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Katherine Times Wed 2 Sep 2015



Katherine Times Wed 2 Sep 2015


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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SPORT Wednesday September 02, 2015 KATHERINE TIMES 27katherinetimes.com.au THE future of Australian rules in the Katherine region is being nurtured on the paddock following the launch of the 2015 Big Rivers Football League junior season last week. Boys and girls will compete in under-12 and U14 competitions, and AFLNT Katherine regional manager Eamon Rice said the season was all about developing players skills and passion for the game. Junior football is an area we continually strive for growth in, he told the Katherine Times. Its great for the kids to be able to run around on the main footy oval in town emulating their favourite AFL or BRFL players. We will have coaches for each team, with the aim of training one night per week. Any child who needs assistance in skill development will have the opportunity to learn the rules of the game and gain guidance from the coaches on hand. Games will be played on Thursday afternoons. For more information, call 0439 660 746. Juniors set for footy season AUSTRALIAN RULES GAME ON: Junior players Jessica Phelan and Kuziva Mukarati test their skills. KATHERINE became a hub of friendly interstate rivalry when players from Kununurra converged on the town for a series of soccer games on August 29. This was the return leg of a recent trip to Kununurra for the Katherine team and one players were looking forward to. The Katherine team is made up of a mix of under-18 players and a few older hands at the game, but predominantly it is a younger team. Katherine Football Club president Michael Lane said the friendly clashes gave local players an opportunity to fine-tune their skills ahead of the 2015 Katherine Football Cup. The main match of the day began at a fast pace, with the Katherine outfit utilising youthful enthusiasm to try and outrun the opposition. To combat the soaring heat, the game was played in four 20-minute quarters, with the scoreline looking promising at 3-all at the end of the third quarter. Both teams took to the field for the last 20 minutes with one thing in mind victory. The first five minutes of the final quarter were even, with both teams pushing back and forward in search of what would hopefully be the winning goal. With 15 minutes to go, Katherine made a big change by putting in the strongest midfield and forward combination it could muster. It took about five minutes for the players to settle but then it clicked. The ball was secured by the midfield of Isaac and Sam, and spread wide through Jessie and Jess. In a thrilling 10 minutes of soccer, Katherine piled on four unanswered goals, including a diving header from Jess and a great solo chip into the back of the net by Isaac. Mr Lane said club officials were proud of how well the team performed. It was our first real win as a team and, hopefully, a great start to working towards the Katherine Football Cup in October, he said. In the under-14 division, local clubs took part in a round robin against the visiting Kununurra team. The extended day was a real test for all players, with all five teams having four 20-minute before the lunch break. As the final game of the round robin began, Scorchers had secured first spot with three wins, while Strikers used two victories and two draws to seal second position. After lunch, the thirdplaced Vipers and Scorchers produced the game of the day, finishing with a draw in the fight for a spot in the final. Scorchers and Kununurra battled in the decider, with the Katherine outfit dominating on the paddock to claim a 4-2 win. INTERSTATE SHOWDOWN: There was plenty of midair action for fans when Katherine Football Club hosted teams from Kununurra on Saturday. SOCCER Katherine too classy in soccer showdown Junior players in action. NEK Minnit has staked its claim on the 2015 Katherine Softball Association premiership by delivering Rockers a resounding 17-4 defeat on August 29. With the race for the competition silverware underway, the first semi-final of the day was between the first-placed Rockers and the second-placed Nek Minnit. Nek Minnit took control of the game early and brought in 15 runs in the first two innings, while Rockers managed just one. Nek Minnit continued to score and left Rockers in its wake, with time and game called when the margin had blown out to a staggering 13 runs. The victory earned Nek Minnit the first spot in the 2015 grand final, with Rockers earning a chance at redemption when they play Rebels for the second place on September 12. The second game of the day was the much-hyped mixed semi-final between Wanderers and Rebels. Both team started out strong, but in the third innings, Wanderers ran away with the game to post a 16-6 win and earn themselves a place in the decider. In the junior division, Rebels notched up a 10-7 win against Nek Minnit, with Shaneen Avalon and Aiden Kopp starring with the bat. On September 5, there will only be one game - the mixed knockout final between Bad Company and Nek Minnit. Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Katherine Softball Association presentation night, which will be held at the Katherine Sports and Recreation Club on September 19 at 6pm. Tickets are available at the ground on game day, or through the Katherine Softball Facebook page. 17-4 win earns decider berth SECOND CHANCE: Rockers team members will be desperate for victory on September 12 following their stunning 17-4 semi-final loss to Nek Minnit on Saturday morning.

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