The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jul 2011
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, July 15, 2011 57 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 7 C O L O R : C M Y K 4x4km Sunday 17th July 6:30am Registration 7:00am Start (Breakfast Included) Run or Walk 4, 8, 12 or 16km Starts on Ragonesi Rd (Steiner School) Registration @ Rusty Zipper, Spring Plaza $3 Members $5 Non Members $1 Juniors Contact: Glen Edwards - 8953 0957 4 6 0 2 0 5 /1 2 s e Sat 16th July 2011 All Juniors have a BYE due to school holidays Seniors 2:00pm United V Memo 3:30pm Vikings V Wests Call Matt Beattie on 0418 615 658 or Tony Pedersen on 0409 518 428 for further details Admission $5 2 3 0 2 0 5 /1 2 a s SPORT Bulls look for victory RUGBY LEAGUE Warren Thomson MEMO Bulls will be out to end their form slump against the team that started it when they take on United tomorrow at Anzac Oval. The Bulls went on a rampage at the start of the season, winning four games in a row, but a narrow loss to United started a slump which has seen them lose three games in a row. Memo coach Dan Badullovich said: We arent getting enough numbers to training. We trained with only seven last Thursday and it makes it hard on game day when you have to tell seven to eight players who werent at training what the game plan is. I thought Vikings was going to smoke United on Saturday but to their credit they fought back so we are going to have to be very cautious. W e n e e d t o sharpen our play, be switched on and bring our game face. We have been slow starters this season and have conceded early points so we need to start strong. I think we are the fittest team in the competition and we have the ability to pull back a lot of points in the second half, but the boys know that I would rather us be in front than chasing down the opposition. We need to stick to our game plan and hopefully we get a full squad this weekend. For United, this watch is like another final for them after losing by six points to Vikings. U n i t e d c o a c h Manuel Niki said: As I said a few weeks ago, every game for the next few weeks is going to be important. Teams are starting to find form which was evident on the weekend and the week before Everyone is starting to play better rugby which is expected at the midway point of the season. The good thing for us is that the players understand the direction the club is willing to pursue and we can take confidence in last weeks performance when we came from behind to go down by only six points. A good start is also on the agenda for United as a good start in their last encounter helped them set up a two-point win. Niki said: Memo started off slow last time but they are in the same boat as us as we both have consecutive losses. We just need to make sure we get off to a good start and defend well. We should be getting players back this weekend who should bring a lot of confidence into the team. Hopefully we can maintain the same level of confidence and attitude for the entire season. Watts final hurdle DRAG RACING Warren Thomson Matt Watts hopes to be crowned Australian Drag Racing champion this weekend Picture: SUPPLIED We were happy with the car as it did times that were consistent with when he won at Willowbank last time he (Matt) raced here GUY WATTS LOCAL drag racer Matt Watts is on the verge of taking out the Australian Drag Racing Championship with a good p e r f o r m a n c e a t t h e W i n t e r n a t i o n a l s a t W i l l o w b a n k R a c e w a y , Queensland starting today. Mother Nature got in the way of Watts winning the championship a month ago when rain postponed the event, but race officials are confident the weather should have very little impact this weekend. A s t a t e m e n t o n t h e Willowbank Raceway website said: The current weather forecast on most weather websites is predicting bad weather for this coming weekend at Willowbank Raceway. Most of these sites reflect what is basically a coastal weather forecast and sometimes has less relevance to the Willowbank area. However, we have consulted some expert local advice from the RAAF and they are quite confident that anything that we receive on the week end will be extremely light, if anything. Matt Watts is currently 60 points clear in first place and is currently 16th out of 43 after the two qualifiers in the Outlaws class from the start of the Winternationals in June. Guy Watts Motorsport owner, Alice Springs Inland Dragway president and Matts father Guy Watts said: He has three qualifying runs before the rounds of elimination. He needs to win the first two rounds of elimination to win the championship. We were happy with the car as it did times that were consistent with when he (Matt) won at Willowbank last time he raced here. The only reason he is 16th is because many cars were running better. Winning the event will be a triple treat for Watts because if he is successful this weekend, he will also win the South Eastern Championship in which he currently is equal first. Guy Watts said: It will be huge if he wins them all. It should be a good but nerve-racking weekend. The final of the Outlaws class is on Sunday after 2pm. Drags are back this Sunday DRAG RACING Dale Fletcher DRAG Racing hits Alice Springs Inland Dragway this Sunday with round four of the Central Australian Drag Racing Association (CADRA) championship series. Come and see street and competition cars and bikes fighting it out for those allimportant points. This week will see the inclusion of a Harley Challenge and also a Cruiser class, which is specifically for bikes with pegs out front. Racing is open to all vehicles including street cars, bikes, club vehicles and race vehicles. Street Racers need only a helmet, longs l e e v e s h i r t a n d trousers and closed in shoes, and all competitors need at least one tail light on the race vehicle to compete. Racers with ANDRA class vehicles need to comply with ANDRA rules. First-time racers will get extra attention at the start line and racers briefing. Scrutineering and qualifying is from 10am-noon with racing commencing at 1pm followed by presentations. Cost is $10 for adults, 12-16 year-olds $5, under-12 is free with CADRA members admitted for half price. Pit pass is an additional $5. There will be food and bar facilities available, and for more information call 0411 278 6 4 2 o r v i s i t www.cadra.com.au. Wests top spot focus RUGBY LEAGUE Warren Thomson THERE is a lot at stake when Wests take on Vikings at 3.30pm tomorrow at Anzac Oval. Wests have recorded three consecutive wins and have just claimed outright first while Vikings are now within one win of the top three. With the minor premiership a free ticket to the grand final, Wests coach Bob Murdoch needs his lads to be switched on against a dangerous Vikings outfit. He said: We got confidence out of last weekends win but we need to keep our heads together because if you arent switched on, Vikings will kill you. We need to nullify Vikings speed, be focussed in defence and let our attack take its own course. Getting a good start is also important. With a one-win lead over Memo on the ladder, this game is important in Wests mission to consolidate top spot. Murdoch said: Its critical that we stay on top. Vikings will need to win to keep their finals aspirations alive.
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