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The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Apr 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Apr 2013

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38 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 8 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v7FOOTROT FLATS Jockey fails breath test JOCKEY Peter Wells created an unwanted piece of racing history at Royal Randwick yesterday when he became the first jockey to be suspended for failing a random breath test on a raceday. Wells returned an elevated alcohol reading and was stood down from his only ride, Joku in the final of the day. Racing NSW stewards tested Wells three times in an hour and each result showed an alcohol reading over the legal limit of 0.02 under the Australian Rules of Racing. The jockey was suspended for six weeks with the penalty period effective immediately. This is the first time a jockey in NSW has failed a breath test at a race meeting, Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy said. 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 Vile insult set Dugan off RUGBY LEAGUE By JOSHMASSOUD AN OBSCENE insult directed at Josh Dugans mother has emerged as the match that lit his latest explosion. As the exiled star prepares to meet NRL boss Dave Smith today, The NT News can reveal the circumstances that led to Dugan telling a Raiders fan to end themselves on Instagram on Saturday night. Shortly before the ex change, Dugans mother Jenny was defending her son from numerous insults and told one fan he needed a hug. According to several sources close to the family, the antagonist replied: I think you were molested by your dad as a kid. The remark proved too much for Dugan. Josh had been copping it since he left the Raiders and had been trying hard to bite his tongue, one source said. But that remark about his mum being abused was the breaking point. You need to understand how close he was to his grandfather, to understand why he snapped and put everything in jeopardy. Dugan has his late grandfathers full name, George L Lawrence, tattooed on his back alongside the phrase Forever Missed. Touching the ink prior to taking the field is his most revered pre-game ritual. Josh was very, very close to his grandfather and spent a lot of time with him just before he died from emphysema in 2008, the source said. Sometimes George would be too ill to sit with everyone else at family functions and Josh would stay inside and talk footy with him. He was the man in Joshs life as a kid, and if you know the family, you can understand why he lost it over a remark like that. Todays meeting with Smith will determine whether Dugan is any chance to make an NRL comeback in 2013. Meanwhile, Tony Williams could be Canterburys secret weapon to not only replace Krisnan Inu, but also save the Kiwi Test star from a lengthy suspension. Inu was yesterday slapped with a grade four dangerous throw for his ugly spear tackle on South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis a charge which carries a seven-week ban for an unsuccessful challenge or five weeks for an early guilty plea.w But it is believed the Bulldogs could opt to apply for a downgrade, which could cut Inus ban to just four games, where Williams dangerous throw on Cronullas Isaac De Gois, while he was at Manly last year, could be used as a comparison. Williams too received a grade four charge but his tackle featured more driving force than Inus. Quarrell-some Tassie bolters Gift rapt present ATHLETICS By SCOTTGULLAN The picture says it all as an ecstatic Andrew Robinson crosses the line yesterday to claim the Stawell Gift Picture: MARK DADSWELL STAWELL Gift winner Andrew Robinson has dedicated his surprise victory to his coach who lost everything in the Tasmanian bushfires. In one of the more dramatic races in the Gifts 135-year history, Robinson, running off 7.25m, just pipped odds-on favourite Mitchell Williams-Swain who had been sensationally penalised for a false-start. After a scorching run in the semi-final WilliamsSwain seemed unbeatable before his error which saw him pulled a metre from 4.5m to 3.5m which cost him the $40,000 winners cheque, given he was beaten by just .02sec. An emotional Robinson immediately thanked his coach, Ray Quarrell, who lost his home in the small community of Dunalley during the January fires. After everything that happened I used that as personal motivation to do it for someone who I love like a second dad, Robinson said. I just really wanted to go out there this weekend and make him proud and put all that bad stuff we had happened to us this year behind us and Ive done that in the best possible way. Quarrell, who coaches the Hobart Athletics Club, lost the squads gear in the fire as well as all his personal belongings. We lost everything. The wife and I came out with just the shirts off our backs, he said. We have to re-build and were getting our house plans done next week. I had a dream that this was my destiny to do something like this. Ive won every race in Tasmania, Ive won three or four Burnie Gifts. Ive won everything I possibly could but I hadnt won the Stawell Gift. And I thought theres something up there smiling down on me thats going to change it. I really did think we could do it. Robinson, who failed to progress out of the heats last year where he finished third behind eventual winner Matthew Wiltshire, was rated an $81 before Saturdays heats. He came into $15 before the semi-finals and was still rated a $13 chance in the final as all the money came for Williams-Swain. The 20-year-old university students victory in 12.01sec is the first by a Tasmanian since Ken Hutton in 1941. It changes my life . . . Im a student, Robinson said.