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The Centralian advocate Tue 11 Dec 2018



The Centralian advocate Tue 11 Dec 2018


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 2018 SPORT 31 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA EVERY footballers dream of playing AFL have come a step closer to reality for talented Centralian Ariki Lowe. The 15-year-old will spend the next three years in the Melbourne Football Club Academy. Lowe is multi talented and plays basketball and touch as well as AFL and cricket where he represented NT in the Imparja Cup. Lowe is excited about the THE biggest and most valuable event for Alice Springs the Finke Desert Race has its annual meeting this evening. Next year, from June 7 to 10, will be the 44th running of the classic motorbike race and the 32nd for cars/buggies. Finke Desert Race Club president Antony Yoffa said he estimated that there would be 550 bikes and 130 cars for next years event. Centralian Ariki Lowe has earned a spot at the Melbourne Football Club Academy. Picture: SATRIA DYER-DARMAWAN Academy scholarship start of an AFL dream opportunity and quite keen to get started. I first heard about Melbournes interest in me after playing with the Redtails in the Michael Long Cup in Darwin when I won Player of the Carnival, he said. I actually barrack for North Melbourne and will continue to do so but I will see what happens with this scholarship. It is my dream to play AFL so even if I end up with Melbourne it would be a dream come true. Cricket Australia showed some interest in me but Melbourne got in first. MFC Academy. manager Kyle Docherty said Lowes tal ent had been identified two years ago and the club had kept eyes on him ever since. I am looking forward to working with him for the next three years, he said. Lowes scholarship includes boarding at Melbourne Grammar for the three years. Apart from the football component, the academy has been able to secure a place for him at the prestigious Melbourne Grammar where he will be mentored by former Collingwood and Sydney foot baller Robbie Ahmat. This is in keeping with the aim of Melbourne Academy to encourage, develop and enhance participation outcomes for talented players, with an additional focus on creating more opportunities for multicultural and indigenous participants. All programs include onfield skill development and educational components to prepare participants to be the best players and equally, the best people they can be. STEVE MENZIES I barrack for North Melbourne and will continue to do so. M F C A C A D E M Y R E C R U I T A R I K I L O W E Gaddes eagle is highlight of round AN eagle by Brad Gaddes onthe 492m par five sixth hole was a highlight of stableford golf on Saturday. Golfers burned up the fairways and greens in the mens and womens events. Gaddes teed off with his driver down the centre of the fairway level with the bunker about 200m to the green. His five wood second finished on the mound in front of the green. Gaddes then produced the perfect putt to eagle the hole. I scored five of my 34 points on one hole, he said. I eagled the same hole about a month ago. Gaddes won two balls for the eagle. The day attracted 120 golfers, 99 men and 21 women, to the course. There were 11 golfers who scored 40 points or better for their round. None of the A-grade men reached 40 points but there were four golfers finishing with 39 points. They were Courtney Beetham, Ryan Gill, Isaac Ankers and Barrie Bahnert. Matthew Plummer finished fifth on a countback on 38. The big scorer for the day was mens B-grade golfer Charles Gamon who, with the benefit of his 17-stroke handicap, scored 45 points. Gamon also won two of the five nearest the pin holes the ninth and 18th. He finished four points ahead of Nevill Chalmers and Russell Schneiter. C-grade was won by Greg Van Den Akker on 43 points from David Falkenberg, Graham Freer and Bill Billett who all scored 41 with Nick Hill a point further back. There were three others who won balls for being nearest the pin. There were familiar names at the head of the womens competition with Tanya Kirker winning the prize with 42 points from Celia Otley and Trudy Robertson on 40. The womens nearest the pin winner was Marian Delsar on the 12th. STEVE MENZIES Club gearing up for our classic desert race This is about the same as this year but after the interest when we went to Moto Expo Melbourne it would not surprise me if there were good numbers, he said. We can have a full committee of 12 and all the members whose term is expiring will be restanding. There is a fair bit of work to down about the Rodinga area and down the other end of the track. Committee man Glen Au richt has been down to have a look. Fortunately he will have a couple of riders and a contractor help him with the work. The club is in a strong financial position. We have received a $500,000 grant from the NT Government for infrastructure developments at the start/finish line. Bike registrations open on January 29 and the car entries on February 25. There will be eight Finke Desert Race Grid Ambassadors this year. They are Jordyn Lucas, Kaydee Steed, Taneesha Saward, Chelsea Oakden, Nicole Louise Ryan, Carlie Anne Ryan, Shelby Turner and Sophie Tierney. The Ryan sisters and Miss Oakden are from Alice Springs. There are two women from Queensland, two from NSW and one from Victoria. Their position is unlike many other promotional mod elling positions around the country; selecting real women who have both a passion and interest in motorsport but also have an interest in volunteering their time to a community event. They become part of the Finke family and are widely recognised. These women all bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to the event and broadcast the race to a wider audience.FDR president Antony Yoffa STEVE MENZIES

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