The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021
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SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021 SPORT 51 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA RICHMOND superstar Dustin Martin is likely to stay on the Gold Coast for at least another week as he takes every precaution known to man after suffering a lacerated kidney two weeks ago. Martin was released from a Gold Coast hospital last Sunday but has not yet been cleared to fly despite recovering well. The 30-year-old did not require surgery but does need ongoing medical attention and will not participate in contact training for at least three months. Martins manager, Ralph Carr, said on Friday the three-time premiership star would remain in Queensland for the immediate future. No chances taken as Dusty stays on Coast Dustin Martin. Carlton gives Saints season a case of blues But Crows coach Matthew Nicks said his confidence was down, so he needed a physical and mental break. Sholl (pictured) was also left out of the 22 against St Kilda in round 13 and West Coast a fortnight ago, although he came on as the medical substitute in the Eagles game. Its been a long year for Sholly, Nicks said. Hes doing everything possible to be the best player he can. Its just not quite clicking for him. ADELAIDE has dropped Lachie Sholl for the third time this AFL season to give him a circuit-breaker because things are not quite clicking for him after a long campaign. Wingman Sholl was one of two Crows changes for Saturdays game against Western Bulldogs in Ballarat, being omitted along with keyposition player Billy Frampton, as tall defender Nick Murray and goalsneak James Rowe returned. MATT TURNER Sholl, 21, was a pre-season standout player who began 2021 in the hot form he finished last year. Sholl given break to recharge his batteries HAWTHORN SUCCESSION PLANS ARE IN TATTERS ALASTAIR Clarkson will immediately roar into contention for Collingwoods vacant coaching role and a potential job at Carlton after the bombshell news he would not coach the Hawks next year. The greatest coach of the modern era is expected to leave Hawthorn this year instead of coaching out his contract to the end of 2022. But there is still confusion about whether Clarkson will quit immediately or coach the club until the end of this season. Clarkson had admitted the players were confused and uncertain about the clubs recently announced succession plan, which had required a series of meetings between him and Sam Mitchell to sort out their 2022 responsibilities. But senior Hawthorn players, including captain Ben McEvoy, reportedly approached the clubs hierarchy concerned about how 2022 would play out. It is understood the Hawthorn board and Clarkson made a decision to part ways on Thursday night. He will be paid out by Hawthorn. Collingwoods football boss Gra ham Wright has already stated Clarkson is not a contender for the Pies role given he was, until Friday, set to honour his contract. But he would immediately roar to the top of the list of contenders if he chose to throw his hat into the ring. Similarly Carlton would have huge interest in Clarkson despite the clubs senior coach David Teague having a year to run on his contract. In surreal scenes at Hawthorn on Friday, Clarksons scheduled 10.30am press conference was postponed as the club worked out its next move. Clarkson was on the training track for the bulk of the clubs training session on Friday, as was the man who will replace him, Sam Mitchell. Clarkson diverted from his normal procedure of coming down the stairs past the John Kennedy statue, instead emerging from the dugout at ground level. He left the ground via the dugout and dodged around questions about his early exit from the club. Skipper McEvoy would not comment when asked if he knew of the decision. Its understood some of the players were stunned when told of Clarksons exit. Hawthorn had bunkered down, with president Jeff Kennett, CEO Justin Reeves and the clubs media department all failing to return calls. Clarksons manager James Henderson and the coach himself had continually referenced Clarksons determination to see out his contract. Henderson has been contacted for comment. Clarkson last Friday used the death of his brother and the dark times that followed that tragedy to reinforce his loyalty to the club. He said his wife Caryn had married him when he was emerging from those tough times and shown loyalty to him, with Clarkson determined to show the same loyalty to the Hawks next year. But despite confusion among the players about how the handover would run next year, Clarkson has a group of senior players who are fiercely loyal to him. Mitchell will still need to win over those players as he charts a course forward for Hawthorn Hawthorn legend Dermott Brereton meanwhile said Clarkson had passed his prime. I dont think he is completely and utterly at the top of his coaching game, Brereton said. A SHARPSHOOTING Carlton side has demolished St Kilda 18.4 (112) to 12.9 (81) at Marvel Stadium, with the Blues keeping their slim finals hopes alive while the Saints season is all but over. The Blues were under pressure to perform after a dismal loss to bottom-placed North Melbourne last week and did just that, with the successful return of Charlie Curnow just one of the many positives to take out of the night for coach David Teague. The Saints now face the Swans in round 21 in a bid to save some face after an underwhelming season, while the Blues will enter favourites against the Gold Coast Suns. Max Kings brilliant performance in round 19, where he kicked six goals, looked to trickle over into Round 20, with two early goals coming from the emerging star. Harry McKay got Carlton on the board, while a snap from Sam Walsh kept David Teagues side level with the Saints. King booted another goal on opponent Jacob Weitering, this time via a free kick, before Weitering began to take some intercept marks and try steady himself despite the poor opening. Jack Silvagni snapped truly for the Blues to keep his side in touch, while another goal to Harry McKay gave the Blues a seven-point buffer as the key forward shootout continued. The Blues were buoyed by Charlie Curnow, who with his first touch kicked a brilliant goal on the run to stamp himself on the contest and send teammates swarming from everywhere. It improved the Blues lead as the side entered the first change with a 12-point lead. Carltons impressive surge continued in the second term, kicking the first two goals via Walsh and Matthew Kennedy to get out to a 22-point lead and cause considerable concern for Saints coach Ben Rutten. Rowan Marshall pegged the margin back for the Saints, but a goal after the siren to Tom Williamson put the Blues up by 28 points entering the main break. After the halftime break, the Saints season imploded. The Blues kicked the opening three goals before Cooper Sharman kicked his first AFL goal to bring the margin back to 40 points. Carltons Harry McKay marks against St Kilda. Picture: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images DAVID ZITA, RONNY LERNER JON RALPH, GLENN MCFARLANE AND STEPHEN DRILL