Author: Kyle Champion

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 11

IT is the last round of 2018, as fans will have to wait until January to get their Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s fix. The round will kick off on Saturday with St Marys and Tracy Village going head to head. Both sides have suffered a form slump in the last month, meaning the Razorbacks and Saints are starving for a win. The Wanderers have been flying as of late but may hit a roadblock when they face the Buffettes in a twilight match. On Sunday, the Magpies will face the ultimate test when they play against the Warriors. Waratah is the reigning champion of this competition and has only dropped one game this season. The final game of the round will see Nightcliff take on the Queen Ants in an intriguing encounter. The Tigers won their first match last weekend due to a boost of recently signed talent. Pint will have to tread carefully this weekend, as the Tigers are starting to bare their teeth.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Round 11 –  Saturday December 15th, 10:30 am

TIO Stadium

These two clubs would be fuming over their poor displays last weekend. The Saints had their world turned upside-down as Nightcliff brought in some ringers to raise the stakes. St Marys forward, Natasha Dunn-Richards still kicked three despite the loss, yet she has not been as damaging in front of goal when compared to previous seasons. Danielle Ponter may not have had her best game against the Tigers, but she could easily bounce back this weekend. The Razorbacks seem to be relying on Kristy Irvine and it isn’t going well for them, as they continue to struggle on the scoreboard. Other leaders will look to stand up for the Razorbacks to break them out of their rut.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V WANDERERS

Round 11 – Saturday December 15th, 4:00 pm

Darwin youngster, Dominique Carbone played a fantastic game against the Southern Districts. Carbone, alongside Buffettes midfielders, Kylie Duggan and Jemma Iacono dug deep against the hungry Crocs in a tight game. In the end, it was Duggan who kicked the last goal in the final term to seal the win for Darwin. The Buffettes have got their momentum back since the bye, and this weekend, they will look to continue their fine form. However, the Eagles have won their last two matches and are looking good. The Wanderers have forsaken their poor efforts from earlier this season and have become a very competitive outfit. The Eagles have finally found a deadly combination up forward with Lee-Anne Allia and Northern Territory Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen. In the previous two weeks, this pair has bested their defenders with a heavy impact on the scoreboard. Darwin will be clear favourites in this game, but if the Eagles can sustain their game plan, they will give the Buffettes a fight.

WARATAH V PALMERSTON

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 12:00 pm 

Gardens Oval

Two top teams in the Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts have gone down to Palmerston during the season. The Magpies face their biggest challenge yet this season when they take on the Warriors, a team they have not beaten this year. The Warriors may have lost only one game this year, but that just shows that any team can be beaten on the right day. Natasha Membrey will have her hands full in this game, as Waratah will know she is the biggest threat and could target her. The youth of the Magpies is another factor to consider. Northern Territory Under 18 representatives, Tabitha May and Janet Baird have spearheaded the youth in Palmerston, going above and beyond for their team each week. Waratah, on the other hand, is different case. The Warriors may have talented youth like Madeline Gault, but their team is built on experience. Lisa Roberts can play in defence or through the midfield, Lauren O’Shea has turned into the ultimate utility and Lisa Miceli is averaging a bag of goals each week. There is a reason why the Warriors are so successful, and only few can topple them. This Saturday, the Pies might just do that.

PINT V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 2:00 pm

MCG

Now that Chloe Scheer has entered the fray, Nightcliff is looking like a different team.  Her four-goal haul against St Marys sparked new life into the Tigers, as Emily Wolsey kicked three goals of her own. The Queen Ants are another story, as they appear to have run out of legs. Pint’s early victories at the beginning of this season were well-fought wins, but lately, the team’s performance has been slack. Pint guns, Katie Streader, Madeline Keeble, and Samantha Barnett need to wring this team back into shape. Pint is still favoured to win this match but considering its recent form, the Tigers may surprise again.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 10

LAST weekend’s redemption round saw every losing team from Round 1 get their revenge. Saturday kicked off with the Magpies getting the goods over the Queen Ants. Sunday had three games of payback, starting off with Nightcliff’s upset win over St Marys, as the Tigers scored their first victory for the season. At Gardens Oval, the Wanderers toppled the Razorbacks, who have been in poor form of late. The heavyweight bout between Darwin and the Southern Districts was a tight duel, but the end result was the Buffettes defeating the Crocs by one point.

 

PINT 1.0 I 2.2 I 3.2 I 3.4 (22)
PALMERSTON 0.1 I 2.3 I 4.3 I 6.3 (39)

GOALS:

Pint: D. Suddaby, M. Gunn, J. McFee
Palmerston: N. Medbury 2, F. Puruntatameri 2, T. May, S. Bush

BEST:

Pint: Not Supplied.
Palmerston: J. Misob, N. Medbury, T. May, I. Hughes, H. Davey, F. Puruntatameri

In the first quarter, Pint applied the pressure to keep Palmerston to a single behind in the first term. In the second quarter, the Magpies awoke to match the pressure of the Queen Ants. Palmerston’s Natasha Medbury was quieter than last week, but it didn’t stop her from kicking a pair of majors and being ranked among the best players on the day. Under 18 representative, Tabitha May produced another consistent performance as she headlines a number of talented youth girls donning the black and white banner. As for the Queen Ants, forward, Kristen Smits was goalless again and Katie Streader was barely sighted. The Magpies currently sit second on the ladder, but they will be tested this week against a well-rested Waratah. It will take a big performance to stop the Warriors, but if the Magpies can pull it off, they will prove to the competition that they are a real finals contender.

NIGHTCLIFF 3.2 I 3.2 I 4.2 I 10.6 (66)
ST MARYS 2.1 I 2.3 I 2.3 I 7.7 (49)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: C. Scheer 4, E. Wolsey 3, S. Hatzismalis 2, S. Miskin-Ripia
St Marys: N. Dunn-Richards 3, D. Ponter, E. Casey, M. Gunderson, L. Niven

BEST:

Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, K. Simmons, S. Hatzismalis, H. Turnbull
St Marys: Not supplied

For months, Nighcliff was screaming for a saviour, and in Round 10, Chloe Scheer answered the call. The recent draftee of the Adelaide Crows made an astounding debut, kicking four goals for the Tigers. However, she was not the hero of the day, as that privilege belonged to Emily Wolsey, who kicked three for the day and played out every quarter of the game. The Saints were nothing short of stunned from the opening bounce. They would have been expecting an easy win, but the Tigers denied them all day. Natasha Dunn-Richards was a shining beacon for the Saints up forward. She finished with three for the day while Crows draftee, Danielle Ponter also had a solid game. The Saints have struggled this year to reclaim their competitive nature from last season.

WANDERERS 1.0 I 4.4 I 4.4 I 4.4 (28)
TRACY VILLAGE: 1.0 I 1.1 I 2.2 I 4.2 (26)

GOALS:

Wanderers: Not supplied
Tracy Village:  K. Irvine 2, K. Lansdown, R. Bull

BEST:

Wanderers: Not supplied
Tracy Village: K. Irvine, K. Lansdown, K. Dumbris, S. Grainger, A. Gray, K. Brown

The Eagles have got their second win in a row, as Tracy Village continues to fall down the ladder each week. The game may have started off with one goal a piece, but in the second term, the Wanderers kicked away to a 22-point lead. Remarkably, the Eagles would not score for the rest of the game as the Razorbacks played catch-up.  Kristy Irvine played her heart out and kicked two for the day, but the support was not there for the Razorbacks star, and another defeat was handed to Tracy Village. The Eagles took a nap in the second half, yet the Razorbacks didn’t take full advantage of the situation. Earlier this season, Tracy Village beat the Eagles by 33 points. Questions of where that team has gone still remain.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 I 2.2 I 2.4 I 2.5 (17)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.0 I 2.0 I 2.0 I 3.0 (18)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, C. Deegan
Darwin Buffettes: M. Breed, K. Duggan, D. Carbone

BEST:

Southern Districts: Not supplied
Darwin Buffettes: D. Carbone, R. Henderson, N. Anderson, D. Totham, D. Ah Wang
The main event of redemption round saw the Buffs and the Crocs fight out a close game at TIO Stadium, but it was the Buffettes who snatched the win by a single point. The game was a battle of the backlines in this match. Lateesha Jeffrey of the Districts and Nicolette Dunn of Darwin were causing defensive headaches at both ends of the ground. Goals were scarce in this game, but in the dying minutes of the last term, Kylie Duggan pushed forward to seal the win. Darwin young gun, Dominique Carbone was awarded best-on-ground for her performance in the midfield in her third game for the year. Darwin was fortunate with three straight goals, but the Crocs’ lack of goal accuracy finally came back to bite them. Charles Deegan has been a weapon for the Districts up forward, but with Tayla Thorn absent on Sunday, Deegan’s influence was small against the Buffettes. The Crocs have the bye this weekend and will not play until January, meaning they will have ample time to recover as they head into Round 12.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 10

IT IS redemption round this weekend as some teams look for some payback from their previous encounters. On Saturday, Palmerston faces the Queen Ants, who defeated the Magpies in their first match by three points. However, with the Magpies’ current form, they will be heavy favourites to rectify that loss. On Sunday morning, Nightcliff plays St Marys, where the Saints will be looking for a decisive victory over the Tigers. At Gardens Oval, Tracy Village and the Wanderers meet in an intriguing encounter. The Razorbacks have been scoreless for two weeks in a row, while the Eagles will attempt to build on last week’s victory. At the same time on Sunday, TIO Stadium will host the Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts. In their last match, the Crocs shocked experts by downing the Buffs in a close game. The Crocs have been on fire recently, but Darwin will be no easy team to beat.

 

PINT V PALMERSTON MAGPIES

Round 10 – Saturday December 8th, 1:00pm

TIO Stadium

The Magpies have shot into finals form in the past month. Their under 18s representatives, Tabitha May, Janet Baird and Freda Puruntatemeri have been heavy contributors for the Magpies this year. It seems that Palmerston has built a culture of youth that is reaping its rewards from every game. That is not to overshadow Natasha Medbury’s efforts, who is now ranked third for goals despite being predominantly a midfielder. Medbury will be Pint’s greatest challenge, and tagging her is a must in this weeks match. Queen Ants rovers, Erin Hetherington and Katie Streader will have to shake off their horrific performance last weekend and get busy in the clearances. If the Ants can deny the quick pace of the Pies through the middle of the ground, they may be able to free up forward, Kristen Smits to put some real hurt on the scoreboard.

NIGHTCLIFF V ST MARYS

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th, 10:00am

PSC BM Oval

St Marys was competitive in the first half against the Magpies, but could not sustain a four quarter effort. This weekend, the Saints go up against the bottom of the ladder Tigers, who remain winless in another poor week. The Saints clearly have the advantage. Star, Danielle Ponter may be pushed forward as Simone Garner and Natasha Dunn-Richards may prove more than enough for Nightcliff’s rovers. Ponter is a proven goalsneak and with her class, and she may threaten to tear this game apart. If the Tigers have any chance, they will have to bypass Saints defenders, Nikita Long and Lori Nevan. This will be no easy task for the Tigers, as they have been screaming for somebody to stand up and lead them to a victory.

WANDERERS V TRACY VILLAGE

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th 12:00pm

Gardens Oval

This match is hard to predict. The Wanderers have been competitive recently but the Razorbacks have been in real strife. Although Tracy Village’s position on the ladder is higher than the Wanderers, the Eagles have momentum heading into this game. Eagles spearhead, Lee-Anne Alia nearly kicked a bag last weekend, and under 18 representative Arthurina Moreen kicked a pair of goals herself. This deadly alliance up forward may be enough to rattle the Razorbacks’ defence and prove the difference in the game. Tracy Village superstar, Kristy Irvine had a quiet match against Waratah, so she will need to find a new gear if the Razorbacks are to defeat the Eagles.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th, 12:00pm

TIO Stadium

Second plays fourth as the Buffettes take on the Crocs in what should be an epic encounter. In Round 1, Darwin had a 10-point lead going into the final quarter, but a late surge by the Districts caught the Buffs off guard for an upset win. This game is a toss of the coin. The Buffs have the experience but the Crocs have been smashing teams of late. In the centre of the ground, Southern Districts’ Tahlia Holtze, Ebony Miller, and Lateesha Jeffrey will try to combat Darwin stars, Tikesa Docherty Cole, Jemma Iacono, and Kylie Duggan. Up forward, Darwin has an arsenal of goal scorers, with Machaelia Roberts and Meredith Turner being the most dangerous. The Crocs will need to lock down this pair in order to settle their back line. The Southern Districts’ forward line, on the other hand, is another story. The Crocs have proven to be inaccurate in recent weeks, but it is yet to come back and haunt them. Perhaps this could be the game where it does.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 9

IT was a round of the best versus the worst as the top teams got the better of the bottom sides in convincing wins. Waratah was the first juggernaut of the round, defeating Tracy Village by 98 points. This is also the second week in a row that the Razorbacks have been kept scoreless. The Saints put up a fight against Palmerston in the first half but were ultimately blown away in the second half. Elsewhere, the Southern Districts smashed the Queen Ants, keeping them to one behind for the day. The last match was the exception to previous games, where a fight to avoid the bottom of the ladder saw Nightcliff and the Wanderers battle for their first win of the year. In the end, it was the Eagles who claimed the four points and sang their song for the first time this season.

 

WARATAH  4.0 I 9.5 I 9.9 I 12.17 (89)
TRACY VILLAGE  0.0 I 0.0 I 0.0  I 0.0 (0)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: Not Supplied.
Waratah: L. O’Shea 5, L. Miceli 5, B. Martin, M. Gault.

BEST:

Tracy Village: A. Henderson, Z. Clarke, M. McCartney, E. Ienco, A. Ogilvie-Mitchell, S. Bailie-mace
Waratah: M. Gault, L. Roberts, S.Bishop, J. Kolodziej, M. Reisinger

Tracy Village was very competitive early on in the season, but in the past two weeks, they have failed to score a single point. Lisa Miceli led the way for Waratah, kicking another five goals for the third week in a row, but she was not the only Warrior to kick a bag. Lauren O’Shea pushed forward to bag five of her own, meaning the Razorbacks had no answer for the tall timber of the Warriors. The defence of Waratah was nothing short of perfect. Lisa Roberts and Sharona Bishop built a wall in the backline that Tracy Village couldn’t even dint. Under-18 representative, Madeline Gault ran amok in the midfield and up forward, kicking a goal. She was named best-on-ground, and although she is already a premiership player she appears to have taken her football to the next level.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES  2.1 I 6.6 I 10.10 I 13.14 (92)
ST MARYS  3.0 I 5.0 I 7.3  I 8.4 (52)

GOALS:

Palmerston Magpies:  N. Medbury 4, S. Bush 2, J. Stassi, T.May, H. Davey.
St Marys: Not Supplied.

BEST:

Palmerston Magpies: F. Puruntatameri, N. Medbury, S. Bush, H. Davey, B. Byers
St Marys: Not Supplied

If Natasha Medbury keeps up this form, she could be awarded the Gwynne Medal at season’s end. Medbury has been dominant in the midfield this year, but her ability against St Marys to push forward from the centre and kick four goals was remarkable. However, Freda Puruntatameri has become equally as important, voted the best player on the day, Puruntatemeri’s run and carry from the half-back line has been vital for Palmerston this season. St Marys played well in the first half, only to chase the Magpies’ tail feathers in the second. The Saints have been more competitive in recent weeks, but unlike last week where they were able to snatch a win in the last quarter, they were simply outdone by the better side.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 5.2 I 9.5 I 11.9 I 12.12 (84)
PINT  0.1 I 0.1 I 0.1  I 0.1 (1)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: Not Supplied.
Pint: Not Supplied.

BEST:

Southern Districts: E. Miller, K. Patterson, T. Holtze, I.Sleeth, J. Hoes
Pint: Not Supplied

After several poor seasons, the Southern Districts have announced themselves as heavyweights in this year’s competition. Tahlia Holtze and Ebony Miller are showing their class each week as they continue to blaze from the midfield and give their forwards ample opportunities in front of goal. The overall team performance kept the Queen Ants to one point, showing that Pint was unprepared for the manic pressure that the Crocs produced. In the first quarter, the Southern Districts kicked five goals, and from there it was a feeding frenzy for the Districts. The Queen Ants seem to have no problem defeating the teams below them, but when it comes to battling the real contenders of the NTFL Women’s competition, they get shown up in poor performances. As for the Crocs, they appear to be Waratah’s number one threat in claiming the 2018/2019 premiership.

WANDERERS 2.1 I 2.1 I 3.2 I 7.2 (44)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.1 I 1.2 I 1.2  I 3.4 (22)

GOALS:

Wanderers: L. Allia 4, A. Moreen 2, C.Boyd.
Nightcliff:  Not supplied.

BEST:

Wanderers: D. Peckham, I. Briston, L. Motlop
Nightcliff:  Not supplied

Eight rounds and no wins made this game a battle of pride. It was a tight match where the Eagles and Tigers kept trying to claw ahead in the seesawing contest. The final outcome was the Wanderers proving that little bit better, with Lee-Anne Allia and Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen as well as Calista Boyd stepping up to the plate and kicking the goals that needed to be kicked. Nightcliff kicked two goals late but never seemed to have the momentum to catch the Wanderers. The Eagles will face the Razorbacks next week and after Tracy Village’s poor performance in recent weeks, the Wanderers may get their second straight victory. The Tigers had their opportunity against the Eagles but sadly fell short, meaning the Tigers are destined to repeat their poor form from last year.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 9

THE Razorbacks experienced their worst defeat of the season last week when they were held scoreless for the entire game. This week, they meet ladder-leaders, Waratah in an attempt to redeem a poor performance. The Magpies are flying at the moment after downing Darwin last weekend, and will look to continue their good form when they face the Saints on Saturday. On Sunday, the Crocs will meet the Queen Ants. The Southern Districts have been on a roll these past weeks but Pint has proven to be a competitive outfit and may push the Crocs to their limit. The last match of the round will see the Wanderers play Nightcliff. Both teams are still searching for their first win of the season, and one team will finally get to sing their song after Sunday’s match, given the result isn’t a draw.

 

TRACY VILLAGE V WARATAH

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

The Warriors may have lost one game this season, but still remain the team to beat as they hover over the rest of the league. After a poor performance against the Crocs, the Warriors clicked into gear in their last game by smashing Pint. Waratah forward, Lisa Miceli has been damaging all season, but defenders, Alysha Healy and Lauren O’Shea have pushed forward from the back half in recent weeks to hit the scoreboard. The Warriors’ versatility has shown that they can kick majors from any position. Tracy Village started off the season strongly but has hit a slump in the past month. Kristy Irvine has had to carry her team through the midfield and up forward, standing as the club’s dual leading goal scorer. The Razorbacks cannot allow Irvine to carry this load alone if they are any chance to beat Waratah. Kristi Barnes once looked to be the spearhead up forward for Tracy Village, but is yet to string together some consistent performances. A few goals to Barnes against Waratah may give her a shot of confidence again.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V ST MARYS

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 3pm

TIO Oval No.2

The Saints escaped the Wanderers by the skin of their teeth last week, but on Saturday they will have to fend off a hungry Magpies army. Palmerston got the better of the Buffettes on the weekend with a gutsy performance by Under 18 representatives, Tabitha May, Freda Puruntatameri and Janet Baird. Baird has been causing all kinds of havoc since moving into forward line, and could have the same profound influence again this week. St Marys defenders, Nikita Long and Lori Neven will need to be at their best if they are to stop last year’s Rising Star. The talent of youth in the Magpies is deep, but the Saints have a young gun of their own in Danielle Ponter. Ponter was recently drafted by the Adelaide Crows and has just recently returned to the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition. Her skill in the midfield, as well as up forward, could prove to be the difference against Palmerston.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V PINT

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 10am

Norbuilt Oval

Inconsistency in front of goal has not yet come back to bite the Crocs, as they have torn apart their competition in recent games and now sit second on the ladder. Southern Districts’ Tayla Thorn and Charles Deegan may not be the most accurate forwards, but their efforts week after week have been nothing short of first class. The pair has kicked 16 goals between them, and could’ve had more if it weren’t for inaccuracy. Crocs stars, Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze and Ebony Miller have been admirable in the centre of the ground, but the Queen Ants trio of Erin Hetherington, Katie Streader, and Cassie Henderson may give them a challenge this week. Southern Districts defenders, Holly Engelhardt, Tyler Thornton and Northern Territory Under 18 representative Bella Clarke have shut down the best of opposition forwards, so Pint’s leading goal kickers, Kristen Smits and Madeline Keeble will have to put in some extra effort if they are to penetrate this Crocs defence.

 

WANDERERS VS NIGHTCLIFF

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 11:30am

Gardens Oval No.2

Despite the fact that both teams currently sit at the bottom of the ladder, this game could prove to be a real nail-biter. Last week, the Eagles put up a good fight against St Marys but just let them slip away in the final quarter. A stronger defensive effort will be needed if they are to avoid sinking to last place. Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Arthurina Moreen has been lively up forward but has also been starved of opportunity all season. Wanderers’ midfielders, Calista Boyd and Keyona De Satge will need to dig deep this game and supply Moreen with some genuine opportunity in front of goal. On the other hand, the Tigers will need their own heroes to stand up and find a way to kick some goals. In previous matches, the efforts of defenders like Eliza Wear have held strong early in games, but the severe lack of scoring power has led to some crushing defeats by their opposition. Nightcliff must find a way to correct this weakness if they want to defeat the Eagles.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 6

THE Warriors proved once again that they are still the best team in the competition by defeating arch-rivals, Darwin. The Southern Districts beat Nightcliff, but the damage to the Tigers was less severe due to another week of inaccuracy by the Crocs. Palmerston got another win over the Wanderers, while Pint is currently sitting in second place after smashing St Marys.

 

WARATAH  0.0 I 3.2 I 3.2 I 7.9 (51)
DARWIN BUFFETTES  0.1 I 3.1  I 4.2  I 6.4 (40)

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Turner 3, J. Anderson, C. Fewings, N. Anderson.
Waratah: L. Puruntatameri 3, C. Puruntatameri 2, S. Nalder, A. Healy.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Turner, T. Docherty-cole, M. Roberts, D. Ah Wang, N. Dunn
Waratah: S. Puruntatameri, A. Healy, L. Roberts, J. Kolodziej, A. Stanley

It was an arm-wrestle in the first quarter as only one behind was scored between both teams. The stalemate continued until the Buffettes stuck their nose in front in the third term, but Waratah came back hard in the final term to walk away as 11-point winners. It was the name Puruntatameri that popped up all over the ground, Sherayn, Christine, and debutant, Latina Puruntatameri dominated for the Warriors. Latina and Christine kicked five goals between them while Sherayn was named best-on-ground. Darwin midfielder, Tikesa Docherty-Cole fought tirelessly in the centre of the ground while forward, Meredith Turner booted three for the day. Unfortunately, Turner lacked the usual support, with Machaelia Roberts unable to hit the scoreboard. Waratah defenders, Lisa Roberts and Alicia Stanley were the other standouts as they proved once again to be a rock in defence. The Buffettes tested the Warriors, but now know they must play four quarters of football if they want to beat the reigning premiers.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS  1.3 I 3.4 I 4.10 I 4.12 (36)
NIGHTCLIFF  0.0 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.1  (7)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, A. Bartlem, T. Thorn, C. Deegan.
Nightcliff: Not supplied.

BEST:

Southern Districts: B. Clarke, C. Deegan, A. Bartlem, I. Sleeth, M. Moussa
Nightcliff: Not supplied

For the second week in a row, the Crocs have been inaccurate. Although they walked away with the points last Saturday, it could come back to haunt them against better opposition. Tahlia Holtze, Tayla Thorn, and Charles Deegan returned to hit the scoreboard for the second week in a row as they were fed multiple opportunities at goal by midfielders, Amelia Bartlem and Maria Moussa. The duo had a day out with the support of ruck, Indy Sleeth, who owned the hit-outs for the Southern Districts. Nightcliff, unfortunately, once again put on a quieter performance with no real standouts. Even though the Crocs scored inaccurately, the Tigers could only manage one goal for the game.

 

ST MARYS 1.4 (10)
PINT 9.8 (62)

GOALS:

Pint: M. Keeble 3, K. Smits 3, E. Greaves 2, D. Suddaby.
St Marys: S. Garner.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

The Queen Ants have been biding their time, but are proving to be a real contender in this year’s competition. Pint leading goal kicker, Kristen Smits kicked three for the day but may have been outshone by first-gamer, Madeline Keeble, who made a good first impression by kicking three of her own. St Marys forward, Simone Garner was the Saints’ only shining light as they suffered another painful defeat.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES  (63)
WANDERERS  (35)

GOALS:

Palmerston Magpies: J. Stassi 2, F. Puruntatameri 2, M. Ellanora, N. Medbury, J. Baird, H. Davey, W. Barlow
Wanderers: Not supplied

BEST:

Palmerston Magpies: L. Santo, T. May, V. Mounsey, F. Puruntatameri, J. Stassi
Wanderers: Not supplied

The Wanders put up more of a fight last weekend, but the Magpies’ strength proved to be their undoing. Tabitha May has been named in Palmerston’s best again, but it was Freda Puruntatameri that showed this week it was all about the name Purunatatameri by kicking two majors. Jessica Stassi is proved to be a more versatile midfielder by pushing forward and kicking another two goals for the Magpies. Natasha Medbury showed similar traits as she scored one of her own. The Wanderers showed a little more effort this week, but must continue to build despite the loss, as the Magpies continue to fly.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 6

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

TIO Stadium

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

Asbuild Oval

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.

Exam or no exam, I’m getting drafted today

THERE are many dominant midfielders in this year’s AFL Women’s Draft, but Alyce Parker may be the best.

The athletic machine has been smashing various youth girls competition for the last three years, each time with All Australian honours. She is the one player the state of New South Wales (NSW) has been waiting for, a true warhorse that gets the clearances, crashes the packs, and makes the difference between winning and losing. Parker can do it all, including getting drafted to the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants in the morning, and sitting an agriculture exam the same afternoon. Although the day was pretty intense, Parker is used to multitasking.

“I guess it’s what you have to do, and in my circumstance coming from NSW and HSC (High School Certificate) going on this time, it’s unavoidable but definitely manageable,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting through it.”

Parker comes from a country town, where football thrives in her local community. She played in the boys competitions in her youth until a pathway for women opened up at Parker’s high school.

“Obviously, the country footy is really popular where I come from, and I guess that’s what brings a town together, ” she said. “I probably got into it through the boys, playing with the boys especially at my age, (with) the girls (there) wasn’t the opportunity, but yeah going into high school the girls footy just exploded, and that’s where my journey began.”

It wasn’t always about football for Parker, as she also competed in cricket, basketball, netball, tennis, cross country, and athletics as a junior. With seven different sports, Parker wasn’t sure which direction she was headed in, but ultimately chose football.

“It was probably about 12 months ago I wasn’t sure what to do,” she said.  “I love my netball, my swimming, my tennis. I couldn’t actually choose a sport, and a lot of people kept saying that I needed to, and I wanted to enjoy everything as much as I could. “I guess the decision made itself when I entered back into the NSW pathway again, my third year the amazing people that came in like, Alicia Eva, and Nic (Nicola) Barr, they just drew me to the sport and they’re the reason why I wanted to do football.”

Alicia Eva coached the Eastern Allies this year, with Parker her prized player. Now Parker has become her teammate, and Eva’s response on the GWS GIANTS website was nothing short of positive.

“She covers the ground really well aerobically,” Eva said. “Her ability to break out of traffic, drive her legs through into space and then get the ball moving long is her hallmark trait at the moment. “She’s got really solid hands, so she can go forward and take a grab as well.”

The Giants will begin their 2019 season on February 3 at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex. If fit, Parker could be a certainty to face the Lions.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL – Round 5

ANOTHER week has gone and another demolition job for Nightcliff and the Southern Districts, with the two teams continuing to stretch the gap between themselves and the rest of the competition. Waratah dropped the ball in the last quarter to see St Marys cruise home, and a certain Palmerston forward buried the Tiwi Bombers.

WARATAH 9.8 (62)
ST MARYS 12.13 (85)

GOALS

Waratah: L. Collihole 2, M. Blake 2, R. Jolliffe, J. Beugelaar, J. Smith, S. Godden, L. Fitzgerald.
St Marys: B. Rioli 3, N. Paredes 2, B. Taylor 2, R. Mc Murray, M. Liddy, S. Rioli, S. Lampton, A. Wilson.

BEST
Waratah: Not supplied
St Marys: T. Saunders, R. Smith, S. Rioli, S. Richardson, B. Rioli, A. Wilson

It was a battle of endurance last Saturday between the Warriors and Saints but in the end, St Marys pilled on the goals and Waratah could not catch them. Saints forward Brayden Rioli stood up after a quieter debut last week, finishing the game with three majors, while the consistency of Brandon Taylor continues to show each week as he bagged a pair of goals himself. Waratah forward Lachlan Collihole was quieter than usual with only two goals to his name, with fellow forwards Raven Jolliffe and Sam Godden restricted to one goal apiece. St Marys will be eyeing a move into the top-four spots next week, but Waratah will hoping to hang onto their spot when they face Darwin.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 18.5 (123)
WANDERERS 5.12 (42)

GOALS

Southern Districts: B. Vallance 5, S. Thorne 3, J. Koopman 3, B. Lake, C. McAdam, D. Staunton, L. Dale, R. Tambling, I. Wyatt, M. Mummer.
Wanderers: Not supplied.
BEST
Southern Districts: D. Staunton, R. Tambling, S. Thorne, B. Vallance, J. Brennan, S. Smith
Wanderers: Not supplied

The Crocs have become the destroyer once again, with the Wanderers having no answer for the Southern Districts as they walked away 81-point winners last Saturday. The Crocs spearhead Bradley Vallance kicked five with the support of Shane Thorne and debutant Jess Koopman, who booted three goals each. Dean Staunton was named in the best again as he proves to be a real leader for the Southern Districts on the field. As for the Wanderers, it looked like another lacking performance with only one win for the season.

 

NIGHTCLIFF 15.8 (108)
DARWIN BUFFALOES 8.10 (58)

GOALS

Nightcliff: T. Melville 6, B. Filo 2, S. Deery, P. Wills, J. Miles, D. Bowles, B. Penney, L. Holt-Fitz, C. Ilett.
Darwin Buffaloes: J. Clarke 2, I. Palmer 2, A. Sambono, J. Anderson, C. Williams, L. Thomas.

BEST

Nightcliff: N. Brown, C. Holmes, B. Filo, S. Wilson, T. Melville, R. Morris
Darwin Buffaloes: D. Paull, C. Stokes, J. Anderson, J. Briston, B. Stokes, A. Sambono

The Nightcliff forward line struck again, defeating an in-form Darwin by 50 points. Trent Melville has been causing more headaches for defenders as he bagged six goals against the Buffaloes, continuing to prove each match that he is the dominant forward in the competition. Brad Filo also complemented Melville with two goals of his own in his second game of the season. Other Tigers star Shaun Wilson played hard and was named among Nightcliff’s best. On the other side of the coin Darwin champions, Adam Sambono played hard but couldn’t inspire his team to get into the game. Darwin will have another tough match this week against Waratah, but the Tigers will have an even tougher challenge when they take on the reigning premiers.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 18.2 (120)
TIWI BOMBERS 11.9 (75)

GOALS

Palmerston Magpies: K. Emery 7, J. Lampton 2, M. Bunworth 2, B. Church, N. Deans, S. Brock, M. Dennis, J. Rhodes, A. Davey, S. Miller.
Tiwi Bombers: S. Munkara 4, T. Tambling 3, D. Munkara 2, A. Wonaeamirri, A. Tipungwuti.

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: M. Dennis, M. Bunworth, K. Emery, L. McDonald, J. Lampton, R. Baird
Tiwi Bombers: A. Darcy, R. Farmer, D. Anderson, A. Wonaeamirri, W. Puruntatameri, R. Mungatopi

The Magpies managed to avoid the bottom of the ladder last weekend by smashing the Bombers by 45 points. It was Kyle Emery who came out with guns blazing to slot seven goals for the game. Emery had been quieter over the last few weeks but came to play last Saturday. Matthew Dennis stared again for Palmerston and despite his team’s position – he has been named among the best for the fifth week in a row. As for Tiwi Bombers, there was one shining light in Dionysius Munkara who kicked four goals for the game, Munkara has been shouldering the forward responsibilities alone, he will need support if the Bombers are going to claw off the bottom of the ladder.

Weekend wash up: NTFL Women’s – Round 5

LAST weekend, we saw the first game of the year washed out due to weather conditions, Waratah and St Marys have received two premiership points each, with Waratah sitting comfortably on top of the ladder. Elsewhere, the Southern Districts bounced back against the Wanderers to win by 33 points, the Darwin Buffettes showed Nightcliff the horns, and Pint toppled Tracy Village to sit in third place.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS: 1.3 I 2.6 I 7.7 I 7.12 (54)
WANDERERS 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.3 I 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

Southern Districts:T. Thorn 2, C. Deegan 2, T. Holtze, H. Engelhardt, A. Bartlem.
Wanderers: A. Moreen, N. Harwood, P. Glover.

BEST:

Southern Districts: E. Miller, H. Engelhardt, M. Moussa, C. Deegan, A. Bartlem, I. Sleeth
The Wanderers: P. Glover

The Southern Districts had the opportunities up forward to put away the Wanderers early, but failed to convert. However, after half-time, the Crocs grabbed the Wanderers by the throat and never let go. Tayla Thorn returned up forward to combine with spearhead, Charles Deegan, with both players kicking two majors a piece. Thorn’s Thunder teammate, Tahlia Holtze has managed to hit the scoreboard for the second week in a row. The Southern Districts will look to improve their goal kicking as they try to peek back into top four contention. As for the Wanderers, another week of poor football as they continue the search for their first win of the season.

 

NIGHTCLIFF   1.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 I 1.2 (8)
DARWIN BUFFETTES   1.2 I 11.5 I 14.6 I 15.9 (99)

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts 3, B. Stokes 3, T. Docherty-cole 2, Z. Anderson 2, M. Turner 2, B. Ward, C. Whan, K. Duggan.
Nightcliff: Not Supplied.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: T. Docherty-cole, R. Henderson, M. Turner, M. Roberts, T. Dhu, Z. Anderson
Nightcliff: Not Supplied.

For the first quarter, Nightcliff was holding firm against Darwin with only one point the difference. Unfortunately when the second quarter started, the Tigers were in for a nightmare. Buffettes guns, Machaelia Roberts, Meredith Turner, and Bianca Stokes dominated, which saw Darwin walk away 91-point victors. Roberts is now ranked second in the competition for goals with Turner trailing behind her at third. The Buffettes continue to steamroll yet another team, as Nightcliff fell again in another poor week.

 

PINT 1.2 I 2.3 I 4.4 I 7.6 (48)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.4 I 1.8 I 1.11 I 1.12 (18)

GOALS:

Pint: D. Suddaby 2, E. Ryan 2, K. Smits 2, J. McFee.
Tracy Village: A. Gray.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Tracy Village: L. Douglas, K. Lansdown, A. Gray, K. Brown, S. Bailie-mace, T. Eagle

In a surprising twist, the Queen Ants have held the Razorbacks to one goal. Tracy Village was peppering the goals all day, but its inaccuracy proved costly as Pint forwards  Danielle Suddaby, Ellie Ryan, and Kristen Smits kicked truly with six goals between them. The Razorbacks have had a very consistent season so far, but last weekend they learned the true meaning of bad kicking is bad football. Pint on the other hand, has crawled into third spot and is looking very dangerous.