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The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Feb 2011



The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Feb 2011

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46 NT NEWS. Wednesday, February 2, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 -F E B -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v1FOOTROT FLATS 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 Tiwi Oval gets thumbs down NTFL operationsmanager Anthony Venes has confirmed the Round 16 game between the Tiwi Bombers andWanderers has beenmoved to Gardens Oval. Tiwi Oval on Bathurst Islandwas deemed not up to playing standard despite reports to the contrary this week. The gamewill now be played as a twilight match on Saturday starting at 4pm.Wanderers and Tiwi Islands currently sit second and third, respectively, on the NTFL ladder. Coach shocked at Saints ST KILDA is overhauling its player development program as the AFL club reels from the suspension of four players for prescribed drug and alcohol-related indiscretions. Coach Ross Lyon said thematter involving the four players had certainly shocked us all. Zac Dawson, Rhys Stanley, Paul Cahill and Jack Stevenmisbehaved late last month during a preseason camp in NewZealand. The quartet was suspended for six weeks and fined $5000 each. Callums last-minute Cup bid CALLUM Fergusonwill make a late bid for a place in Australias World Cup campaign after scans confirmed ShaunMarshs hamstring injury. Marshs misfortune forced selectors to call on Ferguson, their third choice for amiddle order batting spot behindMarsh and injuredMike Hussey despite an imposing average of 46.07 from 26 one-day internationals. Shaun Tait yesterday showed his recovery from a glute strain, making him a likely starter today against England. Darwins link to All-Stars jumper ESSENDON goalsneak and former Palmerston Magpie Alwyn Davey (right) displays the new Indigenous All-Stars guernsey his side will wear against Richmond on Friday. Darwin-born graphic designer Marcus Lee, pictured with Davey, created the new jumper. The image on the jumper represents the AFLs commitment to partnerships with indigenous communities. The central focus of the artwork features an Australian football ground connected through undulating pathways with a series of concentric oval motifs that represent AFL clubs. The surrounding oval motifs have dual meanings. They symbolise the AFLs commitment in using Australian football to improve the quality of life in Aboriginal communities via the AFLs indigenous programs. The motifs also represent the 18 AFL clubs competing for the 2011 Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Michael OLoughlin reckons his Indigenous All-Stars skipper Adam Goodes should continue sharing leadership duties at Sydney, rather than go it alone, and nominated midfielder Jarrad McVeigh as a potential new co-captain of the Swans. OLoughlin, who will coach the All-Stars side against Richmond, appointed his former Sydney teammate as skipper of the composite side. Bergman Thunderstruck WARATAHS wingman Dane Bergman has signed a one-year deal with NEAFL club Territory Thunder. The 24-year-old is the 38th player to sign a contract with Thunder in 2011 as it prepares for the revamped NEAFL after two seasons in Queenslands QAFL competition. Originally from Ballarat, Bergman joins for mer Ballaratites Darren Ewing and Jake Dignan in the squad. He has plied his trade with Labrador in the QAFL competition and Trinity Beach in the Cairns league. Thunder opens its 2011 campaign with a Champions League knockout match against QAFL premier Morningside at the Gabba in Brisbane on March 26. Tigers to blood rookies in Alice TIGERS SQUAD Richmond v Indigenous All-Stars at Traeger Park, Alice Springs on Friday (7.20pm): Will Thursfield; David Astbury; Brad Miller, Alex Rance, Daniel Connors, Mitch Morton, Shane Tuck, Ben Nason, Robin Nahas, Jake King, Tyrone Vickery, Reece Conca, Jake Batchelor, David Gourdis, Andrew Browne, Matthew White, Dean MacDonald, Tom Derickx, Jamie OReilly, Matt Dea, Troy Taylor, Jeromey Webberley, Ben Jakobi, Dylan Grimes, Pat Contin, Travis Casserley, Nick Westhoff, Mitch Keddell. STAR draftee Reece Conca and former Demon Brad Miller will play their first games for Richmond when the Tigers tackle the Indigenous All-Stars in Alice Springs on Friday night. Former South Alice Springs junior Troy Taylor returns to his birthplace to represent the Tigers. On the debit side, star Tigers Jack Riewoldt, Brett Deledio, Dustin Martin and captain Chris Newman will not take part in the game. And midfielder Nathan Foley wont be risked, in his comeback from recurring ankle injuries. But Tiger fans will get their first look at Conca, a highly-skilled midfielder from WA who was the No. 6 pick at last years national draft. Fellow draftees Jake Batchelor, Dean MacDonald and Tom Derickx are in the squad that will train at Traeger Park tomorrow night. It is a very young team but it is a great opportunity for us to see what progress these guys have made during the pre-season, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said. It is really important a number of these players take significant steps forward this season, to support our core group of senior players. It will be exciting to see how they handle their first game, against what will be a very good indigenous team. Football casts sticky wicket over Imparja Cups future in Alice James Sutherland THIS years Imparja Cup will go ahead, but the future of the event in Alice Springs is in doubt. Cricket Australia decided yesterday it will press ahead with the tournament, despite concerns over the condition of the Traeger Park wicket. The NT Government announced last week the AFL Indigenous AllStars game against Richmond was going to be moved to the Red Centre and be played less than 48 hours before the Imparja Cup, Australias Indigenous cricket carnival, starts. The move was forced because of the sub-standard surface at TIO Stadium, but Cricket Australia has been stunned at the lack of consultation with the change. We are disappointed about the decision to stage an AFL match at Traeger Park just days before the first match of the Imparja Cup is scheduled, Cricket Austra lia chief executive James Sutherland said. However, we are determined to do everything possible to allow the Imparja Cup to go ahead unchanged and we are continuing to consult NT Cricket and Traeger Park head curator Scott Allen as part of this process. They are confident that, save for rain during the AFL match, the ground will be ready come the first match of the Imparja Cup. If rain causes football damage we will have to seriously consider the use of alternate venues and abbreviating the event. We need to consider the long-term viability of staging all aspects of the tournament in Alice Springs beyond the current agreement that ends in 2012. The week-long carnival begins Sunday with an ACA Masters v Black Caps match featuring Merv Hughes, Richard Chee Quee, Greg Ritchie and Jo Angel, before the competition starts Monday. TOM BIDDINGTON

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