The Northern Territory news Thu 11 Jun 2020
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36 SPORT THURSDAY JUNE 11 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 A DREAMTIME game in Darwin would be the culmination of 40 years of co-operation between Territory football, and the Essendon and Richmond football clubs. That was Long Walk co-ordinator and 190-game Bomber Dreamtime game closer EXCLUSIVE GREY MORRIS Michael Longs reaction this week to the very real possibility the annual game that recognises the contribution of indigenous players to Australian football will be transferred to the Top End. Alice Springs Traeger Park was originally put forward in the Sir Doug Nichols round. But the NT News under stands Darwins TIO Stadium on a Saturday night is now the preferred option. Long is hoping ongoing talks between NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner and AFL boss Gillon McLachlan on Darwin hosting the AFL blockbuster are successful. Thats where we are at right now, waiting for the Gun ner governments negotiations with Gill on trying to get the game in the Territory, Long said. Things are changing pretty quickly with crowds starting to go back to the footy, so its looming as a great opportunity for the Territory to hold the game. The Long Walk will be part of any Darwin celebra tions, in conjunction with other indigenous cultural activity under the umbrella of the Northern Land Council. We would invite other cultures to participate as well, Long said. Its a big part of who we are in Darwin and the unique mix of races and cultures we have. The people we went to school with, played footy with and generally grew up with, have contributed to life and sport up here and deserve to be part of the celebrations. Indigenous dancers would also be part of the Dreamtime at the T game that would be played as part of the rounds six to nine draw being finalised by the AFL. Grimes tips De Goey will be hard ask SHAYNE HOPE DYLAN Grimes isnt too proud to admit Collingwood superstar Jordan De Goey is likely to have his moments in tonights AFL season re-opener at the MCG. The Magpies matchwinner is one of the rampaging forward-midfield types that many experts believe will be favoured by shortened quarters. But after holding De Goey to just two goals in 124 minutes of direct opposition across their past three meetings, Richmonds All-Australian defender is well versed in putting the clamps on the champ. Every game you kind of have that moment where hes just that class above and a bit too good, Grimes said. You can do as much as you can to try and stop him but hes an athletic gun. Some leading AFL figures contend that the game will be faster in 2020 with quarter lengths reduced from 20 minutes to 16, plus time-on. This means versatile players such as De Goey, Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe will be able to spend a greater percentage of game time on the ground while splitting their duties between the midfield and forward line. Pies take the high road as season resumes against Tigers OLIVER CAFFREY COLLINGWOOD are hoping to capitalise on a height advantage when Richmond take just one ruckman into tonights AFL showdown. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick will revert to a Shaun Grigg-type back-up for big man Ivan Soldo in the MCG clash that restarts the season after an almost threemonth break. It means twotime premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis wont play, with third-gamer Marlion Pickett a chance to pinch-hit against All-Australian Magpie Brodie Grundy. Key forwards Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt could also help Soldo. Richmond believe this years shorter quarters will lead to a quicker brand of football and are aiming to use more explosive ground-level players. But even with giant American Mason Cox missing out on selection, Collingwood have brought in former Sydney ruckman Darcy Cameron to support Grundy. Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury said his team would back in their talls against the Tigers runners, including Territorian Daniel Rioli. Grundy monstered Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English with 37 hit-outs to 11 in the Magpies thumping Round 1 win in March. Obviously for them, they see things they can get an advantage but with us weve structured up no different to how we usually structure up, Pendlebury said. Weve got a pretty fit list available so hopefully we can get some advantage out of our ruck work if theyve got an undersized guy in there. But we also understand theyll probably be able to pressure a bit better with some more nimble guys around the footy. Ivan Soldo of the Tigers is likely to be the only Richmond tall when they take on Collingwood tonight Picture: MICHAEL KLEIN JOIN OUR LIVE AND FREE VIRTUAL COOK-A-LONG WITH MARION GRASBY AND MATT PRESTON! JOINJOIN #TEAMMARION #TEAMMATT OR *Registration closes midnight 14 June. Ts&Cs apply. REGISTER NOW: TASTE.COM.AU/COOKALONG 17 JUNE | 7:30PM AEST $15K *from WORTH PLUS, THE CHANCE TO WIN GROCERIES HOSTED BY GORGI C OG HL A N
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