Sport Banned Eagle Rioli to face Darwin court
DJs Carl Cox and Eric Powell kickstart Darwin's 'mojo'. And NT officials hope the party never ends
With superstar DJs and glitter-encrusted crowds cramming venues and re-energising the city, the government launches incentives to entice some of the thousands who come to play to stay and work.After a weekend of glitter-crusted Carl Cox disco fans cramming venues and, according to officials, almost drinking the city dry, Darwin is gearing up for another major dance party, Bass in the Grass, next weekend.
West Coast premiership forward Willie Rioli will face court on a drugs charge just a month before he is due to resume training with the Eagles.
The 25-year-old will appear before a Darwin court on Wednesday, charged with possession of a dangerous drug.
Police will allege they found 25 grams of cannabis in Rioli's pants during a drug screening at Darwin airport on April 23.
Rioli was issued with a notice to appear in Darwin Local Court on possessing schedule 2 dangerous drug less than a traffickable quantity.
The ace forward has been suspended from the AFL since September 12, 2019, a day before West Coast's semi-final.
Rioli was found guilty of substituting his urine during two separate anti-doping drug tests.
His AFL anti-doping tribunal case was finally heard in March, with Rioli escaping with a two-year ban instead of a possible four-year suspension.
Rioli had been given permission to train with West Coast from June 20 and resume playing on August 20.
West Coast are expected to release a statement about Rioli on Tuesday.
AFL cuts hurt Eagle Rioli's cause: Simpson .
West Coast coach Adam Simpson has warned players like Willie Rioli could be lost to the AFL if clubs are not allowed more help in their football departments.Rioli's future at the club remains in the balance after he last week pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis at Darwin airport in April.