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44 SPORT FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 A junior netball development day will be held for all 9-andunder and 11-and-under players tomorrow. It is part of the Alice Springs Netball Associations development program for the youngsters. Players should all be at the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre courts at 9am for a 9.15am start there is no 8am game this weekend. Once at the courts, players should find their coach and be allocated a colour for their station group. Everyone will then warm up before moving on to the various group stations for various netball activities. So all players should go down to the courts and have some netball fun before the school holiday break begins. Juniors day for everyone NETBALL Spots still open for selection NETBALL TWO goals from Celtic star John Fennelly has seen his side cruise to a 4-1 victory over Stormbirds in a heated encounter on Tuesday night. The game had been rescheduled after the freak hailstorm last week. Both sides were fired up with a total of seven yellow cards brandished on the night. Celtic, spearheaded by Fennelly, triumphed with a convincing three-goal win. In a match Celtic were expected to win easily, it looked anything but early in proceed Leaders to battle it out for top rung on ladder Steve Menzies NETBALL Chloe Isaacson (right) looks to pass into the attack circle and create a goalscoring opportunity. Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY THE second selection trials for Alice Springs teams to compete in the NT Link Championships in Darwin in September will be held on Sunday. Alice Springs Netball Association coaching director said there were good numbers for the 13-and-under and 15and-under teams, but nominations were still needed for the 17-and-under and open sides. The 13s trial will be from 3.30pm-5pm with the 15s and 17s combined from 4.30pm- 6pm. There will not be a selection trial for the open team. Coaches, managers and selectors have been finalised for the four teams. Meanwhile, the Alice Springs Academy training sessions with Brooke Schembri will continue during the school holidays with times yet to be finalised. Celtics Fennelly in top form as Stormbirds fall ings with neither side able to break the deadlock. It took until the 41st minute for Celtic to edge their way ahead with 17-year-old Nicholas Marzohl finding the back of the net for his first goal this season, giving his side a 1-0 advantage at half time. It did not take long after the break for Celtic to strike again with Fennelly scoring the first of his two goals to double his sides advantage. Both sides struggled for opportunities after Fennellys strike but Stormbirds hung in and were rewarded in the 81st minute when player/coach Pete Oliveri found the back of the net, giving his side hope of a result. It was not to be for Stormbirds however with Celtic putting their foot down in the remaining minutes, extinguishing and hopes of a Stormbirds victory with two late goals to secure the result. Both sides will now need to back up their midweek fixture with another match tomorrow evening with round three fixtures being made up. This means that Stormbirds will face a tough challenge to bounce back after their defeat, taking on the ladder leading Scorpions from 5pm. Scorpions are fresh from their trip to Darwin for the FFA Cup NT final against Shamrock Rovers and will be desperate to get back to winning ways, a worrying sign for the Stormbirds. In the other fixture, Celtic will be looking to continue their good form when they face MPH Vikings at 7pm. Celtics win on Tuesday night keeps them in touch with Scorpions on top of the Premier League standings but they will face a tough task against a Vikings side looking to prove themselves as a genuine premiership chance. All round three matches are scheduled to go ahead. Anthony Geppa SOCCER Celtics John Fennelly crosses the ball. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON THERE will be plenty of top quality netball with the top four sides in the Club Eastside A-grade competition playing against each other tomorrow. Currently there is only one point separating Seasons Lasseters in second place from Rovers AMS and Wests Gillen Club. This ongoing three-team battle for second place continues with Rovers and Seasons playing from 3.30pm. Wests have a harder task to stay in touch with their match against the all-conquering Federal Trusty Glass from 5pm. Their task is even harder as star shooter Jordann Hickey has left town. Coach Margaret Smith is looking forward to the challenge the game presents. We have a number of shooting options in the side including Kathleen (Carlile) or myself, she said. There are also a couple of players we could bring up from the A-reserves. We are still hoping to finish the minor round in second place and get the double chance in the finals. Federal are a really good side at the moment. We will just have to go out and do our best. Smith was unsure if she would give up-and-coming star Kiarra Tilmouth a start in this game as it is immediately after her 17-and-under clash with Fierce Feds. Other options for the two positions in the attack include Kimberley Ellis and Timika Pon. But getting the goals once the ball is in the shooters hands is the least of Smiths problems getting the ball there will be harder. Federal has the best defence in the competition with Tahlia Lee and Kaitlyn Henwood controlling the circle and Susie Pendle or Shayla Reihana on the wing. The centre court will be strengthened with the return of livewire Chloe Isaacson to support Rebecca Quin and Reihana if not in defence plus the talented juniors at the club. Federal also has an outstanding attack with Sophie Gaynor and Tegan Hatzimihail averaging more than 60 goals a game. While Federal will be without coach Deb Gray and captain Crystal Dixon this week, there are more than enough experienced heads in the team, with help from within the club, to ensure their unbeaten run this seasons continues. Seasons have suffered a major blow for the game against Rovers with captain coach Bec Ford finally succumbing to her ankle injury while mid-courter Ra Sim is away. We are all in for the moment except myself, as a maybe, and Ra, Ford said. We are looking forward to the game as we are both fighting for that prime (second) spot. Seasons will still have the dominating Mae Segi in the attack circle to score the goals, no matter who partners her. Segi presents a tall order for Rovers counter and Carlie Martin will have to be at her premiership best and receive strong up-court support from her teammates to contain her. Seasons has been well served in defence with Jordan Manu-Preston and Kate McAdam who will be making it very difficult for Rovers to score. If there is to be a game breaker for Rovers it could be captain Lauren Parai who has continued her brilliant form this year.
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