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The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019



The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 SPORT 51 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA CUBS COACH ETHAN SCOBIE HITTING his first hole-inone, after playing golf for 25 years, was surreal for Craig Simpson. He aced the third hole while playing in the two-person ambrose on Saturday. No one in my group (Steve OBurtill, Graeme Freer and WE ALWAYS ENJOY PLAYING DEMONS, THE RIVALRY REALLY HELPS EVERYONE STAY ON THEIR TOES DURING THE GAME Strong rivalry is alive and well ANTHONY GEPPA anthony.geppa1@news.com.au Simpson on cloud nine after sinking his first ever hole in one STEVE MENZIES steve.menzies@news.com.au Trudy Robinson) saw it go in the hole, Simpson told the Centralian Advocate. I just hit the ball but did not see where it went. It is all a bit of a shock really. I heard the ping if it hitting the pole and when we saw three balls on the green, I thought I must have bounced off. I finished the game but my game went down a bit from there. Now that I have hit a holein-one it is one thing off my bucket list. It was really good to be in the clubrooms after and being congratulated by the A-graders, many who have their names on the board for getting a hole-in-one. Simpson and partner Graeme Freer carded with a score of 67.5 to finish in 22nd place. The event was won by Jai Pumphrey and Jackson Ankers with a score of 61.75 from Andrew Rae and Kerryn Heaver on 62.25 with three pairs close behind on 62.5. Celebrating the hole in one did not adversely affect Simp sons game as he scored 41 points in the single stableford round on Sunday. This was won by Bill Robertson on a countback from Trevor Hopkins, both with 44 points, and Raymond Brown third on 41. Leanne Leerson won, with 45 points, the womens stableford event from Abbey Brown on 44. Leanne Leerson ONE win from one game could be considered a perfect start, but Cubs coach Ethan Scobie is under no illusions that his side still has plenty to work on. Cubs began the 2019/20 Zodiac Senior Baseball League with a comfortable win over Venom, welcoming back some star players to the line-up in Jimmy Allen and Ray Brown. Scobie said the win has given the whole side some confidence early in the year, but said it would be foolish to think everything was perfect. It was good to get a whole team down there the first week of the season especially after struggling for numbers every week last season, he said. Having our more experienced players back will really help the team come together more. Ray and Jimmy both showed us that they still have it each getting a hit if the first inning. Our hitting let us down in the first couple of innings but later in the game everyone started picking their pitches a bit better. There were a couple missed catches in the outfield so Id like to do a bit of work on that. Overall there werent too many problems for the first week back. Cubs will get an early season test tonight when they take on fierce rivals Demons from 9pm. Demons struggled in their opening round loss to Pirates, but Scobie was adamant Cubs would not be taking last years grand finalists lightly at all. We always enjoy playing Demons, the rivalry really helps everyone stay on their toes during the game, he said. First week back there were bound to be errors and small problems from all teams. I think they will sort out a few of those kinks during training this week and will put up a good fight tonight. Demons are always the team we want to beat the most so we always play hard against them. I dont think anyone will take them lightly. Cubs and Demons will meet tonight at Lyel Kempster Park with the first pitch scheduled for 9pm. Panthers to get out of their cage tonight ANTHONY GEPPA anthony.geppa1@news.com.au IT was a Zodiac Senior Baseball League season from hell last year, but Panthers can take the first step towards redemption tonight. Panthers struggled week in, week out in season 2018/19 for players, finishing the year at the foot of the premiership table. After a bye in Round 1, Panthers will take to the diamond for the first time tonight when they face a Venom side looking for their first win of the year. Venom got their season off to an inauspicious start last week, going down 7-3 to Cubs but showed promise with the bat late in the fixture. The side was buoyed by the return of Michael Hillman from injury and will be confident of registering their first victory of the new year. Panthers meanwhile look to be in better shape this season with the return of club stalwart David Kerrin as coach, taking pressure off star Stephen Erickson. Erickson will now be able to focus more on his own game, something that could see him return to the heights he reached in 2016/17 when he helped his side to the grand final. Panthers and Venom will meet tonight at 7pm at Lyel Kempster Park. Stephen Erickson and the Panthers will step onto the diamond for the first time this season tonight. Picture: MATT HENDERSON