The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jul 2020
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40 SPORT MONDAY JULY 27 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Doug Kelly, Wanderers coach Steve Bully Abala and Joe Jeffrey celebrate their team's one-point victory against St Mary's in the 1981-82 NTFL Grand Final at Gardens Oval. Wanderers captured their first premiership for 24 years and only their second since World War II, in a heart-stopper that could have gone either way. one of those 1000-mile stares, an unwritten message to leave that question alone and move on. Locally, I recall Doug Kelly, the Wanderers ruckman who had endured years of no finals football in the NTFL, suddenly playing a prominent role in the Eagles sides that dominated grand final day through the early 1980s. Their first flag in 24 years, under the guidance of coach Steve Abala, brought tears of joy from their fans and a big sigh of relief from Kelly, who remains one of my favourite all-time NTFL players because of his unbridled passion for the game. Being the best player in any sporting team may bring with it plenty of backslapping and hero worship from family and friends. But in the end it is their contribution to the game that will endure down the years. St Marys champion Noel Long was one of them. Capable of dazzling runs and superb left-foot kicking down the scoreboard wing at TIO Stadium, Long always attributed any success he achieved as a player to the players around him. Champions who refuse the temptation of big dollars and the promise of regular finals action and premierships are the real heroes of the universal rule of sport. MORRIS ON MONDAY Team success trumps all GREY MORRIS TEAM or individual awards? It has been a question asked of sporting greats and organisations for as long as men and women have tested their skills against each other. Individuals act as magnets to get people playing sport, and they attract the headlines when the media comes to town. But winning on the scoreboard is the ultimate aim, as all the greats repeat time and again when asked what mattered most when the final siren or whistle blew. Young people of all sporting persuasions are attracted to team competition through their heroes with more than a little bit of help from their friends. Australian football has its Michael Longs, Andrew McLeods and Michael McLeans, with a big slice of the Rioli magic thrown in. Basketball can boast the great athleticism of LeBron James, Michael Jordan and, closer to home, Patty Mills, in the white hot cauldron of the NBA. Soccer had Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka as its pinup boys, before Sam Kerr and Lydia Williams became household names for the Matildas womens side. But sport is more than a weekend of fun for recreations sake, as North Melbournes theme song bangs out when they win an occasional game. A lot of time and money is spent on team sports, not forgetting the sacrifices golfers, long-distance runners, yachtsmen and women and lawn bowlers make in pursuit of their discipline. The ultimate goal is to beat the opposition and hopefully on the last day or night of the season when all the training hours and team talks come together to produce a win. I remember asking Bob Skilton if his three Brownlow medals won as a South Melbourne player were as thrilling as a premiership win. That was in 1979, almost a decade since he had retired as a player with one final next to his name the losing first semi-final against St Kilda. The look he gave me was 1913: The 11th cycling Tour de France is won by Philippe Thys of Belgium. 1920: The American yacht Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in the 14th running of the Americas Cup. 1948: Don Bradman scores his 29th and last Test cricket century, against England at Leeds. Australia makes a record 3-404 in their run chase, Bradman (173no) and Arthur Morris (182) playing major roles. 1952: Emile Zatopek runs an Olympic record marathon time of 2 hours 23 minutes 03.2 seconds to win the 42km race at Helsinki. 1955: Allan Border, Australias cricket captain from 1984-94, is born in the Sydney suburb of Cremorne. 1956: England off spinner Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australias first innings of the fourth Test at Manchester, the best return in Test cricket until Lakers 10-53 in the second innings. 1984: West Indies opening batsman Gordon Greenidge smashes 223 in his sides innings and 64-run win over England in the fourth Test at Manchester. 1990: England batsman Graham Gooch scores 333 against India at Lords. 1992: Japanese swimmer Kyoko Iwasaki wins the 200m breaststroke gold medal at Barcelona, becoming the youngest person to win an Olympic gold medal at 14 years and 6 days. 2012: Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom. 2019: American swimmer Caleb Dressel wins three gold medals in one day at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, claiming the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4x100m freestyle relay. The Don hits final Test ton in big run chaseON THIS DAY Personal glory not the ultimate prize
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