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The Northern Territory news Tue 14 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Tue 14 Aug 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, August 14, 2012. NT NEWS. 35 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-AGE:35 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 Tennis action heating up TENNIS THE Metro Tennis League is bigger and better than ever, with four teams competing to claim the title of 2012 premiers and bragging rights as the best team club in Darwin. Teams comprise 10 players six Metro League and four Reserve League and each player competes in a singles and doubles rubber, playing the best of two sets, with a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Last weekends top-of-thetable-clash between DTC Sports 2 and Tennis Palmerston, gave the Palmy team a clear lead, after a rousing six-rubbers-tothree win. Tennis Palmerston held a 2-1 lead going into the singles, and although DTC Sports No. 1 Nicholas Munro levelled the score with a comfortable 6-1 6-1 win over George Shepheard, Palmy secured the win with singles victories to Matt Dudley, Mark Pead, Ben Lye and Rhys Janes. Gardens Tennis hosted DTC Sports 1 in the other round match, which saw the home team clinch a comfortable 7-2 victory. Ryan Palfrey and Michael Shepheard got DTC 1 off to a win, coming from a set down to defeat the Daniel Parker/Steve Lewis-Driver pairing 2-6 6-4 (10-8). But the wheels fell off, with Gardens winning the remaining two doubles along and five of the six singles rubbers. Palfrey salvaged a win over Parker 6-1 6-4 to remain undefeated on the day. IAN BUTTERWORTH Eagle finds wings in WA BACCHUS Eagle may have found victory elusive in the Top End, but he produced a stunning performance across the WA border in Wyndham on Sunday. The six-year-old from the Darwin stable of trainer Stephen Brown made light work of his rivals to win the $10,000 Halls Creek Shire & Kimberley Metals Group Cup (1700m). Bacchus Eagle gave apprentice Belinda Carlile an armchair ride as he officially won by an impressive 6 lengths. The success was his first since joining the Brown team and a nice reward for vigneron Wolf Blass, who bred and owns the son of Galileo. Fellow Top End galloper Mystical Bond ran second, with SA visitor Owdatay rounding out the Cup trifecta. It was a good day for the Territorians with trainer Tayarn Halter preparing a winning treble Nabali, Noble Connection and Uridashi. Fellow Darwin trainer Jami Huish won the first race with Silver City Boy. All six races were won by apprentice riders with Carlile completing a treble, Cara Angel a double and Elly Brooks the other. GREGOR MACTAGGART Denton, Connor take Top End form to Alice Springs HORSE RACING By GREGOR MACTAGGART PAUL Denton and Kacie Connor continued the momentum they generated during the Darwin Cup Carnival with winning doubles in Sundays Red Centre meeting at Pioneer Park. Denton blazed an early trail when he won the days opening two races aboard Dieselfuel and Kel Of A Shot. Dieselfuel ($4.00) got the better of a driving finish when he staved off Good Decision by a nose in the $11,000 Central Australian Removals Benchmark 76 Handicap (1000m). It was a courageous effort by the seven-year-old, who carried 9.5kg more than the runner-up. Having beaten trainer Terry Gillett in that race, Denton elected to team up with him and taste success in the second thanks to Kel Of A Shot. The former Victorian made a dashing Centralian debut when he led throughout in the Headlines For Hair Rating 58 Handicap (1000m). While he was the second leg of the double for Denton, Kel Of A Shot was the first leg for Gillett, who won the Scope Building Services Rating 70 Handicap (1200m) with the smart Prince Of Hope. Sent out a $1.50 favourite, Prince Of Hope (Ben Cornell) made it four wins from his past five starts by a fairly comfortable length-and-aquarter margin. Enter Connor, who combined with husband Greg to claim the Murray Maintenance Services Class B Handicap (1200m) with Joken Jim. Joken Jim had finished third in the Colemans Cup at his previous start and carried the favourite tag well as he charged away for career win No. 2. Connor ended things with the days most dominant winner, but also the most roughest in terms of price when Stormy Rebel saluted in the Lasseters Hotel Casino Rating 64 Handicap (1400m). Carrying the featherweight of 53kg, Stormy Rebel cruised away like an odds-on pop to win by 3 lengths, belieing his $40.70 price for the win on TattsBet. East Darwins Nathan Hochman gets the hit away as Banks Alex Heyworth closes in during their match on Sunday Picture: ELISE DERWIN Nighcliff looking wobbly after shock loss to Pints HOCKEY By JESS WEBSTER NIGHTCLIFF is in danger of losing the mens Darwin Hockey Association minor premiership after a shock 4-3 loss to Commerce-PINT on Sunday at Marrara. With one round to play before finals, the Tigers hold on to top spot which theyve held all year by goal-difference only. Pints remains in fourth af ter its come-from-behind win. After conceding the first goal, Pints hit the lead through two in succession from Dale McKellar and Apara Brewster. Nightcliff responded with two in three minutes from Brayden Plummer. But Pints had the last say when Luke Filmer slotted a field goal and Bellema Dede converted a short corner with seven minutes left. St Marys are now equal first after their 3-0 win over bottom-placed Waratahs. And, East Darwin was too strong for Banks in a 7-1 hammering. In a cracking last round that will all have an effect on the final ladder positions, Saints take on CommercePINT and Nightcliff battle defending premier East Darwin, while Banks and Waratahs fight it out to avoid the wooden spoon. In the womens compe tition, fourth-placed St Marys drew 1-1 with ladder leaders Waratahs to inch their way closer to sealing a finals berth. Needing a win to go three points clear of the chasing East Darwin and book a finals ticket, Saint Asha Nur goalled with less than a minute remaining in the first half to lock the scores at 1-1, and held on to the draw in a tense second half. Nightcliff assured second place with a comfortable 7-1 win over Commerce-PINT. Sam PangQuee warmed up for the finals with five of the Tigers seven goals. Banks kept East Darwins hopes of jumping into the top four on hold with a 4-2 win. Easts will need to beat Nightcliff in the last round this week, and hope St Marys lose to Commerce-PINT, to make the finals. Banks and Waratahs do battle in the other match. Fev eyes NT return FOOTBALL By GREY MORRIS CHAMPION goalkicker Brendan Fevola could be headed back to Darwin for the NTFL season. The 31-year-old former Blue and Lion booted 623 goals in his 204-game AFL career. A six-game stint with Waratahs in the 2011-12 NTFL season produced 49 goals, including 11 in a drawn game against eventual premiers the Tiwi Bombers. Fevola told the NT News a return to the Top End was on the cards. I loved the footy up there and enjoyed it, he said. Well have to see what happens but its certainly a possibility. I tweeted Daniel Motlop and said I might play even though I havent spoken to Waratahs or any other club. I depends what happens when I get to America (to try NFL punting). Plus, the bodys a bit sore from playing all of this year. Fevola is part of Victorian club Yarrawongas push for a flag in the Ovens and Murray League and kicked a clubrecord 18 goals in a one-off appearance for New Norfolk in Tasmanias Southern League this season. Waratahs new coach Brenton Toy said he would welcome a committed Fevola. Obviously theres no point getting him if he cant play in the finals, but if we can find the right balance with Fev in the side wed love to have him again, Toy said. Everyone at the club stepped up a gear when he played with us and Id expect more of the same if he plays again.

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