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54 SPORT FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 REIGNING NTFL premiers Nightcliff will be without several first-choice players when they line up against Southern Districts in tomorrows grand final rematch. Shaun Wilson, Clayton Holmes and Simon Deery are certain to miss, while Chaney THE engines roared and the spirits were high among the 22 drivers in the penultimate gokart race meeting of the year on Sunday. It was a team event, with teams of three drawn from a hat, so the drivers were not in each race but to gain points for their team. This produced good close Engines roar all day Penultimate round of racing proves entertaining STEVE MENZIES firstname.lastname@example.org racing in all categories which made it an enjoyable race meeting for all. Even the inevitable car crash, with driver going all out under the pressure to secure points and cutting in and out of the race field with one driver ending up on the safety wall, did not detract from the spirit of the meeting. This was especially after it was realised that all the young drivers were all right. Natasha Tebech showed that go-karting was a sport in which the girls could mix it with the boys. The eventual winners Owen Auricht (driving a 125), Braedon OCass (also in a 125), and Ryan Sanders (in the Junior class). Second place was Cody Lawson (Junior), Ben Marsh (125) and Tebech (Juniors). Third was Stephen Hines (KTs), Thomas Anderson (Juniors) and Wade Beaton (125s). The number of drivers and their classes made it impossible for the officials to have one of each class in the teams. Meanwhile club president, and statesman class champion Tony Connor, is in Perth for the Bunbury City kart Club Clubrun after missing the meeting on Sunday. The final club races of the season is a double points meet ing on Saturday, October 12, Karting is a sport the whole family can enjoy from the little revheads to the more sedate adults who like driving with their foot flat to the floor. Karting is considered the first step in any serious racers career. It can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-towheel racing by developing quick reflexes, precision, car control, set-up, mechanical and decision-making skills. People of all ages can enjoy the sport with children as young as seven competing behind the wheel. Karting teaches these children, both boys and girls, basic driving skills well before they are able to obtain their road licence. Getting into karting is relatively simple. First, you need to become a member of the Alice Springs Karting Club and start out on a provisional licence. Understrength Nightcliff set to call up junior stars this season GREY MORRIS email@example.com medallist Liam Holt-Fitz is rated a 60-40 chance. On the positive side Phillip Wills will captain the Tigers for the first time in a premiership match after replacing Nathan Brown in the role. Brown will resume a key defensive role in Nightcliffs backline and classy midfielder Brodie Filo will line up against the Crocodiles. Tigers coach Chris Baksh is contemplating playing a group of the clubs under-18 premiership side in the early weeks while his senior players filter back into Darwin. Well be missing a few, which means a lot of new players, including some under-18s, will be out there learning how to bond with the regulars, he said. There will be a few new senior guys out there. Key forward Kyle Winter-Irving from Seymour and midfielder Bailey Bell from Nathalia in Victorias Murray League, where his club has played in five successive grand finals, will be two of them. Browny has been training well and looks a new player and Holt-Fitz is on his way, but sitting in his car all week is a worry. Its always good to win the first game and get those four premiership points on the board, so well definitely be looking for a win. In a twist, the Tigers will have to wait until Round 6 to unfurl their premiership pennant when they play the Darwin Buffaloes in their first home game. Phillip Wills Territory footballers could join Jarrod Harbrow on the Gold Coast Suns list as part of an AFL assistance package to the club. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett Suns set to rise in the Territory NORTHERN Territory footballs could be big winners from the Gold Coast Suns struggles at AFL level. The Suns will be able to prelist players from the Northern Territory without the normal bidding process. An assistance package announced by the AFL executive includes Darwin as a major piece of an expanded Academy zone. The focus on Darwin adds to the existing academies in the NT, including the string relationship Alice Springs has with the Melbourne Demons. AFLNT chief executive Stuart Totham has welcomed the news, saying Northern Territory footballers would be the big winners from the Gold Coast Suns involvement. Its great news, something weve been working towards in terms of our talented players and making suitable pathways available to them, Totham said. Gold Coast will also get the first two picks at this years national draft. The Suns will also receive draft concessions for the next three years as part of the package, with the expanded academy player access in Darwin.