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The Northern Territory news Fri 17 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Fri 17 Feb 2012

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50 NT NEWS. Friday, February 17, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 7 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 0 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 Boof puts bowlers on notice QUEENSLAND coach Darren Lehmann has bluntly put his bowlers on notice, ahead of the ladder leaders Sheffield Shield clashwith Tasmania beginning today. Lehmann described the Bulls attack as embarrassing in failing to defend 8-282 in the seven-wicket loss to the Tigers, inWednesdays oneday clash at Bellerive Oval. Lehmann said improvementwas desperately needed to keep the Shield campaign on track. Scott unfazed by putter threat ADAM Scott believes it is too late to ban the long putter but has declared hell continue to prosper should golfs governing bodies outlaw the club. The USGA and Royal and Ancient Golf Club have taken a fresh look at long putters. Privately, Scott thinks a ban should have come long ago if it was to come at all. He played some of his best golf last year with a broomstick putter. Scott makes his 2012 US PGA Tour debut in Los Angeles today. Stosur avengesOpen defeat US Open champion Samantha Stosur yesterday scored a tight straight-set win over Sorana Cirstea in the second round of the Qatar Open. The Australian advancedwith a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory, in a reversal of her shattering straight-set exit to the Romanian in the first round of the Australian Open. Cirstea had eliminated another Australian, Jarmila Gajdosova, in straight sets in the opening round. Caroline Wozniacki crashed out to Lucie Safarova. WHATS ON Australian Football NTFL, Rd 18 Tonight at TIO Stadium Under-14s: Wanderers v Wara tahs (1) at 5.45pm; Palmerston v Nightcliff (1) at 7.15pm; Darwin v Nightcliff 2 (2) at 5.15pm; St Marys v Southern Districts (2) at 6.45pm; Waratahs 2 v Nightcliff 3 (2) at 8.15pm. Tomorrow at TIO Stadium U14s: St Marys 2 v Southern Dis tricts 2 (2) at 10am; Nightcliff 4 v Southern Districts 4 (2) at 11.30am. U18s: Southern Dis tricts v Nightcliff (1) at 10.30am. Women: Nightcliff v Waratahs (2) at 3pm. Div 1: Nightcliff v Pints (1) at 12.30pm; St Marys v Wanderers (2) at 1pm; Darwin v Waratahs (2) at 4.45pm. Div 2: Waratahs v Pints (2) at 6.45pm. Premier League:Wanderers v St Marys (1) at 2.30pm; Nightcliff v Southern Districts (1) at 5pm; Tiwi Bombers v Waratahs (1) at 7.30pm. Tomorrow at Tracy Village U14s: Tracy Village v Southern Districts 3 at 12 noon. Div 2: Tracy Village v Banks at 2pm. Div 1: Tracy Village v Banks at 4pm. Tomorrow at Gardens Oval U18s: Palmerston v Darwin (1) at 8.45am; Big River Hawks vWara tahs (2) at 1pm. Women: Palm erston v Darwin (1) at 10.30am. Div 2: Jabiru v Olympic (1) at 12 noon; Palmerston v Southern Districts (2) at 11am; University v Mindil (2) at 3pm. Div 1: Palm erston v SouthernDistricts (1) at 2pm. Premier League: Palmer ston v Darwin (1) at 4pm. Sunday at TIO Stadium U16s: Palmerston v Darwin (1) at 10.30am; Palmerston v St Marys (2) at 9am; Waratahs v St Marys (2) at 10.30am. Sunday at Nightcliff Oval U16s: Nightcliff v Southern Dis tricts at 9am; Nightcliff v Wan derers at 10.30am. Greyhounds Darwin Tonight at Winnellie Park: Seven-race TAB program, head lined by the Sage Contracting Open Dash (383m) where Sugar Mouth is aiming for 10 wins on the trot. Racing from 7.37pm, with the last at 9.58pm. Horse Racing Darwin Tomorrow at Fannie Bay: Five race TAB program, headlined by the $13,200 NT Motor Cycle Centre Special Conditions Handicap (1100m). Racing from 3.44pm,with the last at 6.21pm. Alice Springs Sunday at Pioneer Park: Six race TAB program, headlined by the $10,500 Crowne Plaza Speci al Conditions Handicap (1200m). Racing from 3.13pm, with the last at 6.25pm. Motorsport MudRacing Tomorrow at Downes Park: Round 5 Top EndMud RacingAs sociation competition. Motorcycling Tomorrow in Alice Springs: Round 1 Alice Springs Motor Cycle Club competition. Sunday at Hidden Valley: Round 1 Darwin Motorcycle Clubs Thumpers Series. Darwin Olympic players Stacey Cannons, Dermot Noone and Ross Tsounias at pre-season training at the Arafura Stadium athletics track Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Top End clubs on marks for a new-look season SOCCER By IANBUTTERWORTH SOCCER clubs in the Top End have begun pre-season training for the season which promises plenty, and features several changes. One outcome of discussions between the Territory peak body, Football Federation NT (FFNT), and the Northern Zone (NorZone) committee was to charge NorZone with running the Top End competition. Weve been in negotiations with FFNT and it has been agreed that we will run the competition this year, NorZone president Peter Campos said. We are looking forward to the challenge and have made some administrative changes and schedule alter ations, including playing games at the new Palmerston FC ground in Gray once it becomes available. A pre-season cup competition has not been scheduled this year and clubs will be arranging friendlies against each other as part of their season preparations, Benchmark in the mens Premier Grade competition for the past two seasons has been Darwin Olympic and coach Steve Lolias is under no illusions about the task that lies ahead. The others will be out to get us and we expect no less, so we are going through a tough pre-season and the boys are as keen as mustard, Lolias said. We look like losing a few players but, at the end of the day, we have confidence in our depth and wont be actively recruiting. We will blood a number of our youngsters and experienced defender Iain McPherson has rejoined the club. The competition retains the same divisional structure and the season will begin on April 15 for seniors (men and women), and April 22 for juniors. Club websites provide training and sign-on details. Fired up for NTRU NZ rugby veteran signs on to boost Dragons RUGBYUNION By IANBUTTERWORTH Stewart Cruden WHILE All Black Aaron Cruden was receiving his 2011 Rugby World Cup winning medallion, his mother and father didnt languish in Darwin but were at the scene in New Zealand to witness and share the moments with their son. He was quite badly injured and missed the final but received a medal, and we were allowed in the All Blacks room after the presentation to share the moment and excitement with our son, said the proud-aspunch father Stewart. The father of six rugbyplaying sons, who has a long and varied career as a rugby player and coach in New Zealand, recently joined NTRU club Darwin Dragons in an advisory capacity. I received emails from (Darwin) Dragons, and Casuarina (Cougars) sounded me out, but business interests kept me busy and I stayed under the radar when we first got here, he said. Casuarina is the rugby benchmark in Darwin and are in good shape, so we chose the Dragons because its important to get one or two teams up to that mark. And if I can help lift the Dragons and put pressure on Casuarina, then rugby is better off. Puru (Westrupp) is coach and my role is advisory, and includes seniors and juniors, added Cruden. On the future of his cherished game, Cruden holds some fears and believes there is too much emphasis on top teams to the detriment of the grassroots. Top teams everywhere are starting to be competitive amongst each other but Im concerned that the game is not being developed at the grassroots level club rugby is falling away and there is little sponsorship for them because it all goes to the top-level teams. Darwin Dragons have their 2012 sign-on day for seniors and juniors at 2pm on Sunday at Rugby Park No. 2, Marrara. Both returning and new players are welcome.