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Katherine Times Wed 12 Mar 2014



Katherine Times Wed 12 Mar 2014


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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V.32 issue 9

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>> sport www.katherinetimes.com.au KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY MARCH 12, 2014 31 RODNEY Hoffy Hoffman (pictured) almost gave up on Rugby all together after a serious fracture of his tibia and fibula in 2001 playing for the Katherine Raiders. The 39-year-old moved to Katherine in 1998, and in 1999 he commenced playing Rugby Union for the Katherine Pirates and Rugby League for the Katherine Cowboys/Raiders. During a potential try scoring effort a bloke tackled me, I stepped at the same time and both our weight went on my left leg, resulting in a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula, Mr Hoffman said. This incident kept Mr Hoffman away from playing Rugby Union or League for four years. T he Katherine Pirates and Sport and Rec Club Committee member had played rugby since he was four years old After my injury I stopped going to rugby to support the boys regularly because it was too upsetting, he said. This absence from contact sport was only short-lived because for Mr Hoffman his passion for the game will conquer any fears of injury. I continued playing and I really enjoyed it. This enjoyment transpired into achievements and in 2009 the former Katherine Cowboys player represented Katherine at the 2009 NT Touch Championships, where he was awarded Player of the Carnival. In the same year Mr Hoffman started a role as President of the Pirates Rugby Union Club. He performed this role for three years. Current Pirates Rugby Union Club President Jesse King said Mr Hoffman was loved by all and he would always helps out anyone who needs a hand. - by Paul Bidmeade. Picture: Casey Bishop SSppoorr tt iinngg SSttaarr oo ff tthhee WWeeeekk Nominate your favouritelocal sporting starYou know someone who is apassionate soccer player? An up and coming footy star? Your favourite pitcher? A great bull rider or barrel racer? An outstanding lawn bowler? Simply a good sports person - young or old? Nominate your favourite sports person for the new Katherine Times Sporting Star of the Week column simply send an email to editor.kathtimes@ruralpress.co m with your sporting star's name and the club he or she plays for. From all Sporting Stars that make it into the Katherine Times in 2014, one star will be selected for the Katherine Times Sporting Star award, which will be presented at the Katherine Town Council Australia Day Ceremony 2015. Questions? Ring Paul at the Katherine Times on 8972 1111. KJRL sign ons will be held at the Sport and Rec Club on Giles Street on Saturday, March 29, from 12.30pm to 4pm and on Thursday, May 1 from 6pm to 7pm. Calling all U18 lads out there, we now have a coach for the U18 Katherine West Tigers. Thanks to Anthony Froggy Busch has put his hand up, so now its up to you to commit for the 2014 NTRL season. Training will be at Katherine Sport and Rec Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm. New and old players most welcome. Sponsorship for the 2014 NTRL season in 3 KWT Grades has been of major importance to get all teams to Darwin each week. This year we have taken the initiative of offering Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze as well as a Clubman/woman packages. Paul Jennings, our sponsor man ager and his team have been successful in securing our Platinum and Major A Grade Sponsor John Leo of Power Projects (NT) P/L. Many others, including Willem Westra van Holthe MLA, have already rejoined us for the 2014 season but we are still seeking your sponsorship. So if you wish to come on board, please dont hesitate to contact Paul on 0428 979 158. John Mitchell CEO and David High, operations manager from NTRL, were our guests last week, here to discuss the pre season 9s and season draw regarding Darwin venues and home games for the Katherine West Tigers. Exciting News for KRL and KWT is that we will be playing the curtain raiser to the NRL Parramatta v Raiders Game on August 9 at TIO Stadium Darwin. The coaching clinic conducted by the NTRL David High and Duncan McGilgray was a great learning experience for all those who attended on Friday and Saturday. Hopefully we will be having a friendly game here on Saturday, March 22, against the RAAF - more details next week. Follow us on the Katherine West Tigers Facebook page for all the news. We are looking forward to another exciting season of rugby especially with our home games. Training to commence for KJRL RAAF Physical Training Instructor Allen Watts, Katherine Touch President Crystal Browne and Katherine High School student Georgia Walker will lead a Katherine invasion to Coffs Harbour on March 12, representing the Northern Territory at the National Touch Football Championships. The Katherine trio are taking on the best touch football players in Australia, when Allen plays in the over 40s Australian Defence Force Warriors team and Crystal and Georgia play for the Touch 20s Northern Territory Devils team. They will pick an Australian side from this competition, which are not only the best in Australia, but also the best in the world, Mr Watts said. Young Georgia Walker makes her debut at the NTL and is excited for the opportunity. I wasnt expecting to be picked, being one of the youngest, so Im pretty happy to be selected, Ms Walker said. For 21-year-old Crystal Browne this is a second chance at national selection. For me this is my chance to try and get back onto the Australian team, Ms Browne said. The National Touch League (NTL) is the premier event for Touch Football in Australia and the tournament showcases the best touch players on a national stage. With over 127 mixed, mens and womens teams that play between March 12-15, this is touch football at the highest level. To have three Katherine players is great for the town, Mr Watts said. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to be involved in the tournament. While Australian cities of millions of people struggle to put together a seven player touch team, the small town of Katherine has strong representation. Three local players to represent NT in National Touch Footy Comp LAST Thursday night saw the top two teams meet at Kirbys. Kings came away with the win in a closely contested match and all games could have gone either way. Willy was best for Kings winning all his singles and doubles frames. Ernest and Rob won two singles, Frank with a singles win and Clem was involved in two doubles wins to take the points with a 9-3 victory and to see Kings skip two games clear at the top of the ladder. M8s sit in second spot on 21 points as Dave picked up a singles and a doubles win, Kevin with two doubles and Guy a doubles in M8s loss. Gangers and Knights met at the Sports and Rec Club. Kegz and TC both won a singles and teamed together to win two doubles frames, Mick won a singles frame and then combined with Micheal to win a doubles for Gangers. While for Knights, Suzie was best winning two singles and a doubles, Craig with two singles and Paul won a singles and a doubles, but at the end of the night the two teams scored a point each with a 6-6 draw the result. ZENITH were at home at the Katherine Club against NRG. Kate came to play, as she went through the night unbeaten winning 100 per cent of her frames. Dave F. and Mat both won a singles and a doubles with Dave B. winning two doubles in ZENITHs 7-5 win. Trevor picked up two singles frames for NRG, while Dan and Abraham won a singles and a doubles frame apiece in their narrow loss. F-Troop scored an easy win as Dark Horses were a late scratching as they are away representing Katherine at the Imparja Cup and the Drop Bears had the bye this week. Current Ladder: Kings-25, M8s-21, F-Troop16, Drop Bears-15, Dark Horses, Gangers and ZENITH-14, Knights-10 and NRG-6. Kings on top of ladder after 8Balls round 15 2014 CIRCLE F Easter Classic Fishing Competition From 6am Friday 18th April to 4.30pm Sunday 20th April. ENTRY FEE - includes a meal Sunday night. Adult $40; children $15. LIVE BAND SUNDAY NIGHT - INDECISION. Prizes - to the value of $7,000. ADULT: Largest Barra $1,500; Ladies Barra $800; Salmon $250; Shark $350; Mens Barra $800; Jew $250; Catfish $350; Mullet $50. Best Hardluck story $100. CHILDREN: Largest Barra $800; Girls Barra $400; Boys Barra $400; Salmon $150; Jew $150; Mullet $50. Encouragement Award $100. Children are not able to win adult prizes. Presentation Sunday night. Tickets available at BP counter.