The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006
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32 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 28-N O V -2006 PA G E : 32 C O L O R : C M Y K Gillett race team leaves town: P30Gillett race team leaves town: P30 T U E S D A Y Alice aces off to Cawley camp STARSTRUCK: Matt Ansell and Dominic Barry will train with Evonne Goolagong Cawley in January. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON TENNIS By ANDREW ALOIA ENERGETIC Centralian hot shot Dominic Barry has got Australias greatest tennis idol seeing stars. Barry, 12, has so far led an unas suming tennis career in Alice Springs but that is all set to change when he joins Evonne Goolagong Cawley at her annual development camp in Melbourne next year. Goolangong Cawley has met the youngster only once, but that was enough to convince her that the animated ace was worth immediate attention. Barry will be the youngest boy in history to attend the prestigious camp, which starts on January 13. Roger Cawley, Evonnes husband and a former English professional tennis star, is keen to expose Barry to the rigours of the game early and boost his future prospects. Cawley said: Its younger than what we would usually consider but we have had an eye on him for a while. The decision was made easy when there was another 12-year-old from the Central Coast of New South Wales also showing great promise. Dominics chance has probably come a year ahead of schedule but that is credit to him and his coaches. Barry will join fellow Red Centre Tennis Academy aces Matthew Ansell, Jessica Ah Chee and Roland Ah Chee who is now based on the Gold Coast with the Southport School at the camp. More Page 30 INSIDE TODAYINSIDE TODAY Johnston moving to Adelaide: Page 29 Anderson wins two straight: Page 31 NRL teams set for 2008 return Brad Tessmann RUGBY LEAGUE By ANDREW ALOIA ALICE Springs has been locked in to play host to National Rugby League action again in 2008. The NT Government yes terday announced a $264,000 deal with the Australian Rugby League to host the Penrith Panthers and Newcastle Knights in the Territory for the next three years. The match between the two teams in February this year was the first time inmore than a decade that elite rugby league had put on a show in the Territory. The support from more than 6000 Centralians was enough to convince the Panthers andKnights to lobby for an annual excursion. Penrith boss Glenn Matthews went one step further after the match to call for the TerritoryShield to becomea regular fixture for both clubs, much like the Charity Shield clash between South Sydney and St George Illawarra. Penriths general manager of rugby league operations Michael Leary was pleased that the Panthers dream was to become reality. With trips planned for far flung reaches of Queensland, including Cooktown and their second NRL sanctioned trial match against the Titans on the Gold Coast, the Territory foray proves the clubs commitment to the promotion of country competition. Leary said: We try to do as much as we can to get the game out there. We are happy to bring elite rugby league to the Northern Territory and spread the NRLs reach far and wide. Central Australian Rugby League president Brad Tessmann was delighted to get early confirmation after last year rushing to string the match together in just three months. He said: I know that Barry Moore (NT Rugby League chief executive) was panicking a bit with such short notice to get the game ready to play in Darwin for next year. It will be a lot better for us having the time to prepare andpromote this nextmatch. Tessmann believes that rugby league has found a solid footing in the Territory sporting conscience with the three year deal. Early whispers have also started between Tessmann and new NRL club the Gold Coast Titans about establishing stronger ties with the NT.