THIS Saturday, it’s the clash of the titans when the Darwin Buffettes meet the undefeated Waratah, followed by the Southern Districts and Nightcliff. On Sunday, Pint will attempt to crawl over St Marys at Gardens Oval, while the Palmerston Magpies look to continue their good form against the Wanderers.
DARWIN BUFFETTES V WARATAH
Round 5 – Saturday 10 November, 10:30am
This is the fight the Territorian women have been waiting for, as first meets second and the premiers of 2018 meet the premiers of 2017. This classic rivalry dates back to 2017 when the Buffettes defeated the Warriors, who had won the previous four premierships. Waratah would return in 2018 and reclaim its title against Darwin early this year, which brings us to Saturday. Lisa Roberts and Lauren O’Shea may have their hands full with Darwin forwards, Machaelia Roberts and Meredith Turner, however, the Buffettes will need to contain Waratah forward, Lisa Miceli, who has kicked 13 goals from three games. It will be a real battle of attrition as the best take on the best this weekend.
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V NIGHTCLIFF
Round 5 – Saturday 10 November, 5:00pm
TIO Oval No. 2
The Southern Districts Crocs played strongly but were inaccurate last weekend. The move to push Tayla Thorn forward to support Charles Deegan seems to be paying off and Tahlia Holtze is playing the role of goal-sneak quite well. Southern Districts defenders, Ebony Miller and Holly Englehardt will be feeling confident this weekend with the Tigers only multiple goal-scorer being Jamie Lee Puatjimi, with two majors for the season. This could get ugly again for Nightcliff with the Crocs looking hungry for a top four spot.
ST MARYS V PINT
Round 5 – Sunday 11 November, 11:30am
Gardens Oval No.2
Pint pulled off a shock win last week against the Razorbacks and is looking to step up the pace against St Marys. Cassie Henderson has become the queen of the Queen Ants with her performance in the midfield, as week after week she brings her team home. Henderson kicked two goals against Tracy Village with small forward, Ellie Ryan kicking two of her own. Saints forward, Jaylene Boundary has had to shoulder the goal responsibilities alone this year, and she will need support if St Marys want to end its losing streak.
PALMERSTON MAGPIES V WANDERERS
Round 5 – Sunday 11 November, 2:00pm
Palmerston is coming off the bye, and young guns Tabitha May and Janet Baird have stepped up in each game. Baird currently leads the Magpies’ goal scoring with eight, and May is providing an X-factor that allows her to transition from forward to midfield and help support Natasha Medbury. Palmerston has turned its season around with its last victory over the Southern Districts, but the Wanderers need to show something to keep them off the bottom of the ladder.