The Centralian advocate Fri 18 Dec 2009
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v. 63 no. 59
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, December 18, 2009 55 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 5 5 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Rosier, Smith in sight AUSSIE RULES Max Bennett Malcolm Lynch WITH the AFL drafting period completed the NT Thunder have stepped up their recruiting campaign for the 2010 QAFL season. Former Western Bulldog Malcolm Lynch and St Kildas Tiwi rookie Ross Tungatulum have become available after missing out on selection in Tuesdays AFL Rookie Draft. Thunder coach Murray Davis said the club has kept a keen eye on the proceedings of the past few weeks hoping to approach several high-profile Territorian stars. He said: Weve been in contact with Malcolm about the possibility of coming back to play for the Thunder. He said it would be something he would be interested in but well have to see how things go. Tungatulum is currently playing with St Marys in the NTFL and is in talks with Thunder senior management about joining the team for 2010. Davis believes the benefits of having the likes of Lynch and Tungatulum could have a significant impact on the whole squad. He said: It would be great to have these guys back because they would be able to pass on to the other players in the squad the professionalism and sacrifices needed to make it at that top level. In addition to chasing AFL signatures, Davis said the club has been actively sounding out young Centralian talent. He said: Were looking at the likes of Kieren Smith and Matt Rosier and trying to get them to come back to Alice Springs to be part of the Thunder. Obviously Matt can stay with South Adelaide but wed love to get him back to the Territory. Having had three players pass through the club on their way to AFL stardom in just the first year, Davis hopes this impressive record will encourage ex-pat Territorians to return home. He said: We got two matureage players drafted (Shane Thorne and Relton Roberts) and one of our young guys picked up (Troy Taylor). This is what the clubs all about, providing a pathway for these guys to make it to the next level. Belts for young and old Recently graded black belts Alex Gee and Bill Blain show despite the gruelling testing they still have plenty of energy. MARTIAL ARTS Max Bennett IT does not get any more physically and mentally demanding than black belt testing at the Alice Springs Martial Arts Centre. Arguably the most gruelling test in Central Australian sport, these mixed martial arts students are tested to the very limit of their physical and mental boundaries. Despite this the black belts continue to be earned, with duo Alex Gee and Bill Blain the latest to be bestowed with the honour. Senior instructor Rick Chambers likened the intensity of grading to that of the elite mixed martial arts competition. He said: These guys got thrown 150 times, got up, threw 150 times, were attacked by multiple attackers and did take downs against knife attacks and kicks. The last section of grading is five rounds of combat with fresh people coming at them every round. The elite mixed martial arts fighters do five rounds but against the same person, where these blokes had to do five rounds of five fresh people coming at them. For young Gee the grading completed his transition from novice to senior black belt holder, with Chambers happy to see another home-grown product come through the club. He said: Alex is a 100 per cent product of this club. He came into the senior classes at the start of this year and hasnt put a foot wrong. Hes only 16 and hes sparring with 40 year old blokes and technique wise is right up there with the best of them. Red Centre numbers double AUSSIE RULES Matthew Campbell Tom Logan WITH the AFL lists settled for 2010 we look at the Central Australian players making a name for themselves and representing this regions rich history of producing outstanding football talent. Matthew Campbell Current Club: North Melbourne Central Australian Club: Pioneer Year Drafted: 2006 (Rookie list) AFL Games: 47 AFL Goals: 53 Tom Logan Current Club: Port Adelaide Central Australian Club: Federal Year Drafted: 2003 AFL Games: 54 AFL Goals: 16 Liam Jurrah Current Club: Melbourne Central Australian Club: Yuendumu Year Drafted: 2008 AFL Games: 9 AFL Goals: 20 Troy Taylor Current Club: Richmond Central Australian Club: South Year Drafted: 2009 Liam Patrick Current Club: Gold Coast Central Australian Club: Yuendumu and Federal Year Drafted: 2009 (NT priority pick) Roland Ah Chee Current Club: Gold Coast Central Australian Club: Pioneer Year Drafted: 2009 (Rookie Draft) Gold Coast excited by Centralian Patrick AUSSIE RULES Max Bennett Gold Coast football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft during his playing days with the Brisbane Lions. THE excitement is clearly evident among the Gold Coast coaching staff. They believe they have found their x - f a c t o r i n L i a m Patrick. While the soon-to-be 17th AFL club are hosing down expectation, it is obvious they see the former Federal and Yuendumu star as one of the most exciting prospects to come out of the AFL draft period. Gold Coast football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft agrees to the x-factor tag, seeing the 21-year-old as genuine natural. He said: Hes a very exciting player. Weve seen some really good signs telling us he could be a real x-factor. Obviously you look for consistency with players but from what weve seen of him playing in the NTFL hes the type of player who can kick a few goals and win a game off his own boot. Those types of players are invaluable to a team. Much work still needs to be done to get Patrick up to AFL standards in terms of fitness and b o d y s h a p e , b u t Ashcroft believes a year in the VFL will be the perfect preparation. He said: For Liam this will be the first time hell be involved in a full-time professional environment. We think playing in the VFL next season will help him adjust to the AFL system. Well look to get him in the gym and bulk him up. The Gold Coast now have three Territorians, with Top End young gun Michael Gugliotta being joined by Patrick and Ah Chee.
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