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The Northern Territory news Sat 5 Oct 2019



The Northern Territory news Sat 5 Oct 2019

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52 SPORT SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Tower of power hits hard COOPER Cronk will suffer the equivalent of a nine-metre fall every time he attempts to tackle Josh Papalii in the NRL Grand Final, with science revealing the full force of a hit from the rugby league hulk. In a mathematical revelation that proves the Canberra prop as the ultimate NRL destroyer, a doctor of biomechan ics has calculated that being hit by Papalii is akin to jumping off a three-storey building. In an exclusive study commissioned by News Corp on the eve of the do-or-die clash between the Roosters and the Raiders, Macquarie University senior lecturer Dr Tim Doyle revealed the prop puts almost 9000 joules of energy into every full-speed collision. Standing at just 182cm, the 118kg forward has been clocked running at 33.3km/h. All of that energy has to go somewhere, and in this case it is absorbed by the defender, Dr Doyle said. Footy players need to learn how to dissipate (absorb) this energy. If they do, theyre fine. If they dont, they break. Leapai tips little bro a big danger AUSTRALIAN heavyweight boxer Alex Leapai has issued a stern warning to the Roosters ahead of tomorrows NRL grand final bout beware his cousin Josh Papaliis knockout blow. Papalii and Leapai grew up together in the back streets of Woodridge, south of Brisbane, surrounded by their tight-knit Samoan family. The winter months were spent playing footy Papalii playing for Logan Brothers and Woodridge State High School up until he moved to Canberra and when the offseason came around, he would spar with his cousin Alex. And its the memory of those sparring sessions that prompted Leapai to warn the Roosters about his little bro, who is 13 years his junior, and the power behind Papaliis punch. This grand final, everyones going to see the best of Josh, Leapai said. They havent seen it yet. Everyones going to see something different in Josh on Sunday. Hes going to take it up a notch. Papalii will tomorrow feature in his first ever NRL Grand Final playing for his beloved Raiders following one of his career-best seasons. The 27-year-old former Logan Brothers junior has averaged 54 minutes a game this year with a remarkable 138 average running metres, 47 tackle busts and six tries. And Leapai warned Papalii was not done yet if his childhood sparring sessions were anything to go by. Back in the day, his dad would always kick his arse, telling him mate youve got to run, Leapai said. A lot of the time, when the footy season was off, his dad would send him to me and we would do boxing. He wasnt the type of person to give it all in the first few seconds. He knew to hang on because he had a few rounds to go. He does the same in football. Carnival shines spotlight on remote Territory talent DARWIN will see some of the best remote Territory football talent on display this weekend as the 2019 Quitline Regional Challenge Carnival takes place at TIO Stadium and the Marrara Cricket Ground. The Challenge is a reinvigoration of the NTFL Umpires Carnival, which started in 1967 and was last held in 2010, and has had 10 communities enter the 2019 event. The 10 teams are from Bathurst Island, East Arnhem, Kalano Bombers from Katherine, Kalkarindji Eagles, Lajamanu, Maningrida All Stars, Miwatj Suns from Gove, Ngukurr Bulldogs, West Daly Magic and the Yuendumu Magpies, who will travel the furthest racking up over 1000km to get to Darwin by bus. Some well-known names have been named in the squads, including former Gold Coast Suns and NT Thunder player Liam Patrick for Lajamanu, St Marys full forward Mathias Liddy for West Daly and remote football legend Keith Rogers from Ngukurr, who at 58 still runs around the oval showing the young men how to play. Cancer Council SAs Quitline is the major sponsor, identifying the carnival as a way to educate at-risk community participants about Quitlines free phone and online support services to empower people to quit smoking. AFL personality and Terri torian Gilbert McAdam will be in attendance for the weekend as Ambassador for the carnival. Teams will play four minorround games of two 15-minute halves today, followed by finals tomorrow morning. All games will be played on TIO Stadium, TIO No.2 and the Marrara Cricket Ground across the weekend, making for easy access for players and spectators alike. The grand final will be played at TIO Stadium before the two NTFL Mens Premier League games, making for a thrilling day of Territory footy. The winning team will receive $1000 in prizemoney and be awarded free team registration into the next Regional Challenge. Papaliis bargain start PETER BADEL QUEENSLAND Origin hitman Josh Papalii rejected a chance to play for the Broncos after being poached by Canberra on a $200-a-week contract in one of the greatest bargain buys in NRL history. News Corp can reveal the extraordinary cut-price contact that broke Brisbanes hearts and delivered Papalii to the Raiders in his journey to a maiden grand-final appearance against the Roosters tomorrow night at ANZ Stadium. As a 13-year-old, Papalii was one of the most promising talents in Brisbanes nursery and had been identified as a future Queensland Origin star, with two clubs the Broncos and Canberra vying for his signature. As the richest club in the league, the Broncos had unmatched resources and rarely lost out in the battle for schoolboy talent, especially with then supercoach Wayne Bennett on Brisbanes books. But the Raiders had a trump card in their Brisbanebased recruitment chief Brian Edwards, who set up operations at Papaliis junior club Logan and had cultivated a strong connection with the young guns family. The first NRL scout to watch Papalii play, Edwards secured the rookie wrecking ball to a $10,400 scholarship an investment that will pay handsome dividends if the Canberra prop inspires a Raiders premiership tomorrow night. Some kids get massive deals today but there was no big payday for Josh initially, said Edwards, who ironically quit Canberra in 2013 to head-up the Broncos new Logan Academy. At the time, the Broncos were keen. They were aware of Joshs ability and it was basically only two parties looking at him, the Broncos and Canberra. Thankfully, Papa went with the Raiders. I remember his living-away-from-home allowance was $200 a week to go to Canberra. This is not a criticism of the Broncos but I was based specifically in Logan working for the Raiders and that made it easier for us to have regular contact with Josh. We had Canberra talent camps in the Brisbane region and Josh had been placed in that. The Raiders liked what they saw from the word go in Josh and put some good resources into him, which he appreciated, and that loyalty convinced him to choose Canberra over the Broncos. Now that Im with the Broncos, I wished Id got beaten. But that says a lot about Joshs personality. He could have stayed home and played for the Broncos for more money, but he appreciated what the Raiders did for him. Josh Papalii brings the pain with his hits Picture: GARY RAMAGE 2019 RE GIONAL CHALLE NGE FIX TURE FINALS COMMENCE SUNDAY 6 OCT - FROM 9.15AM