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The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011

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46 NT NEWS. Thursday, April 21, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 1 -A P R -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v1FOOTROT FLATS SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Hurricane heads to Arafura INDIAS first Olympic boxingmedallist, Vijender Singh, is to fight in the Arafura Games. Known as the Haryana Hurricane, Singhwon a bronzemedal at the 2008 Beijing Games in themiddleweight division. While outright favourite towin gold at Arafura, Singhwill have to contendwith junior Olympic gold medallist Damien Hooper fromQueensland and Darwins Michael Sacco. The Arafura Games boxing list reached 230 last night, a record number. Punter knew horse would lose HIGH-profile Sydney punter Steve Fletcher yesterdaywas officially declared guilty of having inside information that a horsewas about to be ridden to lose at Eagle Farm. Racing Queensland Limited stewards deemed Sydney-based Fletcher had known jockey Bobby El-Issa, a close associate, would ride runner-up Bold Glance on February 26. Favourite Essingtonwon, which Fletcher heavily backed towinwhile betting against Bold Glance. Gilmore carves up competition AUSTRALIAN surfing star Stephanie Gilmore has returned to form, posting the highest womens score on the opening day of competition at Bells Beach. The four-timeworld champion and three-time Bells winner joined compatriot Joel Parkinson as the standout performers yesterday in the clean 1.5-2m swell. Gilmore posted 16.30 out of 20 to easily beat American Courtney Conlogue (9.00).The Rip Curl Pro is the second round of theworld tour. Kiwis close in on history PROUD Australian sports fans have to digest the very real possibility of a Kiwi club winning an Australian-run competition for the first time after the New Zealand Breakers claimed game one of the NBL grand final series against Cairns last night. The minor-premier Breakers thrashed the rankoutsider Taipans 85-67 in Auckland last night and can create history with victory in Cairns on Sunday. The closest a previous Kiwi team had come to claiming trans-Tasman bragging rights in Australia was the New Zealand Warriors, who lost the 2002 NRL grand final to the Sydney Roosters. NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 85 (K Penney 25 G Wilkinson 15 A Pledger 13 ) d CAIRNS TAIPANS 67 ( I Crosswhite 15 P Jones 14 A Ubaka 12 R Dorsey 12 D Rychart 12) at North Shore Events Centre. (Breakers lead 1-0) Duos 7-match ban for brawl SOCCER By TOM BIDDINGTON This type of behaviour is unacceptable UNI Azzurris Alex Maniju and Darwin Olympics Matt Goodwin have both been hit with seven-match suspensions for their part in the feisty Habitat Premier League game that ended in a huge melee. The NorZone judiciary handed down the penalties after following the Football Federation Australia national disciplinary regulations. Maniju copped the minimum suspension for inciting a brawl, his late tackle on the final whistle the incident that saw players from both teams come charging in. Goodwin, who wasnt involved in the scuffle, got a week after being sent off for receiving two yellow cards and another six for gesturing to the crowd on his way off the ground, also the minimum suspension for that offence under FFA guidelines. Neither club chose to appeal the suspensions, while both Uni Azzurri and Darwin Olympic were given written warnings that their part in the ugly scenes afterwards police were called to the ground to control the simmering tensions would not be tolerated. There was plenty of push and shove in the melee, with harsh words ex changed between players and officials after Olympic came from behind to win 4-2 in torrential rain a week-and-a-half ago. It is understood both clubs are keen to get together and bury the hatchet to ensure theres no lingering animosity. Meanwhile, the Football Federation NT believes it has found the person responsible for throwing a bottle at the referees after the match, with a tribunal hearing set for Friday, May 20. FFNT chief executive John Meers is determined to stamp these incidents out of the sport and made no apologies for the length of time taken to sort out the issue. Because of the serious nature of the offence, we want to cross every i and dot every t to make sure we follow the process correctly and get it right, Meers said. This type of behaviour is unacceptable. St Kilda will be hoping Justin Koschitzke is at his marking best tonight Lions on alert for Saints EVEN Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss is surprised tonights opponent St Kilda is yet to register a win in 2011. But he is under no illusion about what to expect from the perennial AFL finalists at the Gabba. Not that it fazes him. Its quite different to the St Kilda that has started seasons previously, Voss said yesterday. Theres been a bit of talk about how they are going to come and what sort of pressure they have been under. But for us it doesnt change a thing. We expected this to be a big game for us its Easter Thursday. The Saints have surprisingly begun 2011 with two losses including a 52-point thrashing in their last start against Essendon and one draw. But Voss doesnt believe they are on the slide. No, they are not (on the slide) there are too many names there that will hurt you massively if you underestimate them, Voss said. They still have something in them and we have to make sure we quell them. That will be easier said than done after St Kilda key forward Justin Koschitzke was named to play his first game of the season after offseason ankle surgery. Tough backman Steven Baker and Andrew McQualter are the other Saints inclusions. The Lions, also coming off a bye, have lost Ryan Lester (foot) and cut Claye Beams, adding Tom Collier and Broc McCauley. Teams, Page 45 TIO Stadium ready for Morningside clash AFLNT boss Tony Frawley expects Marraras TIO Stadium to be in perfect condition for the April 30 NEAFL game against reigning premier Morningside. The oval surface has been heavily criticised since the $1.5 million drainage sys tem installed in 2003 failed to cope with record wet season rainfall. Three areas of the ground became waterlogged, including the central corridor and the grandstand wing. But Frawley said returfing of the problem areas and tyn ing (drilling) the surface had produced fantastic results. Were rapt with the final product, everything will be in place for the April 30 NEAFL game, he said. Then weve got a month to get the ground 100 per cent again for the AFL match be tween Port Adelaide and Richmond on May 28, everything is looking good. A Foxtel Cup fixture between Territory Thunder and WAFL club East Perth has been penciled in as a curtain raiser. GREY MORRIS