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The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, July 12, 2013. NT NEWS. 49 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:12-JGE:49 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K 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 Solid showings from young Territory sides HOCKEY By JESSWEBSTER THE Territory under-18 mens hockey side narrowly missed out on finals at the National Championships in Newcastle despite one of their biggest wins in recent times against South Australia. The NT beat SA 6-0 on Tuesday but lost 6-2 to compe tition leaders Victoria on Wednesday to end up in fifth place, one point behind Western Australia in fourth. The Territorians will take on bottom-placed SA in their first finals match today. Coach Craig Curby was disappointed the experienced squad which included six 18-year-olds didnt make the top four, but is confident of winning both finals matches to finish the series on a high. The draw with ACT hurt us, we really should have won that. But in saying that we could have beaten NSW and QLD too, he said. We could have won a lot more games but only started gelling towards the end. The outcome was already decided when we played Victoria, and the boys dropped their heads. But they deserve to finish fifth, they are playing some really good hockey. The under-18 womens side are at the other end of the scale with six players eligible for the National Under-15 Championships. They managed two draws against South Australia and fourth-placed ACT to finish in eighth position, and take on Victoria in their first finals clash today in Canberra. Coach Kiesha Clarke says there is plenty of fight left in the young group. We have a couple of girls who have never been away to a tournament before, but they have been playing really well, she said. They have had low scoring games, NSW (8-0 loss) was probably the only high score against us. It was a good experience for all of them. The positive is the NT will have a really strong under-15s side. But we will continue to go out in every game looking for a win. We had a couple of injuries at the start of the tournament. WHATS ON Cricket D&DCCRd 11 TomorrowatGardensOval: Waratah v Darwin, 11am.At Kormilda College:PINT v Palmerston, 11am.At Nightcliff: Nightcliff v TracyVillage, 11am. CarltonMid Twenty20 Semi-finals Sunday at TracyVillage: PINT v Palmerston at 10am;Waratah v Darwin, 2.30pm. Under 19 International Series Today atMarrara: India v Australia (final), 9-45am-5.30pm. Today at GardensOval:NTStrike v New ZealandU19, 9-45am-5.30pm. Greyhounds Darwin Tonight atWinnellie Park: Eight race TABprogram, headlined by the DGA July Plate Heats (537m). Racing from7.39pm,with the last at 10.19pm. Hockey DHA, Rd 10 TomorrowatMarraraHockey StadiumMens:NUTS v Commerce-PINT at 4pm; StMarys v East Darwin at 7pm.Womens: NUTS v Commerce-PINT at 5.30pm; StMarys v East Darwin at 8.30pm. SundayWomens:Waratahs v Banks at 6.30pm.Mens:Waratahs v Banks at 8pm. Horse Racing Darwin CupCarnival Tomorrowat Fannie Bay:Day 2 of the Darwin CupCarnival. Eight race TAB card, headlined by $55,000 Trans Territory Foods Chief Ministers Cup (1600m). Racing from1.22pm,with the last at 5.36pm. Motorsport Drag Racing Tonight and tomorrowat Hidden Valley Dragstrip: 2013NTQuarter Mile Titles. Qualifying and Burnout competition today from7pm, feature racing tomorrow from 6pm. Entry fees are $15 for adults tonight and $25 tomorrow. $30 for families today and $50 tomorrow. Children under 13 free. Bar and catering available. NoBYO, no glass. Netball ANL, Rd 2 Tonight atMarrara Indoor Stadium:NTStormvNSWBlues at 7pm. Tomorrow:NTStormv Victoria Flames at 4.30pm; NSW Blues v AIS at 6.30pm. Sunday: Victoria Flames vNSWBlues at 9am; NT StormvAIS at 11am. Rugby League NTRLA-grade premiership Tomorrowat Richardson Park: Palmerston vNightcliff at 4pm, University v Katherine at 5.45pm, Litchfield v Brothers at 7.30pm. Soccer NorZone MenDivision 1, Rd 14 Tonight at Darwin Football Stadium:NTCvMindil Aces (1) at 8pm. TomorrowatDarwin Football Stadium: Port Darwin vHellenic (1) at 7pm. Sunday at the Football Stadium:Uni Azzurri v Casuarina (1) at 3pm; Palmerston v Darwin Olympic (1) at 5pm. WomenDivision 1, Rd 13 Tomorrowat the Football Stadium: Hellenic v DarwinOlympic (1) at 5pm. Firebirds draw a blank as All Stars team is named QUEENSLAND Firebirds have been handed readymade extra motivation for Sundays trans-Tasman netball grand final after being snubbed for the competitions All Stars team. While the Firebirds failed to get a single player included in the All Stars team named yesterday and voted by fans, grand final opponents Adelaide Thunderbirds had two players Erin Bell and Renae Hallinan chosen as well as their coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson. The Thunderbirds nominations come after a season in which they topped the regular season ladder while the Firebirds finished fourth but they have shown steel to beat the Waikato Magic and Melbourne Vixens in consecutive weeks of the finals series. With both teams aiming to become the competitions first two-time champions, the Thunderbirds were quick to switch the focus from All Stars selection back to the decider before a sellout 10,000-strong home crowd. It is a really big surprise and a privilege to be announced in this team, said goal attack Bell. But at the end of the day, there is a job to be done one more game to play. Wing defence Hallinan took the same tack. Its lovely to be acknowledged that way, Hallinan said. But our big one is on Sunday and that is where our focus is. Personally, my All Star team will be the 12 Thunderbirds running out there on the weekend. Goal shooter Jhaniele Fow ler (Southern Steel), wing attack Madison Browne (Melbourne Vixens), centre Laura Langman (Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic), goal defence Casey Kopua (Waikato Magic) and goal-keeper Geva Mentor (Melbourne Vixens) were the other players named in the All-Stars team. Hallinan and Bell both made the All Stars team for the first time. English national representative Ama Agbeze will strut her stuff for NT Storm this weekend at Marrara Picture: PATRINA MALONE Boom recruit primed NETBALL By JESSWEBSTER WESTERN Australias loss will be the Territorys gain when English defender Ama Agbeze takes to the court for NT Storm in tonights Australian Netball League clash against NSW Blues at Marrara. Agbeze, 30, has played more than 50 international games for England and won bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Agbeze has been based in Australia for six years and had stints with West Coast Fever, Melbourne Vixens and Central Pulse in the ANZ trans-Tasman Competition. The Western Sting didnt select Agbeze on the back of her unavailability for the ANL finals series when she will return to England for their national squad trials and the NT Storm were quick to swoop. Agbeze made her debut in Round 1 last week against Queensland and the Sting, and gelled with the group immediately. I had a good friend who said I should play with the NT because they are really nice girls, and I thought it was a good opportunity to keep playing Agbeze said. I came up to Darwin for our training camp and I was really impressed. I thought, this place is amazing (and) the Territory girls are so friendly and welcoming. When I first came I was really excited for something different. When you get to the higher levels of netball you see the same coaches and do the same drills. So its nice to have a breath a fresh air and meet new people. Agbeze said the Storm got off to a good start despite two opening-round losses last week, and is hoping to use her experience to help the NT get a win on home soil during this weekends triple-header. Through my actions, I try to lift the team, she said. I can be quite vocal sometimes and when you come into a new group, I think I should step back. But I think the girls really want it. Based on last weekend, in patches we played really well and then let it slip in other times. Not training together is a significant factor, but we improved from the first game to the second, and hopefully we keep that going. The Storm takes on the NSW Blues at 7pm, Victorian Flames at 4.30pm tomorrow at the AIS at 11am on Sunday.