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The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022



The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022

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Saturday, May 21, 2022 SPORT 73 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A POWERHOUSE six-goal performance from Carlton forward Charlie Curnow has guided the Blues to a 15-point win over Sydney Swans. After leading by 38 points at halftime, Carlton won 15.12 (102) to 13.9 (87) at Marvel Stadium on Friday night. Curnow franked his own Coleman Medal hopes, chalking up five goals in the first half. With teammate Harry McKay sidelined with injury and with the Blues coming off a five-day break, Curnow and Carlton ripped the game in the space of the first hour. It was the first time since 2013 that a Carlton player had kicked five goals in a half as the Blues piled on 9.3 in the second term their highest quarter return against the Swans since round 14 in 1990. It came in a sometimes spiteful first half which saw Swan veteran Josh Kennedy suffer a bad hamstring injury after he made a late clumsy bump on Blues defender Sam Docherty which will be looked at by the MRO. Regardless, Kennedy looks set for a long injury stint on the sidelines as he hobbled from the ground in the arms of trainers to a chorus of boos from Blues fans. Five years ago Dermott Brereton predicted Curnow could one day become the best player in the AFL and on Friday night fans got a glimpse into the former Hawks sentiment. Curnows career had been in serious jeopardy after a series of knee injuries in recent seasons which had many wondering if he could even make it back on to the field. But his form in 2022 after playing the last four games last year has dispelled any fears. The 25-year-old, who comes out of contract at the end of next season, kicked two goals in the opening term, then added three in the second. Charlie has six appeal as Blues down Swans Charlie Curnow celebrates a goal. Picture: Michael Klein Glenn McFarlane territory mourns first lady of footy THE late Aunty Cath Nickels has been remembered as a special lady who achieved historic firsts in Northern Territory football. The local footy community is in mourning following the loss of one of its legends at the age of 80, who was a loyal servant to her beloved Waratah Football Club where she was its first female secretary in 1975 and longest standing timekeeper at 35 years. Niece Sian Graham said the Waratah and AFLNT life member was a powerful, positive force who placed a high im portance on education. Even in her last days she was still correcting our speech, spelling and grammar, Graham said. Aunt was such a special lady, unique in her own way and Queen Bee to all that knew her. She loved her family and was a such great support. Aunt was there for her family through the good times but also through the bad; she was always someone we could go to for advice and someone we all counted on and she never missed out on any family occasion. Family first was something she believed (in) and was important to her. Cath, who Graham described as a true fighter, died on May 13 at the Royal Darwin Hospital. The day before aunt passed she was still telling us that she was coming home and to bring her wheelchair to RDH because she would be home tomorrow, she said. Words cannot describe the heartbreak we all feel. Caths affection was equally strong for Waratah FC where she was awarded the first Living Legend award for her years of dedication in January, 2007. Graham said Cath also enjoyed calling many of her favourite players and members as her Spunky Boys. She would be the clubs first female secretary for 18 years and the leagues longest serving timekeeper of more than three decades, before illness caused her to step away from the role. Her devotion earned her an AFLNT life membership during the 1996-97 season, also the first for a woman. Later in life, Cath was a dialysis patient for more than a decade at renal units in Nightcliff and Palmerston, where she built strong relationships with patients and staff. Caths passing triggered an outpouring of love and support in recent months from those lasting connections. Aunty Cath has contributed not only as patient but as an advocate, participant in research and a true fighter for better outcomes for patients and health staff, Graham said. Aunty was passionate about making sure renal patients had the care they deserved, a platform to speak their concerns and an opportunity to create change in the renal space. Waratah Football Club said its thoughts, prayers and love were with Aunty Caths family and friends. She was never afraid to speak out if something wasnt right and voice her concern but then always make sure that there was an outcome and things were changed for the better, the club said. A true icon of our club, our game and the broader AFLNT, Aunty Cath will be remembered for her friendship, dedication and love of our club and her Spunky Boys. A fiercely loyal supporter, a force to be reckoned with and with quick wit, its no wonder the club created the Club Legend status for Aunty Cath. We are thankful for Aunty Cath to have attended one last grand final (last season). It wasnt the result she wanted, but when we get that flag, it will be in her honour. Sports Minister and Waratah stalwart Kate Worden shared her condolences: I have many fond memories of Aunty Cath over my time spent at Tahs and hope that people hold dear any copies of her beloved Waratah Whisper which was threaded with her wicked humour and gossip from across the club. A FUNERAL service for Aunty Cath Nickels will be held on June 3 at the Waratah Sports Club at 9.30am. All attendees are encouraged to wear the club shirts of the team they support. Nathaniel Chambers & Ben Cameron IT would mean everything for Palmerston product and Gold Coast Suns defensive rookie Sandy Brock to debut in front of family and friends next weekend in Darwin. The 19-year-old key defender, who was picked as a rookie last year, has high hopes he will make his debut at TIO Stadium when the Suns take on Hawthorn on May 28. The Suns will then play North Melbourne the following Saturday at Marrara. Whenever the footy comes to Darwin, its such an amazing experience for all the AFL fans there, he said. H a v i n g two (games) there is an even bigger (deal), because you get to spend the week in between in Darwin, show the other players around and spend more time with family and friends. With the Suns bringing a 26man squad next weekend, Brock said he felt like he was inching closer to his 2022 goal of making his AFL debut this season. He collected a season-high 14 disposals and six marks in the Suns VFL teams 10-point loss to Williamstown last round. With a healthy supply of key position players in defence at the Suns, including Rory Thompson and Sam Collins, he sometimes had to pick up smaller players in the VFL. Its been a challenge but a great learning experience, he said. Brock (pictured) is keen to guard one of Footscrays bigger forwards this weekend, and book his ticket to Darwin. Hopefully I play well and debut (in Darwin), he said. Brock said Palmerston was a great place to learn his craft, under the tutelage of former coach Alwyn Davey, while exMagpie Dylan Gordon had been a defensive mentor. Brock is homing in on debut Its no wonder the club created the Club Legend status for Aunty Cath Waratahs club Funeral service for Cath Traditionalists rejoice as afl will keep day decider THE AFL grand final will be staying in its traditional afternoon slot at 2.30pm when it returns to the MCG this season, despite a push from chief executive Gillon McLachlan for a twilight start. Bowing to the sentiment from the majority of fans, the AFL Commission on Wednesday determined the game would stay in its usual place and confirmed that to the 18 clubs on Friday. Covid-19 interruptions to the past two seasons forced the grand final to be moved from the MCG to a night fixture at the Gabba in 2020 and a twilight start at Perths Optus Stadium last year. Clubs had been conditioned to expect an MCG twilight start in 2022. Last week, McLachlan said the success of night and twilight deciders interstate over the past two seasons put a time change on the radar. But on Friday, the league boss said: The prestige, nostalgia and atmosphere of the day grand final is something we all know and love. Our role is to deliver fans the best possible game experience, whether that be at the match or the millions watching the broadcast. Max Gawn Ben Cameron & Nathaniel Chambers

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