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$150,000 COURT RESURFACING BEGINS >> PAGE 47 WITH all winter sports seasons affected by rain at some point this year, competitions have now begun the process of rescheduling games in already packed schedules. The Southern Zone premier league season was thrown into flux earlier this season when round three of the competition was postponed due to heavy rainfall making the playing surface unsafe. The competition has made the decision to play all round three games this weekend, with the entire competition originally scheduled to have the week off, their first of a two-week break. The Central Australian Football season has also made the decision to reschedule their round three fixtures that were called off by the Alice Springs Town Council, with the sides now playing the fixtures next weekend. The weekend was originally set aside as a bye due to the long weekend but teams will now be forced to play in order to make up for the missed matches. Hockey is also currently in the process of finding a suitable time to reschedule missed fixtures, with the weekends hailstorm forcing the league to find a way to fit two missed matches into the calendar. The rugby league season is in a similar position, with the league now a week behind their original draw due to early-season rain. Codes play catch-up after rains ruin schedules WASHED OUT SPORT Racing back on Sunday: Page firstname.lastname@example.org ALICE Springs women footballers certainly have the talent required to play in the new AFL Womens league according to Kaite Dean. NT footballers have been gifted the opportunity to play at a national level with the announcement that the NT will partner the Adelaide Crows in fielding a team in the new national competition in 2017. Dean, a Pinktails Academy player, believes the talent pool in the Red Centre is the best she has seen since she started playing and she has faith the town will be represented in the Crows team next year. Some of the footballers I have seen and played with in the last 12 months have been incredible, Dean said. I first started playing footy when I was 18 on the Mornington Peninsula down in Melbourne and a lot of the girls couldnt kick a drop punt but now were seeing these girls do incredible things. The footballers coming through in Alice Springs are amazing. Caitlyn Armstrong is brilliant and girls like Kiara White are at that next level. I dont think Ive seen footballers like that before in a womens competition. Theres definitely a number of girls from here that could make it (to the AFL). Dean admitted that she too harboured hopes of pulling on the Crows guernsey in 2017 but said there would be plenty of hurdles in the way, but one of them certainly wouldnt be relocating. For me, I dont know if it means I will be playing for the Adelaide Crows or anything but I suppose generally it gives us the options there in the sport to reach the top which for most womens sports its quite difficult to get that. Continued Page 47 TALENT ON RISE Anthony Geppa FOOTBALLCentralian Kiara White, being tackled by Victorian player Glenda Smith during the national under-18 titles, has all the ability to have an AFL career according to Kaite Dean (inset) who would also like to play at the highest level,