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Motlop wants more AFL action in Darwin

By Daniel Brettig 10/06/2009 07:46:42 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide livewire Daniel Motlop wants to see the Power play more often in Darwin - saying Port are one of the Northern Territory's two best-supported AFL clubs.

Motlop and his cousin Marlon Motlop will form part of the Power's strong territorian presence at TIO Stadium on Saturday night, alongside Peter Burgoyne and Tom Logan, and said there was better value in a greater Port presence up north than in "forcing" another club onto the locals.

Port's commercial links to the Adelaide Thunderbirds netball club could also be exploited with a multi-sport weekend in the north, Motlop suggested.

"The Power have a pretty good supporter base up there, the Power and Essendon are the two main clubs up there so you can put a club in there and try to force it, but we've probably got more supporters up there than them," Motlop said on Wednesday.

"It'd be good to get a few games up there, maybe play a netball game up there as well and we could combine it on the same weekend."

Curiously, Motlop argued the biggest hurdle for any club to overcome in Darwin was not the change in climate, which has seen both Port and the Western Bulldogs prepare by training in humidity chambers, but the downsize in crowd from the mass gatherings at matches in Adelaide and Melbourne.

"It's more the crowd that people have got to try to get used to, playing in front of big crowds then going and playing in front of 8-10,000 people, whatever they get up there," Motlop said.

"So whoever can play those games with the least crowd and can adapt to it, would do all right."

Climate preparations have occupied a fair amount of the Power's time over the past month, something that surprised Motlop's parents during a recent conversation with their son.

"Up there I spoke to my parents and they said it's freezing up here, but the boys are looking to go up there and it's still going to be hot for us and hopefully we can have a win," said Motlop.

"It's a fast track to run on, but the ball's pretty slippery, and it skids forward a lot.

"The Bulldogs have played a lot of games up there, they might be a bit better in the first five minutes but we'll see what happens."

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