The Centralian advocate Fri 18 Dec 2009
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54 Centralian Advocate, Friday, December 18, 2009 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 5 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Statistics for the Month of December Average daily max temp: 35.4 deg Average daily min temp: 20.2 deg Record highest temp: 44.2 deg Record lowest temp: 9.3 deg Average monthly rainfall: 37.5mm Highest monthly rainfall: 228.9mm Rainfall this month: 11.2mm Total rainfall last month: 0.4mm Total rainfall this year: 79.8mm Total rainfall last year: 251.8mm Sunrise: 5.43am Sunset: 7.19pm Weekend outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology: Rain periods and the chance of a storm, clearing later in the day. Moderate southeast winds, fresh at times. Forecast: Fri 18: 29 (20) Sat 19: 32 (20) Sun 20: 33 (20) Mon 21: 35 (19) SPORT Ford to appeal Devils unhappy with big penalty RUGBY UNION Max Bennett Tui Ford Jnr faces a long stint on the sidelines. Were disappointedat the severity of the penalty and we feel as though Tui needs to have his say in front of the CARU judiciary. FEDERAL DEVILS PRESIDENT ADAM CONNELLY THE Federal Devils have launched an ap peal against the eight match suspension dished out to Tui Ford Jnr. Central Australian Rugby Union confirmed they had suspended Ford Jnr and the matter was the subject of an appeal from the reigning premiers. Devils president Adam Connelly said the club would pursue an appeal hearing believing Ford Jnrs suspension was too severe. He said: Were disa p p o i n t e d a t t h e severity of the penalty and we feel as though Tui needs to have his say in front of the CARU judiciary. Ford Jnr was handed the sentence after being found guilty of breaching Central Austral ian Rugby Unions code of conduct with specific reference to bringing the game into disrepute over comments made in the Centralian Advocate. Ford Jnr slammed the performance of Central Australian Referees Association pres i d e n t J e f f Tubbenhauer, leading to the Devils decision to walk off during the round three match against the Eagles. Forced to sit out last weekends 43-29 victory over the Eagles, Ford Jnrs appeal was directed by the Federal Devils to the Territory governing body, the Northern Territory Rugby Union. The NTRU referred the matter back to the CARU judiciary to decide Ford Jnrs fate with a hearing expected to be held in the early new year, before the resumption of the 2009/2010 season on January 16. Connelly would not divulge if the club expected Ford Jnrs sentence to be reduced or scrapped altogether, declaring the opportunity to appeal as a victory. He said: The appeal itself is a win for the club. Were of the opinion that Tui has the right to appeal. Weve actively instigated the appeal and will support both Tui and the CARU judici ary in any decision they make. If the appeal is unsuccessful Ford Jnr faces another seven matches on the sidelines, ruling him out until early Marchs round 14 match with Dingo Cubs. Hailing Ford Jnr as one of the most important cogs in the Devils machine, Connelly said any match in which their premiership star was unavailable was detrimental to the team. He said: Tuis not only an integral member of our team but he is a key person at the club and we just want to get him back on the park. The CARU judiciary, chaired by David Chalker, will pass judgement over the appeal when the hearing is held in early 2010. Tassie MTB adventure Left to right: Ben Rayner, Connor Skoss and Ryan Standish happy with their performances in the opening round of the National MTB Series. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY MOUNTAIN BIKING Max Bennett IT was a Red Centre one-two as Ryan Standish and Clarke Petrick enjoyed a brilliant start to the National MTB Series in Tasmania over the weekend. In a landmark competition for Central Australia no less than four riders from the region showed their wares on the technical Glenorchy track with Standish further confirming his status as one of the top young riders in the country. The current Under-17 National MTB Champion managed a credible fourth place finish in his first race at the challenging Under-19 age bracket before teaming up with Darwin rider Mitchell Venetti to take out the enduro event. The four-hour pairs event ended well for fellow Centralian Petrick, who, like Standish, teamed up with a Top End rider in Bill Murphy to finish second in the event. As well as producing some great results for the Red Centre, the event provided young riders Connor Skoss and Ben Rayner with vital experience on the national stage. For the two up-and-coming riders it was a challenge like no other with a challenging track coupled with competition from some of the nations premier junior riders. The next stop on the series trail is Adelaide for the National MTB Championships in January. Federal keen to blow away weather blues CRICKET Chris Ward RETRIBUTION is on the lips of Federal Demons captain Sean Huddle. A washout last weekend saw the Feds and RSL Works two-day match end in a draw, with the Demons holding a commanding position in the game over their counterparts, needing only 29 runs with six wickets in hand. To add insult to injury Huddle was looking toward his maiden century in Alice Springs cricket, making 76 not out when the Thursday night rains cancelled play on day two. The two teams will meet again over the weekend in the one-day form of the game and Feds are after some payback. Huddle said: What happened last week just comes down to luck. S**t happens, you just have to get on with it. You have to be confident with every game you go in to but we certainly have a point to prove against RSL and we want to let them know they got let off the hook. With a team first attitude it is no wonder Feds will be looking to go in to the Christmas break confident and in second place. Huddle said: So far this season no one in our side has gone on with it and scored a century but we are not really worried about that as long as the team is doing well and batters are scoring solid runs. I would much rather the team be doing well as a whole than have one or two players carrying the team. The other encounter over the weekend sees the Memo Rovers take on the so-far win-less Wests.
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