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The Centralian advocate Tue 23 May 2006



The Centralian advocate Tue 23 May 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. 59 no. 105

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32 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, May 23, 2006 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 23-M A Y -2006 PA G E : 32 C O L O R : C M Y K Challenge win has Vroom fit for Finke Junior talent on show AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL By ANDREW ALOIA BUDDING Australian football talent from across the Northern Territory will descend on Traeger Park for the under-13 school sport exchange this week. Footballers fromacrossCentralAustralia will pit their skills against youngsters from Top End centres including Darwin, Katherine and Arnhem. Alice Springs has entered two town sides withanother threeCentralAustraliansides also coming together for the tournament. Tennant Creek and two combined community sides will compete in the three-day championships starting tomorrow. The communities of Docker River, Mutitjulu, Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Santa Teresa and Yuendumu will make up one community side with Alcoota, Harts Range and Bonya making up the western regions invitation team. Continued Page 30 UP THERE AND AT EM: Rovers duo Jayson Brown (left) and Darren Porter flew for this mark against Pioneers Ricky Mentha as the Blues showed their might with a second win against the Eagles this season. More details P30. Picture: CHLOE ERLICH Glutton for punishment ready for desert classic on big Honda MOUNTAIN BIKES By ANDREW ALOIA Michael Vroom MICHAEL Vrooms exhausting Central Australian Bike Challenge debut has doubled up as a perfect preparation for the Tattersalls Finke Desert Race in June. Vroom, the 2001 Finke bike champion, partnered his old racing buddy Damian McGrath to win the CABC teams event last week. The two were the only Centralians to win a division of the mountain bike classic. Despite thewinVroom, 34, is not about to swap his Honda for a set of pedals in competitions. But the Finke legend admitted he had developed a fondness for hitting the mountain bike tracks around Alice Springs. He said: Ive always used cycling as fitness training for other races. These days I just tend to do more riding on a push bike than I do a motorbike. I started thebike chal lenge as a personal achievement, then when the pressure was on and wewerebattling towin, it turned into a race. It is aboutall theprep aration Ive done for the Finke but it was a perfect lead-up to get fit. I will never say the Finke is easy but the Australian Bike Challenge is definitely demanding on the body. On a (motor) bike you can almost relax but on a mountain bike you are pedalling as hard as you can 100 per cent of the time. Vroom said the CABC was a straining reintroduction to the demands of what lies ahead on his old two-stroke CR500. He said: The two stroke 500s are a dying breed. Im a glutton for pun ishment. It is a heavy bike, hard to control and hard on the body which is one of the reasons I went in the bike challenge. While Vrooms major test still awaits him, success in theCABCwas the ultimate objective for local mountain bikers Graham Rankin and Mick Cafe. Rankin was stoked to edge ahead of training partner Cafe to finish ninthand claimbragging rights as the Centres top mountain biker. He said: I got lucky on the 90km stage when Mickhada fewproblems. He was stuck trying to fix a mechanical and I got time on him. From there he was playing catch up. I still say he is a better rider but Ill take the win any way it comes. Centralian Nicole James hung on to finish fifth in the quality open womens field for the second successive year. INSIDE TODAYINSIDE TODAY Alice beats Darwin at the beach: Page 30 Weekend results in detail: Page 29