Central Australia snare Michael Long Cup victory
Wednesday, November 05 2014 @ 03:40 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
The following media release from AFLNT details the result of the grand final of the Michael Long Cup, an event which was reported by World Footy News last week. Also included is an additional press release regarding the launch of a future Leaders program in the Northern Territory at Karama Primary School.
Just three points decided Saturday’s under 14 Long Cup grand final between reigning champions Nightcliff and the Central Australia Power.
The Power were fierce all weekend, hungry for a win over a strong Nightcliff outfit, who field two under 14 teams in the TIO NTFL competition and were favourites heading into the two-day competition.
Central Australia Power left it all on the field and were ultimately rewarded with a narrow win, with goals coming from Kristoff Nelson (six), Kane Linch-Williams and Lehman Corby (five each).
The Centralian’s, who left Alice Springs by bus last Wednesday stayed over in Tennant Creek to play fellow Long Cup participants, Barkly, before hitting the road to Darwin.
The 1500 kilometre trip did nothing to dampen the spirits of the young team, winning the first two pool matches by more than 60 points, before a narrow seven point win over Southern Districts.
Talent and Education Manager Tavis Perry said each team had a number of stand outs and the quality of players reached the lofty expectations of organisers.
“We saw quality AFL being played at Northline Oval over the weekend which made selecting the two Michael Long Squads a real challenge,” Perry said.
“Each team is represented in either the city or country squad which is indicative of the talent on show, and demonstrates the promising future of Territory football”.
1. Central Australia Powers
3. Southern Districts
5. East Arnhem Cats
8. Big River Hawks
9. Barkly Giants
10. St Mary’s
12. West Arnhem Bombers
Karama Commits to Developing their Future Leaders with AFLNT.
AFL Northern Territory is proud to align with another Territory School to develop future leaders through the Future Leaders Football Schools’ program.
The program utilises Aussie Rules to achieve goals across four main pillars; attendance, behaviour, academia and retention and has seen documented success in Bachelor Area School and Maningrida College.
AFLNT Game Development Manager Adam Moedt believes program has benefits that stretch beyond the classroom.
“Our key focus is on primary schools and developing positive behaviours early in life, using AFL as a reward”.
“The programs key focuses, attendance, behaviour, academia, and retention at school span the entire school year and subsequent years through to Year 12, and we’ve seen success already via our two existing partnerships”.
Media are invited to attend the opening of the Future Leaders Football School Program tomorrow, at Karama Primary School.
When: Thursday November 6, 2014 at 9:30am
Where: Karama Primary School (Darwin)