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86 Northern Territory News, Saturday, January 23, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 8 6 C O L O R : C M Y K e r3 0 0 4 0 1 The Heavy Duty Cavalcade Will be available to view on 23rd Jan Test Drives 25th & 27th Jan Call Airpower Darwin for further details AIRPOWER DARWIN 880 Stuart Highway, Pinelands. Ph: 8939 0250 AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND Book a test drive to enter the draw to win a GP S Featuring Jumping Castle, Sausage Sizzle and live crosses from Territory FM throughout the morning. Featuring Jumping Castle, Sausage Sizzle and live crosses from Territory FM throughout the morning. SPORT Tiwi boss puts up hand for top job ByGREYMORRIS Gundersen Toy TIWI Bombers coach Karl Gundersen has emerged as an early favourite to replace Brett Hand as head coach at the NT Institute of Sport. Hands replacement has become a priority for the institute and the AFLNT since Hand was poached by new AFL franchise Central West Sydney this week as their new development officer. The Tiwi Bombers are flying in the NTFL competition and most of that has to do with Gundersens input in his first season as coach. The former St Marys and South Fremantle player has introduced strict training rosters and a real sense of belonging and hunger for success among the Tiwi players. Top of the ladder and chasing an unprecedented 13th straight win against Palmerston today, the Bombers will play a big part in this seasons finals series. Gundersen conceded that he would be interested if officially approached by the NTIS officials. Id love that opportunity if it came along, Gundersen told the Northern Territory News last night. Id be happy to speak with them, bearing in mind my main focus right now is very much on the T i w i Bombers. I want to concentrate on what Im doing at the T i w i s a n d where we are g o i n g , b e cause there is still a lot of work to do. Gundersens personal approach and i n s t a n t rapport with young indigenous foot ballers would make him an ideal replacement for Hand. A third St Marys coach is also in the Thunder underage coaching mix. Brenton Toy has already been an integral part of the program as an assistant coach. Id be lying if I said I wasnt interested, he said. But my main focus is with St Marys and where we can go this season. Being interested and actually getting the job are two different things. There will be a lot of interstate interest from coaches wanting to use it as a stepping stone. Motlops fantasy to be a reality ByANDREWALOIA AARON Motlop knew it was about time he put his name up for selection when he started daydreaming about the game. Eight months and a knee operation later, the smooth Nightcliff operator is set to make his comeback against Darwin in what looms as a NTFL wooden-spoon showdown. Since I got back from the Christmas break Ive been training three or four times a week with Nightcliff and Thunder and fantasising about playing football again, he said. Ive been training a while, but the body hasnt been right. It all really depends on how I pull up from our last training session tonight (Friday). As for playing a star role on his return, Moltop doubts he has it in him. Being out there playing will mean more for confidence than anything, he said. While Motlops availability makes the Tigers all the more dangerous, Buffaloes utility Luke Ross welcomes the news. As a former junior Thunder teammate and long-time friend, Ross is keen to once again share the football stage with the exciting midfielder. I hope he does play, its been a while since Ive seen him in action, Ross said. I might just have to bump him and welcome him back at some stage. Yes, its going to make Nightcliff stronger and we are going to have to find a way to combat that, but there is a pretty confident feeling around the club this week. That confidence stems from the inclusion of former Melbourne Demons-listed utility Joel Campbell, the goal savvy Albert Tipungwuti, hardman Francis Vigona-Daniels and youngsters Jed Anderson and Damien Williams Jr. Cannard early choice for Nicholsmedal Cannard SOUTHERN Districts follower Matt Cannard is a narrow favourite in early betting for the NTFLs best and fairest award, the 2009-10 Nichols Medal. Cannard, the Districts captain, has been conspicuous in all of Districts wins this year, including a six-goal haul against Darwin last Friday night. Darwin Sportingbets Stephen Fletcher said Cannards consistency m e a n t h e was always going to be in the top row of betting. E v e r y time I read the paper or l o o k a t a w e b s i t e Cannards name is there, he has been very consistent. Wanderers utility Ryan Prendergast is a surprise second favourite at $6 behind Cannards $5. St Marys Karl Lohde will attract some betting at $8, ahead of Tiwi islander Rupert Pupangamirri ($8.50) and teammate Edward Darcy ($9). Darwin Sportingbet Nichols Medal odds $5:Matt Cannard. $6 Ryan Prendergast. $8: Karl Lohde. $8.50: Rupert Pupangamirri. $9: Edward Darcy, Ben AhMat, Ali Bond, Jake Dignan. 10: Luke Tyrrell. $11: Gerrard Puruntatameri, Roy Kantilla, Patrick Heenan. $12: Dean Staunton. $15: Liam Patrick. $21: Lyndon Brandy, Craig Parsons, Ryan Butler. PRESENCE FELT: Shaun Burgoyne lines up a kick during a Hawthorn training session yesterday. Picture: GETTY IMAGES NewHawk shines MELBOURNE: Hawthorn recruit Shaun Burgoyne has already made a difference at his new club, captain Sam Mitchell said yesterday. Burgoyne trained with the main group during a light session at Packenham as he continued his comeback from knee surgery. Mitchell said he was looking forward to having the former Port Adelaide clearance specialist beside him in the centre square. That would be great. Everyones pretty excited to have Shaun around, Mitchell said. I think the other thing is his leadership qualities have come into the club. Hes got a bit of a different way of looking at things. He was vicecaptain at Port Adelaide and picking up a few of the things they did, hopefully that can improve our structures around the way we do things. Although before Christmas he didnt have a big impact on the field with what we were doing, off the field hes having a fairly significant impact. Bombers style has fan in Palmerstons coach ByGREYMORRIS Russell Jeffrey PALMERSTON coach Russell Jeffrey is a big fan of the Tiwi Bombers style of play. The pacy breakaways, e v a s i v e s k i l l s a n d brilliant marking that have dominated Tiwi Island football for 60 years have won over Jeffreys admiration. Im not ashamed to say Im a big fan of the way they play, he said. Theyre a super side and deserve to be on top of the ladder. Jeffreys Magpies face the hungry and in-form Bombers in a 2.30pm game at Marraras TIO Stadium today. Palmerston snapped a four-game losing streak with its gutsy 10-point win over St Marys last Sunday, a result Jeffrey hopes his players can learn from. How to stop the Tiwis is the question were asking ourselves, he said. One thing weve got to do is play our own brand of football and see what turns up from there. And its got to be a four-quarter effort, anything less and theyll probably run over us. Bad news for Palmerston is the enforced absence of ace spearhead Darren Ewing. Territory Thunders 25-game rule meant Ewing could only play seven in a Magpie jumper this season. Another absentee is former Melbourne forward Paul Wheatley, who was unavailable for the afternoon game. Kicking enough goals to beat the quicksilver Tiwis without Ewing and Wheatley is Jeffreys biggest problem. Mishai Perry showed enough against Saints last week to suggest he can kick five or six for us, he said. Brendon Powells been terrific for us as well and Warren Berto can kick goals as well. The Bombers will be well served in the air, with 197cm Joel Smouha and honourary Tiwi Courtney Johns (194cm) prowling the ruck and forward line.