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46 NT NEWS. Friday, August 30, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 0 -A U G -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K FOOTROT FLATS SPORT 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 ntnews.com.au WHATS ON Aust Football CAFL Tomorrowat Traeger Park, Alice Springs Grand FinalsPremier Division: Pioneer v Federal, 4.15pm.Division 1: MacDonnell Districts v Areyonga, 2pm. Women:Alkamilya v Pioneer, 1pm. Division 2: LtyentyeApurte v Pioneer, 11am.Under-17s:WesternAranda v Federal, 9.30am. Gates open at 8am. Adults $8, Children $2. Big Rivers FL Tomorrowat NitmilukOvalSemi finals: Eastside vAreyonga, 2nd semi final, 6.30pm; Katherine Camels v Ngukurr, 1st semi-final, 4.45pm. Basketball DBA League Tonight at Darwin Basketball Stadium Men, Rd 6: Lightning v TracyVillage Jets at 6.15pm; Palmerston v Ansett at 7.45pm; Eagles vUni Rebels at 9.15pm. Women, Rd 6:Ansett v Uni Rebels at 6.15pm; Lightning v Eagles at 7.45pm; Palmerston v TracyVillage Jets at 9.15pm. Tomorrowat Darwin Basketball StadiumMen, Rd 7: Lightning vUni Rebels at 5pm; Palmerston v Razzle at 6.30pm; Tracy Village Jets v Ansett at 6.30pm. Cricket Darwin andDistricts Premier Grade, Rd 14, Day 2:Nightcliff v Darwin at BMIOval; Tracy Village v Palmerston at TracyVillage;Waratahs v Southern Districts at GardensOval. Playing times: 11.30am-6pm tomorrow. Greyhounds Darwin Tonight atWinnellie Park: Six-race TAB program, headlined by the TattsBet Free For All Dash (537m) featuring Swansea Jacky andHolcoMeats Dash (312m)with Just Proper. Hockey DHA, FinalsWeek 1 TomorrowatMarraraHockey Stadium, Major Semi-Final,Women: StMarys v Waratahs at 6pm.Men:Nightcliff v St Marys at 8pm. Sunday,Minor Semi-Final,Women: NUTS v East Darwin at 6pm.Men: East Darwin v Commerce-PINT at 8pm. Horse Racing Darwin Tomorrowat Fannie Bay: Five-race TAB program, featuring the $14,000 National Seniors Top End Cyril Young Memorial Handicap (1300m). Racing from3.17pm,with the last at 5.49pm. Motorsport Chariots Of Thunder Tonight and tomorrowatNorthline Speedway, Hidden Valley:ChariotsOf Thunder 410 sprintcar series and Darwin 360 sprintcar titles. Heat and feature racing from7pm. Polocrosse NTChampionships Tomorrowand Sunday at Freds Pass: Matches from 8.30amon both days, finals from 1pmSunday. Rugby League NTRLA-grade, Rd 21 Tomorrowat RichardsonPark: University v Katherine at 4pm; Palmerston v Nightcliff at 5.45pm; Litchfield v Brothers at 7.30pm. Soccer NorZoneMenDivision 1, Round 21 Tonight at Darwin Football Stadium: NTC 18 vHellenic at 8pm. Tomorrowat Darwin Football Stadium: DarwinOlympic v Port Darwin at 7pm. Sunday at GrayOval:Mindil v University Azzurri at 3pm; Casuarina v Palmerston at 5pm. NorZoneWomen Division 1, Round 20 Tomorrowat Darwin Football Stadium: University Azzurri v DarwinOlympic at 5pm. Sunday at Freds Pass: Litchfield v Hellenic at 5pm. Softball Darwin Softball Tomorrowat TracyVillage Complex Grand Finals: StMarys v TracyVillage (Div 1), 5pm;Waratahs v Souths (Div 2), 3pm; Souths vWaratahs (Div 3), 1pm. Sides aiming to take form into finals CRICKET ByGREYMORRIS WINNING form is good form is the message Nightcliff skipper Sean Kenny will take into the final day of the district cricket home and away season. The Tigers are defending their 269-run first innings score against a Darwin side they could meet in the September 14-15 grand final. The winner of todays match at BMI Oval will play PINT in one semi-final, with the loser facing flag favourite Waratah at Gardens Oval in the other qualifier. Obviously winning form is a good thing when youre about to play in the finals, Kenny said. Darwin is a good side and can bat a long way down, but Im confident weve got the bowling attack to hold them. Wade Hawkins and Andrew Perrin head our fast attack, and both the spinners (Udara Weerasinghe and Kenny) complement things, so I think were in good hands. Flag favourite Waratah gets an opportunity to stretch its legs in a virtual one-day game against Southern Districts at Gardens Oval. Day 1 of the 90-over game fell victim to some unseasonal August rain, meaning sporting declarations will be the flavour of the day. The good news for the Red Caps is several of their big names have found form at the business end of the season. Top-order bat Solomon Mire, bowling allrounder Steve Taylor, and spinners Brad Schmulian and Mudara Weerasinghe will all be key figures in the finals. Palmerstons season of woe is set to continue in its clash with Tracy Village at the Village ground. The Power are 2-32 in pursuit of 190 for first innings points and the dubious honour of remaining above the Villagers in the battle for the wooden-spoon. Izzy excited at Cup bid Israel Folau has announced a new two-year deal with the ARU and Waratahs, and has hopes of playing in the World Cup Picture: GREGG PORTEOUS RUGBYUNION NEWLY committed to the Wallabies through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Israel Folau has admitted hed relish a move to fullback. Announcing a new twoyear deal with the Australian Rugby Union and NSW Waratahs yesterday, Folau said the prospect of playing at the World Cup in England was a factor in his decision. But he said enjoyment he was getting from his debut season in rugby union was the main reason for staying, in the face of bids to lure him back to rugby league where he made his name. Dual international Folau said it was not his place to comment on criticism the NRL has received for not doing enough to regain his services. Quizzed over whether rugby league could have done more to get him back and whether the NRL offers were not enticing enough, 24-yearold Folau said: Its not so much the offers or anything like that. I still obviously watch the game (league) and support the game. Its just at the end of the day, I really enjoy what Im doing at the moment with rugby and what it presents. Also looking down the track as well, theres a lot of exciting things coming up for rugby and I want to be a part of that. While he scored three tries in his five Tests to date against the British and Irish Lions and world-champion All Blacks, Folau has had relatively few opportunities with the ball on the wing after being crowned Austra lias Super Rugby Rookie of the Year for his performances at fullback for NSW. Fellow Test rookie Jesse Mogg had two difficult games at fullback against New Zealand, sparking calls for Folau to be switched back to increase his involvement. If I get the opportunity to, Id take it with both hands, thats for sure, Folau said. But thats something that has got to be decided by the coaching staff. Im really happy just being on the team first of all and doing my role playing on the wing, but thats entirely up to the coaching staff. Folau welcomed the Waratahs recent signing of his friend Kurtley Beale a potential rival for the NSW fullback spot who has battled with alcohol-related problems this year. Hes had a tough time, Im really good mates with him and Im there for his support if he needs anything, Folau said. Its great to play with him next year, so Ill do everything I can to try and help him whether thats on the field or off the field. Harris hamstrung by injury INJURY-prone Ashes hero Ryan Harris faces a race against time to be fit for the return series against England in Australia after being ruled out of action for six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury. Harris got the bad news when he had the injury assessed after arriving back in Brisbane yesterday. Australias leading wickettaker in England, Harris suf fered the injury during the fifth Test draw at The Oval. He was hopeful he would be declared fit to play in the Champions League T20 tournament in a fortnight. However, a Cricket Australia statement released last night said scans showed he would be out for six to eight weeks, which could mean a return late October only weeks before the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.
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