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The Centralian advocate Tue 1 Jul 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 1 Jul 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 62 no. 11

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26 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, July 1, 2008 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 -J U L -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 2 6 C O L O R : C M Y K WEATHER WATCH Statistics for the Month of July Average daily max temp: 19.7 deg Average daily min temp: 4 deg Record highest temp: 31.6 deg Record lowest temp: -7.5 deg Average monthly rainfall: 14.5mm Highest monthly rainfall: 144.0mm Rainfall this month: 0mm Total rainfall last month: 15.6mm Total rainfall this year: 28.6mm Total rainfall last year: 208.8mm Sunrise: 7.17am Sunset: 5.59pm Todays outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology: Fine and sunny. Moderate southeast winds. Saturday 28: 24.3 (1) Sunday 29: 25 (3.9) Monday 30: 21.8 (6.7) Tuesday 1: 19 (3) SPORT Sundowners cement finals spot Netball Steve Menzies A P U R P O S E F U L S u n downers Leighton cemented a position in the Kittles Netball Competition finals with a six-goal win at the Traeger Avenue stadium on Saturday. The 42-36 win against fifthplaced Wests Gillen Club lifted Sundowners two games and percentage clear. Coach Tiffany Evans, in the absence of regular shooters Cystal Pollitt and Ashleigh Adams, was the go-to player for Sundowners from the centre third and into the attack circle. Her ability and presence on the court lifted her teammates to control the game from first whistle to last. Captain Darrelle Windsor, who with Evans is the only other player remaining from the side which dominated the competition for six years at the turn of the century, was delighted with the way the team played. Windsor said: It was a good team effort because we played our game. There is definitely a lot of team morale and it is a good bunch of girls and we are all training together. It was a hard choice for Tiff to decide who to play in attack but it was good to have her in the team as she drives hard and her talk is so positive. Coming back to play for Sundowners was good after playing for Alice Springs the week before. Although Sundowners appeared in control of proceedings, Wests stayed in the game largely through individual efforts from Margaret Smith and Naomi Preece. But the third quarter proved crucial when with Bianca Geppa, who proved an effective foil for Evans in the attack circle, came into her own scoring six goals as Sundowners pushed the margin into double figures at the final change. Breathing problems for goal attack Amy McArdle ruined Neata Glass Giants chance of pulling off the upset of the season against Federal Bonanni. Federal won 51-28 but led by only two goals when McArdle was forced to leave the court late in the second quarter. The margin was pushed out to five at half time when Federal played a trump card in bringing star shooter Tegan Pabst on to strengthen the attack. In the crucial third quarter Federal scored 18 goals to three as the Giants team lost its balance when it had to be restructured without McArdle. Memo Rovers, with shooters Katie Pickett and Aimee Rodda in great touch shooting 79 per cent for the game, defeated a gallant Centralian Masters 58-32. Masters badly missed regular centre Steph Gaynor, and others, to the extent defenders Helen Brown and Ra Schwalger had to take turns in the pivot. But nothing could be taken away from Rovers playing without representativequality players Kelsey Rodda, Julie Branson and Carol Hitchcock as the seven on court went about business as usual to score at almost a goal a minute. There are no games next weekend due to the Alice Springs Show. Lachlan Marr in action during the Lites race at the Centralian Titles on Saturday. Picture: ELIZABETH HANNA 70 competitors turn out for titles Motocross Max Bennett SEVENTY competitors took part in the Alice Springs Motorcycle Clubs Centralian Titles on the weekend. The ideal weather saw great numbers of competi tors with over 60 turning out for day one of the motocross event, and well over 70 enjoying the sunshine for the natural terrain event. ASMC president Brett Manuel said the weekend was a raging success, with the great turnout testament to that. He said: It was an excellent weekend. It went really well. The performance of the weekend went to Lachlan Summers, who took out the open class title ahead of a quality field which included 2006 Finke champion Ryan Branford. Manuel said the perfect weather conditions made for tight and tense riding all the way into Sunday afternoon. He said: We had some really good battles right up to the last races, with only a matter of points between the top riders in three classes. The race was perfect preparation for the NT Titles which sees 30 riders from the Red Centre head to Darwin. Manuel believes Darwin will present the local riders with a different challenge. He said: Up in Darwin they ride under lights and in the past several of our riders have struggled because they have trouble with the shadows. Cyril Rioli Footy juniors flock to clinic Aussie Rules Max Bennett OVER 100 eager young footballers flooded Albrecht Oval on Saturday as the NAB Auskickin Around Australia Tour kicked off in Alice Springs. The younsters were treated to a great day of fun and football, meet ing former Essendon star Dean Rioli, his nephew Hawthorn rising star Cyril Rioli and Adelaide big man Rhett Biglands. AFLCA operations manager Kate Egan said the kids enjoyed the clinic and the opportunity to meet some of their footballing heroes in the flesh. She said: It was a great turnout and we had plenty of parents helping out, which is great to see. We had a good range of kids from four-yearolds to 10 to 11-yearolds. Participants enjoyed learning different skills and drills from the AFL stars with the players impressed by kids willingness to listen and have a go. At the end of the day the participants were rewarded with an Auskick pack and prizes.

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