Essendon send African north
Thursday, December 23 2004 @ 06:05 am ACDT
Contributed by: Brett Northey
Darwin is on Australia's northern coast and enjoys tropical weather. The football season there runs through the wet season, the months that for much of Australia are considered summer and very dry. The region doesn't boast an AFL side, mainly because of its small population, but Australian football is the dominant sport and the Territory has produces far more AFL players per capita than any other state. It has a particularly good record in developing Aboriginal players, some recent examples being multi-premiership players Darryl White (now plays with the Brisbane Lions) and Andrew McLeod (with the Adelaide Crows).
Essendon has arranged for the very successful NTFL club St Marys to oversee Tutlan's development, starting in the next few weeks. The Bombers want the former refugee to experience ruck, forward and back roles. No doubt his first few games will be keenly watched by Essendon and the media.Read more at the Northern Territory News website.
Earlier stories about Goaner:
Ethiopian hopes to make mark for Africa
Ethiopian has to wait