The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019
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52 SPORT SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 A Z Z U R R I S s t a r - l a d e n under-14s soccer team is in Singapore to take part in the international 2019 SingaCup, which runs from today until next Friday. The SingaCup is Asias premier international youth football tournament and has gone from strength to strength Singapore challenge accepted as Azzurri youngsters take on the best in Asia NATHANIEL CHAMBERS since its inception in 2011. Azz urri under-14 coach Franco Zuccarato previously entered the side in the SingaCup 2015 Under-18s competition in which they came second overall, losing 3-0 to Thailands YFH Phuket in the final. This venture will allow the Azzurri, who finished undefeated in the FFNT Under-14 Pool A competition, the chance to extend the unbeaten run by a few more games. Im really excited. I took another team four years ago when they were young, Zuccarato told the NT News. Now, were entering in the under-14s with some of the players just turning 14. Taking part in the SingaCup will be a first for all the kids involved. The Azzurri boys have had a successful season scoring five or more goals in almost every game through scoring machines such as Foundation Gbekou (34 goals) and Adil Saeed with 28. Theyve also proven popular with local businesses such as S.D. Painters, Easy Glass and Brilliant Plumbing among others that helped fund the $40,000 venture.Azzurris under-14 soccer team Picture: SANDRINA ZUCCARATO DARWIN could play host to Australias first major football youth tournament since 1993 in either 2020 or 2021. Football NT is launching a bid to host the ASEAN Football Federation Under-19 Youth Championships, with Darwin and Perth being front-runners due to their proximity to South-East Asia. Football NT CEO Bruce Stalder was excited at the potential opportunity to showcase Darwin and NT football to an international audience. The board and management of FNT have been working assiduously with FFA on opening up opportunities for football and the NT in the ASEAN setting, Stalder told the NT News. We are absolutely ready for this in Darwin. We must think big. I have absolute confi dence in the town and its people to embrace and enhance such an international sporting event. Australias last stint as international youth tournament hosts was in the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship, with matches shared across the south-east of the country. Australias sights on the under-19 championships come after their recent title in Vietnam which was their Top U19 event a chance for NT NATHANIEL CHAMBERS fifth championship win over all. Stalder believes Darwin has the advantage when it comes to experience in holding such events despite Perths larger venues. Football NT has significant experience in delivering international and professional football, Stalder said. From Asian Champions League, to A and W Leagues to international friendlies involving big clubs like Everton and Celtic. An event of this magnitude will be a massive boon economically for Darwin, with many local businesses doing it tough in recent times. FFAs chief operating officer and head of international relations, Mark Flavo, believes the tournament would be attended by many from the Asian region. The ASEAN region continues to develop into an economic and football powerhouse, Flavo said. FFA has been committed to playing its part to help the game develop in our home region. The next step is to host ASEAN competitions. Western Australia and the Northern Territory are geographically well-positioned to play a part. (They have) governments that have prioritised engagement with South-East Asia. Triple treat as Territory star masters titles NATHANIEL CHAMBERS NORTHERN Territory tenpin bowling superstar Rebecca Voukolos has been crowned 2019 Australian Masters Champion after a period out of the game. Her victory at Zone Bowling Rooty Hill, NSW, makes her just the third female to win the masters title three times. It feels good to win, its been a few years since I last won the title, Voukolos told the NT News. These events always feel like a bit of a lottery. Its all about the best player on the day who comes in with enough tenacity and enough stamina to keep getting strikes and spares. Voukolos entered as highest qualifier with a score of 1374 across six games and did not look back from there. Her strong berth made her a favourite for the contest with averages higher than not only her female competitors but many in the male competition as well. Voukolos toppled Alicia Melton in two straight games to set up a final against Julieanne Mollett leading to a tight final between the pair. Voukolos dropped the first game 197-185 but showed composure to bounce back with a 223-189 victory. The deciding game saw Voukolos win by a single pin 204-203 to take the title. Her dominance may come as a surprise to some after sitting out of the sport for six of the past 18 months to look after her children and being controversially left out of the Australian team. Its been a bit hard to get back in having not been picked, Voukolos said. I had a choice to either leave or stick it to them. Winning this shows that I still have the fire in my belly, everyone says Im pretty stubborn. She now plans to get back into training and work with her Perth-based coach to help train the Territorys future stars. Theres some really strong bowlers up here, Voukolos said. People look out for us because weve always been a force to be reckoned with. Were also a tightly-knit group so we train well together. Territory tenpin bowler Bec Voukolos won the Australian Masters for the third time Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL
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