The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022
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76 SPORT Saturday May 21 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 farewell to a legend Footy mourns Aunty Cath: P73 pint gig after heartbreak at wanderers: p72 shannon motlop to coach again NT CULT HERO has enough RETIRED Essendon forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti fought back tears in an emotional farewell to his teammates on Friday. The Bombers cult figure explained his decision to retire at the club about 9am, saying it was the right time to move on from football after battling some personal issues over the past six months. The 29-year-old paid tribute to his family who adopted him from the Tiwi Islands, and said he was eternally grateful for the chance Essendon gave him to live his AFL dream across seven seasons. Its been a hard few weeks for myself, just where I see myself with my life, McDonald-Tipungwuti told Essendon players and staff. Its been hard fighting with your head and your heart. Ive come to the stage where my heart is telling me its the right decision today. Ill miss this club. I love this club so much. Im going to miss every one of you. I love you boys so much and the staff who helped me follow my dream. McDonald-Tipungwutis explosive speed, chase-down tackle pressure and brilliance around goals made him one of the most damaging and exciting small forwards in the competition since he made his debut in round 1, 2016. His rise was a significant triumph for a man who, in an interview with Hamish McLachlan in the Sunday Herald Sun in 2019, said he had only grade one reading and writing skills when he started a new life in Gippsland, aged 16. On Friday, the popular goalkicker wiped away tears as he thanked his mother, Jane, for her support for his education and footy career, which included 153 goals across 126 games. He destroyed Brisbane Lions with a seven-goal bag at the MCG in round 4, 2019 and kicked the matchwinner in a thrilling win against North Melbourne the following week. I want to thank my mum for giving me the opportunity to come down and follow my dream, he said. Youve always pushed me to follow my dream and I wouldnt be here if it wasnt for you. I know weve gone through so much together but Im thankful youve come into my life and I cherish all the moments weve gone through. McDonald-Tipungwuti took time away from the club earlier this year to tackle some personal issues after playing 126 consecutive games up until round 22 last year as the Bombers made finals. He returned to the club on the eve of this season but faced a huge challenge trying to regain the fitness and conditioning required to play at the top level. Previously, he led the clubs goalkicking in the Covid-19 impacted 2020 season with 19 majors, while he snagged 34 goals in each of the 2017 and 2021 seasons. McDonald-Tipungwuti, who joined the club as a rookie in 2015, finished fifth in the 2018 best and fairest. Essendon wants to celebrate his career at the Dreamtime at the G clash against Richmond on Saturday night when the besieged Bombers (2-7) attempt to break out of their form slump. McDonald-Tipungwuti said on Friday that Essendon would be in my heart forever. Ive been lucky enough to share my talent with the wider world and Australia, he said. Im very thankful I get to share my story and who I am as a person. Im looking forward to the next stage of my life and watching and supporting you boys in the future. PREMIERS BOUND FOR NT: P72 Tiwi Islands product Anthony McDonaldTipungwuti has retired from footy and his career will be celebrated at the Dreamtime at the G match against Richmond on Saturday night. Picture: Michael Klein JAY CLARK tigers v bombers MCG, saturday, 7pm live on fox footy & kayo Emotional Tippa says the time is right to move on DREAMTIME AT THE G TITMUS so CLOSE TO beating unbreakable WORLD RECORD: P75 A SHATTERED Tom Trbojevic will miss the State of Origin series after he dislocated his left shoulder while trying to defuse a kick on a night Mitch Moses nailed a clutch conversion at the death to hand the Eels a thrilling 22-20 win over Manly. Trbojevic walked off in agony with his left arm in a makeshift sling after he landed awkwardly, and the early reports are that his left shoulder popped out. The Sea Eagles superstar was having his best game of the season when he landed heavily on his left arm while trying to stop a Parramatta try in the 64th minute. Trbojevic stayed down and looked in severe pain before he walked off with Manlys medical staff cradling his arm in his jersey. Its a massive blow for Trbojevic, the Sea Eagles and the Blues given the State of Origin series opener is less than three weeks away on June 8. The reigning Dally M medallist was the player of the series for the Blues last year and his loss would cause major headaches for NSW coach Brad Fittler who is already dealing with injuries to other key players. Manlys marquee man was the main reason why they were leading for most of Fridays match, with Trbojevic playing a part in all the big plays in the opening hour. GROUND DOG DAY: P74 Blue alert after Turbo dislocates shoulder in thriller against Eels martin gabor
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