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54 SPORT FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Footy Finals Fever kicks off at tio traeger Park A RAFT of injuries and players being unavailable for selection wont stop Rovers from fielding a strong side in their elimination final against South tomorrow, according to coach Rob Clarke. The Double Blues have been smashed with injuries as well as players unavailable due to work commitments during the 2016 season. This has been compounded by superstar Nigel Lockyer Jnr being ruled out for the season with a broken arm. Clarke admits that Lockyers absence will impact his side but is adamant his players are up for the challenge of an elimination final. Weve got a few injuries and Nigel Lockyer breaking his arm a few weeks ago was a major influence; hes a fantastic young talent, he said. He gives us great run from defence, you can throw him forward or in the ruck. He is an all-over-theground sort of player so weve certainly missed him for the last four or five games. Well just treat it as another game and the result will take care of itself. You can only do what you can do on the day and well certainly be up for it. South downed Rovers by 42 points in their latest encounter but Clarke said he wasnt concerned about that result, saying it could even work to his sides advantage. I think (the loss) is a good thing because the players will realise that South arent easybeats which I never thought they were anyway, he said. I think the lads went into that game a few weeks ago thinking they were going to win rather than doing what they needed to do to win. Hopefully, those lessons have been learned but well just have to wait and see. Rovers wont have it all their own way tomorrow. South coach Greg McAdam believes his side has the ability to compete with anyone on their day. There is likely to be a bit of extra passion in the match with Rovers recruiting a host of former South players in the off-season. McAdam admitted that was still in his players mind. The first game of the year against Rovers was an interesting match, he said. A few of our players got recruited across there so theres a little bit of heat there. I think its positive energy for us to be so passionate about our footy club. I am really comfortable with whoever were playing because I think weve got the ingredients to beat any of the teams. McAdam called on Souths passionate supporter base to get behind the club during their clash this weekend. He said it was an exciting time to be a Super Roo. I think (this week) is a great opportunity for South supporters to come back and have a look at this match because weve got a lot of young players playing for us, McAdam said. Those kids are going to be there for the next few seasons and our supporters are really passionate so if they come out and support us it really would be fantastic so I call all South supporters to come have a look and enjoy the day. South and Rovers will lock horns in the first elimination final tomorrow from 1pm at Traeger Park. Alkamilya face fight to finish ALKAMILYA will be looking to put an end to Pioneer E Girls supremacy of the Central Australian Womens League tonight when the two sides meet in the first qualifying final. E Girls have gone through the 2016 CAWL season as the dominant side of the competition with Alkamilya the only side to have beaten them this season. Alkamilya defeated E Girls by 41 points in Round 4 of the competition but the league has been one-way traffic since. The club however is coming off a dominant win against Alice Springs and will come into the contest high on confidence with key players shining. Jordann Hickey was dominant for Alkamilya in their 70point win over Alice3 Springs while Bronwyn Daveys four goals were vital and both will need to be on the top of their game for their side tonight. E Girls also enter the clash in red-hot form after easily accounting for the bottom-place Rovers by 122 points last week. Rovers didnt manage to register a single score against the miserly E Girls defence with Pioneers offence clicking as Samantha Hill booted 10 majors. The two sides meet tonight at Traeger Park from 7.30, with the winner moving straight through to the grand final. The loser of the clash will meet the winner of the elimination final played between Alice Springs and Rovers earlier tonight. Rovers have struggled all season in 2016, failing to win a game and will need to turn their fortunes around quickly if they hope to be competitive. Alice Springs won the last clash between the two sides by 66 points and will be hopeful of a similar performance with the loser of this match knocked out. The elimination final will get under way tonight from 6pm. WOMENS FOOTBALL Injuries hurting but team moving in right direction Anthony Geppa FOOTBALL Rovers high-flyer Gibson Turner will be a player to watch on Saturday. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON 'You can only do what you can do on the day. R O V E R S C O A C H , R O B C L A R K E DYLAN Barry: Arguably the best player in the competition, the teenager will again be at the heart of Rovers game plan tomorrow afternoon. Built in the mould of Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines, Barry is almost impossible to knock off the ball and has the skill to cut teams apart. He regularly hits the scoreboard as well, which could prove the difference. GIBSON Turner: Arriving at the club at the beginning of the year, Turner has proved an invaluable part of Rovers forward line set-up this year. Almost unstoppable on the lead, Turners strength, speed and vertical leap is a deadly combination. South will need to stop his supply to be a chance of winning. LUKE Farrows: Has legitimate claims for being one of the toughest players in the competition. The Rovers club captain leads from the front week in, week out shutting down dangerous opponents while collecting plenty of the ball himself. Wouldnt want to find yourself on the end of a Farrows tackle. ROVERS - KEY PLAYERS CLAYTON Walker: Has missed a few games this year and South looked a much poorer side with him out of the team. A focal point up forward, Walker always provides a strong target and plays with more passion than anyone. If South get on a roll tomorrow, Walker will be in the thick of the action up forward. REGGIE Smith: Every side needs a classy midfielder and Smith is up there with the best of them. Rarely misses a target with the ball in hand and never takes a backwards step in a contest. If he gets his hands on the ball regularly hell make Rovers pay. MICHAEL Tilmouth-Turner: Has all the tools to become dominant player in the CAFL. The young, tall Tilmouth-Turner impacts games all across the ground with his height and agility and hes still only a teenager. A strong finals series could push his name forward in front of NT Thunder scouts. SOUTH - KEY PLAYERS