The Centralian advocate Tue 25 Sep 2007
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v. 61 no. 38
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, September 25, 2007 31 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 25 -S E P -2 00 7 PA G E : 31 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Young Nicholas in Aussie titles Motocross Christopher OLeary SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Nicholas Turner is missing his dog but looking forward to racing in the junior Australian motocross titles in Coolum today. Turner finished second in his age group behind fellow Centralian Jerakye Andrews at the King of the Gulf event in Port Pirie last April and will be racing his KTM in the division two 50-70cc event this week. Coached by local natural terrain champion Jack DooleyMcDonnell, Turner is a kid keen on riding far and fast. He enjoys travelling the world. Turner said he has raced everywhere from Darwin to Port Pirie and that he wants to do well this week. He said: It has been a long drive but the competition is really going to be fun. Ive been coached by Jack Dooley-McDonnell and he has been helping me out a lot. Turner hopes he will perform well but he is missing home and in particular his staffie Riddick. He said: I wanted my dog to come along but we had to leave him at home. At least he is next door with his best friend Mortie. Centralian Lachlan Summers is also competing at the titles. Magic burns Rockets ON THE ATTACK: Schaylen Parai dribbles past Memo Magics Daniel Yamada during the mens league Grand Final on Saturday. Picture: ANGIE BASDEKIS Basketball Christopher OLeary MEMO Magic surprised Rockets and won the Alice Springs Basketball Association mens league Grand Final by 18 points on Saturday. Tui Ford Jnr who won the finals most valauble player award Braedon Abala and Schaylen Parai all led from the front for Rockets but Memos Yanni Hatzimihail had a blinder to help his side to a 90-72 victory. Hatzimihail was dominant under the hoops for Memo, scoring 32 points. He built his haul up with two three-pointers and 10 two-pointers. Memo veteran John Boyle said Hatzimihail was just doing his job. He said: Yanni really cleaned up and it just clicked for him. He is our main scorer and he pulled off a couple of beautiful outside shots as well. Trent Johnson also scored 18 points for Memo. For Rockets Parai scored 19 points, Ford Jnr 13, Abala 12 and Schwalger 11, but they were all not enough against the resurgent Memo. Boyle said defenders Troy Wedener, Daniel Yamada and Tony Knott shut Rockets down. Boyle said: Our defence really restricted Rockets main scorers in Tui Ford Jnr and Schaylen from having an effect. Wedeners probably the best defensive player in the league and Yamada really made his presence felt. But Knott took out Rockets point guard with pure aggression and by always having his hand in the passing lane. In the league womens grand final Federal Wallabies defeated Rockets by 29 points. Netballer Tegan Pabst scored 18 points for the losing side, but it was not enough to stop Federal Wallabies winning 73-44. Balls at their feet CENTRALIANS ON TOUR: Centralians heading to the National Youth Soccer Championships. Soccer Kathryn Roberts SIX of Alice Springs young soccer stars will be representing NT in the National Youth Soccer Championships this week. Peter Hammond, Lucas Blom, Matt Lelliott. Adie Young, Rory McLeod and Cole Hayes will travel with the NT under-14 and under-15 to Coffs Harbour to compete. They flew to Darwin on Saturday, where they have been training with fellow NT team members. Football Federation NT Southern Zone development officer Mark Wakeling is travelling with the team. He said: Were in camp in Darwin and leave for Coffs Harbour on Wednesday. Its been very good. Wakeling said it was great experi ence for the youths and a good step for future soccer success. He said: They have realised its the first step to representing Australia. Its a big learning experience. NT development officer Richard Mitchell is also going with the group. Wakeling said: Richard and my self are professional coaches. Were here to see what is needed to break into the next level. We want to produce more Territory and Australian representatives. Southern Zone chairman Paul Lelliott said it was great to see Centralians representing NT. He said: They will play tough teams like Victoria, NSW and WA. It is terrific for the young kids. The teams play games from Satur day through until next Friday. Trio ride to new heights in endurance classic Mountain Bikes Christopher OLeary TOUGH RIDERS: Centralians Corey Gerdsen, Ben Hodgsen and Nicole James conquered the classic Canadian TransRockies mountain bike endurance event. Picture: CHLOE ERLICH COREY Gerdsen, Ben Hodgsen and Nicole James punished themselves in the TransRockies mountain bike endurance event in Canada last month for a bit of fun. The Centralian trio read of the gruelling seven-day 600km ride 12 of those kilometres ridden straight uphill over British Columbias peaks and decided they wanted to compete. Hodgsen and Gerdsen finished the mens teams event in 28th place while James finished eighth in the womens event with Victorian rider Claire Stevens. James said: It was probably like two years ago that we found about it reading the bike magazines and Ben always wanted to go to Canada. Its one of the toughest events in the world, so when we found out about it we thought we might as well. They trained for nine months but when they arrived in Canada, Hodgsen fell ill. He caught a nasty case of the flu but still conquered the event. James said: After every stage he just went to sleep. It was really disappointing but we were really pleased where they placed. She also said they handled the technical sections and the climbs, putting it down to their Central Australian heritage. She said: The climbing was really hard, but we seemed to fare well against people from countries with mountains that size. It can be really cold and muddy there, but we had seven days without rain so it was great. Newlyweds Hodgsen and James then went on to Thailand for their honeymoon, and she said they would all do it again provided they had the money.
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