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Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015



Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Hot time had by all at sevens CLOUD cover kept the sun from beating down on hundreds of rugby players but it was the southern spectators who were struggling in the sweaty condition at the Hottest 7s competition. There are 45 teams from four countries, including 25 Australian teams and 16 from the NT competing at Marrara in the rugby union competition with seven players per side. One team could have been mistaken for a very Territory proud team, sporting crocodile toys from the sidelines. But the Cap Coast Crocs had travelled from Central Queensland to compete. Cap Coast Crocs team member Jackson Smith said it was his first time in Darwin for the Hottest 7s competition and first time playing the seven v seven style of rugby. Were here for the fun and the competition, he said. We dont have this sort of competition back home and this is the only time we travel interstate to compete. It wasnt just the teams who have travelled from far and wide, spectators Jeff and Helen Norman were sweating it out in the grandstand having come all the way from Wales to watch their son, Gareth Norman, compete. Were loving it and getting into the swing of things here, Mr Norman said. Were off to Sydney then Brisbane next but this has been a highlight. The heat wasnt a bother for Wade Machar and his two young lads who flocked straight to the waterside before settling in to watch the afternoon games. We dont get the big events like this in Darwin all the time so Ive brought the boys down to see all the different teams and cultures, Mr Machar said. Ive played rugby all my life and my boys play footy and rugby and love it. Play continues today from 9am at Rugby Park. Tickets at the gate. By TAMARA HOWIE Clockwise from top, Kala Rasova who plays for Collie Crew enters the ice baths at the Hottest 7s at Marrara yesterday; Kelvin Gaykamangu, Leon Wunungmurra, Dwayne Mununggurr and Josiah Wunungmurra; six-yearold Jay Wright rides the mechanical bull on the sidelines; Jackson Smith from Central Queenslands Cap Coast Crocs Pictures: HELEN ORR and IVAN RACHMAN Cricket in mourning after loss of legend THE Territory cricket community is in mourning following the death of one of its own, Wara tah Cricket Club legend Bob Saunders (pictured). The life member died on Friday of a suspected heart attack. Fellow club member and friend Dave Jackson said the loss of Mr Saunders would be felt across the Territory. He was respected throughout the whole cricket community, he said. Mr Saunders was known to many as Bobby Longgrass and 18 months, because he had an ear and a half. He lost half of one ear to cancer. Mr Jackson described Mr Saunders as a lovable sort of bloke, someone who enjoyed karaoke and had an opinion on almost anything. Waratah Cricket Club president Damien Nugget Heaslip said Mr Saunders had filled almost every role over the years, from grounds curator to president and manager of the club bar. Youd drive past the grounds and youd see him out there, he said. Hed be on his hands and knees pulling out the weeds. Mr Jackson said he only recently found out that Mr Saunders would collect all the bottles and cans from the grounds and donate the money back to the club. Mr Heaslip said the club would hold an event in memory of Mr Saunders, but details were yet to be finalised. Mr Saunders, an avid competitor at the Masters Games, made news in 2006 when he was attacked during the tournament. The cricketer was sleeping in his car after his Westies cricket club had won the grand final. The incident left him with a brain injury and on life support for two days. He is survived by his four children. His son Ben works at Waratah Cricket Club. By SHAE MCDONALD Phone 8927 5599 www.arafuramedical.com.au Open Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm Saturday 8am to 4pm Arafura Medical Clinic, Arafura Skin Clinic and Darwin Gynaecology Specialist Clinic operate from the same premises A bulk-billing medical service at Arafura Medical Clinics is now available at the Casuarina Shopping Village Dr Lionel Crompton is leading an experienced team of doctors available six days a week at 54 Bradshaw Tce Casuarina (behind Bob Jane T-Mart) NEW PATIENTS ARE MOST WELCOME BULK BILLING

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