Author: Kyle Champion

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

A strange turn has occurred in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition as Tracy Village forfeited its match against the Southern Districts. Three games continued after the shock withdrawal, as the Palmerston Magpies and the Darwin Buffettes duelled on a muggy day. The Buffettes started off well but the Magpies’ persistence would deny them a victory. St Marys fought off a hungry Wanderers to claim four premierships points, but the Eagles not going down without a fight shows they still have pride. In the final game, the Warriors only allowed Pint to score one point and crushed the Ants.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 10.0 (60)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 (0)

Southern Districts won by forfeit.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 I 2.2 I 5.3 I 5.3 (33)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES  0.2 I 2.4 I 4.4 I 7.6 (48)

On a damp ground, the Magpies managed to wear down the Buffettes to a 15-point win. The match started off very sluggish as a tug of war, so neither team kicked a goal in the first quarter. Kylie Duggan and Machaelia Roberts clicked into gear in the second term, as Darwin scored two majors in a row. The lead was short lived as Freda Puruntatameri showed some brilliance inside 50 with a classy snap around the corner followed by a Jackie Chan-like goal, which put the Pies back in front. Undisciplined action would cause the Pies to lose the lead in the third tern, as two 50 metre penalties had undone Palmerston’s hard work. In the final quarter, Jessica Stassi would change the tide as she kicked her first major of the day. Janet Baird was next to pop up to boot two goals of her own, giving her team a decent buffer during the final minutes. Natasha Medbury kicked the final goal late to put the result beyond any doubt. Darwin was competitive early but simply ran out of legs against a younger team. Palmerston will face the Southern Districts this week in what should be another heavyweight match.

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan 2, M. Breed, K. Tinley, M. Turner.
Palmerston Magpies: J.Baird 2, F.Puruntatemeri 2, N. Medbury, J.Stassi, S.Bush.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan, D. Totham, K. Duggan, M. Roberts, N. Dunn
Palmerston Magpies: B. Byers, F. Puruntatameri, J. Misob, N. Medbury, J. Baird

WANDERERS 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.2 I 4.6 (30)
ST MARYS  2.3 I 4.7 I 4.9 I 5.9 (39)

With the Adelaide Crows practice match occurring on the same day, St Marys entered this match without the support of some of their stars. It mattered little as Alana Coombes stole the show, kicking three majors on the day. Coombes has been in good strides recently and is close to becoming one of the elite goal-crumbers in the competition.  She was well supported by the efforts of Katherine Dann, who kicked two of her own. The Saints forwards controlled the scoreboard for the first three quarters, but a late charge by the Eagles saw a close match. In the end, it was too little too late for the Eagles as St Marys claimed the win.

GOALS:

St Marys: A. Coombes 3, K. Dann 2.
Wanderers: I. Briston 2, A. Moreen, T. Tipiloura.

BEST:

St Marys: Not supplied
Wanderers: T. Tipiloura, A. Moreen, I. Briston

WARATAH 3.2 I 5.5 I 6.6 I 8.7 (55)
PINT  0.0 I 0.1 I 0.1 I 0.1 (1)

After their previous loss, the Warriors sharpened their spears last weekend and went hunting. Pint never got in the game, as defensive efforts by Sharona Bishop and Molly Cooper saw the Queen Ants score only one point for the game.  Amy Chittick and Breanna Martin kicked six goals between them while Sue Nalder booted a pair of her own. The Queen Ants may have locked in their finals spot, but if they don’t believe they belong there they may fall out in the first elimination final.

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 3, B. Martin 3, S. Nalder 2.
Pint:  Not supplied.

BEST:

Waratah: A. Chittick, M. Cooper, R. Pryer, S. Bishop, S. Nalder
Pint:  Not supplied

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

IT is Round 14 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition and with finals five weeks away, the contenders for this season’s premiership are becoming obvious. Up first, Southern Districts return to take on Tracy Village. The Crocs were average in their first match back from the holiday break, but with the Razorbacks’ current record, the Crocs may dine on Bushpigs. The following match is the main event where the Darwin Buffettes face the Palmerston Magpies. The Buffs’ have enjoyed an easy run of victories lately, but on Saturday, they could receive a wake-up call from the Pies. At the same time at TIO Oval, St Marys will battle the Wanderers. The Saints will be eager to continue their good patch of football. Lastly, reigning premier, Waratah wounded from their previous defeat, needing a convincing win over Pint.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday January 19, 10:00 am

Norbuilt Oval

If the Crocs ever needed a tune-up match, this is it. Southern Districts forwards, Tayla Thorn and Charlie Deegan have been missing in action in recent games. The Crocs would be very anxious to get this pair up and firing this week. Tracy Village’s defence was overwhelmed by the Saints’ pressure last weekend and if Thorn and Deegan kick straight, it could prove disastrous for Tracy Village. Razorbacks midfielders, Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke know how to win the clearances, but their forwards are always last to the ball. This must not happen against the Crocs’ backline because Lateesha Jeffrey will send the ball 50 metres in the opposite direction. The Southern Districts’ main problem has been accuracy in front of goal, and they will need to tighten up their skills before they meet Palmerston next week.

PALMERSTON V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Asbuild Oval

After the Magpies defeated the reigning premiers last Sunday, it is hard to choose a favourite for this match. Darwin has not beaten Waratah all year, but the Magpies will provide a good challenge. Palmerston should be welcoming back Tabitha May after a stint on the sidelines. May, Natasha Medbury and Janet Baird will face possibly the most balanced midfield in the competition. The main threat for the Pies is Machaelia Roberts, whether playing forward, midfield or half-back, she can prove a menace on the ground. However, she is not the only problem. Jemma Iacono, Dominique Carbone, Kylie Duggan and Tikesa Docherty-Cole are very capable of picking up the slack. This is another game where it could be head or tails, yet the Buffettes might have more to play for after their easy run of wins.

ST MARYS V WANDERERS

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Tio Oval No. 2

It hs been a long hard season for the Eagles. Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen has proven to be the standout for the Wanderers up forward. Unfortunately for Moreen, she has not had the midfield to feed her. With the added support from the Adelaide Crows (Danielle Ponter, Jasmyn Hewett, and Ailish Cosidine), St Marys should prove too powerful for the Wanderers. Mathematically, the Saints can make finals, but logically a win here is just a consolation prize.

WARATAH V PINT

Sunday January 20, 11:30 am

Gardens Oval

Pint is one win away from securing a top five spot. The only problem for the Queen Ants is they must defeat Warratah on Sunday. Normally Waratah would come in as heavy favourites, but with players like Madeline Reisinger, Sherayn and Christine Puruntatameri possibly missing another week, Pint has a chance. Erin Hetherington has been sensational across half-back, carrying as much influence as Cassie Henderson does in the midfield. However, Warriors stars, Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault, Lauren O’Shea and Sharona Bishop are still a very lethal combination. If the Queen Ants manage to pull off the win, it will provide serious momentum for them in the upcoming weeks. 

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 13

LAST weekend’s round of footy saw one upset in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s while the rest of the top teams crushed their opposition. The Buffettes showed the Wanderers no mercy last Saturday as the Darwin stampede proved too much for the Eagles. Meanwhile, the Saints roasted the Razorbacks after another disappointing result for Tracy Village. Nightcliff was the next to fall to Pint, the Queen Ants seem to have regained their competitive edge. On Sunday, however, the trend of favourites would fall to the underdog. The Palmerston Magpies defeated the reigning premiers Waratah in a thriller by two points.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.3 I 8.4 I 11.7 I 13.11 (89)
WANDERERS 0.1 I 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.4 (10)

When Darwin defeated Nightcliff the previous week, the damage could have been much more extensive. This time the Buffettes made use of every scoring shot they had. Zoe Anderson was the star with four goals to her name, Melinda Taylor kicked two with the rest of the Buffs being single contributors. Machaelia Roberts was electricity running through the ground, the Eagles had no one to who could catch her. Under 18 representative Authurina Moreen was the Eagles only goal kicker while the Buffettes had nine. Darwin has enjoyed a past few weeks of easy victories, but this week they will have to face the Magpies who have just toppled Waratah. Palmerston will be no easy kill as this match could prove to be the game to watch.

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: Z. Anderson 4, M. Taylor 2, M. Breed, M. Roberts, C. Whan, K. Duggan, K. Williams, M. Turner, T. Bullen.
Wanderers: A. Moreen.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, C. Whan, Z. Anderson, D. Totham, K. Duggan
Wanderers: M. Billias, K. De Stage, P. Koulakis 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 3.1 (19)
ST MARYS 0.2 I 1.6 I 4.10 I 6.14 (50)

On Saturday, St Marys unveiled an arsenal of Adelaide Crows that took control of the midfield and left the Razorbacks in their wake. The group was comprised of Danielle Ponter, Jasmyn Hewett, and Irish talent Ailish Considine who got her first taste of Australian football. Considine contributed well and Ponter was outstanding, while some women looked clumsy Ponter was slick. Hewett was no different, as the tall timber contested well in the ruck and racked up disposals like a common rover. Alana Coombes was another who shined for the Saints kicking two goals for the day. Coombes would have kicked a bag if she was more accurate in front of goal. The highlight of the match saw Ponter and Kristi Irvine go head-to-head in the last quarter. Irvine’s clearance efforts were impressive, but Ponter’s composure and skill through traffic were nothing short of superior. The Saints now have a sniff and with the top five spots now deciding finals, the next few weeks very interesting.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: K. Irvine 2, J. Oxspring.
St Marys: A. Coombes 2, S. Maxsted, M. Gunderson, F. Frances, S. Edwards .

BEST:

Best Players: K. Irvine, A. Shepard, G. Young, B. McDougall, C. Wright, E. Lima
Best Players: A. Coombes, D. Ponter, J. Hewitt, M. Gunderson, J. Boundary 

NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 2.1 (13)
PINT 0.2 I 4.3 I 4.3 I 6.4 (40)

In a slow start to the first term, Pint clicked into gear during the second. Cassie Henderson continued her follow-up work from Tracy Village by racking up the disposals and booting two goals. Forward Louisa Bahen Wright slotted a pair of her own majors while Danielle Suddaby provided a good target as well. The Queen Ants drifted off in the third quarter, but with Nightcliff unable to inflict any real damage, the game was never in doubt. Pint’s inconsistency of not playing all four quarters may prove costly in the future. This effort against the elite teams of the competition simply will not do.

GOALS:

Nightcliff: J. Puautjimi, J. Hill.
Pint: L. Bahen-Wright 2, C. Henderson 2, D. Suddaby, E. Fittock.

BEST

Nightcliff: S. Hatzismalis, J. Blecher, H. Turnbull, J. Steppacher
Pint: Not Supplied  

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.1 I 5.1 I 5.1 I 7.1 (43)
WARATAH 0.3 I 3.4 I 5.4 I 5.5 (41)

Sundays was the heavyweight game of the round and it did not disappoint. From the opening quarter, the Pies started off with a bang kicking the first two whilst keeping Waratah goalless in the first quarter. Waratah would bounce back in the next two terms as the combined efforts of Lauren O’Shea and Sharona Bishop saw Warratah hit the front. It seemed like history was about to repeat itself, but Natasha Membury’s Pies fought back in the last quarter to win the match. It is a defining win for Palmerston, they have now beaten all top five teams, proving they are a real premiership threat.

Goals

Palmerston: Not supplied.
Waratah: S. Bishop 3, L. O’Shea 2, A. Love.

Best

Palmerston: Not supplied
Waratah: L. Roberts, A. Healy, T. Muller, A. Chittick, S. Bishop

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 13

WITH finals only six weeks away, Round 13 gives lower clubs one last ditch effort to turn their season around. Last week, the Buffs were mighty but inaccurate, so this Saturday could provide as a tune-up against the Wanderers. The Saints suffered an honourable loss against the Warriors in a battle of attrition, but perhaps a win against Tracy Village will raise their spirits. The Queen Ants have recovered their lost crown and now wear it with pride. Pint should have Nighcliff’s measure in their clash, as the Tigers have been underperforming. Finally, Waratah and Palmerston will face off for the second time this season. The Magpies were underwhelming in the last time they met, but with injuries mounting on the Warriors, Palmerston might cause an upset.

WANDERERS V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 12, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

When looking at experience, ladder position and history, this match appears very one-sided. The Eagles showed heart in the last few games of 2018 but have hit a little form slump. Darwin on the other hand, has been on a rollercoaster of wins. However, Buffs forwards, Bianca Stokes, Melinda Taylor, and Machaelia Roberts have not been as damaging on the scoreboard lately. Roberts will always get plenty of the ball, but with an already powerful midfield, her talents are needed up forward. The Eagles are in for a tough game as the Buffettes look to polish their horns after the game.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Saturday January 12, 2pm

Tracy Village 

The intriguing match between Pint and Tracy Village turned into a flogging by the Queen Ants. The Razorbacks had no answers as they were utterly outclassed by a better team. This Saturday, a more even match-up against St Marys should ensure a good contest. The battle of Danielle Ponter and Natasha Dunn-Richards against Zhoe Clarke and Kristy Irvine is where the cream clashes. Clarke was so impressive against Pint that she was double-teamed in the centre of the ground. Irvine and Clarke link up well but will need more support from fellow rover, Bonni-Jean Mcdougall if they want to win.

NIGHTCLIFF V PINT

Saturday January 12, 6pm

TIO Oval No 2

Pint has become the mid-tier team of the women’s competition. The Queen Ants’ wins rival that of the elite teams, but their scoring percentage is severely lacking. Pint forward duo, Ellie Ryan and Danielle Suddaby will need to take advantage of the Tigers defence to give their team a much-needed boost. Samantha Barnett, Cassie Henderson and Samantha Freeman should control the clearances, but Pint forwards need to convert. Nightcliff has won only one game due to an outstanding performance by Chloe Scheer. Unfortunately for Nightcliff, Scheer has been quiet since that win and the Tigers will be looking to snap their losing streak in this game.

PALMERSTON  V WARATAH

Sunday January 13, 12pm

Asbuild Oval

Team announcements will be interesting this week as Waratah may be a few players down to face the Pies. Waratah was in complete control against St Marys for three quarters until an empty bench saw the Saints come back. With the help of a few first-gamers and Madeline Gault, the Warriors managed to hang on for the win. Now, a rejuvenated Palmerston will test the reigning premiers. Natasha Medbury is without a doubt the standout Pie that leads a strong group of young stars. Tabitha May, Janet Baird, and Jessie Brock are a few of the Under-18 representatives that make all the difference on game day. Last time these two teams met, Waratah gave the Magpies a hiding. Only time will tell if Palmerston has learned from that experience.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 12

LAST weekend’s return of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition saw the elite teams put their foot down. Southern Districts was the first, demolishing the Wanderers. The Crocs’ score of behinds again outweighed their goals, but the Eagles were never in the game. Darwin was the next heavyweight to crush the bottom of the ladder Tigers. Nightcliff’s underwhelming season continued as the Buffettes have finals in their sights. Waratah got a shock from St Marys in the last quarter when a depleted Warriors bench saw a late surge from the Saints. Waratah, however, withstood the Saints’ charge to walk away eight-point victors. On Sunday, Pint took apart the Razorbacks with little difficulty. The Queen Ants have got their hunger back for the game, and with this victory they find themselves sitting in third place.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 I 1.3 I 2.4 I 4.9 (33)
WANDERERS 0.0 I 0.0 I 0.0 I 0.3 (3)

Even though the Southern Districts beat the Eagles by 33 points, it took a while for the Crocs to shake off their holiday rust. Only two goals were scored through three quarters of football. It was only in the last term that fans saw the Crocs click into gear. The run of Ebony Miller and Lateesha Jeffrey stood out as well as Indy Sleeth‘s skill in the ruck. Tahlia Holtze had a quiet day but managed to hit the scoreboard, but Maria Moussa was the clear standout in this match. The Southern Districts now have the bye this weekend. Maybe a fortnight will give the Crocs a chance to wake up.

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, M. Moussa, E. Miller, J. D’Arcy.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

BEST:

Southern Districts: M. Moussa, E. Miller, L. Jeffrey, I. Sleeth, R. McHugh
Wanderers: Not supplied

NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 I 0.3 I 0.3 I 0.3 (3)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.3 I 2.4 I 4.9 I 6.13 (49)

It was business as usual for the Buffettes as they continue a strong run home. Jemma Iacono found another gear, while Machaelia Roberts ran circles around the Tigerss. The Buffettes’ only flaw in this game was their lack of goals. An inaccurate Darwin saw Celina Whan being the only multiple goal scorer with a total of two majors. All other dangerous forwards were reduced to single majors. The tally against Nightcliff may still be a whopping 46 points, but the chance to further increase Darwin’s percentage was squandered. However, the Buffs will have another opportunity this weekend when they face the Wanderers. 

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan 2, M. Roberts, M. Turner, A. Goninon, N. Anderson.

BEST:

Nightcliff: S. Hatzismalis, T. Shields, T. Taylor-Kickett, J. Blecher
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, N. Anderson, J. Iacono, D. Totham, D. Ah Wang

WARATAH 2.2 I 3.3 I 5.6 I 5.7 (37)
ST MARYS  0.3 I 1.4 I 1.4 I 4.5 (29)

The term ‘close call’ came to mind after the Saints gave Waratah the scare of the season. The game started off in typical Warrior fashion where Waratah dominated the first three quarters, but in the fourth term, injury took its toll. The Warriors would have to play out the last quarter with an empty bench. Under 18 representative, Madeline Gault took charge with only a few experienced players left. Gault praised the efforts of debutants Jessica Chan Tite and Elizabeth Mirabella on AFLNTV  for their part on a hot day. In the end, the Warriors got the four points but with an entire bench unavailable, the questions of how injured their players are still remain. 

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 3, J. Kerinaiua, M. Gault.
St Marys: Not supplied.

BEST:

Waratah: S. Bishop, L. Roberts, M. Gault, J. Kerinaiua, A. Healy
St Marys: Not Supplied

TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 (8)
PINT 0.1 I 3.1 I 4.3 I 7.4 (46)

After a slow first quarter, it seemed like this match would be close. This was not the case as Pint turned on the afterburners and blitzed Razorbacks. Erin Hetherington was a rock in defence whilst being heavily complemented by Alexandra Henley who stopped Tracy Village’s forwards dead in their tracks. Cassie Henderson and Samantha Barnett had their typical performance in the midfield while Erin Ryan had a day out up forward. The only Razorback who could hold her head high was Zhoe Clarke, as even Kristy Irvine had a slow day. Pint will be tested in the coming weeks against Waratah, Southern Districts, and the Darwin Buffettes. If the Queen Ants can defeat one or more they will prove themselves finals contenders.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: A. Angel.
Pint: D. Suddaby 2, E. Ryan 2, A. Pennefather, C. Barnden, E. Greaves.

BEST:

Goal Kickers: Z. Clarke, T. Angel, B. McDougall, E. Lima, C. Wright, K. Dumbris
Best Players: E. Heatherington, A.Henley, S. Barnett, E. Ryan, C. Henderson

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 12

THE holidays are over as the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) competition continues this weekend. Three matches will be held on Saturday with the Wanderers and Southern Districts up first. The Crocs have been death-rolling teams for the first half of the season and the Eagles may be next to add to their string of victories. At TIO Stadium, the Tigers will have their hands full when they take on the Buffettes.  This match will be an opportunity for Darwin to boost their percentage as the Tigers still remain at the bottom of the ladder. In the afternoon, Waratah will face St Marys at TIO Oval. The Warriors have only lost one match for the year and with the Saints’ recent form, Waratah may be too much to handle. On Sunday, the last match will see Tracy Village play against Pint at the home of the Razorbacks. Both teams have been in poor form lately, but with only one match separating the two, this encounter could prove interesting.

WANDERERS V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Round 12 –  Saturday January 5th, 10:00am

Gardens Oval

From the start of the season, the Southern Districts have been on fire. They have forsaken their past and brought in a winning culture that has breathed new light into the club. Charlie Deegan has been the tip of the spear up forward with Tayla Thorn complementing her quite well. Eagles defenders, Lauren Motlop and Tishara Davern will need to shut down this duo. However, it is the Crocs’ backline, led by Lateesha Jeffrey, that is the real threat to the Wanderers. The Eagles have struggled to kick goals this season and Jeffrey has become an expert at rebounding them. In order for the Wanderers to stand a chance, they must take the Crocs on at every turn. This will be no easy feat, as the Districts’ manic pressure has seen them lose only three games for the season. All three lost games have been against the top four teams.

NIGHTCLIFF V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Round 12 –  Saturday January 5th, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

If Chloe Scheer had arrived at Nightcliff a little earlier in the season, the Tigers would have been a much more formidable team. Unfortunately, she has arrived late and the Buffettes have been on a rampage. The Darwin midfield is packed full of A-grade talent, as Kylie Duggan, Jemma Iacono and Tikesa Docherty-Cole haven’t missed a beat all year. But they are not the only heroes with Domonique Carbone dominating the centre of the ground since her debut. The Tigers may struggle to match the difference in class, but with the help of forward, Emma-Lou Wolsey, they may be able to put up a fight.

ST MARYS V WARATAH

Round 12 –  Saturday January 5th, 4:00pm

TIO Oval No.2

The reigning premiers’ onslaught style has them touted as heavy favourites for this game. The Warriors’ talent seem limitless as new players seem to emerge to complement the veterans. Under 18 representatives, Alysha Healy and Madeline Gault are among the youth that continues to cause real problems for their opposition. Healy’s run and carry out of the back line and Gault’s intensity in the midfield gives Warratah two extra aces in their deck. Saints young gun, Danielle Ponter could be the match-up for Gault, but St Marys midfielders, Nicole Garner and Natasha Dunn-Richards must dig into the clearances. The goal for the Saints is to cut off the supply to the Warriors forwards, which is easier said than done. Waratah’s forward line is a beast of talent. If Lisa Miceli, Lauren O’Shea, and Amy Chittick get off to a flyer, this game will be over fast.

TRACY VILLAGE V PINT

Round 12 –  Sunday January 6th, 4:30pm

Tracy Village 

This is possibly the most intriguing game of the round with the two teams seeming evenly matched from a ladder perspective. Another thing the Razorbacks and Queen Ants have in common is one superstar each that attempts to will their team home every week. Tracy Village has Kristy Irvine and the Queen Ants have Cassie Henderson. The pair has been screaming for support as they have tried diligently to inspire their teammates out of their losing streaks. The support finally came, as the Bushpigs found a new favourite up forward in Rachael Bull while the Queen Ants found their own with Danielle Saddaby. This game is easily a toss of the coin, but this could be Pint’s last gasp to return to top-four contention. The Queen Ants’ percentage might be low but statistically, but they hold a strong eight-point advantage over the Bushpigs.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 11

ROUND 11 marked the final round for Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s football in 2018. Tracy Village kicked off things with a victory over St Marys. Both teams were desperate to end their losing streaks, but it was the Razorbacks who claimed the reward. Waratah handed the Magpies a wake-up call after a pounding that led to a 38-point deficit. Palmerston learned it will take more than talented youth to defeat last season’s premiers. The Wanderers had a tough day against the Buffettes, as Darwin made short work of the Eagles. The last game had Nightcliff raring to go on Sunday, but Pint’s desperation proved too much for the Tigers. The NTFL Women’s competition will resume on January 5.

TRACY VILLAGE 2.0 I 2.0 I 2.0 I 5.1 (31)
ST MARYS 0.1 I 1.1 I 3.1 I 4.3 (27)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: R. Bull 3, J. Downie, K. Irvine.
St Marys: B. Ullungura, N. Dunn-Richards, K. Hayes-Clarke, A. Coombes.

BEST:

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, K. Irvine, A. Lidbetter, E. Lima, K. Brown, R. Bull
St Marys: Not Supplied 

In the first term, the Razorbacks came into the game with real purpose. Tracy Village kicked the first two majors to start the game, with forward, Rachael Bull looking dangerous. However, for the next two terms, the Razorbacks did not score. The Saints poked their nose in front in the third quarter, and it looked like Tracy Village was doomed for another loss. Kristy Irvine proved the difference, as the gun midfielder dug into congestion and kicked a goal to steady the ship. Irvine was not alone as Zhoe Clarke was awarded best on the field. Clarke was the support Irvine needed, and their combined efforts sealed the win for Tracy Village. The Saints seem to be in a spot of bother, as they have now lost three matches in a row. Natasha Dunn-Richards and Alana Coombes have combined well up forward in previous years, but lately, their influence has been curbed. 

DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.2 I 6.4 I 8.6 I 9.7 (61)
WANDERERS 1.0 I 1.0 I 3.2 I 4.2 (26)

GOALS:

Darwin: Not supplied.
Wanderers: P. Koulakis, C. Boyd, G. Halkitis, S. Bading.

BEST:

Darwin: Not supplied
Wanderers:  L. Motlop, D. Pikos, P. Koulakis

The Eagles had a good run of wins after a horror start to the year but on Saturday, they got shown the horns. Kylie Duggan showcased her drive in Darwin’s midfield, as the Buffettes went on a rampage in the first half. The difference in skill was overwhelming for the Eagles, as the heavy favourites stormed away by 35 points. Lauren Motlop was one of few Wanderers to stand up that day, but the Buffs had contributors everywhere on the field. Darwin now sits second on the ladder heading into the break. A well-rested Buffettes outfit could enter 2019 as an even more dangerous team, which is a scary prospect for the rest of the competition.

WARATAH 0.1 I 3.1 I 6.2 I 9.2 (56)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.2 I 1.3 I 2.5 I 2.5 (17)

GOALS: 

Waratah: M. Reisinger 3, A. Chittick 2, A. Love, L. O”Shea, J. Kerinaiua, M. Gault
Palmerston:  J. Stassi, B. Byers

BEST:

Waratah: A. Stanley, L. Roberts, H. Goodall, M. Reisinger, T. O”Hehir
Palmerston:  B. Byers, K. White, T. May, N. Medbury, S. Bush, G. Garling

If Waratah was a test for the Magpies to see how far they were from winning a premiership, they have a long way to go. Palmerston only managed two goals in a game that saw the Pies’ youngsters get outdone by the experienced Warriors. As for Waratah, Madeline Resinger put on a show for the Warriors, kicking three goals straight for the game. Amy Chittick complemented Waratah with a pair of majors, and Northern Territory Under-18 representative, Madeline Gault kicked one of her own. Billie Byers and Natasha Medbury fought well in the middle for Palmerston, but no forwards could escape the tight grip of Waratah’s defence. The Magpies will take notes from this game as they were rattled on Sunday by the reigning premiers. The Magpies need to get back to playing their fast-paced game that burns off defenders. Only then will the Pies have a chance of piercing Waratah’s backline.

PINT 3.3 I 4.5 I 8.8 I 8.11 (59)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 I 0.4 I 2.4 I 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

Pint: C. Henderson 3, D. Suddaby 2, C. Morris, E. Ryan, K. Smits.
Nightcliff: Not supplied.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Nightcliff: Not supplied

The Queen Ants secured a decisive win over Nightcliff, getting over the line by 36 points. Cassie Henderson was the machine that would not stop running all day, as she kicked three goals and gave the Queen Ants the winning edge. Pint had its confidence restored and the Tigers paid for it, as the players went into their shells again. Even with Adelaide AFL Women’s player, Chloe Scheer in the side, the Tigers could not score a goal for the first half. Pint forwards, Ellie Ryan and Kristen Smits hit the scoreboard, but due to inaccuracy, the pair would kick only one goal apiece. Nightcliff must regain its confidence over the holidays, because although finals may be out of reach, pride will be on the line for the remainder of the season.

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.