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36 NT NEWS. Tuesday, July 30, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 0 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 3 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 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 Thunder keep up fine record at draft FOOTBALL ByGREYMORRIS TERRITORY Thunders national under-18 campaign has again been rewarded with two players invited to the October AFL Draft Camp. Utility Errin WasleyBlack (18 and 188cm) and on-baller Daniel Cox (18 and 174cm) will both be present at the October 1-5 camp at Melbournes Etihad Stadium. The camp traditionally supplies up to 60 per cent of draftees at the national draft later in the year. Territory Thunders talent and coaching manager Wally Gallio said that both players deserved their spots. Theyve both showed enough at club and rep level to get a start and we wish them well, Gallio said. Getting two players down there is probably on par with what weve done in the past, we had four last year and three of them got drafted. Division 2 champions Tasmania will have seven players at the camp, with NSW-ACT (4) and Queensland (2) also involved. Aaron Christensen, the younger brother of Geelong and former St Marys forward Allen, is part of the 19-strong Vic Country contingent. Division 1 clubs dominate the draft camp, with champions South Australia supplying 20 players, Vic Metro 21 and Western Australia 19. Gallio said WasleyBlack and Cox needed to maintain a strong work ethic during their time in Melbourne. That includes the physical testing and interview process where they have to perform well, he said. Its all about hard work and both players know that. Its up to them from now on. Division 2 Draft Camp Invitees Territory Thunder: Errin Wasley-Black (Rovers, NT Thunder), Daniel Cox (Sthn Districts, NT Thunder). NSW-ACT: Jake Barrett, Kieran Ellis, Michael Gibbons, Max King. Queensland: Jonathan Freeman (Aspley), Archie Smith (Mt Gravatt). Tasmania: Brady Grey, Kade Kolodjashnij, Jake Kolodjashnij, Toby Nankervis, Alex Pearce, Eli Templeton, Zac Webster. Neil runs white hot to snatch Open title Peter Hargreaves rips into it on his way to second place in the Darwin Open Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN NEIL White produced a sensational final round of 70 to win the 2013 NT Automotive Darwin Open mens title. White was the only player to shoot an under par round for the week and it came precisely when needed the most. Starting on Sunday three shots off the pace, White charged home like Hawks Bay to claim victory by a two stroke margin with a 54-hole score of 224. Peter Hargreaves finished runner-up on 226, having charged into contention on the back of the lowest number in Saturdays second round an even-par 72. Young gun Will Hetherington rounded out the top three a further two strokes away, with Mark Steven (229) and Josh Hetherington (230) in fourth and fifth position. Paul Edwards went into the final day holding a one-shot lead, but an 81 saw him finish in a tie for sixth place alongside Tom Harold. The field was hit by a virus going around losing 15 players on Saturday and another 18 on Sunday. The most noticeable was Garry Barker who was in fourth place prior to pulling out ahead of the final round. n n n n FAVOURITE Robyn Tait lived up to expectations to take the Darwin Open womens title interstate. Tait, who hails from the Cumberland Country Golf Club in Sydney, secured a wire-to-wire victory by a three stroke margin from RAAF Darwin star Lorna Brew. The 2013 event looked like being a one-act affair on Friday after Tait sizzled around the Marrara-based layout with a 74. But an 83 on Saturday left the door ajar for a grandstand finish, particularly when Brew was the only player to break 80 and cut the gap from seven shots to two. Tait and Brew played together in the final round, with the tension palpable as both players struggled to replicate their rounds from previous days. In the finish an 85 from Tait (for a 54-hole score of 242) was good enough to edge out Brew, who carded an 86. Asha Hargreaves com pleted a good weekend for her family, being the leading home club player in third spot on 256. Ashas father is Peter, who was runner-up in the mens crown. n n n n GOING through the grades at the Darwin Open and Palmerstons Colin Edwards prevailed in a two-hole playoff to take out the mens B-grade title. Edwards and local member Geoff Lycett were locked on 261 following the 54 holes. Darwins Chris Van Eck (279) was crowned the C-grade champion, while local member Penny Wood took home the womens B-grade title in a two-hole playoff with Christine Wakefield. n n n n LOW scores were the order of the day as Humpty Doo Golf Club hosted its monthly medal event on Sunday. In the mens Ian Gibson won A-grade, Shane Elliott took out B-grade, Derek Dearman prevailed in a countback in C-grade, with Barry Hobbs successful in D-grade. Vicki Brodie reigned supreme in the ladies division. n n n n NORTHERN Territory recorded the strongest growth in competition golf rounds throughout Australia in the 2012-13 season. According to new data released by the Australian Golf Industry Council, the Territory saw an increase of 13.9 per cent in the amount of rounds played in competition. That was far greater than the national average of 5.4 per cent. Following the Territory in terms of growth was NSW (+7.6%), Western Australia (+6.9%) and Victoria (+4.5%). The lowest state growth came in South Australia (+1.7%). More than 13 million competition rounds were played in the period. n n n n GOLF is regarded as a good walk spoiled, but a good walk it definitely is if you read Inside Golf. The publication asked readers last year to submit GPS data from their regular round of golf to try to determine the average distance walked by the player compared to what was listed on the score card. The results have now been tabulated and it appears golfers walk, on average, 77 per cent further over the course of 18 holes than the yardage listed on the card. The average scorecard length for courses that our readers played came in at 5761 metres. The average total distance walked by golfers in our study over those courses: 10,204 metres. Just over 10km of walking in a round! This translates to a whopping 77 per cent increase in distance versus the scorecard length. n n n n ALICE Springs Golf Club is the venue for the OAMPS NT Country Championships, starting on Saturday. The 54-hole stroke event is open to players of any age with a maximum handicap limit of 36 (men) and 45 (women). The event also incorporates the NT Country juniors for boys and girls 18 years and under, and the seniors for men and women 55 years and over. Entries are being taken by the MiTournament website. n n n n TERRITORY professional Aaron Pike withdrew after the opening round of the $100,000 Pat ODriscollTropical Auto Group Classic in Yeppoon. The tournament was won by former Asian Tour player Paul Donohoo, who defeated South Australian Nick Cullen in a two-hole playoff. n n n n UNTIL next week, Good hitting. Podsiadly faces one-game ban as Hodge cops reprimand for trip FOOTBALL HAWTHORN skipper Luke Hodge has escaped suspension for tripping, but Geelong forward James Podsiadly faces a one-match AFL ban. Hodge was offered a repri mand for tripping Essendons Paddy Ryder in the Hawks 56-point victory. But Hodge has already been to the AFL tribunal once this season to fight a reprimand and carryover points, and won. He beat a rough conduct charge last month. Hodge has until lunch-time today to decide whether to roll the dice at the tribunal. But if he pleads guilty he will be free to play Richmond on Saturday. Podsiadly faces suspension for his raised forearm which laid out St Kilda midfielder Jack Steven at Simonds Stadium at the weekend. He had carryover points arising from a separate incident of rough conduct against Adelaide the previous weekend, which tipped him over. The match review panel has issued $12,000 in melee fines from the weekends Fremantle-Adelaide clash. Dockers duo Danyle Pearce and Michael Walters were slugged $3000 each for instigating the stoush before the opening bounce the duo making a bee-line for Crows skipper Nathan van Berlo. Essendon have confirmed that teammates Jake Carlisle and Jake Melksham will accept the offer of a reprimand for rough conduct.