The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008
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28 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 5-A U G -2008 PA G E : 28 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT C, D grades go to the wire Netball Steve Menzies CRUCIAL games for the make up of finals in C and D grades went to the wire at the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre on Saturday. And Neata Glass Giants had a surpris ingly comfortable 32-23 win against Cenralian Masters to virtually assure a fourth placed finish in the A reserves grade. Giants are now three wins, and percentage, ahead of Masters with four weeks to play. The gamemarked a return to the court for former Alice Springs under-age captain Kylie Bell, to make up the seven players and she showed she had not lost her touch since her previous game in April. MemoRovers (fourth), with the help of four juniors, gained an important win in BgradedefeatingFederalPhoenix (fifth) 42-34. This opened a seven-point buffer between the top four and the rest. But it could be academic as Federal MBY went on their undefeated way, without coach Helen Brown, with a demolition of bottom-side Wests. There is plenty of congestion at the head of theC grade ladder with five sides within seven points of each other. Memo Rovers Pups (fourth) scored an important win against sixth-placed All SeasonsEmsbutawinby fifth-placedAll Seasons against the improving Federal Frampton kept the difference between being in the four and out at one point. But in the upset of the round thirdplaced Sundowners Larapinta defeated top-side Neata Glass Giants 38-36. A big third quarter, when Sundowners shooter Sarah Manuel scored 10 goals, set the scene for the win which was only the second time Giants have been defeated this season. The D grade ladder had three teams with six wins, trailing undefeated Memo Rovers Redbacks, so every game could have a bearing on the upcoming finals series. Memo Rovers Ice, with a 34-30 win against NeataGlassGiants, andFederal, defeatingAll Seasons 41-38, moved closer to a showdown to see which will finish with the double chance. A four-goal win to Federal Foxy Feds against Sundowners Centralian Sports has opened a small gap between the second and third-placed in the 17-andunder grade. Federal controlled the secondand third terms, scoring 29 goals to 17, andwas able to hold out Sundowners final term comeback when they scored 15 goals to eight. The depth of talent in the Federal club came to the fore in this game with seven of the nine players up from the 15-andunder grade where they had all played at least three quarters. Big game for Memo, Sunnies Netball Steve Menzies ALMOST two goals every minute was the result of quality play by both sides in the A-grade clash between Memo Rovers and Sundowners Leighton on Saturday. It was a great game to celebrate the reopening of the eight courts of the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre for the final five weeks before the finals of Kittles Netball Competition. Despite the high score, it was the most goals in an A grade this season, the teams named three defenders in the six best players in the game. The scores were level at the 812-minute mark of the third termbefore undefeatedRovers won the game 64-51. But a turnover and missed shot by Sundowners, plus an intercept in the next three minutes , enab led Rovers to race out to a 45-38 lead and take control of the game. Rovers capta in Aimee Rodda, who swapped between goal attack and centre, played a big role in the win, shooting 20goals at 80 per cent with great support from Katie Pickett (26 goals) and JulieBranson (18goals). Rodda said: It was a good game, very competitive but quite enjoyable. You only get better by playing better opposition. I thoughtwewereup athalf timebutwewere even (29 each). Sundowners were playing really well. When we were up at three-quarter time I knew it was a matter of us scoring from our centres and containing theirs. Even though itwas a high-scoring game the defenders from both sides did well. Sunnies showed they could be a Grand Final contender. S un d own e r s shooters Ashleigh Adams and Tiffany Evans did not lose anything in comparison with the Rovers trio, scoring 26 and 25 goals respectively at 76 per cent for the game. Sarah Tudor became the third player this season to faceher registration being upgraded, into the Sundowners A grade from A reserves, after playing her third game since June 1 in the higher grade. This rule has been applied to Evans and Jess Kluske (Neata Glass Giants). A dominant second quarter scoring 14 goals to five paved the way for Wests Gillen Clubs 41-33 win against Neata Glass Giants and keep their finals hopes alive. Wests had 70 shots to Giants 71 to show how closely contested the game was. Giants won two quarters but invented some errors to write into the book during the second quarter, when the shooters totalled 11 only shots, as Wests took control. There was a big contrast in form between Federal Bonnani and Centralian Masters in the other game. Reigning premier Federal won the game 60-28 in an emphatic display even though Ma s t e r s w e r e understrength. Warriors edge out Dragons Soccer Max Bennett IT was a welcome return to the winners circle for the Outback Warriors as they edged out fellow B grade side Dragons 4-2 at Ross Park. TheWarriors looked farmore comfortable than they had against recent A grade opposition, finding the net four times. A brace to Dragons ace Kyle Sinaton added respectability to the final score. Scorpions managed to stay at teh top of the league as they overcame a scare to finish strongly with a 6-2 win over Arsenal. The Gunners opened the scoring only for the Scorpions to take a 2-1 lead into the break. A second yellow to Gareth Evans let Arsenal back into the game, with Tim Reilly equalising. However the Scorpions defied their player shortage to score the crucial fifth goal. Verdi missed out on an opportunity to close the goal difference gap on Scorpions with Thorny Devils forfeiting, meaning a 3-0 win for Verdi. Vikings continued their return to form with a comfortable 4-0 win over B grade Buckleys. It was goals galore in the C grade clash between top-placed Verdi and the resurgent Thorny Devils, with Verdi getting the edge to win 7-4. Vikings ART took out a tense Vikings derby over Thunder 1-0, while Scorpions defeated Stormbirds 2-1 to round out C grade action. New singles title holders Lawn Bowls Kelly Robinson Rosemary Packham, womens singles winner, lines up to bowl against Mary Meldrum on Saturday. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY BRUCE Nystrom and Rosemary Packham won the Memorial Bowling Clubs singles titles on Saturday. Packham took out the title ahead of Mary Meldrum 25 to 22. It is the sixth time Packham has won the title. Meldrum said: The match was in the spirit that it shouldbeplayed. It was a really good game. The semi finals throughout the day were also good to watch. Nystrom easily accounted for Frank Kehoe in themens final. Meldrum said: It was a really good day of bowling. All of the matches were rea l ly good games. Night Bowls is starting at the Memorial Bowling Club next week, Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th of August at 7pm. Meldrum said: We still have some spots open for teams of four. Anyone can come along. Its a great social event. It doesnt matter what skill level you have. Everyone is welcome to put in a team. The cost is $5 per person, which includes a complimentary beer and pizza. All equipment is provided. For more information, or to register a team, phone Mary Meldrum on 8955 0874.