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WEDNESDAY JULY 9 2014 SPORT 41 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA East Darwins Isabelle Porter (left) is challenged by Nightcliff opponent Emily Stewart during their Darwin womens A-grade hockey clash at Marrara on Sunday night Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Cards fly as Lockley goal gives PINT an upset win over Saints A LONE goal from Jarrod Lockley was enough for Commerce-PINT to edge past St Marys in a sometimes spiteful Darwin Hockey Association mens clash at Marrara at the weekend. In a match where two yellow cards, one green and one red were handed out in a heated contest, Lockleys field goal in the dying stages of the first half handed his side an upset 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, East Darwin grabbed a vital 2-1 win over defending premiers Nightcliff on Sunday. The Tigers were first on the board through Josh Southwood in the sixth minute but Shane Rudken equalised shortly before half-time in the 32nd minute. Nathan Hochman put the Storm in front in the 37th as Easts held on in a tense second half. Banks came from two goals behind to outlast Waratahs 4-0. Liam Osbourne kickstarted their revival with two goals in a row when Tahs led 2-0. In the womens competition, St Marys were comfortable 5-1 winners over Commerce-PINT, with former Hockeyroo Heather Langham scoring goals at either end of the match. Joe Kyles was the hero for Banks, scoring in the 12th minute to help Banks to a 1-0 victory over Waratahs. East Darwin were also comfortable winners in Round 12, easing past Nightcliff 5-2. By JESS WEBSTER HOCKEY SCOREBOARD Darwin Hockey Results - Round 12 Men: East Darwin 2 Nightcliff 1, Banks 4 Waratahs 0, CommercePINT 1 St Marys 0 Women: Banks 1 Waratahs 0, St Marys 5 Commerce-PINT 1, East Darwin 5 Nightcliff 2 Gilletts runners prove too hot for Alice rivals TRAINER Leanne Gillett dominated racing at Pioneer Park on Sunday, winning three of the five races. Her treble came in races two, four and five with apprentice David Pisani riding two of the winners. The Paul Gardner-trained Alert Bert (Murray Henderson) won the opening race, the maiden plate over 1400m. Heezalee set a cracking pace and led to the 200m but could not withstand the strong finish of Alert Bert who won by one length from fast-finishing stable mate Coopers Shout (Robert Agnew). Gilletts Hand In Glove (Pisani) won race two over 1100m. Hand in Glove made it three in a row with one length back to stable mate Kel Of A Shot (Carl Spry) who was up near the lead all the way. Barely A Beat battled on for third well clear of Spinning Apple and the rest. The Mark Nyhan-trained Lucerne Vale (Jan Cameron) recorded his 14th win on the track in race three, the Benchmark 73 Handicap over 1200m. Lucerne Vale won by 1 lengths from Catch As Catch Can (Anthony Cavallo) who sat just behind the pace and finished on strongly with Excellent Point and Goondi close up for third and fourth. River Kwai (Pisani) won his second successive race in the fourth, impressively sitting just off the pace then challenging at the 200m to win by two lengths going away. River Kwai was one of three tried horses sold at the Red Centre Yearling sale the year and has well and truly repaid his purchase price. Second was the visitor Alertness (Rebecca Williams) with Layne doing his best work at the finish to run third just ahead of Hard Nut to Crack. The Mary Meldrum 80th Birthday Handicap over 1400m went to the ultra-consistent Concini (Kayla Cross) winning impressively by three lengths to give Leanne Gillett a treble for the day. Stable mate Best A Man Can Get (Carl Spry) fought on strongly for second, ahead of Mount Nancy. Historic ride in Ramornie JOCKEY Robert Thompson will be out to equal a 65-yearold record when he is legged aboard Big Money in todays $150,000 Ramornie Handicap at Grafton. The 56-year-old riding icon from Cessnock is already a three-time winner of the timehonoured Listed sprint, first run in 1917. But only one jockey in the races history, Cecil Skeeter Kelly, has won the Ramornie back-to-back on two occasions. Kelly scored aboard Travatore in 1955-56 and repeated the feat when he won on Blue Dart (1958) and Glanceful (1959). Thompson won back-toback Ramornies on The Jackal (2007-08) and last year won a memorable renewal aboard veteran Youthful Jack for close friend, Taree trainer Ross Stitt. Three other riders have also won the event back to back Billy Cook on Oriental and Yankee Lad (1947-48), his son Peter Cook on High Classic and Tandrio (1982-83) and the late Neil Williams on Credit Again (1986-87). The Rodney Northamtrained Big Money has been targeted at the Ramornie for some time. Raced by his breeder Phil Gunter and his wife Leona, the four-year-old gelding has been in sparkling form this campaign and his overall record of six wins and four seconds from 10 starts speaks volumes for his consistency. He is a last-start winner of the Group Three WJ Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm. Big Money has drawn the inside barrier, pleasing Northam. Thats good, better than barrier 18. I cant complain, Northam said. He did his last bit of serious work last Saturday and worked super. He ran a good time and his track rider said hes spot on. There doesnt look to be blinding pace in the race which should hopefully allow him to be not too far off them. It would be nice to see him fifth or sixth smoking his pipe coming to the home turn. Robert knows the horse, knows the track and knows the Ramornie. I wont be giving him any instructions. Thompson and Northam have already left their mark on the Grafton carnival, combining with Myamira to win Sundays $50,000 South Grafton Cup. By TONY WHITE HORSE RACING Do you know a local legend like Judith? Nominate them for a Pride of Australia Medal. NOMINATE NOW AT ntnews.com.au/prideofaustralia Judith OHearn COURAGE MEDALLIST 2007 NOMINATE A LEGEND