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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 31 SPORT Dragons downed n From Page 32 United coach Geoff Bates said the signs are promising before next Saturdays showdown. I thought we played very well but our defence was a little bit soft I thought where we let them back in the game but overall some of our players were very, very impressive, Bates said. Wests captain Nathan Coelli was not impressed with the forfeit but the comeback did impress him after a sluggish first hour of the match. First half our silly mistakes kept them in the game and well just get to training to work on a few things, Coelli said. Night of passion RUGBY LEAGUE Nick Kossatch Wests Dragons Jarrod Torres powers through United Magpies Matt Hughes in their match played last Friday night. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON A PACKED Alice Springs Convention Centre experienced the CARFL night of nights on Saturday. Guest speakers were former NRL stars Benny Elias and Tommy Raudonikis and the Keegan Medal was presented by one of the leagues founders, Michael Keegan. CARFL president Aaron Blacker said the evening was a massive success and if the centre had more room there would have been no problems filling it. It was fantastic. What a cracker of a night to get an extra five tables brought out because we had sold out more tables than what the casino had ready for us, Blacker said. Elias and Raudonikis enthralled the crowd with their insights into the game and their experiences, Blacker said. Benny did an absolutely fantastic job and he stood there for about 45 minutes telling a couple of stories and he related it all back to Alice Springs and grassroots football, he said. He obviously did his homework on Alice Springs and not only did he make his stories relate to us, but a couple of really good segments of his speech were very pertinent to not only grassroots football but the challenges we face in Alice Springs. Blacker said Raudonikis had the crowd in stitches with his funny take on the game and stories. Blacker praised the Vikings team with their sweep of awards, with Chaz Solomon taking the Keegan Medal, Junior Saena with his Top Try Scorer award and Scaylen Parai taking out the award for the Top Point Scorer. V i k i n g s a n d W e s t s Dragons players dominated the selection of the CARFL Merit squad announced on the night. Blacker said the squad was very strong and would play against a powerful team in October at the Anzac Oval. The Merit squad and team of the year will be an absolute cracker and I cant wait when Newcastle Hunter Knights are coming on October 18, he said. Blacker said that as a prelude to the Paramatta Eels game in February, the CARFL was trying to organise the Merit team to play against the grand finalists from the rugby league competition in Darwin. What were trying to do is either get a club challenge, so the grand finalists of Alice Springs against the grand finalists in Darwin, or get our Merit squad to play against their Merit squad in the prelude to the Eels match, he said. Rovers roll over as finals near NETBALL Steve Menzies NOT playing their best for the whole 60 minutes of the game can prove costly as Wests Gillen Club A-grade netball team learnt on Saturday. Favourites for the Club Eastside Alice Springs Netball Association A-grade premiership, Rovers Scope defeated Wests 47-31 in the seasons final minor round game at the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre. Rovers shooting duo Michelle Ellis and Aimee Rodda were dynamic in making the most of their opportunities. Ellis again showed why she is one of the favourites for the Players Player award shooting 25 goals at 86 per cent including no misses in the second half when Wests were challenging. Rodda was a little more wayward but her numerous one-touch ball movements to her shooting partner to set her up under the post were pure golden class. After a disappointing first half when Wests trailed 30-14, Wests lifted after the break to go goal for goal with Rovers for the final 30 minutes with both sides scoring 17 goals. Neata Glass Giants saved their worst game of the season to last as they were completely overpowered by Federal Trusty Glass. The 71-17 score was the highest recorded against Giants this season. Giants did lose the services of regular centre Anna Ritchie, who needed resting after a long season plus r u n n i n g t h e S y d n e y City2Surf and the Alice Springs half marathon in recent weeks. But the score was 34-9 and just a matter of how far for Federal who brought on former town shooter Tegan Hatzimihail at half time. She netted 28 goals as she dominated the attack circle. Jo Sheridan had shot 19 goals in the first half, and added seven in third quarter at goal attack, before being rested for the final stanza. But as good as Federal was in the circle it was the work of the players such as goal keeper Katelyn Henwood and centre Billie Newton who created the chances for the team. They were well supported by Carlie Ryan and Dody Stephens, stepping back to defence, Crystal Dixon and Jordann Hickey to give Federal too much power for Giants to counter. There were not many upsets through the grade with most of the higher placed sides winning. A couple of exceptions were in B2 where fourthplaced Federal Famptons defeated third-placed Seasons to ensure their place in the finals and in C-grade where the fourth side Rovers PUPs defeated second-placed Sundowners to hold on to their place in the finals ahead of Seasons Gapview. There were some significant results in the underage grades with fourthplaced Federal Falcons defeating their next weeks semi-final opponent Wests Yeperenye by a goal and in division two Rovers Rebels defeated Federal Inferno in a clash that decided the minor premiership. Oner of the best results for the day was Wests Gorey & Cole having their third win for the season in the 15-and-under division 2. In 13-and-under division 2, second-placed Seasons Shaedz of Alice defeated minor premier Rovers Tigers to set up an interesting encounter next week. While the 9-and-under and 11-and-under grades do not have finals, they will play a round robin day as the final week of netball. Hard charging Vikings too strong for Memo RUGBY LEAGUE Nick Kossatch GRAND final-bound Vikings defeated a spirited Memo Bulls 60-32 in the late game. The Bulls rallied in the second half to narrow the deficit to 28 points in its final match of the season. The game began ominously for the Bulls. The Vikings shot out of the blocks and ran rampant to a 40-10 lead. It was a mere training run early in the piece for the Vikings as Junior Saena and Chaz Solomon ran rings around their opponents. Coram Hippolite suffered an injury but the highlight reel kept on turning after a clever tap from Solomon found Jake McDonald who then gifted Isoako Salei with a try. Memo pegged the deficit back in the second half despite a heavy hit by Salei on Ben Hawland. American Jake Devlin scored his second try to get the Bulls within 18 points. McDonald joined Saena with three tries but Memo fought on valiantly. Statistics for the month of August Average daily max temp: 22.6 Average daily min temp: 6 Record highest temp: 35.2C on 22/8/2009 Record lowest temp: -4.1c on 16/8/2002 Average monthly rainfall: 9.2mm Highest monthly rainfall: 144.1 in 1947 Rainfall this month: 0mm Total rainfall last month: 40.2mm Total rainfall this year: 146.2mm Total rainfall last year: 209.4mm Record annual rainfall: 782.5 in 1974 Sunrise: 7.03am Sunset: 6.16pm Outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Tuesday: Sunny Forecast: Tue 27: 30(8) Wed 28: 32(10) Thu 29: 31(13) Fri 30: 33(11) AWARD WINNERS KEEGAN MEDAL VOTES: Chaz Solomon (VIKINGS) 14; Jethro Campbell (WESTS) 8; Wayd Nibbs (UNITED) 7; Junior Saena (VIKINGS) 7; Jack Harding (UNITED) 7; Matt PatersonNicolai (WESTS) 7. CARFL MERIT SQUAD: Chaz Solomon (Vikings), Jacob McDonald (Vikings), Junior Saena (Vikings), Jethro Campbell (Wests), Michael Kenny (Wests), Nathan Coelli (Wests), Wayd Nibbs (United), Dan Meech (Wests), Peter Nibbs (United), Lance PoChing (Vikings), Matt Paterson-Nicolai (Wests), Isaac Salei (Vikings), Jack Harding (United), Brendan Donnelly (Wests), Luke Hereora (Vikings), Haami Goldsmith (Memo), Heber-Jay Martin (Vikings), Ryan Bates (United), Brendan Taylor-McInnes (Memo).