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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 2021 SPORT 29 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA money deal, with the club also parting ways with pick six to get him, and he was caught drinking a beer while injured early the following season and criticised for being out of PAREDES TO BE AN APPROACHABLE LEADER New St Marys captain Nathaniel Paredes will be an approachable leader. Picture: Che Chorley EVER since winning the NT News Rising Star award in the 2016-17 season, St Marys midfielder Nathaniel Paredes has been a superstar of Territory football. But he will remain humble and approachable in his new captaincy role at the Green Machine, after accepting the honour on Saturday. I dont want to be seen as bigger or better than anyone here. Im just another player and Ill try to lead by example, he said. And there will be room for some of our younger players to join the leadership group. Jacob Long, Lachie Taylor and Nick Yarran come to mind. Nick is an awesome talent and Id love to see him develop into a leader. Paredes will have able assistants in vice-captains Kieren Parnell and Jackson Calder. Kieren can definitely be our next captain he leads from the front on the training track and in games, Paredes said. And Jackson took his game to another level in the finals last season. (Previous captains) Shannon Rioli and Raph Clarke were great communicators who set a great example, as well as the guys before them like Peter MacFarlane, John Anstess and Iggy Vallejo they set high standards. It (losing the past two grand finals to Nightcliff) has been very hard. We want to win flags at this club thats what you play for. Paredes identified Ryan McMurray as a Division 1 player who can step up to Premier League level this season. And the new Saints skipper believes super consistent Ben Brown who won the clubs under-18 bestand-fairest award last season can also play at the top level in 2021-22. The durable midfielder added Josh Cheek and Taylor have been leading the way in pre-season training sessions. After Paredes was announced as Saints new captain on Saturday, he then played in the 2021 Norzone Premier League Grand Final for University, his Azzurri side losing 2-1 to Mindil Aces, who won their second consecutive championship. I think it was the teams first grand final we had an awesome year and its a great club to play for, the attacking midfielder said. The grand final couldve gone either way. Michael Roditis is a great coach hes very passionate about the game. JOSH SPASARO Who inspired Mays bravery A NEALE Daniher Queens Birthday speech inspired Steven May to go from lazy Melbourne recruit to All-Australian and AFL premiership player as he revealed just how close he was to missing the grand final. The former Gold Coast Suns captain admits he had some doubts about joining the Demons in his early days before legendary ex-Melbourne coach Daniher helped change his mindset. May joined the club during the 2018 trade period on a big shape. Daniher coached Melbourne for 211 games across 10 seasons, but more recently captured the hearts of the nation with his brave fight against motor neurone disease, and promotion to create awareness and funding for medical research. We came 17th in my first year at Melbourne and the Suns did pretty well. I thought what have I done here?, May said. Then I remember Neale Daniher saying before a Queens Birthday match that the mark of a man is not what he says, but what he does. It got me thinking that I made a lot of excuses for myself and I need to go get fit and start performing and earn the respect of my teammates, fans and people around the AFL. We use Neale a lot for motivation and inspiration. Hes so brave and courageous in his battle with MND and it puts everything in perspective for us. All we wanted to do was break this drought and weve done it. The 29-year-old stunningly got up for Saturdays night drought-breaking premiership win against the Western Bull dogs, despite tearing his hamstring in the preliminary final 15 days earlier. May told the team doctor not to inform him of scan results in the wake of the preliminary final victory over Geelong at Optus Stadium, a request they stayed true to until after the final siren. The 171-game veteran felt the injury again during the second quarter of the grand final, but bravely played through it on his way to tasting the first flag in 11 seasons at the top level. The Southern Districts product said it hadnt sunk in yet that hed join Northern Territory royalty, including four-time Hawthorn flag winner Cyril Rioli and fellow Norm Smith medallist Michael Long, triple premiership Tiger Daniel and West Coast premiership forward Willie Rioli. by winning an AFL grand final from the region. It will all hit me in the next couple of days, breaking the drought and becoming a premiership player from the NT, May said. May celebrated in the change rooms with several friends from Darwin, who were able to attend the match without having to quarantine. JORDAN MCARDLE Steven May celebrates. THE pitch invader who ran on to the turf in just his underwear, socks and sneakers at Optus Stadium mid-grand final has been revealed as Australian Olympic runner Peter Bols cousin. Abra Bol is facing a hefty $12,000 fine and a three-year ban after he stripped down to only his underwear, socks and sneakers before running on to the field at three-quarter time on Saturday. The 22-year-old, who posed as a security guard to get into WAs biggest sporting event, posted a video on social media before the daring stunt showing viewers he had his whistle and fake ID ready to go. While in the stands the Thornlie man, who goes by the nickname Black Magic, tweeted you only live once f*** it before making the daring run across the field. Crowd with 100k people, million plus people watching, first ever to do a streak in a AFL Grand Final in Perth, the tweet read. His cousin and Olympic 800m runner Peter Bol, who stopped the nation during the Tokyo Olympics, replied, Mate I was not training you for this. Abra Bol, who is slower than his cousin, lasted only a few seconds on the field before being caught by security guards, with several of them carrying him off the field all were sporting smiles, while Abra Bol held a peace sign in the air. It is understood Optus Stadium staff underwent specific training in the days prior to the grand final on how to stop and restrain pitch invaders. Surrounded by police cars, the 22-year-old soon realised the trouble he was in, posted a video on social media laughing about the hefty fine that hangs over his head. In one of the videos he said 100k fine man f*** my life. They told me whyd you do it? whyd you do it? I said why not?, he said on a video while in the back of a car. Streaker says why not do it? BRIANNA DUGAN PINT aiming for Premier League mens outfit AFLW star Jasmyn Hewett inspired everyone at PINT with her amazing 2020-21 NTFL season and grand-final performance, and soon the club believes it will also have mens Premier League heroes. That is the mindset of Greenants president Spencer Harvey, who is aiming to have a male topleague team going in the next three years. Were increasing our junior base to add under-12 and under-14s sides to the kids we had playing at under-10 level last season, he said. This is part of our road map towards getting a Premier League team up and running in the next three years. It will give our juniors something to aspire towards and itll be a way we can keep them at our club. We want to have a full list of juniors teams from under-10s up to under-18s, as well as Premier League teams. Having Plumbing Maintenance Services Australia come on board as a major sponsor, through owner Patrick Whitehead, will provide the Greenants with a massive financial boost. This will take registration costs off our juniors, so it takes a lot of pressure off us, Harvey said. There are a few of us at the club who have kids now, like me. So we want to change the dynamics and take it away from being a boys club. There is still a question mark on whether Southern Districts star Will Farrer will play for PINT this season. Were hopeful hell be in a PINT jumper, Harvey said. Hes mates with some PINT boys at Katherine South (in the Big Rivers Football League competition). JOSH SPASARO PINT officials are hoping to see a mens NTFL team to follow Jasmyn Hewetts womens Premier League heroics.
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