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v. 9 issue 26
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NETBALL TITLES AT LONG LAST SOUTH OF BERRIMAH LINE! Report by PAUL FITZSIMONS. After 18 consecutive years of the NT Netball Championships being conducted in our tropical capital, the titles will be decided at the Pat Gallagher Centre at Ross Park over the coming weekend. Action begins after the opening ceremony on Friday evening, and continues by day and night through until Sunday at 6.15pm when the grand final of the senior division will be played. This game is expected to come down to a contest between Darwin and Alice Springs, as most of the other teams competing at the open level are in town by invitation. This however is far from a blemish on the standard of play expected over the weekend. The star attraction in the seniors will be the South Australian Sports Institute side, a group of young elite players under the tutorage of Thunderbirds legend and coach, Margaret Angove. Angove's proteges will prove tough opposition for both Alice and Darwin seniors and will give the Alice Under 21 side and the NTIS girls a taste of netball at the higher level. It has also become something of a tradition for the Blackwood High School Club to be represented at the NT Championships. Again this year the South Australian Club will be making the trip north with an Under17 and Under15 side. In each of these grades there are five competing sides. At the older age level, Alice Springs, Darwin, plus an under 19 Darwin outfit, Katherine and Blackwood will meet each other. In the Under15s five sides will also contest, with Alice Springs providing two sides. The Under 13 competition will comprise two sides from both Darwin and Alice Springs and one from Katherine. To conduct the championships is a ground-breaking occasion for the desert netballers and president Heather Parkinson is keen to hear from anyone in the public prepared to help out in a voluntary capacity. Canteen staff and BBQ cooks, through to timekeepers and administrative assistants are required to ensure the weekend is a great success. Most importantly, however, the netballers would love to see the weekend games well supported by the wider community. ALBERT NAMATJIRA: CHALLENGE TO CLICHES. Review by KIERAN FINNANE. In decades that saw radical shifts in the way Arrernte people could live, Albert Namatjira took a remarkably "positive and independent stance", chosing to become a professional artist. It is estimated that he produced over 2000 paintings, and nobody will ever be in a position to have seen even half of them. But after two years at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University, Alison French has seen or has references to over 400 works, enough to say don't jump to any easy conclusions about this acclaimed, but perhaps not well understood, artist. Former curator at the Araluen Centre, French is now a Darling Foundation research fellow and author of the catalogue to "Seeing the Centre, the art of Albert Namatjira, 1902-1959", the National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition which opened at Araluen on the weekend. "You can look at Namatjira's sky and it makes you just want to go out and sit on a mountain and look into the sky," says French. "He's a very subtle painter. "People have mostly written about a short period of his life, the late fifties, and made authoritative judgements based on a small range of his work, the late work. "When I first saw his painting of Alumba at Glen Helen , owned by Ngurratjuta, I knew there must have been more than one like this. "I thought I'm going to go on a detective hunt, find out where his paintings are, get good photographs of them, bring them back to show to people who can tell us the stories of those places. "People assume that art critics offer the only assessment for these paintings, but that is just one framework for a way of looking at imagery which I think is all about getting you to respond to this part of the world.
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