The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Apr 2014
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38 SPORT THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Burnie greens deliver only bronze to NT sides GRAEME Kitto was named the Northern Territorys most valuable player at last weeks Australian Sides Championship in Burnie, Tasmania. It was generally a disappointing performance from both the mens and womens teams in the Apple Isle although the women finished with five rinks wins, a great improvement on the one rink win in 2013. The NT Mens team had five rink wins which was down on the eight and a half wins last year. NT failed to win an aggregate after winning two in 2013. The team skippered by Ray Dienelt led the way with three rink wins for the series. The NT womens team skipped by Sharon Warfe had three rink wins. The best performance from the men came on the opening day against the might of Queensland. Queensland included Commonwealth Games players Mark Casey and Nathan Rice but two NT sides played brilliant bowls to defeat the eventual carnival champions. The sides of Paul Rodin, Denzil Owen Scott Chamberlain and Kitto defeated the Australian player Nathan Rices team 28-16. Not to be outdone, the NT side of Mark Malogorski, Greg Whelan, Martin Miller and Ray Dienelt defeated the champion Australian bowler Kelvin Kerkows side 19-17. Unfortunately Lee Farrells side was completely outplayed by Mark Casey and lost 38-8 to lose the aggregate by 12 shots. The women opened brilliantly against Victoria matching them in all aspects and after 55 of the 63 ends led the Victorians by three shots before losing the aggregate by 25 shots 79-54. The best NT side was Sandy Talbot, Bronwyn Chandler, Cheryl Simpson and Sharon Warfe who were defeated by only two shots. The game against Queensland was again very competitive in the earlier ends. The NT side of Tanni DeGreenlaw, Colleen Orr, Helen Siganto and Letitia Baldwin played excellent bowls to defeat Queenslands Louise Wilson team 24-18. The NT team finally went down 85-45. Day two action saw ex-Tasmanian players Scott Chamberlain, Graeme Kitto and their team win 15-13 but the final aggregate score was a disappointing 91-29. In the afternoon the NT lost on aggregate 72-48 to NSW. The women were again competitive against Tasmania staying in the game until the 50th end when again they dropped off the pace allowing the home side to run away with the game. Sharon Warfes team again showed great agility to be the only rink winner 22-18 with also Letitias Baldwin side also continuing their great form going down by one. The final aggregate was 70-54. NSW was too strong for the NT in the afternoon. With Australian players Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cottrell in fine touch NSW showed why they were the 2013 and 2014 Australian series winners with a dominating display. The final aggregate being 93-33. On day three, the NT men handled the soaking greens better early against South Australia with all three sides in front after 53 ends. The experience of the SA gradually wore the NT down and with only six ends to go finally took the lead to win by 13 shots. Baker and Kittos sides both lost their last ends to lose their rinks by one shot each. The afternoon game was for the Territory Shield against the ACT. Again the game was close all day with the NT side failing to handle the final ends and going down by nine shots. Ray Dienelts side was the only rink winner with a 21-19 win. The women went down 63-36 to South Australia, while Sharon Warfes side won 18-17 against the ACT for their second rink win of the series. The final game of the series on day four was against Western Australia. Again the NT side stayed in touch but once more when the pressure came on in the last 15 ends the NT struggled with a final aggregate loss of 75-40. The Baker and Kitto sides lost by two shots, both on the last end. The women lost their final aggregate 75-40 to WA. Sharon Warfes side was the only rink winner with a 22-12 win. Alice Springs Letitia Baldwin said she was delighted to win the bronze medal with Darwins Colleen Orr against Tasmanian pair Nicole Smith and Kim Saunders. The Territorians held firm to win 20-13 after skipping to a 12-1 lead after nine ends. Its huge and absolutely making the team was an achievement on its own but then to play off and get bronze is huge, Baldwin said. The conditions were hard and it was raining all day but all our training shone through. We trained with buckets of water to be able to hold on to the bowls and that helped us and we handled the conditions better than the Tassie girls. Baldwins Alice Springs teammate Ray Dienelt said even though the overall performances of the team perhaps did not reach expectations, Baldwins bronze-winning effort was great. So that was probably the biggest highlight which was fantastic, Dienelt said. The Alice pair of Dienelt and Greg Whelan played nine test matches against the other states and won four. Ray Dienelt, Jill Scott, Michael Campion, Helen Siganto, Letitia Baldwin and Greg Whelan represented the Northern Territory in Tasmania Picture: PHIL WILLIAMS Luckless El Roca rolls along IT HAS been a case of so near yet so far for El Roca this autumn and he again has things stacked against him in the Doncaster Mile. Trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young brought the colt to Sydney from New Zealand in February full of hope he could make up for an unlucky fifth in the Caulfield Guineas. El Roca beat Dissident to win the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) surprising Busuttin by his performance on the slow track. After a misinterpretation of the rules regarding pre-raceday treatment, Busuttin had to alter El Rocas program when stewards withdrew him from the Hobartville Stakes, won by Dissident. He took on the older horses in the Liverpool City Cup and ran second to Terravista and was then beaten a short head by Dissident in the Randwick Guineas. His third in the weight-forage George Ryder Stakes be hind Irish visitor Gordon Lord Byron and the minimum weight in the Doncaster convinced Busuttin to run in the Mile in preference to the 1200m of the TJ Smith Stakes. Barrier 17 has dented the trainers confidence but El Roca has managed to handle adversity so far. It is what it is, Busuttin said. I was hoping he would be able to take a sit and get a suck run but now I will leave it to (jockey) Glen Boss. Hes had bad gates since hes been here and been beaten in photo finishes. I cant fault him. He has done a great job and has come through all his runs well. His work is super and Ive done my best. Boss has won five Doncasters and has the exceptional record of three victories on three-year-olds Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007) and Triple Honour (2008). El Roca has 51.5kg after weights were raised 1.5kg and is on the fourth line of betting at $13. Newitt happy to be back on board Lankan Rupee CRAIG Newitt has always known Lankan Rupee is a talented horse. But six months ago he could not have predicted the sprinter would be entering Saturdays $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes as the winner of the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap. Those wins make him the highest-rated sprinter in the world this year. Newitt reunites with Lankan Rupee in the richest open sprint in Australia after choosing stablemate Samaready in the Newmarket Handicap, a decision that backfired when the mare finished sixth. Lankan Rupee is favourite for the TJ Smith and while the track conditions could be a query, Newitt is confident he is on the best horse. If he brings his Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket form, hes the one to beat, Newitt said. A lot just relies on how much rain they get. If they present a dead or slow track I think the best horse will win. And I think hes the best horse. If we get any worse than that, we dont know. He might go better on it. Who knows? Since being gelded before his spring campaign, Lankan Rupee has won six of his seven starts including all three this preparation.
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