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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 62 no. 21

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 31 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 5A U G -2 00 8 PA G E : 31 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Vikings in premiership contention Rugby League Max Bennett VIKINGS enhanced their premiership credentials with a devastating secondhalf display, breezing past Wests 62-30 at Anzac Oval. The undermanned Dragons had started strongly, with youngster Angus Jacobs keeping his side in touch before a costly late slip gave the Vikings a sixpoint lead going into the major break. As the heat began to take its toll on the Dragons, it was the fresh legs of the Vikings that sealed victory as they scored three of the first four tries after the restart to establish a 40-20 lead. Three tries in the last five minutes embellished the final score line as the Vikings notched up a 60-point game for the third time this season. In what has been a dramatic turn around in fortunes for the Vikings, they now sit on level points withWests having won their last four on the trot, and six of their last seven. The Dragons stay second on their superior points difference but have all but lost their chance of finishing in top spot, sitting two wins and over 200 points behind the Memo Bulls. Memo returned to the winners circle, proving too strong for a severely depleted United 76-34 on Saturday. In ablow for theMagpies, theyhad just nine players on the field at kick off, but this did not seem to deter them as they matched Memos full complement leading 14-12 after 20 minutes. As the Magpies numbers began to improve, so did their ability to match the Bulls scoring power when they went try for try in the opening 25 minutes of the second half. However as they have all season the Bulls found away to scoremore, crossing four times in the final 15 minutes to stretch their lead at the finalwhistle to 42 points. Thunder to play before AFL final Aussie Rules Max Bennett THE Territory Thunder have booked their date with destiny, playing the curtainraiser to the 2008 AFL GrandFinal, thanks to a 81-point demolition of Queensland in the NAB under-16 national championships. It was a fairytale turn around for the Thunder who, after a thrashing at the hands of NSW/ACT in their opening game of the championships, put in two unstoppable performances. Thunder assistant coach Tim Lawrence said it was an amazing effort from the team to come back from what was a poor start. He said: To come back from getting flogged by nine goals against NSW/ACT to beat Tasmania, who had won their opening game by 11 goals, was the telling factor for the week. From there the boys really thought we could beat Queensland and the team delivered. Much of the Thunders success has been down to the performance of a Centralian quintet, who were all pivotal in resurrecting their teams fortunes. Lawrence said it was the Alice Springs contingent that controlled proceedings against Queensland. He said: The contribution of the Alice Springs boyswas pretty significant. Scott Taylor worked really hard all week, Kieren Smith was great down back, while Ben Barry played his best footy of the year. In a domineering performance by the Thunder they shot out of the blocks kicking seven first quarter goals denying the Queenslanders vital ball at the contests. The lead extended going into half time for the Territory as their opponents struggled to exert scoreboard pressure, with Pioneer star Kieren Smith taking Queensland gun forward Rex Liddy out of the game. In the middle it was again West on-baller Scott Taylor doing the damageashe rackedup disposals at will, while down forward Curtly Hampton did the damage finishing with four majors as his side kicked 21 goals. Alice shield hard to top Baseball Max Bennett THE 2008 Northern Australian Shield is going to be hard to top after Alice Springs held one of the most successful weekends in the events history. Alice Springs Baseball Association president Paul Rindahl said the whole weekend was a complete success, with everyone involved having a great time. He said: It was a great weekend. There were great games and very good competition from the teams that came down to play from Darwin and Katherine. There were plenty of close games with more than half the games coming down to the last innings. Rindahl said the feedback received from Darwin and Katherine bodes well for Alice Springs becoming a regular host of the Territorys top baseball event. He said: I think the people from Darwin and Katherine had a blast down here. With the success of this event I cant see why Alice Springs cant host it again in two or three years. Lyel Kempster Park hosted 13 games over the weekend, holding up exceptionally well, with the players praising the top-class surface. Much of this was down to the work of the volunteer ground crew, with Rindahl praising the hours of work they put in to get the field looking immaculate. He said: The ground crew did an amazing job to get the field looking so good. Mike Townes and the crew took care of organising the shield and getting it all prepared and they did a great job. The buggies were also a big part of the enduro, with Bruce Muir winning the event. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Branford shows enduro power Enduro Kelly Robinson THERE was plenty of highspeed action at the 12-hour enduro on Sunday at Mt Ooraminna. The winners of the pro 2-man pony division were locals Ryan Branford and Peter Costello, who completed 28 37km laps, about three laps ahead of their nearest rivals Tom Marr and Ben Cartwright. Branford said the enduro was a great day of racing. He said: Yesterdays win was my third in a row. There was a really big crowd and it was a great day. Winner of the iron man (one man) division was Darren Griffiths from Kalgoorlie, who rode 28 laps alone, the equivalent of about 900m, or the Finke Desert Race twice. Second in the ironmanwas Mike Smith and third was Mike Thumm. Winners of the AMA class were Jared Ewin and Kenny and Robbie Armstead. Race director Glen Auricht said the win was not without complications. He said: They lost an hour late morning due to a flat tyre. They had to saw the tyre off and take the axle off and still make up the time. They rode really well. Second in the AMA Class was Hanson, Scott and Clarke. Auricht said it was a great day of racing. He said: There was plenty of dust and plenty of high speed. Most bikeswere up around the 140 to 150 kilometres per hour mark. It is a really awesome day of racing. The off road buggies also raced on Sunday, with the winners Brett Taylor and Bruce Muir finishing ahead of eight other competitors.