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The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020



The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020

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

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 SPORT 53 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Alex Witherden. BLACK FACES SUSPENSION NIGHTCLIFFs Beau Black is likely to miss a week after being charged with striking in Round 5 of the NTFL. The Tiger has been charged with striking Darwin Buffalo Max Kennedy in the fourth quarter of the weekends game which Nightcliff won 12.5 (77) to 7.14 (56). The strike was classified as intentional conduct resulting in high contact and low im pact which carries a twomatch penalty. However, if Black makes an early guilty plea he will be allowed to accept a onematch penalty. In the Mens Division 2, Blake Fletcher of St Marys was charged with rough conduct towards Jack Mosterett of University Rats. The charge carries a penalty of three matches. Eagles could swoop on defender WEST Coast has confirmed it has had preliminary discussions about young Brisbane defender Alex Witherden after his fall from favour at the end of the 2020 season. The 22-year-old is contracted for a further two years at the Lions and has not asked for a trade. But he fell out of Brisbanes best 22 as the Lions pushed for a grand final berth this season with Grant Birchall, Callum Ah Chee, Brandon Starcevich and Daniel Rich all playing small and mid-defender roles ahead of him. Witherden, rated as an elite kick, has played 59 games for the Lions since his 2017 debut, including 44 games in 2018 and 2019. He played in both of the Lions finals in 2019. But he played just six games this season and didnt play after Round 13 against St Kilda. The Eagles defence has lost some of its counter-attacking firepower with Lewis Jettas fall out of the team this season. They will also be bracing themselves for the loss of former captain Shannon Hurn who is expected to retire at the end of 2021. MARK DUFFIELD While another man from Tahs in the form of William Collis completed the top five with 31 disposals including 24 kicks and seven handballs. Croc Nikolaus Rokahr also managed 30 disposals in a big individual effort that also included nine marks. Nightcliffs Dom Brew was another stats standout making a round high number of tackles with 12 while also securing nine clearances. Other interesting stats were apparent in the blockbuster match-up between Darwin Buffaloes and Nightcliff, a game lower on individual disposals but not in excitement. The Tigers were efficient and accurate from the start kicking four goals to one in the opening quarter despite entering the inside 50 two times less than their rivals. Nightcliffs accuracy was the ultimate game changer with the side kicking nine goals straight only booting their first onepointer in the second quarter. A MASSIVE Round 4 performance from James Tsitas saw the Southern Districts star midfielder become the first player of the 2020-21 NTFL season to exceed 40 disposals in a single game. In just his second game with Crocs, Tsitas who two weeks ago won the SANFL final with Woodville - made a remarkable 41 disposals (22 kicks, 19 handballs) to give his side the best chance in its loss to Wanderers. The former Nightcliff Tiger also took nine marks while making six clearances in a complete game. And while Tsitas was the first player to break 40, many others found their way over 30 disposals for the first time in the season. Tiwi Bombers Fletcher Carroll had another busy game for his side managing 36 disposals, including 20 kicks and 16 handballs while also taking 11 marks. Though an inspired 35 disposals, 19 kicks and 16 handballs, from Waratahs Abe Ankers lifted his side to a decisive 16.16 (112) to 12.5 (77) victory over the Bombers, with Ankers also making nine marks. Lucas Jellyman-Turner muscled his way to 32 disposals (17 kicks, 15 handballs) in St Marys convincing win over Palmerston. NATHANIEL CHAMBERS Quality of Tsitas adds up for Crocs Superb 41 disposals James Tsitas. Saints' Rising Star nominee Beau Tedcastle shows his defensive side against the Tiwi Bombers. ST MARYS small forward Beau Tedcastle is living proof you start learning Australian football from an early age. The Round 5 nominee for the NT News Rising Star award, Tedcastles four goals against Palmerston in only his third game of league football has him stamped as a future star of the competition. The 16-year-old has already won league goalkicking awards at under14, U16 and U18 level and a series of underage best and fairest medals. His league debut coincided with advice from Saints coach Anthony Vallejo to add another dimension to his game in the form of defensive pressure and he has not looked back since. Vallejo coached Tedcastle in the junior grades and knows his capabilities. We worked Beau a little bit hard in the pre-season when he trained with the senior side and started with the 18s in the first two weeks, Vallejo said. Our message to him was Its not all about kicking five or six goals, forward line pressure is another big factor and its something hes been working very hard at. We all talk about Cyril and young Maurice Rioli all the time, but they based their game around defence first and the goals flowed from that, areas of the game Beau has got a lot better at. GREY MORRIS DEFENCE ANOTHER STRING TO THIS BEAU

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