The Centralian advocate Fri 11 May 2018
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FRIDAY MAY 11 2018 SPORT 53 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA FORMER Tasmanian galloper Dalehill won for the first time for the Gary Clarke stable at Pioneer Park on Monday. The seven-year-old mare, who had 32 career starts for two wins, led from start to finish to take the second division of the UBET 0-58 Handicap Derby day is finally here THE Arunga Park Speedway 2017/2018 season will be finishing with a bang rather than a whimper as the Northern Territory V South Australia Outback Vehicle Recovery Demolition Derby takes to the track tomorrow evening. A bumper crowd is expected to flock trackside to see the carnage as drivers battle it out for top honours. In the four years the demolition derby has been run, only one South Australian has managed to take the trophy away from the Alice Springs Team and the legend himself Channon Secker. Secker was slated for retirement but unbeknownst to him his wife Renee set it up so he could have one more crack at the trophy. The event will also be boosted by the return of former Alice Springs resident Mick Egan who will travel up from Victoria. Egan will be hoping his Yellow Falcon will do better this time round with mechanical issues seeing him having to time out early in the last demolition derby. Some old favourites will be coming out of the wood work to try and take the trophy for their home team. Ray Tebeck who has not had much luck will once again see if he can make it past the half way mark. Tebeck is on a par with Secker when it comes to many hits. His most memorable would have to be when he hit the wall head first in his trust old Valiant, shortening it by a huge 22 inches. This year the theme for the vehicles is Hippy so it will be very interesting to see how everyone decorates their cars. There will be a range of different prizes to be taken out for the night with the last car running and car causing the most damage are at the top of the list. The best presented car and car receiving the most damage will also up for grabs. The previous winners are of the prestegious event areChannon Secker (2013), Johnny Dawson (2014), Jason Barker (2015) and Gene Gilby (2017). The event is sure to be a big night of close racing and action with all spectators welcome to attend the event. Fans are urged to get their backside trackside and support the Territorians in their quest to make sure the NT retains the trophy once again. The Northern Territory V South Australia Outback Vehicle Recovery Demolition Derby will be held tomorrow. Demolition Derby to end the season Arunga Park Speedway will host the Demolition Derby tomorrow. DAVID WHITE (1600m). In her first start in the NT, Dalehill was fifth behind Magnus Bay against Class 2 opposition over 1100m on March 31. In her second start in Alice Springs, Dalehill was third behind Heart Of Red against 0-58 opposition on April 28. It was third time lucky for one of the new additions to Darwins leading stable. Dalehill (Brendon Davis) held on to overcome the fast-finishing Barkley (Jarrod Todd) from the Paul Gardner stable. Kerry Petricks Rye (Wayne Davis), who was well in contention, ran out of puff in the closing stages to finish six lengths adrift in third place. Dalehill ($2.20 fav), Barkley ($13) and Rye ($8.50) dominated the race and in the end made the rest of the field look second rate. It was a good effort by Dalehill because I thought she may have gone too fast too early, Sharlene Clarke, the wife of the winning trainer, said. She did hang on in the end, but the plan was to make them chase. Im very happy with her effort, but we always knew she would get the 1600m. Dalehills win made it a double for the Clarke stable following Harmonium Bells win in the Queen Of The Desert. Darwin trainer Gary Clarke. 3 May 2018. Photo: EMMA MURRAY. Double delight for Clarke in Red Centre THE Territory Storm were unable to claim a victory throughout the 2017 Australian Netball League, but their prospects look much brighter this season. Under new coach Penny Shearer, the NT outfit travelled to Brisbane at the weekend and came within a whisker of snatching success. Playing the Queensland Fusion twice in two days, the Storm went down 54-50 on Saturday before they were more comprehensively beaten on Sunday, 62-45. The first match was a far cry from some of the one-sided scorelines inflicted on the Territory last year. Saturday was brilliant. We ended up going down by four but it was a solid performance, Shearer told the NT News. I was really happy with how they finished that game. We were chasing the win and were within grasping it, so it was a little disappointing to not be able to finish it off. But considering the (losing) margins last year, we were really glad to stay in it. The second game wasnt as great, our second and third quarter let us down a bit. The margin blew out from there but we managed to beat them in the final quarter. The Storms alignment with Super Netball Club Sunshine Coast Lightning has continued for 2018. It sees Lightning training partners forming part of the Territorys starting team each week. Shearer said having players scattered around the country was hard, but the way the team gelled against the Fusion has her confident of success. They have connected really well, she said. NT Storm come close to success JACK HISLOP