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FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 SPORT 49 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Divas too good for Centrals GILLEN Divas scored a 5-3 win against Centrals in an entertaining womens round seven of the Alice Springs Hockey Association. The Divas maintained their top spot on the ladder but were challenged by an enthusiastic Centrals outfit. Leshay Maidment was the chief scorer for Gillen Divas slotting through two goals while Renee Boordman, Maddy Jones and Reneesa Nelson chipped in with one goal. Centrals Ra Schawgler, Remi Black and Maddy Rowley found the back of the net. In the other womens fixture, Legends consolidated second spot on the ladder with a 3-1 win against a depleted Desert Sharks (third) side that only had seven players. Sharks player Anne DaveySmith said it was a tough match. It was a tough game due to us having only seven players and the use of two squad players to make up numbers and Legends had a full compliment, Davey-Smith said. Bethany MacDonald and Millie Tomito were once again workhorses all game, and goalie Beth Smith did some fantastic saves. Legends shared their goals around with Claire Schumack, Amy McDonald and Bev Petrovic each with one goal. The Desert Sharks side will find it difficult to displace Legends in second spot. Mitch Tate and Wayne Chalmers each scored hattricks in the KFC Stunts 14-0 demolition job against Desert Sharks. It was all one-way traffic as Kieran Ingerson, Nick Kuhn and Tom Schumack chimed in with a pair of goals each. The win brings the Stunts closer to ladder leaders Centrals following their surprise draw against the third-placed Warriors. The huge victory will send a message to Centrals that this competition does not have just one team as a premiership favourite. Greg Kean and Mark Walsh were the sole goalscorers for Warriors and Centrals respectively in the game which was played under lights. Round eight of the Alice Springs Hockey Association will feature two split fixtures on tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Centrals take on KFC Stunts from 6pm tonight in the mens top-of-the table match. Warriors and Desert Sharks do battle from 7.30pm in a game that is expected to be equally as interesting. Centrals will be looking to continue with their improved form against second-placed Legends tomorrow from 2pm in the womens competition. Top side Gillen Divas play Desert Sharks (third) at 3.30pm and should be too strong. Nick Kossatch HOCKEY Rockets in high spot IT was a high-scoring League Men round six of the Alice Springs Basketball Association on Monday night with Rockets defeating Saints by 14 points to cement second spot. Schaylen Parai was the star of the show for Rockets with 28 points in the 83-69 win. Just two points separated the teams at quarter time and while the Saints remained competitive, their opponents managed to build a lead at each break. Chaz Solomon and Bart Michael scored 37 points between them for the Rockets. Ben Johannsen was outstanding in a losing cause with 30 points while veteran Trent Abbott stroked three triples for 14 points. In the other mens fixture undefeated Nyewente scored an easy 81-60 win against arch enemies Wallabies Storm. The difference in the match was once again Willy Foster who torched seven three pointers among his huge 43point haul. Foster had no one to go with him and his speed and athleticism were too much for the Storm to handle. Next best for Nyewente was a 10-point game from Kyran Smith. Michael Axten led the way for Wallabies Storm with 22 points (four triples) and despite a semi-revival during the third term where the Storm outscored Nyewente 14-11, Nyewente restored order in the last with a 24-14 rush. There was just one match in League Women with Rockets recording an automatic 20-0 against Yirara College due to a forfeit. Wallabies Storm thrashed Nyewente to the tune of 41 points to have them on top of the ladder leading to the long midseason break. In an even team performance the Storms Jen Rajher shot 16 points. Strike out: oval resurfacing provides grounds for rethink ALICE Springs will miss out on watching NT Strikes second season of SACA Premier League Cup cricket next summer. NT Cricket chief executive Troy Watson, who was in Alice Springs this week, said resurfacing at Central Australias premier cricket venue TIO Traeger Park Oval meant hosting a Strike fixture for the second summer in a row wasnt possible. We definitely would have had one if it wasnt for the resurfacing of Traeger Park, he said. TIO Traeger Park Oval hosted one Strike match last season, a two-day clash with Eastern Edge on December 7-8. Watson said there would still be plenty of opportunities for Centralians to make the Strike squad for the 2014-15 season, with plans to host two, full training/trial days in Alice Springs during the winter months. Alice Springs cricketers will get the same amount of chances to try out as their Dar win counterparts, he said. Any cricketer thats due to move on from Alice Springs (like Glenelg-bound Daniel Clarke) will get judged on their performances at their new clubs. The scraping of the Calder Shield match between Darwin and Alice Springs is a once off due to a full winter calendar. Itll be back next year. With the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield fixtures yet to be announced, Watson remains hopeful of a Territory venue whether its in Alice Springs or the Top End getting the nod. Were in talks with Cricket Australia at the moment about it possibly hosting a Sheffield Shield or Ryobi Cup match next season, he said. Were hopeful of offering them at alternative venue while the Cricket World Cup is on at all the bigger ground across Australia. NT Cricket is currently in talks with defending Big Bash League champs Perth Scorchers about a return to the Territory in the pre-season, with a chance for the fellow grand finalists also visiting the Top End for a friendly fixture against the Strike. Jordan McArdle CRICKET The Legends Emille Vanek takes a shot at goal Red Centre riders come to the fore in talented bike orienteering carnival THE Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) championship carnival has had a successful weekend in the surrounds of Alice Springs with a contingent of Red Centre competitors dominating. Talented youngster Jordyn Kindness won both events in the girls under-14 class middle and long distances staking her claim as one of the most promising all-round athletes in the Northern Territory. Kindness joined fellow Alice resident Georgina Landy who finished third in the long championships W40 category with Cecily Sutton getting second place in the W60 on Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately things were not that kind on Monday for Kindness, who missed one of the posts in the sprints race which forced her not to complete the event that was won by Rhiannon Prentice (NSW). Over 120 competitors from all Australian states and New Zealand navigated their way around the many kilometres of single track trails surrounding Alice Springs. Saturdays middle championship was held on the west side of town and finished at the Albrecht Oval. The long distance title was on a larger more complex area of tracks on the east side of Alice, starting and finishing adjacent to the Todd River at Telegraph Station. The womens elite included three former Australian world championship team members. ACTs Julie Quinn made a successful return by winning both titles with Carolyn Jackson the runner up. Victorian Alex Randall won the middle distance from Steve Todkill, of NSW, while Queenslands Chris Firman took the gold in the long distance followed by Alex Randall in second. Australia defeated New Zealand 17-7 in the Challenge Series. Results: Middle distance (Saturday) under-14: J Kindness (NT); Long distance (Sunday) W14 J Kindness (NT), Sprint (Monday) W14 R Prentice (NSW). Middle distance (Saturday) W21 J Quinn (ACT), J Quinn (ACT), J Quinn (ACT). W40 N Haigh (NSW), N Haigh (NSW), N Haigh (NSW). W50 D Bain (NZ), D Bain (NZ), S Dickson (NZ). W60 K Liley (VIC), K Liley, (VIC), C Cusworth (VIC). W70 D Gordon (VIC), Y Geld erman (NZ), D Gordon (VIC). M14 H Keeble (VIC), H Keeble (VIC), H Keeble (VIC). M20 T Jackson (VIC), A Robinson (VIC), A Robinson (VIC). M21 A Randall (VIC), C Firman (QLD), C Firman (QLD). M40 N Ker (QLD), C Steffen (QLD), A Haigh (NSW). M50 D King (NZ), D Sullivan (WA), D King (NZ). M60 M Wood (NZ), P Cusworth (VIC), P Cusworth (VIC). M70 C Gelderman (NZ), T Hackney (NSW), K Wade (VIC).