The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012
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CLASSIFIEDS 1300 508 509 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 27 SPORT Panthers pounce on top BASEBALL Warren Thomson PANTHERS are now on top of the Alice Springs Baseball Association ladder after defeating Cubs 7-5 in what was likely to be a grand final rehearsal. The game was interrupted with the sprinklers turning on in the middle of the game, which resulted in a 20 minute delay, and the game was called off when Cubs were batting at the top of the fifth, with rain denying them a chance to salvage a win. Panthers coach David Kerrin said: It was a good team effort. We didnt make any errors in the field and we were hitting at the right times to get runners home. It was great to see our enthusiasm back and the team kept the intensity for the whole game. It was good to have Cyril Dickson back, William Fitz was great in the outf ie ld , whi le Stacey Richards played an outstanding game at right-field and took s o m e c r u c i a l catches. With Panthers and Cubs not playing each other in the last three minor round games, every game is a must-win to get the minor premiership, and hitting well and getting runners home will be important for both sides as the forand-against tally could decide who wins the minor premiership and go straight through to the grand final. Demons secured a spot in the semifinal, comfortably defeating Venom in the early game. Demons coach Derek Williams said: It was a good r e s u l t a n d w e played fairly, well except in the final inning where we conceded four or five runs due to errors. But we came up with a 10-run win so we cant complain. It was a good effort from everyone. With Demons facing only Panthers and Cubs for the rest of the minor rounds, the games will play a big part in their preparation for the s e m i - f i n a l o n March 23. Williams said: We will definitely see where we are at and where we need to improve to beat both teams. W e w i l l b e undermanned this week and from what I understand Cubs will be, too. Summers seals win ATHLETICS Warren Thomson MORE than 80 r u n n e r s a n d walkers took part in the first of two Centralian Sports Fun Run events on Saturday. No one could k e e p u p w i t h Korey Summers pace as he completed the 4km event in 13 minutes and 33 seconds. E m m a K r a f t won the female 4km event in a time of 17 minutes and 26 seconds, finishing a minute ahead o f M i c h e l l e Joachim. Marg Stevenson won the 4km walk in a time of 29 minu t e s a n d 2 6 seconds, finishing 14 seconds faster t h a n W e n d y C o c h r a n e a n d Terry Hobbs was the fastest male with a time of 32 minutes and 35 seconds. The 4km junior run was a tight contest with Jasper Edwards winning the race in a time of 19 minutes and James Steer, Charlie Rayner and Moby Edwards all finishing under a minute behind him. Tianne Rothwell took out the 2km run with a time of 9 minutes and 10 seconds. International call-up Warren Thomson Stephen Versteegh HOCKEY CENTRALIAN hockey product Stephen Versteegh will make his international umpiring debut next month. Versteegh has been selected to umpire the upcoming Australia versus China three-match series in Wollongong. After moving to Sydney last year, Versteegh was shocked when he found out he would be officiating at international level. He said: I found out three weeks ago and I was surprised when I found out. My phone rang during recess time and as it wasnt a number I knew. I quickly answered the phone and it was Hockey Australia telling me I had been selected to umpire the games. I was hoping to get an international debut in 2013 but it came a year earlier than I thought it would. Versteegh has been in great form and impressed Dave Gentles, who umpired the Beijing Olympics gold medal match, which resulted in Gentles recommending him to Hockey Australia. Versteegh said: I was good during the AHL finals and I umpired the Sydney Premier League final with David Gentles, who is the best umpire in the world, and he pushed for my recommendation so I guess I was at the right place at the right time. Versteegh, 27, started umpiring in Alice Springs when he was 14 years old and said that there are still pathways at local level, He said: I learned a lot from Dad and Dave Moore when I started, and I got to umpire my first mens final when I was 15. The facilities are still national standard and it is still definitely a good enough place for a player or umpire to push their way through the ranks. The first two tests will be played on March 24 and 25, but the third test on March 27 is on a weekday. Fortunately the school Versteegh is teaching at has been very supportive. He said: The schoolkids are pretty excited about it and the school has been kind enough to give me the day off to umpire the third game. The club Im with in Sydney is pumped and is coming down to watch the match. Rovers on the ropes again CRICKET Dale Fletcher NT Imparja Cup star Dillon Measures took five wickets for RSL Works against Memo Rovers on Saturday RSL Works are in a prime position to take an outright victory against Memo Rovers in their Alice Springs Cricket Association A grade twod a y g a m e a t J i m McConville Oval. After getting dismissed for just 139 in their first innings, RSL Works came firing back into the contest when they skittled the defending premiers for just 55. RSL Works captain Alex Marsh said: We really wanted to focus on attacking the stumps with our bowling. It was by far the most consistent performance with the ball we have had all season and it was backed up by some excel lent fielding. Dillon Measures and Ben Ellis were the only two shining lights with the bat for RSL Works, while lower order partnerships were the key for the third-placed side. Marsh said: Barthiya and Kashuns partnership at the end got us a score that gave us a chance. Dillon finally got some reward for consistently hitting the right areas, and took five wickets and could have had more. Marsh said an outright victory is on the cards this Saturday. He said: We would need at the very least another 100 runs and give ourselves a minimum of 40 overs with the ball. A lot will depend on the first hour. RSL Works currently hold a 133-run lead in the third innings. A ball was not bowled in the other match between Federal ASbuild and West due to an unsafe pitch. Overnight rain destroyed any chance of play. Devils too good for brave Cubs RUGBY UNION Warren Thomson DINGO Cubs paid tribute to teammate Harley Chapman in their game against Federal Devils on Saturday at Anzac Oval. The club was shocked on Saturday morning when they were informed that their teammate was found dead, and bravely took on Devils with several players carrying injuries. Cubs new player-coach Aaron Blacker said: We talked on Saturday morning about if we should or shouldnt play or put the guernsey on, run on to the field and call a minute silence and then forfeit, which was what we were sort of leaning towards. We were going to show him some respect by putting on the guernsey and walking on to the field for him, but once they pulled the guernsey on, the boys decided to play for him. We played all game and did really well. We showed a lot of heart. Jake Mitchell scored Cubs only try, while Schaylen Parai, Junior Saena and Salesi Taumololo scored two tries each for Devils as Devils recorded a 50-5 victory. This Fridays games could finalise spots on the ladder with Eagles needing to beat Devils in the 6pm game to have any chance of winning the minor premiership, while Kiwi Warriors will need to beat Dingo Cubs in the 7.30pm game to have a chance of making finals. Kunoth on fire RUGBY UNION Warren Thomson A HAT-TRICK of tries from Eagles Warren Kunoth led the way to a comfortable 41-5 win over Kiwi Warriors on Saturday night at Anzac Oval. Warriors were in the contest at half time, but injuries saw them without a bench during the second half. Dustin Briscoe played a great supporting role to Kunoth with two tries, while Reece D u d g e o n a n d Bradley Turner scored one try each. Eagles coach Patrick Torres said: I was really happy with how we played, and credit goes to Warriors. T h e s c o r e l i n e doesnt show how competitive they were. It was great to h a v e W a r r e n Kunoth back on deck and Peter Nibbs, Malcolm Hill and Jason Bell also had good returns. We are slowly getting players back and I think Troy Loveridge is making his return this week.