The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012
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24 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS 1300 508 509 SPORT Panthers survive big comeback BASEBALL Warren Thomson Panthers Kris Redman looks to hit big against Venom Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Venom hit the ball andand we just made errors in the field, got complacent when we got ahead and they just kept plugging away David Kerrin Panthers coach VENOM gave Panthers a massive scare in the final Alice Springs Baseball Association game before the Christmas break, coming from 10 runs down to lose 13-12 on Friday night at Lyel Kempster Park. They got off to a good start with three runs in the first inning, but Panthers got off to a good start with eight runs in their first bat. Panthers put the score to 13-3 at the end of the second, but Venom began their comeback with three runs in the third. Venom piled on six runs in the fourth inning and had a chance of winning their first game of the season, but the game was called off due to time after their their third out in the middle of the fourth inning. Panthers coach David Kerrin said his side was happy to get the win. Venom hit the ball and we just made errors in the field and got complacent when we got ahead, and they just kept plugging away, he said. They are improving every week and are a good batting side, but they lack the structure in the field and thats where they lose their games, but they brought in their new pitcher (Han Sangwoo) and he tied us up for a bit. Corey Sutton had a great start on the mound for us and Adam Erickson came in and threw well. Stacey Richards and Matt Barnet got some solid hits for us. Venom coach Dave Tucker said it was what the team needed going into the Christmas break. We had the closest thing to the whole package. Han came in and pitched really good and gave us the opportunities to get to bat, and we doubled our previous highest score and we gave them a game, he said. Everyone is really happy and weve finished the first half of the season on a high. We had two guys get their first hits and they were solid shots and Tanner Barton struck out three batsmen and made the hit that got us back (in the game). Im really impressed with how we played, but weve still got a long way to beat Demons. Wheeler ready for NZ challenge SOCCER Warren Thomson Kris Wheeler will play for NZ Premier League side Otago United Picture: CHLOE GERAGHTY I played in 2004 and2005 for the club, but there is no one else still in the team and we have a young squad, so my main role will be to pass experience on to these players as well as help the side win Kris Wheeler CELTICS Kris Wheeler will fly to New Zealand on December 27 to begin his stint with ASB Premiership side Otago United. He will be looking to help the side get off the bottom of New Zealands premier soccer league and help them push for a spot in the top four and play in the finals. His first game will be Otago Uniteds first ASB Premiership match in the new year, which will be against YoungHeart Manuwatu on January 13. Wheeler has spent the two weeks before his departure across the Tasman training on the Gold Coast with a local team, but he cant wait to make his return for Otago United. Its getting close now and Im really looking forward to it, he said. Ive been training on the Gold Coast with a local club just to keep in shape and they are doing a lot of pre-season fitness and it also allows me to keep in touch with the ball. I will be training during the Christmas and New Year period while the other lads have a break and then we will get straight into it. I played in 2004 and 2005 for the club, but there is no one else still in the team and we have a young squad, so my main role will be to pass experience on to these players as well as help the side win. Wheelers home ground is the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, which has a capacity of 30,000 and has a transparent roof. The length of Wheelers stay will depend on the teams success. We havent got off to a good start, but we will see how things go, he said. If we dont have a chance to make the finals, I will be back in February. But if we have the opportunity to make the top four, I will hang around.
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