The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jan 2021
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52 SPORT MONDAY JANUARY 25 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Cameron Ilett and Mickayla Ward show off the Australia Day Medal. Picture: Supplied AN emotional Cameron Ilett struggled to find the right words after his NTFL Buffaloes came from behind to beat SANFL club Glenelg on Saturday night. The first NTFL representative sides in 16 years scored a unique winning double on Saturday night when the mens and womens sides hunted down the Tigers. That win was right up there with the best football experiences Ive ever had, Ilett told the NT News. I was fortunate enough to be part of the 2006 campaign, but I was based in Adelaide back then and never really got to experience the whole lead-up in terms of training, the guernsey presentation and matchday build-up. I was blown away with the game, the result, and so grateful to all those past players who came back and shared their experiences with this years side. For me and the playing groups in the mens and womens sides and the match officials, it really brought what rep footy meant back to life. Ilett was super proud to be part of the whole process the fluctuating fortunes out on the ground and what it meant to everyone watching representative football again. We certainly drew on a lot of the key messages from those past players in how we approached the game and during the contest itself, Ilett said. It was really important the playing group understood the opportunity we had and the sense of responsibility everyone had to make sure we played the game in the right spirit. We wanted to reignite the love for Territory football, the flair and style of footy we play and all of that was evident on the weekend. Ilett was full of praise for Glenelg, a side that won the SANFL flag 16 months ago and is rated a strong chance to figure in premiership calculations this year. Theyre a super outfit. Theyre big, strong and very fit, and even if they probably werent as fine-tuned with their skills as they will be when the SANFL season kicks off, we had to work our backsides off out there, he said. You can certainly see why they won the 2019 flag down there and why theyre ranked among the top two or three sides in that competition. BUFFALOES SPIRIT REVIVES REP FOOTY GREY MORRIS some impressive performances from the Centralians. The lads were pretty impressive, Clarke said. Katherine were probably lucky the rain came in that last quarter because our players were pretty keen to finish strongly. Kicking into a ridiculous wind and driving rain didnt help us. But they did well to stop the opposition scoring too heavily. Clarke said his players had wanted to put on a show for their own people and others across the Territory. The lads were up and about for it, he said. They played with a lot of heart, strength and soul and thats what we asked of them. Weve got a very good program going now and not just in the footy sense. Off-field weve created a lot of structure in their lives that has made them better footy players and men. Playing more of these games is important. Now its up to the powers that-be as to where we go from here. Big Rivers coach Mal Fox said his young side had learned a lot about the training, preparation and execution required to play at a higher level. We played a lot of young guys five of them were under 20 to give them some experience on the big stage, he said. They were too good for us with their skills. They were too clean, though we had our chances in More than just a game REDTAILS president Rob Clarke has called for more interleague games as a means of developing young men from across the Territory into better people. Clarke watched from the stands on Saturday night and liked what he saw from a highly skilled and hard-running Redtails side. Their 50-point win over a brave Big Rivers outfit from the Katherine region added to GREY MORRIS Interleague matches helping to build better men, says Redtails boss Big Rivers Kayle Kossack and Redtails Edward Hampton. the second quarter with all of those entries. We couldnt get the ball over the goal line and when the footy came back the other way, it was like a two or three-goal turnaround. It was like climbing up a ladder and falling back down again. Theres got to be more of these games. Even if we play them (Redtails) every year, or every two years and meet the Tiwis, Barkly and Gove leagues on alternate years. Come such a long way since 2016 CROWS AFLW LEGEND ERIN PHILLIPS ILL never forget the first time I arrived at a Crows training session. It was at the end of 2016 and Id just arrived back in Adelaide from the US where I was playing basketball. There was this invisible energy buzzing through the changerooms because everyone was so excited to be there. I was nervous, but in a good way. I didnt know anybody in the team, and it was nice to be meeting new people because Id been living in a basketball bubble for so long where e v e r y b o d y knew everybody, and this just felt like a fresh start. I was 31. And there I was, for the first time since I was a kid, pulling on a pair of Puma footy boots. A lot has changed since that first training session, mainly the elite behaviours of the girls, the way they prepare for training, how their mindsets work, and I love seeing how the new girls come in and adapt to that really quickly. That original excitement still exists, but its business-as-usual now. Then theres the skill level. In those first trainings, we couldnt connect multiple kicks and lead and mark without making mistakes. Just last week, we trained a passage of play which was just: kick, kick, kick, kick, goal. The ball didnt hit the deck. We wouldnt have done that in 2016. Now, its just: boom! Its incredible.