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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, May 3, 2011. NT NEWS. 33 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:3-MGE:33 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Sports Extra LOCAL COMPS PROFILES WINNERS LOSERS with Ian Butterworth sports@ntnews.com.au with Mr Consistency secures hat-trick TENNIS By IANBUTTERWORTH Ryan Palfrey Madeline Murray unleashes a backhand against Emily Moo on her way to victory in the womens final of the DTC Sports Open at Coconut Grove Picture: REGI VARGHESE DTC Sports tennis coach Ryan Palfrey swept through the mens singles final of the 2011 DTC Sports Open at Coconut Grove yesterday. In an awesome display, Palfrey made it a three-peat of wins in the annual event as he powered his way to a commanding 6-0, 6-0 win over Daniel Parker. The three-time champ only dropped two games for the tournament and said consistency was the key to his win. I served all right, but the secret throughout the event was that I pretty much played consistent tennis and hardly missed a shot, he said. Most of my opponents were big hitters and tried to belt too many winners, but I kept getting it back in court and only dropped two games for the whole tournament. So yeah, it was on. Sixteen-year-old Madeline Murray settled some scores with Emily Moo, who beat her in the Katherine final last weekend, by winning the womens open singles final 6-4, 6-2. Its not at all about revenge with Emily because it is always close between us. She wins, I win and this time it was my turn, Murray said. I was happy with the win and it was a close match despite the score, and we both played very well. I was on top of my game in the rallies, and that was probably what got me through in the end. Moo did not leave the tournament empty handed because earlier in the day she won the U14 division final 6-1, 7-5 against the surprise packet of the championship, 13-year-old Stephanie Long. Rebels happy to come through close call UNI Rebels were left counting their blessings after a double overtime 60-57 win against Ansett in the Darwin Airport Resort womens league basketball game on Saturday night. The result will be a reality check for the the undefeated Rebels, but it also shows the others that they have chinks that can be exploited. In the other womens game, Lightning took a step forward in the fight for second place with a 55-41 win against Tracy Village Jets. Claire OBryan was in good form and potted a gamehigh 26 points while Tara Carroll led the Jets with 12. Tracy Village Jets had another scare in the league mens division, this time from second-placed Ansett. But the Bombers kept their undefeated streak going with a narrow 67-64 win that pushed the run out to 13. Captain Michael MacLean led the Blue and Gold Bombers with 22 points and Tom Hunt topped the Ansett list with 18. Eagles put up some big numbers against cellar dwellers Razzle in a 114-70 landslide and crept a little bit closer to second place on the competition ladder. Joseph Johnson put his points per game average up a couple of notches after a game-high 30, with Shane Harrison firing home a season high 28. James Panton (25 points) was the best for Razzle. Uni Rebels showcased their newest additions to the team, Aaron Richie and Andre Moss, as they belted Lightning 87-56. The win leaves Rebels with an outside chance to overhaul the Eagles and Ansett for second place and the double chance in the play-offs. Moss led Rebels with 27 points and Richie had 25. Minnows in upsets Clay Fredericks THE top three teams fell in round five of the NorZone womens premier league in a weekend of upsets. In the biggest surprise of the season, premier league newcomer Mindil FC beat the high-flying Hellenic 2-1. Midfielder Amanda Carney scored two second-half goals to seal the game. Mindil coach Clay Fredericks made the matchwinning move before the game, giving top striker Hannah Graham the duties in goal. We thought we could match Hellenic in midfield but needed to strengthen our defence so the plan was to put Hannah in goal for 75 minutes and nullify their offence, he said. She came to us as a goalkeeper but hits the ball so well that I like to use her as a striker, so she was essentially returning to her old ground. Koffa Yengbie scored the equaliser for Uni Azzurri in the 75th minute against Darwin Olympic after Nicky Cotis had given the Reds an early lead. Litchfield rounded out a remarkable weekend by downing warm favourite Casuarina 1-0 after Shai Turner popped in a stunner just before half-time. In the Powerade youth league, a Fredy Bafwe double set Casuarina up for a 4-1 win over Port Darwin. NTIS struggled to put away a gallant Hellenic 2-0 and Palmerston recorded a resounding 9-1 victory against Uni Azzurri. Young talent time James Tesoriero LAST weekend saw the top junior rugby talent from across the Territory compete for the 2011 TIO Play It Safe Regional Rugby Union Championships at Austar Rugby Park in Darwin. The Championships offered Darwin players and teams the opportunity to compete against regional players in three divisions U14, U16 and U18. About 45 regional players, drawn from centres such as Alice Springs, East Arnhem, Jabiru and Katherine competed this year as NT Country in the U16 and U18 divisions, said NTRU coaching and development manager James Tesoriero. The high level of regional participation is a major boost for the tournament. Darwin clubs included Cougars, Dragons, Swampdogs, University and Palmerston. Players also competed for selection in a number of junior representative teams which were announced at the end of the tournament. This was the fifth year of TIO support for the NT Junior Rugby Championships. In adopting the tournament title Play it Safe, the NTRU is expressing support for TIOs campaign to reduce all road deaths and injuries and especially in young males who are statistically at high risk either behind the wheel or as passengers, said Tesoriero. ChampionTeams for 2011: Swampdogs (U18), Palmerston (U16), Swampdogs (U14). Raiders big boost Merg Mikaelian PALMERSTON coach Merg Mikaelian says the Raiders upset 20-12 NT Rugby League win over premiers Brothers on Saturday night will give his troops a real shot in the arm. The young side which had 13 players under the age of 21 in its first outing for the year outclassed its more experienced rivals, though it showed there was still plenty to work on. We were in control of the game, (but) there was a lot of ball-handling errors particularly in the second half, Mikaelian said. We basically gifted them and kept them in the game. Probably to our luck Brothers did much the same it was the first game of the season and both sides were pretty rusty. With Daniel Keelan, one of the more experienced fiveeighths in Darwin, and Matt Bennett in full back too, they have great big boots and that was a focus for us to keep Brothers in a corner in their own half and try and force the errors on them. Its just good to start on a positive note to go forward for the boys. Its a good confidence boost. Lock Brad Saunders worked hard all match with Raiders half-back Jason Gebert and Keelan providing plenty of drive. The win sets up a tantalising match against Litchfield, which also started the year on a high note with a 38-4 win over University.

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