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62 SPORT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 FOOTROT FLATS Goddard settles into F1 AUSTRALIAN racer Spike Goddard has enjoyed his first day behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, taking the controls at Force India in the final day of the Abu Dhabi post-season test. The Sydneysider logged 89 laps across a busy day of running, ending the day in sixth fastest, one spot ahead of Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo. I felt today went really well, Goddard said. The VJM07 is a massive step up from my Formula 3 car so the first part of the day was devoted to adjusting to the new machinery. His final lap time was 1m44.944s, 2.320 seconds off the quickest time of the day set by Pascal Wehrlein in the titlewinning Mercedes, but just 0.4 of a second off the best time set by GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer in the same car the day before. Rebels finish too strong UNI Rebels won the latest close encounter with the Eagles 82-79 to book a spot in this years Championship Season grand final. The Rebels trailed 44-32 at halftime and came charging back to pip the Eagles at the post. The momentum was with the Rebels during the third quarter and they finally took the lead, forcing the Eagles into a fouling situation. The Rebels hit 18 to nine free throws for the game, eight of them in a row during crunch time. Tim Morris top-scored for the Rebels with 34 points, with running mate John King nailing 28. Chris Hart had a game-high 35 points for the Eagles, James Silvie 19 and Reece Turner added 11. The Eagles now face Ansett in tonights preliminary final after Ansett held off Tracy Village Jets by seven points in the knockout semi-final. Donte Nicholas kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Blues with teammate Matteo Rowse firing away from outside the arc for good measure. The Jets were doing pretty much the same on their side of the court with Travis Ellis, Alex Weetra and Michael MacLean working hard to stay in touch with the Blues. The Bombers just couldnt make any headway and Nicholas finished them off with three straight points from the charity stripe. Nicholas top-scored for the game with 30 points and Rowse hit 23, which included seven three-pointers. Weetra led the Jets with 15 points, Ellis finished with 13 and MacLean 10. In the womens league, grand final favourites Tracy Village Jets came out firing and dumped the Eagles 75-46 to advance straight into this years grand final. The Eagles failed to put together any serious challenge against the Bombers and will now face off against Ansett in the preliminary final tonight. The three mainstays of the Bombers offense, Abby Cubillo, Sam Rioli and Tania Dhu stepped up in this game with 17, 14 and 13 points respectively. Eagles Kimberly Brown was the only player in double figures with 17. Defensively the Jets put the clamp on some of the most consistent Eagles scorers. The dominating Jets have only lost two games this year. Ansett sent the Lightning packing with a decisive 94-57 win that sets up a meeting with the Eagles in tonights grand final qualifier. Ashton Eaton lit up the scoreboard for the Blues with a game-high 40 points. Sam Drescher added 21 and Liz Paice chipped in with 18. By JEFF LARSEN PLAYOFF TIME Darwin Basketball Association Preliminary Finals TONIGHT Women: Eagles v Ansett 6pm Men: Eagles v Ansett 7:45pm Morris reflects on golden day TERRITORIAN Paul Morris will never forget the day in October that crowned his 28-year involvement in motorsport. Back home for some muchneeded rest and recuperation, Morris, 47, was the toast of the Territory last month when his Pepsi Max Falcon won the Bathurst 1000 race. It was a win 23 years in the making since he first tackled the mountain in 1991. It was an amazing day, so much got thrown into that one race, he said. Ive seen stuff like that happen at Bathurst but not all in one day. It was a unique situation. The combination of (co driver) Chazs (Mostert) speed where he set a lap record with three laps to go and my old head to keep the car going all day and give it to him so he could do something with it, worked a treat. Morris concedes he is pretty close to the end of his driving career after almost 30 years of racing the big bangers at the top level. It gets harder every year and the young guys are so quick, he said. In the endurance races you can hold your own, but if you get into a street fight with one of those young kids they are going to touch you up. And his advice to Territory kids aspiring to race alongside the Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincups and Mark Winterbottoms of the V8 Supercar world? Have a go, youve got some amazing opportunities here to get involved in motorsport and one of the best tracks in the country, Morris said. The facilities are great and there is some great support from the Government where speedway, go-carts, mud racing and quad bikes are there for the taking. There are some amazing ways to get involved in racing of all sorts. Get at it, keep on racing and follow your dreams, its really pretty simple. Morris is a Territorian for the long term. Ive got a house up here where I spend as much time as I can in Darwin, even with my busy schedule, he said. I certainly love living up here. Its an amazing part of the country and how the rest of Australia should be. By GREY MORRIS Frustration as 36ers fall short IF the 36ers are still searching for their new NBL identity, they could do a lot worse than latch on to the examples set by Brendan Teys and Mitch Creek. The less fashionable duo brought Adelaide back from the brink at Hisense Arena before Melbourne grimly hung on to a 94-91 win after leading 83-67 with 9:13 left last night. Jamar Wilson led the way with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Brock Motum with a 16-point second-half after a dreadful first in which he mustered a threepointer, two fouls and two turnovers. Adelaide coach Joey Wright appeared to run out of patience with Motum and Luke Schenscher during the second quarter, preferring BJ Anthony to start the second half, the 36ers trailing 52-54. It was in stark contrast to their 39-point loss to United in Adelaide 12 days earlier, though it threatened to go the same way when Melbourne came out blazing Daniel Kickert (21 points) with two triples and David Barlow one in an initial 15-5 flurry. But with Wilson dominant, Adelaide grafted back to 31-31 they trailed 13-31 at quartertime last time before a late foul allowed Jordan McRae (23 points) to give United a 34-31 break. Adelaide opened the third quarter but another 11-of-18 free throw debacle and 17 turnovers in the last quarter negated the 39-29 boards edge and made it four straight losses.
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