The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Apr 2012
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36 NT NEWS. Thursday, April 5, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -A P R -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 6 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 Mitchams perfect dive MATTHEWMitcham hopes hes sounded an Olympicsizedwarningwith a perfect dive at Australias trials for the London Games. Mitcham scored perfect 10s from seven judges in the 10m platform final in Adelaide yesterday. Its nice to be back, said Mitcham, the reigning Olympic champion. He last scored 10s for a dive in April last year, but he then tore a stomachmuscle. The 24-year-old says the trials are the first time hes neared full fitness since. Gilmore moves through WORLDNo. 1 womens surfer Stephanie Gilmore survived her sudden-death pressure test to advance to Round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach yesterday. Australian Gilmore scored an 8.0 ridemidheat which provided the platform to beat fellow Aussie Nikki Van Dijk andmove into the final 12 of the event. In a half-hour heat with few scoring waves, Gilmores early strike proved the difference, although Van Dijk got a 7.4 in the dyingminutes. Aussies pipped at worlds GREAT Britain kicked Australia in the guts at the world track cycling championships, breaking the mens team pursuit world record to reclaim the title. Germany also twice broke theworld record in the womens team sprint and upset Aussies AnnaMeares and Kaarle McCulloch for the goldmedal on the opening night of the titles in Melbourne. Themens team pursuit andwomens team sprint are arguably Australias best hopes for Olympic cycling gold. H4H remain hard to touch HOOPS 4 Health kept its unbeaten record in the Darwin Touch Professionals Cup womens competition intact with a 6-2 win over Prospects at Fannie Bay on Monday night. Sophie Armistead was the standout performer for the ladder-leaders, who were also well-served by Tamara Duggan and Alicia Ryan. Leah Sladden battled hard for Prospects, who still sit third on the top-flight ladder. The other game saw Titans consolidate second place with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Scorpians. Buffy Angel and Tamia De Araujo were in the thick of everything for Titans, with Courtney Bailey again best for Scorpians. In mens action, Prospects got the better of Crocs in a 7-6 thriller. Clinton Johnson and Manasa Tuisuva proved critical in the final wash-up against a Crocs line-up driven by the work of Ryan Whyte. Ladder-leaders Dodgers outgunned Bears 10-3 in the other match Bevan Raye and Justin Costello named best for the winners. GREGOR MACTAGGART NSW wants Tamou in side NEW South Wales have pulled off a stunning coup by enticing rampaging North Queensland Cowboys prop James Tamou to turn his back on New Zealand and declare himself available for the Blues. Tamous declaration of his allegiance to the Blues, and therefore Australia, is certain to re-ignite debate about whether Kiwis should be allowed to play Origin, and also represent NZ. As recently as Monday night, Tamou told the media it would be a dream come true if he could represent his country New Zealand. Ill be honest, its in the back of my mind (selection for the April 20 Test in Auckland), he said after the Cowboys 22-6 win over Canberra. Ive thought about it and I would be upset if I wasnt picked. I wont hold my breath. There are some quality New Zealand forwards out there, so I will see what happens. But it seems NSW coach Ricky Stuart has told Tamou there is an opening for a front-row spot. Tamou was born in Palmerston North in NZ and played for Levin Knights before moving to Sydney to play under-20s for the Roosters. He is eligible for the City side which plays Country on April 22 in what shapes as a NSW Origin trial. Showdown countdown By GREGOR MACTAGGART NORTH Queensland will arrive in Darwin next Tuesday ahead of their April 14 clash with Sydney Roosters at TIO Stadium. The Cowboys play Melbourne Storm this Sunday night then board an early morning flight in Townsville and arrive in Darwin on Tuesday afternoon. During their stay, North Queensland are expected to have ball work sessions on Wednesday afternoon from 4pm (tipped to be at Richardson Park) and also on Friday morning from 10am at TIO Stadium. It is a hectic build-up for Neil Henrys men, who are also down to attend a school clinics, a parliamentary reception on Thrusday and the Carbine Club lunch on the Friday before the game. Sydney Roosters, the home team for the Round 7 NRL showdown, arrive in the Top End on Thursday afternoon. They are expected to have a light run on Thursday evening and, like the Cowboys, familiarise themselves with TIO Stadium on match eve. Preparations are taking place ahead of the big day, with the goalposts from Richardson Park already transferred to Marrara. The Roosters-Cowboys match is the first top-flight premiership match in Darwin for 17 years, since Western Suburbs, coached by the legendary Tom Raudonikis, beat the Roosters 44-16. Both clubs currently sit in the top eight after enjoying bright starts to their 2012 campaigns with North Queensland fourth and the Roosters in seventh. North Queensland veteran Aaron Payne will play his 200th NRL game for the club against Melbourne Storm this weekend Cowboy proud of 200-game milestone RUGBY LEAGUE DURABLE hooker Aaron Payne has bucked the trend of players talking down career milestones by saying how proud hell be playing his 200th NRL game for North Queensland this weekend. The 29-year-old could not have wished for a better game to celebrate the feat than against the unbeaten Melbourne in Townsville. Since making his debut against St George Illawarra in 2002, he will play his 200th game against the games best hooker and arguably its most influential player in Cameron Smith. Players have a tendency to play down milestones to avoid the pre-game pressure and to take the spotlight off them. But Payne was doing neither yesterday when asked about his feelings before a game with such personal significance. Obviously, its very special, said Payne. I feel pretty excited. I feel honoured. Its obviously a pretty big milestone and something Ive been thinking about for a while. Payne, whos been part of the Cowboys spine with Matty Bowen and Johnathan Thurston for many of those games, revealed hed used the milestone as personal motivation at the start of the season. I made it a goal to get to and its finally here, so Im pretty proud, he said. As a young footballer, he didnt even know if he would play first grade, let alone 200 games for the one club. Im pretty proud of that. It means a lot to me because I love Townsville and I love North Queensland, he said. Paynes greatest achievement, playing in the 2005 grand final, is also his biggest disappointment after the Cowboys lost to Wests Tigers. This will be up there with that highlight, he said. He said playing Melbourne in such a big game would add spice to what was already a massive challenge. As soon as we beat Canberra last weekend, everyones attention swung to play ing the Storm, he said. This will be our test, and theyre the benchmark of the competition. Payne shaved his head yesterday as part of his commitment to the Sam Faust Foundations dare to grow your hair campaign, and will now not have a haircut or shave for three months. If people want to sponsor some of the players who are doing it and help raise some money for the Sam Faust Foundation, that would be great, he said. Faust, who played 23 games for the Cowboys, died in May last year after a two-year battle with leukaemia.
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