The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010
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38 Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Round 14 STH DISTRICTS 5.2 9.6 14.10 19.16 (130) DARWIN 1.0 3.2 4.4 4.5 (29) GOALS Districts: M Cannard 6 E Cox 2 D Staunton 2 M Wilson 2 J Hagan 2 N Stockdale L Trewin C Johnson D McGennisken. Darwin: R Russell 2 P Campbell L Ross. BEST Districts: M Cannard J McCormick D Staunton L Brandy B AhMat. Darwin: C McAdam P Wills P Campbell L Lewis S Wilson. Umpires: Ben Schmidt Jared Collins Simon Walker WANDERERS 3.8 8.10 14.14 21.16 (142) NIGHTCLIFF 1.1 2.2 3.3 4.7 (31) GOALS Wanderers: G Puruntatameri 4 J Johncock 3 F Puruntatameri 3 G Mungatopi 2 J Scrymgour 2 H Calma C Karpany B Thorne A Bond M Johnson D Miskin S Motlop. Nightcliff: S Horsburgh M Krieg M Smith R Campbell. BEST Wanderers: J Jackson S Motlop R Prendergast J Johncock A Bond. Nightcliff: S Horsburgh R Campbell M Smith J Kickett C Irwin. Umpires: David Kennedy Mark Noonan Andrew Crook TIWI BOMBERS 6.2 8.5 13.9 17.12 (114) WARATAHS 1.3 1.4 1.7 2.13 (25) GOALS Tiwi Bombers: E Tipungwuti 3 G Puruntatameri 2 C Johns 2 R Pupangamirri 2 R Kantilla G Cunningham S Munkara A Kerinaiua W Pilakui N Pilakui A van Rooyen B Holmes. Waratahs: S Seddon A Kennedy. BEST Tiwi Bombers: R Pupangamirri G Puruntatameri W Pilakui P Heenan A Kerinaiua. Waratahs: D May J Mowat S Beattie T Tassman. Umpires: Mark Mounsey David Armstrong Nick Saltmarsh PALMERSTON 2.1 4.3 9.7 12.7 (79) ST MARYS 3.2 5.3 8.5 10.9 (69) GOALS Palmerston: D Ewing 5 W Berto M Perry P Wheatley 2 C Runnalls. St Marys: A Vallejo C Parsons P MacFarlane 2 C Illet K Lohde R Tungatalum J Heath. BEST Palmerston: J Dignan D Ewing P Wheatley M Braun W Berto. Waratahs: R Tungatalum R Hood C Illet J Puruntatameri J Heath. Umpires: Ben Schmidt Kane Vellar Ayden Rickman Ladder TEAM P W L D F A % Pts TIWI BOMBERS 14 12 2 0 1528 1010 151.3 48 SDISTRICTS 14 11 3 0 1455 1058 137.5 44 PALMERSTON 14 8 6 0 1253 1171 107.0 32 ST MARYS 14 8 6 0 1149 1094 105.0 32 WANDERERS 14 7 7 0 1356 1313 103.3 28 WARATAHS 14 7 7 0 1163 1286 90.4 28 NIGHTCLIFF 14 2 12 0 1090 1402 77.7 8 DARWIN 14 1 13 0 967 1624 59.5 4 Next Week Round 15 Saturday, January 23: Tiwi Bombers v Palmerston at TIO Stadium, 2.30pm; SDistricts v St Marys at TIO Stadium, 5pm; Nightcliff v Darwin at TIO Stadium, 7.30pm. Tuesday, January 26: Waratahs v Wan derers at Gardens Oval, 4pm. Tahs hit hard as Campbell out for season ByANDREWALOIA WARATAHS worst fears were quickly confirmed on Saturday night with utility Corey Campbell needing surgery on his broken leg. Campbell snapped both tibia and fibular bones in his left leg in the first quarter of Saturdays Round 14 NTFL thrashing by Tiwi Bombers at TIO Stadium. Tahs president Grant Hatcher yesterday said Campbell was waiting to be operated on within 24 hours. The severity of the injury was obvious almost immediately with Campbell clutching his leg in agony after going in hard for a marking contest. Medics spent 10 minutes stabilising the injury on the field before Campbell was stretchered off and taken to Royal Darwin Hospital. With every step we took stretchering him off the field he yelled in pain, Hatcher said. Thats his season done, we all just wish him a speedy recovery. Its Campbells second NTFL season ruined by injury, requiring ankle surgery last year. In other injury news, Tiwi Bombers midfielder Shane Tipuamantamirris season is also over. After running into calf problems the stand-in Bombers captain was floored by knee ligament damage on his return. He will undergo surgery in the coming weeks, eyeing off a return in Round 1 next season. Only the best will do in pursuit of excellence DARWIN football by its very nature is different and unique, a rare gem on a sporting landscape more concerned with the sponsors dollar than the competition within. Played in the wet season where temperatures can reach 35C and humidity near the century mark without any rainfall, Australian football in the Top End is a game only for the brave and the dedicated. It is why there must be a big turnover of players to refresh mind and body in what is probably the most taxing environment for contact sport anywhere in the world. The influx of big-name players since the Christmas break is also an indication of the high stakes up for grabs in the NTFL season. Six clubs are competing for five places in the finals and only the best equipped will get the rewards. Waratahs has been criticised for luring a succession of players to Darwin since the New Years eve celebrations ceased. But why? Isnt football about playing in the finals and giving the fans maximum value for their hard earned dollars? One key to the big number of interstate players heading north is the close proximity of the southern season. Do players go through the grind of a pre-season where pounding roadways and punching bags in gymnasiums becomes a monotony or will they prefer match practice in the Top End of the country. Recruiting staff from every major league outside the AFL are more likely to cast their eyes to Darwin than an obscure oval in Melbourne, Adelaide or Kyabram where 30 or 40 bodies are sweating their way through a training session. If footy clubs have the capacity to recruit from interstate they should be entitled to, not blocked by a bureaucracy more intent on maintaining the status quo. Not all of it requires money, several clubs have a family that stretches past the almighty dollar to one of friendship and respect, something Waratahs and Palmerston (formerly North Darwin) have established since the 1960s. The pursuit of excellence means only the best will do, a fact every NTFL club must take on board in one of the toughest leagues in the country. Tiwimiracleman ByANDREWALOIA Utility books out of hospital, stars in Tahs drubbing HOSPITALISED one week, running rings around Waratahs the next. Rupert Pupangamirri checked himself out of Nguiu hospital on Monday, returned to training on Wednesday and went on to play the lead role in the Tiwi Bombers 89-point thrashing of the Tahs at TIO Stadium on Saturday. It was a performance that beggared belief among the Bombers coaching panel. Team boss Karl Gundersen hailed the 23-year-old his man-ofthe-match and his assistant Kevin Bruce labelled the utility player as amazing. Falling ill only hours before last weeks meeting with Darwin and hospitalised on Saturday with a bout of pneumonia, Pupangamirri was on a heavy course of antibiotics for three days. But, given a clean bill of health, he declared himself available to take on his former club. On the plane back home last week I felt so sick, I just couldnt breathe, Pupangamirri said. When I started feeling good I told Karl I wanted to play again. For the rest of the week I felt OK. Pupangamirris match-defining performance may have come as a surprise to those who knew he was ill only days earlier, but to those who didnt it looked like just another outing that would further strengthen his claims to early favouritism for the Nichols Medal. The man himself saw nothing extra special in what was a lionhearted show, he just puts it down to another fulfilling moment in a landmark season in his still young career. Im just really proud of the way Ive played all season, he said. Ive really turned it around for myself after two seasons when I struggled. I just didnt put in the hard yards in training or in games. For a player who is attracting praise as one of the competitions finest and even from the Territory Thunder as a must have signature for the 2010 QAFL season, it is doing nothing to distract him from the task at hand. Everyone back home is telling me Im going to win the medal me I just want to play good footy and see what happens at the end of the season, he said. Yeah, I want to play for the Thunder, but right now Im only really thinking about the Bombers. STOPPED IN HIS TRACKS: Palmerstons Warren Berto latches on to St Marys Joshua Heath and, inset, Palmerston players celebrate after the final siren. Pictures: STUART WALMSLEY Pies edge Saints in thriller FromBackPage of ball getters and running players. But it was Palmerstons forward line that proved the difference between the two sides in a game where the weather played its part until a torrential last quarter turned the contest into a battle of strength. Former Melbourne AFL player Paul Wheatley was a focal point at centre half-forward with his strong bodywork and big marking, while Darren Ewing showed why the Magpies value him so highly with five goals, all of them from the top shelf. St Marys lost no friends despite only kicking seven of the last 19 goals of the match after a flying start produced the first three majors of the game. Ross Tungatalum turned on the pace and evasiveness that attracted the attention of St Kilda one year ago and Cameron Ilett hurt the Magpies with several important possessions.
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