The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jul 2020
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46 SPORT MONDAY JULY 27 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Kowcun taking her shot at the big time JOSH SPASARO PROUD Darwin basketball product Ambah Kowcun already has a playing resume most others could only dream of and she is only 19. The shooting guard/forward arrived back in Darwin from Adelaide last week, and straight away put her impressive skills to good use. She was the star guest coach at respected youth mentor Timmy Duggans Hoops 4 Health clinic at Malak. Before making a name for herself nationally and internationally, Kowcun de veloped her mental strength and maturity after making her Darwin Basketball League debut while at Uni Rebels before she was even a teenager. I remember my first league game against the bigger bodies, but I had some good role models in Jaylene and Edith Boundry, she told the NT News. They were great influences, and things just seemed to flow for me after that. Kowcun went on to represent Northern Territory, South Australia, the victorious Australian team at the Four Nations Cup in New Zealand in March last year, play for Forestville Eagles in the NBL1 Central competition in Adelaide and help Darwin Rebels to the inaugural Australian Indigenous Basketball Tournament in Cairns in December last year. Kowcun was named MVP of the senior womens division, averaging 16 points across eight games. She also got to hang out with Australian and American players when Team USA toured Down Under in August last year. If that isnt enough, she received a scholarship to study liberal arts at North Dakota State College of Science and, if it wasnt for the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, she would be leaving for the US next month. Meeting Patty Mills and the Boomers players was massive for me when Australia played the USA in Melbourne last year. Since 2008, Ive supported the San Antonio Spurs because he plays for them, Kowcun said I got to play for the Australian Indigenous Basketball team against the Kingdom of Hawaii in the curtain-raiser before the big game. I also went to a private USA training session. Id love to be in their position one day. Through her coaching while back in her home town of Darwin as she waits for the devastating COVID-19 situation to improve in the US, Kowcun is privileged to be a role model for young kids, particularly young Indigenous basketball players. Lots of kids look up to me, so Im happy to help with some pathways for them, she said. Yes (basketball has kept me on the right path). I dont know where Id be without it. Ambah Kowcun is a Darwin basketballer with the world at her feet, and a proud role model for young players in the Top End. Picture: CHE CHORLEY Players cop blast after shock loss PAUL CRAWLEY Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman after scoring against Newcastle. Picture: MARK KOLBE/GETTY IMAGES EVEN without its strike weapons, Penrith proved it is the real deal after scrapping out a tough 22-14 win over the Titans in a wet-weather affair on the Gold Coast. Down on troops, including Viliame Kikau and Dylan Edwards, the Panthers survived a second-half Titans surge to Penrith prop James Tamou stood out against the Titans. Picture: MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IM embarrassed. That was the cold hard truth from Newcastle coach Adam OBrien as he tore shreds off his players in the wake of a shock 18-12 loss to last-placed Canterbury at McDonald Jones Stadium yesterday, accusing them of behaving with a sense of entitlement. And a livid OBrien wouldnt even use a disastrous and season-ending double injury blow to dummy halves Andrew McCullough (hamstring) and Connor Watson (Achilles) as an excuse as he blasted his players with one of the heaviest post-match sprays in the Knights history. Known for having one of rugby leagues most loyal supporter bases, OBrien conceded: Im embarrassed for the people who sat out in that rain for 80 minutes. It is not good enough. While the gutsy Bulldogs snapped a six-match losing run to record only their second win of the season, the loss continued the Knights up-and-down year where they havent won back-to-back games since the opening two rounds. When you accuse players of having a sense of entitlement, it rips right at the heart of a clubs culture. It was only Steve Georgallis second game since taking charge from Dean Pay, and he couldnt have been prouder. Georgallis praised his middle forwards, led by Aiden Tolman and Dylan Napa, while Kieran Foran also stood out. Inexperienced Panthers dig deep to overcome rejuvenated Titans make it six straight wins and maintain their spot on top of the NRL premiership ladder. A day after the club snared the signature of boom Broncos backrower David Fifita, the Titans seemed to have a renewed sense of vigour after threatening to down the redhot Penrith side. Trailing by two points at halftime, Gold Coast looked as if it was about to topple the ladder-leaders. But a controversial try to winger Malakai Watene-Zelezniak in the 61st minute helped the Panthers to their best start to the competition in club history. Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said he was buoyed by the fact he coached the most inexperienced side hes ever had to a tough win. Today was always going to be a test of our systems and our culture, Cleary said. People went into certain spots and got the job done. Watene-Zelezniaks second-half try was thought to be the result of a forward pass among players, fans and commentators alike. However, the on-field referee awarded the four-pointer. The starting Gold Coast forward pack finished the first half with just 165 running metres between them, while Penriths James Tamou (110m) almost matched them alone. Halfback Jamal Fogarty is also showing signs of a bright future, with the 26-year-old starring for the home side, including a miraculous 95m runaway try. CHRIS HONNERY
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