The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Dec 2009
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38 Northern Territory News, Monday, December 14, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Round 11 TIWI BOMBERS 1.5 2.7 5.8 8.12 (60) ST MARYS 1.1 1.5 4.5 4.5 (29) GOALS Tiwi Bombers: W Pilakui 3 T Simon S Mungatopi R Kantilla N Daniels-Heenan G Cunningham. St Marys: P MacFarlane 2 J Hackett R Tungatalum. BEST Tiwi Bombers: P Heenan R Pupangamirri B Palipuaminni L Louis E Darcy. St Marys: J Anstess R Tungatalum K Lohde J Hackett R Hale. Umpires: Joel Morrison Jared Collins Matt Piper SDISTRICTS 1.0 7.1 8.5 10.7 (67) PALMERSTON 1.4 2.4 2.5 5.7 (37) GOALS Districts: E Cox 4 M Cannard 2 B AhMat B Aalbers L Lawler D White. Palmerston: M Perry 2 D Cook W Berto D Ewing. BEST Districts: M Cannard D Staunton G Randall M McLean E Cox. Palmerston: L Tyrrell B Powell M Braun D Cook T Gooby. Umpires: Kane Vellar Adam Bennett Andrew Crook WANDERERS 6.3 10.6 11.9 16.13 (109) DARWIN 5.3 7.3 7.4 11.8 (74) GOALS Wanderers: S Motlop 3 L Patrick 3 G Puruntatameri 3 R Prendergast 2 J McNamee B Motlop B Stephensen A Bond J Jackson. Darwin: D Williams Jr 2 J Anderson 2 P Dudley 2 C McAdam J Blitner F Vigona-Daniels F Hazelbane Z Casimiro. BEST Wanderers: L Patrick J McNamee S Motlop J Jackson B Motlop. Darwin: P Wills S Wilson Z Casimiro C McAdam J Anderson. Umpires: Mark Mounsey Ben Schmidt Ayden Rickman NIGHTCLIFF 4.3 9.5 11.7 14.8 (92) WARATAHS 2.2 5.7 9.9 12.14 (86) GOALS Nightcliff: C Ladhams T Motlop 3 N Morrison A Hobbs S Horsbough 2 M Derksen Z Skinner. Waratahs: P Newman 5 J Hill 2 R Butler B Backwell L Withers A Govers T Gluschenko. BEST Nightcliff: T Motlop Z Skinner D Guelfi W Kossack J Kickett. Waratahs: M Bradley P Newman L Withers B Backwell S Agars. Umpires: David Kennedy Mark Noonan David Armstrong Ladder TEAM P W L D F A % Pts TIWI BOMBERS 11 9 2 0 1226 857 143.1 36 SDISTRICTS 11 8 3 0 1108 887 124.9 32 PALMERSTON 11 7 4 0 1086 915 118.7 28 WARATAHS 11 6 5 0 999 1016 98.3 24 ST MARYS 11 6 5 0 890 916 97.2 24 WANDERERS 11 5 6 0 1024 1133 90.4 20 NIGHTCLIFF 11 2 9 0 938 1100 85.3 8 DARWIN 11 110 0 832 1279 65.0 4 Next Week Round 12 Saturday, December 19: St Marys v Darwin at TIO Stadium, 2.30pm; Nightcliff v Tiwi Bombers at TIO Stadium, 5pm; Palmerston v Wanderers at TIO Stadium, 7.30pm. Sunday, December 20: SDistricts v Waratahs at Norbuilt Oval, 4pm. Champ Allenby makes no mistake FromBackPage players Senden, Strange, Adam Scott and Greg Chalmers edged to within one shot of the leader. Allenby was at 11-under after nine holes, a shot in front of Strange with a further stroke to Senden. A birdie on the 12th gave Allenby a two stroke lead, and he sealed his fourth PGA title with birdies on the 15th and 17th as challengers failed to make an impression. When you lead you go out and try not to make mistakes, said Allenby. Thats what happened. West Australian Strange battled bravely with a badly bruised right hand and holed a pressure putt on the 72nd hole to share second place with Senden. In a freak incident, Stranges hand was hurt when a long-lost friend was over exuberant in shaking hands. I felt I played well enough to win today, but Rob played great, said Strange. He holed the putts, and I didnt. Aeroplane takes off ByANDREWALOIA ITS a sight Paul Motlop can grow to enjoy. Graham Puruntatameri unleashed his trademark aeroplane celebrations after kicking his third and Wanderers final goal against Darwin at TIO Stadium on Saturday. For the best part of a decade Motlop was forced to watch The Aeroplane turn on his afterb u r n e r s f o r N T F L r i v a l s Waratahs and most recently the Tiwi Bombers. But when the veterans services were deemed surplus to Tiwi n e e d s t h i s s e a s o n , Puruntatameris career seemed to have been grounded permanently. That was until Wanderers flew to Bathurst Island to take on the Bombers last month. They may have been beaten, but they left with a prized signature. When we went over to the Tiwi we noticed Graham and Freddie (Puruntatameri) werent playing and we spoke to them there, coach Motlop said. How can you let a player like Graham not play footy? I t d i d n t t a k e l o n g f o r Puruntatameri to announce his return, crumbing as effectively as ever to sneak a first term goal. His first and second majors for the Eagles were subdued by his standards. It is his third match-sealing goal that confirmed The Aeroplane was back in full flight. We all love him here, especially now that he is on our side, Motlop said. And Im glad we got the aeroplane out of him. Another Wanderers cult favourite Liam Lajamanu Lightning Bolt Patrick also confirmed that he will remain available for the rest of the year despite signing a two-year contract with AFL expansion club Gold Coast. Patricks short but hugely successful stint with the Eagles will finish against Palmerston at TIO Stadium on Saturday before the 21-year-old relocates to Queensland to start pre-season training on January 6. Motlop back to experience Tigers second win GONNA CATCH YOU: Nightcliffs Thomas Motlop prepares to pounce on Tahs Steven Thomson and the ball. Picture: BRAD FLEET FromBackPage early by strong marking forward Paul Newman, kicking both of his sides first term goals. Nightcliff had no shortage of contributors in the second term with Darren Guelfi going from strength-to-strength, Jayden Kickett winning plenty of the ball and Zephaniah Skinner displaying the sort of form that has attracted interest from AFL club Western Bulldogs. Still it was Motlop playing the lead role, displaying his freakish goalkicking ability by bending a seemingly impossible effort through the big uprights from deep inside the pocket to send the Tigers four goals clear at half-time. Tahs returned after the main interval a reinvigorated force led by ruckman Mark Bradley, playingcoach Lincoln Withers and star midfielder Brett Backwell. With the trio dictating traffic and Newman wrestling control of his turf inside 50m Tahs went into the final break on a high. It was Backwell that levelled scores early in the final term with the lead swapping four times in the dying exchanges. A questionable 50m penalty with less than three minutes remaining gifted the Tigers the winning advantage. Teenager Nathan Morrison slotted the winning kick from 40m in the last twist in a drama packed final term. Motlop admits he felt panicked in the last quarter but saw a different attitude in his teammates. I was nervous because I wasnt there last week, Motlop said. Credit to the boys they put in to the very end and got the win. It was Waratahs third loss in as many weeks. Jets star injured in thriller NEWCASTLE: Newcastle overcame a potentially career-ending injury to marquee player Fabio Vignaroli to hold on for a thrilling 3-2 win over Gold Coast at EnergyAustralia Stadium yesterday. The Jets continued their impressive mid-season turnaround with their third straight win lifting them to fourth position on the ladder little more than a month after they were sitting last. Scores were locked at 1-1 apiece until promising striker Sean Rooney put the Jets ahead in the 70th minute and substitute Sasho Petrovski looked to have put the result beyond doubt in the 80th minute. But star striker Shane Smeltz scored his second of the game in the 84th minute to set up a tense finale before Neil Young produced a great save to deny Jason Culina an equaliser. E a r l i e r N e w c a s t l e midfielder Jobe Wheelhouse opened the scoring with one of the goals of the season before Smeltz equalised with a penalty just before the break. The win was soured by a serious right knee injury to 33-year-old Italian playmaker Vignaroli, whose career looks in severe doubt with officials fearing he has torn both his medial and anterior cruciate ligaments. All was going to plan for the Jets before injuryprone Vignaroli was forced off in the 37th minute in anguish after his right knee appeared to give way. Xmas comes early for top Alice trainer with winning treble ByANDREWOTOOLE at Alice Springs ALICE SPRINGS leading trainer Lisa Lefoe had a day to remember at Pioneer Park yesterday, saddling a treble of winners on the six-race pre-Christmas card. She won her first trainers premiership in the Red Centre last season, and is on track to repeat that feat, her hat-trick taking her to 13 wins for the term, five clear of Ken Rogerson, who also tasted success yesterday. Fasmar got the ball rolling for the Lefoe team when storming home to win the XXXX Gold 0-58 Handicap by a head. The son of Fasliyev, having just his second start on the track, got home strongly in the hands of Michael Vassallo to beat a game Talamagne, with the rest, headed by Sitar, three lengths and more behind. Roslight made it two on end when finishing strongly out wide to take the second event, the Central Australian Removals 0-58 Handicap. With the trainers husband Garry in the saddle, Roslight downed Young Rossa by a half-length, with Gilt Prince third threequarters of a-length away. Damion McIntosh, the rider of the runnerup, fired in a protest against the winner on the grounds of interference over the final stages, but the objection was dismissed. Both Fasmar and Roslight are owned by their trainer, while Lefoes third winner, Coniston Gold (Town And Country Office National 0-62 Handicap), is raced by longtime stable clients Bruce McClure and his nephew Andrew. Coniston Gold (Garry Lefoe) also made his finishing run out wide on the track, and got up late to deny Manhattan Jazz by a long neck, with Detector next. Evergreen performer The Tailer brought up the 12th win of his stellar career when far too strong for his four rivals in the Central Australia Removals Open. The former top two and three-year-old, purchased from the Red Centre Yearling Sale by his trainer Ken Rogerson, has been a tremendous servant for owners Carrol Hunter and Bob Kendray. In the hands of Kim Gladwin yesterday, The Tailer bolted clear of his rivals to win by three lengths from Wahlyour, with Nothing Shall Pass over five lengths back third. Gladwin brought up a double courtesy of Century Hill in the Tinys Private Hire 0-67 Handicap. Rebecca Norths 6yo mare made it two on end when striding clear of the Will Savage stablemates Defecting Playboy and old-timer Kareshim. Failonge, ridden by Damion McIntosh for owner-trainer Ted Wade, looked a horse of some promise when scooting clear over the final stages of the A1 Mechanics 3 and 4yo Class 2 Handicap for an authoritative win over Tram Or Train and Street Vendor.
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