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THURSDAY MARCH 29 2018 SPORT 47 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA A record number of riders will line up this weekend for Alice Springs biggest biking event, the annual Lasseters Easter in the Alice. Beginning as a local event, LEITA has now become a national event and the 2018 edition of the race will see 230 riders from across Australia flock to the Red Centre including 100 interstate riders. The 2018 field is the biggest since the event began in 2011 PROBuild Rovers captain Matt Paterson claimed Senior Cricketer of the Year honours in 2017/18. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON 2018 cricket season proves a big success Senior ranks too, with many of our older Junior players already playing senior cricket in the town. In the Womens Competition credit goes to their tight knit group of volunteers that make it happen week in week out and without them would be a significant loss to the local cricket scene, they have grown the game to what it is today with the next step introducing options for young girls to play cricket in their own standalone division. In the Senior Mens grades Federal Cricket Club caped off a great year for the club winning the Club Championship, which also saw them win the A Grade T20 Competition and come runner up in both A Grade and B Grade One Day comp which concluded this past weekend. The biggest achievement must go to the West Cricket Club who were able to collect all three Senior Mens titles in the One Day Competition including the Division 2 Junior title which is a huge effort that has not been done for quite a few years. A wild night of exciting racing SATURDAY night saw the Wild Wayne 20/20 hotly contested at Arunga Park Speedway with racing close in all classes. The final for the Street Stocks, which consisted of 20 laps clockwise and 20 laps anti clockwise, saw a few cars with some panel damage as racing was very tight. Tennant Creeks Sam Brumfield took out top honours with Simon Spitzbarth from Darwin coming in .002 of a second behind to take out second position, with Local Driver, Eric Donaldson in third. Brumfield and Spitzbarth led the field from early in the final. New driver to the Street Stocks Oscar Taylor held his own finishing in fourth. Unfortunately Rod Berry had some mechanical issues which saw him finish in fifth. The carnage was far from over with Col Fry from Tennant Creek having an engine fire which saw him retire from the final. Tracey Meekings did the ladies proud by finishing in seventh. In the Junior Sedans there was a couple of roll overs with Jet Thompson and Kiera Stevens showing the crowd the underside of the cars. Both drivers got out unharmed however in a relief to the crowd. The action was not restricted to the Tin Tops with Nick Tregea rolling his wingless sprint car and losing a wheel. Luckily this was all the damage he received. Rod Calvert also had a spectacular spill on his quad in the warm up lap, showing just how much drive the track had. The next Speedway meeting will be Ladies Night held on Saturday April 7. Gates will open from 5pm with racing beginning from 7pm. Rod Berry and Colin Fry compete last year. THE Alice Springs Cricket Association season finished the weekend just gone on a perfect Saturday in Central Australia. The season will be remembered for the introduction on the fifth senior club to the competition, which was received well by the cricket community throughout the town. Hopefully soon we will see their club expand to accommodate Womens and Junior Grades in the club. For me the highlight was seeing the Junior Division Two, the youngest of the club cricketers have seven teams enter the competition with three from West, two From Federals and one each from Rovers & Gapview Works. These players are the future of not only our Junior Competitions but also the Record numbers to race Biggest Lasseters Easter in the Alice event in history and will see competitors ride three stages across three days including the first round of the MTBA National XCM event. Race director Paul Darvodelsky said he could not be happier with how the race is shaping up, saying it will be the best event yet. Theres a 50 per cent increase over what weve averaged in the last three years so its the biggest Lasseters Easter in the Alice ever by a huge margin, he said. Were absolutely over the moon. Over the years weve generated a bit of a brand and over the last two years weve had a much more consistently planned approach, bigger and more organised planning team. Weve made the transition from a club event through to a national event now. We recognised that it was growing, wed developed a really good brand and that there was a lot happening in mountain biking in Alice Springs. It was time to turn this into a fully national event and lift the level up. All stages will begin from the Alice Springs Telegraph Station with local riders getting the opportunity to race with some of the nations top competitors. Darvodelsky said he ex pects local riders to more than hold their own against interstate travellers, using their local knowledge to good effect. This is really a chance to showcase the tracks of Alice Springs and showcase Alice Springs and to allow the local riders to race against the best people from all across the country, he said. Alice Springs has always done really strongly, there are a lot of good national riders that have come out of Alice Springs. (The local riders) will surprise. Its so much fun being on your home trails for a change, its an advantage. If you come from Alice Springs and travel around the country racing, the advantage is always to someone else so its really nice to come home and have the advantage. LEITA will begin Saturday morning and will conclude on Monday. ANTHONY GEPPA Are you looking to overcome your recruitment obstacles? Call Jenny or Nathan to discuss a recruitment feature to suit your needs. Jenny Madden (08) 8944 9719 email@example.com Nathan Bendall (08) 8944 9914 firstname.lastname@example.org
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