The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019
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THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 SPORT 35 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Chinese say his numbers up but Gresham unfazed THE meaning might be ominous, but Jade Gresham isnt fazed. The St Kilda speedster will don the No.4 in Shanghai on Sunday, despite the number holding an unlucky reputation in Chinese culture. According to principles of Chinese numer ology, the numbers four and 13 because one and three add to four are unlucky. But Gresham said the prominence of the jumper at Moorabbin which was worn by the likes of St Kildas only premiership captain Darrel Baldock and Brownlow medallist Tony Lockett was far too great to ignore. I sort of did (know the meaning), but its a really important number for the club, Gresham said. Theyve had some great players at our club Lockett and these guys so I thought its a very sacred number at our club so Im not really worried about it. The luckiest numbers in Chinese culture are six, eight and nine worn by Saints Seb Ross, Blake Acres and Jack Steele. We havent really spoken about it all, but Blake and the guys are probably going to have a good game now, Gresham said. Theyll probably have 40 (touches). St Kildas Shanghai guernsey has yellow armbands and the Chinese flag, in a nod to the cultures lucky colours. Players who have been partaking in heat training to acclimatise for the hot and humid conditions engaged in a cultural education session on Tuesday as they prepare to jet out to Shanghai today. It was good to get a little bit of an understanding of the cul ture, Gresham said. Theres a few different customs and that sort of thing, but it will be good. Gresham said he and a small contingent of St Kilda players would stay on to enjoy the sights and a few dumplings post-game with the teams bye scheduled for the following week. LAUREN WOOD your game. They (West Coast) have got Hurn and McGovern, who like to mark the ball and are No.1 in the AFL in intercept marks. Our role was we were going to be outnumbered. We were going to send an extra forward up to the stoppage to get an extra number there. We were five v six down in our forward line and we had to round up those two. They basically do what they want when theyre back in that back half. They watch the ball really well and like to fly for it. So what Tex did, he rounded up Hurn and McGovern for the whole game if you go back and watch the game and you watch Texs leadership and how he set up our forward line its second to none. He was the one who set everything up. Ed says criticism of Taylor off mark EDDIE Betts has come to the defence of his embattled cocaptain and fellow forward Taylor Walker, saying his critics fail to recognise how he often sacrifices his own game for the sake of the Crows. Walker has been blasted by former players and leading commentators not only for his lack of scoreboard impact in recent weeks, but also for shirking a contest against West Coast captain Shannon Hurn. Betts said the criticism was off the mark and critics failed to see how Walker was the architect of some of the clubs best quarters over the past fortnight. He said they missed his contribution in negating some of the games best defenders. The Crows champion small forward said Walkers task was to zone in on Hurn and intercept marking specialist Jeremy McGovern against the Eagles, which helped the Crows to build a 33-point lead. Tex is in great form, said Betts. You cant play well every weekend but what they dont see is the way he leads on the field. He drives our forward line; he sets us up. On the weekend, sometimes you have to sacrifice JESPER FJELSTAD He drives our forward line; he sets us up E D D I E B E T T S Daniel Wells gets a kick away under pressure against the Sydney Swans. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley still has faith that Wells can make an impact for the Pies this season Picture: GETTY Wells out but door still open COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley still hopes Daniel Wells will have an impact this season. Wells career is again at the crossroads after a PCL injury last Friday against Sydney. The 34 year-old, who only just got back to full fitness after a month in the VFL, booted three goals in a blistering first half before going down with the injury. Despite the setback Buckley said there was light at the end of the tunnel for Wells. We definitely wont be closing that door on him and keeping an open mind, Buckley said. Hes going to have to play some more (VFL) football at some point, prior to coming back in the side. Former North Melbourne champion Wells has played just 15 games in three injuryplagued seasons at Collingwood. We knew that he had injury troubles but we thought that we could manage him and get him up often enough, Buckley told SEN. We havent had the return that we hoped for and he wouldve hoped for. After consulting orthopaedic surgeon Julian Feller last Sunday, Wells opted against surgery to keep the season alive. The 258-game veterans startling comeback game last Friday night has boosted Buckleys confidence in the luckless Magpie. His first half was magnificent you dont really plan for Daniel Wells with his injury status the past couple of years, if he comes up hes a bonus, Buckley said. So to be injured that significantly is tragic for him. Its very challenging to consider someone as talented as him is potentially not going to get back. Lions tradie persona belies blue-chip defence DARCY Gardiner is a bluecollar footballer. Each weekend Brisbanes Mr Fixit rolls the sleeves up and gets to work on some of the AFLs best forwards. And every Wednesday he trades the boots for the tape measure and tool kit as he works his way through a carpentry apprenticeship. I always thought I would go to uni and I did for a while but I wanted to be more hands on and be outdoors, he said. The club always harp on, in a good way, about making sure you have something else outside of footy and Ive found something I really enjoy. Most defenders can almost predict their 22 likely opponents, injury permitting, for the season once fixtures come out. Gardiner, not so much. The 23-year-old has played on power forwards Jeremy Cameron and Buddy Franklin, electric goal sneaks like Eddie Betts and everyone in between. The statistics do not always do Gardiner justice in the age of rebounding defenders. He is not among the elite in possessions or metres gained. However, he is an excellent intercept player and official statisticians Champion Data rank him as elite for spoils. But the real figure his coaches value is how hard he is to score against. Other than Betts three goals at the Gabba in Round 9 no opponent has really got a hold of him this season and he has beaten the Crows gun in the past. In all he has conceded 10 goals from 10 games. Gardiner is pleased with his form but is more interested in the sides improvement. He is one of the group of players who endured tough years together and says the fact they were the driving force behind turning things around had created a great bond. There were some tough years, he said. For those of us still around from those times, being able to turn it around together makes it extra special. ANDREW HAMILTON
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