Sunday Golf Term 2 Celebrations

The final session of Term 2 junior golf was a celebration of all the juniors achievements so far this year.

Community Instructor Katelyn Rika and Naomi Rika, presented certificates to another 7 GIRLS with their MYGOLF ROOKIE AWARDS.

Community Instructor Mitchell Barrett presented 13 BOYS with their MYGOLF ROOKIE and STAR AWARDS.

TERM 3 SESSIONS WILL COMMENCE ON SUNDAY 29th JULY.

A big thank you to our role model youth: Katelyn Rika, Naomi Rika and Mitchell Barrett for your help every week with running the junior golf sessions in providing lots of fun through golf.

Congratulations also to the following juniors: Mitchell Barrett, Rigby Campbell, Chloe Budja, Dean Budja, Katelyn Rika, Naomi Rika and Hannah Rika. They are heading to Palmerston for the NT JUNIOR MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT AND COACHING CLINICS, which will be held 2-6th July.

Melville Bay Community Boat Ramp Project Update

The Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club wishes to advise that the final stage of the Melville Bay Community Boat Ramp Project is now underway.

Over the next 3 months there will be periods of total exclusion of this area due to the operation of heavy machinery. During the ramp closure periods, the access roadway will be barricaded west of the Seaswift entry gate. At no time will the Seaswift yard entry be closed during normal working hours.

Only emergency services and freight delivery will be permitted during the following times : 15 – 19 June, 13 – 18 July, 11 – 15 August. Access and use of the ramps outside of these dates may be restricted in some way.

For your own safety, the general public is asked to follow the instructions of authorised site contractors and all signage and bollards that have been deployed. Please call 0417 879 031 for all enquiries.

Gopu Football Club Supporting NHS Students

Gopu Football Club supporting 9 x Nhulunbuy High School students financially in the NT AFL under 15yrs championships in Darwin.
Taking it a step further, with supplying each student with each the following a –

– Gopu footy bag for game day
– Gopu water bottle
– Gopu key chain
– and toiletries for the girls and boys

Gopu Football Club would like to thank Lee Gordan, Nhulunbuy High School, their students for attending the training sessions, the photos taken by Leicolhn McKellar, and a special mention to our major sponsors Gumatj Corporation and board member Djawa Yunupingu for his support.

Gopu committee / team and the Gumatj Families, would like to wish the students the very best for the championships.

⚓️ANCHORING OUR FUTURE – GUMATJ SPORTS

Gopu FC Chairman
Daniel Bromot

Gove Peninsula Surf Club win NT Club of the Year

Tonight SLSNT Awards Night is underway.

Your Gove Peninsula Surf Club won NT Club of the Year.

While this may not be horrendously exciting as there are only three clubs in the NT, it does mean we get a crack at the National Life Saving Club of the Year in October this year.

Now that is exciting. I think we have a pretty good chance.

-Small club in a small town in the NT.
-Badly affected by fire that destroyed all our equipment.
-Cyclone damage to rock wall and fence.
-Curtailment of plant and associated loss of people and members from town.
-Over $1 Million dollars spent in 2017/18
– A club that has continued to thrive despite adversity.

I think we have a great story to tell on a national level.

Thanks to Michael Stimpson, Mikey Rogers and Jezza Kee for making the pilgrimage to Darwin to receive this award on behalf of the club.

Nhulunbuy should be very proud. Bring on the national award in October 2018!!!!!!!!

Funding for AFL Games in NT locked in for five more years

The Territory Labor Government will invest $1.7 million a year over the next five years to work with the AFL to secure annual Australian Football League (AFL) Premiership games in the NT from the 2019 AFL season onwards.

An additional $600,000 a year will be invested in to AFLNT managed programs that increase participation rates of women in AFL and deliver grass-root football programs to remote areas.

Treasurer Nicole Manison said the funding would see Government continue to partner with the AFL to bring games to Territory from 2019 to 2023.

“Budget 2018 will create more jobs and attract more people to the Territory and one of the ways we can do this is to continue bringing top-class sporting events here,” Ms Manison said.

“Territorians love their footy and AFL games with quality teams provide are a real boost for Territory lifestyle, which is so important in keeping people living in the NT.

“This year the Melbourne Demons play the Adelaide Crows in Alice Springs and the Demons will also go head to head with the Freemantle Dockers in Darwin, and we look forward to hosting more Premiership games in the NT in the next five years.

“AFL is not just a sport for us in the NT, it’s a great social, economic and cultural contributor that brings communities together and provides important opportunities for so many Territorians.

“Hosting national sporting events such as the AFL showcases the fantastic sporting culture and the facilities we have here in the Territory.”

Cyclones didn’t stop Nhulunbuy riders competing at Australian BMX titles

Cyclone Marcus’ wrath was felt far and wide across the Territory but it did not stop a group of talented Territory BMX riders recently competing at the Australian BMX titles in Bunbury, Western Australia.

“We had a group of riders due to fly out of Nhulunbuy on Saturday 17 March, but Cyclone Marcus forced the cancellation of all flights out that day and it meant that our riders didn’t think they’d make it to the titles in time to compete,” Nhulunbuy Club President, Paul Mery said last week.

However, Marcus did not stand in their way and the group arrived in the early hours of Monday morning to join the team of 29 Territory competitors who raced at the events.

BMXNT Chair, Kylee Carter, said four Territory BMX clubs had riders at the event including Nhulunbuy (6 riders), Jingili (Darwin) – 15 riders, Satellite City (Palmerston) – 6 riders and Red Centre (Alice Springs) had 2.

“We had 12 female riders and 17 male riders competing in categories from ‘Sprockets’ (5-7 year olds) to riders in the 50 years plus class,” she said.

“Competing at the National Championship is a big deal as it is the largest event on the Australian BMX calendar with just over 1300 race nominations.

Mrs Carter said, that after months of training and preparations, attending this event was quite daunting – but also very exciting – for many of the NT competitors.

“A national championship event like this one gives our riders the opportunity to challenge themselves and reach new personal goals.

“Equally important are the life skills the riders get from their training, goal-setting, budgeting and travelling to new places. The perseverance and dedication these riders have shown is a credit to their clubs and parents,” she said.

BMX riding is classified as an extreme sport but the NT competitors were lucky enough to largely escape without too many serious injuries.

“Poppy Goat injured her elbow, Taj Sartori broke an arm and Jacob Mery was hurt in a crash early in the week, but we came home largely unscathed,” Kylee said.

Nhulunbuy BMX Club President, Paul Mery said he was proud of the team’s efforts at the event.

“We didn’t land a medal place at the event but what the kids (and parents) experienced in Bunbury was more than worth all of the time, cost and planning it took to get there,” he said.

The team’s next big event will be the NT Titles to be held in Nhulunbuy (October 3-6) on the club’s new track and facilities generously provided by a grant from the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.  Information on this event is available at nhulunbuybmx.com.au/nt-titles-2018

 

BREAK out box:

The NT athletes that made it into the main final of their class (listed from the most successful at the top):

  • Mickayla Perkins 15 year Girls. 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes, 1st Nationals 24″ bikes, 5th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Ian Orr 13 year Boys 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes. 3rd National 20″ bikes.
  • Caitlin Jong 13 year Girls 1st Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd National 24″ bikes,  2nd Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Yasmin Ford 13 years Girls 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd Oceania 24″ bikes,  6th Nationals 24″ bikes, 7th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Catherine Carter 13 years Girls 7th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″bikes, 7th Nationals 24″bikes.
  • Jason Eecen 50+ years Men 4th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″ bikes, 6th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Kyla Sartori 10 year Girls 8th Oceania 20″, 5th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Maddison Walker 8 year Girls 5th Oceania 20″ bikes.
  • Isabel Spooner 13 year Girls 4thOceania 24″.
  • Taj Sartori 9 year Boys 8th Oceania  20″ bikes.
  • Hayden Russell 15 year Boys 6th Oceania 24″ bikes.

 

Story by Kylie Abood kyliemsa@gmail.com Images Courtesy BMX Australia

Director Appointed: The Arafura Games in Good Hands

Planning is well underway for the return of the Arafura Games with the appointment of experienced event manager Kylie Salisbury as Director of the event.

Minister for the Arafura Games, Ken Vowles, said Ms Salisbury brings years of experience to the role. She will join the Arafura team on April 3, more than a year out from the Games, which will take place from April 27-May 4 2019. Eight countries have now signed up to take part.

“When the Games were scrapped by the former CLP government, they attracted almost 4500 athletes and support personnel from 47 countries,” Mr Vowles said.

“The Territory Labor Government is building the Games back up to this level of success. Having someone like Kylie at the helm, with more than 20 years of experience in event planning, is vital.

“She has delivered a number of high-profile events in the Territory, including the 75th Bombing of Darwin Commemorative Program and the Cyclone Tracy 40-Year Anniversary event.

“She will work with the Department of Tourism and Culture’s Tourism and Events team, which is responsible for successes such as the V8 Supercars Championships, and two officers from the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, as the Games are as much about building international government and business relationships as they are about sport.”

Ms Salisbury said she was looking forward to delivering an international sporting event that will benefit the Territory.

“The Arafura Games will bring great opportunities,” she said. “I will be working closely with the 15 sports involved to finalise the program, venues and competition schedule as quickly as possible.”

The sports included in the 2019 Arafura Games are Athletics, Tennis, Muay Thai, Sailing, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Table tennis, Boxing, Soccer, Badminton, Swimming and Archery. There will also be demonstration sports including Sepak Takraw and Dragon Boating.

Mr Vowles said the eight countries signed up so far were Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the Federated States of Micronesia.

“More countries will be announced soon,” he said.

Rugby League star takes out NT Sportsperson of the Year

From humble beginnings as a junior player in Nhulunbuy to representing Australia in the Rugby League World Cup, this year’s NT Sportsperson of the Year, Will Chambers, has shown exceptional skill and talent throughout his career.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said this award cemented Mr Chambers place in the history books of NT Sport.

#sandpapergate – Cricket world condemns cheating Aussie cricket side

THE cricket world reacted with shock and outrage to revelations of Australia’s premeditated attempt to cheat against South Africa and the English newspapers have had a field day on their backpages.

Steve Smith, who has made it clear he doesn’t intend to stand down as skipper over the ball-tampering furore, and his leadership group discussed the merits of using sticky tape to illegally alter the ball at lunch on day three of the contest in Cape Town.

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Surf Club Update

For those who have been down to the club recently will have seen how close we are to completion. We are currently waiting on a few bits and pieces to arrive from Darwin to finish it off completely. Hopefully they will be on this week’s barge.

The inside is all but finished, most of the external flashing complete, plumbing fit off all but done. Electrician will have a day or two’s work and that will be finished.

Things are looking good and if all our ducks line up it should all be done this week.

Our state of the art security system is being installed that will monitor inside and outside the building 24 hrs a day. Modern day technology is impressive.

A month or so back you may have seen the club advertising for a couple to provide onsite security and to be our bar hosts.

We are fortunate enough to have secured a couple from Queensland who will live onsite and have committed to 12 months and potentially longer. They both have a lifesaving background and it will be great to have their help and provide that extra onsite security.

At this stage we are well on track for our big opening night on the 16th March. We will certainly let you know closer to the time.

You have got no idea how excited we are!!!!!!!!!

We would like to thank all our members and guests for your patience during the building and renovating phase. It has been challenging but I believe we have continued to offer a good level of service.

Never before has our club seen so much activity in such a short time frame. New clubhouse, renovated toilets, new first aid room, renovated observation tower and new outside kitchen.

All we have to do now is get all of the fencing replaced with black aluminum pool fencing. All the materials have arrived and installation will commence as soon as the clubhouse is finished.

It would be great if that was also done by the opening night. Fingers crossed.

The total make-over will be complete.

Our AGM is on Sunday 11th March at 1000 and everyone is welcome. It would be awesome to see new faces being a part of this iconic club. As well as committee positions there is also the opportunity for other volunteering roles within the club.

Let us know if you are interested in helping out.

 

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