The Northern Territory news Wed 13 Jan 2021
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62 SPORT WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Grand final losses always hurt, they are the games you seem to remember more than the ones you win, he told the NT News. Palmerston wingman Ryan Warfe is the NT News Rising Star nominee for Round 13. Picture: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media RYAN Warfe represents all that is good in a wingman plenty of foot speed, a high kicking efficiency and strong hands. The Palmerston midfielder is the Round-13 NT News Rising Star nominee, joining teammate Tyrell Lui in the race for the coveted $500 award. In his third season of league football, Warfe has established a reputation for hardness and consistency after a junior career that included the captaincy of the Pies under-18 side. Palmerstons coach Alwyn Davey said the 20-year-old was an important part of the clubs rebuild, in which talented juniors were taking on more senior roles. Ryans consistency on match days is a big part of his game, Davey said. He is always at the contest or presenting himself as an option further up the ground. With that comes experience and his consistency means he is a regular senior player, one we have come to rely on. Davey and his brains trust have placed an emphasis on youth in an effort to get young players to the 50game mark as soon as possible. Ryan is a great example of a young bloke wanting to get more experience at league level and the results are starting to show, which is what we want to happen, he said. The NTFL Rising Star wins a $500 gift voucher and a trophy to signal their development as a young player with the most potential to succeed. Past winners include Geelong onballer Brandan Parfitt, St Kilda brothers Xavier and Raphael Clarke and hard nut Melbourne defender Matthew Whelan. RISING STAR RYAN COMPLETE PACKAGE GREY MORRIS Ive played in two losing grand finals and they haunt me every day. Its why I play footy like its my last game, because you never know if youre going to play in another granny. I definitely want to get back in there and try and finish off with a couple more flags, even if I dont know how many seasons Ive got left. Smiths new electrical business and a growing family are making it harder for the big man to train regularly. His search for a fourth premiership medallion is on track with the Saints winning their seventh consecutive game at the expense of Palmerston. The addition of southern recruits Dylan and Jack Landt, Lucas Jellyman-Turner and Brandyn Grenfell and young gun Beau Tedcastle has the Green Machine running on all cylinders. Playing in another grand final was always our plan at the start of the season, its just been boosted by having so much playing talent avail able from Victoria, Smith said. Were just trying to play for each other, even though weve got a lot of new blokes at the club and trying to build the club culture. A lot of those new blokes have jumped on board by adapting to our style of game when you can understand why the players want to build their own reputations, but were not like that at St Marys. Smith has reigning premier Nightcliff as the title frontrunner after its comprehensive Bitter loss drives Smith RYAN Smiths Premier League career at 33-time NTFL premier St Marys has stretched to 16 seasons, three premierships and 182 games. And like an acquired taste for fine wine, the lion-hearted ruckman wants another drink out of the TIO premiership cup. Smiths emotions boiled over after last seasons grand final loss to Nightcliff, something he has not forgotten. GREY MORRIS dismissal of the Buffaloes on Saturday night. They always seem to be doing the right things and weve certainly had some good matches against them in the last couple of seasons, he said. But I think the competition this season could throw up a surprise, particularly postChristmas when the serious stuff begins. It depends on who keeps their playing talent together and how they monitor their fly-ins with five games left until the finals. Veteran St Marys ruckman determined to go one better this season St Mary's ruckman Ryan Smith (left). Picture: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media THE Killara Foundation will again sponsor the 100m Darwin Gift foot race at Darwin Mazda Nightcliff Oval on Sunday. Three $500 races will be conducted an Indigenous mens 14-years-and-over sprint, an Indigenous women 14-and-over race and an allcomers handicap sprint. The winners of the Indigenous races for male and female athletes will win a trip to Victoria to compete in the Parkdale and Stawell Gifts. Killara assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain sustainable employment by giving them a safe place to live and teaching them the life and work skills they need to take their rightful place in the workforce. Executive director of the Killara Foundation Kane Bowden is delighted to support the Darwin Gifts, saying last years winner Beau Tedcastle has progressed to senior football with St Marys and is a Round 5 nominee for this seasons NTFL Rising Star. Race organiser Peter OFarrell, a professional runner from Victoria, said entry was free with registrations for the three races commencing at 4pm. We are expecting a big crowd to watch the football and we are hoping for a large number of entries and some great racing, he said Heats will be held at halftime of the Division 1 Nightcliff-St Marys game, before the finals will be conducted during halftime of the Premier League match at approximately 7.30pm. Gift awaits talented sprinters GREY MORRIS