The Northern Territory news Tue 20 Jul 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, July 20, 2010. NT NEWS. 35 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:35 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K $100 $100 Week 1 Permit No. NTL10/21 mg040103 Sports Extra LOCAL COMPS PROFILES WINNERS LOSERS with Jess Webster firstname.lastname@example.org Honours shared in Mid-Year Carnival CRICKET THE TIO Territory Cricket Mid-Year Carnival wrapped up last week with a record number of 18 teams taking part in three junior age divisions. The 50 per cent increase in team attendance was attributed to five teams from New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia travelling to Darwin to take on 13 Territory teams from Darwin and Alice Springs. The winning team in the Under 13 division was Westfield Sports High School from Sydney, with team member Connor Sykes-Morrison named as Player of the Carnival. In the Under 15 division, Elite Cricket won their final match to remain undefeated and claim the carnival title over secondplaced Westfield Sports High School. Aarron Muir (Westfields Sports) was named the Under 15 Player of the Carnival after batting well all week, which included an unbeaten 172 in one match. The Under 17s final was contested between two Territory teams, with the Darwin Sharks claiming victoryoverAliceSprings. Luke Robins (Darwin Sharks) was named Player of the Carnival for his consistent efforts all week with both bat and ball. His batting performances included one innings when he made 107. NT Cricket will announce the Under 15 and Under 17 squads on its website on July 30 from 4pm. SOFTBALL By PETER TIFFEN Former US, Greece and China Olympic coach Cindy Bristow attracted a host of players to a recent clinic in Darwin Picture: BRAD FLEET US ace right on pitch ACE American softball coach Cindy Bristow has hit a home run with Darwin players and coaches. The crack former AllAmerican put NT girls throughtheirpaces inaseries of clinics at Tracy Village last week. The local players and coa ches learned so much from the clinics. They were terrific, Softball NT executive officer Teri Cubillo said. A former coach of the year in the Womens Professional Softball League, Bristow has worked with three different Olympic softball teams: the US, Greece and China. Cindy is one of the best coachesintheworld,Cubillo said. She demonstrated dif ferent batting techniques and pitching strategies, and it was fantastic. We had nearly 50 people there. Bristow, the author of eight books on the sport, is the colour commentator for an AmericancableTVnetworks softball coverage. Giving clinics is one of my absolute favorite things. I really enjoy interacting with coaches and players, she said. The better a softball player is knowing what changes she needs to make and knowing how to make them, the more successful shell be in competition. And, isnt that why players take lessons to begin with? To ultimately perform better in games. Cubillo said the clinics will prove a big boost for players ahead of the Northern Territ ory Championships at Tracy Village from July 30 to August 1. The clinics presented very well and they were really easy to comprehend, Cubillo said. Cindy demonstrated lots of different drills and skills that people can now take back to their clubs, she said. It will increase the coaching and playing standard here for sure. NT riders show their class Stephen Perry in action at the NT Motocross titles TERRITORY riders dominated and proved too good for highly fancied interstate opponents at the recent Wolper Grahl NT Motocross Titles in Palmerston. The event attracted more than 160 riders and 2000 spectators with Darwin hotshot Daniel McInnes easily becoming the NT Titles Pro Open Champ, finishing nine points clear of Jack Dooley-McDonnell. Alice Springs rider Jerakye Andres took home multiple trophies after winning the 85cc 9-12 years and 65cc 11-13 years in Natural Terrain. The Boys from Alice also showed the field how its done around the Natural Terrain Track with Jared Ewin and Jack Dooley-McDonnell finishing first and second, respectively. Local legend Stephen Perry showed his potential with an easy sweep of the Pro Lites and U19s, while Melissa Holmes still holds on to the tag of being the fastest female rider in the Territory. The veteransclass was popular among riders with Darren Hansen claiming the title. Miles Curr had a great ride winning the 50cc class. Jake Paull was also at his best to become the Junior Lites Champion. Round 1 of the Club Championships start on August 20 at Palmerston.