmarsh still has excitement of a rookie RUGBY LEAGUE TODAY the NRL will officially launch its 2012 season by showing off its new headquarters but yesterday, a warhorse with 14 years of hard yakka under his belt gave thousands of school kids an insight into what the game still means to him. And going into his 15th season of first-grade league, Parramattas Nathan Hindmarsh also gave the boot to speculation he had decided to retire at the end of the season. Im enjoying it as much as I ever did, the 32-year-old father of three said. I enjoy the hard slog of the preseason. I enjoy meeting new blokes who come into the side. I enjoy getting flogged in 40-degree heat and when you get through that session it is a great high ... I enjoy sitting through cricket season knowing Im going to play footy soon. And now I cant wait. So he definitely hasnt made a decision to retire? I havent, he said. Im still enjoying my footy and the body is feeling good. Players get to a certain age and people just assume its time for them to retire. GWS coach Kevin Sheedy once joked he didnt even know who Hindmarsh was. Reminded of the jibe yesterday, Hindy won the war of words with respect and old-school honesty. I read about GWS because its always in the papers but it doesnt worry me, he said. We are all going to be interested to see how Israel (Folau) goes. Me being a leaguey and Israel being a convert I wont tune in to watch the whole game but I will sit for five minutes and watch how he goes. Rugby league is doing plenty to win the war. Nearly every second kid today is wearing an Eels jersey.

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