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NT NEWS. 45 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:30-AGE:45 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Mega Monday Crossword solution Aug 26 P A R A G O N M R E V E L A R I D B U M P S B C A D A V E R E E L O B E S E A U R N S O B O E E C O A C H Y A E R C A R M N P A C E R U S E F U L H I R E R Y A B N G G M O O T S A A O A C O D E S A G A R A O L A B A C I A G S I D E C A R N H I T C H E S V I W O N D E R S B S N O N C E I E T I C K E T S T H E R M A L E T T R O U T E I S E C E D E S I S T H I N G S D E S A T I S F Y N R N S N L L E D E E T N T N A D A T R E M O R A P P E A S E D L A V I S H C A T H O D E S C U R S O R E O A P T A W A C L T M B I R E R A E V S P E D G E X P O S E R L A T I T U D E L A N K I E R D P E E P L E M E N D E O T E A C H R E E V E K V T H E F T R M I L L I B R A N C H D A Y B R E A K T A S T E D O I L L S C L A U G H B I C U L R R S M A L L O F A C E H T O A S T S D I A M E T E R A T T E S T E E L A N T D E S T R O Y S E B A P R D I X H A R A S S D E R R C A S H E W D Y E S O S A T Y R C E A D N A U S E A M E D U P L I G H T E E S P L A N A D E G E P L E N E A T E N I N G I M I N A E V C N E X T S N D N V C A L L I A N C E S D A E M D D E T R I M E N T A T R I F L E L T I B A L A N C E R S V O O U N C E L S U D S B I S T R O A G E A A N S W E R C N S A O B C A N A R R A T E D C A N O N A S P Y I N G G R A N D E U R P U R S U E L E F T S G C H A S M U A D G Y N D S T O I C A F E T E T E D I T E D L E U K E M I A S T R A I N E I N N S L S T R E W D W I R O N S E N D O W A E P R E S S G H I N T A R A I D E R S S T E E R A G E A B S E N C E D I D L E S O T I E N E M E L S N M H C R O I O E S T A R C H T I G H T W A D D E V O U T F I E L D E R S B A N I S H U D E C S O L S R S L Y O L G E C D A R C H E R S R T E S T E E M M A B O U N D E R N R C R I E R A C H E S S I A N A M I A B L E P E A B O V E U C S C H O L A R E D M E T E O R R O S T R I V E N R A M E T R E O A I N I B I S A R I A R I A E C H A F F B I N E O I V O I C E T S E T S E G R A C E I L A H M T E O A T H R E E N S O Y A E D G E T G U S T O E U E D A N G L E S S L I G H T Y A K S S I E G E E P E R U S E R ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Magic of FA Cup spreads its wings By DAVID DAVUTOVIC THE romance of Englands FA Cup will finally be mimicked in Australia with confirmation that the FFA Cup will start next year. In a significant step towards building a bridge between the A-League and disenchanted state league clubs, amateur and semiprofessional clubs Australiawide will have the opportunity to host Alessandro Del Pieros Sydney FC or travel to AAMI Park to play in front of a 20,000-plus crowd. Broadcast negotiations have begun with TV networks and digital partners with the naming rights also up for grabs. Its believed the FFA Cup will be born as a 32-team competition in 2014 with the grand plan to incorporate most senior clubs across Australia, hence a competition that includes in excess of 700 clubs nationwide. All 10 A-League clubs will feature in the competition, which is due to start in July with the final in December next year on the eve of the 2015 Asian Cup. And the Cup winner is unlikely to be granted entry into the Asian Champions League at this stage. FFA chief executive David Gallop was coy on the specifics but said the FFA Cup was another point of difference to AFL and NRL. We fully expect this competition to be attractive to sponsors given its unique linkage of the professional game to the grassroots and the fairytale nature of what is possible, Gallop said. Everyone has witnessed at some point the David and Goliath match in this style of competition and indeed situations where the minnow club has beaten the star-studded team. Its the first time Victorias state league clubs will have the chance to lock horns with national league sides since 1996, the last year National Soccer League clubs played in the Dockerty Cup, a competition which started in 1909. Hellenic eyes on prize SOCCER ByGREGORMACTAGGART HELLENIC is in the box seat to secure the NorZone Division 1 premiership at Darwin Football Stadium tonight. The Blues task looks straight-forward enough defeat cellar-dwellers NTC at 8pm and they will be crowned as premiers. But NTC is locked in a three-way battle with Palmerston and Mindil for the wooden-spoon and should provide some stiff resistence. Hellenic has comfortably prevailed (4-0 and 6-1) in their two previous encounters in 2013 against the team made up of the Territorys brightest under-18 talents. Fotis Hatzivalsamis and English import Murray Nichols have been influential figures in recent weeks for the Blues who know that anything other than getting the three points will leave the door ajar for Port Darwin to take the prize. The good news for Port is they will know their fate by the time they kick-off against Darwin Olympic at 7pm tomorrow night. Round 21 wraps up with a double-header at Gray Oval on Sunday that is going to determine which team ends up with the wooden-spoon. Mindil Aces and University open proceedings at 3pm, with hosts Palmerston up against Casuarina from 5pm. In womens action, Darwin Olympic can wrap up the premiership with a draw or win against bottom side University Azzurri tomorrow at Darwin Football Stadium. Casuarina travels to Freds Pass to play Litchfield in the other Round 20 clash, with the Rowdies still a remote chance of claiming the premiership if the Reds unexpectedly slip up. Tracy Villages Naomi Wetherall-Fitz and St Marys Danielle Ponter are all set for tomorrows Darwin Softball grand final Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Saints and Villagers both aiming for softball glory SOFTBALL ByGREYMORRIS LINE-UPS StMarys: Mel Retchford, Leonie Wetherall, Carol Stanislaus, Tania Liddle, Jane Blunden, Tara Liddy, Danielle Ponter, Tricia Graham, Suzie Corp, Leslie Turner, Kahlisha Rioli. TracyVillage: Teri Cubillo, Micki Bell, Priscilla Chin, Kaara Ainslie, Kerry Wetherall, Brooke Milstead, Naomi Wetherall-Fitz, Jayde Kellie, Janet Sinclair, Donna Hunter, Jenni Byron. ST MARYS will produce a Darwin softball Cinderella story if they can beat Tracy Village in tomorrows grand final. The Division 1 minor premiers can secure a prestigious double by winning the decider in only their second season in the top flight. But they must beat a Village side containing Territory softball star Teri Cubillo and class pitcher Micki Bell. St Marys have experience and youth in their line-up with Tania Liddle, Tara Liddy, Leonie Wetherall, Suzie Corp, Danielle Ponter, Tricia Graham and Carol Stanislaus consistent performers all year. Those ladies have played in and won grand finals over the years, and know the expectations and pressures that come with winning the big one, Stanislaus said. Weve been fortunate to secure pitcher and utility player Melanie Retchford from Katherine and her talents in the batting box adds depth to the team. Ponter, 14, only started playing the game two years ago and has been a mainstay in the senior side all season. She won the club and Darwin Softballs Rising Star award last season and will be a key weapon for St Marys in her first Division 1 grand final. But the Villagers come into the grand final on the back of a 10-3 demolition of the highly rated South Darwin in the preliminary final. The talents of Cubillo, Bell, Priscilla Chin and Donna Hunter will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of another flag. The Division 1 grand final is set down for 5pm at the Tracy Village Sports Complex. Division 2 features South Darwin and Waratahs at 3pm. AC Milan, Celtic book spots in group stage SEVEN-time champions AC Milan avoided another earlyseason hiccup by reaching the group stage of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over PSV Eindhoven and Celtic produced a stunning comeback to join them. After a 1-1 draw in a tense first leg in the Netherlands, Kevin-Prince Boateng scored twice and Mario Balotelli added another to ensure Milan won the playoff 4-1 on aggregate and advanced. In Glasgow, Celtic beat Shakhter Karagandy 3-0 to overcome a 2-0 loss in the first leg. James Forrests stoppage-time goal gave the Scottish champions a 3-2 win on aggregate. Real Sociedad and Zenit St Petersburg also advanced, along with Plzen, who beat Maribor 4-1 on aggregate. Milan qualified for the group stage for the 11th time in 12 seasons and 17th overall. We played a great match. We also played well in the first leg, said Balotelli. Rural area teams set to fight out Territory championships POLOCROSSE LITCHFIELD and Noonamah hold the favouritism tags when this weekends NT Polocrosse Championships at Freds Pass hit off. Five mixed teams will contest a round robin and finals series to determine the NT champions in senior and junior divisions. All of them are from the rural area Litchfield, Palmerston, Noonamah, Humpty Doo and Howard Springs. Polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse where teams of three contestants play eight-minute periods chukkas on horseback, using a cane stick with a threaded racquet head to throw a sponge-rubber ball between goal posts. Most pundits expect the Peter and Gerrard Maley-led Litchfield to play Noonamah in the main final. Much interest surrounds the Angel family who make up half of the Howard Springs team. Mum Michelle and daughters Kelly and Shannon have turned the Springs into a formidable outfit. The action at Freds Pass hits off at 8.30am tomorrow and Sunday.