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26 KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 2015 www.katherinetimes.com.au Hendrick stops clock at 2:58 with marathon effort >> sport Katherine triumphs in maiden NT match ROUND nine of Katherine Softball Association action began with Rebels securing easy points through a forfeit. Rockers and Nek Minnit squared off in the second clash, with the former firing in the first two innings, thanks in part to a two-base hit to Sabina Jackson, to take an imposing 10-nil lead before Nek Minnit piled on eight runs of its own to keep the game well and truly alive. In the third innings, Rockers continued to score runs, with Hayley Ross bagging another two-base hit for the team. Nek Minnit tried to keep up and, despite Jade Browne producing an impressive two-base hit, was unable to bother the scorer any further. In Rockers final bat of the game, they took their lead out to seven runs. Nek Minnit fired in its final innings, with a Lucresia Girdler two-base hit adding six runs, but the team was unable to run down its opponent, with Rockers taking the game 15-14. Libby Ross, Alysia Bader and Francine Bain claimed best on ground honours for the victor. The first mixed game of the round was between Bad Company and Rebels. Bad Company batted first and quickly added seven runs to the scoreboard through a home run to Lewis Lampton. In reply, Rebels were only able to score three runs in their first innings. When Bad Company picked up the bat again, the team was held back by strong fielding by Rebels and unable to score. In their second innings, Rebels managed to bring the game to a 7-all tie with safe batting. In the third innings, Bad Company edged in front with a run to May Rosas. But when Rebels got back into bat, the team clicked and added 10 runs to its game tally, thanks to a Jaidine Fejo two-base clearing loaded bases and a home run to Cori Anderson. The team continued to fight in the final innings, keeping Bad Company scoreless while adding three more runs to seal the win 20-8. Best on ground for Bad Company were Rosas, Lampton and Naomi Rosas, while for Rebels, Kerry Scretton, Fejo and Daniel Northam shone. Nek Minnit and Wanderers lined up for the final mixed game of round nine. Nek Minnit batted first and brought in five runs, while Wanderers only managed one. In the second innings, Nek Minnit added a further two runs while shutting out its opponent on the scoreboard. Through strong fielding, Wanderers turned the tide in the third innings by keeping Nek Minnit scoreless before an Ann Manfong safe hit added two runs for the team. In the fourth innings, Nek Minnit added one via a Nick Scrymgour home run, with Manfong again impressing to add four runs for Wanderers through a two-base hit. With only one run separating the teams, both added a solitary run each to end the game as Nek Minnit secured a 9-8 victory. Scrymgour, Jade Peckham and Caitlin Girdler were in top touch for Nek Minnit, while Manfong, Keely Ah Chin and Braydon Manfong were the best for Wanderers. SETTING THE PACE: Robbie Hendrick celebrates his Run the River Marathon win on Sunday. THE Run the River Marathon has been hailed a success by organisers after every runner who laced up their shoes for the event crossed the finish line on August 16. The event was hosted by the Katherine Multi Sports Club and attracted more than 50 competitors from across the Top End, with some travelling from Darwin, Timber Creek, Gapuwiyak and Galiwinku. Distances for the individual categories were not for the fainthearted, with 10kilometre, 14km, 21.1km and 42.2km circuits testing the mettle and stamina of runners. The 21.1km half marathon proved to be the most popular event, with 17 runners battling for bragging rights. Two Darwin made the journey down the Stuart Highway to contest their first-ever marathon, while Katherinite Penny Wigan lined up take part in her maiden running event. Never one to take the easy route to success, Wigan opted to run the half marathon and finished in an impressive time of two hours, 11 minutes. Records tumbled during the event as Darwin runner Robbie Hendrick scorched the opposition to finish the marathon in the blistering time of 2:58. In stopping the clock, Hendrick set a personal best for the gruelling 42.2km run and threw down the yardstick for competitors in the 2016 Run the River Marathon. Kelly Rosas represented Katherine superbly when she crossed the 10km finish line in 56 minutes, ensuring that one-third of all the silverware handed out during the event remained in town. Jo Hersey was crowned the overall 14km winner in a time of 1:19, followed closely by Nicholas Bracey, who survived man flu the week of the event and bravely put Katherine men on the map by claiming mens honours in a time of 1:21. The Indigenous Marathon Project was out in force for the event and represented by three 2015 squad members. Chris Guyula (10km winner), Dwayne Hector (14km) and Jacinta Gurruwiwi (14km) demonstrated how successful the program is, while two IMP graduates, Evelyna Garayal and Allirra Braun, proved that it was impossible to shed the running bug. Runners enjoyed the Katherine River at its best, running along the banks at sunrise and passing signs of encouragement written in English and Yolgnu Matha. Rockers halt late-firing Wanderers to claim softball thriller TEENAGER Kyle ODonoghue-Ellis is the toast of local tennis after his barnstorming singles performance paved the way for Katherines come-frombehind upset of Palmerston in the NT Premier League season opener on August 15. Palmerston was tipped to take the round one clash but it was the Katherine outfit that prevailed 6-3, 6-3 to secure an early lead for the title. Erin Bormann and ODonoghue-Ellis ensured Katherine split the singles rubbers, while Bormann partnered Jemma Gossow to a 6,2, 6,3 success in the womens doubles. Katherine Tennis Club coach Sam Murch said the fantastic win would make a big difference to the sport in the town. COMPETITORS have added more silverware to their trophy cabinets following the four-day Katherine Athletics Centre club championship last week. Medallist results 6 girls Gold: Emma Healey, silver: Georgia Dennis, bronze: Riley Prime 6 boys Gold: Dechlan Mole, silver: Thomas McPhee, bronze: Lethan Smiler 7 girls Gold: Kate McTaggart, silver: Ada Heaslip, bronze: Isabella Hall 7 boys Gold: George Rosas, silver: Mason Harding, bronze: Cooper Buckley 8 girls Gold: Emily Boalar, silver: Makaela Fisher, bronze: Kaleigha Bain 8 boys Gold: Simeon Tallon Rosas, silver: Nicholas Harris, bronze: Ben McPhee 9 girls Gold: Nellie Thomas, silver: Jamila Cernovskis, bronze: Ruby Rosas 9 boys Gold: Ramdy Asanema, silver: Jamie Grahek, bronze: Tyler Kariko 11 girls Gold: Caly Hoare, silver: Char lize Simmonds, bronze: Jasmine Glass 11 boys Gold: Metao Cernovskis, sil ver: Logan Kariko, bronze: Liam Harris 12 girls Gold: Kayla Costello, silver: Brianna Simmonds, bronze: Elyssia Tallon Rosas 14 boys Gold: Sean Wilton 17 boys Gold: Clayton Morrison Open women Gold: Rebekah Morrison Masters women Gold: Sam Harding, gold W35-39: Nicole Simmonds, gold W40-44: Kelly Rosas, silver W40-44: Donna Bryant, bronze W40-44: Chrissy Zelley, gold W50-59: Beth Morrison Masters men Gold M35-39: Ivan Bryant, sil ver M35-39: Leigh Kariko, gold M40-44: Daryl Grahek, silver M40-44: John Zelley Local athletes shine at club championship MASTERING THE ART: Katherine Masters athletes show off their championship silverware.