The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Dec 2011
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34 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 6 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K GO ONLINE Statistics for the Month of December Average daily max temp: 35.3C Average daily min temp: 20.2C Record highest temp: 44.2C on 23/12/1972 Record lowest temp: 9.3C on 12/12/2002 Average monthly rainfall: 37.6mm Highest monthly rainfall: 228.9mm in 1975 Rainfall this month: 0.4mm Total rainfall last month: 61.6mm Total rainfall this year: 383.2mm Total rainfall last year: 770mm Record annual rainfall: 782.5 in 1974 Sunrise: 5.39am Sunset: 7.11pm Outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Light to moderate southeast winds. Forecast: Tue 06: 34 (15) Wed 07: 36 (17) Thu 08: 37 (20) Fri 09: 40 (23) WEATHER WATCH SPORT Cubs climb back on top BASEBALL Warren Thomson CUBS have once again joined the top of the Alice Springs Baseball Association ladder with a 2-0 win over Panthers on Friday night. After dishing out their worst performance for the season in their previous encounter against Panthers, Cubs were exceptional in the field and pitchers Ryan Brown and Jimmy Allen pitched well, while Panthers coach David Kerrin also did a great job from the pitchers mound. Cubs co-captain Rob Brown said he hopes his team can field like they did on Friday night more often. Brown said: It was a very good game and it was our best fielding for the season. I cant remember us making an error and we made some really good plays in the field. It was definitely a big improvement in comparison to when we last played them and hopefully we can play at that level more often. Ryan and Jimmy pitched well for us and David Kerrin pitched well for them and when there is good pitching, it is usually a low-scoring game. But Brown said there is still more room for improvement in their batting. He said: Our bat ting still needs working on. Dave Tudor and a few others made some good hits but we still left runners on base. In the other game, Demons got third win of the season with a 10-4 win over Venom. Demons once again a had a slow start but good pitching later in t h e g a m e f r o m Andrew Rawlings shut Venom down and Demons finally hit their straps with the bat to record a good win. Demons captain Steven Bell said there is still room for improvement after making some fielding errors and they are still starting games slowly. Bell said: We made a few errors and we didnt start playing well until halfway through the game. We usually are good in the field but we let it slip during the game. It was fairly even and then we started to bat well and Andrew Rawlings shut them down, but we need to start playing from the first ball and get an early lead instead of chasing. I z a a c A n k e r s pitched better than last time we played against them, and RJ W h e e l o c k a n d Jackson Ankers did well with the bat with four out of four hits. Cubs take on Demons this Friday at 7pm and will be followed by Panthers vs Venom at 9pm. Sprint series huge success TRIATHLON Dale Fletcher Ben Streeter THE Alice Springs T r i a t h l o n C l u b s sprint/enticer series fulfilled all expectations and objectives with some excellent participation rates, outstanding results and achievements. Race three on Sunday saw Sean Loader enjoy the view from the front ahead of Ben Streeter out of the water and onto the bike. However Streeters powerful bike/run combination enabled him to regain control and complete the race in an impressive 1:08:17, with Loader taking second position in 1:15:55 and Jess Mortensen just 22 seconds behind in 1:16:17. These times represent the fastest male finishes of the series. Similarly, in the womens race, in a class of her own, Fiona Collier clocked 1:18:05 with Elise Beachley crossing the line in second place in 1:20:52. These were the fastest female times of the three-race series. Third-placed female on Sunday was Jessica Banville in 1:30:15. Veteran male Dean Nankivell showed great form to finish fourth overall in 1:17:00 with fellow veteran contender Nigel Graves not far back in 1:24:41. Loie Sharp, Danny Fraser and Jaydon Coles took the female, m a l e a n d j u n i o r honours in the enticer event with times of 44:08, 44:11 and 46:13 respectively. There was a strong junior presence with the Alice Springs Hockey talent squad in action for a second triathlon experience. Coach Mark Walsh entered his charges with an additional run loop to complete for fitness training. Caleb MacDonald led the way in front of y o u n g e r s i b l i n g s Joshua and Bethany, with Madeline Jones and Georgia Dempsey rounding out the junior contingent in style. The series encouraged all participants to make personal achievements with a progressive points system awarding points to all competitors who made improvements in their performances. It was a tough test over the six-week p e r i o d b u t f i v e triathletes, Anouska Zerna, Ann Ireland, Jaydon Cole, Danny Fraser and Jock MacPherson, satisfied the criteria of completing all three races with progressive gains. A further award recognised competitors who made the greatest improvements, including Jason Dawson, Ann Ireland and Karen and Jock MacPherson. Moylans Mayhem is the final triathlon before Christmas on December 11. This is an entertaining and challenging event in which participants race for 60 minutes but can choose personal distances within the swim, bike, run format. A scale of points rewards distance achieved in each discipline with competition to achieve the highest overall tallies. Demons run riot CRICKET Dale Fletcher Federals Shannan Ryan hits long during the Demons seven-wicket win against Rovers Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON FEDERAL stormed to a seven-wicket victory against defending premiers Rovers at Traeger Park on Saturday. The Demons bowled superbly throughout but were severely let down with five dropped catches spoiling a great performance in the field. Federal captain/coach Sean Huddle said: The effort in the field was awesome but we should have dismissed them for a lot less if we had held onto our catches. Even I put a couple down, which was not good. Rovers were bowled out for 132 in the 38th over after Federal ripped through the lower order after the final drinks break. Scott Allen top socred for Rovers with a half century but threw his wicket away just the third ball after the last interval. Huddle said: Scotty batted well but we should have had him when he was on 15. We gave him a few lives and he capitalised to some extent. The solid opening partnership of Jack Harding and Ned Gaynor continued to blossom for Federal, the pair putting on a 56-run first wicket stand before Gaynor was run out for 15. Monty Nixon then fell soon after without scoring, also failing to make it back into his ground. Huddle said: We had two run outs that should have been avoided, but that was the only way they were going to get us out. Harding fell with 50 runs still to get for a well-made 57, caught at mid wicket. The experienced duo of Shannan Ryan (22 not out) and Huddle (31 not out), then led the Demons to victory as the rain started to fall. He said: Shannan and I then got the boys over the line and about 10 minutes after we hit the winning runs - it poured down with rain. Huddle was thrilled with his sides effort. He said: We played quite well and everyone did their bit. Our batting opening partnership is something we have been working on all season. We have been trying to get off to good starts. Even if its only 40 or 50 in the first 15 overs without losing a wicket. We feel that is a good foundation for the rest of the innings. Huddle was impressed with young spinner Toby White, who claimed 3/13 including the prized scalp of Rovers dangerman Allen. He said: Toby bowled great and Ash (Sahota) took three wickets too and he has been bowling well also. Sahota bowled with extreme venom in a fiery spell and collected 3/24 from seven overs.