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34 NT NEWS. Tuesday, July 17, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 7 -J U L -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Sports Extra LOCAL COMPS PROFILES WINNERS LOSERS with Ian Butterworth firstname.lastname@example.org with All-star lunch can cook up funds to feed rugbys grass roots RUGBY UNION NT Friends of Rugby will introduce some of the biggest names in the sport at their inaugural Heineken Long Lunch in Darwin on Friday, with all proceeds going to support junior players. Friends of Rugby came into being in 1994 and was the brainchild of local identity Bruce Kennon, who said the initial concept was to expose Top End fans to highclass rugby. The original idea was to bring high-class rugby teams to Darwin and weve managed to do that over time, he said. We had a hands-on involvement in the Hottest 7s in the World event, and there have been numerous other initiatives that are a still part of the fabric of the game here. Our thrust now is more focused at the grass roots level of the game and all proceeds from the Lunch will be directed to the juniors. Kennon is currently vicepresident of the group that has around 70 members involved and their Long Lunch concept has attracted some of the biggest names in the game as guests. High on the list is Chris Buddah Handy (six Wallaby caps) and he will be joined by Wallaby legend Matt Burke, as well as current players Pat McCutcheon Rugby 7s, Commonwealth Games Silver medallist from 2010 and Waratahs hooker Damien Fitzpatrick. Burke, who says memories of his playing days are fading, won 81 Wallaby caps, is Australias most capped fullback (54), and is currently 10th highest international points scorer of all time. Rugby will always have a place in the international sporting world and one of its strengths is players at all levels are forever willing to make themselves available for such functions, he said. We will cover many varied aspects of the game, but above all, it will be such a fun event. Title race opens up as top team beaten Olympics Oldrich Dubsky takes a corner against Port Darwin in their DFL mens Premier Grade match at the weekend Picture: BRAD FLEET SOCCER PORT Darwin toppled DFL mens Premier Grade ladder leader Darwin Olympic 2-1 at the Football Stadium on Saturday night, and opened up the title race into a genuine three-way tussle. The win consolidates Ports third position, and the club trails the second-placed Reds by a single goal in the difference total. In an often spiteful affair, scores were locked 0-0 at halftime and when Olympics Michael Tsounias shot truly in the 47th minute, it looked over, but Port striker Helio Carvalho was having none of that, and he sealed the win with a brace of goals in the 61st and 80th minutes. Port coach Michael Gerakios said the win was important, but the platform was laid last week when his team top pled Casuarina. . . . after that, we had the belief and motivation, he said. The last time we played Olympic they blew us away early and although we were missing a number of key players this time, I just reminded them of the need to be on guard early and thats what we did. We missed some early chances but at half-time I asked the boys to keep cool and stay positive we lifted our intensity, remained disciplined and did the deed. Casuarinas fall from grace lasted a solitary week, and the Rowdies regained the winning formula and top spot after super-striker Zelio Casimiro scored all of the goals in his teams 4-1 win over Uni Azzurri. Casimiro whacked in his opener inside the first minute of the game, and with another before the half-time break, the mountain was becoming impossible for Azzurri to climb. And hat-tricks from Hellenic pair Warren Barry and Pedro Stefanidakis were themain ingredient in the Blues 8-0 victory over Palmerston. Scores Hellenic 8 (W Barry 3 P Stefanidakis 3 G Lino R Kilmartin)dPalmerston0. Casuarina 4 (Z Casimiro 4) d Uni Az zurri 1 (P Carlin). Port Darwin 2 (H Carvalho 2) dDarwin Olympic 1 (M Tsounias). Brawl stops premier game SOCCER THE Darwin Football League is investigating a brawl during the only womens Premier Grade match, which was played at the weekend. The weekend was initially set aside as a rest time for the Premier Grade women, but in a catch-up game between Darwin Olympic and Hellenic, the match was abandoned before full-time after a number of spiteful incidents erupted. Womens Championship League matches went ahead as scheduled and Jessie Stevens three goals inspired Litchfield, turning a 2-1 half-time lead into a 5-2 victory over Port Darwin. Port recovered after the break to square the game at 2-2 through Trepnina Bradley, but Stevens iced the Litchfield cake with two late sealers. Kerry Heness (2) led Palmerstons women in a 4-1 triumph over Hellenic, and Tenikah Jaques was the only goal scorer in Casuarinas 1-0 win over Uni Azzurri. In Youth League action, Port Darwin suffered double defeats. A Geoffry Lino double gave NTC the 2-0 advantage over Port in the midweek game, and Jacob Meehan-Lee put away two goals for Mindil Aces, in their 2-1 victory. In the other Youth match played, it was Lino again who dominated with a hat-trick, when Hellenic overcame Palmerston 6-1. Scores Womens Premier League: Darwin Olympic v Hellenic Match abandoned. Womens Championship: Casuarina 1 (T Jaques)dUni Azzurri 0 ; Palmerston 4 (K Heness 2 F DickmanOG)dHellenic 1 (OG). Litchfield 5 (J Stevens 3 W Stevens) d Port Darwin 2 (R Bartolo T Bradley). Youth League: NTC2 (G Lino 2)dPort Darwin0. Hellenic 6 (G Lino 3 K Lodiong B Kwoma R Kwoma) dPalmerston 1 (G Stott); Mindil Aces 2 (J Meehan-Lee 2)dPort Darwin 1 (T Bettisen).