The Northern Territory news Tue 3 Jan 2017
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24 SPORT TUESDAY JANUARY 3 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Calypsos Shanell Tanonef looks to pass off against Darwin at the NT netball championships Falcons Wing Defence Gemma Henderson intercepts the ball against Pints Net gains across Territory No shortage of action, both on court and off, in a big year for NT netball JANUARY A MULTI-COURT netball facility for Eastside, Alice Springs is one step closer after the NT Governments tender to design and construct the venue was opened. FEBRUARY A CHALLENGING year confronts netballers but Alice Springs Netball Association president Robyn Donnelly is confident the association is in a good position looking ahead. Four new people Amy McArdle (vice president), Tahlia Lee, Lauren Wapling and Jessie Anderson (all committee) were welcomed on to the ASNA executive at the annual general meeting. THE DARWIN Netball Association expands to 10 clubs for the upcoming 2016 season with two new clubs nominating for the first time. Litchfield Bears and Mash joined the eight existing clubs for the new season. MARCH ONLY six teams nominate to play in the Darwin Netball Association A-Grade womens competition. While the DNA itself would expand to 10 clubs with two new clubs nominating for the first time the number of teams in the top division dropped from seven in 2015 to six. Premiers Hoggies, Waratah, Nightcliff, Pints, last seasons beaten grand finalists Tracy Village Falcons and Mash would all play in the top division. NORTHERN Districts Netball Club faces extinction from the Darwin Netball Association with concerns other clubs could follow suit. The Eagles of Northern Districts and the Palmerston Crocs failed to register A-grade teams into the DNA competition. Eagles player Sarah Passalick said she would be surprised if her club existed in 2017 and feared other clubs faced a similar grim future. SIXTY-FIVE keen Top End junior netballers learn tricks of the trade from two Queensland Firebirds netballers at the Palmerston Recreation Centre. Aussie Diamonds and Firebirds, Kim Ravaillion and Gretel Tippett, were originally billed to be leading the sessions, but Jamaican and fellow Firebirds star Romelda Aiken subbed in for Tippett at the last minute. TALKS are held about building a multi-court indoor netball facility in Darwin following the announcement of a $6.25m four-court stadium in Alice Springs. Chief Minister Adam Giles said the NT Government would discuss the prospect of a similar facility in the Top End. APRIL HOGGIES confirm they have lost stars Abbey Holmes, Amy Lorenzo, Michelle Winch and Angela Foley for their Agrade title defence. PINTS begin the new Darwin Netball Association season with a two back-to-back wins against tough opposition. A stirring 15-point upset win over Tracy Village Falcons was backed up by a Round 2 defeat of premiers Hoggies. THE TERRITORY 17-andunder team win their first game for more than a decade at the National Netball Championships. They defeated Tasmania in their final game of the tournament in Perth. NT held on to win 25-24 after leading 14-9 at half time. TWO Territorians are selected in the 2016 Australian under-17 squad. Centralian Gabrielle Coffey and Elizabeth Paice from Dar win were chosen after impressing at the National Championships. MAY NETBALL NT are ready and waiting to pounce on any opportunity to join the national ANZ Championship, according to executive officer Shelley Haynes. Her comment came in relation to Netball Queenslands bid to have a new Northern Australia team in the revamped ANZ Championship, involving the NT. MANY internal questions have to be answered before any national merger is formalised between North Queensland and the NT, according to Darwin netball identity Tina Way. Way questioned the motives of North Queensland netball supposedly embracing Territory netball as a playing partner if the Northern Australia side became a reality. THE PLAN to field a combined Netball Northern Territory and Netball Queensland team in a revamped national competition is scuttled by Netball Australia. IN a move to bring more high-profile netball games to the Top End, Territory Labor promises an indoor netball complex consisting of four courts, with one being of a national standard, if elected at the next election. JUNE AFTER seven rounds of the Darwin A-grade competition, Tracy Village hold top spot with a 6-1 record. FEDERAL member for Solomon Natasha Griggs announces Netball NT will receive an $8 million world standard stadium to host national and international fixtures if the Liberal Government is re-elected. Griggs said the new indoor stadium would have three courts including one showcourt suitable for televised games. THE $6.25m Alice Springs Indoor Netball Stadium takes shape and is on track for completion by September 30 this year. Chief Minister Adam Giles said the facility would be ready in time for the Masters Games. JULY TRACY Village and Pints battle it out for first spot on the A-grade ladder, but the Falcons hold their nerve to extend their buffer at the top. AUGUST BOTTOM-placed Mash re cord their third win of the season in Round 13, upsetting Nightcliff 46-26. At the end of the penultimate round, with Pints and Tracy Village also recording victories, the top four was set in stone. Tracy Village Falcons, Pints, Hoggies and Nightcliff would battle it out in sudden death. SEPTEMBER PINTS take care of minor premiers Tracy Village to shoot straight into the grand final, while Hoggies defeat Nightcliff in the elimination semi-final. TRACY Village defeat Hoggies in the grand final qualifier 59-47 to book their place in the big dance alongside Pints. PINTS claim the A-grade premiership with a nailbiting one-point win over Tracy Village. Pints had a five-point lead midway through the final term but a late Falcons fightback made for an exciting last 30 seconds. However, Pints held on, to claim the crown. AFTER a one-year hiatus, Netball NT are officially back on the national stage after the board of gave the green light for the Territory Storm to return to the Australian Netball League in 2017. Executive officer Shelley Haynes said the decision was fantastic news for the Territorys athletes, coaches, bench officials and staff. Alice Springs secure a hattrick of wins in the Netball NT state junior championship finals matches. The Centralians won an extra time thriller against Darwin in the under-17 grand final. They also beat the Top Enders in the U15 and U13 deciders. OCTOBER LONG-serving Alice Springs netball administrator Pat Gallagher shoots the first goal in the new Alice Springs stadium named in her honour, despite the venue not being fully completed. However, it was built to a stage suitable for the Alice Springs Masters Games with four new, fully sprung courts. NOVEMBER THE NT Government an nounces an investment of $10 million in a new indoor facility at Marrara, with construction to commence within the next 18 months. Netball NT plan to keep their existing outdoor set-up, while the indoor facility would be built at an undecided site within the Marrara sporting precinct. Executive officer Shelley Haynes said Netball NT intended to attract the Australian Diamonds to Darwins new home of netball. THE TERRITORY Storms re-entry into the Australian Netball League will potentially see reserves from the new Super Netball Club, Sunshine Coast Lightning, playing for the NT. The amalgamation would see six NT players, along with four training partners from the Sunshine Coast Lightning form the Territory Storms team in the Australian Netball League each round. Jack Hislop firstname.lastname@example.org Alice Springs Sophie Gaynor in action at the U17 NT netball championships Tracy Villages Karmen Sampson and and Pints Bethany Fry size up prior to the Darwin A-Grade Grand Final Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss with netballers Natasha McCrae and Bethany Fry after the NT Government announced funding for netball facilities Pints defeat Tracy Village in the Darwin Netball A-grade Grand Final
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