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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. 53 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:12-JGE:53 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 l l NEWS New-look NT takes on NZ NTSTRIKE Nick Berry (c), Tom Clements, Cameron Francis, Jack Flynn, Friday Kasteni, Pat Pisel, Stephen Regan, Ben Reichstein, Jason Ryan (w/k), Steve Taylor, MatthewWall, Robert van der Meulen. CRICKET ByGREYMORRIS THE NT Strike are back in action today at Gardens Oval where they will again meet New Zealand under19s in a 50-over game. The Black Caps placed third in the U19 International Tri-Series behind Australia and India. The Territory team includes six debutants, with players from regional centres joining the squad under captain Nick Berry. NT Cricket chief John Stock sees the match as a further opportunity for players to demonstrate their skills on the field. The selectors have decided to use the game to view some new faces in the mix for final NT Strike selection, he said. There is also an early opportunity to view regional players prior to the Calder Shield in late July. Unfortunately a few regional players were unable to play due to work obligations. But we are very pleased to see Jason Ryan from the Tiwi Islands as well as Alice Springs products Tom Clements. Weekend full of action WARATAHS and Darwin have back-to-back cricket appointments with each other this weekend. The second-placed Red Caps meet Darwin in a 50-over game tomorrow before both sides clash again in a Twenty20 semi-final on Sunday. Darwin skipper Jack Flynn is aiming to get his Eagles into their third successive 50-over final. Thats certainly the plan and we want to bat first and defend instead of chasing a score, he said. Our top-order has done pretty well and we need to do it again to get over this Tahs side who have beaten us twice this season. Bad news for Darwin is the absence of finger spinner and middle order bat Tom Andrews. Andrews has been called back to Adelaide to train with the South Australian Redbacks. But Flynn expects the talented allrounder to return for the two-day finals action in September. PINT has twin appointments with Palmerston this weekend. Tomorrows 50-over game at Kormilda College will be followed by a T20 slugfest at Tracy Village on Sunday. The knockout format means a berth in the final is the prize for the winner. Nightcliff and Tracy Village meet at Nightcliff Oval in a 50-over game. GREYMORRIS Darwin Buffalo juniors Levi Christopherson, 8, Casey Langtree, 10, Kelvin Thompson, 13, Anay Franey, 7, and Bayden Franey, 10, get hold of footballs presented to the club after former Buffs player Jed Anderson won a NAB Rising Star nomination in Round 3 of the AFL this year Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Buffs foundation strong NTFL ByGREYMORRIS MARK Motlop has big plans for his Baby Buffaloes when the 2013-14 NTFL season kicks off in October. Motlop guided the double Blues to three wins in his first season in charge and wants to aim for the finals in year two. The Buffaloes begin preseason training at Sanderson High School on Monday, August 12. The club will train three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the school until revised training times are put in place on the eve of the NTFL season. For Motlop, the new season will build on the clubs achievements in 2012-13. The Baby Buffs tag was put in place last year and the players showed we have a very bright future at Darwin, Motlop said. Names like Michael Hagen, Jalen Clarke, Davin Ferriera, Shaun AhMat, Steven Anderson, Lawrie Raymond and Tim Eldridge will feature regularly in Darwins bid to make the Premier League finals for the first time in eight seasons. Obviously a top-five berth is our aim and Im confident we have the talent to get there this season, Motlop said. Our core of experienced players like Phillip Wills, Liam Philpott, Jarrod Stokes, Joe Collinson and Louka Constantine need to lead from the front and well definitely be finals contenders. The young blokes are the heart of the side and with the more experienced blokes well definitely be looking at the finals this season. Motlop is confident an eight to 10-week pre-season campaign will have his young Buffaloes primed for a big NTFL season. Every player brings something to the club and its why the senior players and the young blokes can contribute a lot, he said. They are the heart of the Buffaloes and Ill be giving them every opportunity to show their wares. Kelleher is ready to fight all the Way MARTIALARTS By IANBUTTERWORTH DARWINS dual Australian champion mixed martial arts fighter Ben Kelleher heads an impressive card at the King of the Ring event at the Italian Club Oval tonight. Kelleher holds the Australian MMA 84kg and 93kg K1 titles and a win against Daniel Way (Pride FC, Melbourne) will make it six in a row for the Performance Gym fighter. Kelleher is full of admiration for Way and is expecting a tough fight. Both fighters are trying for a place in the planned reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter Australia v Canada. Daniel is a friendly and humble fighter. I am excited to fight him, and I respect his ability, Kelleher said. Hes tough, fit, and a great striker and my coach Mick Siebert and myself believe he will be my hardest fight to date. Way will go into this fight on the back of a first-round submission loss to the undefeated four time Olympic Judoka Daniel Kelly. The accomplished kickboxer believes Kelleher will be his toughest MMA opponent to date. Im really looking forward to this fight. Ive been training MMA on and off for a few years now and really just started to get serious about it, said Way. Ben will be my first MMA opponent with any significant striking ability so Im really looking forward to a bit more of a stand up fight than usual. Also on the card will be Russian-born World Muay Thai Council welterweight champion Dzhabar Askerov, who now fights at Fighters-X gym in Melbourne. We also have Dzhabar Askerov on the card. He is a multiple world champion Muay Thai and K1 fighter with over 115 fights to his name, said Performance Gym owner Michael Siebert. His opponent is yet to be named but this is the best card weve had and features both experienced and inexperienced fighters like 17-year-old MMA fighter Tyrell Hogan. The event is promoted by Performance Services and gates open at the Italian Club at 6.30pm. Pre-sale tickets are $35 and $40 at the door. Speedster eyes 10 straight to edge closer to record GREYHOUNDS CHAMPION speedster Just Proper chases his 10th consecutive win in tonights TattsBet Grade 1/2/3 Dash (312m) at Winnellie Park. The Peter Donnolleytrained superstar has not tasted defeat since May 3 and his legion of followers will be hopeful that record stays intact. If so, Just Proper will be within sight of the Top End record of 13 straight victories first set by Apache Eyes in the 1980s and equalled last year by the Donnolley-trained queen Sugar Mouth. Just Proper has to overcome box eight in what is his first 312m appearance since running 17.81 seconds on May 31. Veteran adversary Jens Love, the mercurial Bunyip Hunter and former Victorian Ready For Love also help ensure this assignment will be far from a doddle for Just Proper. He is not the only greyhound on a fine winning run in the Top End, with Swansea Jacky looking to stretch her current unbeaten streak to six starts in the heats of the DGA July Plate (537m). Swansea Jacky is drawn in box three for the second heat and only bad luck appears to halt her winning streak. The opening heat appears far more open from a betting point of view with newcomer Cascades joining Velox Canis, a 31.98 winner at his best, Miss Mwamba, Hellyeah Rocket, Dragons Lair and Gertrude Bale in the field. In a sure sign carnival time for the Top End greyhound scene is edging closer, eight races are on offer for punters tonight, with coverage available on Radio TAB. Racing is from the usual time of 7.49pm. GREGORMACTAGGART