Sunday Territorian 11 Dec 2011
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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday, December 11, 2011. Sunday Territorian. 51 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:11-DGE:51 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K sundayterritorian.com.au SPORT Rebels jamie Lee-Peris goes up for the shot against Victoria Uhlig Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Rebels see off skipper in style BASKETBALL By IANBUTTERWORTH SCORES Womens Grand Final Uni Rebels 65 (J-L Peris 17, Jay Bonson 16) dAnsett 56 (S Drescher 18). Uni women take out Championship title IN her last game of top-flight basketball, Uni Rebels captain Vanessa Kurnoth led her team to the 2011 Darwin Airport Resort Championship season womens Premier League grand-final over Ansett last night. Having played more than 500 games at the top level, Kurnoth announced her retirement after the Rebels hung on to win 65-56. After a nervous start it took a full 90 seconds into the game before Jamie-Lee Peris opened the scoring for Uni Rebels. With guard Jaylene Bonson on the move and always looking for talls Peris, Delsey Ah Wang and Francis Clarke, Rebels took an early ascendancy. Olivia Birkett was shaping up for Ansett but the aggressive Rebel defence was all over Blues star-shooter Samantha Drescher and Ansett forays into the key were bounced back in rapid succession. Bonson, Peris and Tamara Shepppard led the scoring in the first term and Rebels jumped to a 13-6 lead at the break. Drescher and guard Lauren Flanegan got the women in blue moving in the second term but poor conversion let them down. Rebels weathered the storm, and went again to increase their lead to 33-22 at the long break with both Bonson and Peris (10 points) into double figures. Drescher rose above constant opponent Sheppard in the third term and with Birkett and Victoria Uhlig also having an input for Ansett, they reduced the gap to a mere seven points. Birkett popped in two more for Ansett at the start of the final quarter and with Drescher taking control of the game they closed to five points and it looked ominous. But Rebels held their nerve and won the day. In the mens final, Uni Rebels triumphed over TV Jets 83-70 full wrap in tomorrows NT News. St Lawrence going great guns to 2012 BEN St Lawrence went a long way toward booking his spot in the London Olympics by successfully defending his Australian 10,000m title at a rain-swept Lakeside Stadium last night. St Lawrence was fourth across the line behind a trio of Kenyans, in the feature event of the Zatopek:10 meet, in a time of 28 minutes 01.68 seconds. As he was unable to better the A qualifying standard of 27:45, the 30-year-old from Sydney did not secure automatic Olympic selection. But having already bettered the mark when setting an Australian record of 27:24.95 in California in May, he is now all but assured of a seat on the plane to London. The news was nowhere near as good for countryman Craig Mottram, who fell off the pace with 15 laps to go last night and narrowly avoided being lapped, before finishing seventh in 28:52.20. Mottrams major Olympic focus remains the 5000m, but he had expected to be much more of a factor in yesterdays race. Emmanuel Bett led the Kenyan trifecta in 27:39.33, ahead of Bitan Karoki and Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Micah Kogo. There were two races out there really, said St Lawrence. Being our Olympic trial, it really was the most important thing to try and be the first Australian across the line, particularly knowing I was the only one in there who already had an Olympic qualifier. When Mottram dropped back, I tried to get up on the Africans. But they put a surge in with a couple of Ks to go and I wasnt quite strong enough to go with them. Manager sees red at FAs backflip LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has joined Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish in criticising the Football Association over its successful appeal to get Wayne Rooneys Euro 2012 ban reduced. Redknapp believes the FA, English footballs governing body, is guilty of double standards after Rooneys ban was cut from three matches to two, after he was sent off for kicking out at Montenegros Miodrag Dzudovic during Englands final qualifier in October. The Manchester United forward had his punishment reduced at a hearing at UEFAs Nyon headquarters in Switzerland on Thursday. Redknapp, the leading home-grown candidate to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager, said the FA, responsible for disciplinary matters in England, had left itself open to charges of hypocrisy. You can look at it and say it wasnt that violent but it doesnt matter. If you cuff someone, you get a threematch ban. Those are the rules, Redknapp said yesterday. If you appealed it (domestically), it would be a frivolous appeal and you would probably get four games if you went to the FA. Redknapp said the FA now faced the prospect of numerous appeals against three-game suspensions. Redknapps comments followed those of Dalglish, with the Anfield greats saying the FA had failed to give the right lead by appealing Rooneys ban. At least one Premier League manager, however, backed the FA, with Wolves boss Mick McCarthy saying: If they are entitled to appeal, good luck to them. I hope I have as much success if I decide to appeal about something to our FA.