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MARTY CHRISTENSEN

Marty Christensen was the joint winner, of the Nichols Medal the Northern Territory Football League's best and fairest award for 1995/96 Marty 30, shared the honour with Cyril Rioli.

It was Marty's third successive season with St Mary's and, according to the umpires, his best. He played in the centre for the NTFL powerhouse, alongside Cyril Rioli and Noel and Patrick Long, brothers of Essendon star Michael.

Marty also played in the centre for the NTFL representative side in games against Port Adelaide and Brisbane Bears. Unfortunately Marty missed the 1995/96 Grand Final with a fractured thumb.

Marty played 69 games for Geelong between 1985 and 1991 and kicked 18 goals and also had two games with North Melbourne in 1992 kicking 1 goal, before snapping his medial ligament and undergoing knee surgery. Midway through 1993 he left North Melbourne for Lara and played in its losing grand final against North Shore.

On season 1995/96 Marty stated that the NTFL was on a par with the former VFA competition "It's difficult to judge because it's a different style of football, but we played the VFA previously and beat them by eight goals. (Note: I bet he wouldn't now. Saints would have gone close to winning the W.A.F.L. premiership that year. Ed)

Marty played in the 1993/94 and 1994/95 premierships.