The Northern Territory news Thu 11 Jun 2020
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THURSDAY JUNE 11 2020 SPORT 37 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Silent stands benefit us, says Prestia SAM LANDSBERGER THE absence of Richmonds 100,000 members is set to make the Tigers even stronger. Midfielder Dion Prestia said the silent MCG stands helped the Tigers set up for every stoppage and kick-in in Round 1, and theyll look to exploit the communication gains again tonight. You could hear what the bench was saying and if they need you to come off they can just yell out to you, Prestia said. I actually didnt mind being able to hear, because normally at Richmond games you cant hear anything. With so many senior players we can kind of take advantage of getting our set-ups pretty much on point for every single stoppage or kickin. Id love the fans to be back, but while we have it how it is it could be an advantage for some teams. The Tigers retained all of coach Damien Hardwicks assistants in their streamlined footy department, and Prestia said that strategic decision had eased the burden on senior players. Thats been awesome. Its definitely a major help for the older players, who wouldve had to take on more responsibility coaching the younger guys, Prestia said. Weve been pretty lucky. Some other clubs havent had that and its put maybe a bit more pressure on the senior players to step up. Hardwick said: The benefits have been profound as far as Im concerned. Opponent Collingwood prioritised medical and fitness staff, with assistants Garry Hocking, Craig Black, Anthony Rocca and Travis Cloke not returning to the club, although the Magpies still have access to seven coaches. Tributes flow for Rooch Tahs ruckman massively uplifting and motivating NATHANIEL CHAMBERS WARATAH Football Club and the greater Australian football community is mourning the loss of beloved American ruckman Alex Rooch Aurrichio who was killed in a road accident on Monday night. The 30-year-old from New York had recently made a permanent move to Darwin, after moving to the country in November 2014 to pursue his dream of playing in the AFL. Aurrichio was dedicated to perfecting his game and despite his short career in the sport he gathered plenty of high-level experience. As well as playing for Waratah, the larger-than-life character had also played for VFL side Northern Blues, SANFL club South Adelaide and NEAFL outfit Southport. Waratah teammate Abe Ankers referred to his friend as an all-round top bloke who couldnt help but lighten the room with his presence. He was just a great character. An all-round top bloke who was great to be around, Ankers told the NT News. His charisma and energy would light up the room and he could make everyone and anyone smile or laugh. He was massively uplift ing and motivating as a person and could make you feel as tall as he was when he was around. There was never a dull moment with him and he will be sorely missed. As for playing there are guys who could play their whole lives who arent as good as he was in the short time he played, and the scary thing was that he was still improving with every game. He was a massive presence on the field, and for him to pick the game up as quickly as he did is just a massive testament to who he was as a person and his dedication to his sport. Just an easygoing guy who loved life. If he wanted something there was no reason he couldnt achieve it. Messages of condolences have flowed from across the country for the big man, with Waratah club president Rohan Langworthy saying he had quickly become a favourite at the club. He clearly touched all who met him, Langworthy said. We are all in disbelief to have lost such a loveable larrikin. The late Alex Aurrichio pictured after his NEAFL debut for Southport on June 1 last year was much loved by his Waratah, Sharks, Northern Blues and South Adelaide teammates Picture: TJ YELDS/NEAFL a $5,000 Harvey Norman furniture packageWINL i s tto Did you know that on average, people who list their house in print and online can expect up to 19% more when compared to online only?* For your chance to win, ask your real estate agent about print advertising, and if you list your house for sale between May 1st and June 30th 2020 in the NT News, you could be walking away with $5,000 worth of new furniture for your new house, not to mention more money in your pocket! May 1 - June 30 Terms and conditions apply. For full terms and conditions, please go to www.couriermail.com.au/competitions/listtowin. *19% increase based on houses listed in The NT News. Source: Core Logic Media Maximiser research.