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The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009

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90 Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 9 0 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT AFLNTs vision for the future THE AFLNT has released its three year strategic plan for the years 2010-13. C h i e f e x e c u t i v e T o n y Frawley believes his organisation has a significant opportunity over the next three years to deliver a number of profound and lasting positive outcomes for Australian football participants in the NT. In particular, our strategy has a focus on providing opportunities for indigenous people in remote areas of the Northern Territory, he said. Key elements include: AFLNT to increase its reach and positive social impact into more remote areas, following on from the success of the projects in Wadeye, Groote Eylandt and Galiwinku. Adoption of objective no matter where you live, your age or gender, you can PLAY AFL. Ensure the NT talent pathway provides a clear path for ALL talented NT players and provides specific support and structure in regional and remote areas. To develop AFL matches in the NT into premium sporting events. Develop an NT-wide plan for facility development to enhance growth of the game. Continual support and development of NT Thunder and an appropriate Academy to foster this. Strong focus on the growth of the NTFL and affiliates by strengthening the necessary structures that underpin affiliate leagues future self management. A close partnership with all levels of government is paramount to this. AFLNT participation rates have grown and this plan ensure the future growth and development of AFL as the NTs No. 1 sport well into the future. Our focus is on sustaining our programs and supplementing it with adequate growth to ensure our status as the No. 1 sport in the Northern Territory, Frawley said. Saints seek retribution Fromback page Ask Heenan who to look out for and he has a team-list waiting, from Edward Darcy at full-back to Roy Kantilla at full-forward. As for his own position in the side, the former Palmerston player is feeling more at home with every passing game. At the start I wasnt quite sure where I fit in the mix, he said. When we played Wanderers (Round 2) and lost by a few points it was shocking, I was disappointed. I went back to Melbourne to finish school, graduate and when I saw the team started winning I knew I would fit in. McAdam hopes Buffs can knock overWanderers DARWIN utility Charlie McAdam reckons its time his side shows its killer instincts. Its today against a Wanderers side with a solitary win from its past seven outings that Buffs can do just that. This is a winnable game for us, McAdam said. After last week (losing to bottom side Nightcliff) Wanderers are not going great and we can capitalise on that. I know we have been play ing bits of good football. If we can get it right this week we can get our second win of the season. Turning bits of encouraging football into a winning formula will take something the double blues have failed to do for 10 weeks a four quarter effort. It proved to be the difference against the Eagles in Round 8, capitulating in the final term. Its definitely something we are working on, just maintaining our efforts for the entire game, McAdam said. The 19-year-old (pictured) remains optimistic with an emerging legion of Buffaloes leading the herd this season. Shauny Wilsons form has been great, Samson Henry at the back has been good and this week we have Damien (Williams Jr) and Jed (Anderson) back which adds some excitement to our forward line, McAdam said. The young blokes are doing their bit and now its the whole team that needs to get their act together. Umpires boss backs his injury-depletedmen in orange AFLNT umpires boss Mark Noonan (pictured) has put a tick alongside his besieged troops at the midway point of the 2009-10 NTFL season. Injuries have decimated the umpiring list this season, with seven of the 12 senior men-in-orange confined to the sidelines. Four-time grand final umpire Simon Walker has not blown a whistle all season after a workplace accident left him with a leg wound that required 43 stitches. The leagues most experienced field umpire Gary Turbill, grand final umpire Wally Gallio and Queensland product Kane Vellar are also on the long-term injury or illness list. Turbill, a 260-game umpire has a knee problem that has kept him out of action since Round 2. John Robins has also been dogged by a knee injury that has kept him away from the action. The absence of senior umpires has hurt the on-field consistency. Weve got a very long injury list that has probably fast-tracked the rebuilding process, Noonan said. It hasnt been easy but Im happy w e v e b a t t l e d through and got the job done. Our per f o r m a n c e s h a v e probably reflected the competition this season where the skills have not been the cleanest. It might be the football were using or the turnover of players, either way its been tough for my umpires who are doing their best out there. The contentious holding the man rule also got Noonans approval. Ive instructed my umpires to only pay free kicks when a player is retarded and his jumper balloons from being illegally held, he said. Another rule causing confusion is the FAD (free after disposal) when a player is interfered with after disposing of the football. If a player gets a handball away and is then prevented from getting involved in the next contest a free kick and a 50 metre penalty will be awarded under the new rule, Noonan said. DRAWING THE LINE Berrimah showdown a first for Palmy boss ByGREYMORRIS HANDY: Magpie Warren Berto will provide drive out of the middle against Southern Districts today THE Berrimah Line Cup has become an institution down Palmerston way. The annual match at Cazalys Oval between the NTFL Magpies and Southern Districts has an even bigger fan in Magpie coach Russell Jeffrey. Its my first Berrimah Line game and Im looking forward to it, hopefully we can get our act together, he said. We havent been travelling well and this trophy might prove to be the impetus we need. The Magpies have stumbled in recent weeks with several big names like midfielder James Dignan and spearhead Darren Ewing consigned to the role of spectators. But Ewing is back this week, together with his main supplier W a r r e n B e r t o , a d d i t i o n s that brought a rare smile to Jeffreys face. Weve certainly been missing a lot of drive out of the middle so hopefully Warren can fill the void there, he said. This Southern Districts side can play footy, dont worry about that and our blokes will need to be on their game. Southern Districts have crawled under the radar as most ferocious crocodiles do. But their performances to date demand respect, particularly with Ben AhMat getting plenty of the football and recruits Mark Collison and Dane McGennisken in full flight. Even better news for Michael McLean and his coaching staff is the form of young players Chris Miler and Curtly Reid. Add the toughness of Mark McLean and skipper Matt Cannard and the good work of ruckman Lyndon Brandy to that equation and the Crocodiles are in a nasty mood. Tiger under Bulldogs watchful eyes ByANDREWALOIA NIGHTCLIFFS West Australian find Zephaniah Skinner could follow Liam Jurrahs path to the AFL. Skinner, 20, has spent the week in Melbourne training with the Western Bulldogs who could spring the surprise of next Tuesdays preseason or rookie draft by picking -up the little known elastic utility. The former Claremont WAFL player drew plenty of attention headed into the 2007 draft but was overlooked. He later moved back to Fitzroy Crossing before Nightlciff acquired his services. Like Jurrah before him, his stint in yellow and black has impressed AFL recruiters. None more so than last weeks best afield effort in Nightcliffs drought-breaking win over Wanderers. Jurrah played four games for the Tigers before being snapped up as the No. 1 pre-season draft pick by Melbourne last year, going on to star for the Demons. Skinner returns to Darwin today and is tipped to line up against Waratahs at Gardens Oval tomorrow. Bomber clear MELBOURNE: Essendon utility Nathan Lovett-Murray has had a charge of drug possession against him dismissed. The 27-year-old was charged by police in August after a single ecstasy tablet was allegedly found during a raid on his home, which he shares with several other people. But the charge against the player was struck out at a suburban magistrates court yesterday.

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