The Northern Territory news Sat 21 Oct 2022
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42 SPORT Friday October 21 2022 NTNEWS.COM.AU NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Ben Cameron AFLW DREAM BURNS Waratahs Jenna Singh still has ambitions to be drafted into the AFLW. Picture: Glenn Campbell Singh on song for second VFLW shot WARATAH gun goalkicker Jenna Aggie Singh will have her second shot at a VFLW career early next year. Singh, 20, who has already slotted 15 majors from three electrifying Womens Premier League matches so far this season, trained with Essendons reserves team before Covid wrecked her plans in early 2020. With Waratah in the 2019-20 grand final against Southern Districts, Singh was flying from one end of the country to the other to fulfil both dreams. Covid hit and I couldnt go back, Singh told the NT News. It stuffed everything up. However, through a con nection with former Tiwi Bombers president Dean Rioli, Singh will return to Tullamarine to get second crack at playing at a higher level, with an AFLW career still a dream. It would be a really big thing for me and my family, it would be so emotional if I was drafted, said Singh, who was also one of the Territorys best in a representative game against Woodville-West Torrens in January. I would love to do that. Im looking forward to going back down. Born in Darwin and raised in the Palmerston Indigenous Village, Singh grew up kicking bottles if footies were scarce, and would play alongside friend and future Gwynne medallist, Molly Althouse. However, with some guidance from her cousin brother, former No.1 draft pick Richard Tambling, Singh got serious about her footy when she attended Marrara Christian College. After winning a few junior premierships with the Tiwi Bombers, she crossed to Waratah for the 2017-18 season. After being told by former Tahs coach Colleen Gwynne there were scouts in town to watch her play, she got a call from Essendon with an invitation too good to ignore. Singh has not dwelled on a lost opportunity, however, tackling her footy with gusto, either in Darwin or Katherine. Over the past two Big Rivers Football League seasons, she has made the 300km car trip to play for the Arnhem Crows, kicking 12 goals from 18 games while ensuring Singh was cherry ripe for the 2022-23 opener. Round 1, I was feeling really good to be back on the field, Singh said, slotting eight goals against St Marys at Gardens. I didnt even know I kicked eight goals. But its good to put myself out there and show people what I can do. SWITCHING positions has helped one of the oldest players at a state combine reemerge as a draft prospect. North Adelaides Frank Szekely was on the AFL radar two seasons ago when he was a small forward, interviewing with two AFL teams, only to be overlooked. After playing just twice in 2021 due to an ankle syndesmosis injury, the 23-year-old bounced back to form this past campaign as a wingman. He averaged 19 disposals, 3.5 inside 50s and 1.9 clearances in 19 games, as well as kicked 14 goals, to generate interest from at least four clubs. Szekely, who was the second-oldest player to attend a state combine across the country this year, described himself as something of a late developer but said age was only a number. I feel like Ive been around the mark (in previous years), Szekely said. I wouldve liked it (state combine invite) to have been a little bit earlier but I guess its perfect timing. Szekely finished in the top five at the combine in the 2km time trial (second overall, 6min 22sec) and standing vertical jump (fourth, 64cm). Quick with impressive endurance and tackling, the Port Augusta product is being scouted by clubs as a small forward at the next level. But Szekely the brother of former Port Adelaide player Wade Thompson and exRooster Kriston Thompson hoped he could eventually play on a wing if he was drafted. My confidence is building week in, week out, he said. Szekely was chosen in an Indigenous and multicultural representative team, Fitzroy Cubs, that faced Carltons VFL side in the lead-up to the midseason rookie draft. Szekely switch ups draft prospects Matt Turner Frank Szekely Then Hawthorn coaches Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan back in 2015. Hawks players from 2008 to 2016 in a call-out to any person potentially affected by or interested by this investigation. The terms have also extended an invitation to any former Hawthorn player, family members, intimate partners or close friends to contact the investigators if they wish to draw information to the attention of the investigation panel. The independent investigation panel, headed by Bernard Quinn KC, will also seek to determine whether any inappropriate conduct was known to the clubs top brass at the time, and wheth er the club provided appropriate support for its players. League chief executive Gillon McLachlan said there was no guarantees the families that levelled the explosive allegations would partake, but he encouraged them to engage in the process as soon as possible. Theres information that the panel can work with, but its a better and more full investigation, clearly, if the complainants are working with the panel, he said. We are obviously encouraging the complainants to tell their story. We believe its an independent, culturally-diverse panel. The terms of reference are transparent and a process that we believe gives cultural safety, and were here at the behest of the families. We are encouraging them, but ultimately thatll be a decision for the complainants and their lawyers. Alastair Clarkson, Chris Fagan and former Hawks staff member Jason Burt have all denied the allegations that were detailed in a cultural safety report commissioned by Hawthorn, which included claims players were separated from their partners and families and in one case urged to terminate a pregnancy. The terms of reference make a specific note that the panel will investigate whether anyone at Hawthorn engaged in any inappropriate conduct including relating to the reproductive choices or health of intimate partners of First Nations players. Initial statements provided in the place of each individuals choosing are due by November 4 with the process plan stating final submissions from participants are due on December 6. Participants will be required to sign confidentiality agreements. THE AFLs independent investigation into allegations of racism at Hawthorn will officially begin on Friday although it remains unclear whether all the complainants will take part. But the league has confirmed the investigation will go ahead regardless. The terms of reference that will guide the four-person panel were finally set on Thursday after weeks of behind the scenes haggling. Under the agreed terms, Hawthorn and the AFL Players Association will be required to contact all listed LAUREN WOOD AFL starts probe into Hawthorn culture