Friendly Times

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.




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With temperatures soaring and

an Extreme UV Index don’t forget

to hydrate regularly and cover

up to avoid heat distress.


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Sports Horoscope

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.





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Adventurers are becoming an endangered species. Swing

your bat hard and ride those trails like you’re outrunning

an apocalypse.


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

night well-lived.


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

competition tomorrow


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

the Territory.

She said after the Masters

Games the netball centre

would provide a solid

base for the sport with the

biggest participation in

Alice Springs.

“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

Springs experiences,

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

Government contributing

($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,”

she said.

“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

green colours.

The club organises the

traditional ‘Pink Night’ when

the team plays against a

men’s side.

‘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,”

Mules said.

“But since they have

left the service we’ve

organised guys from other

sports — cricketers from

Queensland, baseballers

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

the game.

“It is a great cause - not

only for women as men get

breast cancer as well.”

Photo Caption Competition

SMS 0401 119 467 with your name,

Accreditation ID (on your Accreditation Pass)

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

in 2016.

If you have news or want to give a shout out please SMS or CALL 0401 119 467

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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







9:00am -




- 5:00pm

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

Alice Springs Masters Games

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Friendly Times Contacts

Editor - Andrea Allen

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

Athletics –

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

Sponsorship Partners

Touch Flynn Park, Lot 3672 Sponsorship Adamson Avenue, Gillen NT 0870 Partners

Sponsorship Partners

Sponsorship 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

Table Tennis

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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