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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs.; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


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News Corp Australia



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30 SPORT TUESDAY MAY 5 2020 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 LOTION has edged Flying Tormenta in a photo finish to win the $70,000 Alice Springs Cup (2000m) at Pioneer Park on Sunday. Jockey Terry Treichel was unable to back up his Pioneer Sprint win and had to settle for second in the Cup. The Gary Clarke-trained Java was third. In a terrific finish, three horses broke clear of the field in a charge for the finish line. Lotions win was full of merit as the eight-year-old from Darwin had to do a lot of work early on a hot tempo and was still strong to the line. The Angela Forster-trained gelding had to work forward to sit outside the leader. Java kicked clear and Lotion, ridden by Paul Shiers, ran him down as the John Peacock-trained Flying Tormenta, possibly leaving his charge too late, had a shot at them. Lotion, the tough honest stayer who finished second in last years Darwin Cup, did well to hold off Flying Tormenta to take the narrow win by 0.5 lengths. The Clarke-trained Final Hearing went into the race favourite, but was disappointing to finish in sixth place. Lotion in photo finish Alice Cup win AFLNT working to play footy AFL Northern Territory, the controlling body for the sport in Alice Springs, has welcomed the announcement by the NT Government about easing of COVID-19 restrictions. AFLNT is currently working through its Return to Play road map for both training and playing. Separately, the NTG has earmarked Thursday June 18 as the date to reopen Biosecurity Zones, this will be subject to a decision by the Federal Government. AFLNT places great importance on when Biosecurity Zones and access between remote communities becoming accessible as all three of its community football competitions, including the TIO Central Australian Football League, involve participation from remote community teams affected by the current biosecurity measures. The plan is to return to usual programs in line with the NTG road map; whereby selfcontained community football can begin from June 5. AFLNT aims to communicate further updates to all stakeholders in the coming weeks with enough time for NT football leagues and clubs to prepare. THE lifting of the restrictions on sport as announced by Chief Minister Michael Gunner on Thursday has been welcomed by Alice Springs sports. Golf and tennis were straight into action. but team sports are preparing to begin. Tennis Alice Springs director Matt Roberts said the courts were fully booked on Saturday for the first time since he has been here. We played singles on Friday and last night and will continue for the rest of the week, he said. Sports ready to begin STEVE MENZIES steve.menzies@news.com.au We are really excited to get back on the court but we cannot do everything yet. Junior grand finals, singles and doubles will be on Friday, May 15 as will the first competition with seniors starting on the Monday. Coaching is available. The first day team sports can have games is the Queens Birthday weekend when most stop for the Tattersalls Finke Desert Race which has been cancelled this year. NRL game development officer for Central Australia Troy Duncan said there was a meeting last night to lock away a draw for the season. We were due to start the season on Saturday so we will still be able to get a full season of 12 rounds in starting a week later, he said. The Alice Springs Netball Association has contacted its clubs to canvas what the new season might look like. Its executive is meeting tomorrow to decide how to proceed with training (allowed from Friday, May 15) and games (from June 5) while maintaining safety for players. officials and fans. Studio B School of Dance has been teaching online for the past six weeks and is looking forward to having its 220 students back from May 15. Football in Central Austra lia president Alison Huhs said that it would be an incredibly shortened soccer season due to COVID-19. We are going step by step, following the guidelines and hopefully everything will work out, she said. The 11-a-side season will finish in mid September. There have been six or seven inquires a day in the past weeks asking what is happening. Huhs said FICA will look at a draw taking into account public holidays and people wanting to get away during the school holidays from June 29. Another sport meeting to morrow to plan events for the rest of the year is the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club. Committee member John Bermingham said a number of events had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions and the meeting would be a chance to plan ahead to the Alice Springs Masters Games in October. There is a lot of people gathering at the start and end of events so it is impossible to keep social distancing so we cannot run events until after June 5, he said. Golfers head back to links STEVE MENZIES steve.menzies@news.com.au GOLFERS wasted no time in getting back on the links once the coronavirus pandemic restrictions were lifted with more than 130 booking tee places in 24 hours. Men and women played a single Stableford round on Saturday and the enforced break did not seem to affect the quality of a number of golfers. The best mens round was by Michael Penman who carded 39 points to be three points clear of Mervyn Sweeney and Jim Lawrie. Nimi Marsh won the B-grade with 37 points while David Evans took the C-grade honours with 36 points. Course record holder Kerryn Heaver, playing off a daily handicap of -2, finished with 35 points but came in ninth. Tim Henderson, Phillip Delsar, Christopher Kneebone, David Falkenberg and Steven OBurtill all scored 35 points. There were 24 players with scores of 32 points or better. Six different players won the nearest the pin awards on the day. Junjit Nguyen topped the womens leaderboard with 38 points from Tanya Kirker, 35, and visitor Kerry Baxter on 33. Arlee Taitua looks on as Jonathan Cohl takes a big swing on the Alices Springs golf course on Saturday. Picture: SOCIAL MEDIA NT YOUNG gelding Paghman was a standout at Pioneer Park, managing his first win in 16 months after saluting in the feature $20,000 Think Water Alice Springs Handicap (1600m) on Friday. The four-year-old from the stable of champion Darwin trainer Gary Clarke has been a Promising Paghman finally puts an end to run of misses NATHANIEL CHAMBERS consistent placegetter over the past year without winning, but a smart run in at Ladbrokes Pioneer Park saw him finally break his drought. Paghman trailed the field early but a smart run down the inside fence under the sure hand of jockey Kim Gladwin saw him claim victory. Dick Leechs Lunch Session beat out Kerry Petricks Ulara ra to take second place in the race for horses aged three and four, both finishing around a length behind Clarkes winner. Thoroughbred Racing NT CEO Andrew OToole was impressed with Clarkes runner, agreeing that the victory was long overdue. It was a good win from him and you could say an overdue win as well since he hasnt had a win in the past 16 months, OToole said. Gary was pleased with the win, hes (Paghman) a really consistent horse that has had a number of high places but doesnt win out of turn. So it was a really nice win from him. It was also a good day for the duo of trainer Greg Connor and jockey Stan Tsaikos, who managed two wins together. Their first victory came in race two with Nic Nac and the second with Radio Room in race five. Other winners at Pioneer Park on Friday were Blazing Bullet (trainer Lisa Whittle/ jockey Terry Treichel) and Truckload Of Hoffa (James Carroll/Barry Huppatz). JUSTIN RAYMOND

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