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NTFL Women’s Premier League: Round 2 preview – Reigning premiers look to bounce back

ROUND 2 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) is set to be a big one, with plenty of entertaining matches coming up over the weekend.

Big River Hawks v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 2 – 12/10/19
12:30
TIO Stadium

Big River Hawks have a real task ahead this week, taking on ladder-topping Darwin Buffettes who only conceded one behind in the opening round credit to a tenacious defensive unit and forward line that had plenty in the tank. While the inaugural Premier Division match for the Hawks did not go to plan, they now know what to improve on heading into this match to ideally prove their place in the competition. Darwin will be coming into this match bursting with confidence so will need to ensure their confidence translates on the field after last week’s massive win saw the Buffettes kick only one less behind than goals meaning their accuracy may need some fine tuning. The Buffettes had six multiple goalkickers last round proving their threatening ability with ball in hand, especially with one of those multiple goalkickers being young gun Tayla Hart-Aluni, proving she can have a big impact on the contest despite her relative inexperience. For Hawks, Jade de La Coeur and Keomi Ross put in the hard yards last round so are sure to stand up once more with plenty to prove in the competition.

Pint v. Tracy Village
Round 2 – 12/10/19
2:30
MCG

This will be an interesting match, with both Pint and Tracy Village coming into Round 2 off the back of devastating Round 1 losses – though at completely different ends of the spectrum with Pint only going down by two points, while the Razorbacks conceded a whopping 118 points to the Buffettes. Tracy Village left plenty to be desired last week so will want to come into this match with a bang to get back on their feet and deny Pint the comeback they are looking for. Pint showed some really good intensity last round against the Palmerston Magpies but were unable to take control, so will be sure to take on the contest from the starting bounce to ensure they get on top of Tracy Village from the get-go. Pint is another side with solid goal-kicking options inside 50 so the likes of Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer will be key for the side to get on the board, while the Razorbacks had some solid performers last week with Bonnie McDougall and Tara Everett standing up despite the margin.

Palmerston Magpies v. Waratah
Round 2 – 12/10/19
5:00
TIO Oval 2

Last season’s top two will go head-to-head this round, with the Magpies sure to come into this match ready to win back their qualifying final match where they went down by 27 points. For Waratah, this match will be about coming back from their disappointing start to the season last week after going down to Southern Districts by 42 points. The Warriors were behind from the get-go last round while Magpies matched their respective opposition goal for goal all match making this an interesting one given the sides’ recent history. While Palmerston come into this match with the belief behind them, they were still given a tough muck by Pint last round so can’t underestimate the Warriors. Arthurina Moreen and Natasha Medbury will be key for the Magpies while options around the footy inside 50 allows the side to be dangerous from a number of angles. For the Warriors, stalwart Lisa Roberts lead the charge last round to keep chins up despite the slow start to the season so will look to keep spirits up again this week with young talent in Alysha Healy proving her ability with the footy to dominate contests.

St Mary’s v. Nightcliff
Round 2 – 12/10/19
7:00
TIO Oval 2

It is an early season battle of second and third on the ladder, with the only match between two Round 1 victors taking place in the second of the TIO Oval 2 double header to finish off the Saturday fixtures. Both sides put solid wins on the board last week, but sit in an unfamiliar position towards the top of the ladder after last season’s results, so will be keen to keep on top of their opposition and put their best foot forward for the season. Nightcliff only put the two wins on the board all last season so come into this match with plenty of hopeful eyes on them while St Mary’s took on this season’s newbies in Big River Hawks last round, meaning both sides could realistically take out this match despite question marks over both teams’ ability to keep up the winning ways throughout the season. Danielle Ponter impressed last round for St Mary’s as did young gun Aaliyah Bailey with three goals while Nightcliff have a similar number of young options with Shantel Miskin-Ripia booting four goals last week and surely looking for an opportunity to go back to back, while Eliza Morrison and Laura De Hommel were both named among the Tigers’ best last round, so watch out for a plethora of exciting talent taking on the contest in this match.

Southern Districts v. Wanderers
Round 2 – 13/10/19
4:00
Norbuilt Oval

Wanderers will be in for a tough one this week after going down goalless to Nightcliff last week, taking on last season’s grand finalists in Southern Districts in the only Sunday match of the round. The Crocs will be very happy with their Round 1 victory over Waratah so are sure to come into this match with plenty of confidence. This makes it all the more important for the Wanderers to come out hard and fast to ensure they don’t fall to a similar fate to the ‘Tahs and continue on from the low form and trajectory of their 2018/2019 season. Lori Niven lead the way for the Crocs last week credit to her leadership and skill with ball in hand while the side had no issue finding options inside 50 with three multiple goalkickers in Ebony Miller (three goals), Kelsey Patterson and Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill (both two). For the Eagles, last week saw Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Tulaha Jeffrey having an impact despite the loss so will be raring to go with a better full-field effort this week.

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap: Round 1 – Buffettes off to flying start

ROUND 1 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s League is done and dusted, with Big River Hawks debuting to much fanfare while Darwin Buffettes rocketed right up to the top of the ladder with a massive 117 point victory over Tracy Village.

ST MARY’S 5.2 | 6.2 | 8.8 | 11.11 (77)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 1.3 | 1.3 | 2.7 (19)

GOALS

St Marys: A. Bailey 3, D. Ponter 2, S. Garner, M. Ludwig , B. Mcmurtrie, S. Edwards, C. Suapero, E. Calma
Big River Hawks: J. De La Coeur, K. Ross

BEST

St Mary’s:
Big River Hawks:
J. De La Coeur, K. Ross, H. Ross, D. Peckham, T. Munn, C. Browne

St Mary’s got off to a flying start to open the 2019/2020 NTFL Women’s season, with a dominant display from the Saints who controlled every inch of the ground and didn’t let the big day for the Hawks take away from their desire to dominate the contest and get a big win on the board to start the season on a high. Young gun Danielle Ponter continued her fantastic form with two goals on the board, joined by 18-year-old Aaliyah Bailey with three goals and opening up plenty of space forward to share the load and provide plenty of forward pressure for the Hawks. For the Hawks, though they only put two goals on the board and had some issues across the ground there were plenty of high points with some solid defence seeing the Saints finding a lot of the behind posts. While the Hawks were similarly plagued with inaccuracy, it proves that the side has plenty to offer to the competition with Jayde De La Coeur and Kalieshia Ross putting a goal apiece on the board while Hayley Ross and Deanna Peckham also made an impact.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 4.2 | 9.8 | 12.12 | 17.16 (118)

GOALS

Tracy Village: N/A
Darwin: N/A

BEST

Tracy Village: B. McDougall, T. Angel, T. Everett, A. Biggs, E. Tuohy, G. Young
Darwin:

This was certainly not the way Tracy Village would have wanted to open their 2019/2020 campaign, with Darwin Buffettes well and truly dominating in every aspect of the match. Last season’s semi-finalists set up an astounding win to open the season, only conceding the one behind to leap right up to the top of the ladder and send a big message to the competition. For Tracy Village it was a disappointing start to the season, however they found some solid patches, with the likes of Bonnie McDougall, Taquila Angel and Tara Everett standing up when required. While the Buffettes may not have been as accurate as they would have liked, they will still be very happy with this result and the massive percentage it gives them in the season opener. The Razorbacks left much to be desired this week so will surely be raring to go next round to prove they have more in them than this performance.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.3 | 4.3 | 8.4 | 9.4 (58)
WARATAH 0.0 | 0.3 | 1.4 | 2.4 (16)

GOALS

Southern Districts: E. Miller 3, K. Patterson 2, S. Hoogeveen-Hill 2, H. Engelhardt, L. Jeffrey.
Waratah: J. Singh, C. Fabris.

BEST

Southern Districts: L. Niven, E. Miller, M. Davis Tahere, C. Deegan, M. Breed, L. Jeffrey
Waratah: L. Roberts, A. Healy, M. Hunter, H. Goodall, J. Smyth

The reigning premiers were dealt a tough blow in Round 1, going down to their fellow grand finalists by a whopping 42 points. Districts certainly enjoyed their first win out of the blocks, dominating entries inside 50 and finding plenty of turnover ball with the ‘Tahs unable to hold onto possession. Despite some strong defensive work from Waratah getting the ball out of defence, far too much easy ball went straight back to their opposition with a strong blockading defence set up through the midfield allowing Districts to intercept mark and propel the footy forward. Despite the efforts of captain, Lisa Roberts, Waratah were unable to repeat their stellar 2018/2019 season form in the opening match, with Alysha Healy, Jenna Singh and Claudia Fabris also putting in the hard yards against their tough opposition. For Districts, Lori Niven dominated while the likes of Madisen Davis-Tahere caused plenty of issues across the ground. Ebony Miller (three goals), Kelsey Patterson and Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill (both two) all opened their accounts for the season proving that Southern Districts will be a force to be reckoned with this season thanks to goalkicking options alone.

PINT 3.1 | 4.1 | 4.3 | 5.4 (34)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 3.1 | 4.4 | 4.6 | 5.6 (36)

GOALS

Pint: J. Hewett 2, J. Baumer 2, C. Evans.
Palmerston: N/A

BEST

Pint: N/A
Palmerston: N/A

The closest match of the round saw the Magpies only just hold onto victory against Pint, who stayed on Palmerston’s tail for the whole game but were unable to steal the points. It was close from the very beginning, with both sides evenly matched and finding plenty of space to run and carry while at the same time unable to take control. The middle quarters were mostly slow with both sides having difficulty putting goals on the board despite the relatively high-scoring first term. Both sides applied phenomenal pressure, relentlessly denying easy ball after the opening quarter to cause issues up the field and forcing plenty of stoppages to create little scoring opportunity. Palmerston got the four points but Pint proved they will be a hard side to beat with plenty of options around the footy while Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer kicked two goals apiece.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.2 | 5.5 | 7.6 | 7.6 (48)
WANDERERS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.2 | 0.4 (4)

GOALS

Nightcliff: S. Miskin-Ripia 4, E. Morrison, C. Bracey, K. Morris
Wanderers: N/A

BEST

Nightcliff: E. Morrison, S. Miskin-Ripia, L. de Hommel, K. Morris, E. Wolsey
Wanderers: N/A

Nightcliff have started their 2019/2020 season with a bang, getting their first win on the board after only winning two games overall last season. While the match was relatively even to start, Nightcliff all but ran away with it in the second quarter piling five goals on the board and keeping the Wanderers scoreless at halftime. While the Wanderers found some better ball inside 50 in the second half, moving better to drive the ball forward, they were unlucky to not put a goal on the board with Nightcliff’s defensive effort just too strong. Star youngster Shantal Miskin-Ripia dominated for Nightcliff, with the key position player booting four goals while Eliza Morrison, Laura De Hommel and Emma-Lou Wolsey all played their role to contribute to the impressive victory. For the Wanderers, this match proves that the side has some potential but only if they can work together to deny ease of access forward and capitalise off stoppages to propel the footy towards their attack.

“Unreal” premiership journey driving Healy to future success

NORTHERN Territory Under-18 representative Alysha Healy might be a year older than many of her AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships peers, but is still learning everything she can about the game. Hungry for knowledge on and off the field, the exercise and sports nutrition student said whatever happens with her on-field career in the future, her goal is to find a place within an AFL Women’s club. Already the 19-year-old has been through quite a journey growing up in the NT and progressing through to the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition.

“I’m originally from the Northern Territory so I started playing for the Waratah Football Club, well it’s been three years now,” Healy said. “I started in the Under 18s and then the year after that I captained the Under 18s team and just last year I played in the women’s team and we actually won the grand final so that was an incredible experience to be with all those senior women we have in there.”

Healy said the experience of winning a premiership was hard to put into words.

“It’s just so unreal, the journey that you travel with those girls, you just can’t describe it,” she said. “It’s just one of a kind, you share so many memories and ups and downs in the season, your hard work, all your trainings, all the strength and conditioning, it just all pays off, it’s a sense of relief and those girls become your family and you just play for each other.”

While her on-field success is important, so is her future career off-field, which is why the switched on Healy is keen to follow her passion in the sports industry.

“I’m now based in South Australia for University so I’ve started playing for Sturt in SANFL and I’m obviously with the club and with me being an overager in this comp, I’m hoping to get drafted.” Healy said. “That’s the dream, to play AFLW and to just be exposed to that experience and that level of footy. “(I’m studying) exercise sports science and nutrition. “I’m loving it and if I don’t end up being drafted, hopefully I can be a support crew for one of the AFLW teams and still be involved there.”

Studying university full-time while also managing a growing football career can be challenging, but Healy said her sport-study balance is getting there, with her social life being the one area that takes a hit.

“It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I think I’ll grow as time goes on and I’ll start to get that balance, uni and footy,” she said. “I’ve got two footy trainings in the afternoons and I’ve got uni during the days so I try and keep my weekends free. “You can’t really have a social life when you’re trying to be a professional footballer I guess and that’s just some of the sacrifices you’ve got to make to be elite.”

Since crossing from Waratah to Sturt, Healy has realised how much professionalism has gone into the South Australian competition to continue to nurture and develop the future of AFL Women’s.

“It’s really good actually, it’s different to playing in the NT,” Healy said. “It’s different standards, the professionalism both on and off the field is there and I love it. “The people at Sturt have welcomed me with open arms, I love the club and I’m just excited to see where I can go from there.”

Healy describes herself as a fast player, credit to her athletics background which is something she has done since she was young. Her power and speed combination enables her to create separation from an opponent at a contest, and create headaches for opposition players. She admits her football IQ and skills are areas she can build on, with her technique and decision making her current focuses. Healy said she draws much inspiration from a world-class athlete.

“I read Sally Pearson‘s autobiography a few times over and just reading her journey and where she’s been, how she’s come through so many injuries and just kept going despite all the obstacles, to just be where she is now, she’s just an incredible athlete,” Helay said.

Her family have always pushed her to do what she loves, and Healy said she is forever grateful for their support.

“I’ve done so many sports over the years and regardless of what it’s been, they’ve always been so supportive of me,” she said. “They were there at my grand final with the biggest smiles on their faces rushing down to me. “I honestly don’t think I would be where I am today without them pushing me through and supporting me.”

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 2 finals

THIS week’s semi-finals will undoubtedly see the best of the best duel one last time before the ultimate battle. Palmerston’s loss against Waratah was painful, but now they face the Southern Districts. The Pies have beaten the Crocs twice this season, but the Crocs are coming off a high after smashing the Saints. In the afternoon, Waratah will meet Darwin for another classic bout. The Warriors are heavy favourites for this match, and with the Buffs’ extended injury list, it is easy to see why.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, March 2 12:30pm
TIO Stadium

Southern Districts somehow find themselves in St Marys’ shoes at the moment, having met Palmerston twice this season and lost on both occasions. For the Crocs to win they must use every opportunity and advantage they have to deny the Pies the ball. the Districts’ first advantage lies in their ruck stocks. Ebony Miller and Indy Sleeth will make sure their hit-outs give their midfielders first use of the ball. Meanwhile, Jessica Stassi and Natasha Medbury will help to control the clearances. If things get dire, Miller and Sleeth can simply punch the ball forward to gain ground.

Crocs forwards must put Billie Byers inside 50 or she will rebound the ball like it was never there. If Tayla Thorn can get off to the start she had last week, it may set the perfect foundation for the Districts to rise from. Rhiannon Busch is a proven goal kicker and has had a stellar couple of weeks, while Charles Deegan, though recently getting extra attention from defenders, is always dangerous around goals.

On the other side of the field, Shenaida Bush and Freda Puruntatameri are starting to click. This could prove very damaging to the Crocs as both are very quick and deadly accurate. Lateesha Jeffrey and the Districts backline will have a tough task keeping this pair quiet. If they can, it could prove the difference between victory and defeat.

Palmerston will walk into this match favorites, but Southern Districts may give the Pies a shock in this heavyweight bout of the Semi-Finals.

TEAMS

Palmerston Magpies
B: 32. Jess Leamey 15. Charmaine Marshall 20.Ellie Misob
HB: 2.Jessie Brock 13. Billie Byers 10.Jacintha Misob
C: 3.Hayley Davey 24. Tabitha May 33.Janet Baird
HF: 31 Karlee King 1.Nicole Simons 7.Shenaida Bush
F: 28.Tanisha Garling 25.Wynonna Barlow 8.Freda Puruntatameri
R: 18. Bianca Mayo 5.Natasha Medbury 26.Jessica Stassi
Int: 31.Celina Lloyd 12.Joanne Huddleston 14.Tania Parriman
23.Tiffany Parriman 22.Vanessa Mouncy

Southern Districts
B: 17.Chiarah Corpos 30.Donna Reed 21.Tyler Thornton
HB: 14.Maili Clarke 20.Holly Engelhardt 9.Lateesha Jeffrey
C: 10.Megan Craufurd 35.Kelsey Patterson 19.Danielle Opperman
HF: 26.Rhiannon Busch 2.Tayla Thorn 8. Maria Moussa
F: 15.Bella Clarke 4.Indy Sleeth 6.Charles Deegan
R: 3.Ebony Miller 5. Tahlia Holtze 25.Chelsea Pember
Int: 28.Tess Hanna 14.Tessa W 22.Rachele Mchugh
32.Kiarah Jackson 1.Kimberley Mccouat 12.Karina Brink

WARATAH V DARWIN BUFFETTES
Saturday, March 2 2:30pm
TIO Stadium

Darwin’s tactics last week may have beaten Pint, but it will not do against Waratah. The Warriors have 15 premiership players returning for this match and no amount of waiting this team out will help the Buffs. The Buffettes have to go for broke and, missing key players in the midfield and forward line, they may have to mix it up. If Dominique Carbone starts in the centre of the ground, it will free up Machaelia Roberts to push forward. Darwin’s forward line looks completely different when Roberts has the opportunity to cause defenders headaches. This leaves Carbone, Jemma Iacono, and Kylie Duggan to tackle Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault and Alysha Healy in the midfield, which could go either way.

The Buffettes cannot allow Waratah to dominate the clearances. Amy Chittick is the league’s leading goal kicker and now has Lauren O’Shea for assistance. If the Warriors’ forwards get a taste of blood, they will swarm the Buffs’ backline and devastate the scoreboard.

Waratah also has a player similar to Roberts in Sherayn Puruntatameri. She pushed out from half-back last week to bag three majors. Puruntatameri is an X-factor player, which makes her a difficult match-up for Darwin. Celina Whan might be the Buffs’ best choice for Puruntatameri if she plays down back.

Waratah could easily turn this into an ugly game, but perhaps the rivalry will spur the Buffs to challenge the champions.

TEAMS

Waratah
B: 8.Sharona Bishop 6.Rebecca Pryer 19.Alicia Stanley
HB: 15.Isabelle Rapson 16.Julieanna Kerinauia 12.Sherayn Puruntatameri
C: 3.Peta Starcevic 13.Lisa Roberts 2.Madeline Gault
HF: 17.Tarryn O’Hehir 4.Sue Nalder 5.Breanna Martin
F: 9.Amy Chittick 22.Lauren O’Shea 18.Molly Cooper
R: 7.Joanna Kolodziej 23.Pippa Cox 10.Alysha Healy
Int: 28.Trish Muller 29.Madeline Campbell 14.Jade De Melo
24.Alexandra Harrison-Wolff

Darwin Buffettes
B: 25.Chevaune Fewings 15.Delsey Ah Wang 19.Louise Johnstone
HB: 8.Keisha Tinley 12.Dominique Carbone 11.Nicole Schmitt
C: 13. Alexander Bryan 3.Machaelia Roberts 21.Zoe Anderson
HF: 22.Tamika Bullen 17.Melinda Taylor 1.Mattea Breed
F: 10.Meridith Turner 6.Celina Whan 14.Bianca Stokes
R: 30.Tania Dhu 4.Kylie Duggan 5.Jemma Iacono
Int: 27.Demi Cubillo 16.Nicolette Dunn 7.Rachel Henderson
24.Jaala Alley 9.Eliza Keaney 18.Danielle Totham

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 wash-ups: NTFL Women’s -Round 18

THAT is a wrap for the home and away season as we look to finals this week, but first, we take a look at Round 18’s action. The Southern Districts cruised passed Nightcliff in another win plagued with scoring inaccuracy. Palmerston dominated against the Wanderers, with the Magpies looking a cut above the rest as they get ready for Waratah on Saturday. The Warriors are also ready for the Pies after brushing off Darwin with ease. The last match of the round saw the Queen Ants crawl over the Saints. Pint is more ready than ever take on the Buffettes this Saturday.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.3 I 1.4 I 4.4 I 5.8 (38)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 (8)

Goals:
Southern Districts: S. Hoogeveen-Hill 3, C. Deegan, B. Clarke.
Nightcliff: S. Miskin-Ripia.

Best:

Southern Districts: Not supplied
Nightcliff: E. Smart, H. Turnbull, J. Puautjimi, T. Taylor-Kickett

A dominant display by the Crocs should have seen more reward for their efforts, with scoring inaccuracy plaguing the Southern Districts all year. Charlie Deegan was the tip of the spear in the forward line early in the season, easing off and producing single majors over the last three matches. Tayla Thorn has been lively but seems to play the role of hit-up forward rather than a full forward, while Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill booted three goals last Saturday in her fifth match. Perhaps she can provide some much-needed firepower against St Marys. As for the Tigers, it’s all over with another wooden spoon to finish a disappointing year.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 7.4 I 14.7 I 20.11 I 22.15 (147)
WANDERERS 2.0 I 3.0 I 4.1 I 6.1 (37)

Goals:
Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown 4, H. Davey 3, T. May 2, A. Mclennan 2, J. Baird 2, N. Medbury 2, J. Brock 2, J. Misob, N. Lloyd, G. Garling.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

Best:
Palmerston Magpies: T. May, H. Davey, B. Byers, J. Misob, J. Brock, G. Garling
Wanderers: Not supplied

Tabitha May, Janet Baird, Billie Byers, Natasha Medbury and Michaeline Brown dominated on field against the Eagles, with the Eagles struggling under the forceful forward play of the Magpies. This game was an impossible obstacle for the Wanderers as they ended the season with a big loss. In comparison, the Magpies will be looking forward to facing the reigning premiers this weekend. For once Waratah may be the underdog.

WARATAH 3.1 I 3.1 I 4.5 I 6.6 (42)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 I 2.1 I 2.1 I 4.4 (28)

Goals:
Waratah:L. Roberts 2, S. Nalder 2, L. O’Shea, A. Chittick.
Darwin Buffettes: Not supplied.

Best:
Waratah: S. Bishop, P. Starcevic, L. Roberts, A. Stanley, A. Healy
Darwin Buffettes: Not supplied

Although not as entertaining as their last match, Waratah still has the goods of the Buffs. Veteran, Lisa Roberts was outstanding, kicking two goals and covering the ground with nothing but class. Sharona Bishop held up well in defense with Alicia Stanley, while Alysha Healy stood up in the midfield. The Buffs are a different tale as they seem to be missing players left right and centre as they head into finals. The reigning premiers will face a huge challenge against Palmerston but Darwin will also have their hands full with Pint.

PINT 4.3 I 6.4 I 9.6 I 10.8 (68)
ST MARYS 1.0 I 2.1 I 3.2 I 3.3 (21)

Goals:
Pint: E. Greaves 3, D. Suddaby 2, J. McFee 2, K. Streader, E. Ryan, K. Smits.
St Marys: Not supplied.

Best:
Pint: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

A good start for Pint made the Saints chase their tails all day. Emma Greaves had her kicking boots on with three, while her partner in crime Danielle Suddaby kicked two. Cassie Henderson and Samantha Barnett had a standard day of brilliance as the midfield domination saw Pint control the clearances. Now Pint has every chance of knocking out the Buffs come Saturday. The Saints have a much more difficult task. St Marys may have made finals, but the Crocs have haunted them all year with devastating defeats.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 16

THERE were a lot of twists and turns in round 16, with the latter end of the season proving very intriguing. The first match saw Darwin pull a 180 in effort and fall to Pint. The Queen Ants have now cemented their spot for finals by showing the Buffs that they are for real. The next match was no upset for Waratah, who stormed through Nightcliff with little effort. The Palmerston Magpies were no different, sweeping through Tracy Village with ease to continue their premiership campaign. St Marys was last to fall, the Southern Crocs were hurt from their last defeat and gave the Saints a death roll. The Crocs are looking forward to making a statement ahead of their first women’s finals appearance in history.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 I 0.1 I 1.2 I 1.2  (8)
PINT 0.6 I 2.7 I 2.8 I 2.8 (20)

Goals

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan
Pint: Not Supplied.

Best

Darwin Buffettes: J. Alley, C. Whan, K. Tinley, A. Bryan, M. Turner
Pint: Not supplied.

How the mighty have fallen, with Darwin falling to St Mary’s and now Pint over the past few weeks. However, credit to Pint who jumped on the Buffs early and took them by the horns. The Queen Ants may not have kicked a  goal after the second quarter but their defensive- efforts proved more than enough for Darwin. Erin Hetherington and her fellow backliners deserve a pat on the back, but for the Buffettes, the pressure is seeming to mount as we reach the end of the season. Celina Whan was the only Buff that could hold her head high as many Darwin stars went missing. Midfielder Tekesa Docherty-Cole was well contained by the Queen Ants, while the promotion of Jordann Hickey to the Melbourne Demons has left a huge gap in the backline. Elsewhere the Queen Ants are crawling over the competition but will meet a savage outfit in the Southern Districts this week.

NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 I 0.0 I 1.2 I 1.2 (8)
WARATAH 4.1 I 7.7 I 8.8 I 10. 12 (72)

Goals

Nightcliff: E. Wolsey
Waratah: A. Chittick 5, M. Cooper 2, L. O”Shea 2, T. O”Hehir

Best

Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, H. Turnbull, S. Miskin-Ripia, K. Simmons
Waratah: S. Bishop, A. Chittick, K. Piscioneri, A. Healy, B. Martin

In two weeks the nightmare for the Tigers will be over and they can start rebuilding for next season. Unfortunately, they had the misfortune of playing the reigning premiers late in the competition. Amy Chittick kicked a bag for the Waratahs in the absence of spearhead Lisa Miceli. Tall timbers Lauren O’Shea and Molly Cooper combined for four majors while Sharona Bishop, Breanne Martin, and Alysha Healy dominated the midfield. Waratah will again look to continue an onslaught performance when they meet Tracy Village this Sunday.

TRACY VILLAGE 2.0 I 5.0 I 8.3 I 11.4 (70)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.3 I 1.4 I 1.4 I 1.4 (10)

Goals

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke
Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown 3, F. Puruntatameri 2, T. May, S. Bush, J. Huddleston

Best

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, K. Dumbris, S. Bailie-mace, K. Hughes, B. McDougall, A. Ogilvie-Mitchel
Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown, C. Marshall, T. May, B. Byers, F. Puruntatameri  

An honest start from the Razorbacks saw them become a bacon buffet for the Magpies. Freda Puruntatemeri lit up the forward line with Michaeline Brown, with the pair managing five majors between them. Billie Byers was again steady in defense thanks to an impressive midfield, with Tabitha May being the stand-out. The Magpies have indeed become the heavy favourites to take home the cup this season after becoming the premiership fancies of the competition. Palmerston’s final rounds will see them face St Marys and the Wanderers, projected wins that are likely to give the Pies a huge advantage as they cruise into finals.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 10.0 (81)
ST MARYS 0.0 (15)

Goals

Southern Districts: Not supplied
St Marys: Not Supplied

Best

Southern Districts: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

After a poor performance in their previous match, the Southern Districts had one thought on their mind: crush the Saints. The Crocs were awake this week and showed the competition that last week was just a hiccup. Rhiannon Busch was star of the show, kicking four goals for the day. Tayla Thorn was close behind, running St Marys into the ground. Lateesha Jeffrey owned the backline, teaming well with Indy Sleeth as she controlled the ruck. This game showed how dominant Southern Districts can be on the scoreboard. Pint is up next for the Crocs, so they will be hungry to beat a team in form.

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 previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 9

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

 

TRACY VILLAGE V WARATAH

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

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

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V ST MARYS

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 3pm

TIO Oval No.2

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

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V PINT

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 10am

Norbuilt Oval

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

 

WANDERERS VS NIGHTCLIFF

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 11:30am

Gardens Oval No.2

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