The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022
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30 SPORT Tuesday March 29 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 GREENANTS BEST OF 40 YEARS B: Brad Burge, Alan Meginess, Ross Billias HB: Rob Kensey, Callum Crook, Paul Allen (c) C: David Carroll, Terry Scholz, Peter Hargraves HF: Peter Geier, Billy Lovel, Matthew Ryan F: Steven Malseed, Paul Bussenchutt, John Chester Foll: Charlie Smith (vc), Travis Edwards, Matthew Gill Interchange: Phil DeSouza, Rick Nolan, Wayne Worden, Scott Bourne, Leon Peacock, Brian Cocks. FROM BACK PAGE A league spokeswoman said the club had submitted a request to join the Premier competition. The 2021/22 season review is under way and a decision on the future competition structure will be made in the coming months, she said. Meanwhile, PINT has named its best mens side from 40 years of competing in the former NT Football Association and the NTFL. Matthew Gill was named coach, Wayne Worden and Dennis Lew Fatt assistant coaches, popular clubman Paul Spud Allen captain and ruckman Charlie Smith his vicecaptain. PINTS in Premier push Rugby kicks on in Alice A NEW home for rugby in the Red Centre could be up and running inside two years, the chief executive of a NT peak sporting body says. NT Rugby Union chief executive Shane Sullivan said both rugby codes should be excited with the Territory government announcing earlier this month it would build a multipurpose community precinct within the Kilgariff Estate in Alice Springs, providing a new home for the sport. The government will build the National Aboriginal Art Gallery at the existing home of nine local rugby teams, Anzac Oval, after the land was compulsorily acquired. However, the new rugby facilities will feature two playing surfaces, supporting infrastructure and green space. Sullivan said the new facilities would allow rugby union to grow in Central Australia, host representative matches and its City v Country fixtures and possibly usher in a womens competition, with a grandstand, changerooms, bar and kitchen promised. We think a move to the new facility will be a positive move for our sport, Sullivan told NT News. It will certainly allow us to build our income, and then put that money into the development of the sport down there. Its a halfway point (for state representative teams), instead them coming all the way to Darwin. A new facility and new grounds will give us options. He said the new ovals could be opened in time for the 2023-24 season, but the following season was looking more likely at this stage. Sullivan also said the growth of the sport locally would tie in nicely with the expansion of Alice Springs at Kilgariff. New housing, new facilities, new infrastructure will be great for the sport as well, he said. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said earlier this month the next stage of the Kilgariff land release would be brought forward, including an additional 350 residential lots to go to market in 2023. However, most importantly, art gallery works would not impede on either the union or league seasons, with the rugby facility to be built in conjunction with the gallery at Anzac Oval. Both sports will be able to continue to play their seasons while the art gallery will be built, he said. There will be no crossover, we wont lose a season. Sullivan said four local clubs currently used the ageing facilities at Anzac Oval, which includes an oval, two changerooms, a small bar, canteen and a viewing platform. Theyre not bad, but its limited space and ageing, he said. Both codes will walk alongside the government to provide design plans. NRLNT was contacted for comment. Ben Cameron New home for sport in Centre two years away Crash rider back in saddle COLOMBIAS 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal was back on a bike on Sunday, two months after hitting a bus at speed in an accident from which he was lucky to escape with his life. The 25-year-old who was left nursing multiple broken bones has made a remarkable recovery, and posted on Insta gram a photo of him back in the saddle. He is seen wearing his Ineos team colours riding a bike with two others. After two months and 20 broken bones here I am again and I want more! he wrote. The 2019 Tour de France champion hit a stationary bus at full speed on January 24. A worried Socceroos coach Graham Arnold after the loss to Japan. Picture: Toby Zerna Socceroos desperate for momentum SOCCEROOS defender Trent Sainsbury says Wednesday mornings dead rubber against Saudi Arabia remains important in Australias bid to qualify for this years World Cup. The Socceroos hopes of direct World Cup qualification ended with last Thursdays 2-0 loss to Japan in Sydney. Regardless of the result against the already qualified Saudi Arabia in Jeddah (5am AEDT), Australia can finish no higher than third place in Group B in the Asian Football Confederations third round of World Cup qualifiers. Having missed a top-two Group B berth, the Socceroos must now qualify for the World Cup via sudden death playoffs in June in Qatar. The first will be against the nation finishing third in the AFCs Group B. Three countries UAE, Iraq and Lebanon remain in contention for third place. The winner of that game will meet the nation finishing fifth in the South American qualifiers for a World Cup berth. Battling it out for fifth spot are Peru, Colombia and Chile. Speculation mounts current Socceroos coach Graham Arnold will be removed before the playoffs. Regardless of who is coach by then, Sainsbury told the Socceroos website it was important to take momentum into the playoffs. The Socceroos have won just one of their past six World Cup qualifying games. Putting on the green and gold is always a privilege and honour, so there has never been a dead rubber to me, Sainsbury said. Obviously we cant go directly to the World Cup now, but we have a chance to take some momentum into upcoming games. Sainsbury said despite the emotion since the Socceroos loss last week, the Australians could not afford to dwell on the defeat. Obviously it was a disappointing result to take but at the same time we have got another match coming up, he said. We have to move on and focus on the next game. He said the Socceroos past playoff experiences, including in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, could come in handy in June. You just have to prepare like it is another other game, Sainsbury said. We know what is at stake and we arent doing it for ourselves, we are doing it for our friends and family back home. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 AFC Asian qualifiers (third round) Saudi Arabia v Australia Wednesday, 5am (AEDT) King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Live: Network 10 Marco Monteverde Impressive start for Rising Dee NINE games, nine wins, a premiership, his first goal in round 1 and now a second Rising Star nomination. Welcome to sweet-kicking Demons defender Jake Boweys charmed existence, which probably leaves some of the AFLs grizzled veterans jealously muttering away to themselves. The 19-year-old is the antithesis of Melbournes decades of struggles and lowlights before the 2021 grand final triumph over the Western Bulldogs ended 57 years of pain. Bowey is the Demons answer to Jack Graham, who played in a premiership in just his fifth AFL game four years earlier. It sounds pretty good when you read it out like that, Bowey said of his alreadypacked footy resume. Im in a very grateful position, being at Melbourne and surrounded by some unreal players and staff. But this isnt a tale of luck. This latest honour follows his superb 34-disposal effort against Gold Coast on Saturday night. None of Boweys incredible success is by accident, starting with the endless after-school sessions of kick-to-kick with his dad in the street until dark. A self-confessed overthinker, the 19-year-old also started speaking to the Demons sports psychologists and the clubs defensive coach, Troy Chaplin, about his tendency to beat himself up over skill errors. Marc McGowan