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The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 93

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26 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, April 15, 2008 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -A P R -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 April Average daily max temp: 28.2 deg Average daily min temp: 12.6 deg Record highest temp: 39.1 deg Record lowest temp: 1.8 deg Average monthly rainfall: 16.8mm Highest monthly rainfall: 269.2mm Rainfall this month: 0mm Total rainfall last month: 0mm Total rainfall this year: 13mm Total rainfall last year: 193.2mm Sunrise: 6.48am Sunset: 6.22pm Todays outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology: Fine and sunny. Moderate southeast winds, gusty at times during the day. Saturday 12: 31.1 (19) Sunday 13: 26.5 (14.4) Monday 14: 25.3 (9.3) Tuesday 15: 26 (9) SPORT Melky shows dominance Running & Walking Kelly Robinson ELI Melky continued his dominance over the ten kilometre distance with an inspiring time of 34 minutes, 29 seconds in race 2 of the running and walking clubs Framptons First National 10/5km series. In an exciting sprint finish, David Busuttil managed to take out second place by one second, in front of Tarren Sylvester. The first woman h o m e w a s S a r a h Crawford in 45 minutes, 56 seconds. Marathon specialist Chris Simpson recorded a personal best of 48 minutes, 42 seconds for second place, ahead of Ellena Hannah in third. Running and walking veteran Loie Sharp said many participants recorded faster times over the flat course, despite windy conditions. She said: The most improved time went to Andrew Foster, who reduced his 10km run by almost six minutes, to a tidy 50 minutes, 29 seconds. D e b b i e P a g e stamped her mark on the 10,000m race walk, with an awesome time of 64 minutes, 50 seconds, followed by Graeme Watson at 64 minutes, 45 seconds and Michelle Thomas at 70 minutes, 31 seconds. Elite young runners Matt Forbes, Korey Summers and Emma Page came in first, second and third in the 5km race. Sharp said: Most impressive in this distance was veteran runner and NT sporting personality Charlie King, who recorded a cracking 21 minutes, 48 seconds to cross the line in fourth position. The final race of the series will be held at Simpsons Gap on Sunday, April 27 at 7am. Post-race refreshments and presentations will be made at the event. Neave wins womens final Golf PERFECT conditions welcomed the final of the single Handicap Matchplay Championships at the Alice Springs Golf Club on Sunday. The 2007 club and strokeplay champion Helen Neave had tough competition in the form of up-and-coming golfer Alison Ridout. Ridouts luck ran out when a 20-foot putt lipped out of the hole on the 17th to give Neave t h e t i t l e o f 2 0 0 8 Womens Single Handicap Matchplay Champion. In the mens event, Kerryn Heaver was handed the championship when his opponent, Merv Sweeney, had to withdraw due to injury after four holes were played. Heaver now holds the titles of 2007 Club and Strokeplay Champion, Alice Open Champion and now the Mens S i n g l e H a n d i c a p Matchplay Champion. Alices top women g o l f e r s , S a r a h Shacklady and Neave, are in form for the upcoming NT Womens Amateur Golf Championships, being played at the golf club from May first to fourth. Shacklady is the defending champion, having won the championship at the Darwin Golf Club in 2007. Entries for the championships are rolling in, with at least 80 women expected to compete, with A, B and C grades all up for grabs. Alice is a boxing hot spot Boxing Max Bennett ALICE Springs is on its way to becoming a boxing hot spot, according to an Australian Institute of Sport boxing coach. Don Abnett, the Nat ional Talent ID Indi genous head coach at the AIS, was in Alice Springs over the week end working with local coaches to help improve the standard of the sport in the Red Centre. Abnett said Alice Springs could become a focal point for indigenous boxing in years to come. He said: Alice Springs could well become a hot spot. Its up to the coaches and the athletes to develop and make their mark on the sport. The program Abnett heads has six hot spots where young boxers can come to train and from there, six are offered full AIS scholarships at the Canberra headquarters. The remaining boxers who are not offered scholarships are accepted in the Centre for Excellence, which involves travelling to the hot spots to com plete 12-week intensive training courses similar to the training conducted at the AIS. Abnett said he enjoyed his time in Alice Springs and hopes to return later in the year to work more with local up-and-coming boxers. He said: Hopefully I can come back in two or three months for a two week stint and get to work more with the coaches and do some testing with the athletes to get them up to the level. The NTID Indigenous Program started last year and aims to give athletes from remote and regional areas a chance to have access to nationally recognised training courses and facilities. White teaches netball lesson Netball Steve Menzies A FULL year away from netball has not diminished the skills of Federal Bonanni defender Jess White, as she kept control of the game against Wests. A grade Federal player Jess Smith flying high. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK She was the key player for Federal, defeating Wests 33-29 as she constantly repelled attacks and sent her team forward. The 16-year-old goal keeper made her Kittles Netball Competition A-grade debut in 2006, but had 2007 off. White said it was a lot of fun coming back to play A-grade netball and she was looking forward to the rest of the season. Federal captain Karina Akarana said White fitted well into the side and played really well. Akarana said: We did OK for our first game so I am happy. We made a lot of handling errors, which we will clean up with more games. I knew it was not going to be easy, but knew that if we worked hard we would win. Federal looked in total control, racing out to a 10-4 quarter time lead when Wests coach Bill Adams brought Nikki Sattler and Thea Dunkley into the contest. Wests won the next two quarters to be only two goals down, and could have been in front except for the great defence of White, at the final change. With the pressure on the quality of Federal players Kelsey Weckert, Ronelle Hall and Tegan Pabst shone through as they stood tall to drive the team to victory. Centralian Masters did not have too much trouble in defeating Sundowners Leighton 40-29 after taking an 11-5 lead at quarter time. Sundowners again showed spirit in matching Masters goal for goal from then on until the final minutes when Masters finished with style. The gap between top and bottom was shown in Memo Rovers 76 to 27 demolition of Neata Glass Giants. Rovers fielded a formidable side even without Tracey Meekings, Aimee Rodda and Lauren Mengel and the lost promising junior Taylah Chalker during the first quarter. Giants included recruits Cassie Stafford and Amy McArdle but while they did show they will benefit the team, a lot more is needed. Lefoe steals guineas show Racing Solid Faith, ridden by Garry Lefoe, won the NT Guineas race. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK PAUL DENTON had a big day out on the first day of the XXXX Gold Alice Springs Cup Carnival on Saturday, but it was Garry Lefoe, with his ride on Solid Faith in the $20,000 Crowne Plaza Alice Springs NT Guineas, who stole the show. Lefoe combined with $10 outsider Solid Faith, one of two in the event trained by Viv Oldfield, to score a clear-cut upset win in the three-yearold 1600m feature. After being slowly into stride, Lefoe allowed his mount to find his feet and he was sharing last place with Fast Footage inside the last 700m. However, he found a dream rails run from that point and was behind the leaders Stylish Rogue and Akka Dancer on the home turn. Lefoe urged his mount between runners at the 200m mark and the Snaadee gelding charged clear to win impressively by just under five lengths. Akka Dancer kept on bravely to take second, with Solid Faiths stablemate Superior Officer a game third. The favourite Rafaldnbort, after striking a bad check after about 300m, was never a winning chance. The winner is owned by the Red Centre Syndicate, managed by well-known motelier and former Alice Springs Turf Club manager Stephen Smedley. Only a fortnight ago, the syndicates main hope for the race, Imsoroyal, shattered a knee in the lead-up 1400m event and had to be put down. Smedley said: We were d e v a s t a t e d a t l o s i n g Imsoroyal, but it just shows you what racings like one minute youre down, the next youre up. Denton, formerly based in Alice Springs and one of the best Territory riders in the past 20 years, started the Carnival in the best possible fashion with a hat-trick. He combined with Ken Rogerson, with whom he stays when in Alice Springs, and rode Gold Magic to win in the days opener, the Matt Conlan Greatorex Classic, followed up on Kerry Petricks Ironcat in the Red Centre Pest Control Maiden, and completed the hat-trick aboard Maxsturdy in the IGA Foodland 0-58 Handicap. Maxsturdy is trained by Nigel Moody for the Getting Lucky Racing Syndicate, managed by the ASTC Chairman, Paul Bain. Petrick, born and bred in Alice Springs but now based in South Australia, bagged a double of training successes, Metro Gold (Kim Gladwin) scoring a hard-fought win in the Watershed Handicap. Sweeping Move showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the $50,000 Lasseters Hotel Casino Pioneer Sprint on May 3 with a strong win in the ROANT Central Zone Gold Cup. The Merv Rumble-trained six-year-old shared the lead with Le Niska from the outset, and the pair were clearly superior to their rivals coming to the home turn. Sweeping Move, with Craig Moon in the saddle, had the outside running and cleared out to win by three lengths in a smart time of 1:08.88, with Delightful Dale running on to take third four and a half lengths away.