The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jul 2020
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THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 SPORT 35 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Hannebery hopeful of quick return NICK SMART REBECCA WILLIAMS ST KILDA midfielder Dan Hannebery is making a case to return for Monday nights clash with Adelaide. The former Swan injured his hamstring a fortnight ago and missed last weeks loss to Fremantle at Metricon Stadium. This weeks long break between games for St Kilda means Hannebery is considered an outside chance to face the Crows at Adelaide Oval. Hes going pretty well, hes trying to make a case for this week, Saints coach Brett Ratten said yesterday. He trained really well and the longer break has given him an opportunity so well just work out if its this week or the Port game later or do we give him an extra week after that? Thats the decision well make when we sit down with the medicos and ... plan. Meanwhile, St Kilda has revealed it has players who are considering bringing their expectant partners to their Queensland hub to have a baby. The Saints have based themselves at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast since their departure from Victoria. St Kildas Dan Hannebery is close to making a return. Picture: ROBERT CIANFLONE/GETTY BRISBANE boss Greg Swann says Queensland should be allocated the AFL Grand Final after having made a serious contribution to the survival of this years competition. The AFL yesterday announced an evacuation from NSW to Queensland for the majority of Victorian clubs, putting Queensland as the centre of the football world Scott would leave hub to help family GILBERT GARDINER COLLINGWOOD captain Scott Pendlebury says he would consider leaving an interstate hub if it was best for his family. As many as seven Collingwood players, including star midfielder Adam Treloar and defender Jack Crisp, have young children and face big calls on how they can play out the season in a Queensland hub. Pendlebury said he had missed his seven-month old daughter Darcys first words while he had been away in Perth and Sydney. They were not permitted to join him at Joondalup Resort in Perth. Pendlebury said he would return to Melbourne if his family needed him to. There are some big challenges. I have said it before, family comes first, Pendlebury said on the Jock and Journo podcast. I have wrapped my head around the potential of having to leave the hub and head home and the boys continue on without me. That is something that I have thought about. I dont want it to get to that stage. But if it has to come to that and I have to go home for a couple of weeks then I will go home. Pendlebury made the comments on Tuesday night, before the AFL revealed its decision to continue the season in Queensland yesterday. The five-time best and fairest winner said he would prefer a bye to allow the Victorian clubs players to come home and reset after the Perth stint. Qld deserves GF: Swann Lions boss says only fair after keeping AFL season afloat MARK ROBINSON for the remainder of the season. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday said she told AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan the grand final should be played in Queensland. And most certainly at the Gabba. Swann said: Weve kept the competition afloat so I dont see why were not in the mix. It depends on what hap pens in September/October and what the lay of the land is. But it wouldnt be unreasonable to play it here. The Premier has asked for it and weve done all the right things, so why cant we have the Grand Final? Swann was not aware if the Queensland government would have to bid for footballs greatest day against Western Australia and South Australia. A NSW grand final was widely reported to be the frontrunner earlier this week. At this stage, from a homeand-away perspective, most of the games are going to be played in Queensland and most clubs will be based here, so its a pretty serious contribution to the competition that state has made, Swann said. I certainly think we have every right to ask for the grand final. And who knows, by then we might be the only state capable of holding the Grand Final. Palaszczuk said the AFL approached her this week seeking permission to send the majority of the games clubs to Queensland, which she has accepted. With all Victorian clubs relocating north of the Tweed, Palaszczuk now has her eyes set on bringing the 2020 Grand Final to Queens land as well. Given the choice between not having a season and having it based in Queensland, I think I know what the fans would like to happen, Palaszczuk said. It means more Queenslanders can see more games. Its more fire in the belly for the Suns and the Lions. And, as I told Gill, if the season is based here then the grand final should be played here, too. Game to be wet, wild and willing out west JOSH BARNES GEELONG is preparing for a bruising encounter against Collingwood as wild weather in Perth is set to rain down on Optus Stadium. Perth is due to cop up to 10mm of rain tonight, which is likely to create a scrappy game. The Magpies have already foreshadowed that big man Mason Cox will be a casualty of the conditions and miss selection. Cats defender Harry Taylor said he expected tough conditions. Both teams have deep midfields that rank in the top five in the AFL for contested possessions. The weather over here hasnt been very WA like in the last few days so you might see some late changes perhaps from either side but we will wait and see, Taylor said. I think it will have an impact, both teams are pretty contested in the way they play the game. Its going to hopefully create a real battle around the ball. Thats what I love, when both teams are really going after the ball. Taylor said he was still preparing as though he would line up on Cox and has also made plans to curtail the in-form Brody Mihocek. Given Collingwoods outstanding performances in first quarters this season, Taylor said his side would have to start strongly. The Pies have kicked 19 of their 42 goals since the AFL restart in first quarters. Cats defender Harry Taylor arrives at Perth Airport ahead of the match against Collingwood tonight. Picture: PAUL KANE/GETTY IMAGES
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