The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022
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Saturday, May 21, 2022 SPORT 71 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Cameron Smith gets his US PGA Championship under way. Picture: Getty Images BE BRAVE: united to heed ange Mixed bag as Smith blitz saves round THE sage advice of super coach Ange Postecoglou will have been drummed into Western United players when they go for it against Melbourne Victory on Saturday night. United trails the Victory 1-0 heading into the second leg of the Victorian rivals A-League semi-final at AAMI Park. Both enjoyed a remarkable rise up the A-League ladder this season, after forgettable 2020-21 campaigns. While Victory, last seasons wooden spooner, has captured much of the attention under the guidance of master mentor Tony Popovic, United has defied expectations. It has led the competition for long periods of this season, in John Aloisis first year in charge of the expansion club. United finished third, three points behind Victory and four adrift of premier Melbourne City. A 1-0 elimination final win against Wellington earned United a semifinal shot at Victory. Despite being beaten in Tuesday nights first leg, Aloisis men are confident of second leg and overall success, which would earn them a grand final berth. We know were going to get our opportunities, and its exciting, Aloisi said. Its virtually halftime and now weve got another game and everythings at stake. Its a grand final were playing for. Uniteds rise this season has impressed former Victory coach Postecoglou, who has just completed a successful first season as Celtic manager, guiding the Hoops to Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup glory. Hes congratulated me on the season so far and what weve been able to achieve, Aloisi said of his recent dialogue with Postecoglou. His advice has been in the past to be brave, to go for it, and thats virtually what we have to do (in the second leg) be brave and play without fear, Thats what our players will do. Well go hard at Victory dont worry about that. Aloisi has been within a game of the grand final twice before during his time as Brisbane Roar coach. One was against Western Sydney in 2016 during Popovics time as coach of the Wanderers, in a match the Roar led 3-0 before losing 5-4 in extra time. Footballs got many twists and turns and, being involved in a few, Im ready for this one, Aloisi said. Popovic said Victory still had plenty of work to do to reach Saturday weeks decider, despite taking a lead into the second leg. No one gives you a final you have to earn it to get there, said the Victory coach, whose side is unbeaten in its past 16 A-League matches. Were on a fantastic run, but our sole focus is on this game. Were confident in our ability, were confident that through the different moments throughout the game that we can come out on top. CAMERON Smith likened opening-round conditions at the PGA Championship to a summers morning in Brisbane, before saving himself from a battling start to burst into contention in Oklahoma. And only two late bogeys from Victorian Lucas Herbert, who also compared the challenging Southern Hills layout to a favourite of his own Peninsula-Kingswood in Frankston cost him a spot in the top five. Like Smith, Herbert finished at two under, three shots behind opening-round leader Rory McIlroy. Smith, the world No.4 who played among the morning groups, required a back-nine birdie blitz after a sluggish start put him in black figures at two over through his first nine holes. He nailed five birdies in seven holes to finish at twounder par and conceded things could have got away from me quite quickly. Just like McIlroy, who made four back-nine birdies to lead all comers at five under, Smith, who started his round on the 10th hole, dialled in on the run to the clubhouse. Only a bogey on his second-last hole cost him being in the top five. My game felt really good. The scorecard said otherwise, but yeah, I knew I had a few birdies in me that back nine, and it all just came together, Smith said. Its nice to get through that stuff early in the week. It was definitely one of those rounds that could have got away from me quite quickly. Another couple over on that back nine, Im probably out of the golf tournament. So nice to rally. Queenslander Smith, who lives in Florida, said he enjoyed the warmer conditions, which felt more like home. Its like a summers morning in Brisbane, he said. McIlroy fired his best opening round at a major in 11 years to seize the lead, while playing partner Tiger Woods struggled in his second comeback event after severe leg injuries. Woods, now ranked 818th, admitted his surgically repaired right leg was hurting. My leg is not feeling as good as I would like it to be, said Woods, who made a fast start but had bogeys on six of his last 10 holes to shoot 74. Marco Monteverde Russell Gould victory v W.united a-league SEMI-FINAL (LEG 2) AAMI PARK, SATURDAY, 4.45PM Aggregate (Victory leadS 1-0) SOUTHERN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, TULSA, OKLAHOMA, PAR-70 -5 Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) -4 Will Zalatoris (US), Tom Hoge (US) -3 Matt Kuchar (US), Abraham Ancer (Mex), Justin Thomas (US) AUSTRALIANS -2 Cameron Smith, Lucas Herbert +1 Jason Day +2 Cameron Davis, Marc Leishman +3 Matt Jones, Min Woo Lee +7 Adam Scott FULL LEADERBOARD, PAGE 67 leaderboard 104th pga CHAMPIONSHIP EVERY ROUND Live on its a ring on a finger FORMULA One driver Kevin Magnussen says he feels uncomfortable at being told not to wear his wedding ring when racing as opposition to the sports bling ban intensified. I understand what they are saying, but it is a wedding ring around a finger, said the Haas driver on the sidelines of the Spanish Grand Prix. Id take a little bit of extra burn on my finger to race in my wedding ring. If something bad was to happen Id want to be wearing my ring. Sainz bracing for impact FERRARIS Carlos Sainz has revealed his fears for his long-term health and believes recent changes in Formula One car design are putting too heavy a strain on drivers bodies. The new breed of cars introduced this season are lower and stiffer, in the hope of encouraging closer racing and overtaking. But as a consequence the cars are hitting kerbs harder, while a number of teams have struggled with porpoising rapid bouncing at high speed. Sainz, 27, who is fifth in the drivers championship and will be the home-crowd favourite in Sunday nights Spanish Grand Prix at the Cir cuit de Catalunya, said he is feeling the effects on his body and is concerned about what the future holds for him. The kerbs in Miami felt very aggressive on these cars, he said. There were also bumps in Imola that were hard on the body. We need to ask how much of a toll drivers should be paying for our backs and our health. THE TIMES alasdair reid formula 1 SPANISH GRAND PRIX Live Sunday 10.30pm comeback of Liz Watson, who missed 2021 due to foot surgery, and the addition of Kiera Austin and Rahni Samason. I think last year with no Liz and the retirements of Tegan Philip and Caitlin Thwaites, it was really difficult for us to find that groove that we have been able to find this year, she said. Weston is well aware rivals Penthouse views appeal to the Vixens THE Melbourne Vixens are sitting where everyone else wants to be the top of the ladder and after collecting the wooden spoon last year, defender Jo Weston is thriving on again being the hunted. It is a privileged position. There is a target on our back, like there is on any team doing well in any competition, Weston said. But with the SSN being so close this year and a lot of teams edging towards the top four with just a few games to go, it is going to come right down to the wire. The defender credits her sides return to glory to the NSW Swifts will be out to put a dent in Vixens impressive win/ loss ratio on Saturday night. Victoria and NSW have very long established rivalries in a myriad of different sports, there is always a bit of pride on the line when it comes to playing against the Swifts, she said. Vixens had a five-goal win against Swifts in round 2 the NSW teams first game without shooter Sam Wallace. Weston said the key to the Vixens posting a fourth straight victory would be to stick to the game plan. Swifts Maddy Turner said the side was bursting with confidence after putting together three strong consecutive wins. Vixens defender Jo Weston Erin Smith SUPER NETBALL
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