The Centralian advocate Fri 11 May 2018
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FRIDAY MAY 11 2018 SPORT 55 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA THEY find themselves at the top of the Southern Zone Premier League table and Stombirds have no intentions of falling from their perch. After a disappointing 2017 campaign, Stormbirds have hit the ground running in 2018 AFTER a long and arduous pre season, Alice Springs rugby league players will return to the park tomorrow afternoon with round one of the 2018 Central Australian Rugby Football League season kicking off. Players have been waiting since September to return to action and tomorrow they will finally get their wish with two bumper matches to begin the new season. Reigning premiers KellyCo Vikings will begin their campaign for a ninth consecutive premiership when they take on Central Bulls in a grad final rematch at Anzac Oval tomorrow. Heavy hitters are back Vikings got the best of Bulls in the closest grand final in recent memory last year, downing their opponents by two points in an epic encounter. The win continued a historic run for the club as they have dominated the Alice Springs rugby league scene for the best part of a decade. The memories of that grand final defeat will burn in the memories of Bulls players when they take to the field tomorrow with the side having almost five months to replay the match in their minds. The two heavyweights of the CARFL competition will go head to head tomorrow afternoon at Anzac Oval with play to get underway from 3.45pm. To kick off the new season, traditional rivals Wests Dragon and United Magpies will square off with both sides looking to improve on a disappointing 2017 campaign. Both Wests and United struggled to retain players in 2017, with the season ending with both clubs missing out on a grand final berth. The season was particularly disappointing for the Magpies who ended the campaign at the foot of the premiership ladder with the club desperate to atone in 2018. Wests would also be disappointed with their campaign as constant player availability issues ended with a number of forfeits. The two sides will hold nothing back against each other tomorrow however with the two foundation sides of the CARFL bitter rivals. Wests Dragons and United Magpies will begin the 2018 CARFL season tomorrow afternoon with kick off set for 2 oclock at Anzac Oval. All spectators are welcome to the ground with full canteen and bar facilities available throughout the whole days action. 2018 CARFL season set for a big startANTHONY GEPPA Vikings will look for their ninth straight premiership in 2018. ANTHONY GEPPA and have three wins from five matches seeing them a point clear of Celtic in first place. Stormbirds will get the opportunity to move further ahead of their rivals this weekend when they face Celtic at Ross Park. Only a point separates the two sides on the ladder and nothing could separate them on the scoresheet in their first encounter with their round three match up finishing in a 1-1 draw. Celtic and Stormbirds will square off tomorrow evening at Ross Park with play kicking off from 5 oclock. In the later fixture, Verdi will be looking to return to form at the expense of bottom side MPH Vikings. After a hot start to the season, Verdi have cooled in recent weeks taking only one point from their past two matches. They will face a Vikings outfit yet to register a point in the 2018 season but Vikings showed signs of significant improvement in their most recent outing, pushing Stormbirds right up until the final whistle. Vikings and Verdi will come face-to-face tomorrow evening at Ross Park Oval with play set to begin from 7pm. Spectators are welcome. Stormbirds sit on top of the Premier League table after an impressive start to the 2018 season. Picture: ALEX PAINE/LIVE IMAGES Stormbirds look to hang on to top spot TENNIS RESULTS Scope Tuesday Pennants A Grade Dave Neville/Patrick Findlay 2 sets 20 games def. Jeremy Slee/Jingjo Brown 1 set 15 games Nick Whyte/Luke Horsfall 2 sets 21 games def. Ethan Scobie/ Thomas van Haaren 1 set 14 games A Reserve Grade Brad Duke/Anthony Geppa 3 sets 27 games def. James Hull/ Micaela Hull 0 sets 6 games Talen Andrews/Miguel Manganjani 2 sets 25 games def. Dan Jury/Paul Chambers 1 set 20 games Gurki Bajma/Aaron Loken 3 sets 27 games def. Jack Appleyard/Keely Bishop 0 sets 12 games Gillen Club Thursday Mixed Social Competition Super League No Strings Attached 3 sets 28 games def. Backhanded Compliments 3 sets 23 games Backhanded Compliments 3 sets 27 games def. Turtles 3 sets 22 games Division Two Smashed Potatoes 3 sets 28 games def. Kiss My Ace 3 sets 26 games Elders 3 sets 30 games def. Awesome Foursome 3 sets 27 games Phantoms 4 sets 30 games def. Diffrent Strokes 2 sets 26 games Coke Dealers 3 sets 35 games def. Tool Box 3 sets 29 games Uncle Edys Juniors Premier Division Keely Bishop/Liam Coach def. Kylan Bishop/Talen Andrews 2 sets to 1 Patrick Findlay/Miguel Manganjani def. Thomas van Haaren/Tom Kelaart 2 sets to 1 Division One Jack Ward/Mack Bowman def. Sam Ward/Will Kelaart 3 sets to 0 Micaela Hull/Patsy RyanBetts def. Jett Hansen/Liam Prow 3 sets to 0 Division Two Simmon Crellin/Nick Kleeman def. Liam Ragas-Judd/ George Habib 2 sets to 1 Division Three Ethan Bowhay/Cooper Blanch def. Michael Harrison/ Andrew Doan 2 sets to 1