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The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015

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60 SPORT FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 LIAM Franklin moved into the School Sport Australia Bruce Cup tennis semi-finals in Hobart yesterday on the same day the Northern Territory brought up their first overall win of the week. Thirteen-year-old Franklin can play in the 12-and-under Bruce Cup because of an age dispensation rule, designed to increase elite opportunities for young Territory sportspeople. The Nightcliff talent is the top seed in the boys singles event and advanced to the final four with a seesawing 6-4, 6-4 victory over Victorian eighth seed Luke Vuletic. Franklin, one of the nations most promising players, led 4-0 in the opening set before Vuletic drew level at four-all, only to fall a set behind. Vuletic was 3-0 and 4-1 up, but could not hang on as Franklin unleashed a barrage of winners to complete a straight-sets triumph. Franklin next meets third seed Cooper White, who he beat in Darwin mid-year, while two of Whites fellow Victorians clash in the other semi. Tennis NT coach and development manager Pat Coburn said Franklins result capped a great day for Territory tennis, which began with a dominant victory over Tasmania. Northern Territory won 18 of the 24 rubbers after starting the tournament with losses to NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Coburn was rich in his praise of the teams female players. The team played really well today, from the bottom to the top, but really it was the bottom-end girls who did really well, Coburn said. Isabella Setterfield had a good win in her singles and Jemma Gossow had a good win as well. Peter Politis, Thomas van Haaren, Pat Findlay and Grace Henderson also won their singles rubbers the latter three in tense struggles. NT ace rival for maiden win Politis and Finch also joined forces for a come-from-behind mixed doubles success. I felt on balance we had a show of winning (against Tasmania), but I thought it would be about 12-12 or 13-11, Coburn said. It was just great for the kids to play as well as they did, especially in those close matches. The NT takes on Western Australia today, but already has one eye on tomorrows opponent ACT. Franklin into cup semis as team breaks throughMARC McGOWAN now with the new surface theyre looking at August, September or October next year to bring a side over. That will be the start of our strategic plan that stretches right through Asia. Weve spoken to the Government and Minister Styles (Business and Asian Engagement) department about combining business and sporting events and lawn bowls and golf fit comfortably into that mix. If we can work with the Government to get teams from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore practising and playing here, were on the right track. Farrell said the new facility met required Australian standards and had already got the thumbs up from parent body Bowls Australia. Ive spoken to Bowls Aus INTERNATIONAL and national lawn bowls will become permanent fixtures in the Top End after Darwin Bowls Club opened their first synthetic green for competition. Stage 1 of a $1.5 million NT Government funded upgrade of the Fannie Bay club was completed this week with the completion of the first artificial green. The shift from turf to a synthetic playing surface has taken five years from the planning stage. A second synthetic green is due for completion in May next year, giving the Darwin region the four greens it needs to host major tournaments. Nightcliff Bowls Club has had two synthetic greens in use for some time. Bowls NT chief executive Lee Farrell said big tournaments like the Australian series could be hosted in Darwin in 2018. If everything goes to plan and the rosters are in place, we would be very confident of hosting an international series because the four greens will be in place, he said. We had a request from Singapore last year which we could not accommodate, but GREY MORRIS Shae Smith tests out the new greens at Darwin Bowls Club, along with Warren Corowa, right Pictures: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Synthetics the real deal tralia and they cannot see any problems playing on synthetic surfaces at national and international level, he said. It will be like having a superb golf course here in Darwin, the attraction factor alone will bring bowlers into Darwin. The new surface also means bowlers can compete right through the Top End wet season. Over 60s sides get on a roll IT will be onward and upward for the Territorys senior lawn bowlers. The Over 60s side finished eighth in both the mens and womens at the national Over 60s national championships but team manager Lee Farrell believed it was a positive performance. The men beat central rival South Australia and went within two shots of bowls powerhouse Queensland, while the women competed well in their first ever championships, held last week at North Launceston Bowls Club in Tasmania. We did better than last year which is the main thing, Farrell said. We are developing as a team and with a few more good players well be right up there in both (men and women) grades). The sole win against South Australia was on the third day, with the men taking out the match 73-61. The women saved their best for the last day of the four-day tournament, when they got within two shots of ACT, going down 54-56. They backed up their efforts to push the heavily-fancied Victoria side but were held out and lost 67-74. Farrell was voted the most valuable player for the men and Joan Garner won the inaugural womens MVP, beating Letty Parsonson by only two votes. Next years titles are held in Western Australia with the NT aiming to host in 2017. It is New South Wales turn (to host in 2017) but, in speaking with them, they are happy to go back a year, Farrell said. Everyone is keen on coming up to Darwin. The championships would be co-hosted by Nightcliff and Darwin clubs, a first for the over 60s competition. We just have to get things ticked off with the two clubs and then I can present to Bowls Australia and Bowls NSW, Farrell said. From all reports, they are chomping at the bit to get up here for the championships. LUIS NARVAEZ