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Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015



Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015


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54 SPORT SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Dragons hot tip to take 7s glory RUGBY fans will have plenty to savour on the second and final day of the Hottest 7s in the World at Rugby Park, Marrara today. The action kicks off at 10am with the main finals action scheduled from 6pm. NT Rugby CEO Mark Heath is hoping todays crowd could mean a combined total of more than 2000 fans plus players a record for the ever growing Sevens tournament. It is good to see that the NT Government has got faith in us, backing the Hottest Sevens to the tune of $300,000 over the next three years, he said. It will only grow and go very international. The conditions and the teams that are here indicate that it is the right time of the year to play. But back to the action on the field today with the winners in the mens competition likely to emerge from last years winners Hong Kong Dragons, Daveta Rugby, Borneo Eagles and Gumatj Cavaliers. The Dragons looked the goods early yesterday scoring a total of 64 points and conceding one try in wins over the Footscray Bulldogs (33-0) and Country King Browns (29-5). Coach Gareth Baber said although he was happy with the way his squad put the points on the board, Hong Kong still had plenty to improve on. We are probably not quite where we want to be at the moment but that is the purpose of coming here in the first place, Baber said. They are working hard and realising what it is like to play in this temperature again. Baber said while the Dragons have improved, theres still plenty to do. We did well in terms of goal setting for last year and we want to play at the highest possible level again, he said. Edwin Cocker, coach of the Borneo Eagles, is still wary of the threat posed by Hong Kong. They have been in camp for a while and are in good condition, more than any other team, Cocker said. Borneo are less prepared, Cocker admits, having only got together in the past week but strange things can happen in Sevens. Most of the boys are from Auckland with a few based in Borneo, said Cocker, who won in Darwin three years ago as a player. Darwin is always a tough competition with a good calibre of players. Daveta Rugby coach John Lotu is optimistic about his teams chances on the final day. The Darwin-based coach, who has been in charge for the past three years with his squad of players all from Fiji, said Hong Kong are beatable. There are some good team here, all of whom can win on their day, he said. By DOUG BOOTH RUGBY UNION Hong Kong Dragons player Alex McQueen gets beaten to the football by a high-flying Country King Browns opponent during a lineout at the Hottest 7s at Rugby Park yesterday Picture: HELEN ORR Kelly always Goanna be there for star sister Stevie KATHRINE-BORN NRL player Luke Kelly was more than an interested observer on day one of the Hottest 7s in the World at Marrara yesterday. The Parramatta Eels halfback is in the Top End until Monday, watching his younger sister Stevie play for the NT Goannas. The Eels have the weekend off training and so I decided to come back to watch Stevie, Kelly said. Also on the touch line cheering on the Goannas were proud parents Steven and Lisa Kelly, who drove up from Katherine on Friday night. Stevie likes to come back from Melbourne where she is living and working and play with her friends and have a good time, the Eels star said. Stevie went to boarding school in Melbourne in Year 11 and has lived there ever since. The girls needed an extra player for the team and so I came back along with the chance to see my family, she said. Stevie is a champion in her own right. with wrestling, judo and martial arts the sports she competes in at a high level. Kelly is hoping the tough preseason he has had with Parramatta will pay off with a starting role in the seniors this season and the opportunity to play in Darwin in August. I missed last years game which was pretty disappointing so hopefully I can make it to this one, he said. Everything has gone well so far this pre-season fitness-wise. Kellys presence paid off for the Goannas with his sister playing a starring role in the 15-5 win over Singapore which put the team right in the mix for the finals. Clair Rowat, Breielle Felton and Maddison Glass-Jones scored for the home side with Teo Siew Huai scoring for Singapore. Goannas coach Damien Tyson said he was particularly delighted with the win as up to six Territory players who would have been first-choice in his squad are in other teams at the Sevens. Its the first game the team has won at the Sevens in three years, Tyson said. Its great for the girls to go on with the win. Its a great lead-up for the nationals in four weeks time. Tyson picked out Stevie Kelly for special mention. Shes strong, aggressive and fit, he said. Luke and Stevie Kelly yesterday For all the latest news, scores and highlights, visit FULLTIME Hottest Sevens at Rugby Park, Marrara Day 1: Casuarina Cougars 34 Miwatj Health 7s 0, Tribe7s 52 South Darwin Bunnies 0, Melbourne City Silverbacks 24 NT Goannas 7, Hong Kong Dragons 33 Footscray Bulldogs 0, Defendfire Spurs 36 Country King Browns 0, ERC Borneo Eagles 56 Burnside Rugby 0, Matai Newstar Sports 22 NT Mosquitoes 7, Daveta Rugby 49 FNQ Rugby 0, Dua Ga Rugby 45 Singapore Rugby 7, Gumatj Cavaliers 40 Strait Magic 0, Tribe7s 36 Collie Crew 5, Miwatj Health 7s 5 Swampdogs 34, Sydney University 32 University Pirates 0, Palmerston Crocs 0 Casuarina Cougars 48, Hong Kong Dragons 29 Country King Browns 5, Defendfire Spurs 45 Footscray Bulldogs 0, ERC Borneo Eagles 35 NT Mosquitoes 0, Matai Newstar Sports 31 Burnside Rugby 10, Daveta Rugby 47 Singapore Rugby 0, Dua Ga Rugby 19 FNQ Rugby 0, Gumatj Cavaliers 27 Collie Crew 0, Tribe7s 43 Strait Magic 0, Tribe7s 36 FNQ Rugby 0, Country King Browns 26 Sydney University 7, Melbourne City Silverbacks 24 Singapore Rugby 5, Country King Browns 40 Footscray Bulldogs 5, NT Mosquitoes 29 Burnside Rugby 0, Singapore Rugby 19 FNQ Rugby 17, Collie Crew 17 Strait Magic 14, Hong Kong Dragons 7 Defendfire Spurs 14, ERC Borneo Eagles 31 Matai Newstar Sports 12, Daveta Rugby 31 Dua Ga Rugby 12, Gumatj Cavaliers 15 Tribe7s 21, Swampdogs 48 Palmerston Crocs 0, Country King Browns 33 University Pirates 0, South Darwin 12 Capricorn Coast 12, Noosa Dolphines 35 Pickled Heifer Brahmans 0, University Pirates 5 Rocktown Dragons 26, Central Crusaderz 43 Kununarra Smashed Crabs 5, Industry Professionals 26 Palmerston Crocs 21, East Arnhem Rugby 26 Laing ORourke 0, Northern Bullets 0 Swampdogs 24, Casuarina Cougars 5 Capricorn Coast 17, FNQ Rugby 51 South Darwin Bunnies 0, Singapore Rugby 5 NT Goannas 15, Noosa Dolphines 28 Rocktown Dragons 0, University Pirates 22 Pickled Heifer Brahmans 26, Central Crusaderz 5 Palmerston Crocs 21, Industry Professionals 42 Kununarra Smashed Crabs 5, East Arnhem Rugby 24 Swampdogs 7, Northern Bullets 40 Laing ORourke 0, Palmerston Crocs 17 Miwatj Health 7s 24, Casuarina Cougars 0 Swampdogs 12, Rocktown Dragons 17 Pickled Heifer Brahmans 0, Palmerston Crocs 55 Kununarra Smashed Crabs 7, Swampdogs 46 Laing ORourke 0, Casuarina Cougars 5 South Darwin 22, Noosa Dolphines 52 University Pirates 0, Central Crusaderz 7 Industry Professionals 17, East Arnhem Rugby 19 Northern Bullets 7, University Pirates 25 South Darwin Bunnies 0 Day 2 - Field 1 10am: Country King Browns v Strait Magic, 10.20am: Collie Crew v Footscray Bulldogs, 10.40am: NT Mosquitoes v FNQ Rugby, 11am Singapore Rugby v Burnside Rugby, 11.20am: Defendfire Spurs v Gumatj Cavaliers, 11.40am: Tribe7s v Hong Kong Dragons, 12pm: ERC Borneo Eagles v Dua Ga Rugby, 12.20pm: Daveta Rugby v Matai Newstar Sports, 12.40pm: Swampdogs v Palmerston Crocs, 1pm: Casuarina Cougars v Miwatj Health 7s Field 2 10am: Tribe 7s v University Pirates, 10.20am: FNQ Rugby v Sydney University, 10.40am: Country King Browns v Singapore Rugby, 11.20am: Casuarina Cougars v Laing ORourke, 12.20pm: Central Crusaderz v University Pirates, 12.40pm: South Darwin v Swampdogs, 1pm: East Arnhem Rugby v Palmerston Crocs, 1.20pm: Noosa Dolphines v Industry Professionals, 2pm: Industry Professionals v Rocktown Dragons

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