The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Apr 2013
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32 NT NEWS. Tuesday, April 2, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 -A P R -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 3 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Aaron Simpson (pictured above and below) is proving to be a big contributor to the Palmerston cause Pictures: MICHAEL FRANCHI Finals main goal as trio drive Palmy on BASKETBALL Myultimate goal would be to represent Australia PALMERSTON believe they are on track to make the top four and play finals in the mens Darwin Basketball Association Challenge Season. Playing in only their second season at the top level, Palmy are locked in a three-way battle with Uni Rebels and Lightning for fourth place each has a 2-4 winloss ratio after six rounds. Club president and mens coach, Damon Mayoh, said his team has a goal to be competitive during the Challenge Season and to play a final after finishing in the top four. He cites high scoring recruit Jesse Bell, point guard Adrien Laborde and forward Aaron Simpson as players who are forming the nucleus of a solid unit. We have set ourselves to be competitive in the Challenge Season and believe playing a final is not beyond us, he said. Jesse Bell has lived up to our expectations, while Adrien Laborde and Aaron Simpson are starting to realise their potential. One of our problems is playing depth at the top level. Our club is strong between U10 and U14, but the older ages are still a work in progress, he said. At 195cm and 92kg, the 18-year-old Simpson is happy to be part of the Palmerston growth plan. However, he has ambitions to play at higher levels. I won a DBA Championship with Tracy Village Jets but was happy to return to my home club of Palmerston when they entered the Premier League, he said. We usually go in as underdogs but thats not a bad thing we go out there with nothing to lose and give it all Im at my best when I run the floor and get back into defence and rebound. My ultimate goal would be to represent Australia but its a long road Ill see how it goes when I finish my uni course and then Ill be set to go down south. Contest provides rivals a top race SWIMMING For those athletes happier to compete on land, the Kununurra half-marathon is open to all comers EXTREME sporting action featuring top Territory athletes is a month away from hitting the Kimberley Region in WA. Nine Territory swimmers have been accepted among the 140 competitors for the The First National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim on May 4. Darwin swimmers Moira Wigley and Ron Griep are reigning 20km duo champs, but hot on their heels is another Top End duo, Mark Fitzsimons and Adrian Tonkin, and the Darwin Stingers Masters swimmers are keen to upset the champs in what is developing into a strong friendly rivalry. Lake Argyle Swim, event manager, Glenn Taylor, said the Kimberley has extreme events planned for those athletes more comfortable on the land commencing with the Kununurra halfmarathon on June 9. For those athletes happier to compete on land, the Kununurra halfmarathon is open to all comers . . . , Taylor said. And in a new initiative for the Kimberley, the LJ Hooker Broome Marathon Festival will take place at Cable Beach one month later, on July 14. The logical next step was to organise a full 42.2km marathon in the Kimberley, said Taylor. The start time of the race has been calculated around tide times, to ensure runners have hard packed sand to run on. The 2013 Kimberley events calendar will finish with the fourth running of the Lake Argyle Adventure Race on August 24 competitors will tackle a course involving a 2km swim, 8km trail run, 30km mountain bike ride and 12km paddle around Lake Argyle. Entries are now open with details available at knxrun.com.au and broomemarathon.com.au.