Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011
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18 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Ananda Saputra of Aceh beats Darwin goalkeeper Dyan Newall to score the match-winning goal yesterday Pictures: REGI VARGHESE Acehs goldenmoment Forday Mamsaray of Darwin heads the ball away from Ananda Saputra of Aceh Darwin keeper Dyan Newall saves an effort from Acehs Dian Ardiansyah during the tight clash Acehs Moh Jamil Khairi tries to weave by Darwins Ananstasi Hutzilaou yesterday All our players are from theAceh K-Liga, andwe copy the SouthAmerican style of play By IAN BUTTERWORTH ACEH was the team wearing the gold shirts in the Arafura Games under-18 football competition, and it was a good omen because the medal they won was the same colour. Aceh and Darwin were the best teams across the pool games, and they squared off in the final yesterday where it took 78-minutes for the winner to emerge after Anan da Saputra sent a bullet into the back of the net to score the only goal of the game. The 1-0 scoreline flattered Darwin and they can thank goalkeeper Dyan Newall and central defender Junir Gama, because without them, Aceh would surely have found the net on a few more occasions. Acehs players were quicker than their bigger Darwin opponents and dominated possession throughout the game with right back Ramadana turning defence into attack with speed and silky skills. Attacking midfielders Moh Jamil Khairi and Rizki Rahmadhani were proving more than a handful, and Darwin had no players to curtail their dominance. We tried to play to our instructions and kept running hard and looking for gaps, and it worked to our advan tage said Aceh captain Syahru Ramadhan after leading his team to Arafura gold. The Aceh team was selected from players in their provincial competition, said chief of the Aceh Football delegation, Nuzuli Ibrahim. All our players are from the Aceh K-Liga, and we copy the South American style of play. The Governor of our province supports the team and provides funding for the Arafura Games and our visits to Paraguay. Darwin had previously been undefeated in the competition and managed to win the Timor Sea Cup with a 3-0 win over Kupang. Its the first cup win for Darwin after Timor had dominated the first three tournaments which run in conjunction with the Arafura Games. Territory sticks to clean sweep By JESS WEBSTER TERRITORY hockey took a clean sweep of gold medals in the Arafura Games at Marrara on Friday. Both the mens and womens teams remained undefeated throughout their respective competitions. The mens team, consisting of mostly NT Stingers and under-21 representatives, won all their matches convincingly by an average of six goals, while only conceding two goals in a five test series against Macau. The women did things a bit tougher without the help of NT Pearls players, who were competing in the Australian Hockey League earlier in the week. But the women still managed to win all four matches against two Malaysian teams in Sekolah Tun Fatimah and Terengganu on their way to the gold. While admitting the standard of competition wasnt what they had hoped for after a few teams pulled out, NT Hockey chief executive Baden Sharp said it was good practice for the players before their AHL campaigns resumed next week. It was successful for the mens, I think it was good preparation for the upcoming Round 1 AHL series so it was very good for them, he said. It was also good for the under-21 girls to come together in the womens team and the other top players (not in Pearls) in Darwin were also a part of that team as well. Rhys Dowling won more gold Picture: REGI VARGHESE Rhys does it again IN a fast and thrilling match, Darwins Rhys Dowling won his second gold medal on home turf at the 2011 Arafura Games squash finals. After winning the mens team finals against New Caledonia with Adam Wyatt and Billy Haddrell, the 16-year-old faced Western Australias David White, 39, in the mens individual final. The Australian junior champion lost his first two games against the more experienced Australian Defence Organisation player, but made a great comeback in the last three games, winning them 11-6, 11-8, 11-4. After the first two games, I knew I had to stop the errors, he said. I had to keep him running to make him tired I knew thats how I could beat him. The top-ranked Australian under-17 player said he was proud of winning two Arafura gold medals on home turf. It makes me happy, because it will be the last Arafura Games in this squash court.