The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020
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28 SPORT MONDAY MARCH 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Tigers star Liam Holt-Fitz in action during the 2019-20 NTFL Grand Final Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL when skipper Nathan Brown and coach Chris Baksh held up the TIO premiership cup, a scene repeated on Saturday night when new skipper Phillip Wills and Baksh created their own version of Groundhog Day. There was a new president in charge in Mark Dodge after Jeff Borellas triumphant seasons in the chair climaxed with the 2019 flag and closed the door on a drought that had encased the footy club like a tomb since 1965. But back-to-back flags had never been achieved, despite losing grand finals in 1957-58 (to Wanderers) and 65-66 (St Marys) that would have produced successive premierships. Dodge told this writer minutes after the final siren his committee thought they had the playing group, coaching staff and the right game plan to finally reach the back-toback summit. The clubs junior development and regular finals football in all the grades is proof the Tigers are prowling the corridors of the NTFL competition in search of more flags. Nightcliffs triumph follows a season where questions will need to be solved on the draw and media access to tribunal hearings. The complex draw has clubs stretched for volunteers on matchdays, with as many as five games involving their senior and junior teams rostered right across Darwin. And the tribunal remains under the sole ownership of the tribunal commissioner and the clubs, who can choose when they will allow the media into crucial hearings. And a word from this writer on Vallejos peanuts comment. Emotion is everything in sport and rather than the firm hand of the tribunal, a cup of coffee with umpires boss Andrew McBean and AFLNT boss Stuart Totham will be the best formula to complement the Saints coachs apology in todays NT News. MORRIS ON MONDAY Tigers on prowl for more GREY MORRIS NIGHTCLIFF are the kingpins of Territory football again, and those who say success can only be measured by the amount of money football clubs possess have missed the mark again. On a night where raw emotion was on show St Marys coach Anthony Vallejos Peanuts comment on umpires and Ryan Smiths postmatch advice to the same people football was again the winner on a day when the worldwide coronavirus hit the headlines. The 2019-20 Tigers may have a successful sports club behind them and the funding to get the right people to the club. But as 11-time St Marys coach John KJ Taylor told me more than 25 years ago, success is a hell of a lot more than dollars and cents. NTFL clubs who have won premierships down the years begin their preparations for another campaign as soon as the echo of the grand final final siren brings down the curtain on a successful season. They look at where they won the flag, what worked and what did not and immediately set about strengthening or repairing those areas. Because Australian football, like sport across the globe, is always evolving, even if old timers like John Newman argue the game has not changed since the midfielders banged the ball in long for the key forwards to mark and kick a goal in 1901. Nightcliff for many years was a claytons football club, a club you have representing you that is not the real deal. The oval that is only a Greg Poopy Peris torpedo punt from the rolling surf of Nightcliff beach has seen more heartbreak than a Clark Gable tear-jerker or a market crash on Wall Street. But the second decade of a new century has brought with it a renewed focus and an intent to be one of the leagues top sides. Finals series became regular occurrences, aggressive recruiting came along with it and success started to flow. League best-and-fairest medals began to accumulate on the clubs honour board as the successful formula was created and finally enacted in March of 2019. It had been a 54-year wait 1872: Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers in the first English FA Cup Final at Kennington Oval in London. Morton Betts scores the winner. 1876: Nelly Saunders and Rose Harland fight the first female boxing match at New Yorks Hills Theatre. Saunders won by points decision, receiving a silver butter dish for her efforts. 1877: Australias opening batsman Charles Bannerman scores the first Test cricket century, retiring hurt on 165 against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 1957: England clinches its 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship, the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup with a 16-3 win over Scotland at Twickenham, London. 1971: Australian wrist spinner Leslie OBrien Chuck FleetwoodSmith (24 wickets in 10 Tests at 45.38) dies from cancer at 62. 1974: Zimbabwean fast bowler Heath Streak (216 wickets in 65 Tests) is born in Bulawayo. 1989: Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott is born in Stanmore, England. 1996: Mike Tyson stops Englands Frank Bruno on a technical knockout in the third round to retain his world heavyweight title. 2008: Australian opening batsman Bill Brown (1592 runs at 46 in 22 Tests) dies in Brisbane aged 95. 2008: Wales beats France 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown. 2012: Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries when he makes a century against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. 2015: In the 56th SEC Mens Basketball Tournament, Kentucky beats Arkansas 78-63. Tendulkar notches 100 international centuriesON THIS DAY Club relishes back-to-back flags
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