The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021
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54 SPORT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ANSETT coaching director Paul Rowse wants to make one thing clear he is a big fan of elite Territory junior talent, such as Tracy Villages Will Burton. But Rowse also wants another thing known rules are rules. Ansett first made it known to the Darwin Basketball Association that star guard Burton had not played the required six (revised down from seven due the Covid-affected matches) regular-season games before he lined up for Jets in Friday nights elimination final against Ellas. Burton a standout for Mildura in the Big V Division 2 competition only returned to Darwin in time to play four games, with Victoria under Covid restrictions. Due to these conditions, the talented 18-year-old was given a special exemption by the DBA to play in the 2021 finals. Will is a great player and great for Darwin basketball but rules are rules, Rowse said. I dont have anything against Will or Tracy Village. I thought the matter was over with after I saw he wouldnt play the required (six) games to qualify for finals. Now you have to question where to from here? If this is allowed to happen, where does it stop? Burton was allowed to play in the finals series after the DBA voted in his favour for a special exemption, however it was not a unanimous decision. Jets coach Dan East believes the issue has been dealt with appropriately. Will fell short, but these are special circumstances, East said. He went to Melbourne to continue playing, and he couldnt keep doing that, so he came back to Darwin. We followed a process and a decision was made. Its exciting to have Will back for us. The boys were going well before he came back, but hes brought a lot to our team. Will is one of the best shooters Ive coached and hes also very athletic. Hes very hard to stop. We lost six players from last year and it looked like this would be a rebuilding year. But the boys still believed they could play in the finals. PENRITH STAR GETS A TRIPLE TOO CONTINUES HIS FINE LEAGUE SEASON P49 TRACYS WEAPON UP ITS SLEEVE FOR SEMI V TAHS P51 KANN AT HOME AT VILLAGE Will Jets benefit from star playing? EXCLUSIVE JOSH SPASARO NRL NTS GREEN MACHINE IN PURPLE PATCH AHEAD OF FINALS P53 TOMAHAWK TOWERS OVER GIANTS Big Cats forward helps his side qualify for prelim final P48 CATS (15.13) 103 GIANTS (10.8) 68