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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 13

THE Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League season resumed over the weekend following the Christmas break, with a huge round of action recommencing and seeing the top sides remain in charge of the 2020/21 ladder. Waratah was granted an extra week off thanks to the bye and Pint continued its winning streak with a twelfth straight win on the board, while St Mary’s and Darwin Buffettes continue to hold ground in second and third, respectively, with fourth place Southern Districts continuing its rise up the ladder adding another four points to their tally. All that, and more in our weekly wrap.

DARWIN BUFFETTES | 4.3 | 13.7 | 19.11 | 22.19 (151)
TRACY VILLAGE | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

Darwin Buffettes got off the perfect start opening the round, with a huge 151-point victory putting the side in an excellent position heading into the latter stage of the season. While the massive win did come against the lowly Tracy Village, who are yet to win a game this season and have had little scoring opportunities, the Buffettes more than proved once again that they are one of the teams to beat this season with a plethora of key options around the ground who can take control and command the footy. The tough match saw Tracy Village once again rendered scoreless, with no bests named, while the Buffs also are yet to name their best on ground. That being said, there is no doubt Ashanti Bush had a huge impact on proceedings with a whopping seven goals to her name, aided by the likes of Melinda Taylor and Talia Corrie who booted three apiece and Michelle Sliwinski (two), with seven more single goalkickers also on the board. While the Buffs were not at their most accurate in this win, it was more than enough to prove the side will be a tough contender heading into the last few rounds of the 2020/21 season.

NIGHTCLIFF | 0.1 | 0.3 | 0.5 | 2.6 (18)
PINT | 3.3 | 6.5 | 9.6 | 11.7 (73)

Ladder leaders Pint continued their excellent form with another straight win on the board, with three goalless quarters from the Tigers testament to not only the scoring ability of the Queen Ants – who booted three goals in each quarter – but also the defensive pressure the side continuously applies week in week out. While Nightcliff certainly brought some hunger, it was not enough to really test the top side, who saw their reliable core group of players step up as per usual with four multiple goalkickers in Jessie BaumerJasmyn HewettReni Hicks and Claudia Fabris, two of whom were also named amongst the best alongside Hillary GrubbCasey Morris and Amy Chittick. For Nightcliff, the two final quarter goals came from Amy Pittman and Lauren Gooden, with Pittman named amongst the best with Emily Casey and Eliza Morrison. Pint’s consistency is what makes them so threatening at the moment, leaving sides unable to penetrate their defence or maintain control of the footy.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES | 1.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 (19)
ST MARY’S | 4.2 | 7.2 | 8.5 | 9.6 (60)

It was too little to late for the Magpies in this matchup against second-placed St Mary’s, with the side applying tough defensive pressure in the second half but ultimately unable to stop an early rampage from St Mary’s. An excellent first half from the Saints was enough to control proceedings with seven goals to two, though inaccuracy seemed to plague the usually reliable side in the second half with 2.4 recorded as the Magpies switched on the afterburners. The 41-point buffer was more than enough to maintain second on the ladder though, with seven goalkickers plying their trade out the front and both Jasmine Anderson and Laelia Dunn booting two apiece thanks to the work rate of Shailyn Doreen Peris and J’Noemi Anderson, who were both named in the bests. For the Magpies, Georgina Garling booted two, aided by Nadine Braun who slotted the side’s third goal while Tabitha May, Iesha Ronberg and Billie Byers proved crucial as ever.

WANDERERS | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.1 | 4.2 (26)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS | 1.4 | 4.4 | 4.7 | 6.7 (43)

The closest match of the round saw a great challenge from the Wanderers as they pressured the ever-improving Districts outfit, however it was just not enough in this encounter with the Crocs maintaining control and running out 17-point victors. While the Wanderers grabbed an early lead, kicking two straight goals in the first term, the Crocs had more scoring opportunities and capitalised on their missed chances as the second term rolled in. A highly defensive and competitive third quarter saw neither side really gain control, with both sides adding to their respective tallies in the final quarter and seeing the Crocs remain in front. While Districts are yet to release goalkickers and bests, Wanderers’ ever reliable Kaitlyn Armstrong continued her impressive form with another three goals to her name, named in the best alongside Sophia Mauboy and Cassie Ormsby.

Picture credit: Chris Kent – AFLNT Media

2020/21 NTFL Women’s – Midseason review: Darwin, Nightcliff, Palmerston

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.

Darwin Buffettes

Position: 3rd
Win-loss-draw: 8-2-2
Percentage: 211.30%

It is been a solid start to the season for the Darwin Buffettes collecting eight wins out of their twelve outings, putting them in good stead for the remainder of the season. In their past five encounters the Buffettes have registered three straight wins while also entering the summer break off a bye meaning they will be raring to go once the season recommences.  They have shown on more than one occasion that they have the firepower to mix it with the best and will be eager to continue that form against Tracy Village in their first game back next year.

Zoe Anderson has been a steady stream of goals for the Buffettes throughout the season so far managing 16 majors from nine outings while Michaela Roberts is not too far off the pace with 11 of her own. Delsey Ah Wang has also been a solid contributor for Darwin slotting eight goals while Johanna Dodsworth has chimed in at times with eight goals. In terms of best performers Jemma Iacono has been a consistent figure as has Dominique Carbone and Katelyn Hazlett with the latter two both registering an appearance in the bests four times. Another player to keep an eye out for is Kiera Kurnoth who has proven to be a livewire when she gets going.

Nightcliff

Position: 5th
Win-loss-draw: 6-4-1
Percentage: 142.52%

It has been a relatively up and down season for Nightcliff who have definitely enjoyed some peaks but so too some troughs boasting a six-four win loss ratio. However they have been steadily building, registering two wins in their past five games while also experiencing a bye and notching up a draw against the higher placed Southern Districts showcasing their ability to take it up to sides. They will have their work cut out for them when Round 13 comes around, however taking on top of the table Pint who will be raring to go after a solid break.

When looking at potency inside 50 it is hard to go past current Nightcliff leading goalscorer Jacqueline Anyon-Smith who has made a name for herself with her innate goal sense. She has recorded 16 majors for the year while Mickayla Ward has also been a handy option in front of the big sticks with 13 goals of her own. Although she has only played six games this season Emma-Lou Wolsey is a real x-factor able to navigate the goals and currently boasting 12 majors while Rose Russell has steadily added to her total with 10 for the season. Eliza Morrison is a regular fixture in the bests credit to her star power across the ground as is Emily Casey and Lauren Gooden showcasing the amount of depth the squad has.

Palmerston Magpies

Position: 7th
Win-loss-draw: 2-9-1
Percentage: 59.66%

Sitting towards the bottom of the ladder the seventh placed Palmerston Magpies have experienced their fair share of losses throughout the 2020/21 season already and will be eager to rectify a few areas over the break. It has been a difficult past five games for the Magpies with the side currently on a four game losing streak but in saying that have faced three of the top four teams. Unfortunately the job will not get any easier when it returns in January faced with the 2nd place St Mary’s who are being in scintillating form.

Under trying circumstances Crystal Browne has been the go-to-girl in front of the big sticks for Palmerston leading all-comers with 10 goals while Arthurina Moreen was handy in her three outings but has not played since mid-November. The likes of Natasha Medbury and Tabitha May are also solid contributors for the Magpies with the two able to find the goals with May also frequently recognised in the bests for her consistent efforts. Iesha Ronberg is another consistent performer able to ply her trade, named in the bests nine times alongside May while Billie Byers is more than capable of popping up and playing her role.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 12 preview

IN the final round before the Christmas break, Pint will be hoping to keep its unbeaten record intact while the Darwin Buffettes have been handed the bye, allowing St Mary’s to close the gap between second and third if it can notch its eighth win for the season. All that, and more in our Round 12 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League preview.

Tracy Village v. Nightcliff
Saturday, 19 December

It has been another trying season for Tracy Village who have not only been unable to get on the winners list, but so too the scoreboard; kept scoreless five times while boasting a season-high total of nine points. Nightcliff, on the other hand, have had patches of brilliance as shown through their five wins for the season. The last time these two sides played was back in Round 1 where Nightcliff walked out victorious by 108 points, with Emma-Lou Wolsey running rampant booting five goals, a feat she will be keen to replicate in their rematch. Other key figures in Mickayla Ward, Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Eliza Morrison are renowned for their ability to stand up and sense the moment both across the ground and in front of the big sticks. For Tracy Village, all eyes will look to Zhoe Clarke to lead the way once again for the Razorbacks given she is one of the most consistent performers for the side. After a strong performance last week, Kaitlin Battel and Indianna Hughes will be eager to play their part and not let the game get too far away from them.

Pint v. Southern Districts
Saturday, 19 December

The undefeated Pint will be hoping to extend its winning streak and head into the break on a high. But expect a high intensity battle, with the fourth placed Southern Districts eager to cause an upset and potentially leapfrog up the ladder and really prove their case as a finals contender. The Crocs struggled to fire the last time these two sides locked horns, kept to a mere nine points while Pint kicked off its season in style, notching a 48-point win. The Queenants have only gotten better with time, solidifying as a unit and using their variety of options inside 50 to create impressive totals. Amy Chittick has proven to be a handy option in front of goal, as have Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer, with the trio able to bob up and hit the scoreboard while Claudia Fabris is coming off a strong showing. Southern Districts are not without their own weapons, with Tayla Thorn a real livewire inside 50 currently leading the league’s overall goalkickers thanks to her seven-goal haul last round, while Grace Mulvahil is just as exciting, meaning Pint will have to be aware of their ability to score with ease. Malory Nankervis has hit her stride recently and will be hoping to keep that form going for the Crocs.

Wanderers v. St Mary’s
Sunday, 20 December

St Mary’s will have a real pep in their step heading into their clash against Wanderers after downing Tracy Village by a staggering 134 points, again looking to inflict the same level of pain on their lower placed opponents. Coming off a bye, Wanderers should be somewhat rested while the Saints will be out for blood to cap off a strong couple of outings and really cement their spot in the top four. A win here could allow the Saints to progress to as high as second on the ladder and overtake the Buffettes. It is fair to say that St Mary’s has no shortage of goalscorers with 11 individual goalkickers last round and a couple walking away with multiple majors to their name, a feat the likes of Marrietta Puautjimi, Charli Simmonds and the ever-reliable Michaela Long will be hoping to muster up once again. Tesharna Maher, Shannon Ponter and Jaimie Bryant impressed last round and will want to end the year on a high. For Wanderers, Kaitlyn Armstrong is a consistent figure that has innate goal sense while Shekeine De Satge and Sophie Fazzolari have both proven to be influential in front of the big sticks and across the ground. Tishara Davern and Morgan Johnston should come back refreshed and looking to capitalise for the Wanderers.

Palmerston Magpies v. Waratah
Sunday, 20 December

The final game of the round sees a battle between sixth and seventh with only one win separating the two sides. Waratah hold the upper hand, not only on the ladder, but so too when it comes to the win-loss record – pulling out a 41-point victory back in Round 1 while also keeping the Magpies to a mere point in that outing. Both sides are coming off losses heading into the clash, making for an exciting contest between the two sides. Billie Byers has enjoyed a recent run of hot form, recognised in the bests while also hitting the scoreboard while Natasha Medbury is another one to watch. Iesha Ronberg is highly reliable as is Tabitha May for the Magpies. Lisa Miceli is a goal scoring machine and will be hoping to ply her trade for Tahs while Jenna Singh is a commanding presence across the ground. Waratah will also look to the likes of Isabella Rapson-Staropoli, Breanna Martin and Lauren O’Shea to lead the way.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 11

ROUND 11 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League saw the top sides bolster their standings at the pointy end of the ladder, headlining a mixed bag of results. Pint is still undefeated and top of the standings after a 10th win, as Darwin remains the closest challenger after surviving a danger game against Nightcliff, while Southern Districts and St Mary’s dined out on bottom three sides in a couple of genuine blowouts. All that, and more in our weekend wrap.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS | 0.2 | 5.3 | 8.7 | 10.8 (68)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES | 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.2 | 2.3 (15)

Southern Districts stretched its undefeated streak to eight games with a comprehensive beating of bottom three side, Palmerston at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday afternoon. Competition leading goalkicker Tayla Thorne snapped up seven of the Crocs’ 10 goals, playing a leading hand in the 10.8 (68) to 2.3 (15) result. She was not alone either, with Grace Mulvahil booting two majors and fellow goalkicker Bella Clarke among the victors’ best contributors. Nat Medbury and Billie Byers put Palmerston ahead at quarter time with their respective majors, but could do little to thwart Districts’ charge thereafter. Meanwhile, Tabitha May was named the Magpies’ best player in their third-consecutive loss.

NIGHTCLIFF | 1.1 | 3.3 | 5.4 | 6.4 (40)
DARWIN | 1.3 | 3.7 | 4.8 | 5.12 (42)

Darwin escaped its danger game against Nightcliff with a full set of premiership points, helping the Buffettes remain clear in second place with eight wins in 10 outings. The Double Blues led by under a goal at the first two breaks but were rather wasteful within scoring range, with Nightcliff taking full toll to snatch the three-quarter time lead. Darwin stood up at the close though, sneaking back ahead at the ideal time to win 5.12 (42) to 6.4 (40). Machaelia Roberts and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith both booted two goals for their respective sides, with Kylie Duggan another to find the big sticks as one of Darwin’s best, while Kristy Irvine did the same as Nightcliff’s leading performer. Kiera Kurnoth was also among the action as her side won out for the third-consecutive time.

PINT | 2.1 | 3.1 | 6.3 | 6.3 (39)
WARATAH | 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 3.5 (23)

A final term fightback from Waratah was hardly enough to put a dent in Pint’s 16-point victory at DXC Arena on Saturday, with the 6.3 (39) to 3.5 (23) result seeing the Queenants remain undefeated after 10 games. Having kept Tahs to just one goal after three terms, Pint steadily compiled six majors of their own to set up a 31-point lead at half time. Waratah left its best effort for last with two goals to nil, but it did little to change the outcome. Jessie Baumer and Laura Wright combined to boot five of the winners’ six goals, while Rebecca Pryer was named best afield as the likes of Reni Hicks and Jasmyn Hewett again returned big performances. Waratah ended with three individual goalkickers as the side again fell to back-to-back losses.

ST MARY’S | 5.3 | 10.11 | 14.16 | 19.20 (134)
TRACY VILLAGE | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was raining goals as 11 individual goalkickers headlined the 134-point thumping St Mary’s inflicted on Tracy Village, seeing the Saints keep touch with the competition frontrunners while the Razorbacks remain winless. The tone was set early as St Mary’s piled on five goals in the opening term, a feat which was matched twice thereafter all while keeping Tracy Village scoreless. Charli Simmonds, Marrietta Puautjimi, and Michaela Long all booted three majors for the victors, while Tesharna Maher was also among her side’s best with two goals. Kaitlin Battel was named Tracy Village’s most valuable player in another heavy loss, while Zhoe Clarke was again a reliable figure for the embattled side which has lost seven games by over 100 points.

Featured Image: St Mary’s were big winners over Tracy Village in Round 11 | Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 11

EXPECT a tight round of NTFL Women’s Premier League action, with the competition well and truly heating up now as we enter Round 11. The penultimate round before the Christmas break, Saturday’s fixtures will either set teams in motion heading into the latter rounds of the season, or separate the top sides even further from the bottom. Wanderers have the bye this week, and will look to recuperate after a tough match last round.

Southern Districts v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, December 12

Expect an interesting matchup here between the Districts and Magpies, with the two sides opening the round and never failing to put on a show. While it was the Districts who got the chocolates in their first encounter of the season – their second straight win, which effectively sparked their better form to sit in fourth now – the Magpies have been putting up competitive scorelines for much of the season proving the side is capable of great things, they just need the extra polish and consistency around the ground to push it all the way. With two wins on the board to the Crocs’ five and two draws, the Magpies are certainly capable of pulling another solid effort out here, but will need to really come out flying against the Districts to get the job done.

Districts’ Tayla Thorn is currently leading the overall goalkicker tally, so will hope to continue her excellent form over the past few rounds, as will Emma Forsyth who sits even on four bests alongside Thorn. Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock have been a couple of other major targets up forward, while there is no denying the impact of the likes of Bella ClarkeEbony MillerMalory Nankervis and Megan Craufurd. When it comes to consistency, there is no doubting the workrate of Magpies’ Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May, with the duo named amongst the best on seven of their nine respective matches, showcasing just how impactful they are. Billie Byers is also high up for the Magpies with five bests, while Crystal Browne (nine goals) and Arthurina Moreen (seven) have proved crucial up forward, but have only played four and three games respectively, showcasing the Magpies’ requirement for more players to step up in their absence.

Nightcliff v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, December 12

Another intriguing battle is expected in the second match of the round, with the Tigers and Buffs going head-to-head. A 49-point margin last time they met was certainly not what Nightcliff was expecting, and it is safe to say the side will be looking to not only redeem themselves for that scoreline, but also continue on from their solid victory last round to jump up the ladder. Given both teams are coming off Round 10 victories and some fairly consistent form, expect a show from the two, though Buffettes may have the number of the Tigers given their dominance last time around and confidence, sitting in second on the ladder.

While Thorn leads the goalkicking tally with 18, Buffettes’ Zoe Anderson is not far behind on 16 goals and realistically, could be far higher if it was not for the amount of forward 50 options the Darwin side has at its disposal. With both Machaelia Roberts (nine goals) and Delsey Ah Wang (eight) right up there too, there is no doubt the Buffettes have the firepower to consistently get the job done. Add in the constant pressure of the likes of Jemma Iacono, Dominique Carbone and Katelyn Hazlett and the Buffs are hard to stop once they are on. For the Tigers, Mickayla Ward is a real lynchpin, listed in the bests on six of her seven outings and leading the side’s goal tally on 13. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith both sit on 12 apiece, with the former leading the competition tally early in the season, while Lauren Gooden has been a consistent figure for the side.

Pint v. Waratah
Saturday, December 12

Pint will look to continue their consistency and dominance this week, and a win over Waratah – a side which has been such a force to be reckoned with in the competition for so many years – would certainly do the trick. While Pint has been at the top of the ladder since Round 4, Waratah had to escape a rough start to the season and are now currently suffering in the mid-table logjam, putting on some solid performances but not quite hitting the mark against the top sides. A 36-point loss to Southern Districts last round certainly would not have helped that, while Pint is yet to falter with their closest margin two points back in Round 8. It will require a huge effort from the Warriors here to have a chance against the powerful Queen Ants.

There is no doubt that Pint has plenty of firepower, with Amy ChittickCasey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett all registering double figures in front of goal, credit to not only their ability to find the ball, but also the side’s midfielders’ ability to deliver the footy on a silver platter. The trio have combined for 37 goals so far this season, with Chittick also racking up five bests alongside Cassie Henderson who rarely skips a beat. While Waratah does not record bests, the likes of Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have consistently provided not only that forward foray, but also the ability to score well with 15 and nine goals to their names, respectively. Miceli and Danica Pedersen (seven goals) have both only played six of the side’s nine games, proving just how impactful they can be when they get ball to boot.

St Mary’s v. Tracy Village
Saturday, December 12

St Mary’s will look to redeem themselves after a couple of disappointing days on the track, with a battle here against Tracy Village. While the Saints’ past few rounds have not been ideal, the side still remains amongst the top sides in the competition and it will take a huge, season-changing effort from the Razorbacks to get over the line here. Although the Razorbacks have shown glimpses of form, the side has failed to score in four of their nine encounters – including against the Saints in Round 6 – and has not scored since Round 7 – a single behind against Southern Districts. Expect a confidence-boosting win here from the Saints, who will need a boost to ensure their percentage stays high coming into the later stages of the season.

When it comes to sharing around the footy and accolades, there is no doubt that the Saints excel at showcasing their depth of talent. While Michaela Long leads the goal tally with 13 to her name from nine matches, Danielle Ponter and Ash Melnikas both have eight to their name while four more players have multiple goals on the board. Megan Williamson has been named amongst the best in all seven of her matches, while Melnikas, Ponter and Jasmine Anderson have been listed five times each, and three more players have been named four times apiece, proving the consistent efforts around the ground. For the Razorbacks, Zhoe Clarke and Kiri Marschall are right up there, rarely skipping a beat or letting up on the pressure regardless of the scoreline.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 9

ROUND 9 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League saw some huge results, and while not a heap of ladder movement was seen across the round, there is no doubt teams came to play this week with some intriguing scores on the board. Pint remains on top of the table with another huge win on the board, while Southern Districts upset St Mary’s and Waratah proved their form this season is still able to be turned around. Meanwhile, Nightcliff escaped much of the craziness with the bye this round.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.4 | 1.6 | 3.8 | 4.9 (33)
ST MARY’S 1.2 | 3.2 | 3.3 | 3.5 (23)

Southern Districts made a huge leap this round with a come-from-behind victory against the Saints, with the seesawing contest seeing the Crocs lead at the first change before forced to pick up their game after a two goal to nil second quarter. While the Saints showcased their ability to hold strong under pressure once more, relegating the Crocs to a relatively low-scoring contest, the Districts came out with a point to prove and desire to back up their recent form, using their defensive capabilities and excellent firepower to impact on the contest. While the 10-point deficit did not make a huge dint in the Saints’ percentage, the side is now two wins behind ladder-leading Pint, and only leads Darwin Buffettes on percentage with the same win count now.

An excellent effort from young gun Georgia Mulvahil proved handy for the Districts in this encounter, booting two goals alongside Tayla Thorn and Jessie Brock who both added a goal to their respective tallies. Bella Clarke was named among the bests alongside Kelsey Patterson and Brock, while for the Saints, Annabelle Shannon and Eliza Shannon led the charge. Michaela LongAaliyah Bailey and Laelia Dunn all booted a goal apiece in the close battle.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
PINT 4.4 | 8.5 | 12.7 | 20.10 (130)

The battle between top and bottom of the ladder was always going to be a tough one, and a 130-point deficit rendering the Razorbacks scoreless once more was unfortunately what happened. With Pint coming in off a tight margin last round there is no doubt the side was headed for a big margin this week to make up for it, and that they did – not only switching on the offensive power but once again showcasing their ability to dominate defensively too.

There is no doubt that Amy Chittick and Reni Hicks had an influence in this one, booting seven and five goals respectively, and named atop the bests list for Pint. The duo may have been the go-to girls inside 50, but the likes of Shae-Lee Murphy-Burke and Casey Morris also put multiple scores on the board each, with three more players on the goalkicker list showcasing the side’s amount of key options up the field. For the Razorbacks, Kahla DumbrisSophie Hammill and Zhoe Clarke once again proved influential, but unfortunately could not negate the huge impact of Pint’s forward line.

WARATAH 1.0 | 4.2 | 11.4 | 12.4 (76)
WANDERERS 3.3 | 4.3 | 5.3 | 6.4 (40)

Waratah may have had a shaky start in this encounter, but well and truly flew out of the blocks after half time with a whopping seven goals to one third quarter. While the final term was not quite as prolific, the Warriors still showcased a side that has not quite reared its head yet this season after dominating the past few years, which saw the Wanderers struggle to maintain pressure after an excellent start. While Waratah still sit in the lower half of the ladder given their slow start to the season, the side seems leaps and bounds ahead of the other sides below them – Magpies, Wanderers and Razorbacks – and are more than capable of challenging the higher-ranked teams.

While the victors only had four goalkickers throughout, all four players put multiple scores on the board with Tarryn O’Hehir the main problem for Wanderers with four goals to her name. Both Lisa Miceli and Breanna Martin booted three apiece, while Lauren O’Shea added another two to her tally. For the Wanderers, Kaitlyn Armstrong continued her consistent ways with three to her name, while Shekeine de Satge was competitive as ever with two goals, named among the best once more alongside Tishara Davern.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.3 | 3.4 | 4.8 | 8.11 (59)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 3.1 (19)

The Buffettes continued on their merry way with another clinical victory, and although inaccuracy seemed to prove more of an issue than usual, the side showcased their scoring ability against the struggling Palmerston Magpies with a solid 40-point margin as the final siren sounded. With seven goalkickers proving the Buffs’ ability to share around the footy, the Magpies were unable to limit their opposition’s scoring capacity, well and truly outclassed not only inside 50 but also through the midfield. 

When it came to top performers, for Darwin it was the workrate of Katelyn Hazlett and Dominique Carbone that stood out, with Carbone contributing a major alongside Ashanti Bush (two goals), Machaelia Roberts and a flurry of other players. For the Magpies, Tabitha May proved a solid target as per usual with a goal to her name, while Yasmen Roe and Mesapa Frank also put a major apiece on the board. As for top performers, Shanoah LeedieIesha Ronberg and Billie Byers impressed with their cleanliness.

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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NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Pint shock Magpies to book semi-final spot as Waratah utilises second chance

WITH a big round of Northern Territory Football League Women’s Premier League finals footy over the weekend done and dusted, Waratah will be happy they finished top of the ladder after a loss in this final still allows them a second chance at a grand final appearance. Fellow top four side Palmerston Magpies were not so lucky, bumped out by a tough Pint outfit. Meanwhile, Southern Districts and Darwin Buffettes will look to back up their respective efforts next round, with Nightcliff joining the Magpies on the outs. 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.0 | 3.1 | 6.2 | 7.3 (45)
PINT 2.2 | 6.2 | 7.4 | 7.5 (47)

GOALS

Palmerston Magpies: N/A
Pint: N/A

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: N/A
Pint: J. Baumer 4, E. Ryan, J. Downey, K. Streader

It was an uncharacteristically slow start for the Magpies when they took on a lively Pint unit on Saturday, going down by two points despite a stellar second half giving them a real chance at stealing victory. While the Magpies snuck up through the second half to well and truly outscore Pint four goals to one, it was the Queen Ants’ first half effort that got them over the line with an impressive four goal second quarter all but cementing victory over the third ranked side in the competition. This win takes Pint one step further in their quest for finals after being eliminated in this stage last season, while Magpies will be disappointed to not back up their semi final effort from the 2018/19 season. Pint’s Jessie Baumer was influential throughout, booting four goals and once again proving a key option in the forward line, taking her season tally to 17 goals from 13 matches. Despite strong efforts from Natasha Medbury, Iesha Ronberg and Billie Byers, it was just not enough to get the job done against a side hungry for a win. This loss sees the Magpies miss out on a semi finals opportunity while Pint progresses to take on ladder leaders, Waratah.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.1 | 1.1 | 3.2 | 4.2 (26)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.3 (15)

GOALS

Darwin Buffettes: N/A
Nightcliff: N/A

BEST

Darwin Buffettes: N/A
Nightcliff: N/A

Nightcliff put up a gallant effort in their first ever Women’s Premier League final against the Buffettes but it was ultimately to no avail, unable to keep up with the Buffs in the second half. An even start saw both sides contest well with little chance to put goals on the board, but not for a lack of trying. With strong performers across the field, key opportunities were shut down to deny entry inside 50 with the footy ping-ponging up and down the ground for majority of the first half, with both sides sitting one 1.1 (7) apiece at half time. But when the Buffettes lifted their game after half time, the Tigers were unable to match, booting only one goal from a number of opportunities in the second half while the Buffs took a handy 13 point led into the final quarter and extended with an extra goal in the final term to well and truly earn the victory. Strong efforts from the likes of Emma-Lou Wolsey and Eliza Morrison kept Nightcliff in it for much of the match while Buffettes’ young guns in Dominique Carbone and Tayla Hart-Aluni once again did their job alongside Kylie Duggan. Nightcliff is out of the running for grand final contention with this loss, while Darwin will want to put up a strong effort next week against Southern Districts.

WARATAH 0.3 | 0.4 | 2.4 | 2.6 (18)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.3 | 4.3 (27)

GOALS 

Waratah: L. O’Shea, A. Chittick
Southern Districts: G. Mulvahil 2, K. Patterson, E. Miller

BEST

Waratah: M. Cooper, P. Cox, L. Roberts, T. O’Hehir, J. Singh
Southern Districts: M. Moussa, M. Nankervis, T. Thornton, R. Busch, M. Derschow

A slow but even start from the top two in Waratah and Southern Districts saw a close match for majority of the match with no goals scored before the main break. Both sides kicked it up a notch after half time enjoying patches of greatness while trying to assert themselves on the game. While it was a relatively low scoring game, especially for these two sides, it was a real testament to the defensive efforts of both teams to limit scoring opportunities, with both sides usually peppering the scoreboard with ease and known for doing so. For Waratah, Lauren O’Shea and Amy Chittick kicked a goal apiece in an uncharacteristically slow day for the Warriors, while the likes of Molly Cooper, Pippa Cox and Lisa Roberts put in solid efforts respectively and Jenna Singh was impressive as ever. For the Districts, Grace Mulvahil was a key cog inside 50, providing a solid option and proving necessary as the only multiple goalkicker for the match, aided by goals from Kelsey Patterson and ball magnet Ebony Miller. Maria Moussa, Malory Nankervis and Tyler Thornton were named among the best for their efforts, with the trio helping to deny Waratah any chance of scoring. Both sides progress to the next round despite the results, though Waratah will certainly need to lift their game this week against Pint after a sloppy effort this round.

NTFL Women’s Premier League: Week 1 Finals – Crocs look to recreate Waratah upset as four teams face elimination

AFTER a long season in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League, just six teams remain in the competition, with back-to-back premiers Waratah favourites, though they face a team that has toppled them twice. Darwin and Nightcliff have beaten the top two teams at different points, while Palmerston have the depth to challenge any team and Pint will relish the underdog status.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES vs. PINT
Elimination Final 2
Saturday, February 2, 12.30pm
TIO Stadium

Opening up a huge day at TIO Stadium from the Women’s Premier League perspective, third placed Palmerston Magpies go head-to-head with sixth placed Pint. The Queen Ants only just squeezed into the finals on percentage, having won one less game than the seventh placed Wanderers, but drew one and benefited from Big River Hawks’ being removed from the league to earn the rights to sixth spot. The lower ranked side comes win with some solid form, having won three of its last four games, albeit two of those wins came against teams not in the top six. The Queen Ants’ victory against Darwin Buffettes last week would give them confidence heading into this encounter, considering the last time these sides faced, it ended up a 39-point win to the Magpies. In their Round 1 encounter, Palmerston also got up, but by just two points on the same ground. The Magpies also enter the game on the back of some strong form, smashing fifth placed Nightcliff by 48 points, pummelling St Mary’s by 142, and then comfortably keeping Wanderers out of the finals race with a 36-point victory in Round 18. Heading into this do-or-die elimination final, Pint will hope to repeat the upset win over Darwin last week, which saw Kristen Smits and Jessie Baumer both boot two goals in the 6.7 (43) to 3.1 (19) triumph. With star player, Jasmyn Hewett now back in the AFL Women’s the Queen Ants have relied upon their next tier of players to stand up. Among those who could be ones to watch in the upcoming match are Erin Hetherington and Amy Pennefather, while Jacqueline Downey also hit the scoreboard last week, her ninth goal from 14 games. For the Magpies, they have a stacked team that can challenge anyone on their day, but also need a bit of luck to take down the top two sides. Billie Byers has been the star through the season, named in the best 11 times from 16 games, while Iesha Ronberg and Janet Baird are also impressive talents. Led by a host of teenagers in Arthurina Moreen (36 goals) and Freda Puruntatameri (24) – who will play for Calder Cannons in the NAB League Girls competition this season – they will look to use all the firepower they can to knock Pint out of contention and move themselves one win away from a Grand Final place.

DARWIN BUFFETTES vs. NIGHTCLIFF
Elimination Final 1
Saturday, February 22, 2.30pm
TIO Oval No. 2

Darwin will be kicking itself after its loss last week to Pint, robbing the Buffettes of third spot and a guaranteed chance at a Grand Final spot with a win in the elimination final. The Buffettes can still set up a likely clash with Waratah if they win, but need the Queen Ants to cause an upset in the other semi-final to ensure the state’s capital side is the highest ranked elimination final winner. It will not be an easy feat against Nightcliff however, with the Tigers only finishing a couple of wins behind, though granted their percentage was the worst of any side in the top six, and the only team under 100 per cent. These teams both come into this clash with less-than-ideal form, having lost their last two. The most recent win for Nightcliff – who had a bye in Round 18 last week – came against Darwin back in Round 15, when they booted 4.6 (30) to the Buffettes’ 4.3 (27). There was not much in the game, and it turned the tables on the two teams’ earlier result which saw the Buffettes run away with a 31-point victory after restricting the Tigers to just one goal in the match back in Round 5. Nightcliff has a couple of players who have been ultra-consistent throughout the season, with Eliza Morrison and Emma-Lou Wolsey both named among their side’s best on 11 occasions. VFL Women’s Grand Final captain, Western Bulldogs’ Mickayla Ward has also been a welcome addition to the NTFL Women’s Premier League, booting 11 goals from 10 games and named in the best on seven occasions. Laura De Hommel and Shantel Miskin-Ripia are other talents who have been consistent performers throughout the 2019/20 season. The Buffettes have an array of depth across their team, with youngster Dominique Carbone really taking her game to the next level this season, combining with fellow teenager, Tayla Hart-Aluni and the experienced Kylie Duggan across the ground. Hart-Aluni leads the side’s goalkicking with 17 majors from 16 games, while Delsey Ah Wang has a goal a game from 13 matches. Throw in the likes of Jemma Iacono and Bianca Stokes, and the Buffettes have such a strong side that they will be keen to take the next step and bounce back from back-to-back losses with a win in the elimination final.

WARATAH vs. SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Qualifying Final
Saturday, February 22, 2.30pm
TIO Stadium

Whilst the elimination final between the Buffettes and Tigers takes place on TIO Oval No 2, the all-important qualifying final clash between Waratah and Southern Districts follows on from the Palmerston-Pint elimination final match on TIO Stadium. These sides are no stranger to going deep in the finals series, playing off in last year’s decider. While it was the Crocs’ first grand final in the competition, the ‘Tahs have been the dominant side of the past decade. Since the 2012/13 season, Waratah has won six of a possible seven flags, often with comfortable margins in the Grand Final. They have dropped just the one decider – to Darwin in 2016/17, where they went down in a shock 18-point defeat. Now heading for a three peat and seven from a possible eight, the minor premiers will be hard to stop in this game. If there is a side to do it, then it is arguably the Crocs who have inflicted two defeats against the top side, though one of those was reversed back in Round 1 for having two extra players on the bench. They copped it back-to-back for the same offence in the opening two Rounds, so despite winning those games, two of the Crocs’ five losses have come from forfeits. The other three have come against Darwin twice – who appear to be the Crocs’ danger side – and Nightcliff by two points. For Waratah, the loss to Southern Districts in Round 11 will be fresh in the minor premiers’ mind, but so will the defeat to the Tigers a week later in what was a forgettable fortnight. Given that the Crocs completely outplayed them in Round 1 even with the extra couple of rotations, Waratah would be well aware of just how dangerous this game is. They come in off the back of an easy 100-point win over Tracy Village, but challenging contests against Darwin and Pint in the lead-up to that final round clash will have hardened the team for battle here. Both of these teams have plenty of stars running around, with Lisa Roberts arguably the standout player in the top side, having been named in the best 10 times from 17 games and booting 20 goals in that time. Rebecca Pryer is also a consistent player, while Claudia Fabris and Isabella Rapson-Staropoli have well supported them at the top-end. Lauren O’Shea (21 goals) leads the team’s goalkicking, while Jenna Singh (19) makes it three players with a combined 60 goals between them. The key for Waratah will be to stop goalkicking machine, Ebony Miller who has simply been unstoppable this season for the Crocs, booting 59 goals from 14 games. The next highest goal kicker for Southern Districts is Kelsey Patterson with 10, meaning if Miller can be stopped, so too can the Crocs. With three bags of 10 – granted against the bottom three sides – Evans certainly padded her total, but still managed to kick multiple goals in every game bar two this season. From the team perspective, Tahlia Holtze and April Lewis are aiming the consistently strong players, as are young guns, Bella Clarke and Lateesha Jeffrey and Mattea Breed, with Clarke and Breed now running out in the SANFL Women’s competition which has begun. Waratah will start favourites, but Southern Districts have the recipe to win, which makes this a tantalising contest.

NTFL Women’s Premier League preview: Round 16 – Fourth and fifth face off for finals contention

ROUND 16 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League sees the real race for finals start as the top sides start to capitalise on every opportunity to bring some consistency and momentum into the finals series in the end of February. Southern Districts get the break this week after a solid win last week, making for an interesting final few matches of the season.

Waratah v. Pint
Round 16 – 1/2/20
12:00pm
Gardens Oval

With little chance now of making finals, Pint will now look to really limit how much damage Waratah can do to reduce their percentage. Waratah on the other hand will want to replicate their Round 7 form against the Queen Ants and go one better, having booted 16 behinds in that match. The ‘Tahs really lifted their accuracy last round so will hope to bring that same intensity to continue their fantastic season form. Look for Lisa Roberts and Rebecca Pryer to play their roles for Waratah while multiple players are looking to clinch the side’s leading goalkicker title with the likes of Lauren O’Shea and Jenna Singh currently leading the charge on 20 and 18 respectively. For Pint, look to Casey Morris and Jessie Baumer who have remained consistent and solid options in front of goal this season.

Wanderers v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 16 – 1/2/20
5:00pm
TIO Stadium

With both the Buffettes and Wanderers coming off losses in Round 15, the Wanderers came out on top last time they met. Based on season form the Buffettes will still be favourites given their second place on the ladder, but watch out for the Eagles who will want to bounce back after an average week on the track against Waratah and have put some impressive wins on the board this season. For the Wanderers, Morgan Johnston and Shekeine De Satge have proved consistent this season with De Satge providing a strong target inside 50 with 13 goals on the board. Tishara Davern is also up there with six goals from 13 games and six best on ground nominations. For the Buffs, a consistent team effort have been displayed this season with a plethora of players putting their best foot forward every week. Youngsters, Dominique Carbone and Tayla Hart-Aluni have rarely put a foot wrong while Kylie Duggan has dominated regularly.

Palmerston Magpies v. Nightcliff
Round 16 – 1/2/20
7:00pm
Cazalys Arena

This is potentially the match of the round with another close match expected between the Magpies and Tigers, as the Magpies come off a bye last round. The Magpies only won by five points last time they met, purely because Nightcliff could not kick straight on the day with 10 behinds and only three goals on the board. Palmerston certainly have the consistency to get the job done but the Tigers have been a real competitor this season, making for an interesting battle especially given Nightcliff are only one win behind at this late stage in the season. Arthurina Moreen will hope to get back on the scoreboard this week with 30 majors to her name for the season, well and truly making a name for herself in the forward line while Billie Byers will hope to continue her strong form off the back of the bye last week, with 10 best on ground nominations from 13 matches. Nightcliff’s Eliza Morrison comes in with a similar record with 10 best on ground nominations from 12 games, proving she is a key cog in the Tigers side alongside Emma-Lou Wolsey who has proved consistency is key playing all 15 matches this season, while the side will hope to see Victorian Mikayla Ward back in the fray this round after missing last week’s match.

St Mary’s v. Tracy Village
Round 16 – 1/2/20
7:00pm
TIO Oval 2

Tracy Village really need a win this week and while it is unlikely given their record this season, this round is really their opportunity to do so when they take on St Mary’s. While the  Saints are only one above the Razorbacks on the ladder, they are three wins ahead and have already beaten the Razorbacks this season, making them the real favourite coming into this one. For the Saints, look for the regular names in the mix such as Chinette Suapero, Madison Ludwig and Nikita Long who have proved their consistency for the side, while youngster Aaliyah Bailey will hope to put in another strong performance. For the Razorbacks, Lisa-Maree Toner and Zhoe Clarke have proven handy inclusions, taking the side 14 times from 15 matches and providing solid options across the field.