The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020
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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA MELBOURNE CUP NTNEWS.COM.AU 09 Menace Hopper proves to be taverns top frog A FLUTTER on the frogs proved to be more popular than the fillies at the Noonamah Tavern with punters dropping hundreds to secure their amphibian for the annual frog races. One syndicate spent $3520 on lucky number frog No 19 Black Night. However it was frog No 2 Menace Hopper that took home first place. It was purchased by mates Colin Ballard and Bert Kellett for $750. Mr Kellett said they had attempted to buy a frog at the races last year but missed out. This year the duo were determined to back a jumpy fourlegged competitor and pooled their cash together. Mr Kellett said the frogs had proved to be more lucrative than a punt on the fillies. I blew 160 bucks on the races; Col didnt put a bet on the races, he was saving it for the frogs, he said. But it almost wasnt to be, with the duo eyeing off another ribbiting racer to back. We didnt look at that one originally, we looked at a few others but that was the one we ended up going on, he said. The blokes took home more than $5000, with the runner up pocketing more than $3000 and third place more than $1000. Noonamah Tavern manager Tony Innes said the races were on shaky ground with the pub struggling to source 24 frogs until Monday morning. On Friday we only had half a dozen frogs, Sunday night we had seven or eight and on Monday morning one person brought in 15 and we got a few more (Tuesday), he said. The frogs will be collected by the people who brought them in or otherwise released into the beer garden. In total more than $18,000 was raised for charity with the money to be split between Variety NT and the Humpty Doo volunteer fireys NTFRS Santa Run. Im absolutely rapt we raised nearly $19,000 for charity its pretty awesome, Mr Innes said. JUDITH AISTHORPE Darwin City - Cullen Bay - Katherine - Gove - Alice Springs | Ph: 8981 0013 | arafuraaudiology.com.au COOLALINGA OPENING SOON Phonak LyricTM 30 Day Risk Free Trial A Swiss Sonova Brand Others Mumbling? The Northern Territorys premier, and only independent and accredited audiology clinic. Local Professionals; Global Technology The Worlds only 100% Invisible Hearing Aid ARAFURA Audiology EAR & HEARING CLINIC