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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 18

THE FINAL Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League regular season round for 2020/21 was run and done over the weekend, with all eyes now turning to finals. Minor premier, Pint rounded out a flawless home-and-away campaign after thumping St Mary’s, while Southern Districts topped Darwin in the other battle between finals-bound teams. Elsewhere, Waratah bested Nightcliff and Wanderers finished its season on a high by knocking off Tracy Village once again.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 | 3.4 | 4.6 | 6.6 (42)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.3 | 5.5 (35)

GOALS:

Districts: G. Mulvahil 3, R. Hewitt, M. Nankervis, K. Toy
Darwin: N/A

BEST:

Districts: R. Busch, D. Lee-Feeney, G. Mulvahil, M. Nankervis, K. Toy
Darwin: N/A

Southern Districts bounced back onto the winners list on finals eve with an important seven-point win over fellow postseason-bound side, Darwin on Saturday. The Crocs led at every break but almost had the result turned on its head in the final term as Darwin surged ahead. Two late goals to Rhania Hewitt and Malory Nankervis saw Districts home though, 6.6 (42) to the Buffs’ 5.5 (35).

Rhiannon Busch was named best afield in the winning side ahead of D’Kota Lee-Feeney, while young gun Grace Mulvahil was dangerous up forward with a game-high three goals. Darwin stalwart Machaelia Roberts celebrated her 150th Premier League outing and was among the Buffettes’ best players alongside midfielder/forward Dominique Carbone and Michelle Ellis. Darwin takes on St Mary’s in this week’s qualifying final, while Districts faces Nightcliff in an elimination bout.

WARATAH 1.0 | 2.0 | 4.2 | 6.2 (38)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 1.2 | 2.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 3, I. Rapson-Staropoli, T. O’Hehir, M. Hunter
Nightcliff: M. Ward, K. Hill-Carter, K. Irvine

BEST:

Waratah: N/A
Nightcliff: A. Moliere, M. Ward, S. Hatzismalis, E. Morrison, O. Hatzismalis, K. Hill-Carter

Waratah landed a parting blow on the finals-bound Nightcliff to end its season, winning by 17 points but missing finals for the first time in Warriors history. The two teams were all-square at quarter time, but Tahs led at every other break and kicked away with four goals to two in the second half to salute 6.2 (38) to Nightcliff’s 3.3 (21).

Lisa Miceli led the scoring with three majors in the red and white, seeing her top the competition’s goalkicking charts with 37 majors. An even team performance saw the Warriors overcome their higher-ranked opponents having crucially fallen short in similar fixtures this season. Andi Moliere was named the Tigers’ best ahead of goalkicker Mickayla Ward as they look to carry good from into their elimination final bout with Southern Districts.

WANDERERS (64)
TRACY VILLAGE (10)

GOALS:

Wanderers: N/A
Tracy Village: R. Myatt

BEST:

Wanderers: N/A
Tracy Village: B. Trappett, R. Myatt, T. Collings, Z. Clarke, K. Marschall, I. Hughes

Wanderers finished its season on a high, trumping Tracy Village by 54 points on the road on Saturday to make it three wins in 2020/21. On the other hand, Tracy Village has gone winless throughout its campaign but was able to find a positive by snaring a major score for the first time in three matches. In the end, the Razorbacks still did not have enough to withstand the Muk Muks, who won their second game on the trot, 64 to 10.

Sophia Mauboy booted three goals in the winning effort, while Tishara Davern was again among Wanderers’ best players. Rhiarna Myatt claimed Tracy Village’s sole goal of the game and was also among her side’s most impactful players, beaten out only by Brianna Trappett in the loss. With no finals on the cards for either sides, they will regroup and look to fire next season.

ST MARY’S 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 (12)
PINT 3.4 | 4.9 | 9.15 | 12.18 (90)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: M. Long, A. Coombes
Pint: J. Baumer 3, C. Fabris 3, H. Grubb 2, G. Cusack, J. Reid, J. Hewett, C. Henderson

BEST:

St Mary’s: J. Anderson, T. De Araujo, E. Forshaw, S. Peris, N. Long, S. Stevens
Pint: G. Cusack, K. Streader, R. Hicks, C. Morris, A. Chittick

Pint capped off a flawless home-and-away campaign by comprehensively beating the third-ranked St Mary’s by 78 points on Saturday night. The Queenants broke away early and never looked back, leading at every break and piling on eight goals in a one-sided second half. They also kept St Mary’s scoreless in the second and fourth terms, setting up the dominant 12.18 (90) to 2.0 (12) final scoreline.

Claudia Fabris and Jessie Baumer each booted three goals to lead Pint’s charge, while the likes of Gemma Cusack and Katie Streader hit their stride beautifully on the eve of finals. Alana Coombes and Michaela Long were St Mary’s only goalkickers, with Jasmine Anderson unsurprisingly at the forefront once again. While the Saints take on Darwin in this week’s qualifying final, Pint will enjoy a week off after taking out the minor premiership.

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s – Midseason review: Pint, St Mary’s, Southern Districts

HEADING into a break over the Christmas period Draft Central takes a look at the NTFL Women’s Premier League so far, putting each team under the microscope and considering elements such as key standouts for each side, current win-loss ratio and who they are set to face when play returns in January 2021.

Pint

Position: 1st
Win-loss-draw: 11-0-0
Percentage: 362.36%

Sitting pretty in first place on the ladder, the Queen Ants have been in ripping form and are yet to drop a game showcasing their ability to close out games and weather the storm from opposition teams. The only team that has gotten close to Pint so far this season was Darwin back in Round 8 where the Queen Ants got up by a mere two points. They are cool, calm and collected and most importantly have placed themselves in a good position to challenge for a premiership and will be hoping to inflict plenty of pain on Nightcliff when the action resumes in January.

Pint has no shortage of players able to step up and steer the ship with the goal scoring shared between three main contributors in Amy Chittick, Casey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett. Chittick leads the pack with 14 goals, Morris has 13 and Hewett with 12 while Jessie Baumer has proven to be a handy option in front of the big sticks with a season total of nine. Chittick is not only integral in front of goal but so too across the ground named in the bests six times alongside Cassie Henderson. Reni Hicks has proven to be effective for Pint as has Jacinta Reid with the duo frequently making their way onto the top performers list throughout the season.

St Mary’s

Position: 2nd
Win-loss-draw: 8-3-0
Percentage: 360.69%

Currently second on the ladder St Mary’s will be keen to keep their two game winning streak intact when they return against Palmerston Magpies. After somewhat of a slow start to the season the Saints built some strong form through the midpart stringing together four consecutive wins and subsequently rising up the ladder. However the past five games have not been as convincing coming off the bye and losing two games before downing both Tracy Village and Wanderers to recapture their mojo.

The Saints have a number of players that are able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and have an influence with Michaela Long leading the pack with 17 goals in 11 games while Ashlea Melnikas has also chimed in to average a goal a game. Danielle Ponter has not played since mid-November but was a commanding presence with her eight goals while Jasmine Anderson and Tesharna Maher have both been consistent figures for the Saints. Megan Williamson has been a real ball magnet for St Mary’s and has been regularly recognised for her efforts while Alana Coombes is another one to keep an eye out for.

Southern Districts

Position: 4th
Win-loss-draw: 6-3-2
Percentage: 158.41%

The Southern Districts have been up and down throughout the 2020/21 season registering six wins and three losses but could have been higher up the ladder had they closed out games as shown via their two draws. Currently holding down fourth spot on the ladder heading into the break the Crocs will be hoping to regroup after going down to Pint in the final round. But prior to the loss were flying, going on a three game winning streak and registering a draw. They face the Wanderers in their first game back.

There are two main options inside 50 with Tayla Thorn a key cog and able to kick multiple goals each time she steps out taking her tally to 25 for the year. She is often assisted by teammate Grace Mulvahil who is a real livewire in attack recording 11 goals for the year while Jessie Brock is the next best with six majors to her name. In terms of bests it is no surprise that Thorn is right up there given her influence on the scoreboard while Bella Clarke and Emma Forsyth are also formidable figures for the Crocs. Malory Nankervis has steadily found her groove as has Ebony Miller with the two featuring highly for the side.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 7

ROUND 7 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League will see ladder leaders Pint get a well-deserved break after an excellent and undefeated start to the season, while St Mary’s will aim to boost their percentage once more to attempt to steal top spot and reigning premiers Southern Districts will have an opportunity to clinch a third straight win when they take on Tracy Village. All that, and more, in our weekly preview.

Wanderers vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 14

The Wanderers will look to step up their recent form this round but could well and truly be stopped in their tracks when they take on a lively Darwin Buffettes outfit. The Buffs sit in third after downing Nightcliff last round and will be eager to continue their winning ways when they go head-to-head with the Wanderers, with plenty of solid performers amongst each side but the winning attitude set to go the way of the Darwin outfit. The Wanderers come into this match off the back of a bye last round so will be raring to go, and while their only win on the board this season was against the lowly Razorbacks, they have shown some real promise, able to hit the scoreboard against the top sides and forced closer margins with their continuous defence. That being said, the Buffettes have too many consistent and threatening performers up the ground for the Wanderers to stop, so the Darwin side should get the chocolates here.

For Darwin, watch out for livewire Zoe Anderson and the ever impressive Machaelia Roberts, with the duo providing plenty of spark up forward and consistently in among the action, combining for 22 goals so far this season, while Delsey Ah Wang is also up there and Jemma Iacono has earned three mentions in the side’s bests. Wanderers have their own power up forward though with Kaitlyn Armstrong showcasing plenty of scoring ability across her five games with 11 goals to her name so far, though it’s the side’s lack of further options inside 50 that could be the real issue in this match. A number of consistent performers are among the side though, with Morgan Johnston earning four best on ground mentions for the season, while Tishara DavernShekeine de Satge and Djimila Totham have earned three apiece.

Tracy Village vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 14

Tracy Village will host the Southern Districts in the second match of the round, unfortunately taking on the reigning premiers now that they have gotten some confidence back up after a lowly start and expected to defeat the Razorbacks with relative ease. Tracy Village have now had two scoreless matches on the trot where the Crocs have finally gotten the ball moving with wins on the board, meaning the Razorbacks will need to really come out flying if they want to come away with a semblance of pride this round. While Southern Districts did not get a win on the board until Round 5, they have put up some fairly competitive performances and ultimately, should get an easy win on the board this round and if all goes to plan, even potentially jump into the top four.

Zhoe Clarke, Kiri Marschall and Indianna Hughes are the ones to watch for the Razorbacks, consistently putting on solid performances and rarely letting up despite expanding scorelines, while Meagan Wylie and Hughes are the lone goalkickers for the season so far. For the Districts, Tayla Thorn is always a tough option inside 50 while Jessie Brock, Malory Nankervis and Ebony Miller consistently put in 100 per cent.

Palmerston Magpies vs. Nightcliff
Saturday, November 14

The Palmerston Magpies will really look to challenge Nightcliff this round, and as one of the sides which has posted mostly consistent and fairly competitive scorelines despite their seventh ranking on the ladder, could be in with a real chance. That being said, there is no doubt the Nightcliff Tigers have exploded out of the blocks in 2020, and bar losses to fellow top four sides Pint, St Mary’s and Buffettes over the past two rounds, have been solid against lower sides and had little issue getting wins on the board.

The real question in this match will be firstly whether the Magpies will be able to negate Emma-Lou Wolsey up forward, and secondly whether they will be able to limit Nightcliff’s number of quality forward options, with Mickayla Ward and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith not far behind Wolsey on the goalkicking tally and Ward in particular providing a consistent effort week-in and week-out around the ground. The Magpies have some impressive and threatening names of their own though, with Arthurina Moreen leading the side for majors this season despite only playing two games so far, and Natasha Medbury also providing a quality option. Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg have also been named among the best in four matches of five, proving to be constant threats around the ground.

St Mary’s vs. Waratah
Saturday, November 14

The final match of the round will see Waratah take on St Mary’s, with the Saints hoping to overtake Pint on top of the leaderboard purely on percentage if they get a win here. While Waratah have struggled to hit the highs they have over the past few seasons, there is no doubt they still have that winning mentality and the ability to come out firing. That being said, the Saints have five wins on the board compared to the Warriors’ one, a great percentage to match and have conceded less than 100 points across their six matches, so will likely prove difficult for Waratah in this outing.

Saints’ Michaela Long and Danielle Ponter both proved huge up forward last round with four goals apiece, and could make things tough for the Warriors give they are not the only firepower the side has on offer, with a whopping 20 goalkickers for the season so far and just six of them booting more than one goal – showcasing how many play have an impact. Megan Williamson has been impressive this season earning a best on ground mention in all six games so far this season, with Alana CoombesAsh Melnikas and Ponter not far behind. For Waratah, Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have been the main firepower and will need to be forces to be reckoned with here to command the game and upset the Saints.

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 4

ROUND 4 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League saw Palmerston and Pint secure blowout victories, while St Mary’s and Darwin got the better of fellow top five opponents on what was a super Saturday of play. The results see Pint remain the sole undefeated side atop the ladder, while Tracy Village is still searching for its first win and Southern Districts freshened up with a bye. All that, and more in our weekend wrap.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES | 3.1 | 4.5 | 9.8 | 14.12 (96)
TRACY VILLAGE | 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.3 | 1.3 (9)

GOALS:

Palmerston: A. Moreen 4, N. Medbury 3, T. May 2, I. Ronberg, E. Pretlove, M. Brown, C. Byers, J. Baird.
Tracy Village: M. Wylie.

BEST:

Palmerston: J. Guthridge, J. Baird, T. May, A. Moreen, M. Brown, B. Byers
Tracy Village: I. Hughes, K. Battel, K. Marschall, L. Toner, Z. Clarke, R. von Prott

Palmerston got on the board for season 2020/21 at the third time of asking, thumping the winless Tracy Village by 87 points at Cazaly’s Arena on Saturday. The Magpies took an early lead and never looked back, setting up their victory with four goals to nil in the first half. The damage was only compounded after half time despite the Razorbacks getting on the board, as Palmerston piled on a further 10 goals to storm home 14.12 (96) to 1.3 (9) winners.

Arthurina Moreen (four goals) and Natasha Medbury (three) combined to claim half of the Magpies’ majors, while Tabitha May rounded out the multiple goalkickers with two. Meagan Wylie was Tracy Village’s lone player to find the big sticks, as her side was soundly outdone going forward. The likes of Janet Baird and Michaeline Brown were others to both be named among the best and hit the scoreboard for Palmerston, but it was Jo Guthridge who earned best afield honours. Indianna Hughes gained the same credit for Tracy Village in the loss.

WANDERERS | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.3 (9)
PINT | 2.2 | 7.5 | 12.7 | 16.7 (103)

GOALS:

Wanderers: C. Ormsby.
Pint: C. Morris 5, K. Smits 3, G. Cusack 2, J. Hewett 2, R. Pryer 2, S. Ingram, K. Streader.

BEST: 

Wanderers: M. Johnston, T. Davern, D. Peckham, C. Ormsby, S. De Satge, T. Parriman
Pint: A. Chittick, C. Henderson, J. Hewett, C. Morris, K. Streader

Pint maintained its flawless start to the season with a resounding 94-point win over Wanderers at TIO Oval on Saturday morning. The Queen Ants started steadily with a two-goal buffer at the first break, before piling on five goals in both the second and third terms to set up the big victory. All the while, Wanderers went scoreless, with Cassie Ormsby converting the Eagles’ first six-pointer in the final term en route to the 16.7 (103) to 1.3 (9) scoreline. It did little to arrest Pint’s momentum, as the victors also put through another four majors.

Casey Morris led a remarkable group of five multiple goalkickers for Pint, bagging a handful of goals while Kristen Smits (three) managed the next-best haul. Jasmyn Hewett was another to trouble the scorers with two majors as she was named among the Queenants’ best behind Amy Chittick and Cassie Henderson. Meanwhile, Morgan Johnston and Tishara Davern led the way for Wanderers alongside goalkicker, Ormsby as the Eagles fell to a second-consecutive defeat to sit seventh at 1-3. Pint is still riding high in top spot having knocked over every challenger thus far.

ST MARY’S | 3.1 | 7.2 | 9.8 | 11.10 (76)
NIGHTCLIFF | 1.2 | 2.2 | 4.2 | 5.2 (32)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: J. Anderson 3, A. Coombes 3, M. Long 2, J. Bryant, C. Whitfort, D. Ponter
Nightcliff: J. Anyon-Smith 3, L. Gooden, E. Wolsey

BEST:

St Mary’s: A. Coombes, D. Ponter, M. Williamson, S. Peris, J. Anderson, C. Whitfort
Nightcliff: K. Simmons, L. Gooden, J. Anyon-Smith

Finals ramifications were in play when St Mary’s and Nightcliff went to battle at TIO Stadium on Saturday morning, and it was the Saints who gained a big boost by becoming the first side to defeat the Tigers this season. The 44-point victory saw St Mary’s jump its opponent into second spot, with both sides currently boasting 3-1 records within the top five. A five-goal to one second term in favour of the victors did most of the damage, as Nightcliff failed to match the Saints’ firepower and fast ball movement throughout the contest.

Jasmine Anderson and Alana Coombes snared three goals apiece for the green and gold, with Michaela Long (two goals) rounding out St Mary’s multiple goalkickers. Up the other end, Jacqueline Anyon-Smith spearheaded the Tigers’ attack with three majors, as fellow goal-getter Lauren Gooden was named among the best behind Katrina Simmons. Coombes was adjudged St Mary’s best afield in front of Adelaide Crows AFLW livewire Danielle Ponter, as well as the likes of Megan Williamson and Claudia Whitford, who have enjoyed strong starts to the season among others.

WARATAH | 1.0 | 4.4 | 5.4 | 6.7 (43)
DARWIN | 2.3 | 4.4 | 5.8 | 7.8 (50)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 5, L. Roberts
Darwin: J. Dodsworth 2, A. Bush, D. Ah Wang, S. Henry, M. Gargan, Z. Anderson

BEST:

Waratah: N/A
Darwin: M. Roberts, T. Hart-Aluni, K. Kurnoth, K. Hazlett, J. Iacono

Another top five clash rounded out the weekend proceedings, as Darwin defeated Waratah by seven points in by far the closest game of the round. Tahs’ were simply unable to catch the Buffettes back up after drawing level at half time, with a two-goal to one final term sealing the 7.8 (50) to 6.7 (43) win for Darwin. The result sees the Double Blues return to the winners list and gain a positive record, while Waratah slides to 1-2-1 and has not won since the opening round. However, the Warriors remain fifth having clinched a draw last time out.

It was not all bad for Waratah, especially given Lisa Miceli bagged an equal round-high five goals, with Lisa Roberts their side’s only other goalkicker. A more even spread saw Johanna Dodsworth (two goals) finish as Darwin’s lone multiple goalkicker, as five more Buffettes’ found the big sticks across the day. Unsurprisingly, Machaelia Roberts and Tayla Hart-Aluni fronted Darwin’s best players, with Jemma Iacono also instrumental in the win from defence. After the hotly-contested match, Waratah will look to rebound on the back of a bye next week.

Featured Image: Action from the NTFL Women’s Premier League clash between Darwin and Waratah | Credit: Celina Whan/AFLNT Media

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 3

ROUND 3 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s saw Nightcliff keep their winning record intact with a come-from-behind victory while Southern Districts and Waratah played out the first draw of the season. Tracy Village had a bye this week, keeping them stuck at the bottom of the ladder while Pint flexed their muscles to claim an impressive 44-point win.

ST MARYS 2.3 | 3.3 | 4.3 | 5.3 (33)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 | 1.4 | 1.4 | 3.5 (23)

St Marys were on-song from the opening bounce, skipping out to a handy lead in the first term thanks to a two goal to zip start and never really looked back. Despite having a wealth of opportunities to hit the scoreboard inaccuracy plagued the Buffs who simply could not find their range while St Marys made it count where it hurt, on the scoreboard. In the end it was a case of too little, too late for the Buffettes who strung two goals together but could not overrun their opponents as St Marys brought home a 10-point victory.

There were no multiple goal kickers for either side, instead the scoring was scattered across a number of players with Claudia Whitfort once again popping up for St Marys and proving to be a menace in and around goals. Whitfort was also named amongst the best for her performance against the Buffettes while teammates Alana Coombes and Jasmine Anderson boasted a similar stat line with a goal and nod in the bests. Ashlea Melnikas returned to the goal kicking brigade this round to take her tally to four for the season while Madison Ludwig also found the big sticks. For the Buffettes, Martha De Santis showed what she is capable of snagging a goal while Zoe Anderson continued her hot form in front of goal with a major of her own. Bianca Stokes impressed in her first outing for the Buffs while Kiera Kurnoth settled into the line-up and earned a spot amongst the best.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 2.2 | 2.3 | 4.4 (28)
WARATAH 1.0 | 4.3 | 4.4 | 4.4 (28)

The first draw of the season took place on Saturday with Southern Districts and Waratah unable to be split at the final siren. After a sluggish first quarter, Waratah put the foot down in the second to steal the ascendancy heading into the main break thanks to three unanswered goals. However they plateaued in the second half unable to find a major and only registering one point  while the Crocs found their mojo in the final term to pile on two goals and secure a draw.

Michala Shaw made her presence felt in front of the goals nailing two majors in her first appearance of the season for the Crocs, while Tayla Thorn managed a goal of her own and was named amongst the bests. The only other goal scorer for Southern Districts was Kelsey Patterson. Ebony Miller was recognised for her four quarter performance for the Crocs as was Indianna Hickling and Makayla Siddons. The scoring was shared in the Waratah camp as Caitlin Couch, Monet Hunter, Danica Pedersen and Jenna Singh all slotted one with the latter making it three weeks straight she has hit the scoreboard.

PINT 1.2 | 6.8 | 7.8 | 9.10 (64)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.3 | 1.4 | 2.6 | 2.8 (20)

A blistering second term from Pint all but gifted the home side the win, blowing the Magpies out of the water, piling on five goals to nothing. Down by a point at the first change Pint came out with a real pep in their step in the second and could have inflicted more scoreboard damage had they been more accurate slotting four behinds to accompany their five goals. The Magpies had their chances to strike but simply could not find the big sticks and suffered from inaccuracy much like Pint.

Jessie Baumer was a menace inside 50 for Pint kicking a bag of three while Gemma Cusack navigated the goals with ease in her first appearance for the season piling on two majors. Cara Evans and Jasmyn Hewett also popped up with two goals apiece in a collective effort for Pint with the latter also named amongst the bests for her performance. Cassie Henderson was influential for Pint as was Amy Chittick. For the Magpies their goals came from Arthurina Moreen and Tyra McKay as the duo slotted a major each while Iesha Ronberg was once again named in the bests for her efforts across the ground. Billie Byers and Shanoah Leedie also plied their trade in the losing side, working hard for every possession.

WANDERERS 0.3 | 3.3 | 3.4 | 3.4 (22)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 6.5 (40)

A dominant final quarter from Nightcliff saw the current table toppers come from behind and clinch a victory against Wanderers. Unable to generate their usual flow in the second and third terms, they ramped up the pressure in the last quarter to wrestle the game back onto their terms and stop the Wanderers from scoring. Nightcliff managed to add three goals to their half time tally as opposed to the Wanderers mere point, ultimately handing them the 18-point victory and keeping their undefeated record intact.

Although goals were hard to come by for some, that was not the case for Wanderers forward Kaitlyn Armstrong who slotted three majors to keep her side in the contest. She was the only real avenue to goal, making the most of her opportunities that came her way up forward. Armstrong was named amongst the best as was Morgan Johnston for the second consecutive week. Georgia Halkitis backed up her performance from last week while for Nightcliff a couple of familiar faces were once again at the forefront of the action with Lauren Gooden finding the big sticks twice. She was not the only one to kick a bag with in-form goal kicker Emma-Lou Wolsey slotting two with teammates Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Gracie Reid also adding some scoreboard pressure. Hannah Turnbull earned a spot in the bests as did Laura de Hommel in what was a gritty performance by the ladder leaders.

Tracy Village bye

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2019/20 NTFL Women’s Premier League season preview

A NEW season of NTFL Women’s Premier League is set to begin this weekend, with a new team added to the mix and plenty of excitement as we head into the 2019/2020 season.

Waratah

The 2018/19 premiers well and truly held their own in convincing fashion, defeating Southern Districts in the grand final to be premiers for the seventh time in eight years. The side had a plethora of talent up forward, with Amy Chittick the leading goalkicker for the season with 27 goals, closely followed by Lisa Miceli (24) and Lauren O’Shea (21) to round out the side’s impressive forward onslaught. Defensively, the efforts of Lisa Roberts were key throughout the season to rebound the footy and propel it forward. With a massive percentage and three 20-plus goalkickers to boot, Waratah are sure to be back for another bit of silverware this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 1st (Premiers)
Percentage: 411.84
Win-loss: 13-2-1

Palmerston Magpies

Though the Magpies were frontrunners for majority of the season, they unfortunately went down to Southern Districts in the semi-final to be knocked out of flag contention. Despite a much lower percentage than the top side in Waratah, the Magpies kept in touch with dominant goalkickers of their own as well as a smattering of high impact players that could well and truly change the game when required. Rounding out the goalkicking leaderboard for the season were Magpies’ Freda Puruntatameri (20 goals) and Natasha Medbury (17) while key players Tabitha May and Billie Byers proved their importance on the field time and time again.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 2nd
Percentage: 193.72
Win-loss: 13-3

Southern Districts

The grand finalists may not have been good enough on the day, but they certainly proved their ability to impact the contest time and time again to make it to the big dance with huge wins over St Marys and Palmerston during the finals. With impact players the likes of Tahlia Holtze, Tayla Thorn and Lateesha Jeffrey in the mix the side had plenty left in the tank, however just could not compete in the wet weather against Waratah. A solid percentage and plenty of goalkickers gave Districts the push they needed to make it to the grand final last season but an inability to compete in wet-weather footy was their downfall, meaning they will be back and raring to go once more this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 3rd
Percentage: 238.28
Win-loss: 11-5

Pint

Pint will be frustrated by their season-ending elimination final against Darwin Buffettes, knocked out well before they had an opportunity to prove their fourth place finish was deserved. With the likes of Cassie Henderson, Erin Hetherington, Kristen Smits and Danielle Suddaby among the side there was plenty of talent across the field, however it was not enough against powerhouse sides despite their form in the home and away season. It was the side’s inability to impact against teams higher on the ladder early on that kept them out of the top of the ladder, so Pint are likely to push even harder this season to get out of the rut of fourth position and contest against the hard-hitting sides.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 4th
Percentage: 95.24
Win-loss: 11-5

Darwin Buffettes

Another side with a wealth of talent, the Buffettes made it to the semi-final before being knocked out by the soon-to-be premiers at the final hurdle. With the likes of Machaelia Roberts, Celina Whan, Kylie Duggan and young gun Dominique Carbone in the mix there was plenty to be excited about for Darwin, however a confidence boosting win in the elimination final was not enough to get the side into the grand final. Having gone close to cracking 100 points on numerous occasions last season, the Buffettes will want to one-up their 2018/19 form this season and keep their eyes on finals contention once more.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 5th
Percentage: 191.58
Win-loss: 9-7

St Mary’s

Unfortunate to be bumped out in the early stage of finals footy last season, St Mary’s is sure to be back with a vengeance this season, especially safe in the knowledge that the Saints drew even with ladder-topping Waratah back in Round 5 last season – though not much to boast about with the match was called off due to weather conditions. The side had a smattering of big names, with Alana Coombes, Katherine Dann and Marlee Gunderson sharing the load inside 50. Defensively, the likes of Lori Niven and Courtney Webb held up well during the season, unshakeable in their task however were unable to hold up defensively against sides that had a number of goalkicking options in their midst.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 6th
Percentage: 57.56
Win-loss: 5-10-1

Tracy Village

With a seventh place finish last season, Tracy Village just missed out on finals contention. Now the side will surely be ready this season to go that extra mile and ensure a finals berth. While it was only the washout and split points that got St Mary’s over the line last season, Tracy Village just did not do enough in the second half of the season to push past St Mary’s and allow themselves an opportunity in the finals. Kristy Irvine was the side’s leading goalkicker last season closely followed by Rachael Bull, with a number of other players able to have an impact on the scoreboard if it wasn’t for the side being plagued with inaccuracy at inopportune times. Meanwhile, Zhoe Clarke proved key around the ground week in and week out.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 7th
Percentage: 55.78
Win-loss: 5-11

Wanderers

Finishing in eighth, the Wanderers were fortunate to come out of the season off the bottom of the ladder only by percentage. Arthurina Moreen (nine goals from 11 matches) was key for the Wanderers last season, with the side unable to capitalise in front of goal without as key target forward. That being said, Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Lauren Motlop proved time and time again that they had what it took to get the ball back down the ground, just unfortunately not working in their favour against teams with key figures across the field.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 8th
Percentage: 37.23
Win-loss: 2-14

Nightcliff

Last season’s wooden spooners, Nightcliff will be back with a vengeance this season after falling again and again. Despite rarely finishing games with more than 15 points on the board early in the season, Nightcliff proved they have the capacity to improve and put up a fight to finish out the season much better than they started. Emma-Lou Wolsey, Hannah Turnbull and Sophie Hatzismalis did not give up regardless of the match quality, while young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia played less than half the season but kicked nine goals from her seven games proving the key position player has plenty in the tank if the ball comes to her and that the side has plenty to prove this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 9th
Percentage: 32.88
Win-loss: 2-14

Big River Hawks

The newest side to the NTFL Women’s League for the 2019/2020 season, the Big River Hawks will have plenty to prove when they take on last season’s finalists St Mary’s in Round 1. With little form to go off, the side will be raring to go and put the Hawks on the map this season, especially when taking on two of last year’s finalists in the opening rounds.

Weekend Previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 1 Finals

IT IS finally here, week one of the NTFL Women’s finals will take place today with three exciting games of footy. Despite earlier reports of a top-five finals series, it will be a top-six competition like the previous year, meaning St Marys will go at least one more round.

The first match will kick off with the heavyweights Palmerston taking on the reigning premiers Waratah. This game will serve as a qualifying match as both teams are looking to grab bragging rights early. Up next the Southern Districts will face off against St Marys in the first elimination final. The Crocs have dished out a hiding to the Saints twice this season, but anything can happen in finals. Lastly, the Darwin Buffettes will meet Pint in the final elimination game. The Buffs have been wounded by the loss of key players this year, so will have to dig deep to beat the Queen Ants who are at full fitness.

WARATAH V PALMERSTON MAGPIES
Qualifying Final
Saturday, February 23 12.00pm
TIO Oval 2

The Magpies had an average start to the season, but now they look dangerous. This side of youth mixed with experience is sure to give the Warriors a run for their money.

The midfield of both teams is nothing short of classy. Lisa Roberts, Alysha Healy, and Madeline Gault meet Natasha Medbury, Jessica Stassi, and Tabitha May, which should prove to be a classic battle. Waratah ruck, Joanna Kolodziej may dictate in terms of the hit-outs as she has done for most of the year. If the Warriors win the clearances, Amy Chittick and Lauren O’Shea could wreak havoc on the scoreboard. Fortunately for the Magpies, forward, Lisa Mecli has been missing in action. Billie Byers and Jessie Brock might be the perfect matchup against Waratah’s dynamic duo.

As for Palmerton’s forwards, there is no shortage of talent. Freda Puruntatemeri has danced around the best defenders all year. Her speed and skill are well complemented by teammate Shenaida Bush. This pair of speed demons will need a unique opposition to stop them. Puruntatemeri v Puruntatemeri could be Waratah’s answer while Sharona Bishop keeps an eye on Bush. The game could go either way, but one thing is certain, this is the game to watch this Saturday.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS
Elimination Final
Saturday, February 23 2.30pm
TIO Oval 2

This will be an uphill battle for the Saints, with the Districts having crushed the Saints on two separate occasions this season. Charles Deegan and Taylor Thorn have used their size and speed to run St Marys’ defenders off their legs in the past. Lori Niven and Courtney Webb will need a well-organised backline to contain this problem. The ruck area of the game is where the Districts thrive, with the combination of Ebony Miller and Indy Sleeth better than most teams. Their tap work and ability to cover the ground is a class above the rest. Saints rovers, Natasha Dunn-Richards and Simone Garner may need to shark the tap-outs if their rucks aren’t up to the challenge.

Up forward the Saints have a gun and an issue. The gun is Alana Coombes, who looks to be their most damaging forward, while the problem is Districts’ Lateesha Jeffrey. Her leadership down back has created a solid defense for the Crocs and only the fastest forwards can break it down. Unlike some of Coombes’ partners in attacking 50, they lack the speed she has in spades. The Crocs could not be more favoured to win this match, and on paper they seem to have more talent across the board than St Marys. History looks likely to repeat itself this Saturday unless a miracle happens, so the Saints will be hoping for one.

PINT V DARWIN BUFFETTES
Elimination Final
Saturday, February 23 4.30pm
TIO Oval 2

The Buffs have no Brittany Ward, no Tikesea Docherty-Cole, no Jasmine Anderson and no Nicky Anderson, meaning Pint has a huge advantage considering they are going into this match with a full strength team. Machaelia Roberts and Kylie Duggan have been dominant in the centre of the ground, however players like Jemma Iacono and young gun Domonique Carbone need to lift if they want to get the job done. Pint’s Cassie Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Katie Streeder play as a cohesive unit.

Darwin’s forward line power has been missing over the last few weeks as Celina Whan seems to be carrying the load in attacking 50. Leading goal scorer, Meredith Turner has kicked no majors in her last three games, so will need to produce goals against a strong Pint defense which is no easy task. Queen Ant defender, Erin Hetherington can make life difficult for the Buffs’ forward if the midfield entries aren’t clean. Meanwhile, the Queen Ants forwards have been performing well. Danielle Suddaby has become the new spearhead with the support of Emma Greaves who is in fine form. Add to that talent with Kristen Smidts and Ellie Ryan, the Queen Ants wear a decent crown inside their 50.

Pint has the fitness but Darwin has the experience. It is hard to pick a winner here, but it should be a tight contest.

Weekend preview: NTFL Women’s – Round 18

THIS is it, the home and away season is coming to an end this weekend in Round 18. Nightcliff belted the Eagles last week but even with their dominant performance, they could not escape the bottom of the ladder. It may stay that way when the Southern Districts look for a win as they take on the Tigers on Saturday morning. At noon fans will get to see the Grand Final Replay as Waratah and Darwin will face off at Gardens Oval. The evening will be a tune-up match for highly ranked Palmerston as they play against the Wanderers. On Sunday Pint will face the Saints as the Queen Ants prepare for finals. As for Tracy Village, they have the bye which puts their season to an end early.

NIGHTCLIFF V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, February 16 10:00am
PSC BM Oval

Last week the Crocs were missing a few stars in Tahlia Holtze and Tayla Thorn. This Saturday they may be managed ahead of finals as the Southern Districts face the bottom team on the ladder, Tigers. Nightcliff was impressive last week against the Wanderers, but the Crocs are a far superior team to the Eagles. The Tigers will look to Emma-Lou Wolsey and Shantel Miskin-Ripa in order to slow the Districts’ backline.

WARATAH V DARWIN BUFFETTES
Saturday, February 16 12:00pm
Gardens Oval

Another classic bout between Waratah and Darwin would normally see an entertaining duel. However, the Buffettes have had a run of average matches against higher ladder teams. Tikesa Docherty-Cole is still missing from the side, meaning their forward line pressure is coming in waves. Kylie Duggan, Machaelia Roberts, and Celina Whan have been outstanding for the Buffs, but the rest of the team will need to step up to challenge Waratah. Waratah is a different story, as most of their players haven’t missed a beat.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V WANDERERS
Saturday, February 16 5:00pm
Asbuild Oval

The Wanderers will finally see an end to a disappointing season, while Palmerston can cement their spot in second place with a win. Natasha Medbury, Jessica Stassi and Tabitha May are likely to prove too strong for the Eagles midfield, while forwards Freda Puruntatameri and Shenaida Bush have proved a deadly combination of late. As for the Eagles, it’s all about rebuilding from here. However, the Eagles will want to push the Magpies in their final game of the season.

PINT V ST MARYS
Sunday, February 17 2:00pm
MCG

Pint has waited out some of the best teams due to their strong defense in the past few weeks, but this round they will want to boost their percentage. Cassie Henderson has had a fine season for Pint and looks likely to take home the club Best and Fairest. Ellie Ryan has been solid up front, while Erin Hetherington has been classy down back. St Marys has nothing to lose as they remain out of finals contention, but Alana Coombes may pop up for a few goals to end her season.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 17

ROUND 17 is here and with only two weeks to go in the competition, Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) fans are in for a treat. Palmerston is arguably the in-form team of the competition and after St Marys’ heavy loss last weekend, the Pies will walk in heavy favourites. The main event will follow when the Southern Districts meet Pint in a test to see if the Queen Ants can push the Crocs to their limit. On Sunday another intriguing battle will ensue with Nightcliff coming up against the Wanderers. It will be a battle of pride between the two teams and should prove entertaining for die-hard fans who need a win. Lastly, Tracy Village will host Waratah at home. Waratah has been the unstoppable machine for many years and it looks like history is about to repeat itself.

ST MARYS V PALMERSTON MAGPIES
Saturday, February 9 10:30am
TIO Stadium

It was a tough pill to swallow for St Marys as they were performing very well up until last week when they got fed to the Crocs. They will face an even tougher adversary in Palmerston who have an elite squad of young talent. Billie Byers has been a revelation down back, as Tabitha May continues to dominate the Pies midfield while Freda Puruntatameri has become an elite goalsneak. On the other side of the coin, Alana Coombes is no slouch, nor Katherine Dann up forward. However, the loss of Danielle Ponter has left a huge hole in St Marys’ midfield. This is the area of the ground where the Magpies are the complete opposite, with Natasha Medbury and Jessica Stassi likely to prove to be a handful when the game starts. The Saints will need to produce their best to win, but nothing is impossible.

PINT V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, February 9 12:00pm
TIO Oval No.2

Pint has hit their strides at the right time, but this week will face the Crocs in a match that should test the Queen Ants. Southern Districts has found a new spearhead in Rhiannon Busch who bagged four majors last week. But she was not alone as Tayla Thorn and Tahlia Holtze combined to destroy St Marys’ defense. Pint’s backline gun Erin Hetherington will need strong support from her fellow defenders to stop the trio. Defence is not the only concern for Pint, as the Crocs have a unique duo that feeds their rovers well. The ruck combination of Indy Sleeth and Ebony Miller gives the Crocs another huge advantage in this match. In order to negate this, Cassie Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Samantha Freeman may need to shark the hit-outs and take control of the centre. If they accomplish this, the door will open up for forwards, Emma Greaves and Danielle Saddaby.

NIGHTCLIFF V WANDERERS
Sunday, February 10 10:00am
PSC BM Oval

There is no finals on the horizon for either of these teams in the coming weeks, with both sides struggling this season. Last week the Wanderers accepted an exhibition match to play against the Central Australian Pinktails. They were overwhelmed as the future talent shone against the Eagles. The Tigers were no different against against reigning premiers, Waratah. This is easily the most even match of the round, with the skill level of both sides seeming to be at a similar level. Arthurina Moreen has been the go-to forward for the Eagles, and could be in for a day out if her team can get the upperhand.

WARATAH V TRACY VILLAGES
Sunday, February 10 2:00pm
Tracy Village

Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke should take a bow, as even in poor circumstances they have battled consistently through wins and losses. They are without a doubt the true champions of Tracy Village. Waratah, on the other hand, has no shortage of champions. Lately, however, a trio of Warriors forwards have become the ultimate scoreboard contributors. Lisa Miceli, Amy Chittick, and Lauren O’Shea are all ranked in the top three goal kickers of the league, each tallying a minimum of 18 goals – in reality, they are every defender’s worst nightmare. Tracy Village’s backline will be in serious strife if Waratah gets a rhythm going.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 16

IN three weeks it is finals time but for now, it’s the perfect opportunity for the elite teams to tune-up and get ready. Last week the Darwin Buffettes got a rude awakening from St Marys, this Saturday they will need to regain their composure against an in-form Pint. The battle of first vs last will follow as Nightcliff take on the reigning premiers Waratah.

Up next, the Palmerston Magpies will get a chance to flex their muscles against Tracy Village. With the Razorbacks’ current form, the Pies will head in heavy favourites. On Sunday morning it is do or die for St Marys when they meet an angry Southern Districts. The Crocs suffered their worst defeat of the year last Monday, so will be eager to bring order back to the side and crush St Marys’ finals hopes in their upcoming match.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V PINT

Saturday February 2, 11:00am

Gardens Oval

If Pint secure this win they are a guarantee for finals regardless of other outcomes. Queen Ants, Cassi Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Katie Streader should be well rested from the bye in round 15, while the once dominant midfield of Darwin has looked in trouble in recent weeks. Kylie Duggan and Machaelia Roberts seem to be shouldering most of the load while other stars are either injured or down on form. Dominique Carbone will need to step up in order to fill the void and strengthen their resolve. Up forward, Celina Whan has become the spearhead for the Buffs as she continues to perform despite the losses. Whan may prove the difference this week as Darwin need to escape their current rut.

WARATAH V NIGHTCLIFF

Saturday February 2, 12:30pm

TIO Stadium

With only a few games left Nightcliff will have pride on the line. This match could not be any more one-sided, with the likes of Warratah stars, Amy Chittick, Lisa Miceli, Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault, Lauren O’Shea taking the field. There have been glimpses of skill when Nightcliff were supported by Adelaide Crows draftees, but have struggled to have a consistent star from their main line-up. This match will be streamed live on YouTube, so hopefully the broadcast will spark the Tigers into action as they head towards the end of the season.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday February 2, 2:00pm

TIO Oval

The Palmerston Magpies have beaten the odds this season, with ladder leaders Southern Districts, Waratah, Darwin Buffettes and Pint all falling to the mighty Magpies. Pies stars Jessica Stassi, Tabitha May, and Natasha Medbury sent a statement to the rest of the competition when they broke the Crocs back on Australia Day. Shenaida Bush and Freda Puruntatemeri have also formed a dangerous combination in Palmerston’s forward line. This will be hard for Tracy to combat as the Razorbacks have struggled of late. Kristi Irvine is impressing, but the high injury list is taking its toll.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS

Sunday February 3, 10:00am

Norbuilt Oval

The Crocs were disappointing with their last performance. The late byes and Tracy Village forfeit has clearly caught up to the Crocodiles and affected their form. The Crocs only managed one goal last week – Tahlia Holtze – while forwards Charles Deegan and Tayla Thorn failed to kick through the big sticks. Crocs leader, Lateesha Jeffrey will want to see a colossal effort against St Marys. However, the Saints will be no pushovers with Alana Coombes always dangerous up forward and Laelia Dunn a star against the Buffettes. The Saints are fighting for their season on Sunday – if the Saints lose there is no tomorrow, but if Pint defeats Darwin then St Marys is out of the finals race regardless.