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S un N ew spapers- P age 3 & 22 - C M Y K - D arw in 3Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY June 02 2010NEWS 49ts02/10 49 dw 05 /1 0 A decision not taken lightly By CONOR BYRNE DARWIN Turf Club has no intentions of making racing punters switch to mid-strength beer for the Darwin Cup Carnival. Last week it was announced that full-strength beer is being banned from general admission areas at TIO Stadium AFL games from October 1, but not from corporate boxes or the members bar. NTAFL, in conjunction with senior police, made the decision based on conduct at this year's grand final. Darwin Turf Club chief Des Friedrich made it clear that the racing fraternity would not be following the lead of NTAFL and there would be no alcohol restrictions at the Darwin Cup on his watch. "The Darwin Cup has 20,000 people at it, last year we had a few little 'push-and-shoves' as I call them, why on earth should we stop 19,960 people enjoying themselves because six people got stupid," he said. "That doesn't make any sense in my book at all. "The police should be dealing with that issue (the NTAFL grand final) in isolation, and not copying what everyone else is doing. "As far as the Darwin Cup is concerned, we act responsibly, we have a lot of security here, we have a very responsible attitude to serving alcohol and, in fact, it is the Carlton Mid Darwin Cup this year, so we are promoting a mid-strength beer." At last week's announcement of the full-strength drinks ban for general admission fans, NTAFL chief Tony Frawley defended the two-tier decision, which still allows members and corporate ticket holders to imbibe in full-strength spirits and beers. "People pay a premium to become a member of a certain place, like the members bar, and obviously they pay a premium also in the corporate areas," he said. "It's our belief that it's the right thing to do and it's the right decision to take. "This was an issue brought about by (NT Police Commissioner) John (McRoberts) and the police, and fair enough, we've looked at it." However, Commissioner McRoberts denied the ban is a police initiative, but said crowd behaviour at the NTFL grand final had a lot to do with it. McRoberts said he was not in discussions with rugby league or union organisations, but when asked about the Darwin Cup, called on Darwin Turf Club to think about conduct at the event. "I hope they're the ones that will consider their position," he said. "I want to focus purely on what I saw at the NTFL Grand Final. "Perhaps a fresh set of eyes is a good thing." NTAFL chief Mr Frawley, who was uncertain of how strong a fullstrength beer is "I think it's under 3.5, I'm not sure we'll have to find that out," said alcohol problems at this year's grand final was an isolated incident, and said the 'excitement' of the Tiwi Bombers making the final was a factor. "I put it down to the two teams that were playing, and the communities," he said. "Having said that, the Bombers played in the preliminary semi final, and we didn't have the issues, we had at the grand final." The serving of full strength beers in ground admission areas at TIO Stadium has been banned By BRUCE CUTLER DRY season weather has finally started in earnest bringing relief to Top End residents who have just sweated through the equal hottest May nights on record. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Todd Smith said the average Darwin night time temperature of 24.3 degrees for the past month was more than two degrees hotter than the usual May average. "The only other time we've had it that warm was in May, 1978," he said. "It would have been an outright record except that it got down to 22 degrees on Monday." And the night sweats of the past month were compounded by the highest average May humidity levels since 1968. Humidity levels were up by nearly 10 per cent to a higher than usual average of 73 per cent for the month. "That's comparable to what we'd expect for March," Mr Smith said. Rainfall was also above average last month with the Top End experiencing its wettest May for the past 13 years. Mindil Markets and Friday night's Australian Sprintcar Championship were casualties of May's wet weather as Darwin recorded rainfall of 70.8mm about three and a half times the May averages. The rain was a hit-and-miss affair across the Top End with Noonamah receiving 23mm and Middle Point recording 25.6mm while Darwin River and Adelaide River areas both received around 100mm of rain last month. Mr Smith said Top Enders could now expect typical dry season weather to settle in for June. "For the next week it's looking to be beautiful dry season temperatures around 20 degrees at night and about 30 degrees during the day," Mr Smith said. "The tropical moisture is getting pushed right up into Indonesia and humidity will get down to 40 per cent." "It looks like the dry as we know it is here to stay for a couple of months." Record month of night sweats A PALMERSTON supermarket has had its liquor licence suspended after it repeatedly sold rum products to a 14-year-old girl using her father's credit card. Gray supermarket staff admitted selling the girl two bottles of rum, two and a half cartons of rum and cola cans and seven packets of cigarettes in a 24-hour period in October last year. The teenager bought the alcohol using her father's credit card and signed for the purchases on three separate visits to the supermarket. The takeaway alcohol and cigarette purchases came to light when the girl's father contacted the NT Licensing Commission after being advised of irregular transactions for alcohol on his credit card. Two supermarket staff made the sales to the underage girl, one of whom included the store's joint nominee, who sold two cartons of rum and cola cans to the girl on one occasion. The girl was not asked to show identification during any of the three purchases. The company's lawyer Peter McQueen said the girl looked of legal age, and a woman who served her thought she had to be aged more than 18-years-old because she was using a credit card to pay for the transactions. Darwin Magistrate Elizabeth Morris fined the company $1500 for the three tobacco breaches. The NT Licensing commission took into consideration that the minor "looked considerably older" and suspended Gray supermarket from serving alcohol for five days from June 15. Girl, 14, buys rum cartons 22 SPORT / YOUR LOCAL MOTORING GUIDESun Newspapers WEDNESDAY June 02 2010 GET YOUR BUSINESS MOTORING Advertise from as little as $51.30 a week.Free profile with every 13-week booking. 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Blend in with Chameleon WWhhyy nnoott ddrroopp iinn ttoo CChhaammeelleeoonn WWiinnddooww TTiinnttiinngg oonn tthhee SSttuuaarrtt HHiigghhwwaayy ttooddaayy Thunder not afraid of Sharks By JACKSON CLARK NT Thunder ended Southport Sharks' unbeaten run with a 13.14 (92) to 12.12 (84) win at TIO Stadium on Saturday. The home side survived a late charge from the Sharks in a match that had many similarities to last week's Top End AFL game between Port Adelaide and Melbourne. Thunder burst from the blocks thanks to early goals from the lively Brad Palipuaminni but they could not put Southport away due to inaccuracy in front of the big sticks. NT maintained control over the Sharks and during the third quarter and opened up a 38-point lead. Southport fought there way back and managed to outscore the Territory 6.5 to 3.3 in the last quarter, but they fell eight points short of an eighth unanswered victory. The win continued Thunder's perfect record at TIO Stadium this year and moves them into the top five. Aaron Motlop was best for Thunder displaying his class and evasiveness around the ground and Jake Dignan continued his terrific form from the past month. Mercurial youngster Dion Munkara was impressive in only his second game for the Thunder booting three goals while Zephi Skinner was also pivotal with three majors. Kurt Niklaus showed why he is renowned as number one defender in the league by holding Darren Ewing goalless for the first time in the QAFL. Midfielders Daniel Wise and Darren Pfeiffer played well and Cleve Hughes kicked four goals narrowing the gap between Ewing for the Ray Hughson leading goalkicker award. PALMERSTON Cricket Club put on another convincing display against Nightcliff to reclaim top spot of the VB Gold Cup ladder with an eightwicket victory. An all-round bowling effort by the Power led by the medium pace of Alex Bleakley with three wickets kept the Tigers to a respectable 203 at Marrara. Doug Bracewell's 54 was the best for Nightcliff as they were left lamenting missed opportunities. The Power's batting proved too much for the Tigers bowling attack as they reached the total in the 40th over. Darcy Short make a fine 90 not out and was equally assisted by Todd McCann who finished on 50 not out. Tracy Village had a tense finish against Southern Districts with a four-wicket victory over the Crocs. Southern Districts opening batsmen Dwaine Richards and Grant Bell had the Crocs in good stead with an opening stand of 72. Disciplined bowling from the Villagers kept the total in check but at four for 152, Districts looked set for a late run charge. The introduction of swing bowler Ben Cooper was the difference as he took three late order wickets, the Crocs all out for 183. Tracy Village's chase got off to a poor start with both openers back in the pavilion with the score on 10. Todd Pemble did most of the damage, returning fine bowling figures of three for 21 from 10 overs. It wasn't enough with Jason McKay's 43 and Stuart Johnstone 45 runs turning the game back Tracy's way as they got home six wickets down in the 48th over. PINT duo Robbie Kensey (105 not out) and Simon Lavers (142 retired hurt) gave the competition some food for thought as they rocked Waratahs bowling line up at Gardens Oval. The pair put on 231 for the fourth wicket as the Greens set Tahs a massive 326 runs to chase. The Red Caps got off to a poor start losing two early wickets but it wasn't all easy going for PINT as Brett Gardiner and David Page posted half centuries in third wicket partnership worth 149. Unfortunately the heavens opened in the 38th over and Tahs at five for 188 were well behind the required run rate as PINT were awarded the points on superior run rate. Palmerston too Powerful, push Tigers over edge LEFT: Aaron Motlop was best for Thunder RIGHT: Southport's Kurt Niklaus punches clear of Thunder full forward Darren Ewing Alex Bleakley