The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010
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40 (TOTAL PAGES 56) Northern Territory News, Thursday, May 13, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 4 0 C O L O R : C M Y K NRLs elite players not greedy >> P38 Late News SHANGHAI: A Chinese Internet gaming tycoon, Zhu Jun, chair man of The9 Limited, has confirmed he is in talks to buy the debt-ridden English Premier League club Liverpool, Chinese media reported last night. Reborn Demons hungry for Top End success ByGREYMORRIS Wonaeamirri Scully ContinuedPage 38 THE dawn of a new era at Melbourne Football Club has been four years in the making, chief executive Cameron Schwab said last night. Schwab and the Demons will be in Darwin next week for a premiership match against Port Adelaide. It will be Melbournes first trip north since winning a NAB Cup game at TIO Stadium in 2006. Four years later and the seeds sown by that 06 group are ripening for harvest. Territorians Aaron Davey, Liam Jurrah and Austin Wonaeamirri have been joined by top five draftees Tom Scully, Cale Morton and Colin Sylvia. But Schwab stopped short of declaring the improvement a sudden shift in fortune. People will look to the earlier draft picks but its actually a bigger spread, he said. All the young guys that came in with big reputations have done well in the early rounds and now the players that have been here for three or four years are starting to assert themselves. Its like most things, people speak of signs of improvement being all of a sudden, when its probably been three or four years of hard work. We think the clubs in good shape, were a very young team and giving them experiences like t h i s t r i p t o Darwin is a very important part of their development, he said. Were playing a game in Darwin in May and a match in Shanghai in October (against Brisbane) so that is development. Schwab said the Darwin game was something the club had worked hard to get. Were just rapt to get this sort of opportunity from the AFL, he said. Our relationship with the Territory has gone to another level in the last few years, with players like Matty Whelan in the early days and now Davey,Wonaeamirri and Jurrah. They are all very important parts of our club and as a result weve got a very strong respect for where they come from. Now were honoured to be given the opportunity to play in front of Territorians and theyll be coming from everywhere. Schwab said Jurrah was the only Stokes super fit for Cats return PRIMED FOR RETURN: Fitter than hes ever been, and in top form for Geelongs VFL side, Mathew Stokes will return to senior footy for the Cats against the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night BySCOTTGULLAN inMelbourne ContinuedPage 38 MATHEW Stokes will present himself in the best shape of his life for his comeback game on Saturday night. Gruelling 6am boxing and running sessions stripped 6kg off his 177cm frame during his time in exile as the Cats goalsneak pushed himself to the limit. The one thing that was always constant was if I do get back I wanted to come back bigger, stronger, faster, quicker and fitter, said Stokes, who will play against the Lions at 74kg. While he wasnt allowed to be at the club during work hours for the first two months of his suspension, the result of him being charged with possession of cocaine, Stokes trained out of hours with player development manager Ron Watt and assistant coach Nigel Lappin. He also trained with local Geelong District League club Bell Park. Ronnie Watt and Nigel Lappin were unbelievable, he said. It didnt matter if it was 6am morning sessions, they didnt care, they were always at me and made sure I was pulling my weight and doing the work. I will always be grateful for what they did. And my time with Bell Park, it just took me back to loving football again, not having to worry about the seriousness of it, just training. After making a passionate address to his teammates when he returned to the club before Round 1, Stokes was nervous about how he would be received in his return game in the VFL against Box Hill. I had been a bit worried about what people would say on the field but I didnt get sledged, he said. There were no comments from anyone, which made it easier. His second VFL game was a 44-possession cracker which moved senior coach Mark Thompson to declare he wanted Stokes back in the team when his suspension was over in Round 8. All along the journey, the man by his side has been his mentor at Skilled Stadium and forward line teammate Cameron Mooney. I dont think I can speak highly enough of him, Mooney said. I absolutely love him to death. He is one of the great young men I have ever met in my life. I have got so much time for him, (my partner) Seona has got so much time for him and I am so happy that it has all gone now. Now he can get on with his life,
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