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The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012

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34 NT NEWS. Tuesday, August 21, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 1 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT 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 ntnews.com.au Rixon takes over fromArthur NATIONAL coachMickey Arthur will miss the one-day component of the upcoming UAE tour, in preparation for theWorld Twenty20 tournament. Fielding coach Steve Rixonwill oversee Australia during Saturdays one-day international against Afghanistan, and the three ODIs against Pakistan. Arthur will instead use the next twoweeks towork on team tactics, strategies and opposition analysis for theWorld T20 campaign, which starts in Sri Lanka on September 19. Proteas cement grip at Lords VERNON Philander rocked Englandwith a double strike late on the fourth day as South Africa cemented their grip on the third Test at Lords yesterday. The seamer removed Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook during a dramatic spell of twowickets for one run in 10 balls. At stumps, Englandwere 2-16, needing a further 330 runs on the final day overnight. Hashim Amla shone for the Proteas in their second innings of 351 after making 121. McCullum to open for NZ BRENDONMcCullumwill be restored as an opening batsman for New Zealands two-Test series against India starting on Thursday in Hyderabad. The experiencedMcCullum, who batted at No. 3 during the recent 2-0 series loss to theWest Indies, prefers to open and captain Ross Taylor confirmed the 31-year-old would pad up alongsideMartin Guptill. Daniel Flynn had a solid series as opener against the West Indies before injuring his groin. Darwin product Unho Park continues to make an impression on the Asian Development Tour after a solid performance in the Philippines last weekend Kelly, Spargo take out Top End Pro-Ams THE TOP End turned on its finest for the visiting professionals in the two Pro-Ams at Darwin and Palmerston Golf Club last week. It proved a happy hunting ground for Victorian Andrew Kelly, who won the Able Finance Pro-Am at Darwin on Thursday before an equal fifth finish in the Hose Power Pro-Am at Palmerston. Expect to see the 25-yearold from Dingley return to the Territory in 2013 after earning $6150 from his three days of work. Queenslander Paul Hayden may not have got a tournament win, but his runnerup effort at Darwin and thirdplace finish at Palmerston earned him $4590. Paul Spargos Palmerston triumph propelled him to third highest in the money standings with $4080. If his best results are anything to go by, Spargo is a gun whenever he plays north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Spargos first tournament win came in 2011 in a $100,000 event at Yeppoon in Central Queensland before the biggest success of his career last May in the Papua New Guinea Open. Throw in his one-day showing at Palmerston and it is no wonder Spargo is looking to the Japan Tour as an option later in the year. n n n n WHILE the touring professionals gained major spoils, there were some highlights from the Territory-based players during the week. Brad Baker, who was listed by the PGA as from NSW, but lives in the Top End, finished in a tie for fifth at Darwin after rounds of 69 and 74. Mitchell Thomason proved the standout local at Palmerston, finishing in a tie for eighth place following a oneunder par 71. n n n n TERRITORY golf export Unho Park has risen to 15th place on the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit standings after last weekends Orchard Golf Championship in the Philippines. Park had been well placed after two rounds but a 77 on day three quashed any hopes of a strong finish. Singaporean Quincy Quek saved his best for last, nailing an ace on the par-three 16th to close with sevenunder par 65 and capture his maiden professional title. The 25-year-old pocketed the first prize cheque of $10,500 and has shot up to sixth on the order of merit. The Asian Development Tour heads to Taipei for the richest tournament on the calendar, the $US110,000 Bal lantines Taiwan Championship, starting on Thursday. n n n n HUMPTY Doo Golf Club will be playing host to the 2012 Vanderfield Open on September 1-2. A 36-hole stroke event for both men and ladies, nomination forms are available from the Golf NT website or by contacting the club on 8988 1118. The event is the start of a busy September in NT golf with the Alyangula Open (Sep 8-9), ERA Open at Jabiru (Sep 15-16) and Sports Ministers Cup at Darwin (Sep 21-23) on the calendar. n n n n UNTIL next week, Good hitting. Wallabies lose Pocock David Pocock RUGBYUNION BEING part of the Wallabies leadership group should come with a health warning, with captain David Pocock the latest senior figure to succumb to injury. Openside flanker Pocock suffered damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee in the first half of Saturdays 27-19 loss to New Zea land in the Rugby Championship opening clash. Halfback Will Genia will lead Australia in its return Bledisloe Cup bout with the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday. Genia captained Australia once before in a World Cup victory over the United States last year, when James Horwill was rested. Pocock said he wouldnt find out how long he was likely to be sidelined until after undergoing keyhole surgery today. He (the surgeon) said he wanted to avoid putting a timeline, Pocock said. Pococks injury continued the run of outs in the Wallabies leadership group, with Genia the only one fit. Lock and first-choice captain Horwill (hamstring), Pocock, and backs James OConnor (hamstring) and Pat McCabe (foot) are all injured. Neither Deans nor Genia was worried about any shortage of leadership, both nominating lock and former Force captain Nathan Sharpe as an obvious senior figure. In Pococks absence, either Michael Hooper or Liam Gill will start on Saturday, with Deans suggesting the formers background with the team might be enough to earn the Brumby-turnedWaratah the starting spot. Meanwhile, former Wallabies winger Clyde Rathbone is looking to make a fairytale return to rugby after overcoming depression and a swag of injuries. The 31-year-old is training with the Brumbies in a bid to win a contract for the 2013 Super Rugby season and has been described as the fittest hes ever been. Rathbone retired from rugby prematurely in 2009 after being sidelined repeatedly with groin, knee, facial and hamstring issues following 26 Tests and 52 games with the Brumbies. Saints hit five ST MARYS sealed the mens Darwin Hockey Association premiership with a 5-1 win over Commerce-PINT at Marrara on Saturday. Saints led 2-1 at halftime and rammed home the advantage with three unanswered goals in the second half. It will take on last years runner-up Nightcliff in a mouth-watering semi-final clash next week after the Tigers, bolstered by a one-off appearance from Olympic bronze medallist Joel Carroll, fell to defending premier East Darwin 3-2 in a terrific contest. The Tigers were 1-0 up in the first half through a Jesse Jones field goal but Easts equalised in the 38th minute when Brodie Gleeson converted a penalty corner. Carroll then responded in the 46th to give Nightcliff the lead from a penalty corner, but Easts again hit back through a Gleeson field goal The killer blow came from Jamie Hullick when he coolly slotted home a penalty stroke in the 65th. Easts finished behind Nightcliff on the ladder on goal-difference and take on Commerce-PINT in the elimination final. Banks finished their season on a high with a 1-0 win over Waratahs, which had three green cards in the game. Banks head into the womens finals series full of confidence after holding minor premier Waratahs to a 3-3 draw on Sunday. The sides square off in the major semi-final next week in what is shaping as another tight battle. Nightcliff slipped to third place after a 2-1 loss to East Darwin and faces St Marys in the elimination final next week after the side sealed fourth place with a 5-0 win over Commerce-PINT.