The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 25 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 5 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Jurrah set for SANFL AUSSIE RULES PORT Adelaide Magpies are leading the race to sign former Melbourne Demon Liam Jurrah for the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) next season. Magpies CEO Brian Leys said the 24-year-old, who had been training with the Power at Alberton before the Australian Football League (AFL) pre-season draft this week, had agreed to play for the Magpies. Were going to give Liam an opportunity, but nothing has happened from there, Leys said. We havent even sat down with Liam and started talking about it as yet, as in negotiating a contract and getting him to sign up. Hes agreed that hed like to play at the Magpies but thats as far as its gone. The deal is part of a plan for Jurrah to make a successful return to the AFL with Port Adelaide in 2014. Jurrah, recruited from Yuendumu after leading the Magpies to the 2008 Central Australian Football League (CAFL) premiership, booted 81 goals in 36 games for the Demons before quitting the club in August. He faces a court hearing in Alice Springs next March to answer assault charges for his alleged involvement in a brawl in March this year. Leys said the club did not have a timeline for meeting Jurrah to discuss terms but would do so soon. Theres more issues than just getting him to come and have a kick with the Magpies, Leys said. New Port Magpies coach and former Adelaide Crow forward Ken McGregor said Jurrah was a fantastic footballer which any club would like on its list. I certainly would love to have him around. He would definitely add something to our side, McGregor said. Rovers thrilling Cup win CRICKET Warren Thomson Gapview Works captain Alex Marsh celebrates the wicket of PROBuild Rovers Shane Ward on Saturday night Picture: WARREN THOMSON Were pretty happy totake out the SchmidtWeeks Cup, but Im feeling a bit hollow because we didnt get the right result in the A grade David Quan PROBuild Rovers president PROBUILD Rovers narrowly won the SchmidtWeeks Cup, taking out the day by 0.6 points on Saturday at Traeger Park. They won on a better runsto-wickets ratio after Gapview Works won the A grade game by 45 runs to level the day at two wins each. PROBuild Rovers president David Quan, who played in the clubs A grade loss, said it was a great day for the club. Were pretty happy to take out the Schmidt-Weeks Cup, but Im feeling a bit hollow because we didnt get the right result in the A grade, he said. As a club, we are very proud to have won the trophy, but we are even happier with the turnout at our kids Christmas party. We had 40 kids here, which also tagged along the parents and having our B and C grade players hang around and our womens team hang around for a bit, so we peaked at 120 at the start of the A grade game when Santa was here, so to have that many around the club is great. Nathan Kelleher and Graham Schmidt scored 59 and 52 runs respectively and scored a 92-run third-wicket p a r t n e r s h i p t o g u i d e Gapview Works to 5/135 in their 20 overs. PROBuild Rovers lost early wickets and, when Roy Graham caught and bowled Scott Allen, they were in real trouble at 4/27 and were unable to recover as they finished 9/90 off their 20 overs. Gapview Works Ben Ellis and Alex Marsh had a great opening bowling partnership which helped get them on top early, with Ellis getting Quan and Rhett Bowden and Marsh dismissing Shane Ward, while Scott Russell came in later in the inning and got 3/14 off three overs. Marsh praised Schmidt, Kelleher and Ellis, who all had great games. I thought Graham and Nathans partnership was fantastic. They bowled well but we hung around and kept wickets in the shed and made a good score, he said. We were a bit scrappy in the field, but we didnt drop our heads and I thought everyone bowled well. Ben is starting to grow up with the new ball and hes very dangerous when he gets it right and tonight he showed that. Its good to be in with a chance of making the Twenty20 final, but we have bigger fish to fry later in the season. Schmidt, who the SchmidtWeeks Cup is named after, enjoyed the day. It was a good day and cricket won on Saturday, he said. The day was played in true spirit and there were some good games of cricket and it came down to the last game. It was a good day to bring the club together. Rovers traditionally have their Christmas party on this weekend and we also had a good number of people here. It was a good feeling to score the half-century, but Rovers looked after me in the field by dropping me a couple of times, but thats just cricket. PROBuild Rovers won the B grade match by 58 runs, with Brendan Smith leading the way with a valuable 80 runs and Mark Buckley (3/18 off four overs) and Lee Blumenthal (3/5 off two overs) helping restrict Gapview Works to 92, chasing Rovers 8/150. BJ Rowse scored 43 for Gapview Works, while teammates Aaron Bruce and Scott McLeod took three wickets each. A rain interruption saw the C grade match restricted to 17 overs each, in a game that saw PROBuild Rovers hang on for a thrilling five-run win. Mike Lynch scored a great half century for Gapview Works in their run chase, but they finished on 5/127, chasing Rovers 4/132. Mick Betteridge had a great game for PROBuild Rovers, scoring 22 and taking 3/26 off four overs. The womens match was a forfeit due to PROBuild Rovers not having enough players, but a scratch match was played between the two clubs. Demons eighth straight BASEBALL Warren Thomson DEMONS have gone into the Christmas break with eight consecutive wins after defeating an undermanned Cubs 13-3 on Friday night at Lyel Kempster Park. They are now in the box seat for the minor premiership and have a good chance of winning their third premiership in four years when the season resumes January 18. They have a two-win lead at the top of the ladder and havent been beaten since October 5, which was the last game before the Masters Games break. Demons captain Derek Williams said Jackson Ankerss pitching played a big role in the win. Jackson Ankers pitched a sensational game and he shut everyone down, he said. There wasnt much action in the field because Jackson pitched a really good game. We had a sluggish start and it was a poor batting effort by the boys, apart from one inning. Cubs had only eight players so we just kept hitting the gaps and thats where we got most of our runs from. Its a great feeling to finish the first half of the season on a winning note, especially having eight on the trot. Hopefully we will come back, keep winning and extend our lead at the top of the ladder. Williams said the main thing he has enjoyed in the first half of the season is the camaraderie among his team mates. The highlight for me is just the way everyone has come together. The core group is great and we are pretty much family. Everyone backs each other up and no one gets down at each other. We just have a great, positive vibe, Williams said. Cubs loss sees them go into the Christmas break in third.
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