The Centralian advocate Tue 24 Jan 2012
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34 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 4 -J A N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K GO ONLINE Statistics for the Month of January Average daily max temp: 36.4C Average daily min temp: 21.5C Record highest temp: 45.2C on 3/1/1960 Record lowest temp: 9.3C on 3/1/1970 Average monthly rainfall: 39.0mm Highest monthly rainfall: 251.4mm in 1975 Rainfall this month: 26.8mm Total rainfall last month: 3.6mm Total rainfall this year: 26.8mm Total rainfall last year: 386.4mm Record annual rainfall: 782.5 in 1974 Sunrise: 6.07am Sunset: 7.26pm Outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Tuesday: Afternoon cloud. Moderate easterly winds. Tue 24: 38 (23) Wed 25: 37 (22) Thu 26: 36 (20) Fri 27: 36 (19) WEATHER WATCH SPORT In the Nick of time JUNIOR SEDANS Warren ThomsonNick Cockerill celebrates his national title and (below right) the pass on the final corner Pictures: MICHAEL POTTS NICK Cockerill became the first Victorian to win the Australian Junior Sedan Titles after pipping fellow Victorian Corey Lincoln at the post in the A Main on Saturday night. Cockerill, 17, got out to an early lead during the A Main after starting third off the grid, but when Lincoln, 14, overtook him, he stayed on Lincolns tail before making a title-winning overtake on the final corner to win by 0.125 of a second. Cockerill said he was stoked to win the Australian Title and proud to be the first Victorian to do so in the events 10-year history. He said: : Words cant describe it. Its an amazing feeling. Ive been trying to win it for four years. Ive had a lot of bad luck and to win it in my final year of juniors is unbelievable. Ive been racing in Victoria all my life and Ive seen a couple of guys I race against in Victoria come second and third. T h e l a t e M i c h a e l Gorman who used to race against me all the time finished second last year, so it is an amazing feeling. A huge thanks goes to my sponsors for their support. Cockerill said he was happy to settle in second during the race, but decided to have one last roll of the dice in the final lap. He said: I got him off the start line and I thought yeah, Ive got it. I went a bit defensive early and thought I would settle for second, but something in me said Im going to win this title and I saw the white flag and a little gap so I thought would go for it and I ended up getting it, just. Cockerill came to Alice Springs with his dad, brother and support crew, but almost didnt make it as their car broke down on the way to town. Our car broke down in the middle of the desert on the way here, with the car overheating, but we finally got here. Cockerills car was clearly one of the fastest on the Arunga Park track. He said: It was good out of the box and worked well all weekend. Cockerill won the first heat on Friday night but was relegated after being involved in a tangle near the finish line, which gave Lincoln the win and started what would be his perfect runs in the heat to get pole. But Cockerill didnt let the relegation get to him, finishing third and first in his next two heats on Friday night, before finishing second in his final heat on Saturday night to qualify third and start on the second row of the A Main. With Cockerill too old to race in next years event, another vacant Australian Title will be available in 2013 in Mackay, Queensland. But with the Australian Junior Sedan Title under his belt, he is hungry for another Australian Title in the Modified Production Sedans class. He said: I would like to say Sprintcars but that might be out of the budget. I will settle with Modified Production Sedans as my dad races them, and I will stick with them and try to win Aussie number one in that too. Cubs cruise past Warriors RUGBY UNION Warren Thomson Warriors Bernie Kentwell is stopped by a pack of Cubs Picture: MICHAEL POTTS DINGO Cubs have widened the gap between them and the bottom-placed Kiwi Warriors with a 29-13 win over the Warriors on Saturday afternoon. Richy Wehipeihana led the way with two tries for Cubs, and player-coach Paul Blewitt, Jake Mitcher and Mike Hamilton scored a try each. Warriors captain Zach Mather and Vince Loto were try scorers for Warriors. Cubs player-coach Paul Blewitt said: It was a pretty good win for us. We did really well for our first game back as we only had two regular backs so we had a lot of forwards out of position and they played quite well. Joel Plummer did really well at number 10 and Mike Hamilton got our players player award. We also had a couple of players that made a good return. In the later game, Federal Devils claimed an outright lead on top of the ladder by defeating Eagles 30-21. Devils coach Tim Blacker said: It was a good win and it was exactly what we were looking for as they beat us last time we played them. We defended well and that still remains our major focus for the season as the best defensive team will win. But the last try we conceded was quite soft and we need to focus on playing for the full 80 minutes instead of just the first 60 minutes. Our attack was good and we had a strong forward pack with lots of front-rowers. We held Eagles when we needed to and we also dominated them when we needed to. Devils can continue to hang on to top spot next week if they knock off a Warriors outfit still hunting for their first win of the season, while Eagles will continue their campaign for the top spot and the minor premiership when they take on Cubs next weekend.