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The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jul 2020



The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jul 2020

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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MONDAY JULY 27 2020 SPORT 45 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA WITH 40 seconds to go and down by three points, the Adelaide Oval crowd was on its feet could a miracle win be on the cards against an undermanned Essendon? Brodie Smith had the ball, took a long snap at goal, but it went out of bounds and hopes were dashed as the Bombers beat a spirited Adelaide 9.8 (62) to 8.11 (59) in perfect conditions. This loss wasnt Smiths fault the Crows kicked just 1.6 in the final term. With Brad Crouch gone by halftime, the Crows lack of a creative, big-bodied midfielder was exposed. They couldnt hit targets, too often fumbled handballs and dropped simple marks and Essendon was able to capitalise on Crow mistakes, of which there were many. The embattled Crows sinking season continues. Their run of losses now sits at eight for the season, having not won a game for 358 days. With 10 players on the Bombers injury list including Dylan Shiel (suspension), Cale Hooker (calf), and Dyson Heppell (ankle) this was an undermanned opposition. But there were still plenty of names running around on the grass. Midfielder Zach Merrett dominated and had 33 disposals and six clearances, and was best on ground. Working alongside him was Andrew McGrath, whose two first-half centre clearances were more than the entire Crows side put together. Adam Saad was the best of the defenders, while Territorian Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti shook off his onetouch first quarter, finishing with 13 touches and two goals. This was a significant win for the Bombers who now have a 5-2 season record with a game in hand. BRISBANE has reaffirmed its premiership credentials and moved to equal top spot on the AFL ladder with a hard-fought four-point 7.11 (53) to 7.7 (49) win over Melbourne at Metricon Stadium last night. The Lions looked to have the game sewn up at the last change until the Demons booted the only three majors of the last term, and when Jake Melksham banged through his High-flying Eagles put on a clinic NATHAN SCHMOOK WEST Coast re-emerged as a leading premiership threat last night, slicing through Collingwoods vaunted defence to win by 66 points in a ruthless performance at Optus Stadium. The injury-hit Magpies conceded their highest score of the season, giving up an early 20-point lead before losing 18.3 (111) to 6.9 (45) as the Eagles burst into the top four. West Coast made its move in a scintillating third quarter, kicking six unanswered goals as its star midfield made short work of the Magpies onball brigade, which was missing captain Scott Pendlebury, who suffered calf tightness minutes before the first bounce. West Coast produced its best football this season on the back of champion forward Josh Kennedy, who booted an AFL season-high seven goals, ruckman Nic Naitanui, and star recruit Tim Kelly (30 disposals and six clearances). West Coasts Tim Kelly starred in his teams 66-point win over Collingwood. Picture: GETTY IMAGES Lions just deny Dees Brisbane climbs to equal top after thriller at Metricon Stadium ADAM CURLEY third late in the quarter he cut the margin to two points. They didnt get any closer, however, and will be disappointed with the amount of gettable set shots they missed throughout the night. Brisbane earned a vital four points with the four-point win. Lachie Neale was at his prolific best after being allowed to roam as he pleased, with Jarryd Lyons, Hugh McCluggage and Dayne Zorko all causing problems for the Demons. Star Dees ruckman Max Gawn dominated Lions Archie Smith and Oscar McInerney in the air, and Jack Viney, Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver had their moments, but werent as influential on the contest as their opponents. Harley Bennell has been on a footy rollercoaster since he was Gold Coasts second ever draft pick in 2010. Its been that long, some might even forget he was a Sun. The gifted yet injury-prone midfielders last game at Metricon Stadium came in the Suns 37-point loss to Port Adelaide back in Round 22, 2015, and his return as a Demon wasnt fun either. Bennell didnt give the stats keepers much to do after starting on the interchange bench. And he also blew a golden chance to hit the scoreboard late in the third quarter, which would have gotten his team to within eight points. Charlie Cameron did what Bennell couldnt less than a minute later to make matters worse. With Stefan Martin (back) missing for the Lions, Melbourne looked to have a clear advantage going in. The Dees couldnt capitalise on Gawns immense presence at stoppages and around the ground, however. And it was Brisbanes ground-level stars who were more damaging. Dons prevail over Crows despite scare LIZ WALSH Where memories live. Celebrate your loved ones life. .com.au Powered by mytributes

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