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Sunday Territorian 18 Apr 2021



Sunday Territorian 18 Apr 2021


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

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52 SPORT SUNDAY APRIL 18 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ROOS RELISH HIGHWAY RUN NORTH Melbourne coach David Noble is relishing the opportunity to take his young side down the highway to battle the Cats at GMHBA Stadium. The winless Kangaroos were much improved last week against Adelaide, but fell short in the final quarter after leading at three quarter time. However, this week they face a Geelong side looking to get back on the winners list following its disappointing loss to Melbourne last Sunday. We look forward to driving down the highway and taking on a grand finalist from last year, Noble said. A trademark of Nobles early stamp on the Kangaroos line-up is playing a more attacking brand of football.Ports Ollie Wines. Port shows courage in tough victory AN injury-riddled Port Adelaide outfit has secured a 28-point victory over Carlton at the MCG, with the Blues coming under fire for their inaccurate kicking and lackluster defence. Carltons forward line missed several regulation shots in front of goal during Saturday evenings clash, the hosts finishing with nine majors and 14 behinds. Despite recording 10 more inside 50s during the round five encounter, Carlton ultimately suffered a 15.6 (96) to 9.14 (68) defeat. Meanwhile, Port Adelaide underlined their flag credentials in a win that propelled them back into the top four. The Powers forwards ran riot over a dour Carlton team, with Robbie Gray and Mitch Georgiades bagging three goals apiece. Ken Hinkleys men had not played at the MCG since July 2019, but showed they would feel at home there come September with a brilliant performance across the ground. Ollie Wines led all comers with 32 disposals, while Sam Walsh (29 disposals, eight clearances) was again the shining light in an otherwise poor evening for the Blues. Ports Karl Amon was equally superb. NIC SAVAGE, DAVID SCHOUT Dogs in the form to envy WESTERN Bulldogs have started the season with five straight wins for the first time in 75 years after a 17.16 (118) to 8.8 (56) demolition of the Gold Coast Suns yesterday. Gold Coast didnt kick its first goal until the 32-minute mark of the second quarter as the Dogs prime movers did as they pleased in a game akin to a training run. In his 150th game, it was a celebration of evergreen skipper Marcus Bontempelli in the first quarter. The 25-year-old set up the game for the Bulldogs with 11 touches, two goals and three score involvements. It wasnt all Bulldogs though, as the Suns reined the competitions pace setters in with a third-quarter fightback that had nerves jangling for those in red, white and blue. After Jack Lukosius goal in the shadows of halftime, the Suns piled on six of the next seven goals to remarkably cut the margin to 34 points. But just as they looked to give themselves a sniff heading into the final term, chief destroyer Bontempelli bobbed up to kick his third, a silky snap from 40 metres out to all but dash any hope of a Suns comeback. Stuart Dew would take some consolation his side was able to almost break even in the second half, but the Dogs once again proved theyre the team to beat this season. The only sour note for the Bulldogs was a shoulder injury to dashing defender Bailey Williams who was subbed out late in the third quarter for Ben Cavarra. After two years on the list and the arrival of Stefan Martin coupled with the organic progression of Tim English, Jordon Sweet mustve been wondering if his debut would ever come. But the 23-year-old gave the games most powerful engine room an armchair ride in his first AFL appearance, monstering the undersized Caleb Graham. Should Martin or English go down this season, Sweet showed hes capable of being the man. The midfield the Bulldogs have assembled might just be the best the game has seen this millennium. The game-breaking West Coast and perfectly rounded Brisbane units of the mid 2000s might have something to say, but this Bulldogs nucleus has it all. Only three of the Dogs 11 first-half goals were kicked by forwards, while Bontempelli, Josh Dunkley, Adam Treloar and Lachie Hunter kicked seven between them. Tom Liberatore and Bailey Smith won clearances with ease and added a hardened defensive edge, while first gamer Sweet worked in tandem with English in the absence of veteran ruck Martin. And who could forget Brownlow chance Jack Macrae, who notched another 35 disposals and seven clearances. Gold Coast has never been held goalless in a first half of footy, and only just managed to keep that record intact thanks to a Lukosius goal with 20 seconds left on the clock in the second term. It was a throwback to the dark days of being made to look like witches hats JAMES MOTTERSHEAD Lions roar at third attempt THIRD time lucky is the catchcry for Brisbane after conquering Adelaide to be crowned AFLW champion. The Lions, contesting their third grand final, made a gutsy stand in defence to triumph by 6.2 (38) to 3.2 (20) at Adelaide Oval yesterday and live up to the words on their banner which had read Time To Level The Score. The Crows completely dominated territory with twice as many trips inside their 50m, only to waste opportunity after opportunity in their pursuit of a third flag, the first of those secured after beating the Lions in the 2017 grand final. However, the Lions ability to pounce on their chances proved decisive. Lions settle early The Lions were first to set tle amid the intense pressure of a premiership decider and they had the Crows under the pump early. Harassing, tackling and attacking the body and ball with tremendous intent, the Lions seemingly caught the Crows by surprise and rattled opponents with their attack on the body and ball. The Lions had a massive territorial advantage early and they set up nicely, preventing the home side from escaping from its defensive zone. When the Crows did go forward and looked dangerous, they too often picked out a lone Lions defender and wasted opportunities. The Crows had just one scoring attempt from 10 visits inside their 50m. Wasted opportunities The Crows were able to ar rest the early onslaught from the Lions and after winning the inside 50 count 10-6 for the first quarter, dominated that statistic for the second. WARREN PARTLAND

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