The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014
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36 SPORT THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Eagles soar to deny Lightning Darwin Gold get bragging rights early THE NT bowls season kicked off last Saturday with the two heavyweights in Division One, Darwin Gold and Nightcliff, determined to show who will dominate in the 2014 pennant competition. When the smoke had settled, Darwin Gold showed they would be a force in 2014 getting over the line by nine shots, while the Darwin Blue baggers showed early form to put Palmerston away by five shots. Darwin Gold versus Nightcliff was a game that was evenly poised for the first 14 ends. Darwin Gold, led by Scott Chamberlain then picked up a six and two ends later a four against the side skipped by Jade Groenewege to blow the overall aggregate out by 10 shots. It was a situation the Nightcliff side could not rectify over the last seven ends. Best players for Darwin were Colleen Orr, Scott Chamberlain, Graham Kitto and Peter Sinclair. Best for Nightcliff were Karen Pickering, Mark Malogorski and Jason Derrick. Scores: Chamberlain defeated Groenewege 26-13. Kitto lost to Derrick 15-17. Darwin Blue versus Palmerston was a game that went down to the wire, with only five shots separating the sides after 42 completed ends. The winning margin of Tony Shelleys side was enough for the Darwin side to get the aggregate points. In Division Two, Nightcliff Gold showed the depth of the club, easily accounting for Palmerston with Sue Aumanns side leading the way with a 41-11 win. Geoff Page had a tougher game against Chris Parsonson before finally getting on top in the last few ends to win 26-16. Good players for Nightcliff were Aumann and Mick McDonald with Parsonson the best for Palmerston. There were no results available from the Katherine versus Rum Jungle country derby. Humpty Doo showed they would be competitive this season with a four-shot aggregate win over Nightcliff Black. The Humpty Doo sides on their home turf were just too consistent and in a great game got the full aggregate points. Best for Humpty Doo was Lyn Derrick and for Nightcliff Black, Pat Hogan. Preview for Saturday: Division One: Nightcliff take on the Darwin Blue baggers in a game they need to win. Darwin welcome back Brett Irvine to strengthen the front end while Nightcliff selectors have made no changes to last weeks side and will look for a much more consistent effort to ensure the aggregate stays within their grasp all day. Nightcliff should bounce back and get the win. Darwin Gold take on the understrength Palmerston at Darwin. Palmerston will welcome back Chris Parsonson to strength their back end but they will be no match for the Darwin front end players of Colleen Orr, Was Corowa, Peter Sinclair and Peter Rodin. The overall strength of the team will just be too much for the Palmerston Magpies. Palmerston: T. Allwright. Skipper B. Smith, J. Duncan, D. Gordon. C. Parsonson. Skipper B. Hoffman, A. Watts, L. Parsonson Division Two: Humpty Doo will find this just as hard as last week as they take on Nightcliff Gold. It will be close but the form of Sue Aumann, Lyn Hollingsworth and Brenda Kilburn should be too much. Darwin take on Nightcliff Black at Darwin, which will be difficult to pick as Darwin had the first-round bye. Darwins depth should prove too strong for Nightcliff Black as several state players may make their first appearance this week. In the battle of the cellar dwellers, Palmerston host Rum Jungle. If the Rum Jungle side can maintain consistency all day it may be enough to get their first win on the board. Meanwhile, the State over-60 pairs event will be played at Nightcliff on Sunday from 9am. Nominations are still open for NT-affiliated bowlers. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Sharon Warfe bowls for Darwin against Nightcliff Pictures: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD THE Eagles staged a mighty last-quarter comeback to fly past an unlucky Lightning 61-59 in a Darwin Basketball Association make-up game. Lightning had the game well in hand at the start of the last quarter, leading by 14 points thanks to US import Kymira Woodberry in her first game back from a hand injury. But the Eagles dug deep and scrambled back to pip them at the post when guard Michelle Friel took the ball to the hoop every chance she got. Eagles launched their assault with Friel at the head of the convocation of the prey birds to power home and win with a 32-16 last-quarter run, with Friel hitting 15 of her game-high 25 points. Lillian Williams finished with 10 points for the Eagles while Woodberry scored 19 points for Lightning. Ladder after Round 15: Tracy Village Jets 12-1, Uni Rebels 9-3, Palmerston 7-6, Eagles 6-7, Lightning 2-11 & Ansett 2-10. Round 16, May 23: Tracy Village v Palmerston 6:15pm, Lightning v Eagles 7:45pm, Uni Rebels v Ansett 9:15pm. Round 6 rescheduled game (May 24): Uni Rebels v Ansett 7:45pm. By JEFF LARSON BASKETBALL Flat day as Aussie hopes crash CRASHES have blunted Australias dream run at Giro dItalia, with Michael Matthews exiting the race and Cadel Evans losing a teammate. Evans retained his 57 sec overall lead and avoided a series of crashes near the end of the flat 173km stage 10 from Modena to Salsomaggiore. But his Belgian BMC teammate Yannick Eijssen crashed with less than 20km left and was taken to hospital. While Eijssen suffered no broken bones, he landed heavily on his elbow and chest. His loss means Evans will be down a rider through the key mountain stages. Matthews was again impressive as he finished the stage third but OricaGreenEDGE announced he would not continue. The 23-year-old suffered deep bruising when he crashed in stage nine. CYCLING Darwins Paul Rodin in action at the weekend Darwin Join us this Friday for entertainment by the legendary Mark Hilton. Bar open from 4:30pm Free Live Music Every Friday 5-7pm at Browns Mart Courtyard - 12 Smith Street, Darwin City. 25070.V WERE FOR LOCAL TALENT NT NEWS LiVE ON FRiDAyS
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