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FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 SPORT 51 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA White hot as E-Girls down Alkamilya THE Womens Central Australian Football League season kicked off at the weekend, with defending champions Pioneer getting their season off to a perfect start. The E-Girls defeated Alkamilya 7.9 (51) to 3.0 (18) at TIO Traeger Park Oval on Friday evening. Kiara White was on fire in the forward line, booting a game high three goals. Acacia Lewis, Sam Hoogenveen-Hill, Kerry-Anne White and Marie Campbell were also handy contributors for Pioneer, while Alkamilya were well serviced by Cindy Drover, Jodie Rayner, Kaitlyn Armstrong, Jordann Hickey and Phynea Maher. Rovers were the biggest winner of the week, smashing community side Central Arrente by a whopping 97 points. The Double Blues 22 scoring shots to two said it all, with Kirsty Bloomfield (four goals) and Rachell Weatherly (three) dominating on the scoreboard. In the final game of the round, Alice Springs beat South by 62 points. Opening-round winners Pioneer and Alice Springs face up tonight at 5.30pm, with the other 5.30pm match between Rovers and Alkamilya. At 6.30pm, South and Central Arrente do battle.Samantha Hill gets a kick away during Pioneers match against Alkamilya Picture: KEVIN PRIOR SOUTHS two-time Minahan Medallist Charlie Maher has been cleared to play West after suffering a head injury at the weekend. Maher, who copped a fair bump from Federal big man Jayden Prior late in his sides six-point win, confirmed doctors had given him the all clear for Sundays game at TIO Traeger Park Oval from 1pm. The undefeated Kangaroos are also likely to welcome back defender Caleb Hart from a back injury, but in-form youngster Michaelis McMasters it out with NT under-18s duties. While West have been struggling this season with just one win to their name, Maher said South wouldnt be liking them lightly. Well approach this like any other game, he said. The Bloods will need big games from captain Michael Gurney and key position player Matt Cunningham if they are to pull off an upset. Rovers will go into their match with Ltyentye Apurte at TIO Traeger Park Oval tomorrow as warm favourites after winning their past three matches. Fred Campbell confirmed teenage forward Cody Marriott would be rested after copping a knock to his stomach and Eric Campbell was likely to return, while Tristan Kunoth will serve the final game of his suspension. Campbell said he was delight with how things were travelling at the midway point of the season, with a great mix of youth and experience. In the final game of the round, a somewhat depleted Pioneer take on bottom-placed Western Aranda at Albrecht Oval from 3pm. Co-coach Stephen Hayes said captain Jarwyn Cole Manolis would return, with big man Geoffrey Miller a few weeks away from playing his first game of the season. No reserves for Geoffrey, Hayes said. Hell come straight back into the seniors when hes ready. In division one action, Mulga Bore take on Titjikala tomorrow at TIO Traeger Park Oval from 5pm, while Laramba and Nyirripi battle it out at the same venue from 3pm Sunday. Maher to face West Jordan McArdle CAFL PREMIER LEAGUE Town look to South, Pioneer and Rovers for troops to take on Country THE initial squads for next months annual Town versus Country match have been selected. Towns 30-man squad is mainly made up of top three sides South, Pioneer and Rovers. There are plenty of former Minahan medallists among their initial squad, including two-time winner Charlie Maher (South) and NT Thunder-listed Paul Campbell (Pioneer). Fellow Thunder players Abraham Ankers (Federal) and Michaelis McMasters (South) have also been rewarded for their stellar seasons. Rovers Cody Marriotts stocks continue to rise, with the exciting forward, who still qualifies for under-17s, selected in the senior squad alongside fellow Double Blues frontman Travis King. It looms as a dominant forward line, headlined by triple CAFL leading goal-kicker Thomas Gorey. The Country squad has a Western Aranda and Ltyentye Apurte flavour. Star Saints trio Desmond Nandy, Percy Tucker and Gor don Mulladad are joined by Dylan Alice (Pioneer). Western Arandas fab four Aaron Sharpe, Alias Malbunka, Baydon Ngalkin and Jasper Wheeler are all in. Rovers brothers Tosh and Tristan Kunoth will represent Harts Range, while Souths Alan and Warrick Dickson will fly the Yuendumu flag. Fellow Roos player Daniel Stafford (Anmatjere) is also in the mix. Former Hawthorn rookie Amos Frank (APY Lands) is a shock selection after playing just one match for West this season. Rolfe cleared SOUTH Adelaides Peter Rolfe is free to front Central District at Hickinbotham Oval on Saturday after being cleared of a striking charge by the SANFL tribunal. The former Federal forward faced the tribunal on Tuesday night following a collision between the forward and Glenelgs Aaron Joseph at Glenelg Oval on Sunday. The tribunal ruled the collision was accidental. Turners move stuns Pioneer FROM BACK PAGE Hayes, who was shocked to hear of Turners move, admitted he would be a massive loss. Its certainly sad to lose an X-factor player like Gibbo, he said. But I think weve still got the cattle to do some damage. We cant just focus on one individual, were a lot bigger than that at the Pioneer footy club. A debut for Turner this weekend is looking likely, with North Albury playing-coach and triple Brisbane Lions premiership player Jason Akermanis admitting he was likely to be eased through the reserves against Wangaratta Rovers Hawks tomorrow, depending on how he trained. Ive got to see him play, so Ill probably put him in the reserves first, he said. He should definitely be good enough to step into Ovens and Murray seniors quite quickly. Turner couldnt be contacted by phone, but expressed his excitement about the move via Facebook. Getting out of Alice Springs today, going to miss my family and friends so much, he posted. Bring on Sydney then Albury #feelingexcited. Its the second big exit in as many weeks at the Eagles after Turners oldest brother, Lloyd Turner, moved to the Top End last week. Hayes said Lloyd Turner was likely to return later in the season and could play a vital role in the finals campaign. Publication Day: Thursday 3rd July 2014 Show Day Advertising Deadlines Booking deadline: Tuesday 1st July 10am Artwork Deadline: Tuesday 1st July 4pm