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44 SPORT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Anthony Geppa ATHLETICS ALICE Springs athlete Emma Kraft has been crowned the Athletics NT Female Athlete of the Year after a stunning 2017. Kraft received the prestigious award at a presentation night in Darwin this past weekend, beating out Australian sprinter Jessica Peris to claim the title. Alice Springs was well rep resented at the awards night with Emerson Pomfret, Michelle Rodrigo, Mitch Cameron and Brad White all finalists in their respective categories while Eric Blankenspoor, Qitarah Wallace, Jamie Lines and John Bermingham were also nominated for awards. The crown comes after a stellar calendar year for Kraft, seeing her represent Australia at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy. The Alice Springs star said she was thrilled to claim the award for the third time in her career. Im very happy and a bit relieved, I was up against Jessica Peris, she said. Up against someone like her, I was pretty relieved to hear my name. Ive worked really hard, it doesnt come easy and its just great to get that recognition and that will help for your next lot of races, sponsorship and stuff like that. I won it in 2013 and 2014, the last couple of years I was injured and I was a finalist but just missed out. Kraft said representing Australia was definitely a highlight of the year, and thanked the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club for all the support they have given her. Definitely winning the Oceania Trail Running Championships in New Caledonia in May (was a highlight), I was pretty stoked with that. THEY have registered just one win to start the Zodiac Senior Baseball League season but Venom coach James Hull believes his squad is coming together nicely. Venom have been competitive in most games they have played to start the 2017-18 season but have lacked the finishing touches to register victories. Hull said despite the win/ loss record, he was happy with the way his team was playing, adding that cleaning up errors in the field should help his side register some wins. I think weve finally come together as a team. Everyone is Winning isnt everything having fun out there and if we get a few more wins (then thats a) bonus, he said. We have a healthy team and our numbers our strong, it all comes down to being able to field a good team in January and February. We should be all set by then, looking forward to the new year! I feel our offence is about to start clicking as weve been leaving too many runners on the bases. Our bats are starting to catch fire. Hopefully we can keep it up! I think we need to improve on the simple stuff on the field as weve given games away simply on too many errors, silly errors at that Venom will take on a struggling Cubs outfit tonight, a side that has lost its past two games. Hull said despite their poor run, Cubs were still a dangerous side and he expected a tough match. If the Cubs are missing key players, we have a good shot but somehow the Cubs find a way to win, he said. Hopefully we can take advantage of an out-of-form team, if that rumour is true. Welcome to Alice baseball, anyones game! To get the win, we will need to put up big numbers. Ive been telling the guys that we cant win in this league if we only put up two or three runs. Hopefully two of our upand-comers, Cy Lin and Aaron Turner, continue their hitting streaks! We also have a few players coming back from injury after the holiday break, David Montano, Marti and C.D., hopefully they bring their A game. Venom and Cubs will meet tonight from 9pm at Lyle Kempster Park. In the early fixture, Pirates will look to register their first win of the regular season when they meet the in-form Panthers from 7pm. Venom coach pleased with progressAnthony GeppaBASEBALL Demons' Nathan Mitchell ducks to avoid getting hit by a wild pitch. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON Also getting the opportunity to represent Australian at the Mountain Running Championships in Italy and finishing in the top 50 was really great. Also just being back running and trying to support local races like the Barrett Drive Mile and the DSF 1000. I would just like to thank the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club, Athletics NT and all my sponsors and supporters. Emma Kraft has been crowned the NT Athletics Female Athlete of the Year. Picture: EMMA MURRAY Kraft wears Kraft wears crown for crown for best in best in Territory Territory WILL Chambers still remembers making the 1043km journey from Nhulunbuy to Darwin for junior football games. It used to be a big thing to come over here and play footy (for Gove) against Darwin, Chambers said. Now to be playing in a World Cup here, its something special. The Kangaroos centre, whose family still live in the Nhulunbuy home he grew up in, says tonights Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal against Samoa will be a career highlight. Chambers never thought the opportunity to again play a match in the Territory would arise, let alone a World Cup knockout clash. I havent thought too much about it because I dont want to be overawed by it all. Ive played in some big games, but this will be right up there, he said. The seven-time Queensland State of Origin representative said it would be an emotional occasion at Darwin Stadium. To be playing in a World Cup up here is something I would never have dreamt of, he said. I never would have thought a rugby league match of this importance would be played in Darwin, but to be up here and playing in it is something special. A crowd of 12,000 is expected at Marrara tonight for the biggest rugby league fixture the Territory has ever played host to. Australia will host Samoa tonight in their quarterfinal at TIO Stadium with kick off set for 7pm. Chambers long road to come full circle Jack Hislop RUGBY LEAGUE