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Katherine Times Wed 9 Mar 2016



Katherine Times Wed 9 Mar 2016


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SPORT WednesdayMarch 09, 2016 KATHERINETIMES 27katherinetimes.com.au TRIATHLON BUDDING triathletes will not have the opportunity for a sleep-in on Sunday morning when they go head to head in the final Katherine Multisports Club event before the Easter long weekend. The fortnightly competitions have been attracting a strong group of dedicated Katherinites each week who have pitted themselves against each other and the course. The triathlons consist of a 300 metre swim, a 10 kilometre ride and a 3km run, and KMSC president Mark Desailly said the March 13 event would be the penultimate morning offering of the series. We will kick off again on April 3 with the last morning event of the season and first long course, before moving to the afternoon timetable on April 17, he said. Mr Desailly added that the triathlons represented an opportunity for anyone to have a go and be part of it. When the action gets under way at the weekend, all eyes will be on Jack Donovan, who is aiming to chalk up his third consecutive victory of the series. For more information, call 0401 117 355 or email kmsclub@gmail.com. AUSTRALIAN RULES THE Big River Hawks have one last shot at making the 2015-16 NTFL under-18 grand final after suffering defeat at the hands of the rampaging Nightcliff Tigers on March 5. The Tigers, who beat the Hawks for the minor premiership, came out firing at TIO Stadium to lead 3.2 (20) to 1.0 (6) at quarter time. The Hawks backline stood up to many forward thrusts from the Tigers, with the visitors gaining possession late in the stanza that resulted in a goal to Kossack. By half-time, the Tigers had a 14-point lead after King missed a goal from a metre out for the Hawks. He quickly made amends by winning a difficult ball back and slotting a major before Gardner snapped one through the big sticks on the siren to give the team confidence and momentum going into the second half. The game was beginning to get away from the Hawks by three-quarter time, with the Tigers leading 9.4 (58) to 3.3 (21). The Nightcliff outfit kicked away late in the term and although the Hawks had the ball in their 50 frequently, the team lacked forward pressure to keep it there and gave away a few early chances. With the sounding of the full-time siren, the Tigers had notched up a convincing 13.5 (83) to 5.5 (35) win and booked themselves a place in the decider. The Hawks will return to Darwin at the weekend to face Wanderers for a chance at a rematch against the Tigers in the final game of the season. MAKING WAVES: Competitors will have another early start on March 13 when the Katherine Multisport Club hosts its latest triathlon of 2016. SPORTS BRIEFS Hawks still chance of grand final showdown Austin Rory THE 2015-16 Katherine Rugby Union season finished with a cliffhanger on March 4 when Barbarians secured premiership bragging rights with a last-minute 20-17 win against Pirates. Barbarians took control of the game early to lead 13-nil at half-time, before a reinvigorated Pirates began the second passage of play like a team possessed. After Roy Assan crossed in the first five minutes, Anthony Busch followed suit to give Pirates a 14-13 lead when Martin Strachan slotted the conversion. Discipline proved costly for both teams during the second half, with Nic Sharrah and AJ Rosas both sent off. With minimal time remaining on the clock, Kallum Peckham-Mckenzie crashed over the line to score his first try of the season and hand Barbarians a stunning victory. President Marc Gardner praised spectators for their support and said gate numbers proved the season had ended on a high note. Friday night was massive for rugby union in Katherine, he said. We had over 500 people through the gates to watch the grand final. It was really good to see both teams step up and put on an exciting show that had everyone biting their nails and on the edge of their seats until the last minute. Following the game, Busch was named best on ground, as well as the competitions best and fairest player, while Clinton St Clair and Mick Dalton claimed the best back and forward silverware respectively. Dean Watson was the competitions top rookie and Anthony Pugh won the coveted Tom McLellan Award. Barbarians take crown 20-17 RUGBY UNION CLASS OF HIS OWN: Anthony Busch receives the best and fairest gong from Katherine Rugby Union president Marc Gardner and Katherine Town Council mayor Fay Miller. WITH just two minor rounds to go in the Katherine Eight Ball Association wet season competition, the action is heating up as several teams vied for finals berths on March 3. Underdogs had the biggest win of round 16 against Zenith at the Katherine Club, with Kenny, James, Reggie and Dan all contributing to the 7-5 scoreline. Gangers and Dark Horses also met at the Katherine Club, with the teams ending the showdown in a 6-all draw. TC, Michael, Kegz and Dwayne all chipped in for Gangers, while Ronald was the standout for Dark Horses as he bagged two singles and two doubles. Jokers had the edge in their battle against Beserks, who only had three players, but the outfit fired to end the night in a hard-fought draw. Phar Cues secured another easy win when M8s were unable to field a team. Nominations for the dry season competition close on April 2, with forms available at the Katherine Club. Action heats up as finals loom EIGHT BALL DAVID CHARLES TIED RESULT: TC takes aim during Gangers' 6-all draw with Dark Horses last week.