The Centralian advocate Tue 26 Feb 2013
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 25 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 6 -F E B -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 2 5 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Score debacle taints win Warren Thomson A CONTROVERSIAL final round has seen Dingo Cubs take out the Central Australian Rugby Union minor premiership and seal a spot in the grand final. Dingo Cubs won their game on Friday night against Eagles but they had to wait until the referee came off at half time in the match between Federal Devils and Kiwi Warriors to find out who won. Eagles scored the game as a 36-all draw while two Cubs officials scored the game as 43-36 but Cubs won the game on referees opinion. Despite no official score, Cubs were given a bonus point for scoring four tries. That set the stage for Devils, who then had to win their clash against Warriors by more than 40 points to claim the minor premiership. Cubs were forced to cheer on rival club Warriors, but Devils poured on the points to record a 65-point win and believed they had the minor premiership. But during the game, talk arose that Devils lost a bonus point that they shouldnt have got in their round four clash against Eagles, which meant Cubs had already won the minor premiership regardless of the result. After the whistle, Federal Devils player and CARU vice-president Tim Blacker was brought into the CARU office where he was told by fellow CARU committee members about his side losing the bonus point and losing the minor premiership by one premiership point. Blacker told his Devils players afterwards, and his captain, Tui Ford Jnr, was clearly frustrated and disappointed after finding out the news. Thats something Cubs rustled up during our game and it was pretty convenient that they contested it in our game after we had clearly scored enough points, Tui Ford Jnr said. Its a shame it has come down to this and we will contest it. Somehow the mistake in the ladder had gone unnoticed since November 24, when Devils lost to Eagles 25-17 and were given a bonus point despite not scoring four tries or losing by seven points or less. Some Devils members also claimed they hadnt given clearance to Cubs player Mungi Vaelie, but CARU officials showed Devils the clearance form that stated Vaelie had been cleared to play. Joel best again RUGBY UNION Warren Thomson DINGO Cubs captain Joel Plummer has taken out the John C o o p e r B e s t a n d Fairest Award for the second year in a row, winning by eight votes at the Central Australi a n R u g b y U n i o n (CARU) awards night on Saturday at Club Eastside. P l u m m e r w a s awarded best on ground six times to finish with 18 points, while Kiwi Warriors Isaac Salei finished second with 10 votes. Chaz Solomon, who took out the leading try scorer award with 17 tries, was the highestpolling Federal Devils player with eight votes, while the George Frank Rookie of the Year winner, Eagles Reggie Smith polled, six votes. Its the fourth consecutive year a Dingo Cubs player has taken out CARUs highest individual honour. Plummers teammates Anthony Hyland and Aaron Blacker won the award in 2011 and 2010 respectively. Plummer was surprised to win his second John Cooper Best and Fairest Award. It hasnt sunk in yet, but Im pretty happy, especially with the calibre of players weve got here in Alice Springs, Plummer said. I thought I was going to get smoked. There are a couple of Devils boys that are classy players and all the teams have a few solid players. I didnt think I would win it this year as I thought I didnt do anything impressive weekin, week-out to come away with it. Plummer returned to his normal position of fullback in his sides last two games, but for most of the season, has been at fly-half after being approached by new coaches Junior and Lance Po-Ching to take on the role. Plummer just missed out on the highest point scorer award, with Devils Schaylen Parai scoring enough in the final minor round game to take out the award. Grand show by Dingo Cubs RUGBY UNION Warren Thomson Dingo Cubs Joel Plummer gets a hold of Eagles Reggie Smith just short of the try line Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON DINGO Cubs will play in their first Central Australian Rugby Union grand final since 2006 after narrowly defeating Eagles on Friday night at Anzac Oval. Cubs had a big lead going into half-time but an Eagles comeback levelled the scores. However two late tries proved enough for Cubs to win and seal the minor premiership. It will the clubs first grand final since 2006 and they will be looking to end their 12-year premiership drought. Cubs captain Joel Plummer is looking forward to leading his side into the CARU grand final. It feels pretty good, especially after how [it] went last year and seeing the improvement in the boys game and structure, he said. Plummer was pleased with his clubs start and finish to the match, which were the key periods that won them the game. If you get off to a good start, you are part of the way there, he said. Its very tough to chase points in this competition. Im proud that our boys didnt drop their heads in the dying stages and it was great to come away with the win. Cubs Lance Po-Ching scored a hat-trick, but it was a great team performance for Cubs, especially by the teams forward pack. No one stood out for us and it was great to see so many players put their hand up on Friday night, Plummer said. Eagles coach Stephen Ariston scored a double, and despite the loss he would be happy with his sides effort in what was a match they were using to get ready for this weeks semi-final against Federal Devils. In-form Demons pitch rivals in 11-1 drubbing BASEBALL Warren Thomson DEMONS continued their winning ways with a comfortable 11-1 win over Cubs on Friday night at Lyel Kempster Park. It took Demons just over an hour and going to the end of the fifth inning to claim their comfortable win. Demons captain Derek Williams said his team had another good performance. We got off to a good start with a seven-run inning . . . they shut us down until we got some late runs, he said. Jackson Ankers pitched well for us and we made the outs in the midfield. Demons are forfeiting this Fridays clash to Panthers due to several players going t o A d e l a i d e f o r t h e Soundwave Music Festival, however Williams is confident it wont have much of an impact on their season. Although we are forfeiting, we technically havent been beaten (since the Masters Games break), he said. Not playing this week is not ideal as we have only two more minor round games and then another week off before the grand final, but we will be holding extra training sessions to keep the boys focussed. In the nights other match, a big first inning earned Panthers a 15-6 win against Venom. Panthers coach David Kerrin was pleased with the strong batting performance. We got off to a great start and we hit the ball really well, he said. Adam Erickson, Mal Lewis, David Kerrin Jnr and Kris Redman had some really good hits and Stacey Richards had a great game on the mound. Panthers will win against Demons on forfeit on Friday. Although we wouldve preferred to play Demons, their forfeiting works in our favour as we also have a few away interstate this weekend, Kerrin said. Our fielding is OK, but we need to focus more on our batting so our extra training sessions that weve been having on Thursday will carry through this week. We have only two more games and then the semifinal against Cubs. Devils blitz it RUGBY UNION Warren Thomson FEDERAL Devils go into their semi-final clash with great scoring form after scoring 14 tries in their 91-26 win over the Kiwi Warriors on Friday night at Anzac Oval. The Warriors showed heart, but it was always going to be difficult against Devils who were looking to win by enough points to possibly win the minor premiership. Warriors were in the contest early, but a flurry of tries in the second half saw Devils blow out to their 65-point win. Keeden Steen and Chaz Solomon were the main players to pour on the points, scoring five and four tries respectively. Devils captain Tui Ford Jnr said it was a good team performance as his forwards helped their backs score tries. We always send the ball to open space and let the quick boys do the work, he said. We found out early that its not easy just sending it out to those guys and that we have to give them a platform first and the forwards did that towards the end of the game. Im pretty happy with how the boys went. While Devils will play this week in the semifinal, Warriors had only pride to play for and Ford Jnr gave them credit for the effort they put in. Weve got to give Warriors a pat on the back, he said. They played with the spirit that they normally play with.
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