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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019

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34 SPORT TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE race for the AFL minor premiership, top two and finals double chance could all come down to percentages this season but at least one coach says there is no focus on running up scores this month. Geelong, West Coast and Brisbane all have 14 wins so far, with Richmond rounding out the top four with 13 wins. With just three matches to play in an intoxicating campaign, finals match-ups and venues seem certain to be decided by the finest margins. Which is why Eagles and Lions fans could be left even more disappointed not to blow away their opponents on Sunday when big wins seemed on. At Marvel Stadium, West Coast put on 12 goals to Carltons four in the middle two quarters and looked set for a thumping win. Instead, the Blues found resolve to edge the final term and lose by only four goals. At the Gabba, the red-hot Lions won a seventh straight match but the Western Bulldogs reeled them in from a 43point lead to cut that margin to just three goals by the siren. Second-placed West Coast and third-placed Brisbane are separated by just 0.8 per cent. Put another way, if the Ea Playoffs arriving early as top four face off gles had conceded one more goal, and the Lions kicked one more, Chris Fagans side would be second. Despite that, West Coast coach Adam Simpson says extra effort to produce bigger margins is not his focus going into September. We dont even talk about it, he said. We just want to keep winning. We want to finish as high as we can. Its hard to concern yourself about percentage. I thought we left a couple of goals out there at stages. Both teams were really tired in the last quarter (which) wasnt a great spectacle. If we keep winning well be right. Each of the top sides have matches at home they will be expected to win this weekend. The crunch comes in round 22, when the top four meet each other in a bumper fixture that will shape September. BEN MCKAY We dont even talk about it (percentage) W E S T C O A S T C O A C H A D A M S I M P S O N Cripps joins the push as Teague train raises steam Brisbane star Dayne Zorko will be kept on ice by the Lions as he recovers from a minor hamstring strain in the lead-up to the AFL finals Picture: DARRIAN TRAYNOR/GETTY IMAGES Zorko loss forces Fagan to innovate CHRIS Fagan will use the likely absence of injured Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko to build the clubs density ahead of the coachs first AFL finals campaign with the Lions. The influential midfielder was benched in the third term of the Lions 18-point defeat of Western Bulldogs on Sunday at the Gabba with a hamstring complaint. Brisbane led by 43 but the deficit was quickly cut to 17 after Zorkos injury a turnaround coach Fagan believed was more coincidence than cause. He described Zorkos early night as a conservative approach to what he suspected was a minor tweak. Defender Harris Andrews is likely to take charge if Zorko is not named to face last-placed Gold Coast on Saturday. A big win at the Gabba would aid Brisbanes charge for the minor premiership, given they are locked in a three-way tie for first on points but sit third on percentage with three games to play. If Daynes out weve got to welcome that because it gives someone else an opportunity to come in and it keeps building the density in the list, Fagan said. You need a squad of players to be successful, not just a team of 22. AAP Fading Cats can see minor premiership slipping away THE AFL minor premiership race has been thrown wide open, with West Coast and Brisbane joining the faltering Cats at the top of the ladder. Eagles goalsneak Liam Ryan booted four goals to inspire his team to a 24-point win over Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Sunday. And a short time later, Brisbane posted an 18-point victory over a plucky Bulldogs at the Gabba. The results saw Brisbane and West Coast join Geelong on 14 wins with three rounds to go. The Cats are ahead by a sizeable percentage but their form line suggests they are running out of puff. Saturdays shock 34-point loss to Fremantle at Optus Stadium was Geelongs fourth from their past seven games and has raised major questions about their premiership credentials. CARETAKER Carlton coach David Teague is not sure whether he wants to be prime minister or the AFL clubs next boss but his skipper is in no doubt. Patrick Cripps has sharply increased the chances of Teague winning the full-time role by throwing his weight behind the Blues interim leader. Im on the Teague train, Cripps told Channel 7 on Sunday prior to the Blues loss to West Coast. Ive heard #Teague2020 is getting around and Im all for it. Teague has managed to rejuvenate the Blues in his time at the helm. 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