The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Apr 2017
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36 SPORT FRIDAY APRIL 14 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Cut no obstacle as Fitzgibbon back on board IT looks like it will take more than a few stitches to keep Australian surfer Sally Fitzgibbons from chasing back-toback wins on the World Surf League tour. The joint world No.1 was forced to retire from her round-three heat at iconic Bells Beach on Wednesday after a fin chop left her with a deep cut high on her left foot. Organisers of the world fa mous event called a lay day yesterday, allowing Fitzgibbons precious time to recover ahead of a round-four suddendeath heat against Hawaiis Tatiana Weston-Webb. On Thursday the threetime WSL runner-up gave every sign she would take on Weston-Webb. Credit to the medical team on hand for taking great care of me. Ill try and get back on my board in the coming days, Fitzgibbons said. Im still resting at the moment and will know more when I see the doctor. The 26year-old from Gerroa on the NSW South Coast claimed the first Margaret River Pro title of her career last week, giving her a share of the world No.1 ranking alongside compatriot Stephanie Gilmore after two rounds. Fitzgibbons is known on tour for her resilience. Two years ago she won the Fiji Pro despite contesting the final with a perforated eardrum and would love to add a third Bells crown. The Nitro Up North drag racing classic returns to the Top End in July Picture: GRANT STEPHENS Brisbane. They follow in the footsteps of world-beating sprint queens Cate and Bronte Campbell, but that is where the similarities end. In fact, Taylor McKeown, 22, admitted they were a bit weird compared to the likes of the Campbells. Indeed the contrast between the families could not be more stark. The inseparable Campbells are freestyles golden girls while the McKeowns like to give each other a bit of grief at the pool and compete in completely different events breaststroke and backstroke. I am not too sure how well she takes it but we give each other a bit of grief at the pool, Taylor McKeown said. If she is next to me I like to lean over and give her a bit of a splash before a race. Rio Olympic medley relay silver medallist Taylor was the first to book a ticket to Julys world titles in Budapest after claiming her maiden 100m-200m breaststroke double at the national championships on Wednesday night. Moments later sister Kaylee was also on her way to Hungary after placing a surprise second in a world titles qualifying time behind world champion Emily Seebohm in the 200m backstroke final. They will join siblings Emma and David McKeon on the Australian team. Its a bit weird. The McKe ons do freestyle, the Campbells do freestyle but us McKeowns are a bit different we like to change things up, Taylor said. Kaylee a Year 11 Sunshine Coast schoolgirl will be the teams youngest member. We used to joke about having us two sisters on the same team but now it is actually happening, she said. Yet another sibling act to swim at highest level for Australia SISTER acts are nothing new on the Australian swimming team but no one has quite seen anything like Taylor and 15year-old Kaylee McKeown. The pair are the latest siblings to become Australian teammates after their heroics at the national swim titles in LAINE CLARK Davison primed for grid return SUPERCAR driver Will Davison plans to be on the starting grid at Phillip Island next week. Right now, we are awaiting the verdict on how repairable my Tekno Commodore is after the multi-car shunt in Saturdays opening Supercars race at Symmons Plains, Davision wrote in his column for Fox Sports. Unfortunately, the impact I suffered in the crash was the biggest of my career. It was measured on the telemetry at 42g. It hurt ... a lot. I am happy to confess I wasnt real well in the hours after the accident, the pain was excruciating and it was well into the early hours of Sunday morning at Launceston General Hospital before I was comfortable enough to sleep. Davison suffered a small break to a bony projection at tached to a vertebrae that cannot be operated on. Despite the pain and discomfort, Davison plans to be behind the wheel when practice sessions begin at Phillip Island next week. Dr Carl Le, the Supercars series doctor, has been across all of this from the moment they reached me trackside. He did a brilliant job liaising with the doctors at Launceston Hospital and continues to advise me about the recovery, Davison wrote. Im still very sore, trying all I can do hopefully to be ready for next week. I wont realistically know until early next week whether Im fit enough to drive. Basically I have to rest for a few days, then move into a regimen of light training, nothing too strenuous. Davison said Dr Carl was confident he will be good to go for Phillip Island. GREY MORRIS THE much anticipated Nitro Up North drag racing classic is ready to strike on July 21 and 22 at Darwins Hidden Valley Drag Strip. Nitro fuelled dragsters will once again shake the ground with six cars due to head north for the first time, including Rapisarda Autosport International, Lamattina Top Fuel Racing and Sheehan Racing. Last year thousands of spectators turned out to witness 10,000 horsepower vehicles accelerating to over 500kmh in just 4.5 seconds. The Top Fuel teams will be joined by Top Doorslammers, Top Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters and hundreds of racers in the Summit Sportsman Series for awesome championship drag racing. Drag racing teams from around the country are already planning their adventures to the Top End with convoys being organised across every state. Proudly sponsored by the NT Government and Motorsports NT, Nitro Up North will attract thousands of spectators to Hidden Valley Drag Strip to witness the aweinspiring spectacle of nitro drag racing. Nitro Up North organiser Scott MacLean said hopes were high for another tremendous event, building on last years record crowds. This event is world class and planning is already well advanced to make sure the 2017 show is just as high quality, he said. Weve got the best drag racers from all around Australia coming to Darwin. They see it as an opportunity not just to do some racing but also to see the country and spectacular landscapes the Territory is known for. Travelling to Nitro Up North isnt just another drag racing event its an adventure. Nitro dynamos ready to rock Top End again Weather puts brakes on drag racing event THE Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association has postponed the Good Friday Off Street and Test and Tune event to next Friday, April 21. Heavy rain across Darwin this week prevented workers preparing the track for racing, particularly when the safety of drivers is of paramount importance. The off street and tune event caters for the serious racers keen to kickstart their 2017 campaign or the average motorsport fan desperate to see how their street car or bike can perform over the world class quarter-mile track at the Valley. The opening round of the Hidden Valley Drag Strip Track Championship is set down for Saturday night, May 6 where the only sounds of thunder will come from dragsters, doorslammers and top bikes, not from the heavens where water can ruin a big night of drag racing. For more information on the 2017 Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association season visit www.hiddnevalleydrags.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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