The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jul 2020
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34 SPORT THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ESSENDON defender Conor McKenna is expected to be named in the Bombers team to play the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium tomorrow night just days after finger surgery. The Irishman hurt his finger in last weeks win over North Melbourne but will be Essendon defender Conor McKenna. Picture: MICHAEL KLEIN McKenna a chance to face Bulldogs despite surgery on hand REECE HOMFRAY given every chance to play. He played out the game with a pretty sore hand and only brought it up post-game, hes had surgery on it, so the hand is now in better shape, coach John Worsfold said. But surgery is not something you take lighthearted, the good news is hes had the all-clear to play providing he feels he can play at the level hed like to perform at. We wont know that until it settles after this operation so well give him as long as he needs, hes a tough nut and thats why we havent ruled him out. The Bombers trained yesterday and McKenna walked laps with Joe Daniher who injured his calf earlier this week. It was in his normal train ing program and very early he felt something in his calf, we had a scan and sure enough he has got a strain there, Worsfold said of Daniher. It just means hes in a program now to get that calf right before he starts to build up his volumes again. Hes all good with that, he understands these setbacks will happen. But overall things are still progressing. Its a normal calf, hopefully with the volume of work hes been doing it wont take him too long to get back and well keep progressing. Gun midfielder Dylan Shiel will miss the next two games after he was banned for his bump on North Melbournes Curtis Taylor at the weekend. SWAMPDOGS will host the T for Thomas round in Darwin B-grade rugby union action on Saturday to remember Thomas Snell and spread awareness about the deadly disease known as sepsis that tragically ended his life in 2017. Swampdogs take on Palmerston, with Darwin Dragons to face Casuarina, both to start at 5.30pm in reserve grade at NT Rugby Park. The concept will also be embraced by junior players tomorrow. Thomas contracted the disease at just 13 while on a rugby tour in Queensland. He loved playing the 15man code, as well as his other chosen sports cricket and Aussie rules. He fell ill, developing pneumonia and eventually sepsis, which saw his health deteriorate over just two days. Ever since, his mum Amanda Clarke has campaigned to raise awareness about the deadly symptoms in the hope of preventing other families from having to go through the same trauma. Sepsis infects 18,000 Australians each year, with about 5000 losing their lives. He was an amazing boy. He was the rock of our family, the calm one, the mature one, healthy and really fit. Like someone twice his age, Clarke said. He played everything and was really good at everything. He had just started taking a liking to cricket. But he loved it, setting up his own wicket in the backyard that he would bowl to. He always got the best In union against a killer NATHANIEL CHAMBERS and-fairest awards as everyone at his clubs loved him. He was just a real team player. When Thomas fell ill there was no mention of sepsis as a diagnosis until it was too late. As a result, the T for Thomas Foundation has created and put out a number of visuals to ensure that sepsis is recognised early in local communities. Sepsis is an overreaction from your immune system and not something you know you will get, Clarke said. We made some visuals to get the awareness out there and to get people using the word sepsis to make sure it is always on the mind. Three or four hours before Thomas had mass organ failure. He went to the GP, who couldnt work out that he had pneumonia, which is the most common source of sepsis. If we had realised sooner then there would have been a greater chance for him. The biggest sign with Thomas was shortness of breath, and that is something everyone needs to look out for. Nathan Dixon was a close friend and squad mate, with the pair having played together in both rugby and Aussie rules from the age of eight. He always had a smile on his face and would always work for you, Dixon said. The T for Thomas round is a great thing so we can remember where he came from to keep his legacy in the sport and with these clubs. To find out more information or to donate to the T for Thomas Foundation, visit www.tforthomas.com. Fired-up Tigers relish chance for some payback NATHANIEL CHAMBERS NIGHTCLIFF Tigers will be out for revenge against reigning premiers Tracy Village in their Round 7 matchup of the Darwin Netball Premier League competition tonight. Nightcliff has not enjoyed much fortune against the Falcons in recent times, losing in the 2019 final and again in Round 2 by five points. But a win against its foe tonight could see the Tigers climb into second place behind 2020 frontrunners Pints. Nightcliff coach Neil Forsyth said his side was excited to get another chance against the titleholders. Were pretty excited to go out there now that weve faced all the other sides, Forsyth told the NT News. We expect them to come out pretty strong against us. Theyre a strong side who are keen to have another big season this year. To beat them we will just need to continue operating as a team and work together up the court using our ability to attack quickly from turnovers to score points. Defence has also been a big aspect of our game this year allowing us to apply pressure on the other side at crucial times. Captain and defender Katie Elmer missed the first game of the year between the two sides and will be out to cause problems for Tracys offence. Megan Craufurd and Tammie Barton have also had strong games recently and are in good form. But Tracy Village will also be looking to hold on to its second spot on the ladder this week. Lauren Pluker has been a consistent standout on the defensive end, with Karmen Sampson and Gemma Henderson also playing well on the offensive end. In other Round 7 action, the unbeaten Pints will relish their chance against underdogs Waratahs as they look to secure their spot atop the table. Waratahs also have plenty to play for after losing to Hoggies by a single point last round. That left the team equal bottom of the top-league table. Tracy Villages Gemma Henderson has been a standout on her teams offensive end. Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL
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