The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020
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MONDAY MARCH 16 2020 SPORT 37 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Ilett pushes 35 but still keen to chase the leather around GREY MORRIS CAMERON Ilett turns 35 on Thursday, but the dual premiership Tiger has sidestepped any suggestion of retirement. Iletts Tigers won their second Premier League flag in as many grand final starts on Saturday night, becoming the first Nightcliff side in the clubs 70-year history to achieve it. And while Ilett was his normal serviceable self against his former club St Marys, the inevitable question of how long the dual Nichols medallist and eighttime premiership player six of them as a Saint has left at the top level was put to him. Im 35 on Thursday, but as long as I can manage the workload a bit better to get a couple more seasons out of the body Ill be OK, he told the NT News. I certainly see at least one and potentially two more years at league level, es pecially when you are motivated by the players around you and want to get better in that environment. Ilett was slightly worse for wear after a big night of premiership celebrations when he spoke to the NT News about the grand final win. They (St Marys) pushed us all the way to the wire and to emerge winners against the benchmark club in the competition was fantastic, he said. I couldnt be prouder of the players when Saints had the momentum, the runs on the board and theyd beaten us twice this season. We knew within our group that wed built a lot of trust in each other and if we stuck to what we knew worked, we would be all right. Ilett said the mood at Nightcliff was to remain successful for many, many years to come, the dream of any footballer around the country. Tigers star Cameron Ilett in action during the 2019-20 NTFL Grand Final Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL 11th March to 7th April *Offer is available 11/03/2020 - 07/04/2020 (inclusive) while stocks last. One copy of The Australian, The Weekend Australian, NT News, or Sunday Territorian per transaction of $20 or over, excluding cigarette & tobacco products, ePay, and Golden Casket purchases. Limit one free paper per person per day. Offer only available at participating IGA stores. Conditions Apply*FREE PAPER Spend $20 and get your ANTHONY Vallejo concedes his post grand final comments on peanut umpires were a poor choice of words. The first-year St Marys coachs personal appraisal of the umpiring in his sides 13point loss to Nightcliff will be reviewed by the leagues match review panel today. I apologise if I have hurt anyones feelings and in hind Vallejo climbs down GREY MORRIS sight I probably shouldnt have called them that, Vallejo told the NT News. There were obviously some decisions made in the last quarter and throughout the game that were 50-50. But its been brought to my attention there are better ways of bringing up any grievances, particularly with the umpires after the game and various official channels. Vallejo said the post-match emotion associated with a loss in a fiercely contested grand final and the end of a long journey for the footy club after its financial dramas and first wooden spoon 12 months ago. The word I used was bashed through social media outlets about whats been happening, he said. AFLNT boss Stuart Totham was both surprised and disappointed by Vallejos comments. We at the league hold Anthony in the highest regard, Totham said. Hes been a really strong contributor across junior coaching with the NT Schoolboys, NT Thunder and now St Marys, which leaves us extremely disappointed with his comments. The footy operations team will review them and have a look at how they relate to our own code of conduct. The league tribunal and match review panel will be kept busy this week with two reports already submitted and several incidents that will be looked at. Nightcliffs Michael Hagan was reported for head butting Saints Nick Yarran in the third quarter and St Marys ruckman Ryan Smith late in the last quarter for abusive language. Boys had to dig deep, says Baksh GREY MORRIS WINNING premierships is all about the supporters and volunteers around a football club, Nightcliffs dual premiership coach Chris Baksh said last night. Bakshs comment came almost 24 hours after his Tigers ended a fairytale run from grand final opponents St Marys. The 13-point win was significant because it secured historic back-to-back Premier League flags and a fifth senior premiership pennant for the beachside club. Im very pleased with the effort the boys put in for the fans and volunteers, thats what it is al about, Baksh said. It wasnt easy, St Marys class meant they came at us in the third quarter, which kept us on our toes. But I thought our boys dug deep when it counted. Bakshs opposite number Anthony Vallejo was proud of his players efforts. In terms of effort and work rate the boys were great against a pretty good opposition, he said. It was the third quarter when we had a real chance to win it, but credit to Nightcliff, theyre well coached and most of them have been together for three years now. Their model is something for us to look at. Vallejo played four under-18 Saints in the grand final, proof the 32-time NTFL premier is rebuilding around its rising youngsters. All of those kids contributed in what was a close loss, including Maurice (Rioli Jr) who will probably get drafted later in the year, Vallejo said. We dont like to lose grand finals like every other club, but were confident weve got the players and the intent to be there again and very soon. THE AUSTRALIAN.. WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN .. NT .. 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