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The Centralian advocate Fri 2 Jun 2006



The Centralian advocate Fri 2 Jun 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. 3

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Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 2, 2006 57 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 2JU N -2 00 6 PA G E : 57 C O L O R : C M Y K MASTERS ON TRACKMASTERS ON TRACK 19 86 2 00 6 20 Y E A R S Mall traders excited about new assembly point for ASMG Opening Ceremony The Alice Springs Masters Games of ce has con rmed the Todd Mall will now be the new assembly point for the ASMG Opening Ceremony march past. On Saturday 21 October thousands of competitors will converge in the mall prior to making their way to the Opening Ceremony at Anzac Oval. Previously the assembly point for competitors has been Bath Street. Whilst this has worked well the new assembly point in the Todd Mall will provide shade and a welcoming atmosphere to competitors. There will be ample area and facilities for the competitors to enjoy the variety of entertainment that will be on offer including a band under the sails. In addition it will provide a boost to mall traders with competitors and locals joining in the fun and frivolity with access to the various shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs along the mall. Kate Freestone, Centre Manager Alice Plaza said This is a great opportunity for mall traders and in particular the Alice Plaza. We will be opening the Bi-Lo car park FREE of charge from 5pm on to encourage people to watch the parade and shop in at Alice Plaza. The idea behind the change of assembly area was to provide an exciting and warm welcome to competitors before they participate in the march. Showing them the true friendly nature of the Alice Springs community and providing them with long lasting memories of their time at the Alice Springs Masters Games. www.alicespringsmasters.nt.gov.au Freecall 1800 658 951 Maniacs ready for Rockets BASKETBALL By ANDREW ALOIA MEMO Maniacs 12-point win over Magic on Monday has dropped them into a tricky major semi-final clash with Rockets next week. Maniacs overcame their club rivals 77-65 to claim theminor premiership, relegating the Magic to third place on the premiership ladder. The victory gave Rockets an un expected boost to second and a double shot at a Grand Final berth. Maniacs guard Ashley McDonell is confident for Mondays clash but he knows what the league powerhouse is capable of. He said: Rockets are a good side. They share it around, their team work is great and they play exciting stuff. We beat them last time so we are confident for sure but it wont be easy. Its a good thing we finished top because we might just need that second chance. Wallabies managed to scrape into the finals setting up an elimination play-off with Memo Magic. All leagues Grand Finals are on June 17. ResultsLeaguemen:Rockets 87 dWallabies 50; Maniacs 77 d Magic 65; League women: Magic 37 d Legends 17; Rocket Cruisers 49 d Fed Wallabies 43; Reserve Men: Wallabies Storm 46 dRazorbacks 36;Magic 63 d Yirara 27;Warriors 68 d Thunder 48; B-women: Bullets-Eagles 78 d Rebels 38;Yirara Jackals 29 dWallabyStorm23; Rockets 28 d Memo 15. Harrys outbowl police LAWN BOWLS CHAMPIONS Mad Harrys came from behind in a tense final to topple the Police 17-12 to claim the Memorial Club social title. Craig Lambley led Pau l Ba in , Greg Connor and Paul Gilbert to inaugural championship on Wednesday night. Mad Harry and the Police qualified for the decider after topping t h e i r r e s p e c t i v e leagues. The Police looked primed to deny Harrys perfect season, leading 12-5 with three ends to bowl. But the Cops were left scoreless as Mad Harrys got on a role to cap off their unbeaten season. The Memo Club will host the final of the womens pairs starting tomorrow at 1pm. US college stars praise Memo kids BASKETBALL By ANDREW ALOIA MORE than 100 Memo basketballers flocked to Traeger Stadium last week to get a few tips from US college stars. HERES HOW: Hana Zavecz and Chris Sunberg have the Memo juniors full attention. Picture: JUSIN SANSON Australian Hanna Zavecz and Chris Sunberg who are both at Wyoming University ran a five-day camp for Memo juniors. Memo team boss Bill Newman hopes the visit will help to inspire the fledgling youngsters. He said: One thing that has been emphasised is that you dont get good at it without the hard work. The visiting duo are elite athletes a perfect example of what a solid work ethic can achieve. Zavecz who grew up playing basketball in Wangaratta in country Victoriahasavoided rushing into the professional game in Australia. While she is not a household name yet, Zavecz is recognised as one of Australias brightest talents. As a youngster plugging away in country Victoria she admits it took a special passion to commit to the game. Ambitions A visit from some NBL players when she was at school was enough to encourage her own ambitions. She said: Having NBL guys come in was a great boost when I was growing up. It gives you something to strive for. I guess it is a bit harder because these guys dont know me like they would a professional player, but if they want to play they will listen to anyone. Sunberg who has crossed over to play gridiron at college was rapt about the unique experience to have a run with young Aussies. He said: They are all so enthusiastic and love playing the game. This is still the game I love and any chance to help coach and play around is welcome. FLASHBACK: Rashad Tucker for the Wild cats in 2004 Cats are back for training BASKETBALL THE Perth Wildcats pounce into the Red Centre next week to run their annual training clinic. Paul Rogers and new recruits Justin Brown, Steve Leven and Adam Caporn together with Head Coach Scott Fisher will arrive in Alice Springs on Monday The visit is part of the Wildcats commitment to community activities in partnership with the Northern Territory Government. The Cats scrapped their usual rushed tour through Central Australia before their Phillips Championship clash in Darwin January, opting for a longer visit later in the year. The basketball stars will hit the courts in Santa Teresa, Gillen Primary School, Yeperenye Shopping Centre and the Alice Springs Hospital during their stay. Coach Fisher will run an under-14 clinic at the Traeger Basketball Stadium from 4.30pm Tuesday.