The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020
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TUESDAY MAY 5 2020 SPORT 31 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Alice approved cricket side JUSTIN RAYMOND firstname.lastname@example.org manager Matt Henderson wanted to do the first ASCA Peoples Choice Team of the Year to help take local cricketers minds off the coronavirus pandemic. We got some great responses and everyone seemed to enjoy being able to vote on teammates from their clubs and even some of their mates from other clubs, Henderson said. It helped take our minds off what is going on in the world and bring some positivity to sport. Henderson said the team would be competitive against any side in the NT. The team is good enough to play against another side from Darwin or even go down and play in the SACA Country Cup, he said. Its a very strong team. The quality batting line-up boasts Federal Asbuild skipper Daniel Donaldson and his teammate Banjo Waring, Complete Constructions Cricket Club captain Yasitha Malalasekera and Rovers skipper Greg Louis. West paceman Samindra Madushan and spinner Sanath Ranjin spearhead the bowling attack, with good support from Federal Asbuilds James Kennedy and Alice Solergy Tigers Murukan Subayah Pandian. Wests Jayden Dick was named as one of the all-rounders but a second vote between CCCCs Roy Graham and Alice Tigers Hasnain Zaidi was needed to split them. Zaidi got the nod 65 votes to 62. The gloves behind the stumps go to reliable Tigers keeper Manu Kandedath. Henderson hopes to do another team like this next year. ASCA Peoples Choice Team of the Year BASTMEN: Banjo Waring, Daniel Donaldson (Federal Asbuild), Yasitha Malalasekara (CCCC), Greg Louis (Rovers), BOWLERS: Sanath Ranjan, Samindra Madushan (West), James Kennedy (Federal Asbuild), Murukan Subayah Pandian (Alice Solergy Tigers). ALL-ROUNDERS: Jayden Dick (West), Hasnain Zaidi (Alice Solergy Tigers). WICKET KEEPER: Manu Kandedath (Alice Solergy Tigers). NATHANIEL CHAMBERS THOROUGHBRED Racing NT CEO Andrew OToole said the racing at the Alice Springs Cup Carnival was as good as ever, though the lack of crowds due to the COVID-19 crisis made for a strange occasion. With coronavirus postponing the majority of sports across Australia, racing industry leaders made the collective decision to sacrifice crowd attendances in order to keep the sport active throughout this time. Cup Day was held on Sunday, where the Pioneer Sprint and Alice Springs Cup were the feature races, and would have normally attracted 2000 people. It is a really strange feeling to be out there with no people around and you just cant put a price on crowds, OToole said. From a purely racing perspective, the races in Alice have been really good. The trainers have shared the money and wins around with some great results coming through. Another missing component has been the interstate contestants, with the Alice Springs Cup drawing trainers and jockeys from other states, particularly South Australia and Victoria, on past occasions. South Australian trainer Michael Hickmott won last years Cup with then six-yearold Lieder. He would have been raring for another go at the trophy, but the global pandemic saw him miss out. However, the fields for both of the race day main events remained as strong as ever, with some of the Territorys star horses on show. The Northern Territory racing community has been tremendously grateful that weve still been able to race in these times, OToole said. CENTRALIANS have spoken and named their Alice Springs Cricket Association Peoples Choice Team of the Year. Over several weeks Centralians were asked to vote on four batsmen, four bowlers, two all-rounders and a wicket keeper to fill out the side. Central Australia cricket Absent crowds but racing was still hot Top results for Alice junior swimmers as return to pool now closer MICHELLE PARKER SWIMMING Australia has released the results from its 2019-2020 Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence Program, and Alice Springs Swimming Club has been one of the Northern Territorys best performing Clubs. The JX Program rewards, recognises and encourages junior swimmers aged nine to 13 years, who accomplish times set by Swimming Australia, to qualify at gold, silver, bronze or blue standard, depending on their best performance during the season. Alice Springs recipients were: Gold Anthony Knott, Harrison Knott; Silver Malachai Waterford, Mikayla Jones, Thomas Markham; Bronze Bahzi Nicholas, Ben Bloomer, Hannah Markham, JJ Siah, Megan Graves, Paddy Van Der Geest-Hester; Blue Daniel Rando, Fraser Russell, Harrison Moore, and Lilly Bloomer. While continuing with dry land training, swimmers connected with over 600 swimmers from all over the world last week in a webinar run by Gold Class Swimming. The common theme was that everyone missed the pool, but Australian Swim coaches Leigh Nugent and Rohan Taylor offered advice. They explained to us that even though this was not a planned break, everyone needs a break and we will not lose our ability to swim, Hannah Markham said. If you keep healthy and generally fit, you will regain your swimming fitness more quickly than if you dont. Head coach Emily Knott said the swimmers were also lucky enough to connect with Australian team swimmer Jess Hansen on how she is keeping fit during isolation and how the postponement of the Olympics affected her. It was an inspiring and encouraging talk making it clear that everyone is in the same situation no matter where they live, Knott said. Alice Springs swimmers are counting down the days to a return to the pool this month, following the NT Governments decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Were aiming for training to start in mid-May, Knott said. Our swimmers will be ready and raring to go when we jump back in the water. Hannah and Thomas Markham. Picture: KAREN MARKHAM Golden Dice, on the inside, nudges home ahead of Trystoff, No. 11, to win the Pioneer Sprint at Pioneer Park on Sunday. Picture: NIKKI WESTOVER Golden Dice in thrilling Sprint win GOLDEN Dice took a chance in the dying stages of the $60,000 Pioneer Sprint (1200m) to snatch a win by a short half head at Pioneer Park on Sunday. Terry Treichel rode the four-year-old gelding a treat in the latter stages of the race to pip Trystoff on the line, with Maudy finishing in third place and Ransom Money in fourth. Treichel kept the Dick Leech-trained Golden Dice, which has now won nine from his last 10 starts, just off the pace early on. In the turn for home, pacesetter Savatoxl kicked away from The Captain, but down the outside Maudy and out wide Trystoff and Golden Dice made their move. Inside the last 150m Golden Dice passed Savatoxl for the lead with Maudy and Trystoff pushing hard. But Golden Dice held on for a thrilling win.