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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 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 36 NT NEWS. Tuesday, August 21, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au 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 Rain stops Garcias title bid ITS been four years since Sergio Garcias last PGA Tour victory and he had towait onemore day to see if he could break that trend in Greensboro, North Carolina, after a downpour at theWyndham Championship. Garcia had the lead at 15-under-par through four holes yesterdaywhen the final round was suspended because of heavy rain. Tim Clark, Jason Dufner and Bud Cauleywere at 14-under through varying stages of their rounds. Miyazato takes first tour title JAPANS Mika Miyazato claimed her first LPGA Tour title bywinning the Safeway Classic in Portland, Oregon, yesterdaywith a closing two-under-par 70 to beat Inbee Park and Brittany Lincicome by two shots. Miyazato, 22, finished at 13-under 203 for a wire-to-wire victory on the Ghost Creek Course. Miyazato shared the first-round lead and had a twoshot advantage after the second. The victor earned $US225,000 ($216,500) in prizemoney. OGrady in hospital after crash AUSTRALIAN cycling star Stuart OGrady suffered a broken collarbone and broken ribs when he crashed during a race in Germany. The 39-year-old went down during the Vattenfall Cyclassics yesterday in Hamburg. OGradywas hospitalised after the accident and according to the cyclingnewswebsite, hewill undergo surgery for his shoulder injury. It is the latest in a series of injuries the Olympic gold medallist has suffered during his outstanding career. Cowboys bounce back to send Dragons packing DRAGONS 22 COWBOYS 32 NORTHQUEENSLAND 32 (K Linnett 2MBowenAGraham J Thurston tries; J Thurston 6 goals)d STGEORGE ILLAWARRA 22 (B CreaghDHuntMRein D Vidot tries; J Soward 3 goals) at WIN Stadium.Referees:Adam Devcich, Ashley Klein.Crowd: 9,245. RUGBY LEAGUE By STEVE JANCETIC in Wollongong NORTH Queensland overcame a mid-game slumber to maintain the rage in their pursuit of a top-four finish with a 32-22 win over a slumping St George Illawarra last night. Needing a win to stay in touch with fourth-placed Manly with the top four receiving a guaranteed second bite of the cherry under the new finals format the Cowboys recovered from 22-18 down at Wollongongs WIN Stadium to move two competition points behind reigning premiers Manly and thirdplaced South Sydney. The third-straight loss finally extinguished any chance the Dragons the 2010 premiers had of playing finals football. The Dragons paid the price for a brain explosion from winger Daniel Vidot, who was sin-binned with his side leading by four just before the hour after unleashing a flurry of punches when he joined a fight involving Matt Cooper and James Tamou. Cowboys prop Ricky Thorby was also sat down for 10 minutes for joining the ruckus and while the Dragons received the penalty for Tamous instigation of the incident it was the Cowboys who took advantage of the situation. Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen, North Queenslands best two on the night, scored tries two minutes apart Bowens a longrange effort involving his five-eighth Brent Tate. By the time Vidot rejoined the fray with 16 minutes remaining, the Dragons were down by eight and the Cowboys had a spring in their step. It spoiled a tremendous red and white recovery after the Cowboys had scampered from the gates to lead 12-0 after 15 minutes and 18-6 before the half hour. They seemed in the mood to rack up a big total, but with the Dragons benefiting from a string of penalties, the tide turned and Mitch Rein and Vidot scored before the break the latters coming off a superb Jamie Soward long ball. When Dan Hunt crashed over five minutes after the restart, the Dragons had the momentum before Vidot handed it back. NRL LADDER Team W D L B +/-Pts BULLDOGS 17 0 5 2 195 38 STORM 15 0 7 2 196 34 RABBITOHS 14 0 8 2 77 32 SEAEAGLES 14 0 8 2 76 32 COWBOYS 13 0 9 2 130 30 SHARKS 12 1 9 2 20 29 BRONCOS 11 0 11 2 37 26 TIGERS 11 0 11 2 -1 26 Raiders 11 0 11 2 -39 26 Titans 10 0 12 2 -6 24 Knights 10 0 12 2 -20 24 Dragons 9 0 13 2 -86 22 Warriors 8 0 14 2 -60 20 Roosters 7 1 14 2 -156 19 Panthers 7 0 15 2 -173 18 Eels 6 0 16 2 -190 16 Explain Sandilands swap: AFL THE AFL wants a formal explanation from Fremantle over Aaron Sandilands late inclusion for their win on Saturday over Richmond. Sandilands, who was named originally as an emergency, played his first game since round 11 when he came into the side for fellow ruckman Jonathon Griffin. The decision to play Sandilands prompted some sharp post-game words from rival coaches Damien Hardwick and Ross Lyon. Hardwick questioned whether the decision to play Sandilands was in the spirit of the game. An angry Lyon said Griffin had a groin injury and that it was no ruse. NEAFLNORTHERN CONFERENCE ROUND21 MTGRAVATT 1.5 7.9 11.15 13.16 (94) GOLDCOAST SUNS 3.1 5.3 7.6 12.10 (82) GOALSMtGravatt:NGilliland 3 R Estall 2WCarlson 2GGrose 2 T Rogers S Yoshiura A Lawn J Proud.Gold Coast Suns: J Gillbee 6 J Fraser TNicholls I Rokeby J Hall A Clarke P Rankin. BESTMtGravatt:NGilliland J Furfaro R LakeDMowatWCarlson C Bernasconi.Gold Coast Suns: J Gillbee T Fields J Rolfe TNicholls D Tucker H Schade. ASPLEY 4.2 10.5 14.12 24.16 (160) MORNINGSIDE 4.3 8.6 12.9 15.13 (103) GOALSAspley:MPayne 3 B Bucovaz 3MBuchanan 3DBevan 2M Scholard 2 J James 2 DBrown 2KBucovaz 2 I ConwayDReid J LintonM Davis TManzone.Morningside:KAbey 4 S Brown 3 S Faure 2 D Bonney BMcNiece R Power TUpton PMollison J Brown. BESTAspley:MPayneMBuchananMMcKee TManzoneAAliir J James.Morningside: JWallin B Delbridge J Elliot T Upton R PowerM Wyld. SOUTHPORT 6.4 11.6 14.9 16.15 (111) BROADBEACH 2.1 4.5 11.9 14.11 (95) GOALSSouthport: J Burge 2 J Baxter 2 G Screech 2 S Russell 2 E Mallan 2 F Pope 2A FlaggCHughes F Thurlow JMilani.Broadbeach:A Boston 3 J Eagle 2 CUrie 2 LWeller N Scott KGearyMHopkins D Stewart THaleyMBrewer. BESTSouthport: F Pope EMallan DWeymouthDWise J Burge T Daniel.Broadbeach:KGeary J Armstrong THaleyN Stockdale N BurtonAMcKenzie. SYDNEY SWANS 6.3 11.5 16.11 17.15 (117) BRISBANE LIONS 3.1 6.2 7.4 13.8 (86) GOALSSydney Swans: TDennis-Lane 5MSpangher 3 TWalsh 3 D McNeil 2 A Everitt 2 HCunninghamNGordon.Brisbane Lions:P Karnezis 4 C Bartlett 2 J DysonMGreen SMichael T Banfield S Docherty J Hawksley C Stiller. BESTSydney Swans:AEveritt JMoore CHeath DMcNeil JWhite Brisbane Lions:CStiller B Longer SWrigley DDuffield J Hawksley C Bartlett. NTTHUNDER 2.0 4.1 11.5 19.9 (123) REDLAND 0.3 1.8 4.11 5.15 (45) GOALSNTThunder:DEwing 5WFarrer 3 PHeenan 2 CDunne 2 J Lockwood 2MArgus C Ilett JMcEwin L Argus J Roe.Redland: S Clouston B Passfield T Salter Z Pringle JWebster. BESTNTThunder: J. RoeMRosier K VearncombeBRioli D EwingM Argus.Redland:BPassfield A Boon PCarse T Salter AOxley J Paxman. LADDER TEAM P W L D F A % Pts NT THUNDER 18 15 3 0 2067 1391 148.6 60 BRISBANE LIONS 18 14 4 0 2335 1329 175.7 56 SOUTHPORT 18 14 4 0 1978 1376 143.8 56 REDLAND 18 11 6 1 1888 1898 99.5 46 GOLDCOAST 18 9 9 0 1687 1525 110.6 36 LABRADOR 18 9 9 0 1637 1747 93.7 36 BROADBEACH 18 8 9 1 1776 1823 97.4 34 MTGRAVATT 18 5 13 0 1477 2157 68.5 20 ASPLEY 18 4 14 0 1711 2028 84.4 16 MORNINGSIDE 18 3 15 0 1578 2288 69.0 12 Eastern Conference:Belconnen 16.8 (104) d UWSGiants 8.6 (54), Ainslie 19.10 (124) d SydneyUni 8.8 (56), Eastlake 18.14 (122) dHills Eagles 13.9 (87), Queanbeyan 19.14 (128) d Tuggeranong 8.8 (56). NEXTWEEKFinals,Week 1 Northern ConferenceSaturday, August 25, Qualifying Final: Brisbane Lions v Southport (1.30pm) at Coorparoo. Sunday, August 26, Elimination Final:Redland vGold Coast Suns (1.30pm) at Victoria Point. Eastern ConferenceSaturday, August 25, Qualifying Final: Sydney Swans vAinslie (11.45am) at BISP. Sunday, August 26, Elimination Final: Eastlake vHills Eagles (2pm) atManukaOval. Vearncombe enjoys the ride Ruckman Kevin Vearncombe has played a crucial role in Territory Thunders success FOOTBALL ByGREYMORRIS GOVE ruckman Kevin Vearncombe took the long route to Territory Thunder. The New Guinea-born big man did not touch an Australian football until his family moved to Cairns in north Queensland. Now 25 and on the cusp of his first NEAFL finals series, the 187cm ruckman-defender reckons it has all been worthwhile. His debut as Thunders 23rd man in a 2011 game against Kevin Sheedys GWS Giants in Darwin seems a lifetime away. A near best-on-ground performance in Saturday nights 13-goal romp over Redland confirmed the former Nhulunbuy Saint as an integral part of the side. Well definitely give it (flag) a good crack, he said. I havent felt as good about my footy at any stage of my career. I had a couple of successful years with the Saints in Gove but I havent felt anything like it since. Ive been told by Arch (coach Daniel Archer) Ill be involved in the finals and thats a great feeling after being squeezed out last year. The number of players coming back from injury in 2011 meant the final homeand-away game was to be my last as well. But this time its different. Its unbelievable the way we secured the minor premiership on the last day and its something we deserved with the brand of footy weve been playing. Vearncombe played much of his football at Gove in front of goals. But he is happy to make only occas ional runs forward of the centre with Thunder. Being down back in between rucking is fine by me because I dont have the pressure of kicking goals, he said. I enjoy the ruck where I get around the ground and down to the forward line for an occasional crack at a six-pointer if I get a chance.
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