The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008
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46 Centralian Advocate, Friday, January 11, 2008 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 11-JA N -2008 PA G E : 46 C O L O R : C M Y K WEATHER WATCH Statistics for the Month of January Average daily max temp: 35.9 deg Average daily min temp: 20.9 deg Record highest temp: 46.7 deg Record lowest temp: 10 deg Average monthly rainfall: 42.7mm Highest monthly rainfall: 313.5mm Rainfall this month: 0mm Total rainfall last month: 0.2mm Total rainfall this year: 0mm Total rainfall last year: 193.2mm Sunrise: 5.57am Sunset: 7.27pm Todays outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology: Fine, hot and sunny. Moderate east to southeast winds. Tuesday 8: 40.0 (24.6) Wednesday 9: 40.9 (21.7) Thursday 10: 40.6 (23.4) Friday 11: 41 (24) SPORT Soccer pros target Alice Soccer Max Bennett ALICE Springs soccer players could be honing their skills under the expert tutelage of A r s e n a l a c a d e m y coaches as part of an exchange program with the FFNT. The program would involve student coaches from the famed Gunners academy spending a year in Central Australia passing on their knowledge to local youngsters. F F N T S o u t h e r n Zone development officer Mark Wakeling met with Arsenals head of soccer schools and community programmes Alan Sefton offering the club the chance to send its coaches to the Red Centre as part of their training. Wakeling said this was a great opportunity for the soccer players in Alice Springs and for upcoming coaches. He said: It is going to be good for our players to experience coaches from the other side of the world. The coaches would not only work with schools and local clubs but also in the communities. These coaches are sent around the world to educate coaches and players on the Arsenal football philosophy of technique, skill and movement. The Arsenal academy has produced some of the best players in world football including English international Ashley Cole. Wakeling, a former Watford FC academy coach, said Arsenal is a giant in world football and would open doors never thought possible in Alice Springs He said: Ashley Cole was identified through the Arsenal schools and communities program so there is the opportunity if you are good enough. I am in constant contact with Arsenal and always updating them on what we are doing in the NT southern zone. The Gunners is one of the most successful clubs in world soccer having 14 league titles and 10 FA Cups in its 122 year history. Arsenal has recently built a new 60,000-seat stadium and according to Forbes magazine is the third most valuable club in the world. The team currently tops the English Premier League ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea. Dennis Baker prepares for the Max and Chris Osoinik memorial doubles competition on the Australia Day long weekend. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK High prize for eight-ball comp Eight-Ball Max Bennett ALICE Springs can expect a sporting bonanza during the Australia Day long weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the eight-ball action at Federal Sports Club where the Max and Chris Osoinik memorial doubles competition will take place. The event, in its 12th year, has over $2000 in prize money up for grabs, the most of any event in the Territory. Association president Brett Ireland said the event was unlike any other in eight-ball. He said: It is an unusual tournament because we have a blind draw so you do not know who your partner is. It is very much luck of the draw. The event is open to everyone, with many of the regions top players set to blow off the cobwebs to fight it out. Max Osoinik was a local eight-ball legend, having represented the Territory in national competitions, and his wife Chris was a renowned secretary and treasurer for the association for many years. Association vice-president Dennis Baker said the event was a great way to recognise the efforts of Max and Chris. He said: The event recognises the contribution of Max and Chris with the support of the Federal Sports Club and the eight-ball association. Players must be registered before 12.30pm on the Saturday when the pairings will be drawn. The Australia Day medal is up for the top player in the doubles and singles events. Other sporting events taking place in Alice Springs over the long weekend include a five race card at Pioneer Park on the Sunday. There will be action aplenty with the Australia Day medal up for grabs at the Central Australian rifle club as part of the weekends sporting festivities. For those interested in having a roll, the Alice Springs and Memo lawn bowling clubs will be open for business. Also there will be dressage, darts and bridge events across Alice Springs over the entire weekend.