The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Thursday, May 13, 2010 39 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 9 C O L O R : C M Y K FOOTROT FLATS SPORT Crocs on track for minor title honours CAZALYS Crocs took a major step towards winning the Darwin Touch mens Division 1 minor premiership with a 5-3 win over Bundy Bears at Fannie Bay on Monday night. The Crocs (30 points) sit three points clear of nearest rivals Dream Team, who also experienced a winning feeling thanks to a 7-5 success over Young Guns. Back to the Crocs v Bears game and the quality provided by Nathan Hilton and Daniel Mintcheff was instrumental to the Crocs coming away with the chocolates. Daniel Questroy shone brightest for Crocs. Dream Teams two-try win lent much to the contribution of the influential Brad Griffin and Paul Bond. With Honkers having the bye, Chris Ewin stepped up to the plate for Young Guns and was named his sides best player. In womens top-flight action, former league MVP Rachel Willis starred as Bundy Bears defeated Young Guns 8-4. Rising stars Jordan AhSam and Lucille Motlop caught the eye for the defeated Guns. League leaders CDE Capital Crocs had few worries beating PPE 8-2 with Sophie Armistead and Madison Glass-Jones among the standouts. The other Division 1 game saw regular suspects Rachael Curtain and Natasha Medbury impress as Titans outgunned Scorpians 5-2. GREGOR MACTAGGART Hottest 7s an entree for Brumbies trial match By PETER TIFFEN TERRITORIANS are set for back-toback servings of a feast of top level rugby union next year. Northern Territory Rugby Union chief executive Tim Heath said the ACT Brumbies would most likely play their Super 15 warm-up match at Austar Park shortly after the Heineken Hottest 7s in the World tournament in January. Next year the Brumbies match will be held a week or two after the sevens because it is a World Cup year and all games from other events are brought forward, Heath said. It is our plan to keep the infrastructure in place from the sevens so that weve got appropriate spectator opportunities at the ground. So Id say next year the match will be possibly the last week in January or the first week in February. Before that there is the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions qualification tournament from October 1-3. Nine teams will be involved in a sevens tournament played over three days at Austar Park. Heath said the action would mostly come in short bursts, rather than over two big days like the Hottest 7s. It will have a different structure than the Hottest 7s, Heath said. We havent finalised the details yet but we will probably do Friday night, Saturday mid-afternoon and a short session on Sunday afternoon. Remember it is pretty warm at that time of year. Sunday (October 3) is the NRL grand final so we wouldnt want to clash with that. NT Sports Minister Karl Hampton said the event continued Darwins growing reputation as a home of World rugby sevens. The tournament is another vote of confidence in the Territory as a sporting destination with world class training and playing facili ties, Hampton said. The Northern Territory Government is commit ted to bringing world-class sporting events to the Territory. Eagles fire Jets out of Under-18 championship contention TRACY Village Jets have been knocked out of the DBAs under 18 boys division one title race. The second-placed Jets were beaten 58-48 by fourth-placed Eagles on Monday at Darwin Basketball Stadium. Aaron Simpson had 18 points for Ansett and Henry Bui 14. Nicholas Pattrick 21 and Dan East 14 were Jets main scorers. The Round 11 loss saw Jets, who had led the competition after Round 9, topple to fourth on the competition ladder. Third-placed Razzle beat Uni Rebels 71-44 in the final-round clash to leapfrog Jets into the championship game. Izaak Reinbott top scored with 18 points and David Carroll had 16 for Razzle. Razzle will now play Ansett in the decider on Monday. The Blues finished atop the ladder with 22 points and a 7-1 win-loss record. Ansett cruised to a 76-30 vic tory against Warriors in its final-round match. Tom Blake drained 32 points with six three-pointers in the overwhelming win. Mitchell ODonoghues 15 points came from five treys. In under-18 girls division I, it was a different story for the third-placed Jets, scoring a vital 51-39 victory against fourthplaced Eagles. The win knocked Ansett out of the championship and clinched Jets a grand final spot. Grand final draw Update: P35 DBA wrap P36 League impasse continues By GREGOR MACTAGGART DARWIN Rugby League board member Rocky Magnoli says he doesnt know why Tuesday nights scheduled board meeting was cancelled. I havent been given an official reason to why it (the meeting) wasnt on, especially when you consider the issues that need to be discussed, Magnoli (pictured) told the Northern Territory News last night. W o r d s p r e a d through Top End league circles on Tuesday that the meeting, which had been pencilled in for 6pm, would not be held. Last Saturday, club presidents and life members were invited by board members M a g n o l i , J e n n y Lamont and Geoff Creghan to attend the meeting, following a public gathering at Richardson Park. The Northern Territory News understands that ARL Development community football manager Graham McNaney is heading back to the Top End for a meeting with the six Jim Beam Premiership club presidents next week. Meanwhile, the ashes of the late Frank McPherson OAM will be spread over his beloved Richardson Park on Sunday, May 23. Franks family, including his wife Jeannie and daughters, will attend the ceremony to be held from 6pm, after the completion of junior league matches. Frank McPherson was instrumental in the obtainment and development of the land now known as the home of Top End rugby league. And his name will live on with an unveiling of the Frank McPherson sign on the Litchfield Bears Hill. All Territory rugby league supporters are invited to attend. HOPEFUL: Gold Coast captain Scott Prince says he hasnt given up hope of playing State of Origin this year. Picture: MICHAEL ROSS Titans Prince still harbours Origin hopes GOLD Coast halfback Scott Prince hasnt given up on playing another State of Origin game for Queensland, despite losing out to Melbournes Cooper Cronk for the Kangaroos No. 7 job in last weeks Test against New Zealand. Cronk stepped into the green and gold for the injured Cowboy Johnathan Thurston, who is no certainty to recover in time from his latest shoulder injury to play for Queensland in the opening Origin game against NSW in Sydney on May 26. Thurston and Storm hooker Cameron Smith (elbow) are both in doubt for Origin I, bringing several players, including Prince, into calculations. Prince played all three Origins in 2004. But he hasnt donned the maroon jumper since breaking his arm helping Queensland wrap up the 2008 series with a third game win. While many believe Cronks combination with Storm stars Smith, Billy Slater and Greg Inglis would earn him a call up for Thurston, Prince hasnt tossed in the representative towel. No I havent (given up on Origin), said Prince who has overcome an early season thumb injury. Im always working hard to get my hat in the ring to get selected for the Origin team. If I miss Game 1, theres two more games to go and hopefully I can play some outstanding footy for the Titans and maybe get an opportunity. Prince has shown his resilience by overcoming a number of serious injuries during his career, and the loss of his father in a car accident in 2001, to play for his state and country. Prince isnt thinking too much about Origin with a big game to play tomorrow night against Brisbane but he believes his teammate Greg Bird should get a call from NSW selectors.