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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006



The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006


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Community newspapers; Northern Territory; Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.); Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.); Australia, Central

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 60 no. 54

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30 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 28-N O V -2006 PA G E : 30 C O L O R : C M Y K WEATHER WATCH Statistics for the Month of November Average daily max temp: 36.3 deg Average daily min temp: 18.3 deg Record highest temp: 42.9 deg Record lowest temp: 3.5 deg Average monthly rainfall: 27.5mm Highest monthly rainfall: 132.6mm Rainfall this month: none Total rainfall last month: 10.0mm Total rainfall this year: 102.8mm Total rainfall last year: 253.0mm Sunrise: 5.39am Sunset: 7.06pm Todays outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology: Hot with cloudy periods and a late shower or gusty storm about. Moderate northerly winds. Wednesday: Hot, late storm about. Mins and Maxs: 42.0 max (22.0) LATEST TEMPS: 38.9 max (13.3 min) [no rain] Saturday 25: 41.8 (19.8) Sunday 26: 42.0 (20.1) Monday 27: 42.0 (22.0) Tuesday 28est: 42.0 (22.0) SPORTSPORT Tennis squad picked From Page 28 In less thanayear the fleet-footed youngster has gone from a television-watching Australian Open enthusiast to being pinned as a future star, noneofwhichhas fazed him. Barry said: I wish I could be there (centre court at the Australian Open) one day. Im pretty happy that I have this chance. Ansell, 17, will return to the development camp after impressing the all-star coaching staff last year. Academy coach Matt Roberts praised the industrious teenager for another year of meteoric improvement. He said: He is the single most improved player in the club over the past 12 months. Since the last camp, Ansell has committed himself to six days a week of training with the goal of cracking the international arena. He said: Roger asked me at the end of the camp to come back. Im proud that I impressed them like that and it feels good when you are given compliments because they come from people that have done so well in the tennis world. Bell swaps spots for win BASEBALL By ANDREW ALOIA STEVEN Bell is a utility player more used to shielding himself with a helmet nestled behind the batting plate. But against Cubs at Lyel Kempster Park on Friday night Bell was thrust on to centre stage for Demons, pitching a full game and leading an unlikely 7-5 victory over their bitter rivals. Short on slingers, Bell nominated himself to take over on the mound. Predictably the part-timer was served a clear warning by Cubs big-hitting captain Ray Brown with a demoralising homer in the opening dig. But that was not enough to deter the catcher come game-winning hurler. With only one delivery to call on the Demons stand-in was amazed to see out the match. Bell said: Ray hit me over the fence which wasnt too good. I have three pitches: a fast ball, splitter and curve. I didnt bother with the splitter, my curve didnt work so I just threw as hard as I could. Bell was happy to get the opportunity aheadofpart-timerGraemeSmith in the absence of regular pitcher Luke Wilkinson. Untried While relatively untried in compe tition, Bell was confident he could deliver better than Smith, who has seen little action this season now that he is based in Tennant Creek. Bell said: I was stoked to pitch the whole thing. Graeme is a pitcher but Ive had the training to strengthen my arm this season while he has been away. Even a collision with Cubs first baseman Ben Brown rounding the plate in the opening inning was not enough to dampen Bells trip to the mound. He said: I kicked the bottom of his shoe and did something bad to myself. I didnt think I would get any movement ofmy foot pitching but surprisingly it didnt hurt. If I wasnt moving that is when it hurt most so I didnt stay still all night. The Demons blazing seven run start was enough to secure a victory with the team failing to register another run for the remaining five digs. Redbacks had a similarly strong opening dig to set up their 5-2 victory over Panthers. This Friday Bulls play Demons at 7pm with Redbacks and Cubs doing battle at 9pm. Results Friday, November 24 at Lyel Kempster Park: Redbacks 5 d Panthers 2, Demons 7 d Cubs 5. Junior baseball on Novem ber 25: Desert Heat 9 draw Giants 9. Top trainers farewell Pioneer Park stables RACING By GREGOR MacTAGGART and ANDREW ALOIA GOODBYE: Leading trainers Terry (pictured) and Leanne Gillett have left the Red Centre. ONE of Pioneer Parks favourite racing families has left town. Leading husband and wife trainers Terry and Leanne Gillett have closed the book on a successful eight-year sojourn in the Red Centre, including the unique sharing of the past two Alice Springs training premierships. Their departure comes about six months after leading trainer Sheila Arnold also left theCentre. In her first year with a training licence, Leanne claimed the 2005/06 training crown after Terry achieved the same feat in the previous season. Terry said the key factors behind the familys departure were recent struggles to keep afloat the training of horses and the ill-health of his sister. He said: Thedroughthas made life difficult, with feed prices going through the roof, while we have really battled with the drop in meetings to pay all the bills. When we first got here eight years ago, there were 44 to 45 meetings per year. Now it is down to 31, which has made it tough for us. Better known as Razor, Gillett should have no trouble keeping busy in Sydney, with leading trainer Clarry Conners keen for him to be one of his trackwork riders while Leanne and the kids are heading to Adelaide. Terry said: Wewill take a number of great memories away from our time in Alice Springs, but it is healthy to move on. Already the stable block occupied by the Gilletts has been snapped up by NSW trainer Merv Rumble. While Rumble will not have the same number of horses running at Pioneer Park all year round compared to the Gilletts, Turf Club manager Andrew OToole said he would be a welcomed addition. He said: The numerical strength of Terry and Leanne will be a loss and even losing Terry as a jockey comes as a bit of a blow. Red cards cost Eagles victory Levi Calesso RUGBY UNION By ANDREW ALOIA FEDERAL Devils boss Patrick Torres was grateful to claim a gifted draw against Eagles at Anzac Oval on Saturday. Devils earned their second draw of the season, 24-24 against the fast improving green machine after trailing for most the match. Minus star forwardBradWallace, captain Daniel Presley and prop Mick Goddard, the Devils were braced for a tough afternoon against the Eagles. But with the assistance of some controversial refereeing decisions and ill-discipline, Feds snuck away with the points. Eagles skipper Lincoln Peckham was the first to get ejected from the game, red-carded for disputing a knock-on decision midway through the first half. But it was the marching orders given to former Devil come star Eagles recruit Levi Calesso that swung the match in Feds favour. From the ensuing penalty tap in the 75th minute the Devils managed tohit the lead for the first time in the match. Trying to control Calessos temper on the field was a long-standing problem for Torres while the firebrand played for the Eastside club. But this time his nagging behaviour delivered a positive result for Federal. Torres said: I couldneverunderstand him. That is probably why he went to another club. Levi can be a great player when his mouth stays shut. If it wasnt for that send-off we would have been beaten. Eagles coach Warren Aitchison admits the Eagles were dealt a harsh blow with Calesso ousted in the dying minutes. But after playing thematchwithout their inspirational captain and minus a list of players he was relieved to save the two points. He said: We are just as happy with the two points as the Devils would be. In the end we had to come back with 13 players on the field so Im happy enough with that. Aitchison defended his players despite them letting their frustration boil over into punishable offences. But he is not willing to forgive those players that failed to show for the match. He said: The lack of commit ment is what hurt the team. It is something that is really pissing me off. If we had had a full team there we would have won it easy. Easy wins are no longer coming theWarriors way after dominating the competition last season. The sky blues were lucky to hold on to their unblemished record at the weekend, overcoming Cubs 19-15. Patrick AhKit, Alan Priestly and Damien Timms all scored tries for the Warriors with captain Russell Satour kicking two conversions. The Cubs rallied but missed conversions cost the side with Mark Hooper one of the clubs three separate try scorers.

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