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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, September 5, 2012. NT NEWS. 49 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-SEGE:49 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul 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 l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Indigenous runners inspire Freeman for marathon MARATHON By IANBUTTERWORTH AUSTRALIAN Olympic 400m gold medallist Cathy Freeman is set to run the worldfamous New York City Marathon in November. Inspired by Robert de Castella and his team of athletes from the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), Freeman will run alongside 11 IMP athletes from across the nation. She will be a Deadly Runner a dedicated running team set up by the Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) to raise awareness and critical funds for indigenous children living on Queenslands Palm Island, Australias fourth-most disadvantaged community. The passion and commitment the IMP group have, has inspired me to take on this new challenge and I feel proud that the CFF and IMP are helping create a way for indigenous kids to have a go, Freeman said. Since 2010, 17 indigenous men and women have c ompleted the New York and Boston marathons as part of IMP, and de Castella said Freeman and the IMP athletes are sending a powerful message to indigenous Australians if you can run a marathon, you can do anything. The marathon is one of the most demanding tests of physical endurance possible, and one that builds character and confidence in our runners and to see Cathy take on this challenge is a great show of her character and determination, he said. It will be Freemans first crack at a competitive marathon and she is looking for ward to the challenge. Attempting my first mara thon is just as physically and mentally challenging for me as anyone else, she said. I am determined and driven to try and to hopefully inspire Indigenous kids with the support of the IMP team. I know I can get there even if it may be slowly. Maxwell, Starc show abilities CRICKET SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates: Mike Hussey was man of the match in Australias victory in the third and deciding one-day international against Pakistan, but the series also has featured the emergence Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc. Left-arm quick Starc, 22, won player of the series after taking 5-42 in game one and 4-51 in game three. Fourth-gamer Glenn Maxwell, 23, showed his natural flair and stroke-playing ability on a slow-paced pitch with a tremendous knock of 56 not out from 38 deliveries to guide Australia to victory with 7-250 from 47 overs, chasing Pakistans 7-244. The 37-year-old Mike Husseys 65 was also crucial, sharing a 67-run stand with Maxwell after Australia had been struggling at 5-159. David Hussey (43) and skipper Michael Clarke (32) also made good contributions with the bat. Starc boasts an ODI record of 22 wickets at fewer than 21.00 from 11 matches, having also picked up four wickets in the game against Afghanistan in Sharjah on August 25. Hes been fighting hard for a spot in this Australian one-day team for a while now and hes grabbed it with both hands, Clarke said. Its really exciting. The last four matches will do his confidence the world of good. He said it was a special feeling to pull off a series win in energy-sapping humidity. The feeling around the group is a great feeling at the moment, especially after losing four-nil against England (in June), he said. Clarke said the conditions in Sharjah were challenging to say the least. Mike Hussey should have been out LBW to Saeed Ajmal for a duck, but the appeal was turned down. Clarke said he was grateful to still have Mike Hussey in his side. Youve seen Maxwell, young, hasnt played too much cricket, not too much fear, go out and play his natural game, Clarke said. But without the experience and knowledge of both the Hussey brothers, but especially Michael . . . Its always a pleasure having him in the team and he continues to perform consistently. Territory defeated again heading into final round TERRITORY Storm suffered two more Australian Netball League defeats in Sydney at the weekend. New South Wales Waratahs continued their unbeaten run with a 25-goal victory on Saturday. The 55-30 win was built around the defensive pair of Jessica Mansell and April Letton, keeping the pressure on the NT shooters and pouncing on frequent turnovers. The Storm battled the AIS on Sunday but went down 44-27. NSW and Australian representative shooter Kristina Brice shot 17 goals from 18 attempts in the first half to set up the victory. The Territory play their final matches of the season this weekend in Canberra against Victoria Fury, NSW Blues and Canberra Darters. Western Sting, which has completed its nine minor round fixtures for seven wins, sit on top of the ladder above of NSWand Southern Force, who have both won six games ahead of the final round. AIS round out the top four with five wins. Hoggies Shannon Millar, Jamie Collins and Deni Taulelei are out to break their finals hoodoo Picture: BRAD FLEET Hoggies can taste it NETBALL By JESSWEBSTER HOGGIES insist their time has come to break one of the longest-standing Territory sporting hoodoos, ahead of tonights Darwin Netball Association semi-final against Tracy Village at Marrara. The 14-year-old club has made the grand final six times since 1998 but lost them all including the last four in a row. Undefeated this year, Hoggies defender Shannon Millar, 31, who has played in all six grand final defeats, believes the holy grail is within reach. Weve had a pretty awesome season this year I dont think Ive ever played a season where we have been undefeated, she said. We are just looking towards (tonights) game and then hopefully the grand final thats what the whole team has been working towards. I think we are all coming together at the right time and hopefully this is our year. Its devastating to lose one grand final, but four in a row its going to be my last year if we lose. I dont think I can do it again. Previous years weve always had a weak defence line, or attack, or centre court. There was alway one part of our team that wasnt quite there. But this year, everything just seems to click. The feeling of heartbreak extends to highly rated youngsters, Territory Storm representative Jamie Collins, 18, and gun shooter Deni Taulelei, 18, who have lost two and three grand finals respectively. Standing in their way of direct entry to the grand final is the much-improved Falcons, whose game is built around Storm defender Chrissy Greve, NT captain Tina Way, and shooter Sue Nalder. The loser of the 6.15pm major semi-final takes on the winner of the 7.45pm minor semi-final between Districts and defending premier Pints aiming for their fourth premiership in a row next Thursday night.