Official Newspaper of the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games 8 – 15 October 2016
Knocking down Records
Wednesday 12th October | Issue 5
A Darwin tenpin bowler in her first Alice Springs Masters
Games bowled a near perfect score at yesterday’s
women’s teams open event.
Rebecca Voukolos scored 299 out of a possible 300. That was
after she scored 269 and 258 to help her team amass 1800
points and smash the record of 1678 set in 2004.
Voukolos, 36, was eligible for the open category because she
has a 222 average. The entry point is an average of 177.
She said she was delighted with the win and with the effort
that sees her and her teammates knock over the 12-year-old
record and enter the history books.
The win is all the more sweeter because Voukolos has had
her sights on attending an Alice Springs Masters Games for
“This was one I definitely wanted to tick off the bucket list,”
“I’ve been wanting to come to for a while.
“I used to enjoy going to the Arafura Games in Darwin, and
the Alice Springs Masters Games is similar.
“As soon as I got old enough I wanted to set some records
and show others what I can do.”
Voukolos only just scraped through on the eligibility age of 35.
She is the youngest competitor taking part in tenpin bowling
at these Games but she has an impressive list of past
In 2015 she was a NT Sports Award recipient and she has
competed at several World Championships.
Last week Voukolos placed 8th at the Asian Zone
Championships in Hong Kong and in December she will
represent Australia at the World Singles Championships in
Voukolos only flew in to Alice Springs from the NT capital
yesterday morning but was already feeling the spirit of the
“The best thing is that everybody is really relaxed,” she said.
“People are laughing and having a good time. Nobody gets
upset if they bowl badly.
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+27ºC +27ºC +28ºC +33ºC
6pm – 9pm TONIGHT
ON T HE LAWNS OF T HE
ALICE SPRINGS TOWN COUNCIL
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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The following people have registered for the 2016 Alice
Springs Masters Games and have participated either as a
Competitor or Volunteer at EVERY Games since the very
beginning back in 1986.
Lorraine Adams Karama NT
Maisie Austin Darwin NT
Nancy Ayres Glen Iris VIC
Josephine Blakeley Alice Springs NT
Thelma Britton Rapid Creek NT
Gary Butterfield Wallaroo SA
Lynette Butterfield Wallaroo SA
Yvonne Cook Yungaburra QLD
John Cooper Alice Springs NT
Peter Cooper Maida Vale WA
Al De Salvio Alice Springs NT
Phillip Delsar Alice Springs NT
John Dermody Kapunda SA
Anthony Ettridge Alice Springs NT
John Farrell Darwin City NT
Dawn Fraser Noosa Heads QLD
Lynette Grahame Mount Isa QLD
Arthur Grogan Alice Springs NT
Barb Hamill Alice Springs NT
Lorraine Hughes Indonesia IND
Ann Jacobs Alice Springs NT
Keith Jakeway Hillcrest QLD
Susan Jones Alice Springs NT
Dick Kimber Alice Springs NT
Max Klein Balakava SA
Shirley Lew Fatt Tiwi NT
Bill Low Alice Springs NT
Claire Low Harvey Bay QLD
Helen Lyle Humpty Doo NT
Raymond Maher Alice Springs NT
Stephen Menzies Alice Springs NT
Bernie Nethery Alice Springs NT
James Niland Alice Springs NT
Marlene Niland Alice Springs NT
Ev Ottley Alawa NT
Yvonne Perks Warrenheip VIC
Laurence Pomery Alice Springs NT
Nerelle Randall Alice Springs NT
Ian Richter Alice Springs NT
Jennifer Richter Alice Springs NT
Christine Sargent Darwin NT
Helen Siganto Alice Springs NT
Cliff Smith Alice Springs NT
Neil Tranthem Alice Springs NT
Susan Tromp Mount Isa QLD
Mignon Williams Alice Springs NT
Jeff Williams Bibaringa SA
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Emma hones Kraft Ahead of Marathon
Two local athletes turned on the speed to beat all
comers in yesterday’s highly anticipated 5km cross
In a real show of girl power, champion Alice Springs runner
Emma Kraft not only took out her age division but was the
first overall competitor to cross the line in a smashing time
Yesterday’s outing was her last competitive run before
she takes on the gruelling 42km Medibank Melbourne
Marathon on Sunday morning.
Hot on Kraft’s heels and the first male across the line was
another local runner, Mitch Cameron, who finished in a
time of 19:42.04.
Alice Springs turned it on for the interstate and international
visitors with cool and windy conditions and a wet Todd
The cool and windy start to the day didn’t deter the 150
competitors taking to the scenic trails near the Alice Springs
Heritage Telegraph Station.
The normally dry Todd River also offered a surprise – there
was water in it for the runners to traipse through for the
first time in the history of this Games event.
The out-and-back trail took the field of competitors from
the Telegraph Station, along rocky and sandy paths, past
fields of colourful wildflowers, under the glowing red of
Spencer Hill before finishing with a tour of the historical
The medal presentation was certainly one to remember,
with former cross country champion and 92-year-old Alice
Springs historian Jose Petrick joined by the ever charismatic
Daryl Somers to present medals to the winners.
Overall, it was another fantastic morning for the athletics
road and cross country.
Let Them Eat Cake and Celebrate
It wouldn’t be a celebration without
cake and there’ll be plenty of that at
the 30th anniversary party of the Alice
Springs Masters Games tonight.
Games Patron Dawn Fraser and Games
Ambassador Daryl Somers will have the
honour of cutting the cake to mark the
significant milestone that is the 30th year
of the Alice Springs Masters Games.
The cake cutting will be just one part of
the celebration as the lawns of the Town
Council on Gap Road are transformed for
the party from 6-9pm tonight.
Everyone is welcome to check out the
special sound stage that will host the
pumping sounds of cover band Clearway,
who proved very popular when they
rocked the Games’ Opening Ceremony
The trio will be ably supported by
local drumming group Drum Atweme
(pronounced ah-too-mah). The popular
group is made up of young people from
town camps in Alice Springs and has
amassed a loyal following.
The Games sports theme will be a big part
of the party with a tug-o-war competition.
All comers are encouraged to try and pull
their way to victory to win prizes and take
the inaugural champions’ crown.
The centrepiece of the event will be a big
video screen showing pictures of former
Games participants. It will be a great
opportunity to reminisce, spot old friends
and maybe even yourself at previous
Visitors will have the chance to get up
close and personal with a few scaly and
slithery creatures as part of the Alice
Springs Reptile Centre display. Take the
opportunity to have your picture taken
with real Central Australian wildlife.
The kids won’t be left out with face
painting and fairy floss available.
A stilt walker and street performer will
complete the night’s entertainment.
Bar and food stalls will be operating
throughout the party.
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12 October 2016 is smack bang in the middle of the
Libra zodiac sign. Libra is an Air sign which does not
bode well for clear thinking or good decision making.
The Sun travelling through the midheaven on the cusp
of the seventh house will further add to your woes. If
you throw caution to the wind at tonight’s Midweek
Party, you may regret it.
Speaking very loudly in order to be heard will make you feel
better. Unfortunately you’ll be talking to yourself. It’s not a
day for team sports. Stay in bed.
If your body is full of aches and pains after competing, it
may be a sign you’re not actually flexible or nimble. Take a
natural remedy like a hot bath … ‘cos Nurofen is not a new
Some say Geminis have split personalities, some say they
are two-faced because of the twin thing. Today is definitely
the day to say one thing and do another. It’s the only way
you’ll trick that opponent into letting down their guard.
A bold move is a smart idea as long as it’s accompanied by
good planning. Envision that target in your mind’s eye or risk
looking like a goose when it all goes pear-shaped. Preparation
is the secret to success.
Your hard work will pay off today. Celebrate your wins and
party like it’s 1999. Just be careful you don’t throw out a hip.
Today is the day to get uncomfortable. Stop being a lounge
lizard, get out there and have a go. The worst thing that
can happen is you may need a hamstring transplant in the
You will never excel in sports if you have to rest every 15
minutes. So put down the Oreos, the hot chips, the fried
chicken, the Coke … yeah, just close the fridge and get a
lock. You’ll feel better and your team will thank you for it.
Get off your high horse. Time has a wonderful way of showing
you what really matters. You’ll look back at today and
wonder why you didn’t listen to the coach.
You’re in the Central Australian desert but that doesn’t
mean you can continue to talk a lot of hot air. Your teammates
will know your words are empty. You can’t fool them.
The best you can hope for today is getting through
competition without a bump, scrape or dislocation. It’s
inevitable. Don’t fight it.
You’re taking part in the Friendly Games … but that shouldn’t
translate into sitting at the pub, warming up with a few ales
and telling tall stories to the locals. Stay focused.
It will be sunshine, flowers and lollipops today. The stars
are all aligning for a ripper of a day. This could mean a win.
Oh it’s a Heavenly
Paradise at the
Astride a horse with a name that means ‘Heavenly Paradise’, you
get a feeling that Robina Plume-Fowler-Dreon is basking in the
Alice Springs Masters Games experience.
Plume-Fowler-Dreon and her beloved friend
and teammate Paradee Capella, aka ‘Pip’, have
become equestrian’s resident celebrities.
And they have every right to be as the senior
competitors in the equestrian events at
Blatherskite Park, south of the ranges.
It was an exhilarating morning yesterday for
the 76-year-old who is the oldest entrant in the
“I’m on top of the world,” she beamed.
The long-time Katherine resident and self-styled
bush rider has become very much the all-round
rider at the Masters Games.
She started as a western specialist, but every
year since 2002 she has endeavoured to become
the complete rider.
Plume-Fowler-Dreon has competed in the full
card of events in the Games.
The Masters Games equestrian event, run
by the independent Alice Springs Equestrian
Management Group, is the largest event of its
There are 64 events during the week covering
different aspects including harness, show
jumping dressage and novelties.
There are 55 riders and 77 horses competing,
and most are contesting as many events as
Riders have come from Charleville, Mt Isa,
Victoria, South Australia, Darwin and Katherine,
as well as a good local contingent.
Pilot Kathleen Davies is based in Vietnam and
flew in especially for the Games. Her horse was
trucked up from Balhannah, South Australia.
For those wanting to check out the action, the
popular and spectacular show jumping is on
tomorrow afternoon and into the evening under
lights in a dedicated area at Blatherskite Park.
The show jumping will continue on Friday.
Slamming Home a Victory
The East Coast Slammers baseball team opened the Games
with a victory over the Wild Weasels. Slammers jumped out to
a 7-0 lead, but the Weasels fought back, loading the bases and
cutting the lead to 9-6 before the Slammers closed the door.
In other action, the Darwin Crocs opened their competition with
a 13-3 win over Legends 1. Viagara Eagles topped the Bulls 16-5.
Slammers followed their opening win up with another win over
Wests Boomers 15-5. In the night cap Weasels bounced back to
defeat the Legends2 team 17-7.
Day 2 action resulted in the Legends1 team recovering to beat
the Viagara Eagles 16-0. The second game of the day saw the
first comeback win. Legends2 jumped out to an early lead, just
to see the Boomers score 6 runs in the last inning to eek out an
8-7 win. The day’s third game resulted in the first home run of the
competition as the Weasels beat the Boomers 16-6.
In other action, Darwin Crocs topped the Bulls 16-2 and moved
to 2-0 atop the Social 35 group. In the night cap, the Slammers
improved to 3-0 with a win over the Bulls 15-3.
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Scoring a Hat Trick, mon
New darts competitor Mick Barry is certainly turning
heads in the sport.
The 61-year-old is amusing fellow darts players with his
changing headgear. Yesterday he went for the Rasta look.
“A couple of people just laughed and said that’s cool,”
“One guy came up to me and said: ‘They’ll think you’re a
bloody drug dealer with that on!’”
The Alice Springs resident has a collection of hats
souvenired from trips around the world.
Tomorrow’s headwear is a spiky little number usually
worn by a hill tribe in Myanmar.
He also has a leather cap with the famous Hooters brand
on it that he picked up in Singapore, a Melbourne Cup race
hat and, of course, several Alice Springs Masters Games
caps from the days when he competed in table tennis.
“I usually wear different hats but this time I decided to
make it my thing,” Barry said.
He said his switch to darts this Games probably won’t
result in any additions to his gold, silver and bronze medal
haul from table tennis.
“I’d say I’m an average darts player,” he said.
“I’m better at table tennis but darts is more social.”
Barry was on holidays in Thailand and had an epic 30-hour
journey to get back to Central Australia in time for the
He got on a plane on Friday at 12pm from a town in
Thailand, flew to Bangkok, changed planes to Kuala
Lumpur then flew to Darwin before boarding a flight to
Alice Springs where he arrived at 9.20am on Saturday.
“I went home had a shower, had two beers and came
straight to darts at 10.30am.”
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“The effects of Viagra on ironmen”
- Blinky Thorne, NT
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Around the Traps...
How’s this for bad luck? Disaster struck for mountain
biker Matt Saint during the cross country night race
at the Telegraph Station on Sunday. He got a flat tyre
late in the second lap and had to run back to the
start - finish line to get it fixed. Two laps later, disaster
struck again and he got another flat. Saint was the
last rider out on course and he ran back to the finish
line carrying his bike on his shoulder. After such a
tough night, it was great to see the crowd cheering
him over the line.
Some interstate visitors were amused after discovering
the Weekend Australian was not available in
newsagencies on Saturday. Seems the newspapers
were offloaded to make way for bikes and golf
bags being transported to Alice Springs for Games
participants. Despite the lack of papers, sales of other
items were up by 30%.
If you haven’t managed to make it to the Games Centre
on the Town Council Lawns to get your merchandise,
you might be able to catch Sports Centre reps at your
event. The team have been taking a mobile booth
with their wares around to various venues. In three
days they’ve been at seven different sports and will
be at Touch at Flynn Park this afternoon. They’ll also
be at the Midweek Party tonight.
There was a problem with the lights at netball on
Monday night - they went out and officials could not
get them to fire up again. Fortunately electrician Veng
Rogers was getting ready to play eightball across the
road at Club Eastside. In the true Friendly Games
spirit, he interrupted his preparations and solved
the problem so all the games could go ahead in good
time. Unfortunately, the interruption may have put
him off his own game – he lost.
There’s obviously a curse on hockey player Paul
‘Sweety’ Hinkly. He’s managed to get injured in his
first Alice Springs Masters Games match three Games
in a row. At least he’s consistent!
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6/09/2016 12:53 PM
Whats On Today
at the Alice Springs Masters Games
Athletics – Road & Cross Country -
10km Walk Simpsons Gap
Golf - Alice Springs Golf Club
Orienteering - Urban Sprint Foot Line Course
Sad / Campus
Shooting – Pistols - Gun Checks Pistol Club
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Archery - IFAA ‘hunter round’ marked
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Baseball - Competition Lyle Kempster Park
Hockey - Hockey Centre Traeger Park
Shooting – Sporting Shooters -
Competition Sporting Shooters Club
Lawn Bowls - Mens & Ladies Singles Memorial Club
Tennis - Singles Traeger Park Courts
Athletics – Track & Field - Traeger Park Oval
Darts - Team Games Alice Springs Golf Club
Touch - Competition Flynn Park
Swimming - 1500m Freestyle
Alice Springs Town Pool
Badminton - Individuals OLSH Marian Centre
Basketball - Competition Traeger Park Stadium
Equestrian - Competition Blatherskite Park
Tenpin Bowling - Competition Dustbowl
Softball - Competition Jim McConville Park
Cricket - Jim McConville Park
Cricket - CDU , Jim McConville Park
& Rho Diano Park
Touch - Competition Flynn Park
Indoor Beach Volleyball - Competition Desert Sands
Cricket - CDU , Jim McConville Park
& Rho Diano Park
Football (Soccer) - Competition Ross Park
Eightball - Competition Club Eastside
Cycling - Track Training Velodrome
Tug of War - Competition Council Lawns
Tennis - Doubles Traeger Park Courts
General - Midweek Party Council Lawns
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