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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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TUESDAY MARCH 28 2017 SPORT 31 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Battle of the unknown Redbacks in unfamiliar territory for Shield final South Australia captain Travis Head will be out to secure his states first Sheffield Shield title since the 1995-96 season at Traeger park in Alice Springs this week. Picture: SAM WUNDKE appointment, Head, 23, said. We said a couple of years ago we want to earn respect for SA cricket and I think were starting to do that. While Head said that his team werent at a disadvantage this week having never played in Alice Springs, Victorian spinner Jon Holland disagreed. Holland, who sits second on the Sheffield Shield wickets tally this season, said the Bushrangers loved playing at Traeger Park and expected the ground to give them an advantage. Its obviously a pretty exciting time up here, were going for our third final in a row and the boys are pretty excited, Holland said. Weve had quite a bit of success here, five games weve played here for four wins and one draw. Its a great ground, the facilities are great too. Weve known from the start of the season that if we did finish on top (the final) will be in Alice Springs. Weve prepared for it and its not very foreign for us. Definitely (its an advantage to us), Im not sure how many blokes have been to Alice Springs (from the Redbacks squad). They cancelled training (on Friday) because it was too hot so maybe the heat will play a part as well. SOUTH Australia skipper Travis Head says Victorias unbeaten record in Alice Springs is no reason for caution in the Sheffield Shield final. The batting all-rounder said the Bushrangers remained favourites for the competition decider despite shifting the clash to the Red Centre due to a lack of suitable home venues. Twelve months after SA faltered in the final against the same opposition at Glenelg, Head said his side has relished every minute of its journey into the unknown. They have a very good record (in Alice Springs) and they play the conditions extremely well, Head said of Victoria, which has won three and drawn one of its four matches in Alice Springs. Its going to be a really tough week but its something we can overcome. Were going into the unknown but we go out there with fresh minds and with a clear plan. The Redbacks were greeted by 40C temperatures when they touched down in Alice Springs on Friday, forcing the squad to cancel their training session. Head has scored 508 runs at 36.28 this Shield campaign but has contributed just 84 in his past six innings. He said he was primed for a big knock to help his teammates wipe away memories of last seasons seven-wicket final defeat to Victoria. I like to pride myself (on scoring runs) in big games and I like to perform in big games. Head was just two when SA won its most recent Shield 21 years ago. He said the desire to bring the title back to Adelaide Oval burnt deep within the Redbacks group. Theres definitely been some lean years and some dis Rob Greenwood and Anthony Geppa CRICKET Were going into the unknown but we go out there with fresh minds and with a clear plan. R E D B A C K S C A P T A I N T R A V I S H E A D A STUNNING three-pointer from Otis Michael with just two seconds remaining has seen Rockets Saints crowned Alice Springs Basketball Associations League Men premiers. Trailing by two points with just seconds remaining, Michael hit a fadeaway threepointer from the corner to defeat Nyewente 79-78 in the grand final. The buzzer beater capped off a remarkable turnaround for Rockets Saints after they trailed by seven points with only a minute remaining. Michael led his teams fa Last-gasp win for Rockets Saints mous victory with a monstrous performance, tallying an incredible 47 points. Michaels impressive points tally included five three-point buckets. Keenan Abbott was also impressive for Rockets in their grand final victory, scoring 12 points in the come-from-behind win. While it was heartbreak for Nyewente, star William Foster had a night to remember with an impressive 25-point performance in the loss. While the League Mens final came down to the final seconds of the match, Wallabies Storm cruised to premiership glory with a convincing 44-22 victory against Nyewente in the League Womens final. After a tight opening quarter, Storm took control of the match in the second term on their way to the comfortable win, taking out the womens premiership. Michelle Ellis played a pivotal role in Wallabies victory, top scoring for the match with 16 points in a dominant display. Ellis impressive points tally included one three-pointer. Lauren Taylor also impressed with 11 points. Lena McCormack was the shining light for Nyewente in their grand final loss, totalling six points. Wallabies Storm's Lara Harding drives into the lane against Nyewente. Picture: JOSH ABBOTT BASKETBALL

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