The Northern Territory news Sat 30 May 2020
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50 SPORT SATURDAY MAY 30 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 JAMES Tedesco helped kickstart Sydney Roosters NRL title defence as he starred in a 28-12 win over arch-rivals South Sydney at Bankwest Stadium. Handed the toughest draw of any team in the rejigged season, the Roosters got their first win of the year from three attempts in front of 515 Corflute cutouts last night. Community footy given green light AFLNT has announced footballs return to the Territory with the commencement of the 2020 TIO CAFL season in Alice Springs, along with the BAFL in Tennant Creek and BRFL in Katherine. Yesterdays announcement will make the NT the first region in Australia to welcome the return of Australian football at a community level since the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to all activity in March. The CAFL Town competitions will commence on June 19-20 for a 10-round season plus three weeks of finals, culminating on Saturday, September 12. The CAFL Community competitions, which involve teams from remote communities in Central Australia, will stick to their traditional Sunday timeslots for the majority of the season, starting on June 21. Nine regular-season games will take place, before three rounds of finals, finishing on the weekend of September 19-20. The season also gives all teams two bye rounds to account for the Papunya and Yuendumu carnivals. In Katherine, the BRFL has some exciting developments with three extra teams added to the mix on a provisional license. The Ngukurr Bulldogs will join the mens competition, which commences its nine-round competition on Saturday, June 27. The proposed fixture framework includes a competition bye round plus three rounds of finals, with the grand final scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 19. It will be the same schedule for the new-look BRFL womens competition that expands from three teams in 2019 to five teams in 2020 with the reintroduction of the Tindal Magpies and the addition of a new team, the Arnhem Crows. Barkly football has a tentative start date of July 4. Impressive NQ display a lot of spine LAINE CLARK HALVES Scott Drinkwater and Jake Clifford have clicked to spark North Queenslands 36-6 NRL win over a hapless Gold Coast Titans in Townsville last night. The Cowboys were supposed to miss captain Michael Morgan, with the star halfback set to be sidelined for another six weeks after shoulder surgery. Off the back of another monster game by lock Jason Taumalolo (274m), Drinkwater set up two tries for winger Ben Hampton while Clifford kept North Queenslands foot on the Titans throat with his precision kicking. Replacement hooker Reece Robson also crashed over twice to ensure the hosts won their 10th straight game against the Titans. Former Cronulla premiership winner Valentine Holmes had his best game since returning from a 2019 NFL sojourn, setting up three tries. North Queensland lock Jason Taumalolo was outstanding against the Titans, running for 274m Picture: ALIX SWEENEY Teddy sinks Bunnies SCOTT BAILEY And as has so often been the case, Tedesco was at the centre of it after the Tricolours led 12-6 at halftime. The Roosters No.1 laid the first major punch moments after the break when he bust through Cameron Murray and Troy Dargan from 30m out before beating Latrell Mitchell to the line. The reigning Dally M medallist finished the night with nine tackle busts and 267m, as he looked threatening again and again close to the line. He also had a hand in a first-half try when he helped put Brett Morris and Daniel Tupou into clear air with some quick hands. It allowed a chasing Kyle Flanagan to capitalise with his maiden try in Roosters colours when Morris kicked back infield for him. Luke Keary was again impressive at No.6 for the Roosters. Moments after Tedesco crashed over to start the second half, he went to the line and put captain Boyd Cordner over from close range. It came after hed also helped open the scoring when he kicked across field for a leaping Tupou, who jumped above Dane Gagai to mark the ball and score. Meanwhile, Brett Morris also pulled off the play of the game in defence. He at one stage dragged down Braidon Burns and Alex Johnston in the same play after the former made a 60m intercept, before backing it up to dive on a kick later in the set. For Souths, Mitchell had his moments in his highly-anticipated clash with his old club. He spilled a simple ball on a kick return midway through the first half, and again ran less than 80m. But he put Cameron Murray over for Souths first try before the break. 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