Official Newspaper of the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games 8 – 15 October 2016
Get Ready, Get Set
for Opening Ceremony
The 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games begins today
with participants and volunteers gathering in the Todd
Mall from 5.30pm before they leave en masse for Anzac
Oval. The teams in all their colours and costumes will
display the real spirit of the Friendly Games.
Their arrival at the oval will be heralded by a cannon shot,
followed by the national anthem before the NT Chief
Minister Michael Gunner declares the Games open.
The official fireworks display will then light up the night,
setting the scene for a wonderful week of friendly sporting
The stellar line-up of entertainment kicks off at 7.30pm
with Clearway, one of Adelaide’s great rock bands.
The three-piece band with a huge sound and the raw
authenticity of a big, big band were a huge hit at the
2014 Alice Springs Masters Games and have been regular
performers in Alice Springs.
Clearway’s continued popularity all over the country stems
from their dedication to deliver the best music in the best
possible way. The trio play everything from old classics,
like Elvis and The Rolling Stones, to today’s big hits from
the likes of Good Charlotte and Nickleback.
Clearway has been rocking pubs, bars and festivals all over
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South Australia since the 80s. They guarantee a good night
out and are sure to get the Games off to a rocking start.
Participants should be warmed up by the time Wilbur
Wilde and the Troublemakers featuring Wendy Stapleton
take the stage.
Adelaide-based saxophonist Wilbur Wilde rose to
prominence with the bands Ol’ 55, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons,
Klapa Maslina and Skyhooks.
Wilde is also well known for appearing as part of the house
band on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, alongside Red Symons
from 1984 to 1999 where he demonstrated more talents
than just playing an instrument.
Stapleton is a pop/rock singer-songwriter and musical
theatre and television actress. She has performed as a
backing singer, session musician and a solo artist; fronting
various Melbourne-based groups including the Wendy
Stapleton Band and Wendy & the Rocketts.
The final act for the night will be The Australian Blues
Brothers who are sure to get everyone up and dancing to
wrap up almost four hours of live music.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. No bottles
or glass to be brought in to the grounds.
+37ºC +30ºC +25ºC +26ºC
With temperatures soaring and
an Extreme UV Index don’t forget
to hydrate regularly and cover
up to avoid heat distress.
MO TU WE
8 October 2016 is a day of mixed fortune. The
equilibrium of Saturn’s seventh moon alignment with
Pluto puts the sun in your water axis this week. That
could go either way, so don’t try anything important
or make big promises. In fact, try not to do too much
speaking … or walking … or living.
Someone has ideas worth listening to and ways of thinking
that could positively influence the way your team plays
today. Believe in your ability and trust that your Dunlops
won’t suffer a blow-out mid-game.
People who tell you what you’re desperate to hear are not
necessarily being honest. If you feel like the wheels are
falling off today, they probably are.
Re-calculate the route on your metaphorical sat-nav. In fact,
consider a whole new mode of transport! Today is the day
to see how many people can fit on a unicycle.
Springing for Goals
First Gold at Clay Target
The first gold medals of the 2016 Alice Springs Masters
Games have been awarded already.
Clay target shooters Glenn O’Brien and Michelle Ball got
in early to win gold in the 50 target skeet event yesterday.
O’Brien, from Geraldton Western Australia, shot a
remarkable 48 out of 50 targets while Centralian Ball
scored an impressive 40 targets.
The field for the clay target reached capacity early and
there are 79 shooters coming from country New South
Wales, country Victory, Adelaide and Western Australia.
The Wood Ducks from Victoria’s Woods Point Gun Club
have been coming to the Games since 1992 and are one of
several groups that keep returning year after year to enjoy
Centralian hospitality at the Clay Target Club.
There are 20 shooters in their group.
In a boost for the popular sport this year, shooters at the
Alice Springs Clay Target Club now have access to a better
equipped facility at which to flex their trigger fingers.
The club received $5000 from the NT Government Grass
Roots Grants Program for upgrades to equipment and to
increase the club’s capacity to host more competitors.
The new equipment is of Olympic standard, and as well as
providing a safer and more professional environment for
competition, it allows members and visitors greater access
to more layouts to participate in competitions and practise
Clay target shooters require a quick trigger finger and a
high degree of accuracy, and only the quickest of these
sharp shooters has secured a berth in the clay target
competition at the Games.
Coordinator Marlene Niland has been involved in
organising 13 Alice Springs Masters Games events, missing
only two of the biennial events since the Games began in
“It is so popular because it is such an exhilarating sport,
and it has such broad appeal,” Niland said.
“You can be 63 years old, a little bit unfit, and still go out
and take up target shooting and have an amazing time and
maybe even become quite good at it.”
Niland said the social but competitive atmosphere at clay
target shooting really embodies what the Games are all
“It’s about getting out and enjoying yourself. It’s a great
sport, even though years ago it wasn’t thought of as a
woman’s sport I certainly feel like I’m treated well and
belong, we all accept each other as equals and have a
fantastic time,” she said.
Adventurers are becoming an endangered species. Swing
your bat hard and ride those trails like you’re outrunning
Embrace your inner child by wearing clothes emblazoned
with superhero motifs, but be warned, screaming at the ref
might not result in a gold medal for your performance.
Don’t be on the receiving end of mischief today. Being the
perpetrator is so much more enjoyable.
Today you celebrate the virtues of a dark room, as you
retract from the sunlight and reflect on your actions of a
We have free will but there are times when that will seems
a little freer than others. Reign the free will in today and
sharpen your focus as you visualise a swag of medals
around your neck.
The lure of being the
first to play on the
sprung timber floors of
a new netball stadium
has brought more than
200 athletes to the 30th
Anniversary of the Alice
Springs Masters Games.
The stadium was opened
by NT Minister for Tourism
and Culture Lauren Moss
on Thursday – just in time
for the first pass of the
Ms Moss said the Alice
Springs Masters Games
was a great fit with her
new responsibilities, as the
Games drew not only sports
participants but visitors to
She said after the Masters
Games the netball centre
would provide a solid
base for the sport with the
biggest participation in
“To be able to provide
athletes and their families
with a state-of-the-art
netball centre is very
special,” she said.
“With the extreme
temperatures that Alice
the new facility will keep
athletes cooler in the
summer and warmer in
those cold winter months.
“The new courts are a
significant step forward for
netball in Central Australia
and will facilitate further
growth of the sport locally,
enabling competitions to be
run at a higher standard of
The facility was jointly
funded with the Territory
($4.25M), and Alice Springs
Town Council ($1.5M). Local
businessman Tony Smith
of NT Link Transportable
Buildings also contributed
One of the teams looking
forward to playing in the
stadium is Spectrum, from
the Hills region outside
Perth, Western Australia.
The team has been coming
to the Games since 2000.
Team organiser Mardi
Mules said the team, while
based in the Hills area,
comes together to play
from all over Perth and
“We also have a recruit, Jo
Whelan, who has joined us
from the Adelaide Flames,”
“All the players in the team
have played in previous
Games and can’t wait to
play in the new stadium.
“It looks like Alice is going to
be a lot of fun again.”
Spectrum will be playing
in the 40-plus age division
and players can be easily
identified by their bright
The club organises the
traditional ‘Pink Night’ when
the team plays against a
‘Pink Night’ is a fundraiser
for the Breast Cancer
Foundation and will be held
on Monday night.
“Originally we either played
the X-Men who were a
Touch team or members
of the Air Force in Darwin,”
“But since they have
left the service we’ve
organised guys from other
sports — cricketers from
from SA and Victoria and a
couple of others.
“The guys seem keen to put
their hands up and get into
our old lycra body suits for
“It is a great cause - not
only for women as men get
breast cancer as well.”
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and make a caption for today’s photo. The best
caption will win an prize. Winners announced
in each edition of The Friendly Times.
Strength comes from physical capacity and an indomitable
will. Both will shine strong for you today as you come
face-to-face with a long-term rival.
Around the Traps...
Today is not the day to rely on divine intervention. Double
check your equipment, strategise and know how to get hold
of Sports Med quickly.
The meaning of life may never be universally agreed.
But we can all find meaning in some of our actions.
If you woke up feeling seedy this morning, this may
mean your social evening was bigger than you thought.
Your instincts are sharp. You can usually sense when there’s
no point in polishing your shoes for a parade. Memories
colour your judgment but your medal will come. Swimming
and drinking consume your day.
The rumour mill has started already! Imagine the
shock when Alice Springs Masters Games Manager Jim
Lawrie took a phone call three days before the Games
started from a concerned participant wanting to know
if it was true that he’d resigned. The same rumour
dogs Jim every Games but rest assured - Jim is going
Another perennial rumour doing the rounds is that the
Games is in its last year. With nearly 4000 participants
and 800 volunteers, it would be a brave move to end
such an iconic and long-running event.
Those regular Games attendees will remember
93-year-old Nancy Ayres who has been at every
Games since they started in 1986. The inspirational
swimmer has had to miss her first Games because the
gutsy nonagenarian has just had a hip replacement.
We wish Nancy well and hope to see her at the next
Games in 2018.
Radio personality and sports buff Les Garraway
comes out of retirement for every Games to lend his
silky chords to the airwaves, interviewing a host of
athletes, volunteers and VIPs for the local station 8HA.
He is a stalwart of the Games staff but often turns
up with some part of his body in a bandage or sling.
When deciding the colour of the staff shirts this year,
someone quipped that we should check what type of
injury Les has so we can colour coordinate with his
bandage. Luckily it hasn’t mattered – Les is injury free
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Whats On Today
at the Alice Springs Masters Games
Athletics – Road & Cross Country -
Half Marathon Ilparpa Road
6:45am Cycling - 20km Time Trial Larapinta Drive
Golf - 4BBB Stableford Event
Alice Springs Golf Club
Shooting – Pistol -
Gun Checks Pistol Club
Motorcycling - Scrutineering
Alice Springs Motorcycle Club
Shooting – Clay Target -
Competition Gun Club
Shooting – Sporting Shooters -
Competition Sporting Shooters Club
Lawn Bowls - Mens & Ladies
Fours Memorial Club
Archery - Practice range open
Notification of shoot groups
Darts - Mixed Doubles
Alice Springs Golf Club
Badminton - Practice sessions
OLSH Marian Centre
10:00am Tenpin Bowling - Competition Dustbowl
Swimming - 400m Freestyle
Alice Springs Town Pool
General - Opening Ceremony ANZAC Oval
To purchase official
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Stories - Steve Menzies
Photos - Justin Kennedy
Design - Sambo
Phone or SMS 0401 119 467
Dead Centre Bowhunters Club in the Alice Springs Shooting Complex.
Entry is off Ilparpa Rd (not through the main shooting complex entry)
Athletics – Masters Mile Gap Road. Alice Springs, NT 0870
Road & Cross Country
Tennis Traeger Park Tennis Courts, 5 Traeger Ave, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Tenpin Bowling Alice Springs Dustbowl, 29 Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Touch Flynn Park, Lot 3672 Sponsorship Adamson Avenue, Gillen NT 0870 Partners
Alice Springs Desert Park (Larapinta Drive), Ragonesi Road
(Ross NT 0870), Alice Springs Telegraph Station (Herbert Heritage Dr,
Stuart NT 0870), Simpsons Gap (Darken Drive)
Athletics – Track & Field Traeger Park, Speed St, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Marian Centre, OLSH Sadadeen Campus, Sadadeen Road,
Alice Springs NT 0870
Baseball Lyel Kempster Baseball Park, Speed St, Alice Springs NT 0870
Basketball Traeger Park Stadium, Traeger Ave, Alice Springs, NT 0870
BMX Len Kittle Drive, Ilparpa NT 0870
Various - Jim McConville Oval (Memorial Avenue, Gillen), Rhonda Diano
Oval (Head St, Northside), Charles Darwin University Oval
(Grevillea Drive, Eastside), Alice Springs NT 0870
Cycling Flynn's Grave - Larapinta Drive (6km west from CBD), Velodrome -
Dalgety Road (off North Stuart Highway), Town Council Lawns - Town
Centre (Todd St), Twin Ghost Gums - Larapinta Drive (17km from CBD)
Darts Alice Springs Golf Club, Cromwell Drive, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Club Eastside, 28 Undoolya Rd, Eastside NT
Equestrian Blatherskite Park - Len Kittle Drive, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Football (Soccer) 7 a side Ross Park, Winnecke Avenue, Eastside NT 0870
Go-Karting Arunga Park Speedway Complex - Herbert Heritage Dr, Stuart NT 0870
Golf Alice Springs Golf Club - Cromwell Drive, Alice Springs NT 0870
Hockey Traeger Park Hockey Grounds via Traeger Ave, Alice Springs NT 0870
Indoor Beach Volleyball Desert Sands Indoor Beach Volleyball - 11 Kennett Crt
Alice Springs, NT 0870
Lawn Bowls Alice Springs Memorial Bowling Club, Gap Rd, Alice Springs, NT 0870
Motorcycling Alice Springs Motorcycle Club, Illparpa, NT 0870
Mountain Biking Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Anzac Hill and Alice Springs Scout Hall
Netball Pat Gallagher Netball Centre, Eastside, NT 0870
Alice Springs Telegraph Station (Herbert Heritage Dr, Stuart NT 0870) &
OLSH Campus Sadadeen (outside Marian Centre)
Shooting - Clay Target Alice Springs Clay Target Club, Ross Hwy, Ross NT 0870
Shooting - Pistol Alice Springs Pistol Club, Undoolya Rd, Eastside, NT 0870
Shooting - Sporting Alice Springs Shooting Complex, Butler Rd
Softball Jim McConville Park, Memorial Ave, Gillen, NT 0870
Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Speed St,
Alice Springs, NT 0870
Marian Centre, OLSH Sadadeen Campus, Sadadeen Rd,
Alice Springs NT 0870
Triathlon & Duathlon
Tug of War
Duathlon - Alice Springs Desert Park (Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, NT
0870) & Triathlon - Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre (10 Speed
Street Alice Springs, NT 0870)
Alice Spring Town Council Lawns - 93 Todd Street,
Alice Springs, NT 0870
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