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The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Feb 2012



The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Feb 2012


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 66 no. 78

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Centralian Advocate, Friday, February 24, 2012 55 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 4 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 5 C O L O R : C M Y K Alice Springs Touch Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING All past and present members are invited to attend 2pm, Sun 18th of March, 2012 at the Gillen Club, Milner Rd Nominations are sought for: Life Members All Executive Positions Junior Development/coordinator Director of Referees Proposed notices of motion to be passed as special resolution to be received in writing by the Secretary no later than 26/02/12 The Secretary, ASTA PO Box 1281 ASP 0871 fl anker@aapt.net.au 3 6 3 4 0 5 /1 2 Saturday 25th Feb 9pm-Late DJ Bed on a Shed & special guests $5 entry fee 5 3 3 4 0 5 /1 2 SPORT Top spot on offer BASEBALL Warren Thomson THE Alice Springs Baseball Association minor premiership could be decided tonight when ladder leaders Cubs and Panthers battle it out at 9pm at Lyel Kempster Park. Cubs go into tonights game with a nine-game winning streak and currently enjoy a one-win advantage over Panthers. Cubs co-captain Rob Brown said: Everyone is expected to play and we will be going all out to try to get the win and cement top spot. Its probably the biggest game of the season until the grand final, so it is sort of a must-win game for us. I looked at the results online during the week and Panthers may have us on for-andagainst so we will be out for a good win and hopefully win the next couple of games to secure a spot in the grand final. Brown gave credit to his teams depth in pitching for their winning streak but says that batting well will be the most important factor in tonights game. He said: The team has slowly improved all season and weve got a strong pitching advantage over the other teams as we have a lot more players who can pitch. But we really need to focus on our batting during tonights game. Our batting isnt at a level we want it at so we need to hit well and not leave runners on base. Weve got good pitchers and we are strong in the field, but we will need to hit well to win the game. Panthers cant afford to lose tonights game if they want to finish on top and be guaranteed a spot in the decider. Panthers coach David Kerrin said: At this stage, it is our most important game of the season. For us to have a chance of finishing on top, we need to win this game. With the match possibly a grand final dress-rehearsal, a win would give Panthers a confidence boost going into the finals. Kerrin said: A win will help us on our road to the finals. It is 3-2 their way in the games weve played against each other this season, so to beat them in our last game before the finals will help. Demons can secure third and a spot in the semi-final by defeating Venom from 7pm. Thorne excited about Kangas AUSSIE RULES Dale Fletcher New South Football Club coach Gerald Thorne with Kangaroo players and supporters Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY SOUTH Football Club has appointed Gerald Thorne coach for the 2012 Ngurratjuta Cup season. Thorne decided to take on the role after watching many of the Kangaroos matches in 2011. He said: From what I have seen, we are ready to take the next step. If we get a majority of the team back from last season and blood a few of the young ones I think we will be up there. Thorne said the Kangaroos have at least three players to come into the squad who are currently playing in the NTFL in Darwin. He said: There are few recruits to come in but the under-17 lads will definitely get a chance this year. They have got all the skills in the world, these boys. Now we just have to show it and put it together. The former Western Australian played for South Fremantle and West Perth in the WAFL before coaching Nightcliff reserves in the NTFL. He came to Alice Springs just for a holiday. He said: The place just grew on me, and football is my life and I hope I can mould this team into a good one. Kenny Braun will coach the South reserves, while Dean Thorne and Nigel Lockyer will lead the Kangaroos under-17 side. South train at Albrecht Oval on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 5.30pm and the club will hold their AGM tomorrow at 14 Ptilotus Crescent at 5.30pm. All players and supporters are welcome to attend and support the Kangaroos. Drags roaring return DRAG RACING Warren Thomson KENNARDS Hire Headlight Series kicks off the 2012 Central Australian Drag Raci n g A s s o c i a t i o n (CADRA) season tomorrow at the Alice S p r i n g s I n l a n d Dragway. This racing series provides the opportunity for anyone to come out to the track and have a go at drag racing in a safe and legal environment. Racers will need to pay a $40 entry fee, and will need to wear long pants, enclosed shoes and a helmet. There are cash prizes to be won and all new racers will be given assistance if required. Competitor gates and scrutineering will be open at 4pm, qualifying will start at 5pm and racing will be from 7:30pm. Spectator entry is $15 for adults, $5 for 12 to 16-year-olds and children under 12 years get in free. There will be some new faces on the track and around the pits this season, with new cars making their debut. CADRA are always looking for more volunteers . Contact CADRA through its website www.cadra.com.au or call Josie Hodgins on 0411 278 642. Season starts Warren Thomson Kurt Skinner, Dean Polglase, Marcus Cohen and Ben Pettit are ready for the first BMX event of the year tonight Picture: WARREN THOMSON BMX AFTER a minor delay, the Red Centre BMX season kicks off tonight at Blatherskite Park. The year was planned to start last Friday night but the track wasnt ready for racing. All classes, including sprockets, will be racing tonight with the first racing starting at 7.15pm. Tonights racing begins preparations for some of the local riders who are going to the Australian BMX Titles, which will be held in Mount Gambier in April. Red Centre BMX publicity officer SueAnne Polglase said: The last time everyone raced was just before Christmas, so everyone is pretty eager to race. Weve had to fix the track, which has taken a few weeks, but it is ready for a great season. Every month we will have a championship event and we will put on different events such as Fun Fridays. Numbers had a slight increase towards the end of last year and Red Centre BMX hopes the increase continues into the new year. P o l g l a s e s a i d : Towards of the end of last year we had a slow increase in numbers with a lot of sprockets (juniors) coming out, and hopefully they return this year. October will be a busy month for BMX riders with the NT Titles in Darwin, while Red Centre BMX will host the BMX event at the Alice Springs Masters Games. Full year memberships are still available and a four-month Come and Try membership is available for first-time riders. New breed on board NETBALL Steve Menzies THERE is a mix of experience on the new McDonalds Alice Springs Netball Association office bearers elected at the reconvened annual general meeting on Tuesday night. Netball rebounded with a big week to set the scene for an exciting season after the failure to attract a quorum to its original annual meeting a week earlier. It was kickstarted by the net-set-go program beginning with almost 50 youngsters, and more indicating they would take part in the coming seven weeks, and finished with the third week of the mixed Corporate Cup games on Wednesday. The ASNA office was packed to overflowing for the reconvened annual meeting and 10 of the 13 executive committee positions were filled. New faces on the executive include youngsters Dean Ryan and Tahlia OCass who will hold general committee positions, as will businessman Tony Smith. The fourth new committee member is Sundowners stalwart Darrelle Windsor. ASNA life member, awarded in 2002, Sue Jones volunteered to take on the role of registrar while Nat Espie has taken over as treasurer. Jones is one of several ASNA life members who are continuing to make a contribution to the sport. The new members join president Antony Yoffa, coaching director David Yeaman and committee members Erica Johannson and Steve Menzies on the executive.

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