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Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010



Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010


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24 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 www.sundayterritorian.com.au www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 33 P U B : S U N D A Y D A T E : 4 -A P R -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 4 C O L O R : C (2 4 ) M (2 4 ) Y (2 4 ) K (2 4 ) AUSTRALIAN RULES Round 2 BRISBANE 4.3 8.3 10.7 16.11 (107) CARLTON 2.6 3.11 10.14 12.16 (88) GOALS Brisbane Lions: J Brown 7 B Fevola 3 T Banfield 2 B Staker M Clark M Rischitelli S Black. Carlton: S OhAilpin 4 L Henderson 3 B Gibbs B McLean K Simpson M Murphy M Robinson. BEST Brisbane Lions: J Brown J Drummond T Johnstone A McGrath T Banfield D Merrett. Carlton: M Murphy K Simpson B Gibbs S OhAilpin H Scotland B McLean. Umpires: Michael Vozzo, Shaun Ryan, Simon Meredith. Crowd: 36,780 at Gabba. COLLINGWOOD 2.2 7.5 10.10 12.14 (86) MELBOURNE 4.5 6.6 9.11 12.13 (85) GOALS Collingwood: J Anthony 2 L Davis 2 S Pendlebury 2 T Lockyer 2 D Beams J Fraser P Medhurst T Cloke. Melbourne: R Petterd 4 B Green 3 L Dunn 2 J Bennell M Newton R Bail. BEST Collingwood: S Pendlebury D Beams D Thomas H OBrien S Sidebottom. Melbourne: R Petterd M Jamar J McDonald J Grimes B Green. Umpires: Stuart Wenn, Scott Jeffery, Sam Hay. Crowd: 50,421 at the MCG. ST KILDA 8.1 11.3 16.4 23.5 (143) NORTH MELB 0.0 2.3 5.3 6.3 (39) GOALS St Kilda: N Riewoldt 7 B Goddard 4 B Peake 3 S Milne 3 A Schneider 2 D Armitage J Geary L Montagna N Dal Santo. North Melbourne: D Hale 3 C Jones D Wells L Thomas. BEST St Kilda: N Riewoldt B Goddard L Montagna S Gilbert C Jones N Dal Santo J Gwilt. North Melbourne: B Rawlings A Swallow D Hale L Anthony. Umpires: Hayden Kennedy, Todd Keating, Mathew Nicholls. Crowd: 32,006 at Etihad Stadium. PORT ADELAIDE 4.5 7.8 7.10 13.11 (89) WEST COAST 2.2 5.6 9.11 12.14 (86) GOALS Port Adelaide: J Davenport 4 B Ebert 3 C Hitchcock 2 J Schulz J Westhoff M Thomas T Boak. West Coast: J Kennedy 4 L Shuey 2 M Brown 2 D Kerr S Hurn S Selwood T Swift. BEST Port Adelaide: J Westhoff J Davenport K Cornes T Chaplin T Boak B Ebert. West Coast: J Kennedy N Naitanui P McGinnity A Selwood B Waters. Umpires: Matt Stevic, Shane Stewart, Ray Chamberlain. Crowd: at Subiaco. Ladder TEAM P W L D F A % Pts ST KILDA 2 2 0 0 239 127 188.2 8 BRISBANE 2 2 0 0 221 170 130.0 8 COLLWOOD 2 2 0 0 215 178 120.8 8 PT ADELAIDE 2 2 0 0 185 168 110.1 8 HAWTHORN 1 1 0 0 117 61 191.8 4 FREMANTLE 1 1 0 0 118 62 190.3 4 GEELONG 1 1 0 0 125 94 133.0 4 CARLTON 2 1 1 0 208 171 121.6 4 SYDNEY 1 0 1 0 88 96 91.7 0 WEST COAST 2 0 2 0 168 203 82.8 0 ESSENDON 1 0 1 0 94 125 75.2 0 BULLDOGS 1 0 1 0 93 129 72.1 0 MELBOURNE 2 0 2 0 146 203 71.9 0 RICHMOND 1 0 1 0 64 120 53.3 0 ADELAIDE 1 0 1 0 62 118 52.5 0 NORTH MELB 2 0 2 0 121 239 50.6 0 Still to play Next Week Round 3 Friday, April 9: St Kilda v Collingwood at Etihad Stadium, 7.10pm. Saturday, April 10: North Melbourne v West Coast at Etihad Stadium, 1.40pm; Sydney v Richmond at the SCG, 1.40pm; Carlton v Essendon at the MCG, 6.40pm; Port Adelaide v Brisbane Lions at AAMI Stadium, 7.10pm. Sunday, April 11: Melbourne v Adelaide at the MCG, 1.10pm; Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium, 2.10pm; Fremantle v Geelong at Subiaco, 4.10pm. Thunder branches out Remote programs helping Territory unite Where Thunders satellite programs are running NOTE: Maningrida is a proposed site Its not just aboutimproving NT Thunder, its about improving footy within the Territory providing opportunities for players, wherever they may be By JESS WEBSTER NT THUNDER is searching far and wide for the best football talent the Territory has to offer. And perhaps the biggest goals are being kicked off the field. In a joint initiative between Thunder and AFLNT, satellite programs have been created in several locations across NT to promote social cohesion and better attendances at school. And there are more to come. Currently the satellite programs are in Wadeye, the Tiwi Islands, Galiwinku, Groote Eylandt, Katherine and Tennant Creek on top of the major training squads in Darwin and Central Australia (Alice Springs). Plans are in place for another full time regional development manager to be based in Maningrida, along with the recent appointment at Tennant Creek. Its not just about improving NT Thunder, its about improving footy within the Territory providing opportunities for players, wherever they may be, Thunder coach Murray Davis said. Last weekend in the intra-club match we had two players come in from Lajamanu (Virgil Robertson and Lorenzo Louis), which is where (Gold Coast recruit) Liam Patrick is from and they played really well, which is pretty exciting. Each area has a regional development manager, who is responsible for running the senior league, organising umpiring and coaching clinics, and conducting school attendance programs. For instance, we have academies to encourage kids to come back to school, remote areas project manager Matthew Smith said. It might be a football session in the morning and then go over to school for breakfast and a game as a reward at the end of the week or trips to Darwin and those sorts of things. The Wadeye program began in mid 2007, with Groote Eylandt, Galiwinku and Tiwi Islands coming on board in 2009. Already the improvements are plain to see. Theres been a huge improve ment in the amount of violence out at Wadeye. The top camp and bottom camp who have traditionally fought for years are now interacting by playing football together and going to training squads together, Smith said. We established a league at Groote Eylandt and the league at Galiwinku has been strengthened quite a lot, and also theres been a huge attendance in high school boys. On the training track the remote areas have synchronized programs with the Darwin and Central Australia squads. They can see what all the guys in Darwin are doing and then replicate it in those regional areas, Davis said. We want to make sure we get the information out there and educate them and its a pathway I suppose for players to say, well if I want go and p l a y a t t h e highest level this is how I h a v e t o g o about it. Thats probably the big message is that there is opportunities with any p l a y e r w i t h i n t h e Territory if they want to play in this team. There are people in place to support them in their region and within our organisation to educate them on what it is to play footy at this level. This year each region will field a representative side to play against the Thunder reserves throughout the season. Together with the new 23rd player rule introduced in the QAFL, Territorians can expect to see many more players from regional areas get their chance to shine in the Thunder side. Were looking at identifying players almost on a weekly basis to be that (23rd) player, Smith said. They (the players) absolutely love it and its really motivating them to go to training and playing for these representative games because they see that as chance to represent the Thunder. The Thunder season kicks off this Friday against the Brisbane Lions with the Thunder reserves playing a Tiwi Islands representative side in the curtainraiser at 4.30pm at Marrara. Lions dominate CLEVER Brisbane Lions utility Tom Rockliff staked a substantial claim for a senior berth after dominating the opening game of the QAFL season at the Gabba on Thursday night. Rockliff booted four first-quarter goals to get the Lions reserves back into the contest after being jumped early, then ran amok in the midfield as his side romped to a 24.15 (159) to 10.7 (67) victory over Mt Gravatt. He was hard to go with he and (Claye) Beams were absolutely outstanding, said Vultures coach David Lake. We couldnt get our hands on it in the middle and that had been our strength all pre-season. Mt Gravatt kicked 4.0 to 1.3 in the opening 12 minutes, but were held goalless for the next two quarters as the Lions added 11.9 to 0.4 through the middle stages. There was an urgency in everything they did, Lake commended. They moved the game on quickly and trusted that the game would open up for them, and it did. Rockliff finished with seven goals. The only bright spot for Mt Gravatt was the form of Papua New Guinean recruit John James. RON McDONALD Big-name recruits mean QAFL season shaping as a cracker PICK UP: Brett Goodes is a handy recruit for Thunder By RON McDONALD THE fight for places in the QAFL top five will be even more intense in Territory Thunders second season. Most of the clubs have improved their playing lists, making the 2010 campaign one of the most anticipated in years. A reinforced Labrador and Thunder should challenge strongly for a finals berth, but Morningside and Southport have started premiership favourites. Labrador has added highly credentialled but ageing ruckman-forward Peter Everitt to the side, along with two-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Tim Notting. The big question mark remains over its key defensive posts, something that is not a problem for the Thunder. With VFL star Brett Goodes added to an explosive midfield that contains Jarred and Cameron Ilett and the brilliant Bradley Palipuaminni, the Thunder will be just as hard to beat at home as it was last year where the NT won seven of nine games. Centre half-back and key recruit Shaun Tapp was looked at closely by a number of AFL clubs last summer and is a massive recruiting coup for coach Murray Davis and his staff. Tapp played senior state football for Queensland, at the age of 19, and has beaten the best key forwards in the competition over the past two seasons. There is no doubt we have added players to the list who can fill roles that we lacked last season and our midfield depth is good, Thunder coach Murray Davis said. What I really like at the moment is the groups mental toughness. The top-five side from last year that might slip is R e d l a n d , w h o h a s lostruckman Jeff White, 80-goal spearhead Jason Eagle, tough onballer Shaun H u y a n d g o a l s n e a k Anthony Marguccio. The Brisbane Lions finished fifth last season but are on the third line of betting, no doubt influenced by the fact their senior side is considered a genuine AFL premiership threat and the coaching staff will want fringe players ready to go if needed in September. The Lions will be coached by former star goalsneak Craig McRae, who returned to the club from Richmond. Morningside, Mt Gravatt and Southport will be tough, although the Sharks might start the season slowly due to the fact they have lost 10 first-choice players from last years side. They have recruited extensively with the addition of Richmond forward Cleve Hughes and ruckman Dean Putt, along with Carltons Darren Pfeiffer and a teenager considered one of the unluckiest at last years national draft, Justin Van Unen. Southports biggest signing is rover Matthew Payne, who was the best player in the QAFL competition over the previous three years before spending 2009 at Sturt. Morningside has added two-time AFL Canberra Team of the Year full-back Aaron Rogers and lost key defender Ben Gibson, while Mt Gravatt has exciting Papua New Guineans John James and Amua Pirika replacing AFL draftees Don Barry and Peter Labi. Port Adelaide holds on to defeat West Coast PERTH: Jason Davenport booted four goals in the final quarter to inspire Port Adelaide to a pulsating three-point AFL victory over West Coast at Subiaco Oval last night. The Power led by 27 points midway through the second quarter but looked dead and buried as the Eagles stormed back to take a 13-point advan tage heading into the final term. But from there Davenport stole the show, with his last-quarter heroics lifting Port to the 13.11 (89) to 12.14 (86) win despite some intense pressure from the Eagles in the dying minutes. And West Coast s second loss of the season could prove to be costly, with defender Shannon Hurn reported for his heavy hip and shoulder on Paul Stewart. Stewart took several minutes to regain consciousness and was stretchered off the field. The Power defender suffered a suspected broken nose While Hurns fate rests with the AFL match re view panel, West Coast were dealt an additional blow when forward Mark Nicoski left the field in the opening term nursing his right shoulder. Power defender Jacob Surjan was stretchered off late in the match after laying an awkward tackle on Eagle Brad Ebert. Davenport finished with four goals while Brett Ebert chipped in with three. Kane Cornes did well to restrict Eagles gun Daniel Kerr and Justin Westhoff was prominent around the ground. The Eagles were brilliantly led by ruckman Nic Naitanui, while Adam Selwood and forward Josh Kennedy (four goals) battled valiantly. SPECCY: Nick Riewoldt takes a good mark Saints smash Kangaroos ST KILDA flexed its considerable muscle to embarrass North Melbourne by 104 points in last nights AFL game at Etihad Stadium. Even without suspended Justin Koschitzke, the Saints had too many prongs in attack and too much class in a 23.5 (143) to 6.3 (39) cakewalk. Captain Nick Riewoldt played a superb game with seven goals and a string of sensational marks, while Brendon Goddard booted four goals and former Docker Brett Peake three in his second game for his new club. The Saints kept North scoreless in the first quarter and kicked the first 10 goals of the game at one point they led 10.1 to no score. The Kangaroos early woes, where they were jittery in defence and without a plan entering attack, made for a nightmare for coach Brad Scott. The Kangaroos did not score until David Hale hit the post 10 minutes into the second quarter and were without a goal until Corey Jones threaded a set shot in the 18th minute of the term. St Kilda gained the percentage booster they deserved with seven goals to one in the last quarter, but were in control all night. Goalsneak Stephen Milne had two of his three goals on the board inside the first seven minutes. G o d d a r d , L e i g h Montagna and Nick Dal Santo ran riot in the midfield, Sam Gilbert continually repelled in defence and James Gwilt mopped up, and Clinton Jones kept North star Brent Harvey quiet. HEARTBREAKING AGONY AND ECSTACY: Magpies Steele Sidebottom, Heath Shaw and Harry OBrien embrace as Demon Ricky Petterd slumps to the ground after the final siren. Oh so close as Pies pip Dees by a point By ROGER VAUGHAN in Melbourne MELBOURNES near-upset of Collingwood in a pulsating AFL match at the MCG was totally predictable to Magpies coach Mick Malthouse. With seconds left, a desperate spoil from Steele Sidebottom stopped Ricky Petterd from taking a juggled mark in the goalsquare and Collingwood held on to win 12.14 (86) to 12.13 (85). The Demons were shattered when the final siren sounded and they had the look of a team that had just lost the grand final. Petterd, best afield with four goals, repeatedly smashed the ground in frustration. Most people would not have expected such a tight match, but Malthouse sensed the Demons would be treating this like a grand final. It was predictable, totally predictable. Melbourne seem to think this is their grand final, every time they play Collingwood. We knew theyd be having a crack, he said. It was predicted during the week, with the efforts of last week, our players were extremely flat and needed something to get up. The young Demons had plenty of chances and undoubtedly had more good players than the Magpies, but lacked the poise to kill off their opposition. Malthouse praised the Demons, saying they dominated the stoppages. He added his team had shown maturity by rallying whenever Melbourne looked ready to break clear. The Magpies lost Ben Johnson with a knee injury in the second term and he will undergo scans. Dayne Beams, a late inclusion, and Scott Pendlebury were their best, while Mark Jamar rucked superbly for the Demons and Brad Green kicked three goals in his 200th game. After a week of intense scrutiny, it was so nearly an epic win for the lowly Demons. Thats why the game goes to the last second, said Dees coach Dean Bailey. Thats why the game is never, ever won until the siren goes and so you have to push and push and push until the last very second. You never know what might happen. We had our chances in the last two minutes.