The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016
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FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 SPORT 47 V2 - CAVE01Z01MA Court surfaces are aces Anthony Geppa TENNIS Matt Roberts Id love to play for the Crows but theres some really quality footballers from Alice Springs in particular and coming down from Darwin and of course Adelaide as well. It will of course be tough but I would absolutely love to play at the top level. I think (relocating) would be a pretty small hurdle to jump over if that was the opportunity we were given. When the NT girls were down there we got a tour of their facilities and they went through some of the things they do for players that are relocating. I think they certainly would look after us very well and cant see it being an issue for a lot of the girls. Women from the NT are going to be given every chance to make the Crows squad, according to Crows head of football David Noble. He said that the side would search far and wide to compile their playing list. From Back Page Western judge this year. Payne is an Equestrian Fed eration of Australia and an Australian Quarter Horse Association registered judge. The Queenslander has been riding for 30-plus years and is credited as being one of the WORLD class tennis players have been visiting the Alice Springs Tennis Academy for years but now the club can boast about another aspect of their operation, their world class facilities. A complete resurfacing of the 10 courts in Alice Springs has been approved with $150,000 invested by the Alice Springs Town Council, the NT government, and Tennis Australia to fund the project. Alice Springs tennis coach Matt Roberts believes the announcement of the resurfacing is a major coup for his club, and he believes its the perfect time to upgrade the facilities. There will be 10 courts resurfaced with a Plexipave surface and its all very exciting, Roberts said. They were last resurfaced in 2010 and Id say it is definitely due, it needed to be done for us to retain our events and were certainly very grateful of the Sports Facilities Advisory Council committee, the Alice Springs Town Council, the NT Government and the Community Benefit fund, who all contributed money for us. The local players are now going to have a world class surface to play on day-in, day-out, which is really exciting for them. The courts will also be emblazoned with the town name of Alice Springs on show court two, similar to most big stadiums across the globe, and according to Roberts, it will mean some players travelling for the Alice Springs International may need to adjust their game style. One of the cool features of it will be the fact the towns name will appear on court two similar to all the big Grand Slam and Davis Cup events, he said. The courts will play a little bit slower early on, slow by our standards anyway. Our courts have traditionally been really fast, which rewards players who come forward and thats been one of the many reasons players have loved coming here but theyll play a bit slower for this years (Alice Springs International), so itll have a different feel. Im expecting some longer rallies and tougher exchanges throughout the tournament, were expecting our best tournament ever. The resurfacing of the courts is expected to take one month with favourable weather. The tennis centre will remain open for business, with bookings of courts essential due to restricted access. Ava Schulz and Scarlet Bains check the condition of the existing courts at the Alice Springs Tennis Academy. Picture: REX NICHOLSON Crows hope to find talented NT women for inaugural squad Before you know it, it will be October, well be into preseason and we will have our list compiled, Noble said. Between now and when we start we have some clear strategies in place working with the SANFL and the State teams here and the NT as to what we want to do. The eight-team womens AFL competition will kick off in early 2017 with Adelaide, Western Bulldogs, Melbourne, Fremantle, Collingwood, Carlton, Brisbane Lions and Greater Western Sydney all granted a licence. David Noble of the Crows. WITH almost 500 entries across nine categories, the equestrian events at the 2016 Alice Springs Show will be hotly contested. There are competitions spread over three days from Thursday to Saturday. It will not be the other horses and riders who will be keeping performances at their best. Two highly credentialled judges, Barry Roycroft OA and Lorelei Payne, will be keeping their watchful eyes over the competitions. Veteran Centralian horsewoman Sue Wharton said the Alice Springs Show was the highlight of the Centralian equestrian year. To be able to call on the experience of the two judges is really beneficial for the equestrian community, she said. Apart from judging the western riding section, Lorelei will be running for western riders for most of Sunday. We are extremely lucky to have such an experienced Top judging talent keeps eye on riders at exciting Show event original people to start Western Dressage in Australia. Roycroft is a member of Australias most famous equestrian dynasty and among his many achievements is competing at three Olympic Games. He is a regular at the Alice Springs Show, where he judges show jumping. Wharton said the equestrian events were not only popular with the riders, but the other showgoers as well. We find that a lot of people stop to have a break and eat lunch in the stand or around the oval, she said. So we try to keep the action as close to the fence as possible so they can have a good look. The dressage events are on Thursday, the show jumping starts at 9am on Friday and Saturday, the harness at 12.45pm on Friday, the novelty gymkhana sign up is at 8.30am on Saturday and the topsy ring from 8.30am on Saturday. Wharton said the events were staggered over the show days so horse and riders could compete in different categories. Steve Menzies EQUESTRIAN Ayla Stevens, riding Patch, in the 2015 Alice Springs Show showjumping event. Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY
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