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The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jan 2020



The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jan 2020

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30 SPORT MONDAY JANUARY 27 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Tahs become contenders GREY MORRIS Kyrgios and Rafa to resume hostilities NICK Kyrgios and world No.1 Rafael Nadal will square off tonight in one of the Australian Opens most anticipated fourth-round clashes against a backdrop of bad blood and grudging respect. Kyrgios and Nadal share a mutual antipathy stemming from the Australians accusation last year that the world No.1 is a super salty loser who doesnt give enough credit to players who beat him. Nadal was furious at the barb, which came after Kyrgios beat him in Acapulco last February. The 12-time French Open champion then revelled in a tense win over Kyrgios at Wimbledon in July and last week set the scene for another grudge match. On Thursday night, Kyrgios mimicked the top-ranked player, pretending to sweep his hair and pull a wedgie, when hit with a time violation. Nadal on Saturday confirmed that he doesnt like some of Kyrgios antics. Its clear, of course, that when he does stuff (misbehaves) that in my opinion is not good, I dont like, Nadal said. WARATAH went from middle of the road performer to finals contender when it booted 16 goals to three in the second half of yesterdays Premier League game against Wanderers. The turnaround was enough to give the red and white jumpers a 75-point win over their 103-year-old rivals and a mathematical chance of making the top five. Tahs 23.7 (145) to 10.10 (70) win looked remote at the main break after a Beau OConnellinspired Wanderers went in with a two-point lead. The young Eagles showed plenty of enthusiasm in the first two quarters with their leg speed and ability to find space on the close confines of Gardens Oval. Mitch Gartons work at centre bounces combined with OConnell and Aaron Motlops ability to get their hands on the ball resulted in several scoring opportunities for Dillen Brown and Joel Jeffrey. But the pace and space disappeared under an avalanche of Tahs jumpers in the last two quarters. Young Wanderers player Daniel Fuller was stretchered off with suspected broken ribs in the first quarter. Jai McGrath kicked four of his five goals in the third term and Foundation Cup medallist Mitch OConnell was everywhere. For coach Ryan Ayres it was a welcome change to see his players running out of defence or the middle with the sole intent of finding a teammate in front of goals. We approached the contested ball a lot better after halftime and that opened the game up for us, he said. Simmons overshadows LeBron milestone BEN Simmons proved a match for milestone man LeBron James as he led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 108-91 upset win over NBA title favourites the Los Angeles Lakers. The 35-year-old James passed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to become the NBAs all-time third highest scorer during the match, finishing it on 33,655 points and now trail ing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928). But it was his young Australian point guard counterpart Simmons who took the spoils on his home court. Continuing to step up in the absence of injured fellow superstar Joel Embiid, Simmons scored 28 points and added 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 41 minutes. 76ers' Ben Simmons in action 145WARATAH5.2 7.4 16.7 23.7 70WANDERERS4.1 7.6 9.6 10.10 GOALS Waratah: J McGrath 5 M OConnell 4 M Newton 3 H Kerinaiua 2 K McBean 2 W Gorman J Stevens C Barrett M Blake B Minkulk J Wilkins A Aurrichio Wanderers: J Jeffrey 2 B OConnell 2 D Brown 2 A Motlop 2 S Bates D Weetra BEST Waratah: M OConnell H Kerinaiua M Gooch T Mosquito J McGrath Wanderers: B OConnell A Motlop M Garton B McLean D Brown Tigers just hold on, while Miller bags 10 GREY MORRIS NIGHTCLIFFS bid for an historic finals campaign took a big step forward on Saturday when they beat Womens Premier League rivals Darwin Buffettes by three points. The Tigers led all day but had to withstand a frantic last quarter bid by the Buffettes to get the points before they prevailed, 4.6 (30) to 4.3 (27). Needing to win to keep their finals hopes alive, Nightcliff got great service from midfielders Eliza Morrison and Shantel MiskinRipia, while coach Shannon Millar was full of praise for lion-hearted ruck Emma-Lou Wolsey. Emma pretty much rucked all day where she dominated by winning most of the taps, then she was down back and up forward in a great display of diversity, Millar said. Southern Districts consumed Tracy Village in the manner saltwater crocodiles are known for when they beat the Bush Pigs by 157 points at the Village ground. Ebony Miller booted 10 goals to take her season tally to 57 goals. DKoda LeeFeeney, Keeley Waterbury and Kelsey Patterson were other good contributors. Districts big win lifted them to third position on the WPL ladder, a game plus percentage ahead of Palmerston who were idle due to the Big River Hawks bye. PINT crept closer to the top six when they beat St Marys by 34 points at Marrara. Kristen Smits in her familiar forward-ruck role was outstanding, along with mid fielders Erin Pechey and Jessie Baumer. The Queenants have a tough run home with matches against Waratah and the Buffettes either side of a Round 17 bye. Defending premier Waratah moved 10 points clear on top of the ladder with their 98-point thrashing of Wanderers, Lisa Roberts and Sherayn Puruntatameri starring in the win. Southern Districts Ebony Miller starred with 10 goals in her teams huge win over Tracy Village Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL Round 15 Bombers 14.14 (98) d Buffaloes 8.12 (60); Nightcliff 16.13 (109) d Sthn Districts 7.10 (52); Palmerston 8.4 (52) d by St Marys 14.15 (99); Waratah 23.7 (145) d Wanderers 10.10 (70) P W D L Pts Nightcliff 15 14 0 1 56 St Marys 15 11 0 4 44 Bombers 15 10 0 5 40 Buffaloes 15 8 0 7 32 Sth Districts 15 7 1 7 30 Waratah 15 5 0 10 20 Wanderers 15 3 1 11 14 Palmerston 15 1 0 14 4 Round 16 Friday: Palmerston v Buffaloes, 7pm, TIO Stadium. Saturday: Tiwi v Nightcliff, 2.30pm, TIO Stadium; Waratah v St Marys, 4pm, Gardens Oval; Wanderers v Sth Districts, 7pm, TIO Stadium. 2019-20 NTFL MENS PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON