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FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 SPORT 51 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA DESPITE ladder positions being locked in place a week out from finals, both Wests and United will have plenty to play for this weekend with the annual Foundation Clubs Shield on the line. Wests and United are the founding clubs of the Central Australian Rugby Football League and have been doing battle since 1963 and both clubs have played every season since. The shield is a way of honouring the formation of the league and Wests president Matt Roberts believes its a hugely important day for both clubs, saying that the game always makes for a tough contest. Its something thats really important to us, it doesnt matter where the two sides are on the ladder its always a good contest, Roberts said. Its a bit like when St George plays Cronulla (in the NRL), the Foundation Club Shield is always a hard-fought game. Weve got a heap of respect Warren Kunoth hopes to help kick United to a win in the Foundation Clubs Shield tomorrow. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON A DOMINANT second half by Nyewente snatched victory away from Rockets Saints in the mens league basketball semi final on Monday night. Trailing 21-35 at the major break, Nyewnted turned the game around to win 69-65. Key Nyewente player Willie Foster was restricted to playing only a quarter due to a football injury and was delighted by the team effort without him. It was a narrow win but we stuck to the game plan that we have been developing for four years, he said. The game plan has been working as a team and we have blooded a lot of young players into it. It does not matter what Nyewente's Tristrum Watkins rises above the Rockets Saints defensive pack to get his shot away in the semi-final. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON Nyewente snatch late victory in thriller players we have on the court as each player can step up and play the required role. We spoke about it (trailing 21-35) at half time but it was because the shots were not dropping not that there was any need to change the plan. We just had to stick to it and pick up defensively and once the ball started working our way in defence the shots began to drop. The victory came on a solid team effort with Kyran Smith, Tristrum Watkins Snr and Galen Mentha all scoring 14 points and Ryan Mallard 12. Nyewente had eight contributors to their score while Rockets had five with Keenan Abbott leading the way with 23. A 26-14 third term turned the game around but Rockets still led at the final change by two points. But some sharp sooting by Watkins at the end put the game out of Rockets reach. Magic, with Joseph Dunning leading the way with 27 points, outgunned Wallabies Storm in the elimination final in the second and third terms on their way to a comfortable 63-46 win. Dunning had good support from Travis Martin and James Melky, with 12 and 10 points respectively, while Dennis Orr, Kane Raddock and Jake Orr all reached double figure points for Wallabies. Magic will now face Rockets Saints in the preliminary final on Monday night. Magic Jazz, with Renae Steer slotting in 18 points, defeated Nyement 33-16 in the womens semi final. There was only seven points the difference at half time but 12 secondhalf points, out of the teams 16, by Steer proved too much for Nyewnte to handle. In the other women's semi final Wallabies Thunder had a walkover when Jirara could not get a team on the court due to the players being on a school camp. Preliminary finals begin on Monday with Rockets Saints playing Magic in the LM from 8pm, Magic Hazz playing Yirara in the womens at 6.30pm with the under-12s and under-16s also playing. Rockets Tune Squad play Wallabies Outlaws in LRM from 7.30pm on Tuesday while the under-10 and under-14s will also play on the same evening. Steve Menzies BASKETBALL WITH their ladder position already locked in a round out from the finals series, MPH Vikings coach Roy Graham said his side were still gunning for a win against rivals Celtic this weekend. Vikings cannot be moved from third position regardless of their result against Celtic tomorrow evening but Graham believes it is vital his club puts in a good performance this Vikings out to break hoodoo close to finals. The thirdplaced side have lost all four matches against Celtic this season and Graham said a win would go a long way to proving to his players they are good enough to challenge for a premiership. Its pretty important that we prove to ourselves that we can knock Celtic off because weve got points off everyone else this season but Celtic have eluded us, Graham said. Theyre a bit of a bogey side for us at the moment, Im not sure why because weve been scraping through and doing well against Scorpions but we never seem to get the wood over Celtic. Where we stand now were going to have to win three games on the trot to win the premiership so you need that belief you can match it with all the teams. Weve got that against the other two sides, not that its a sure thing, but we havent proved to ourselves yet that we can beat Celtic. While a win could prove invaluable for his side, Graham admits to one eye being fixed on the clubs finals campaign but is adamant Vikings will put in a good performance tomorrow. (The game) is a bit about getting ourselves right for finals too, Ill be sitting the game out and I think a few of the other boys who are close (to suspension) might sit it out as well, he said. Weve got a lot of competition for spots at the moment so the game will be a lot about sorting out who plays come finals. We have a lot of young guys kicking down the door and the older guys really need to earn their spots now. I think this game will be a bit of a shootout to see who starts for us in finals, (our players) have a bit on the line and everyone will be looking to put in a good individual performance so hopefully that gels into a good team performance. The two sides will meet to morrow evening at 5 oclock at Ross Park. While Vikings ladder spot is sewn up, Scorpions must get a result against bottom-placed Stormbirds if they are to reclaim the minor premiership. Scorpions sit two points clear of Celtic on top of the Premier League ladder and a win against Stormbirds will mean they cannot be replaced at the top of the table. Stormbirds and Scorpions will meet tomorrow night from 7 oclock at Ross Park. Anthony Geppa SOCCER Shield sure to bring out best of foundation clubs tomorrow for United over the years and were always battling against each other. We certainly havent forgotten about the preliminary final three years ago when they beat us so I expect a really tough and torrid encounter. Roberts said his side is again struggling for players after forfeiting against Vikings two weeks ago but was adamant they will be fielding a side for the clash, adding that Wests will be trying a few different things in preparation for finals. Im not going to lie were struggling for numbers again this week but well do whatever we can to make sure were there, he said. Anyone whos got niggling injuries wont be playing this week but we think were pretty confident well have 13 players because its a very historic and important day for the league. Weve got a few things were working on as a team with coach Stephen Nibbs so well be focusing importantly on those. Well be doing a lot of preparing (for finals) this week, a lot of strategies and processes will be put in place. Wests take on United for the Foundation Club Shield tomorrow night from 7pm. In the other match in the final round of the competition, Vikings will be hoping to take to the field for some vital grand final preparation when they face Central Bulls tomorrow. Vikings season has been plagued with opponents forfeiting against the reigning premiers a total of five times through the year, robbing the side of vital preparation ahead of the grand final. The side has already booked their spot in the 2016 decider by finishing top of the table but lack match fitness heading into the finals due to forfeits. The two sides will meet tomorrow evening with play set to kick off at 5.30pm. Anthony Geppa RUGBY LEAGUE