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Sun newspapers Wed 14 Oct 2009



Sun newspapers Wed 14 Oct 2009


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D arw in S un,- P age 30 - 3 - C M Y K - D arw in DARWIN squash champion Rhys Dowling is now the number one player in Australia after taking out the U15 title in the Australian Junior Squash Championships in Sydney. Dowling won the title in five sets, beating the tournament's top seed Kane Koteka (WA) 14-12, 11-5, 711, 8-11, 11-17, and see him jump from number three to number one in the rankings of his age bracket. Dowling was also awarded the M C Hazell Award for the championship for being the best and fairest player of the tournament as chosen by referees and officials. Dowling told Sun Newspapers he was nervous going into a new age division, but is thrilled by emerging as number one. "It was a little bit hard, but I planned going into the competition to improve or maintain my ranking," he said. "But I was amazed by the MC Hazell Award, as I never expected it. The whole purpose of this tournament was to improve and gain more experience on the court." Dowling said moving up to the U15 category was a big jump, as it meant there were quite a few players capable of challenging him for the title. "I was a little bit worried of the number one (Koteka) and number two (John Peacey from QLD) going in, but I just had to trust if I performed the hardest on the court I would prevail," he said "Last time I player Koteka earlier in the year he was able to beat me, so I was a bit nervous about that challenge, but I know I could match his strength on the court if I tried my hardest." Now the best U15 player in Australia, Dowling wants to continue his success on the courts by becoming a professional squash player. "My parents used to manage (the Darwin squash centre), so I guess it was always in my genes to play squash," he said. "I know I would have to make tremendous sacrifices to get there, but I am willing to move away and work overseas, either coaching or aiming for the top 100, to make it work." "I think I keep on playing because it is what I am good at, I enjoy being out on the courts, and enjoy winning, so I will keep on playing." 30 CLASSIFIEDS/SPORTSun Newspapers WEDNESDAY October 14 2009 Darwin junior champ claims number one Junior Darwin squash champion Rhys Dowling has returned from Sydney with the championship, number one ranking and best and fairest award Sri Lanka claims under 19 series SRI Lanka has taken out the under-19 oneday international series over Australia with a four-wicket win in the final game. The young Lions took the series 3-2 after winning the final match comfortably with 160 balls to spare. Australia was in a good position to claim the series, but a disastrous mid-order batting collapse (losing eight wicket for 83 runs) saw then score just 122 runs for the innings. The young Lions then charged towards victory and never looked in trouble. Left-hander Bhanuka Rajapaksa was the most entertaining player of the innings, netting 33 runs in 16 balls, including five fours and a massive six out of the ground. Sri Lanka spinner Saranga Rajaguru was the mastermind behind the Australian collapse, with a amazing 3-3 off 3.3 overs, Luke Doran (2-32) had the best spell for Australia, while Tim Armstrong was solid with the bat, scoring 33. Luke Doran had the best knock for Australia 16dw08/09 3Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY October 14 2009NEWS Would you like to know How to Prepare or Update Your Will? Approximately 50% of Australians die without ever getting around to making a Will. We invite you to obtain our free 20-page booklet that may help answer many of your questions and show you how simple it can be. After you have made provision for your loved ones you may also decide to include a gift (bequest) to The Salvation Army in your Will which will enable you to play an active part in its ongoing work of changing people's lives for the better. For more information please complete this form and send it to: 'Wills & Bequests, The Salvation Army, PO Box189, Darwin, N.T. 0801 or phone 1800 337 082 or visit www.salvationarmy.org.au/wills Please send me a free copy of your 20-page Wills booklet I have already included The Salvation Army in my Will I am interested in including The Salvation Army in my Will Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Name. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Post Code. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 ls 03 /0 9 D S 10 09 16 ts 09 /0 9 DARWIN has again topped the country for the most expensive rental houses and units. The September Quarterly Rental report released by Australian Property Monitors shows the Darwin median house rental price increased by 4.2 per cent in the past three months from $480 to $500. Sydney had the country's second highest median house rental price of $445. Darwin house renters could be forgiven for feeling jealous of Melbourne and Brisbane house renters who pay just $360 and $350 respectively. And the situation for unit rentals shows even more disparity between Darwin and other capital cities. The Top End capital was the only city to increase in median rental prices jumping a whopping 10 per cent in three months from $400 to $440. All other capital cities unit rental prices remained the same or decreased. Deputy Opposition leader Kezia Purick said that renting houses was now becoming as unaffordable as buying a house and people were being forced into share or temporary accommodation because of the situation. "In 2004, the average rent of a three-bedroom house was $260 per week and it is now $520," Ms Purick said. She said the Government was not releasing land for development fast enough to keep up with population growth. The news is not so bad for property investors with the report showing the Territoy capital has the strongest rental growth in the country for both houses and units and highest gross rental yields for both houses and units of any capital city. WHILE they may not have the flash foot moves of Beyonce Knowles or Michael Flatley, the Total Recreation dancers with disabilities showed they had more dance beats in their feet than their local celebrity counterparts. The 2009 Dancing with the Celebrities Ball saw 14 couples undertake a fast-learning curve during the past two months on the tango, jive, waltz and salsa before showcasing their moves at Skycity Darwin on Saturday night. More than 270 people attended and $15,000 was raised at this year's event, which will provide additional sport and recreational activities for the 150 members of Total Recreation. Deputy Chief Minister Delia Lawrie, Member for Nelson Gerry Wood and Total Recreation president John Cossons had the difficult job of choosing the dancing winners. Taking out the Overall Champion's honour was Children and Families Minister Malarndirri McCarthy and her partner Joshua Campton, whose grooving style and hip swinging tango caught the judges' eyes. While not taking away a sash from this year's event, Opposition Leader Terry Mills was commended for his ability to follow his partner Megan Halvorson. "Megan was definitely the superior dancer of our duo. It's a pleasure being involved," Mr Mills said. It was the third year the Total Recreation Ball had been held. Our rent tops nation, again Sun Newspapers out every Wednesday Stolen show boat lands in Humpty Doo A $75,000 show boat stolen from a Yarrawonga business premises has turned up in Humpty Doo on a vacant block of land. About $5000 worth of accessories had been stripped from the 5.7m boat when police located it on Friday after a member of the public reported seeing the vessel abandoned at a Pioneer Road land lot. The boat was one of two vessels stolen during a break-in of Arafura Welding on Beresford Rd between 8pm on October 1 and 7am the next day. Arafura Welding owner Jim Keane said he was "pretty happy" the boat was recovered with its trailer and 135hp motor intact. The second boat stolen in the breakin was recovered shortly after the incident from Bees Creek Rd but its motor remains missing. Mr Keane said police were continuing investigations and were conducting fingerprint tests of the boat to help identify the thieves. "I'd still like to see (the thieves) prosecuted. They are playing with people's lives," Mr Keane said. "For a one-owner business and working family you can't replace that sort of money." Mr Keane, who put up a reward to help find the culprits behind the theft, said he appreciated the publics help in finding the boat. Senior Constable Jeremy Brunton urges anyone with information to come forward. "We would like to hear from anyone who may have other information," he said. If you saw the boat, particularly in the Virginia, Humpty Doo or Berry Springs areas, or witnessed any suspicious activity in the Yarrawonga area around the time the boat was stolen, please contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. LEFT: Children and Families Minister Malarndirri McCarthy and dance partner Joshua Campton took top honours at the Dancing with the Celebrities Ball at SkyCity Minister praised for political foot moves

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