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SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 SPORT 65 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA PALMERSTON SOUTH DARWIN GOODLINE PARK 6.15PM Tyrone Jennings 1 Will Beers 2 Keegan Quackawoot 3 Brad Norris 4 Matthew Johnson 5 Brad Hansen 6 Matthew Bennett 7 Adam Hall 8 DID NOT SUPPLY TEAM Luke Tarrant 9 Scott Davidson 10 Shane Smith 11 Jeromie Edwards 12 Elijah Simpson 13 INTERCHANGE David Russell 14 Steven Smith 15 Riccardo Smith 16 Nick Lambert 17 18 THE Litchfield Bears roared into premiership contention last night with a 36-10 victory over Brothers at Freds Pass. Third-placed Litchfield came to play with emotion running high after the passing of former Brother and Bears reserve grade captain Jason Snowflake Williams last weekend. The reserve grade fixture was played for a shield named in his memory. Brothers won that clash 36-12, but first grade was a different story as Joel Tomes side claimed their first top-two scalp of 2017. After an even first half, which the Bears edged 12-10, the home side kept the second placed Brethren who had only lost once previously this season scoreless in the second half. Litchfield started the match perfectly after Brothers failed to complete their first set from the kick-off. On the last tackle of the subsequent set of six, halfback Matt Goodfellow drifted across field before putting in a perfectly placed grubber into the in-goal. Brothers responded through a Lyle Ah Sam try after pivot Leon Rotumah found grass with a long kick and forced a repeat set. Litchfield crossed next through Jack Welch who darted over from dummy-half, although the first 40 would finish two tries a piece thanks to a Matty Goodson four pointer. Brothers fullback Lawrie Barba was helped from the field just before the break and didnt return, meaning a reshuffled backline in the second half for Michael MacLeans side. The Bears came out of the sheds knowing they had to snatch the momentum back and they did just that inside the first 10 minutes. They scored two fourpointers within that time to Goodfellow and David Jacobson, taking their lead to 14 points. The Bears didnt give Brothers a sniff in the closing stages; with hooker Welch darting over for another two tries to complete a hat-trick. In todays fixtures, Palmerston clash with Souths, while Katherine are at home to the Northern Sharks. Bears growl into GF contention JACK HISLOP JACK HISLOP KATHERINE NORTHERN SHARKS KATHERINE SPORTS GROUND, 7PM Stephen Fairweather 1 Willy Fluid 2 Lawrence Watego 3 Anthony Busch 4 Jetheth Lammon 5 Dane Evens 6 Andrew Sutton 7 Paul Jennings 8 DID NOT SUPPLY TEAM Jarrod Northam 9 Livingston Jacobs 10 Tyler Aranui 11 Nathaniel Wessling 12 Joshua Whitehouse 13 INTERCHANGE Tupu Tafunai 14 Dean Watson 15 Tommy Mullhall 16 Trent David 17 Pugilists lock horns at Palmo BOXING officials are calling it Palmerston versus the Rest and followers of the ancient fighting sport can watch every punch and sidestep in the Sattellite City tomorrow night. A total of 20 fights have been organised, with seven senior fights and 13 juniors of varying weights enough to satisfy fans of all ages. Boxing NT president Brett Schroeder said the rise and rise of his sport would continue at the Palmerston Recreation Centre from 5pm tomorrow. Its an insight into the future of boxing and from what Ive seen the sport is very much alive and well in the Territory, he said. There are boxers in the fight schedule who will go on to bigger and better things and Darwin and Palmerston fans can see them close up this week. Schroeder circled the David Skeen-Kenny Harkin fight as a case in point, where he expects Palmerston-based Skeen to match wits and punches with the Cyclone gymnasiums Harkin. King Brown Boxing Clubs Francis Flordeliza faces Palmerstons Billy Pavlis in a 70kg fight that should contain sharp punches, smart defence and clever evasive skills. Alice Springs is also sending fighters to the Top End. The doors at the centre open at 4.30pm with the first fight set down for 5pm. Tickets are available at the door $25 for adults, $10 for children under 17 and $40 for a family will get fans ringside. GREY MORRIS Iliaseri Ravetali and John Ronayne from the 1st BDE Army and Brian Coleman and Brandon Walker from the USMC will match up at Rugby Park today Picture: JACK HISLOP No quarter given as finals kicking off NRLNT TIPS Jack Hislop NT News Jackie Edwards NTRL legend Nigel Roy NRLNT Carl Pfeiffer NT News Grey Morris NT News19 2527 25 21 25 Brothers Palmerston Northern Sharks Brothers Palmerston Norhtern Sharks Brothers Palmerston Northern Sharks Brothers Palmerston Northern Sharks Brothers Palmerston Katherine Brothers Palmerston Northern Sharks Josh Spasaro NT News UNPREDICTABLE results in the concluding rounds of the NTRU regular season has set up a brilliant finals series. In the knockout minor semi-final, third place University clash against the in-form, fourth-ranked Darwin Dragons. Uni finished with back-toback victories including a 16point win over minor premiers Souths. Glory on line as form book thrown out That was after Casuarina had trounced the Pirates 42-5 the week before, proving the competition is anyones to snatch. Dragons have won two out of their past three. The loss coming against Souths last week by just four points in a three tries-all result, again proving the evenness of the top four. Uni fly-half Robbie Butcher said the Pirates would be playing with confidence. We have had a few good wins over the past couple of weeks. Its just about putting that 80 minute performance together, he said. Dragons skipper Drew Tobin said his team would be close to full strength. Weve been building quite well, weve struggled to put our best 15 on the park but we will come pretty close ... we are quietly confident we can get a win, he said. Meanwhile, Cougars will aim to hunt down South Darwin in a replay of the last years major semi-final. Casuarina claimed second after winning eight out of their last nine. We have found our form really well the boys are starting to respond to the systems Joe (coach Joe Albert) has been working on all year, hooker Josh Phillips said. In a huge boost for the Bunnies, gun Fijians Setefano Cakau and Abele Atunaisa will return. In between the two semi-finals, the 1st Brigade Australian Army Team will clash with the US Marine Corps Hell Hounds in an exhibition fixture. All matches are from Rugby Park. Matildas beat United States TAMEKA Butts second-half strike has given Australia a first-ever victory over womens soccer powerhouse the United States. The Matildas took it up to the world champions and were richly rewarded in their meeting at the Tournament of Nations on Friday. One of Australian sports longest hoodoos was ended by the Matildas vibrant and cohesive display in Seattle. Butt scored the only goal of the game in the 67th minute. Emily Van Egmond flicked a ball over the American defence to the waiting Butt, who steadied and lashed the ball past Alyssa Naeher from short-range. The landmark result ends the USAs long domination over Australia in womens soccer. Malik Skeen (left) and Kingsley Monck sparing ahead of tonights fight Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD