The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012
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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, August 21, 2012. NT NEWS. 33 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:21-AGE:33 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Sports Extra LOCAL COMPS PROFILES WINNERS LOSERS with Ian Butterworth firstname.lastname@example.org with Our teenage sensation FIFTEEN-year-old Darwin basketballer Mitchell Drescher has been selected to attend the 2012 September Australian Development Camp at the AIS, in Canberra. The 201cm, 102kg Ansett centre, a BNT NITP athlete, will have a chance to represent Australia at the 2012 FIBA Oceania Youth Championships, in La Trobe, Victoria, later in the year, and is eligible for the 2014 Australian under-17 program. The five-day camp has drawn the best 20 male and 20 female players from the recent Australian under-16 championships, said BNT, player/coach development manager, Phil Collins. They will be put through three or four skills sessions every day by AIS and national ITP coaches, and the best 10 male and 10 female athletes will be selected to represent Australia at the 2012 FIBA Oceania Championships. Drescher was surprised to be selected, but remains quietly confident of making the team for the Oceania Youth Championships. I wasnt expecting to be selected because there was so much competition from players in my position that I thought were up to similar levels but fortunately I was chosen, he said. Im confident of making the Oceania Youth team because even though there are 20 in the mix, only a few are centres. If I work hard, hopefully I will make the final cut. Drescher has a full work load including extra fitness and strength work. I want to play NBL, but firstly Im aiming for Australian under-17 selection in 2014, Drescher said. I do a lot of out-of-club training . . . without my St John Ambulance sponsorship that wouldnt be possible. Olympic and Litchfield in race for title Hellenics Laura Williams (left) and Litchfield opponent Alanah Kelly battle for possession during Womens Premier League action at the Football Stadium at Marrara on Sunday. In the end, Litchfield prevailed 1-0 Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN FULL-TIME Womens Premier League: Litchfield 1 (S Turner) d Hellenic 0, Darwin Olympic 1 (K White) d University Azzurri 0. Womens Championship: Casuarina 3 (T Jaques, R Guesnon, G de Castro) d Litchfield 1 (W Stevens), University Azzurri 3 (F Rick 2, C Bariller) d Hellenic 1 (L Saywell), Mindil Tigers 2 (C Paramore, J Wright) d Port Darwin 0, Casuarina 3 (T Santo 3) d Palmerston 1 (M Johnston). Youth League: Hellenic 3 (G Lino, D Lodiong, own goal) d Port Darwin 2 (H Owen, A Mahenmod), Mindil Aces 2 (A Dyason, SWicks)d Port Darwin0. I managed to getmy head to it DARWIN Olympic and Litchfield are the only two teams in the running to win the Darwin Football Leagues inaugural womens Premier Grade premiership, after both recorded narrow victories at the weekend. With two rounds remaining and each having a bye, the women in red hold the advantage with a two-point lead at the head of the table. But Olympic didnt hold all the aces in their match against Uni Azzurri at the Football Stadium on Saturday, and had to settle for a 1-0 win after scores were locked at 0-0 at half-time. Reds saviour was skipper Kerry-Anne White who knocked in the only goal of the match in the 87th minute, and while not looking too far ahead, she is aware of the importance of the win. We rested Nicky (Cotis) because she has a few injury niggles and started slowly, but Azzurri kept the pressure on us, White said. We scored late in the game when Kat Gerste hit the ball perfectly from the corner and then I managed to get my head to it. It was a tough game, but we played consistent football Kaaryn Jakobsen played sweeper for us, and was terrific all day. In the other match, Shai Turner gave Litchfield a 1-0 advantage over Hellenic when she slammed home in the 65th minute. The Blues had their chances, but with both defences holding tight, Turners goal was the difference. In Youth League games, Port Darwin had a hard time of it, being beaten twice during the week Hellenic beat them 3-2 in a midweek catchup match, and Mindil Aces scored a goal either side of the half-time break in their 2-0 victory at the weekend. Lee heroics ensure Brothers remain as leaders TABLE TENNIS SCOREBOARD Results (Round 4) - A-Grade: Brothers 6 d Palmerston Golf Club 5, Roadies 6 d CMG 5; Sweet Chilli 7 d Vikings 4. B-Grade: Bennys Jets 6 d Skeletons 5; Hogs 7 d Donny Fiasco 4; Austin Power 9 d Repeaters 2. Ladders - A-Grade: Brothers 4-0, Sweet Chilli 3-1, PGC 2-2, CMG 1-3, Roadies 1-3, Vikings 1-3.B-Grade: Austin Power 4-0, Skeletons 3-1, Bennys Jets 2-2, Hogs 2-2, Donny Fiasco 1-3, Repeaters 0-4. BROTHERS remain on top of the competition table after defeating Palmerston Golf Club by 6 rubbers to 5 in round four of Cazalys A-Grade Table Tennis at Marrara on Wednesday night. In the pivotal rubber, Toong Yeen Lee (Brothers) survived a tough challenge from Anhtai Lee (PGC) before prevailing 13-11 in the decisive fifth set to keep his unbeaten record this season intact. Sweet Chilli took advantage of the result to move past PGC into second spot on the ladder with a 7-4 victory over Vikings. Rick Li, Pedro Lay and Steve Burlinson all contributed winning rubbers for the victors. In the other match, Roadies climbed off the bottom with their first win for the season, defeating CMG 6-5. John Pudney was the star for Roadies, winning all three singles and combining with Dennis Evans for a vital doubles victory. Toong Yeen Lee (Brothers) leads the A-Grade individual standings with 12 wins, but is only one game clear of Rick Li (Sweet Chilli). In the B-Grade competition, Austin Power moved into top spot by cruising past Repeaters 9-2, while Skeletons suffered their first defeat of the season going down to Bennys Jets 6-5. In the other game, Hogs maintained a top four pos ition by defeating Donny Fiasco 7-4, with Robert Ho (Hogs) starring in both singles and doubles. Thong Sum Lee (Austin Power) and Kelvin On (Skeletons) lead the B-Grade individual standings with 10 wins each, and will meet next week in the top-of-the-table clash between their respective teams.
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