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FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 SPORT 41 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Adelaide young gun Lachlan Sholl training with the Crows at West Lakes in Adelaide. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images IF theres one young Crow making his presence felt as Adelaides pre-season recommences after the Christmas break, its Lachlan Sholl, the 20-yearold wingman who debuted in 2020 and went on to play eight games and pick up a Rising Star nomination. Gliding is how sports commentators are describing his running style. Adelaide captain Rory Sloane uses the word floating. He runs past everyone and were just trying to catch him, he said. As the Crows returned to training at West Lakes yesterday, Sloane says Sholl is one of many young players who are upping the ante as Round 1 approaches. Theres Riley Thilthorpe: His ground balls are just as good as (Rory Lairds) I reckon. And James Rowe: Hes so enthusiastic. And Darcy Fogarty: Fog has done an enormous amount of work. SHOLL FLOATS ALONG NICELY AT CROWS LIZ WALSH NEARLY a month after being stood down by the Crows for an off-field incident, Tyson Stengle (pictured) is yet to learn what penalty he will pay, and neither the Adelaide Football Club nor the AFL has a timeline for when or if a sanction will be handed down to the small forward. Stengle was absent as his teammates returned to preseason training yesterday. Adelaide announced on December 14 that it had stood down Stengle from all duties while it investigated a photograph sent to the clubs hierarchy in which the 22-year-old was pictured next to what appeared to be an illicit substance. Crows captain Rory Sloane said that while Stengle and the club waited for an outcome to the investigation, Adelaide players continued to reach out to their teammate. Stengles future still in balance LIZ WALSH Hand to pat Tigers in NT GLENELG coach Brett Hand is using the January 23 clash against the NTFL representative side as an early meet-andgreet mission with his players. A premiership coach at St Marys in 2007-08 when he guided the green jumpers to a 96-point win over Waratah in the grand final, Hand is re turning to Darwin as coach of the SANFL Tigers. He joined the NT Institute of Sport midway through the 2008-09 season when AFL great Merv Neagle took the reins to lead the Saints to a big win over Wanderers in the grand final. A 12-year career at the GWS Giants followed. That included stints as the Giants NEAFL coach and their head of development and player welfare. Hand, who replaces Mark Stone as senior coach at the Tigers, will not see a lot of his players in the lead-up to the January 23 clash against the NTFL Buffaloes. He has been forced to selfisolate until mid-January after relocating from COVID threatened Sydney to Adelaide. Its going to be a tight fit getting to Darwin three or four days before the game and meeting my players in match preparation for the first time, Hand said. So I cant really say what side well have. Ill know more when I get out of isolation and discuss the make-up of the side with selectors and the coaching staff. The NTFL-Glenelg game is the first clash between the two clubs since 1985. That was when Graham Cornes brought the Tigers to Darwin for the inaugural Australia Day game. The John Taylor-coached Buffaloes prevailed in that game, something 2020 coach and Nightcliff mentor Chris Baksh hopes to replicate. Representative weekend includes a triple-header at TIO Stadium where the Alice Springs Redtails meet the Big Rivers Football League. The NTFL men and women will then clash with their Glenelg counterparts in the marquee clashes later in the day. GREY MORRIS CLUBS EYE FULL TRAINING AFL clubs are still preparing to train as full squads from Monday despite players being splintered into smaller groups as part of COVID-19 protocols this week. All AFL and AFLW footballers and staff must be tested for coronavirus once and return a negative result this week as part of rules set by AFL headquarters. Tests must be completed and negative results back by the end of this weekend at the latest. Until then, players must train in groups of 10, as was the case when training officially resumed across the competition on Wednesday. Western Bulldogs recruit Stefan Martin and prized No.1 draft pick Jamarra UgleHagan had to miss training, because they were yet to receive their test results. That will need to happen for them to join the rest of the Bulldogs at Whitten Oval on Friday for their second postChristmas training session. There was a scare in the GWS Giants camp, when it was revealed Xavier OHalloran attended a Melbourne clothing store on the COVID alert list, but hes been in home quarantine and since tested negative. Richmond postponed the back-to-back reigning premiers official training return to Monday. Gold Coast also wont be back until then, although that decision was separate to the training groups and designed to let the players have a longer break and spend more time with family. North Melbourne, St Kilda, Bulldogs, Sydney, Giants, Melbourne, Essendon, Hawthorn, Brisbane, Fremantle, West Coast, Port Adelaide and Carlton resumed on Wednesday. Adelaide and Geelong were back on the track yesterday, while Collingwood will return today. FIND US AT 10 HOOK ROAD, WINNELLIE NT 0820 Give our local team a buzz on 13 40 00 ACCESS TO EVERYTHING! All the mine spec equipment you need, offering sustainable and reliable off-grid power, lighting and security for mine sites. 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