Official Newspaper of the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games 8 – 15 October 2016
Central Australia’s most
decorated running couple
last night held off all
challengers to take out the
overall Masters Mile for
men and women.
Middle distance running star
Emma Kraft was first across
the line in a time of 5:22:02. It
was a double act in the men’s
run half an hour later when
her partner Brad White won
Kraft’s time of 5:22:02 was
eight seconds outside the
Games record of 5:14:45 set
by fellow Central Australian
Andrea Foot in 2012.
Kraft’s win comes after
placing second behind Foot
at last year’s Games. It also
comes as she prepares
to compete in Sunday’s
She said her intention last
night was not to push herself
too hard – but the 33-yearold
led from the start.
“When I came to the final
300m and saw the clock and
heard the crowd cheering me
on, I thought why not go for
it,” she said.
“At the 1km split my time
was about what I did in the
Mitchell Street Mile in Darwin
recently, and I was the first
Territorian finishing that one
“I didn’t plan to run the time –
it just happened. Hopefully I
won’t regret it on Sunday.”
White clocked 4:56:04 for the
Mile to win from Ben Bruce,
who had a heavy cycling
program, and local runner
Bruce and Cameron jumped
out of the blocks to lead early
but White passed them after
about 150m and was not
challenged for the rest of
the race. Bruce finished 13
seconds behind him.
White said he was “solid”
from the 150m mark.
“The conditions were perfect,
the wind had died down and
the temperature was nice so
it was good for running.
“The Goulburn Galahs
hockey side were out in full,
supporting me, which also
spurred me on.”
White said his split for the
800m was quicker than he
ran in the 800m earlier in the
Games and his Mile time was
quicker than his 4:59 in the
1500m on the track.
He said his time was slower
than 2014 because he was
two years older and coming
back from injury.
There was an interesting
array of the usual and new
runners in this year’s event.
Big cheers went up for crowd
favourite Gladys Gullock, the
oldest runner in the event,
who turns 88 today.
Darwin mum Nicole Hoey
received a good reception
as she pushed her baby the
1600m in a pram, winning
silver in her age group and
Then there was Jared
Ewin who ran in a Batman
“I like to cause a bit of a riot
when I run,” he explained.
“My son called me Batman a
couple of months ago so I did
it for him.”
Beware the Men in Pink
Friday 14th October | Issue 7
There were some good
lookin’ sorts at the Pat
Gallagher Netball Centre on
Their tight lycra uniforms
and bright magenta hair
caused a few stares but
they were oblivious in their
determination to win.
The feature game was being
held as part of the annual Pink
Night fundraiser to help fight
The night was organised by
the Spectrum Netball Club
from Western Australia and
traditionally features a game
against guys wearing the club’s
Donations poured in from
spectators, other players and
“Everyone was so generous
it was amazing,” Spectrum
organiser Mardi Miles said.
“It was a fantastic night and we
“The guys won the game. We
let them because we want
them back to play again in two
The men who took part came
from around Australia - Touch
Football Melbourne, Boomer
Baseball in NSW, the Polar
Bears basketball team in the
NT, the Syndicate cricket team
from Queensland and the Alice
Masters basketball team.
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14 October 2016 will see the ascendance of the House
of the Rising Sun, causing the ruin of many a poor boy.
And yes, you might be one. Don’t spend your life in sin
and misery ... and especially avoid planning a trip to
New Orleans today.
Adopt the badger as your spiritual guide. The honey badger
is an especially lucky charm for athletes of Scottish heritage.
After all, there’s a reason the badger is listed in the Bern
Convention for the Conservation of European Wildlife and
Your star sign is the bull so charge through the day with
your horns in the air like you just don’t care. Just don’t snort
like a bull - that’s very unattractive.
Pain! Oh the pain! The agony of losing can’t match the
dull aches wracking your body today. Wrapping yourself
in bandages will make you feel better. Tutankhamen has
nothing on you.
Cartwheeling after scoring that winning point may feel like a
good idea but just think about how you’ll look upside down.
It’s not a surgery-free answer to the effects of gravity. Get a
Aloha to Alice Gold
Battling the heat, humidity and
windy conditions of the World
Ironman Championships in Kona,
Hawaii has not had any adverse
effects on Alice Springs triathletes
Kevin and Fiona Coyle.
In fact, the 3.8km sea swim, 180km
bike ride and 42.2km run set the duo
up well for yesterday’s duathlon in
The Coyles arrived home on
Wednesday and won the outright
“I’m feeling great and didn’t want to
put too much stress on my body after
Kona,” Kevin Coyle said.
“It was nice to be cold in a race again.
“I just went out to do the best I could.
“I got on to the bike in fourth position
and had good speed taking the lead
after a couple of minutes.”
Duathlon coordinator Deanne Ward
said there were about 50 athletes in
the event which began at the Alice
Springs Desert Park over a long and
The long course was a 2km run, 20km
cycle and a 4km run to finish. The
short course was 2km, 14km and 2km.
Ward said that apart from the Coyles,
there were some other impressive
performances, including in the 70-74
age group where Jack Street registered
the overall fastest time on the short
She said Alice Springs turned it on for
the event, with the stunning backdrop
of the MacDonnell Ranges and the
flowers of the Desert Park in full
“While the setting was magnificent,
I didn’t see anyone stop to smell the
flowers,” she said.
Coyle admitted he didn’t even notice
the flowers as he was too focused on
“I did see a dingo that looked right at
me. I didn’t slow down but that was a
pretty cool moment,” he said.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to see the
older athletes getting out there and
putting their foot forward.
“The shorter course is great for them
as it is more welcoming and gets more
people into the event.”
The Coyles have been busy since
arriving home from Hawaii.
They not only entered and won the
duathlon yesterday morning but were
helping with the Masters Mile last
night and the 10km run this morning.
The pair will also compete in the
“I won the triathlon in 2014 and I’m
looking to repeat that,” Kevin Coyle
There will be more than 82 individuals
and teams entering the triathlon
It’s not too late for Games participants
to put their name down to join a team
for the tri. Register an interest at the
Games Centre on the Town Council
lawns before noon today.
The tri event begins at the Alice
Aquatic and Leisure Centre, off Speed
St across the road from Traeger Park,
Ice, Ice Baby is your theme song today. By this evening
everything that can hurt, will hurt ... even your armpits.
Stop at the servo and stock up.
Remember Norm from the Life Be In It ads in the 80s? Yeah
those were good times. But he shouldn’t be your idol. You’re
an athlete now. Snap out of it.
It’s not too late to redeem yourself for your hand in the
team’s poor performance. Secure your place in the team’s
heart by shouting the bar after play. Trust me, no one will
remember how little you actually added to the competition.
You may find your wheels are spinning and you’re going
nowhere fast. Just step back, take a deep breath … and get
the chain on your bike fixed.
You will amass a large following of spectators at today’s
match. Don’t fool yourself. The rumour has gone around
about your special athletic ability. They’re there to laugh.
Lady Luck is smiling down on you ... or did you pick up a
penny for good luck? Either way, there’s a reason you’re
grinning like a Cheshire cat. Take that confidence into
You’ve been stressed lately. The pressure of competition is
definitely getting to you. Take a yoga class, stretch and relax.
Let your mind wander but be careful not to start snoring in
the corner. You are not Rip Van Winkle.
The end is nigh … no, not the end of the world, just the
Games. Your body will look forward to the rest but that’s
no excuse to put in a less than stellar performance.
Gold is in your sights.
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Just Living the Good Life
One of the oldest
competitors in this year’s
Alice Springs Masters
Games is celebrating her
Jose Bohn turns an
She said there wasn’t really
a secret to her longevity.
“I just live. I do things. I
enjoy life,” she said.
“I don’t know what it is ... I
worried when I had to, and
if I didn’t have to worry – I
just enjoyed it.”
The mother of nine is among
139 participants celebrating
birthdays during the Games
The lawn bowler, hailing
from Foster in Victoria, is
making her Alice Springs
Masters Games debut this
Her involvement in the
Games was prompted after
her son, Andrew, moved
to Alice Springs about 12
months ago with his wife.
“He said ‘mum we’ve got a
golf and bowls tournament
and you’ve got to come up
and play’,” she said.
“It gives me something to
do while they are at work.”
Jose said her mother lived
until she was 104 years old
by “just living her life”.
Jose has had a couple of
rolls on the Memo Club
green, which she described
But she said she hasn’t had
much luck so far.
“If I put a good bowl in,
someone else takes it out ...
but that’s bowls,” she said.
“It isn’t winning that counts,
it’s the way you enjoy it.”
Jose first played bowls in
1954 on black rubber dust
at her local bowls club.
“It was all right until there
was a wind, and then it went
a little bit wavy and the men
would go out and wipe it
over with chaff bags,” she
Jose said she would happily
spend today umpiring at
the lawn bowls.
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Master Pips National Champion
A New South Wales archer has
beaten the national champion by
just one arrow to take top honours
in the recurve sighted event at the
Dead Centre Bowhunters Club.
Dennis Luobikis forced Thomas Maple
into second place just a week after
Maple won the national championship.
But Luobikis is no stranger to collecting
gold after winning one, plus a silver
and two bronze in 2012 and four gold
medals in 2014.
“We shot 140 arrows over two days
and won by one so it was a pretty
good close competition,” he said.
The 63-year-old said the competition
at the Games is of a good standard.
“This is the best Masters around. It’s
a week or archery, shooting different
aspects of the sport,” he said.
“The setting and weather are great
“Archery is not a money sport but it’s
a fantastic opportunity to travel the
“There are a lot of opportunities to
represent Australia with events in
China and the USA.
“I’ve also been to the New Zealand
Masters and Norfolk Island.
“Some archery events are very popular
with entries having to be closed off
and even some knocked back.”
The 63-year-old, who hails from Eden
New South Wales, took up archery
four years ago and has become
dedicated to his sport. He joined the
nearest club to his home – 400km way
The archery competition continues
through to, and including, Saturday
for the 35 competitors.
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What Was Your Games Highlight?
In 2016 the Alice Springs Games marked a significant milestone – 30 years since the first Masters Games were held in Australia. We have the honour of being the longest-running
Masters Games in the country; and the second-oldest Masters Games in the world. For the 3838 participants and hundreds of volunteers involved in 33 sports, the Friendly Games
are drawing to a close. There has been lots going on over the past week, so we went out and about to discover what the highlights have been.
Grant Connelly, 40 - NT
Mini Edwards, 55 - NT
Kate Briggs, 64 - SA
Jodi Shulver, 43 - SA
Paul Berry, 59 - NT
Opening night with
Socialising and catching up
with interstate friends.
All of it’s been good. Loved
the Opening Ceremony and
Wednesday Mid-week Party.
The Opening Ceremony and
seeing my Dad race.
Being injury-free so far.
Grant Hamon, 55 - NT
George Jeffery,79 - NT
Clinton Ghea, 51 - NT
Geoff Reichstein, 67 - SA
Danni Hughes, 35 - NT
Having the go-karts involved
for the first time - I can see
this growing. It’s going to be
huge in the future.
The single action shooting
yesterday – I got two bronze
and two silver.
Winning an unexpected
I love coming up and seeing
my two-yearly friends.
Having my mum here. She’s
a sports co-ordinator. There
are also a number of bowlers
who’ve known me since I was
8, so it’s been great catching
up with them.
Kathy Dorksen, 61 - QLD
Anja Taylor, 49 - NT
Andrew Nocera, 34 - NT
Jim Einam, 54 - NT
Squizzy, 60 - NT
The friends you make; it’s
been a great reunion. I save
hard to come back each
Watching my records
crumbling and not being able
to defend them because I’m
off with a medical problem.
Atmosphere, mingling with
the boys and getting out
for a ride.
I’ve had some good
Jackie Bannon, 56 - VIC
Karen Byrne, 55 - NT
Listening to Clearway - best
band we’ve heard in a long
Leeann Lee, 51 - NT
This year has been the
toughest competition of all
the years we’ve played.
Tiny and Radar Haines,
both 50 - QLD
Team dinner last night at the
Jason Stewart, 38 - VIC
I’ve been sick but was still
able to participate and win
two gold medals.
Noel and Sue Avery,
68 and 61 - QLD
Playing in the doubles and
beating her husband.
Vicky Trindle, 53 - NT
Dedicated Games to her
mother Maureen Trindle,
who was a founder of hockey
in Alice Springs and who
passed away recently.
Viki-Ann Miller, 56 - NT
competition where Viki will
play against her daughter
Starlight, 50ish - QLD
Getting through his 5th
Masters without injuries.
Darren Welch, 51 - USA
Absolutely enjoyed the
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Bullies say Yes to Disability
The Alice Bullies hockey team has a
The team, which is in its ninth Games, has
signed a 46-year-old star player – who is
Simon Witney, from Queensland, is the
team’s goalie and team mate Darryl Smith
said “he’s unbelievable”.
“He’s an amazing man. We’re lucky to have
him,” Smith said.
“As the goalie, he has the most important
job and he’s fantastic.”
Smith said Witney’s lack of hearing was not
“What we do is put our team manager
Arthur Gomes behind the goals,” he said.
“Don’t ask me how, but they point different
ways and the message seems to get
Witney plays in a deaf hockey league
in Queensland and contacted the Alice
Springs Masters Games hockey coordinator
looking for a team to join.
“When I was contacted by the co-ordinator
I thought how are we going to do this?,”
“But it has worked.”
Smith, who is a striker, said when the team
talked tactics, they just scribble down
instructions on pieces of paper to Witney.
“It’s really not an issue and we’re having a
lot of fun.
“I hope Simon decides to come back for the
“He’s a wonderful guy.”
The Alice Bullies are in the 44+ age
division. There are only two teams in that
competition so they are assured of a medal.
Around the Traps...
The Friendly Games are living up their reputation.
Long-term locals Hedda Ed and Neil Tranthem of the
SANFU darts team are tying the knot this weekend.
Together for 21 years, the couple announced their
engagement on Monday and will marry on Sunday,
ensuring their nuptials will not interfere with their
Masters Games commitments. Good to see they have
their priorities right.
The world is truly a small place. Johnann Harris, who
is from South Australia, and Western Australian Dot
Shipard met at these Games. They got chatting and
discovered their kids coached the Australian softball
team at the recent Rio Paralymics.
Sharon ‘Chook’ Roberts was one happy golfer
yesterday. After hitting a straight shot over the
bunker on the third, the ball couldn’t be found on the
green or over the back. A little jig was danced after
Chook found the ball at the bottom of the cup!
Games staffer James Perrin was not so happy at the
golf yesterday. While filming a segment for the Games
Video Diary, James, who was innocently sitting in a
golf buggy, was on the receiving end of a flying golf
ball. The whack to his calf was loud enough to register
on the camera recording. He was not amused by the
egg sized lump left behind but videographer Shane
Mulcahy couldn’t help but laugh.
We like a man who’s not afraid to express his
feminine side. Games competitor Cam Wilkie of
Western Australia, donned a bright shade of fuschia
pink lipstick to pucker up with Michelle McNeill for
breast cancer awareness month.
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