The Northern Territory news Fri 9 Dec 2011
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46 NT NEWS. Friday, December 9, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 9 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Game On PREVIEWS TEAMS NEWS with Jess Webster email@example.com wit n BASKETBALL By IANBUTTERWORTH Robbie Sheppard Sheppard to wear two hats ROBBIE Sheppard is the man in the firing line tomorrow night when the Darwin Airport Resort mens and womens basketball championship finals are played at Darwin Basketball Stadium. Sheppard is coach of Ansett, who meet hot favourites Uni Rebels in the womens decider, before switching to the Uni Rebels mens top job where the minor premiers take on TV Jets. Ive always been an Ansett person but when Rebels were looking for a mens coach late in the season and approached me, I took the job, Sheppard said. I dont see it as a conflict in any way because at Rebels I am the mens coach and have no other role at the club. Sheppard accepts Ansett women will go in as underdogs, but he is buoyed by the return of guard Lauren Flanegan and the form of Samantha Drescher. We didnt have Lauren when we played Rebels in the semi-final and to have her back is a bonus, he said. Because it frees up Samantha and gives our young team more experience. Rebels captain Vanessa Kurnoth is confident the balance, experience and hunger for success in her team is the right mix. We learned a bit from our loss in the challenge season final and our attitude has improved at training and in games, Kurnoth said. We are pretty settled and Tamara Sheppard has been a bonus for us, she is so versatile and a difficult player to match up on. In the mens final, Sheppard believes his Rebels team needs to get the very best out of their first five due to TV Jets greater depth. Jets coach Ryan Marshall agrees with Sheppards assessment. We need to stand up early in defence and hold them because our real strength is depth on the bench, he said. If we are with them late in the game Im confident we will have the extra run. Tiwi Bombers fans will be hoping for celebrations like this when Austin Wonaeamirri returns to the team for the match against Nightcliff at Nightcliff Oval tomorrow Bombers set to welcome back Austin FOOTBALL By JESSWEBSTER FORMER Melbourne Demons goalsneak Austin Wonaeamirri is in line to return for the Tiwi Bombers for their blockbuster clash against Nightcliff tomorrow. Wonaeamirri, 23, last played for the Bombers in 2007 before he was rookie listed with the Demons. He was cut by the AFL club in October. The small forward still has to pass a fitness test before the 4pm match at Nightcliff Oval and was named on an extended Tiwi bench. The Tigers, aiming for 10 wins in a row, have brought in big names Harmit Singh, Robert Campbell, James Woodhouse and Michael Gugliotta. Reigning premier Wanderers received some good news at the selection table with co-captains John Bonson and James Scrymgour back from injury for its 4pm match against Darwin at Gardens Oval on Sunday. Bonson returns from a knee injury sustained against the Buffaloes in Round 2, while Scrymgour hasnt played since tearing his calf muscle against Waratahs in Round 3. But the Eagles lose Troy Taylor, Shane Thorne (hamstring), and Adrian Bond (suspension). Palmerston regains NT Thunder stars Jake Dignan and Darren Ewing, plus recruits Jason Cloke and Kevin Vearncombe, for its mustwin battle against Southern Districts at TIO Stadium to morrow. The Crocodiles have elevated Division 1 players Corey Singleton, Cayle Box, and Dane McGennisken and included Jonathan Mullins to combat the losses of classy midfielder Ben AhMat and defender Brad Henderson for the 3.30pm match. Waratahs, who havent won in three weeks, have added Kayne Pettifer, Brad Filo and Kyle McBean to help them get back on the winners list in a muchanticipated 6pm clash with St Marys at TIO Stadium. Mathias Liddy, fresh from booting eight goals in Division 1, comes into the St Marys side, alongside ruckman Ryan Smith, Steven Miles and Jeremy Clayton. Brent LeCras and Dermott Tipungwuti will miss. Stynes boost with latest surgery JIM Stynes surgeon is ecstatic after the AFL great underwent another operation yesterday to remove a brain tumour. The Melbourne president and 1990 Brownlow Medallist said this week he had been written off, but a new treatment had given him an unexpected boost. Stynes has been battling cancer for two years and this latest operation appears to have been a success. Jim has just come out of surgery for the removal of a brain tumour and is in recovery, a Facebook post announced. Professor (Jeffrey) Rosenfeld, who performed the surgery is ecstatic, saying they got a big removal/clearance rate on the tumour without any damage. All in all, (it) looks like a big success. Sam (Stynes wife) is by his side as usual. Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and your prayers. We all love you big guy. Stynes looked tired and drawn on Monday when he presented his famous No. 11 guernsey to new Melbourne recruit Mitch Clark. He was in typical good spirits, however, and said new medication had been an unexpected boost for his health. I was sort of written off there not too long ago and now Ive been given another crack, he said.
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