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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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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 31 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 28 -N O V -2 00 6 PA G E : 31 C O L O R : C M Y K The Charles Darwin University Arts Award The Perkins Shipping Sports Award The Power and Water Science & Engineering Award McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award The Somerville Community Services Award The ConocoPhillips Environment Award The Drake International Career Achievement Award Minister for Young Territorians Excellence in Youth Leadership Award Northern Territory 2007 SPORTSPORT Reidy jumps two places SPRINTCARS By LEE STEHBENS STAR Alice Springs driver Danny Reidy has jumped two places in the World Series Sprintcar rankings after finishing seventh at the weekend. Reidy, 22, finished sixth in the time trial in a time of 13.82secs, com pared to the 13.667sec lap of first placed Queenslander Allan Haynes. He followed this up with a fifth place in his first heat and a fourth place in the second dash. Reidy now based in Brisbane started from eighth position in the feature race and overtook Victorian Ian Thomsen to make it to seventh position. The race was Reidys fourth in the WSS season, which features 15 rounds. Complements It was his first race at Nyora Raceway in Victoria and the seventh finish complements his two other sixth positions in previous WSS feature races. Reidy will now travel to Heartland Raceway at Moama, Victoria, for the fifth WSS round this Saturday. The 2005 Alice Springs sprintcar title winner and former gokart racer hopes to crack the top five of the WSS rankings before the end of the season on January 13. Reidy is racing in his fourthWSS season and finished in ninth position last season. The WSS series is considered Australias top sprintcar series, with drivers from across Australia and America competing. Draft unsuccessful But footy talent here AUSSIE RULES By ANDREW ALOIA TERRITORY Thunder boss Damien Hale says the Red Centre has the potential to again be regarded a hotbed for AFL talent. It has been three years since a Centralian has been picked up to join the games elite through the national draft. Former Pioneer player Matthew Campbell and Centralian Danny Measures missed out on being drafted at the weekend. Campbell has had a stellar year in the South Australian National Football League with the North Adelaide Roosters, playing every game and featuring in finals football. But with four Alice Springs footballers in the Northern Territory Institute of Sport Thunder program, Hale is confident things will change soon despite no Central Australian players being drafted. Federal Demons Minahan medallist Peter Rolfe heads the charge for a career in football, earning the Territorys only spot in the under-17 draft camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra next week. Last year two guest spots were open to the Territory with Darwin snapping up both. This year only the onepositionwas left open and AIS-AFL Academy coach Alan McConnell insisted the Centralianmake the trip east for the week-long camp. Hale said: There is a list of criteria needed to be met to get a shot at taking part at the camp. Allen was eager to have Rolfey (Peter Rolfe) over because he looks like a potential draft prospect for next year. This is Peters chance to have a look atwhatwill be expected of him. West under-17 premiershipwinner Josh Johnnyhas also beenpegged as a future AFL hope, earning a scholarship with the NTIS. The Cal Dean medallist for best on ground in the junior decider against Pioneer in September joins Rovers Nikki Ross and Eagles utility Bradley Campbell in the program. While Johnnys lanky physique and natural ability was enough to impress the NTIS coach, Hale demands commitment in the gym. He said: Josh is a tall athletic footballer just what AFL clubs are looking for if you go by the draft on the weekend. What I do expect of him and the NTIS athletes in Alice is hard work in the gym. Joseph Andersons selection in the draft on Saturday is really the perfect example of what hard work gets you. His commitment and support from the NTIS now sees him off to play for Carlton. Bradley Campbell was singled out for his efforts last season after the Pionner teen debuted in the under18 national championship with devastating effect. He said: The attitude toward gym work there has been very spasmodic in the past. Bradley is the example to follow turning from a hardworker in the gym into a hard footballer. Kym ups winning streak AIRBORNE: Kym Anderson won his second consecutive downhill race on Saturday. Picture: LEE STEHBENS MOUNTAIN BIKES By LEE STEHBENS KYM Anderson shot to victory for the second consecutive time in round five of the downhill season on Saturday near Flynns Grave. In the absence ofhis older brother Sean,Kymrecordedaquick 51.82sec time on his final run to pip Chad Wilson, who posted 55.57sec. SamBloedorn finished thirdoverall with his one run of 57.72sec. With only three racers in the open section,Wilson said his second placing could have been different if Sean Anderson or other top Alice Springs riders had shown up. Wilsonhad troublewith a slipping chain and was forced to borrow Andersons bike. He said: I decided to scratch those runs because of the problem. But the one time I did felt fast and I would have loved another run but it was getting too dark and I couldnt fit another one in. But Sean will be there for the next two rounds and hell be fast. In the hardtail section Nathaniel Sterck set 63.13sec to win the category over Jackson Curtis (65.52sec). With two rounds left in the series races will now start at 5pm sharp because of the hot conditions. The next race will be held on November 9 just follow the signs.