The Northern Territory news Tue 22 Dec 2009
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42 Northern Territory News, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 4 2 C O L O R : C M Y K with Andrew Aloia and Justin Raymond HANDBALL: Wanderers Kirk Pollard AGILE: Palmerstons Joshua OShea looks to handpass Palmo spreads wings Magpies regroup to strike back JUGGLE: Wanderers Taquin Zahra looks to bring down Palmerstons Jack Heath SPOILER: Palmerstons Edward McKenzie (right) ruins the hopes of Wanderers Chris Stedman marking the ball ON TARGET: Palmerstons Addison Young kicks a goal WATCHED: The umpire keeps a watchful eye on Palmerstons Richard Lindner and Wanderers Thomas Long PALMERSTONwas defiant, gutsy, stoic and everything in between on theway to scoring a thrilling NTFL under-18 draw at TIO Stadiumon Saturday. The bottom-of-the-table Magpies were playing catch-up against Wanderers from the outset, down by asmany as five goals at half-time. But the sheer persistence of Richard Lindner, tenacity of Addison Young and Josef Greig and twomatchshaping goals to GapuruwuyDhamarrandji saw the teenager Pies finish locked 8.12 (60) to 8.12 (60) with the Eagles at full-time. Wanderers were never short of contributors with Kirk Pollard the pick of the convocation of Eagles. With Taquin Zahra, Zak Katab and JordanWilson prospering in front of goal with two each, Palmerston had its work cut out tomount a secondhalf fightback. Southern Districts head into the Christmas break on a high, topping the table with a 9.8 (62) to 8.6 (54) homewin against Waratahs on Sunday. DwayneWeetra enjoyed returning toNorbuilt Oval, spearheading thewinwith threemajors. JaxonDe Santis, Curtly Reid, David Richardson and Brian BJWhitehurst were all standout performers for the tri-colours. JackHarding kept Tahs within striking distance until the very endwith a four-goal haul. Daniel Brooks, Cameron Jones and JackHatcher sent a clear NewYears warning that the red and white still have the depth and breadth of class to defend its premiership. StMarys got the better of a yo-yoing Darwin 11.11 (77) to 6.6 (42). Benjamin Rioli was the headline act, bagging a season best five goals. Edward Fletcher also took exception to the double blues defence, kicking threemajors. Darwins best was Shaun Wauchope, kicking four goals in an all-round solid performance. Victory sees Saints sit in second place after 12 rounds. There is plenty of reason for Saints to rejoice this Christmas, topping the table in three (under-13, under-14 and under-16) competitions headed into the break.