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

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

 

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

GOALS:

Southern Districts: Not Supplied.
Pint: Not Supplied.

BEST:

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 9

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

 

TRACY VILLAGE V WARATAH

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

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

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V ST MARYS

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 3pm

TIO Oval No.2

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

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V PINT

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 10am

Norbuilt Oval

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

 

WANDERERS VS NIGHTCLIFF

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 11:30am

Gardens Oval No.2

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

Talent on show at inaugural AFLW combine

THE inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Draft Combine has been completed, with a strong contingent of players taking part in the testing at Etihad Stadium.

While possible number one pick Chloe Molloy sat out the testing due to injury, fellow TAC Cup best and fairest winner Bridie Kennedy shone on the big stage. She topped the new yo-yo test (which replaced the beep test), recording a score of 17.3, while also being the first home in the 2km time trial in a time of seven minutes and 29 seconds.

In the other events, Pippa Smyth was the clear fastest in the 20m sprint, completing it in 3.24 seconds, while Calista Boyd and Renee Cowan were six hundredths of a second behind. Jessica Allan produced a massive running vertical jump of 76cm, 11cm clear of Smyth who finished second just ahead of Jasmyn Hewett. In the agility test, Ruby Blair finished in 8.495 seconds just ahead of Daria Bannister and former ice hockey player Sophie Abbatangelo, whose performances for Diamond Creek this year have not gone unnoticed.

The inaugural AFLW draft will take place on October 18, with Molloy, injured star Isabella Huntington, Calder Cannons pocket rocket Monique Conti and Gippsland Power defender Darcy Guttridge among a number of players touted to fill out the higher Victorian picks, dominated by the Western Bulldogs.

Top 10 AFLW Combine results

20-metre sprint
Pippa Smyth           3.24 seconds
Calista Boyd            3.30
Renee Cowan          3.30
Maddy Guerin          3.32
Loveth Ochayi          3.33
Jessica Allan            3.34
Emma Pittman         3.35
Sophie Abbatangelo  3.35
Ruby Blair                3.36
Jasmyn Hewett         3.39

Running vertical jump
Jessica Allan         76cm
Pippa Smyth         65cm
Jasmyn Hewett     60cm
Rachel Ashley       57cm
Tiahna Cochrane   56cm
Darcy Guttridge    56cm
Calista Boyd         55cm
Kate Bartlett        55cm
Renee Cowan       54cm
Daria Bannister    54cm

Agility
Ruby Blair                8.495 seconds
Daria Bannister         8.574
Sophie Abbatangelo  8.681
Darcy Guttridge        8.723
Renee Cowan           8.726
Reni Hicks               8.730
Tahni Nestor            8.777
Jasmyn Hewett        8.799
Loveth Ochayi          8.803
Eden Zanker            8.810

Yo-Yo
Bridie Kennedy       17.3
Jasmyn Hewett       17.1
Loveth Ochayi         16.8
Ashleigh Riddell       16.6
Sophie Abbatangelo 16.5
Pippa Smyth            16.4
Haneen Zreika         16.3
Courtney Webb        16.3
Ruth Wallace           16.2
Renee Cowan          16.1
Maddy Guerin          16.1

Vertical jump
Jessica Allan        61cm
Jasmyn Hewett    60cm
Renee Cowan      58cm
Pippa Smyth        57cm
Tiahna Cochrane  54cm
Ashleigh Riddell   53cm
Reni Hicks           51cm
Loveth Ochayi      51cm
Tayla McAuliffe    50cm
Maddy Guerin      50cm

2km time trial
Bridie Kennedy     7min 29sec
Jasmyn Hewett     7min 40sec
Haneen Zreika      7min 51sec
Ashleigh Riddell     7min 54sec
Loveth Ochayi        8min 02sec
Courtney Webb       8min 3sec
Jessica Henning      8min 4sec
Pippa Smyth           8min 5sec
Tiahna Cochrane     8min 9sec
Tahni Nestor          8min 10sec