The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 2020 SPORT 61 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Eagles rise above Vea Veas absence THEIR gun utility Neil Vea Vea is still yet to play a game this season, but the Eagles are flying. And the Glenelg and former NT Thunder star will miss todays Round 9 clash against Waratah with flights being too expensive due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Vea Vea based in Adelaide as a fly-in. His height and physicality would have come in handy for the first-placed Wanderers against a resurgent Warriors outfit at Gardens Oval tonight, with Zach Westerberg impressing in the ruck for the red-andwhites, who are in fifth position with a 4-4 record after a strong 23-point victory over Darwin Buffaloes last Saturday night. But the Muk Muks local junior brigade led by Beau OConnell and Ronald Fejo have played major roles in putting their team at the top of the NTFL ladder with a 7-1 record. Neil is back in full training (after breaking his ribs in the SANFL) and hes fit, but flights are expensive at the moment, Wanderers coach Shannon Motlop said. He would be handy for us, but we feel like weve filled all our spots this week. Our depth right now is strong weve had Thomas Motlop playing Division 1. The boys set high standards early this season. Those high standards have not dropped after Wanderers started their gruelling preseason earlier than any other Premier League team. And that hard work has paid dividends. Theyve been training extremely hard and havent really eased off after their preseason, Motlop said. They were a bit mentally worn out so we mixed things up this week and went down to the wave pool (at the Darwin Waterfront). We played a bit of gridiron and had 40 blokes down there. Star midfielder Abe Ankers is back for Waratah in the blockbuster 6.30pm clash at Gardens Oval. Motlop said his team expects to be challenged by every opposing side for the rest of the season now that suddenly Wanderers have become the hunted after finishing second-last in their 2019-20 campaign. Every club will come at us now were at the top, Motlop said. So every game our challenge is to prepare the best way we can. Last year we won 2 games (from the first four rounds) before we lost some midfielders to injury, and we didnt have a ruckman. This year were just keeping things nice and simple. Wanderers star Thomas Motlop started this season in Division 1, which outlines the depth in the Premier League squad. Picture: Glenn Campbell JOSH SPASARO NIGHTCLIFF assistant playing coach Cameron Ilett wants a big result from his side when it travels to the heart of Territory footy to face off against a Tiwi Bombers outfit starving for a win today. The Tigers suffered a rare loss against Southern Districts last week, marring their historic first home game under lights. But Ilett insists that his teammates will bounce back and be ready for their next challenge against a desperate Tiwi side. It was disappointing, as we missed a good opportunity playing at home in the first ever game under lights, Ilett told the NT News. But Districts played exceptionally well and adjusted the conditions really well, so full credit to them. We have to be able to do the same and just be more focused and accountable. The Bombers have yet to win in the 2020-21 season and will be eager to break that slump with a win over the top side on their island home. The Bombers will still be without key players Dion Munkara and Ashton Hams, but will have Mason DeWit, Fletcher Carroll and Harley Puruntatameri, who have each showed sparks of recent form. The Tigers will also be without a couple of key individuals, with captain Phillip Wills and the experienced Nathan Brown both out of the side. But dual Nichols medallist Brodie Filo will make his return after a couple of weeks out due to soreness. The debut of Andy Moniz Wakefield, aged 17, has Ilett excited, with the veteran citing the young gun as a terrific athlete and a really nice kid. Our goal is to win first and foremost, but also to enjoy and embrace the experience that playing on island entails, Ilett said. Our coach (Chris Baksh) told the group that the island is the heart of footy up here and were looking forward to getting over there and getting a strong result. Tiwi always lift when they play at home in front of friends and family. Theyre looking for that and its only a matter of time until they get there, so we will be doing our best to make sure it doesnt come against us. We need to be strong across the ground and winning the ruck contest. Weve been prone to missing opportunities in front of goal, so if we can fix that and apply early scoreboard pressure we should be fine. Tigers eye an instant response NATHANIEL CHAMBERS St Marys cop fine following breach with any repeat costly AFLNT has been working closely with St Marys to address the events that occurred on November 14, when the clubs Division 2 team forfeited its game against Waratah at three-quarter time. St Marys was issued with a Notice to Respond by AFLNT, which has now been reviewed in line with the Clubs Licence Agreement. This review found St Marys has breached clause 4.3 of the agreement in relation to conduct. St Marys has been issued with a $3000 fine, with a total of $1500 suspended until the end of the 2020-21 NTFL season. Any further breach of the Clubs Licence Agreement, Code of Conduct or any NTFL rules by an official of the club this season may require the suspended fine amount to be paid. The Saints mens Division 2 team will also have four premiership points deducted for the 2020-21 TIO NTFL season. Any further breach of the Clubs Licence Agreement, Code of Conduct or any NTFL rules by an official of the club this season may result in a loss of an additional four points to the team that committed the offence. For any offences that occur in finals, the premiership points penalty will be carried into the 2021-22 season. All clubs and their representatives need to show respect to the competition and its officials, Community Football Manager NT, Leigh Elder, said. AFLNT takes this matter seriously, however we are pleased with the proactive way St Marys has managed this issue and the policies it is putting in place. Saints acting vice-president Carol Stanislaus explained the club was disappointed these events took place. The St Marys Football Club understands and accepts this outcome and we thank AFLNT for working with us to resolve this issue, Stanislaus said.
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