The Northern Territory news Tue 22 Dec 2009
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46 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 6 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Bringing inmore imports ByPETERTIFFEN Coach says interstate players boost gameTERRITORY basketball coach Don Sheppard vowed to keep bringing players from interstate and overseas to play in the Darwin leagues. Sheppard has come under fire from critics who say import players are detrimental to the sport. They want restrictions placed on the number of import players DBA teams can have. But the former WNBL coach vowed to recruit more top basketballers from interstate to the DBA in 2010. I will be bringing players back in 2010 to help further improve the sport, he said. Rebels, Warriors and Ansett have already approached me to help them get players. DBA development manager Sheppard said recruiting players was something he did privately. This is something I do personally Basketball NT and the DBA do not have a role to play, he said. Contrary to an anonymous SMS printed in Mondays Northern Terr itory News, Sheppard said NONE of the players he brought to Darwin was paid to play for Rebels in 2009. They all worked for a living, Sheppard said. They come here because the clubs can provide them with a job and accomodation. But none are paid to play. He said recruits boosted the stan dard of the sport in 2009 by: Visiting schools on weekly basis to run clinics; Helping out in remote communities; Refereeing games Coaching local teams; Running development coaching clinics; Helping to run the Aussie Hoops junior program. One player was an assistant state coach in 2009, Sheppard said. These players certainly lifted the standard and the profile of basketball in the Northern Territory by playing in the Darwin Airport Resort league. Territory Tigers life on film FromBackPage Johnny Siriotis Tigers life from his humble beginnings as a migrant in the rough Sydney suburb of Erskineville. The former altar boys brushes with crime in his youth and his subsequent move to Darwin to rebuild his life along with the city after Cyclone Tracy are also explored. John describes the effect of racial vilification while growing up in the mean streets of Sydney, his experience as a boxer, the undertones of corruption prevalent in sport, the shame decisions that come into play as the s t a k e s g e t h i g h e r , Finocchiaro said. He said it also focused on one of the most controversial bouts in Australian ring hist o r y S i r i o t i s s Australiasian junior middleweight title tilt with Kiwi Steve Renwick at Marrara Indoor Stadium in July 1987. That fight ended in a riot as Siriotis was first announced the winner of the championship becoming the first Territorian to do so and then, less than 90 seconds later, had the title cruelly snatched away. The Darwin house painter fought six times for an Australian crown but, apart from those brief seconds, never managed a longer grip on the championship belt. Despite the setbacks John maintains a positive view of the sport and its role in society, Finocchiaro said. In his words: If youve done your best and you know you werent beaten, you can always come back. Finocchiaro said he hoped 90-second Champion had wide appeal. Its not for boxers only, he said. I hope everyone will be interested in Johns story. I knew nothing about boxi n g b e f o r e I m a d e this film but I found what John had to say extraordinary. Its a story he needed to tell. All over: injury rubs out Sydney young gun SYDNEY:Young Sydney FC striker Kofi Danning will miss the remainder of the A-League season after undergoing surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Danning suffered the injury to his right knee when he landed awkwardly after con testing a ball in Sydneys 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory in a national youth league match on Sunday. Danning saw specialists yesterday who advised he needed surgery which will put him out of action for six-nine months. The 18-year-old has played eight A-League matches this season, scoring a goal against North Queensland Fury in round one. Im disappointed at the injury because I have enjoyed being part of the first grade squad this year but I know I have to forget my disappoint ment and focus on doing everything right to make sure I am ready to play at the start of next season, Danning said. I spoke to some of the senior players this morning who have had the same injury and operation and everybody said they will help me get through it. Picture: GEORGE SALPIGTIDIS Thompson tipped for return to Socceroos MELBOURNE: Striker Archie Thompson is set to return from nearly a year in the international wilderness, while Brisbane Roar teenager Tommy Oar looms as the bolter in the Socceroos squad for next months Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait. Thompson (pictured), Roar defender Craig Moore and Gold Coasts Jason Culina are expected to headline the squad of predominantly A-League players blended with available overseas-based talent to be named today. The surprise may be 18-year-old left-sided star Oar, who has reportedly impressed national coach Pim Verbeek during a stellar season for the Roar. Oar is a rocket his pace igniting the Roar going forward and playing a major role in Brisbanes resurgence into the A-League top four. Socceroo regulars Moore and Culina are certain starters for the 23-man squad to play Kuwait in Kuwait City on January 6. But Thompson is in line for his first Socceroos call-up since two forgettable Asian Cup qualifiers in February and March. His performance in one of those matches was decried by Verbeek as absolutely hopeless, though the Dutchman has thawed noticeably recently when discussing giving Thompson another chance. The Victory star was in superb creative touch in his sides unlucky 0-0 A-League draw with Sydney FC last weekend, though he squandered several chances to score. Sydney FC star Alex Brosque is also tipped for a callup, while Perth Glory trio Chris Coyne, Jacob Burns and Mile Sterjovski will hope for inclusion. Despite the Kuwait match not falling on a FIFA international date, there will be no English Premier League stars like Tim Cahill or Mark Schwarzer, who have a hectic club schedule over the Christmas-New Year period.