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42 SPORT FRIDAY AUGUST 13 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 DOM Carbone has made an instant impact on her return for Lightning, and it might not be long until she makes an impact on the AFLW. That is the impression of her Darwin Buffettes captain, Kylie Duggan, after the toughas-nails and talented midfielder missed out on getting picked up by a club after the 2021 AFLW Draft. Carbone, who scored 19 points in her first game back for Lightning as she helped her team challenge Tracy Village before losing 60-54 in round 16, is fresh from an impressive season with Hawthorn in the VFLW. She constantly finished games with over 10 disposals, often accompanied by a handful of tackles. And according to Duggan, the AFL signing off on an 18team AFLW competition for its 2022-23 season to include Hawthorn will only increase Carbones chances of playing at the elite level. Dom still works so hard on and off the track, Duggan said. Unfortunately, she didnt get picked up this year, but she deserves to be there. With the AFLW to include Hawthorn, hopefully that gives her more of a chance of playing at that level. Shes a great player and she deserves every opportunity which comes her way. Duggan was delighted to see Ashanti Bush another Buffettes young gun who won under-18 NTFL premierships alongside Carbone get picked up at No.8 by Gold Coast. Absolutely, shell do well at that level, Duggan said. I taught her for three years in the Stars Foundation program, and she works so hard. Im so proud of her that shes reached her dream. You can rely on Ashanti to win you a game. Shes got such great acceleration no one can catch her. She reads the play so well and knows what to do with the ball. Dom will get her time in the AFLW JOSH SPASARO Dom Carbone. THERE will be many rightful accolades for Darwin basketball players during this weeks Indigenous Round, and there will be none more deserving than Uni Rebels captain Chantelle Lee. The selfless leader has devoted her life to improving the lives of young women at the club her father, Derek, co-founded with Lloyd Nickels in 1972, while Wally Nickels formed the club. And if Jets captain Kylie Duggans script writer deserves an award for allowing her to bring up her 300th top-league game during Indigenous Round, spare a thought for Lees as well. It is a special time for the Rebels skipper who is also on the verge of an outstanding milestone 700 games. I actually thought Id play my 700th game this week, but there was a mistake in the statistics. They werent updated, Lee said. That wont diminish the meaning of Friday nights Indigenous Round clash for Lees team against reigning threetime champions Lightning. Lee and her teammates cannot wait to wear their special Indigenous uniforms, which were designed by Larrakia/Mayalli artist Keelan Fejo, against Lightning. The footprints around the basketball represent those who have left us, but still walk and watch over us and will forever stand with us. The dots represent the different cultures and directions we all come from. The hands with crosshatching represent the team as a family, the serpent on the singlet is the protector of the club and the spears on the sleeve were designed by Dianne Moore from Tiwi Islands, a former Uni player. Of special significance to Lee are the handprints which show loyalty to the club, with the next generation coming through. Lee coached Gakkinga to a girls title in the first Indigenous Community Basketball League under-14 tournament in Darwin in March, all of the girls being Rebels players. They all showed leadership and sportsmanship, she said. Theyve improved so much, and weve got great coaches like my brother Brendan, Leann Mick-Ramsamy, Danielle Norris and Justine Schmidt who help bring them through. Rebels Lee deserving of her Indigenous Round accolades JOSH SPASARO Unis Chantelle Lee. Picture: Glenn Campbell The script couldnt be written better WHOEVER writes the scripts for Tracy Village captain Kylie Duggan give them an award now. She will play her 300th top-league Darwin Basketball Association game against Razzle on Friday night. And the game will be part of the DBAs highly popular Indigenous Round. Duggan is a legend among the Territorys Indigenous basketball community, playing an integral role in the Jets unprecedented run of 13straight DBA titles. She also realised her dream of playing alongside her daughter Kaylani Dug gan-Cole in round 1 this season, after coaching Damabila girls team to the final of the Indigenous Community Basketball League tournament in March. Im really excited finally Ill get to play my 300th game. Its been a long time coming, especially after having backto-back knee reconstructions in 2014 and 2015, she said. The timing for my 300th game is perfect its pretty special to play my 300th game in this round. Its a great time for all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to recognise the contributions of Indigenous people to our game, especially here in the NT. Internationally, you only have to look at what Patty Mills has achieved with the Boomers team at the Olympics, and what hes done in promoting the Indigenous Community Basketball League tournaments around Australia. Can the 2021 Duggan fairytale continue with her team remaining undefeated and breaking Lightnings run of three consecutive titles? The inspirational leader thinks there is still a long way to go, starting with Friday nights round 18 clash against a competitive Storm outfit. Theyre a good team with plenty of height, so we wont take them lightly, Duggan said, her team accounting for Uni Rebels 55-45 last week. We dont want to go into the finals with a loss, and Lailani Triffitt is always a danger for them. We beat Rebels, but we started slowly where we couldnt get out of second gear. We still feel like were gelling as a team, especially because we have a high rotation of players some weeks. A strong transition game is our style, together with our defensive pressure which flows into our offence. Tikesa Docherty-Cole is a key component of that highenergy game on and off the ball. And the star Jets veteran is averaging an impressive 10.73 points per game this season. Tikesa brings a lot of pressure with her defence, and shes got long limbs which help her get up, Duggan said. Duggan also said JamieLee Peris a premiership winner with North Adelaide Rockets in 2014 was starting to find form. Absolutely (shes improving, Duggan said. She picked up a little niggling injury. But shes just making sure shell get it right for the finals by playing a game in Division 1. She brings us size and a lot of strength. Tracy Villages Kylie Duggan, Ansetts Jaylene Boundry and Rebels Chantelle Lee ahead of the DBA Indigenous Round. Picture: Glenn Campbell JOSH SPASARO
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