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The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, July 16, 2011. NT NEWS. 57 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 6 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 7 C O L O R : C M Y K Venue: The Sitzler Netball Centre, Abala Rd, Marrara NetSetGo! Holiday Program Monday 18th July until Thursday 21st July 5-10 year olds 9:00 am 10:00am ER020510 *All Participants will receive a fun participation pack, including a ball, stickers and more! To Register: Go Online www.nt.netball.asn.au E: development@newtballnt.org.au or call 89452399 or fax 8945 1433 REGISTRATIONS CLOSING DATE: TODAY 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 Malceskimakesmilestone FLYING Swans halfback Nick Malceski plays his 100th game tomorrow against Fremantle at the SCG after three knee reconstructions, twowith the revolutionary LARS surgery. So successful has the surgery been and so positive is Malceski about his rapid returns to the field players from other AFL teams and even local clubs are seeking advice on knee reconstructions. The Swans hope to improve on their 2-3 record at the SCG this year. Brownlowblues for star Hawk HAWTHORNmidfielder SamMitchell says hell be feeling pretty flat if he polls themost votes in the BrownlowMedal in September. Mitchell is leading somemedia awards and is averaging 32 possessions a game for the Hawks. However, hemade head-high contact with Geelongs Steve Johnson in their roundfive clash and is is ineligible for the Brownlow because the reprimandwas deemed to beworth more than the one-match, 100-point threshold. Staker thrown in at deep end BRISBANE knows it is throwing comeback king Brent Staker into the AFL deep end at the Gabba tomorrow. But the Lions coaching staff are confident the 27-year-old will not be blown out of thewater by the potent Geelong forward line. Staker makes his return to senior football from a knee reconstruction, with the revolutionary LARS procedure helping fast-track his return from the anterior cruciate ligament injury after just 16weeks. Tigers turn up heat Brett Deledio RICHMOND has used a heat chamber in an attempt to avoid a second-half fadeout in their historic AFL clash with Gold Coast today in Cairns. Richmonds rebounding half back Brett Deledio said the side has used the chamber at least six times in the past fortnight to try to acclimatise to the warmer playing conditions. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a high of 26C and showers in Cairns. That is 10C warmer than Melbourne where the Tigers are based. Deledio said the Tigers training program has focused on aerobic work and has been slightly more intense than the lead-up to their 15-point loss to Port Adelaide in the stifling Darwin humidity in May. On that occasion, the Tigers led by nine points at halftime, but faded in the final two quarters. The loss was put down to Ports ability to handle the extreme conditions much better. Weve spent probably three sessions this week in the heat chamber and last week as well, to try and get ready for the different climate, Deledio said. There have been pre-season AFL matches at Cazaly Stadium over the past decade, but the Tigers-Suns clash is the first for premiership points. Saints looking up Farren Ray ST Kilda midfielder Farren Ray does not want to sound too confident, but it is clear the Saints feel they are close to being back in town. They have recovered from a winless opening four rounds to surge to 11th with five victories from their past seven AFL matches. St Kilda hosts West Coast at Etihad Stadium tonight and Ray admits the Eagles eightpoint upset win over Geelong last Friday included some of best football he had seen in a long time. The fifth-placed Eagles are on a five-game winning streak, with ruck duo Nic Naitanui and Dean Cox in All-Australian contention. It was an amazing game, Ray said. Theyre forming a good team. The Saints, however, have re covered from their early-season woes after being grand a finalist in the past two years. St Kildas 56-point win over Port Adelaide last week at AAMI Stadium included fourgoal hauls from Nick Riewoldt and Ryan Gamble. We have sort of turned our season around in the past month or so but I dont want to be too confident, said Ray, a veteran of 137 games with the Saints and Western Bulldogs. Warlpiri Wizard to cast spell on Power Port Adelaides Matthew Broadbent and Melbournes Colin Sylvia mixed it up yesterday in a cooking challenge supervised by MasterChefs Courtney Roulston Picture: FIONA MORRISON By JESS WEBSTER TERRITORY high-flyer Liam Jurrah will make his mark at TIO Stadium for the first time in a Melbourne guernsey in the clash against Port Adelaide in Darwin tonight. With local heroes in Tiwi islander Austin Wonaeamirri and former Palmerston midfielder Aaron Davey missing from the Demons line-up, Yuendumus Jurrah will fly the NT flag for starved Top End supporters. The Warlpiri Wizard, 22, hopes his venture north can pay big dividends for the Dees, who are one game outside the top eight and chasing a finals spot. Its good to be back in the Northern Territory and playing my first game at TIO Stadium as well, he said. I get really excited during the week. Its just exciting to be back home. It will be good to get a win away from home. As theyve said, we just want to get off the rollercoaster ride and get back into form. Port Adelaide is chasing form for a different reason, with only percentage saving it from bottom place on the ladder. While its upset 15-point win over Richmond in Darwin gives the Power confidence heading into the match, midfielder Travis Boak says this challenge is much greater. We had a good win against Richmond last time we were up here but we know its going to be a lot tougher this time around, he said. Melbourne has been up here before and they are com ing off the bye, so theyve had a light week and good preparation. We are really looking forward to it. We are just trying to get as many wins as we can going into the end of the season and taking a positive attitude into the pre-season next year. We are looking to play some tough footy in the last few weeks of the season. The game starts at 8.10pm. Motlop in fine form for challenge By JESS WEBSTER Aaron Motlop TERRITORY Thunder wingman Aaron Motlop is not expecting any favours from the NEAFL competition when he returns after a two-month break to face the Gold Coast Suns Reserves in Cairns today. The silky-skilled midfielder hasnt played since round eight after taking some time off following the death of a close friend, but has trained solidly for the past three weeks to earn a ticket interstate for the top-of-thetable blockbuster. Motlop, 25, is itching to run out on to the park and fight off yet another challenger as Thunder heads into the business end of the season. I think a few of the boys are more excited (about my return) than me, he said. Im certainly excited to be back playing and it certainly is a good feeling when everyone else is excited to have you back around the group and playing again. Im expecting it to be a lot faster and more physical than what it was when I was playing in the earlier rounds. Hopefully it wont take me too long to get adjusted to it, but in saying that its going to be a good challenge. Were on top of the ladder and all these teams are psyching themselves up to play us and to beat the best. Thunder holds a two-game lead on the second-placed Gold Coast heading into the match. Territorian Steven May is a certain starter for the Suns, while Lajamanu Lightning Bolt Liam Patrick will miss the clash to attend the birth of his child.

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