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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 preview: NTFL Women’s – Round 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 16

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

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

DARWIN BUFFETTES V PINT

Saturday February 2, 11:00am

Gardens Oval

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

WARATAH V NIGHTCLIFF

Saturday February 2, 12:30pm

TIO Stadium

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

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday February 2, 2:00pm

TIO Oval

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

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS

Sunday February 3, 10:00am

Norbuilt Oval

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

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

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday January 19, 10:00 am

Norbuilt Oval

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

PALMERSTON V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Asbuild Oval

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

ST MARYS V WANDERERS

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Tio Oval No. 2

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

WARATAH V PINT

Sunday January 20, 11:30 am

Gardens Oval

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 12

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

WANDERERS V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

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

Gardens Oval

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

NIGHTCLIFF V DARWIN BUFFETTES

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

TIO Stadium

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

ST MARYS V WARATAH

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

TIO Oval No.2

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

TRACY VILLAGE V PINT

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

Tracy Village 

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

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

GOALS: 

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

BEST:

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Nightcliff: Not supplied

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 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.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 6

THIS Saturday, it’s the clash of the titans when the Darwin Buffettes meet the undefeated Waratah, followed by the Southern Districts and Nightcliff. On Sunday, Pint will attempt to crawl over St Marys at Gardens Oval, while the Palmerston Magpies look to continue their good form against the Wanderers.

 

DARWIN BUFFETTES V WARATAH

Round 5 – Saturday 10 November, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

This is the fight the Territorian women have been waiting for, as first meets second and the premiers of 2018 meet the premiers of 2017. This classic rivalry dates back to 2017 when the Buffettes defeated the Warriors, who had won the previous four premierships. Waratah would return in 2018 and reclaim its title against Darwin early this year, which brings us to Saturday. Lisa Roberts and Lauren O’Shea may have their hands full with Darwin forwards, Machaelia Roberts and Meredith Turner, however, the Buffettes will need to contain Waratah forward, Lisa Miceli, who has kicked 13 goals from three games. It will be a real battle of attrition as the best take on the best this weekend.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 5 – Saturday 10 November, 5:00pm

TIO Oval No. 2

The Southern Districts Crocs played strongly but were inaccurate last weekend. The move to push Tayla Thorn forward to support Charles Deegan seems to be paying off and Tahlia Holtze is playing the role of goal-sneak quite well. Southern Districts defenders, Ebony Miller and Holly Englehardt will be feeling confident this weekend with the Tigers only multiple goal-scorer being Jamie Lee Puatjimi, with two majors for the season. This could get ugly again for Nightcliff with the Crocs looking hungry for a top four spot.

 

ST MARYS V PINT

Round 5 – Sunday 11 November, 11:30am

Gardens Oval No.2

Pint pulled off a shock win last week against the Razorbacks and is looking to step up the pace against St Marys. Cassie Henderson has become the queen of the Queen Ants with her performance in the midfield, as week after week she brings her team home. Henderson kicked two goals against Tracy Village with small forward, Ellie Ryan kicking two of her own. Saints forward, Jaylene Boundary has had to shoulder the goal responsibilities alone this year, and she will need support if St Marys want to end its losing streak.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V WANDERERS

Round 5 – Sunday 11 November,  2:00pm

Asbuild Oval

Palmerston is coming off the bye, and young guns Tabitha May and Janet Baird have stepped up in each game. Baird currently leads the Magpies’ goal scoring with eight, and May is providing an X-factor that allows her to transition from forward to midfield and help support Natasha Medbury. Palmerston has turned its season around with its last victory over the Southern Districts, but the Wanderers need to show something to keep them off the bottom of the ladder.