The Centralian advocate Tue 11 Dec 2018
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28 SPORT TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 PANTHERS have been dealt another blow to their season hopes in the Zodiac Senior League on Friday night. They went down 14-3 to the ladder leading FastCarpentry Demons. Panthers started the better team, leading 2-1 after two innings off the back of a strong performance by Monty Erickson on the mound. But the fourth inning proved to be the turning point KIWI Warriors unmercifully shattered Dingo Cubs undefeated Central Australian Rugby Union winning streak with a 158-5 annihilation at Anzac Oval on Saturday. The Warriors mammoth victory has enabled them to leapfrog Cubs to now be the CARU competitions new ladder leader. Both teams had shown solid defence and impressive scoring firepower leading into the top of the table clash, but Warriors took their game to the Devils were able to hold Eagles attacks in their rugby union clash at Anzac Oval on Saturday. Picture: MATT HENDERSON Warriors shatter Cubs with 153 point mauling next level in one of the most lopsided and biggest wins by a single team in recent memory. The Warriors had 10 different individual try scorers, well led by Matt Hughes and Nicholas Ngatai with four tries apiece with James Nolan, Isaac Salei and Zane Mete chiming in with three each. What was meant to be a showdown of the competitions best defence turned into a massacre and an awesome display of scoring power against a depleted 11-man Cubs. Warriors cruised to a ton early in the second half but did not let up in their fierce attack. The heavy loss did not sur prise Aaron Blacker, the only try scorer for Cubs. We knew going into that (game) that it was going to be a tough slog, Blacker said. We werent even sure we were going to get a team together. We didnt have any backs out on the field and we controlled the bits of the game we could. Federal Devils ensured winless Eagles remained in the cellar with a 34-19 victory. Eagles started fast with Blake Salzmann scoring the opening try a minute into the clash and then kicked his own conversion for a 7-nil start. But Devils squared things up a minute later with a try and conversion to Caleb Smith. Devils started to stamp their authority on the game when they surged to a 22-7 lead with tries to Michaelis McMasters, Nigel Lingen and Dylan Barry by the 15th minutes. James Barclay kept Eagles in the hunt, cutting the lead back to 22-12 but Devils responded with consecutive tries from Addo Waianga and Barry for a 34-12 advantage. Eagles Kane Doolan went over for what would be the last try of the game in the 23rd minute as both teams tightened their defence in a scoreless second half. JUSTIN RAYMOND We knew it was going to be a tough slog A A R O N B L A C K E R Second win in week for Bakslap THE unquestionable training skills of Tayarn Halter were to the fore for the second time in a week when Bakslap stormed home to win the $19,500 Ten Darwin Handicap (1100m) at Fannie Bay on Saturday. A strong pace was set by Dark Whirlwind (Jarrod Todd), who had a nice break around the home turn and looked set for victory at the 100m mark. But Raymond Vigar timed his finishing run to perfection and Bakslap got in the deciding couple of strides to win by a short neck. Bakslap, formerly trained by Karen Byrnes at Murray Bridge, won on ROANT Cup Day earlier this year and entered the Halter stable in July. After a couple of unplaced runs, he was spelled and his fine return yesterday augurs well for the coming months. Divine Red announced himself as a young horse with a future when smashing his rivals for the second-straight week in the Silk Laser Clinics Handicap. Trained by Gary Clarke and with a fresh Carl Spry in the saddle Divine Red sped to the front from the outset, pursued by Libertys Torch. It was evident on the home turn that his rivals were chasing a memory. Spry had the luxury of easing his mount down from the 100m mark, but Divine Red still won by three lengths from Joker Poker and Restless, and in a time of 1min4.27sec 11 seconds quicker than Bakslap. Was Agona returned to his best form with a hard-fought victory in the Ladbrokes Handicap (1300m). The four-year-old son of More Than Ready trained by Kerry Petrick travelled just behind the pace set by Marbel Duke, before making his claim in the home stretch. My Snip, runner-up at three of his past five starts, won the Gardens Park Golf Links Handicap (1200m). Given an astute ride out infront by Jarrod Todd, the Phil Cole-trained five-year-old had a nice break around the home turn and never looked in danger of defeat. ANDREW OTOOLE Whether on the mound or running bases Brett Trindle is a key player for Pirates. Picture: JOSH ABBOTT Panthers continue their downfall as costly errors saw the Demons make a 10-run inning to put the game out of reach. An unexpectedly assertive performance from Dan Lawler, and a strong comeback game from Michael Klein-Boonschate, helped the Demons make it three in a row heading towards the end of the first half of the season. Panthers will use the first three innings as a confidence builder, going into their final game of 2018 against Venom on Friday, while Demons and Cubs will battle it out one last time for the year. In the late game, Pirates dominated a courageous Venom team to keep their hot streak alive. They won 19-4. Pirates batting has been the difference maker, with quick men Naim Krauer, Damian Kopp and Brett Trindle providing effective base running to keep the runs ticking over. Pirates, in second place by half a game, go into the bye, looking to carry on their form into 2019. LACHLAN MODRZYNSKI
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