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The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Oct 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Oct 2021


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40 SPORT FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Put money on it Betts is coming up PALMERSTON is still on track to announce the biggest signing in NTFL history Eddie Betts is still set to play for the Magpies. The 34-year-old has revealed to the NT News he is still coming to Darwin. This was despite speculation on Wednesday this would not happen after the little champion was offered a role at Geelong Cats as the clubs development coach. The three-time All Australian will not take up that role officially until January 17 next year, giving him plenty of time to don the black-andwhite of Palmerston. Its pretty high (the chance of playing for the Magpies), Betts told the NT News. Theres no contract at the moment and no money. Im not driven to come up and play for money I just want to help the club develop and work with its younger players. Debate has raged over whether Betts would be allowed in to the Territory from Covid-hit Melbourne. But he will quarantine at Howard Springs with his family for two weeks and because he has work lined up has been given a special exemption to enter the region. Ive spoken to (the CEO for the Northern Territory Department of Health) Frank Daly about coming up and working in Aboriginal communities around the Territory and educating kids. Ive got a passion for going into these communities and educating them on the importance of literacy and numeracy, because the attendance rates at schools for Aboriginal children are low. Because to me, youre a hero if you graduate from Year 12. Ill be coming up with my family and well all quarantine first. Ill have to bring my footy boots with me. There was plenty of speculation that Cats legend Mathew Stokes had enticed Betts to sign on at Palmerston, with his father John being a Magpies legend. The strong rumour was Betts was set to work for Stokes organisation AIME while in Darwin, mentoring young Indigenous people about making the right career choices. But it was also announced on Wednesday that Betts is now an ambassador for Coles. In this role he will help deliver and tailor the Coles Healthy Kicks program to Indigenous communities across Australia to help educate and motivate children aged between six and 12. Betts will encourage these kids to become more physically active, eat nutritious food and develop a healthy mind and body while having fun with others. He will carry out this work among remote Indigenous communities in the Territory as Coles ambassador. And while Betts has not officially signed with Palmerston yet, he left the door slightly ajar at the possibility of playing for Wanderers. My good friend Tyron Maher has played a big role in getting me to come up and play, Betts said. But hes gone from Palmerston to Wanderers and Ive wanted to play with him because Ive grown up with him. Ive spoken to Aaron and Froggy (Alwyn) Davey and (coach) Josh Heath at Palmerston, but nothing is official yet. My main objective is coming up to work with the Indigenous communities. Eddie Betts has been appointed development coach at Geelong but will come to Darwin beforehand. Pictures: Alan Barber EXCLUSIVE JOSH SPASARO AFL superstar Eddie Betts wants to make one thing clear hes not coming up to Darwin to escape the ongoing Covid crisis in Victoria. While highly conscious of the reaction this might cause among the hundreds of thousands currently in lockdown, Betts will sacrifice two weeks of his freedom to quarantine with his family at Howard Springs when he arrives in the Top End. That could be in a matter of weeks after getting an NT government exemption to come to the Territory during these unprecedented times. A lot of Victorians are angry about being in lockdown conditions for so long and I understand why that is so frustrating, Betts said. Im conscious of how this looks and I dont want people to think Im escaping the lockdown. The retired AFL legend will enjoy the renowned Territory lifestyle, but there is no questioning his motive to come north. Betts will work with Indigenous communities and educate them on how to live better lives through his Coles Healthy Kicks program. Im so proud to be working with Coles in my retirement because I know that together we can help make a real difference to Australias First Nations peoples, he said. When I started in the AFL when I was 17 I couldnt read or write, so I know the challenges and disadvantages this can cause young people. From Ceduna to Brisbane to Groote Eylandt in the north we have been able to send out the first book in my series MY KIND to kids, to inspire literacy in children and also bring to life my key messages in the book that I live by kindness and respect for one another. And with Betts likely to sign at Palmerston, he is also set to have a massive positive impact on the lives of young Territory footballers. Ill watch Palmerston play Tiwi Bombers this weekend, but nothing is official yet, he said. I want to encourage young Indigenous footballers to take that next step and move away from their communities and play in Adelaide or Melbourne. Its about teaching them to make the uncomfortable comfortable if they want to grow. EDDIE Betts commitment to come to Darwin and quarantine with his family at Howard Springs for two weeks is not only commendable, it is just the start of what is set to be an admirable off-field career. While the champion threetime All Australian is set to officially confirm he will play in the NTFL and likely for Palm Eddies not coming up to holiday JOSH SPASARO AFL legend Eddie Betts. GET SET TO SEE LEGEND EXCEL OFF THE FOOTY FIELD AS AN AMBASSADOR erston, Betts is just as passionate about empowering Indigenous communities as he was about becoming a better football player when he was at the top of the AFL mountain. Ive now got a role with Fox Footy and that is a great opportunity for me to educate Australia through mainstream media about tackling racism, he told the NT News. My people who love footy will be able to relate to what I say on television. If you look back over my career I played 17 years in the AFL but only had one leadership role. Aboriginal people live differently. This is why a lot of Aboriginal communities dont want to be vaccinated, because weve lived through the Stolen Generations and had land stolen off us, so there is mistrust there. But were great people who want to bring everyone together. This is why I want to come to the Territory and talk to our Indigenous communities. The world is changing and we have to move with it. Im double-vaccinated because I want to protect my family. Coming to the Territory is something Betts has wanted to do for years. Ive wanted to go to Arnhem Land for a long time, because in these communities people just want to go and watch the footy. You see all the smiles and their faces and the kids just love it. But footy is not on my radar as much as talking to these communities is. I want to educate our Indigenous kids about the importance of going to school. EXCLUSIVE JOSH SPASARO