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NTFL Women’s Premier League preview: Round 12 – Top four clash to set the tone for second half of the season

ROUND 12 is the first round back for the 2019/20 season after Christmas with a number of big matches on the cards this week. With that comes the first Friday night match of the season on top of a number of close encounters that could see the ladder change drastically.

Palmerston Magpies v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 12 – 3/1/20
7:00pm
TIO Oval 2

The opening match between Palmerston Magpies and Darwin Buffettes is set to be the top four matchup of the round, with third taking on second in what is likely to be a close encounter. It was inaccuracy that let the Magpies down last time the sides met with the Buffs trailing until the final quarter, booting three goals nil to finish the match. Tabitha May and Bianca Stokes were the top players for their respective sides while Arthurina Moreen and Michelle Ellis booted two apiece. Billie Byers, Iesha Ronberg and Janet Baird have been among the top performers for the Magpies while Moreen leads the goalkicking tally with 20 goals from nine matches. For the Buffettes, the loss of Machaelia Roberts certainly put a spanner in the works through early patches of the season, though the likes of Kylie Duggan, Jemma Iacono and Tayla Hart-Aluni have  well and truly picked up the slack alongside a further 20 multiple goalkickers.

Tracy Village v. Big River Hawks
Round 12 – 4/1/20
12:00pm
Gardens Oval

Tracy Village will look for their second win of the season in this match while Big River Hawks are in ultimately the best position to win their first match for the season to start 2020 on a high. While both sides have struggled this season, often rendered scoreless, the two sides went toe-to-toe last time they met with the Razorbacks only just running over the Hawks in a close see-sawing encounter. Tracy Village’s Nickesha Jones was the topscorer for the afternoon with two goals to her name but hasn’t been able to string consistent matches this season, though she still sits even for goalkicking in the side with Bonnie McDougall also sitting on two goals from 10 games. Alexandra Biggs, Gabrielle Young and Tara Everett have also proved consistent throughout the season. For Hawks, Crystal Brown, Cammie Delacoeur, Deanna Peckham and Jayde De La Coeur have been the key performers all season despite the side not managing to put any wins on the board.

St Mary’s v. Wanderers
Round 12 – 4/1/20
2:30pm
TIO Oval 2

The last encounter between these two sides saw Wanderers get over the line against St Mary’s in a close battle, with the Wanderers going scoreless in the first term before sparking a final quarter comeback, booting three goals to nil to win the game and keep St Mary’s goalless after halftime. While the two sides sit apart on ladder standings in eighth and fifth respectively, they are only separated by one win meaning this will be a very interesting battle with plenty to work for. Both sides come into this match off the back of wins last round with key players around the ground, with the Eagles’ Morgan Johnston, Sophia Mauboy and Shekeine De Satge consistent to a ‘T’ with De Satge leading the goalkicking tally for the side on 10 for the season. Meanwhile at St Mary’s, not one player has taken the field in every single game, with Sharna Edwards one of four who has played 10 of 11 for the season with plenty of young talent and inexperience being tested every week.

Southern Districts v. Pint
Round 12 – 4/1/20
5:00pm
TIO Oval 2

A second high-stakes match for the round will see Southern Districts in fourth take on Pint in sixth, with Pint only one win and a draw behind Districts after 11 rounds despite a massive 73 point Round 3 loss to the Crocs. Ebony Miller well and truly opened her account for the Crocs last time these two sides met, booting five alongside Mickaela Derschow who booted two but hasn’t put consistent games together. Tahlia Holtze and Charles Deegan have been among the most consistent for the side with four and three times in best respectively, while Miller has well and truly proved herself as the key player to stop up forward with 31 goals to her name from nine matches. For the Queen Ants, Emma Greaves and Erin Hetherington have been among the most consistent having taken the field for every match this season while Jasmyn Hewett is the side’s leading goalkicker with 10 to her name from eight games.

Nightcliff v. Waratah
Round 12 – 5/1/20
5:00pm
TIO Stadium

Nightcliff got away easy last time they took on the reigning premiers, with Waratah disappointingly inaccurate in front of goal and only managing four goals despite the 40 point margin. Jenna Singh and Jordan Smyth impressed for Waratah last time these sides met while Lisa Roberts and Rebecca Pryer have been named in the best seven times since then, while Lauren O’Shea is the current leading goalkicker for the side with 16 goals from 10 matches. For Nightcliff, Laura de Hommel and Hannah Turnbull were among the best in Round 3 despite the side being rendered goalless, while Emma-Lou Wolsey, Mickayla Ward and Shantel Miskin-Ripia have been consistent performers across the season combining for 20 goals across their combined 19 best-on-ground listings. This match between seventh and top of the ladder is set to be an interesting one, with both sides looking for a win this week after respective defeats in Round 11.

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekend preview: Round 11 – Crocs next to challenge benchmark

A couple of ladder-defining clashes, including a top four battle and a third against fifth game headline a big Round 11 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League action.

Waratah v. Southern Districts
14/12/19 – Round 11
2:00pm
Gardens Oval

In the game of the round, reigning premiers Waratah host Southern Districts in a game that could be crucial for the Crocs’ ladder standing heading into the Christmas break. The ‘Tahs have been superb this season, have been awarded wins in all 10 games with a percentage of 363.35 per cent and look every bit likely to continue their dominant premiership stranglehold in 2019/20. Last week Waratah had to battle its way to an eight-point win over Palmerston Magpies at home and now faces a Crocs side finding some form with back-to-back wins. Rebecca Pryer has been one to watch for the top of the table side while Lisa Roberts has booted 12 goals from five games, including a massive seven-goal haul. Lauren O’Shea has been the side’s leading goalkicker with 14 from nine games, while Madeline Gault continues to be a developing talent around the ground. The key to stopping the Crocs is limiting the likes of Ebony Miller who has slammed home 29 goals from eight games and is not afraid of a big bag, slotting 10 goals in a game this season. Kelsey Patterson has also booted eight goals this year from seven games, while Charles Deegan and Tahlia Holtze have been among the Crocs’ best in season 2019/20.

Pint v. Palmerston Magpies
14/12/19 – Round 11
2:30pm
TIO Oval No 2

In another ladder-defining clash heading into the Christmas break, Pint takes on Palmerston Magpies in a bid to gain fourth spot on the ladder. Palmerston pushed the premiership favourites, Waratah all the way last week before eventually falling by eight points, while Pint got up over Tracy Village in a 49-0 win. The Queen Ants have been inconsistent throughout the season, with their last five games reading WLWDW in a formline which based on patterns does not bode well for this week. Palmerston have plenty on their line themselves this week, sitting a deserved third and only six points adrift from Darwin in second spot. A loss could see them slip below South Districts if the Crocs can upset Waratah in the other game. The Queen Ants will hope to continue their form over the past three weeks, where the likes of Jasmin Baksh and Emma Greaves have hit the scoreboard on multiple occasions. Cara Evans has also been a source of goals this year, while for the Magpies, Arthurina Moreen has been unstoppable in front of the big sticks, booting 17 majors from eight games. Iesha Ronberg has booted five goals and was named among the best seven times, one of the Magpies most consistent this season with Billie Byers and Janet Baird the others. Palmerston should win this game, but Pint have been in good form of late.

Tracy Village v. Darwin Buffettes
14/12/19 – Round 11
5:00pm
Tracy Village

In a less anticipated clash, two sides at opposite ends of the ladder do battle at Tracy Village. The home side sits ninth with one win from 10 games – against the winless Big River Hawks – whilst the visitors head into the clash having won seven and drawn one of a possible 10 matches. If there was a case for an upset it might be the time for Razorbacks, with Darwin having only won one of their past four games, including a shock loss to Wanderers. There is an argument the Buffettes could have won them all, going down by two points back-to-back and then drawing with Pint. A 125-point smashing of the Hawks last round got Darwin back on the winners list. For Tracy Village, their formline is not a pretty sight, losing their past seven games since scraping together a five-point win over Big River. Kylie Duggan has been a crucial player for the Buffettes this season, booting four goals and was named in the best on just as many occasions. Youngster, Tayla Hart-Aluni has booted five majors from nine games, while Calista Boyd and Dominic Carbone have also been important for the second placed side. Alexandra Biggs and Gabrielle Young are among the better players for Tracy Village this season, while Tara Everett has also been named in the best on multiple occasions. Expect Darwin to get the points in this clash fairly comfortably.

Nightcliff v. Wanderers
14/12/19 – Round 11
5:00pm
TIO Stadium

With both teams only separated by percentage and sitting sixth and seventh on the ladder expect an exciting match between Nightcliff and the Wanderers. The Waratahs will be looking to redeem themselves after falling by 23 points last week while Nightcliff also suffered a defeat in Round 10 adding further intensity to the game. Wanderers and Nightcliff have been relatively inconsistent unable to string consecutive performances together and really build any momentum to climb up the ladder thus far this season. However, Nightcliff can blow teams away with their quick ball movement but often struggle with accuracy in front of goal meaning they could leave the door ajar for their opponents if they do not convert. Both sides are relatively evenly poised with key players able to have influence across the field. Youngster Shantel Miskin-Ripia has been essential for Nightcliff in recent weeks using her signature run and carry to break lines while Jessica Steppacher was the sole goal kicker last week and will be looking to add to her goal tally. Hannah Turnbull was named in the bests last round thanks to her solid performance meanwhile the likes of Emma-Lou Wolsey, Eliza Morrison and Laura De Hommel are regular top performers renowned for their ability to change the course of the game and stand up under pressure when called upon. For the Wanderers, Morgan Johnston and Shekeine De Satge have been some of the most reliable talents on the field able to go in and win the hard ball. In terms of goal kicking De Stage has also been up there and will be seeking to replicate that this round.

St Mary’s vs. Big Rivers
14/12/19 – Round 11
7:00pm
TIO Oval No 2

The Big River Hawks are yet to register a win this season and may once again struggle to do so against St Mary’s who, while have been inconsistent to say the least, should get the job done fairly easily. The Hawks are well and truly cemented at the bottom of the ladder while St Mary’s have four more wins despite sitting eighth, placing them in good stead for their matchup. St Mary’s have proved they have the talent to run over teams winning against the higher placed Nightcliff last round and will be riding a wave of confidence heading into the final match before the Christmas break. On the other hand, it has been a tough introduction for the Hawks who are yet to find their rhythm in the attacking half, often unable to register a goal meaning they must bring their A-game if they are to trouble St Mary’s. The Hawks will be looking to Crystal Browne, Deanna Peckham and Cammie Delacoeur to lead the way and deliver ball inside 50. Gretel Bailey-Preston is no slouch inside 50, able to find the goals if given the chance. For St Mary’s, Aaliyah Bailey is the go-to girl, able to wheel around and attack the goals while other key contributors such as Sharna Edwards and Nikita Long will have to have a big game if they are to influence the outcome of the game.

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekend preview: Round 10 – Heat to prove extra challenge

ROUND 10 is set to have some interesting battles, with a few ladder-defining matches heading up the weekend. In a change from the usual scheduling all five matches this week take place at different locations, making for potential of a real mixed bag of results especially with temperatures expected to surge over the weekend in some parts of the Northern Territory this week.

Nightcliff v. St Mary’s
7/12/19 – Round 10
12:30pm
TIO Oval 2

Nightcliff are in an unprecedented position once more this week, sitting in fifth with five wins for the season so far coming up against eighth placed St Mary’s to open Round 10. Both sides were part of high-scoring clashes last round though the Tigers certainly will come in favourites given their solid 95-point victory over Big River Hawks while St Mary’s only managed eight points against Southern Districts. Nightcliff will look to tighten up the accuracy this week after booting 23 behinds last round. Last time these sides met Nightcliff came away with a solid 11-point victory so will look to back up that effort this time around. Saints’ Sharna Edwards and Yasmin Roe have played every match so far this season well and truly earning their spots in the lineup with their consistency. Nightcliff’s Eliza Morrison, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Mickayla Ward have also proved to be consistent performers throughout the season so far. 

Tracy Village v. Pint
7/12/19 – Round 10
2:00pm
Tracy Village

Tracy Village will look to get one back this week after a disappointing display last round against Waratah while Pint will be brimming with confidence after going toe-to-toe with Darwin Buffettes and given a draw for their efforts. While not far apart on the ladder, sitting ninth and seventh respectively, Tracy Village is sitting far below Pint on percentage making this a difficult task for the Razorbacks. One thing that will go in the side’s favour however is the home ground advantage with the match taking place at Tracy Village. The two sides did battle in Round 2 with Tracy Village going scoreless, entirely run down by Pint meaning the Tigers have a lot to prove this round. Pint’s Jasmyn Hewett, Emma Greaves and Erin Hetherington will look to continue their solid form while Razorbacks have the likes of Alexandra Biggs, Gabby Young and Tara Everett up their sleeve with plenty left to prove.

Big River Hawks v. Darwin Buffettes
7/12/19 – Round 10
2:30PM
Katherine Oval

Big River Hawks have another rough one coming up this week when they take on second-ranked Darwin Buffettes. The Hawks went scoreless last time they took on the Buffettes, with the Buffs booting 19.19 for the match. While the Buffs have had a shaky past few weeks on the track, they are unlikely to have a tough time against the Hawks who have struggled to put points on the board this season. The Hawks will have some confidence on home soil but with temperatures expected to peak upwards of 40 degrees celcius only time will tell whether they are able to put up a worthy fight. Jayde De La Coeur and Crystal Browne are two of the most consistent performers for the Hawks alongside Deanna Peckham. For the Buffettes, Kylie Duggan has been solid across her eight matches with three best on ground appearances while Tikesa Docherty-Cole has booted seven goals from two matches to prove herself as a key option forward for the Buffs.

Southern Districts v. Wanderers
7/12/19 – Round 10
5:00pm
TIO Stadium

The final Saturday match of the round will see fourth and sixth do battle with both sides on the same amount of winning points though Districts arguably have the better percentage and potential to get a win on the board in round 10. The Crocs had the winning points taken off for their last battle against Wanderers back in Round 2, so the side will surely want to prove they can get away with victory this time again. For Districts, Charles Deegan is key finding the footy while Ebony Miller has the ability in front of goal to be dangerous if left unattended, already having booted 27 goals for the season. The Wanderers will look to their stalwart trio of Morgan Johnston, Shekeine De Satge and Sophia Mauboy who have continued to perform across the board this season.

Waratah v. Palmerston Magpies
8/12/19 – Round 10
12:00pm
Gardens Oval

The final match of the round is set to be the biggest with Waratah hosting Palmerston Magpies. The two sides went  toe-to-toe in Round 2, ending with a 10 point margin Waratah’s way, so the Magpies are sure to ark it up this time with accuracy and forward pressure surely on the agenda. Both sides come into this matchup off solid wins in the past few rounds so expect another tight battle between two of the top sides of the competition. Iesha Ronberg has proved her consistency across a number of matches with consistency and cleanliness to boot, unafraid to go into the contest hard and earning six best on ground appearances for her efforts. Arthurina Moreen will be key for the Magpies alongside Ronberg with a real eye for the goals while Billie Byers and Janet Baird also have plenty to offer. For the ‘Tahs Rebecca Pryer has impressed throughout the season while Lauren O’Shea is the current leading goalkicker for the side with 12 from eight matches.

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 9 – First draw of season as Waratah continue winning streak

ROUND 9 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) saw a mixed bag of results ranging from blowouts to narrow defeats making it an exciting round of action. It also marked the first draw of the season with Pint and Darwin Buffettes tied while top of the table Waratah continued their strong showing and pushed two and a half games ahead of the second placed Buffettes.

BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)
NIGHTCLIFF 2.5 | 4.12 | 8.16 | 13.23 (101)

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

Big River Hawks: N/A.
Nightcliff: K. Simmons 3, E. Wolsey 3, J. Anyon-Smith 3, M. Ward 2, B. Richards, S. Miskin-Ripia.

BEST:

Big River Hawks: N/A
Nightcliff: M. Ward, S. Miskin-Ripia, E. Wolsey

It was another week of domination on behalf of Nightcliff who inflicted a wealth of pain on their opposition. Despite inaccuracy plaguing them throughout the entire game, Nightcliff still posted a hefty total and kept the Big River Hawks at bay denying them any opportunity to push forward and have a scoring shot. The Hawks were kept goalless in the opening quarter before nailing their sole major in the second term while Nightcliff continued to pile on the scoreboard pain. Shantel Miskin-Ripia imposed herself across the field once again nailing a goal and winning the ball time and time again while Katrina Simmons hit the scoreboard with three goals. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith also converted three goals apiece with Mickayla Ward also popping up to contribute to the tally and being named in the bests once again. For the Hawks Zainab Mohamud and Crystal Browne were solid but could not do enough to quell the influence of their dominant opponents.

PINT 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.2 | 4.4 (28)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.0 | 3.0 | 3.0 | 4.4 (28)

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

Pint: J. Baksh, E. Greaves, J. Baumer, A. Pennefather.
Darwin Buffettes: N/A

BEST:

Pint: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: N/A

Neither side could be separated, ending with 28 points apiece in a match filled with half chances and plenty of excitement. Pint got off to a hot start establishing an early lead before the Buffettes fought back to get within striking distance but fell agonisingly short to come up with the first draw of the season. Neither the Buffettes nor Pint added to their half time total in the third quarter instead leaving the flurry of scoring opportunities until the final term thanks to the ball ping-ponging back and forth down the field. Jessie Baumer picked up where she left off from last round adding another goal to her growing tally, while teammates Emma Greaves and Amy Pennefather also contributed to the goal column. Kylie Duggan and Bianca Stokes were crucial for the Buffettes once again helping to lead their side back into contention. Youngsters, Dominique Carbone and Tayla Hart-Aluni were strong in their respective roles pushing hard across the ground to create options and pose a threat for the opposition.

WARATAH 4.4 | 6.10 | 9.14 | 14.18 (102)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.2 | 0.2 | 0.2 | 1.3 (9)

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS

Waratah: L. O’Shea 5, T. O’Hehir 4, M. Campbell, M. Cooper, L. Roberts, A. Chittick, J. Singh.
Tracy Village: N/A.

BEST

Waratah: L. O’Shea, R. Pryer, I. Rapson-Staropoli, C. Fabris, M. Cooper
Tracy Village: N/A

Waratah proved once again they are the team to beat this season, defeating Tracy Village by a whopping 93 points. The ‘Tahs had the lead from the get-go against Tracy Village, with the Razorbacks ultimately unable to find their form against the top of the ladder. Waratah were clinical, peppering the posts with their number of forward options and once again proving that they do not need to be accurate as long as they have a volume of players forward. Lauren O’Shea earned best on ground honours for Waratah with a bag of five on Saturday, plying her trade inside 50 and creating opportunities for a further six players to get on the board – with Tarryn O’Hehir booting four goals to take her season tally to six. Rebecca Pryer and Isabella Rapson-Staropoli impressed also for Waratah, propelling the ball well down the field. 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.3 | 4.7 | 8.8 | 10.14 (74)
ST MARY’S 0.2 | 0.2 | 1.2 | 1.2 (8)

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS

Southern Districts: T. Thorn 3, I. Hickling 2, C. Tielen , T. Maddock, C. Deegan, L. Niven, K. Patterson.
St Mary’s: N/A.

BEST

Southern Districts: C. Deegan, T. Holtze, T. Thorn, I. Hickling, M. Craufurd
St Mary’s: N/A

While Southern Districts did not have the best start in this matchup the second and third quarters saw the Crocs well and truly run away with their fifth win of the season, pulling into fifth and jumping ahead of Nightcliff with the victory. The side also got a nice percentage booster with the 66 point win. While St Mary’s had a slow start there was no excuse for their lacklustre performance, with the usual performers quiet and unable to spark the side into action against a strong Districts defensive unit. Tayla Thorn impressed once more with three goals this round after two last week, while Indianna Hickling put two on the board in her first match for the season. Charles Deegan was solid as ever with her kicking ability on show, cleanly finding the footy and putting a goal on the board of her own while aided by Tahlia Holtze who was also named among the best.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.4 | 5.5 | 6.8 | 7.9 (51)
WANDERERS 0.0 | 1.1 | 3.3 | 3.4 (22)

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS 

Palmerston Magpies: W. Barlow 2, S. Leedie, T. May, N. Medbury.
Wanderers: T. Davern, T. Bush, G. Halkitis.

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: T. Jeffrey, S. Kris, F. Puruntatameri, J. Brock, Y. Roe
Wanderers: S. Mauboy, L. Motlop, G. Halkitis, D. Totham, K. Anderson, M. Johnston

Despite a second-half effort from the Wanderers the Magpies were just far too good, putting on goals early and backing it up when the Eagles got back into the game to run home with a solid 29 point victory. For the Wanderers this is a frustrating chink in their so-far strong start to the season, however their second half effort proved the side has the capacity to build from this match where they may not have last season. Eagles’ Sophia Mauboy and Georgia Halkitis impressed with Halkitis booting one of the side’s goals alongside Tedisha Bush and Tishara Davern, while Wynona Barlow booted two for the Magpies in a solid effort up forward. Tulaha Jeffrey proved once more she has the capacity to carry a side with another key performance on the books, aided by Sodyla Kris in her first match of the season and Freda Puruntatameri who did not kick any goals in this outing but proved she can have an impact away from the posts.

NTFL Women’s Premier Division: Round 8 – Waratah and Buffettes go head-to-head for top spot

IN Round 8 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier Division expect plenty of action, with the headlining match the table-topping clash between 2018/2019 premiers, Waratah and this season’s dominant force in Darwin Buffettes. Meanwhile, the ladder will be well and truly changed up again this round, with wins to teams in the top five likely to provide plenty of separation to the ladder for the first time this season.

Southern Districts v. Nightcliff
23/11/19 – Round 8
12:30pm
Norbuilt Oval

Nightcliff is in for a tough slog this week, only one win behind Southern Districts according to the ladder, but it is worth taking into consideration that the Crocs have had points taken off them on two occasions for fielding extra players, meaning the side cannot be underestimated. While Nightcliff have had some fairly good form to start the season, they have scored a lot less points than Districts have to start the season so will need to either put on some serious firepower or apply a lot of defensive pressure to get over the line in this match. Crocs’ Ebony Miller will be one to watch this round, booting 10 goals last week to take her season tally to 24 while the likes of Charles Deegan and Lateesha Jeffrey can provide solid options wherever needed on the field. For the Tigers, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Eliza Morrison have proved to be two of the side’s most consistent players, going in hard to every contest. Nightcliff will require at least one of their key forward options to front up, with Shantel Miskin-Ripia and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith both impressive performers in front of goal when given the chance.

Waratah v. Darwin Buffettes
23/11/19 – Round 8
2:30pm
TIO Oval 2

Ultimately the biggest match of the round will see an early battle between first and second on the ladder, with both sides dominating majority of their contests to start the season. With the match played on neutral territory in the first of a double header at TIO Oval 2, either team could realistically run away with this one but also com down to a close encounter, given the strength in both the respective forward and defensive 50s. The Buffettes will need to take advantage of Waratah’s inaccuracy in this match to get a win on the board, and with both sides having a number of players who can impact the scoreboard, it is vital they shut down as many options as possible. With 17 and 18 individual goalkickers respectively, both sides have proven time and time again that they have the firepower to get the job done, with Kylie Duggan and Dominique Carbone among the Buffettes’ most consistent, while Waratah will look to Lisa Roberts and Madeline Gault.

Pint v. Big River Hawks
23/11/19 – Round 8
5:00pm
TIO Oval 2

Big River Hawks will look to take control in this match, with a relatively achievable contest this round against Pint. While the Bullants have won three games of seven, they have only defeated lower sides and only one by a solid margin. While the Hawks will still have a tough time against them, if they can lock down their defence and keep possession of the footy they may actually have a good chance of putting goals on the board. Emma Greaves and Erin Hetherington have been solid for Pint in the early stages of the season so are sure to team up once more with Jacqueline Downey and Jasmyn Hewett to impact on the board. For Hawks, Crystal Browne, Jayde De La Couer and Deanna Peckham have proved time and time again that they will not stop regardless of the margin.

Palmerston Magpies v. St Mary’s
23/11/19 – Round 8
7:30pm
Palmerston Oval

Another interesting match will play out between sides only one win apart, with Palmerston Magpies on four wins in third while St Mary’s is in sixth on three wins. The Magpies have been fortunate in a few of their games, winning off the back of some solid defence rather than firepower forward, so will need to really unleash forward to ensure a good match against St Mary’s. For the Saints the main issue will be the Magpies’ impressive run through the midfield, making them tough to stop when heading forward. Iesha Ronberg has had a solid start to the season for the Magpies alongside Billie Byers and Janet Baird, while Arthurina Moreen has kicked true early with 12 goals to her name making her a key option inside 50 for the Saints to stop. For St Mary’s, Danielle Ponter and Sharna Edwards have been relatively consistent and the real core of the side, so will need to be those solid players who stand up if the Magpies take control.

Tracy Village v. Wanderers
24/11/19 – Round 8
2:30pm
Tracy Village

The final match of the round will see two of last season’s bottom sides go head to head, but ultimately with their positions switched as Wanderers come into this game with four wins under their belt to the Razorbacks’ one. However, with the match played at Tracy Village the Razorbacks will have a much-needed home ground advantage, meaning the Wanderers will need to well and truly bring their A-game. For Tracy Village, the likes of Tara Everett and Zhoe Clarke will need to stand up, and with only two players in Bonnie McDougall and Nickesha Jones on multiple goals for the season the side will really want to spark up forward to make this a contested match. For the Wanderers, Shekeine De Satge and Morgan Johnston will want to continue their respective strong form starting the season with a real chance this match to continue the Eagles’ great ladder position.

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 7 – Buffettes dealt first loss for season

ROUND 7 of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) saw some exciting matches, with the biggest and most unexpected result coming in the form of a loss for the Darwin Buffettes, dropping their first game of the season and ultimately ending their undefeated run. Meanwhile the Southern Districts continued their fine form with a dominant performance.

WARATAH 0.3 | 1.11 | 6.12 | 8.16 (64)
PINT 2.0 | 2.0 | 4.1 | 4.1 (25)

GOALS

Waratah: L. O’Shea 3, G. Cusack 2, M. Yarran, J. Singh, B. Martin
Pint: E. Ryan, J. Downey, C. McElroy, C. Evans

BEST

Waratah: L. Roberts, M. Gissing, C. Fabris, B. Martin, L. O’Shea
Pint: N/A

A strong first half saw Pint well and truly push Waratah in the opening match of Round 7, before Waratah came back in the second half with a point to prove, booting seven goals to two to run away 39-point victors. It was a solid effort from the Queen Ants, defensively producing a really solid match but ultimately relying too heavily on an inaccurate Waratah side that kicked one goal 11 behinds in the first half. Casey McElroy and Ellie Ryan both booted their first goals for the season for Pint alongside Cara Evans and Jacqueline Downey, putting out a great effort in the forward line but unable to play out a full four quarters. For Waratah, Lisa Roberts was solid as ever with a great lead off half back to move the ball through the midfield, while Lauren O’Shea and Gemma Cusack combined for five goals. The ‘Tahs encountered their usual issue of inaccuracy, and while there was a definite scoring end for the match there is little excuse for kicking 11 behinds in the first half. This kind of scoreline is not an issue in matches against lower sides, however will be a big worry coming up against teams in the top four.

BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.2 | 0.2 | 0.4 (3)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 6.3 | 10.7 | 14.10 | 17.13 (115)

GOALS

Big River Hawks: N/A
Southern Districts: E. Miller 10, M. Breed 2, M. Moussa 2, E. Forsyth, S. Carkeek, H. Engelhardt

BEST

Big River Hawks: J. Daniels, J. De La Coeur, M. Dunn, C. Delacoeur, B. Gumbula, J. Robertson
Southern Districts: C. Deegan, E. Miller, T. Holtze, E. Forsyth, A. Lewis

Southern Districts well and truly ran down Big River Hawks in their Round 7 clash, with Ebony Miller booting 10 goals to single handedly defeat the Hawks thanks to her ability to find the footy and create something out of nothing. Miller was unmatched by any opponent and essentially ran free for majority of the match, creating as many opportunities in front of goal as she booted herself aided by Mattea Breed and Maria Moussa who added two goals apiece to the ledger. Charles Deegan impressed as per usual, collecting best on ground honours and finding plenty of the footy through the midfield. For the Hawks, it was a frustrating match with little high points to speak of – though credit to the Hawks for breaking through the Crocs’ strong defence to even put three behinds on the board, proving the side has plenty of tenacity to force and find the ball forward but just needed to capitalise on the opportunities when they arose. Johanna Daniels, Jayde De La Coeur and Mavis Dunn were solid for the Hawks despite the disappointing scoreline.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.2 | 3.3 | 4.5 | 4.6 (30)
WANDERERS 1.0 | 1.3 | 2.4 | 4.8 (32)

GOALS

Darwin Buffettes: D. Ah Wang 3, R. De Santis
Wanderers: K. White 2, T. Davern, S. De Satge

BEST

Darwin Buffettes: K. Duggan, D. Carbone, D. Ah Wang, D. Trindle-Price, B. Stokes
Wanderers: S. De Satge, M. Johnston, S. Mauboy, K. Motlop, P. Koulakis, J. Chevalier

Darwin Buffettes were delivered a shock loss on Saturday, going down to the Wanderers in a goalless final term to cut short a potential seven match winning streak and ruin the party for Tania Dhu in her one hundredth match for the side. The Buffettes got off to a strong start with a three goal opening term but just did not take advantage of their chances around the ground, allowing the Wanderers space and opportunity to take control of the match, defeating the Buffettes by two points thanks to a massive final quarter effort. Shekeine De Satge was a key player for the Wanderers, stepping up and really having an impact when it mattered most, booting a goal while she was at it. Karita White did her bit in her first match for the season with two goals to her name, while Morgan Johnston and Sophia Mauboy also impressed. For the Buffettes, Delsey Ah Wang kicked three goals in a solid effort up forward, aided by Kylie Duggan and Dominique Carbone who found plenty of the footy early to keep the ball moving.

ST MARY’S 0.0 | 3.4 | 7.7 | 9.9 (63)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.3 | 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.6 (12)

GOALS

St Mary’s: D. Ponter 5, L. Dunn 3, S. Edwards
Tracy Village:

BEST

St Mary’s: S. Edwards, L. Dunn, D. Ponter
Tracy Village: N/A

It was a slow start for St Mary’s in the fourth match of the round, taking time to work into the match before producing a solid 51-point victory. It was a largely frustrating match for Tracy Village, booting six behinds and only one goal for the match in a performance that was ultimately plagued by inaccuracy and missed opportunities. While the Razorbacks started relatively well compared to the Saints, they were unable to find their form after the first quarter and their inaccuracy was a real issue that created further opportunity for St Mary’s to take a strong lead. Danielle Ponter proved once again that she can be a real catalyst for any side, booting five goals and was aided by Laelia Dunn with another three goals alone. Sharna Edwards was also named among the best for her solid effort and consistency across the ground, while for the Razorbacks Lisa-Maree Toner, Tara Everett and Zhoe Clarke put in the hard yards despite a tough match.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.3 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 7.3 (45)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.3 | 3.8 | 4.9 | 5.10 (40)

GOALS

Palmerston Magpies: Y. Roe, M. Frank, T. Williams, J. Baird
Nightcliff: J. Anyon-Smith 2, E. Field , C. Bracey, S. Miskin-Ripia

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown, K. White, G. Garling, I. Ronberg, T. May, J. Baird
Nightcliff: E. Morrison, S. Miskin-Ripia, E. Johnson

A five goal margin finished off Round 7 of NTFL Women’s, with Nightcliff coming frustratingly close to a win against Palmerston Magpies, going down by only five points. The Tigers had plenty of opportunities, doubling their goals with behind and putting plenty of ball inside 50, just unable to find the goals to really take it to the Magpies. The Magpies to their credit were consistent all match, applying solid pressure across the field and executing majority of their chances in front of goal. Eliza Morrison impressed for Nightcliff while Jacqueline Anyon-Smith booted two goals, with young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia and Eliza Johnson named among the best. For the Magpies, Michaeline Brown, Khani White and Georgina Garling were solid with a smattering of goalkickers proving the Magpies have plenty of firepower as we race towards the midway point of the season.

NTFL Women’s Premier League preview: Round 4 – Top two clash highlights round

ROUND 4 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFL) is set to be an interesting one, with a number of big matches making for a tough contest at this early stage of the season.

St Mary’s v. Waratah
Round 4 – 26/10/19
12:30
TIO Oval 2

It is an early season battle between fifth and sixth in the opening match of the round, with St Mary’s set to take on Waratah. While Waratah have not had the start to the season they would have liked, they are still sitting on two wins from three matches making this match a very interesting contest given St Mary’s have lost to two of last season’s cellar dwellers. That being said, the Saints proved back in Round 1 they have the capacity to not only score but apply plenty of scoreboard pressure so cannot be underestimated by the Warriors. Waratah have plenty of players putting pressure on across the field, with Isabella Rapson-Staropoli and Jenna Singh creating issues for their opposition at every opportunity. Aaliyah Bailey has been a fresh burst of youth for the Saints, pairing well with Danielle Ponter to wreak havoc inside forward 50 so will surely put Waratah under the pump this week.

Big River Hawks v. Wanderers
Round 4 – 26/10/19
2:30
TIO Oval 2

Big River Hawks will want to pull out all the stops this week, with a strong effort last round resulting in a devastating five-point loss. The side was so close to their inaugural Premier League win last round against Tracy Village so rest assured they will come out firing against the Wanderers. But for the Wanderers, they are sitting in an unprecedented position in fourth with two wins from three matches after finishing with only two wins all last season, making this a big match for the Eagles who will look to go one-up from last season and put a third win on the board to start the season on a high. For the Hawks, Crystal Brown, Deanna Peckham and Tiahne Munn have shown some good signs across the first few rounds while Wanderers’ Chonntel Vea Vea and Shekeine De Satge have well and truly proved themselves in their early season victories.

Tracy Village v. Palmerston Magpies
Round 4 – 26/10/19
3:00
Tracy Village

In another unprecedented ladder move, Palmerston Magpies are in a far from comfortable position in eighth on the ladder after being one of the teams to beat last season, making the Magpies a big threat to their Round 4 opposition in Tracy Village. The Razorbacks have only won one of their three matches this season, and only managed one behind across their first two games which puts the Magpies in good stead heading into this match. The Magpies will need all their big namers to stand up this week, with Natasha Medbury one who leads by example and Arthurina Moreen able to apply scoreboard pressure credit to her ability to find the ball. For the Razorbacks, Alexandra Biggs and Gabby Young are key while Zhoe Clarke has proved she can have an impact.

Southern Districts v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 4 – 26/10/19
5:00
TIO Oval 2

Southern Districts get the tough match against the undefeated Darwin Buffettes this week, but sitting in second the Crocs have a real chance of knocking the Buffettes off their high horse. While the Buffettes’ percentage is far too high for Districts to jump them with a win, it will give the side a massive confidence boost for the coming weeks. Up until last round the Buffs had only conceded one behind across their first two matches proving their strength not just in the forward line but also defensively, meaning the Crocs will need to produce a stellar performance echoing their Round 3 match against Pint to get over the line. Crocs’ Ebony Miller, Lateesha Jeffrey and Charles Deegan can be massive threats when left to their own devices while similarly the Buffettes have massive power players of their own with Collingwood draftee Machaelia Roberts a shining light for the side and pairing well with Tikesa Docherty-Cole and Michelle Ellis.

Nightcliff v. Pint
Round 4 – 27/10/19
2:00
PSC BM Oval

Nightcliff will look to continue their impressive start to the season, with a tight battle set between Nightcliff and Pint to finish off the round. Despite a far lower percentage than many above them Pint could nab an opportunity to shoot up the ladder with a win this week, while Nightcliff will want to secure a third win for the season to prove they deserve their ranking on the ladder in third after only putting one behind on the board in Round 3. Pint’s Jessie Baumer will be one to watch with four goals under her belt from two matches, while the side has a number of multiple goalkickers at this early stage of the season meaning they could be a force to be reckoned with. For Nightcliff, the likes of Eliza Morrison, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Laura de Hommel have applied plenty of on-field pressure already this season while the side’s leading goal kicker Shantel Miskin-Ripia sits on six majors from two games, making her a huge threat if she takes the field this week.

NTFL Women’s preview: Round 3 – Bottom two face off for first victory

ROUND 3 of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) is coming up this weekend, with a number of big matches set to make or break sides even at this early stage of the season.

Waratah v. Nightcliff
Round 3 – 19/10/19
11:00
TIO Oval 2

The opening match of Round 3 will be an interesting one, with Waratah and Nightcliff completely swapping positions on the table in comparison to their respective 2018/19 season form. While Waratah only lost two matches last season and sit on one win from two matches this season, Nightcliff have already equalled their 2018/19 season wins with two. This match will really see whether Nightcliff have had the improvement they look to have had or whether they have come out with the luck of the draw in the opening rounds. Nightcliff have a smattering of high-impact players, with Shantel Miskin-Ripia the leading goalkicker for the side so far while Kate Morris has also been pivotal to the side’s early victories. for Waratah, Lisa Roberts and Madeline Gault have impressed early despite the side’s form.

Southern Districts v. Pint
Round 3 – 19/10/19
2:00
Norbuilt Oval

This will be a big match, with the two sides only separated by percentage at this early stage of the season but sitting with three other sides in between them. Pint have had a solid start to the season, only going down by two points in the opening round before rendering their opposition scoreless in Round 2, meaning Southern Districts could be in for a tough one despite beating last year’s premiers in Round 1, with a scoreless performance against the Wanderers last week potentially a big thorn in their side. For Pint, expect another solid performance from Jessie Baumer and Erin Hetherington while Crocs’ Charles Deegan, Lateesha Jeffrey and Mattea Breed are sure to speed head-first into the contest.

Palmerston Magpies v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 3 – 19/10/19
3:00
TIO Oval 2

The Magpies have a huge task ahead of them this round, taking on the thus far undefeated Buffettes – who have only conceded one behind for the season so far and are sitting pretty at the top of the ladder. Palmerston are in sixth from two rounds, going down last round to the reigning premiers but proving they have the ability to hold out for a win after a two point victory in Round 1, piling on the defensive pressure. If the Magpies can draw on that pressure again this week and hold off the Buffettes’ plethora of forward options, they could have a real chance of stopping Darwin in their tracks. That being said, the Buffettes have confidence and consistency on their side, making this an interesting contest especially with the likes of Tikesa Docherty-Cole and Machaelia Roberts impressive targets forward with plenty of grunt to get the job done. For Palmerston, expect another solid performance from Natasha Medbury while Arthurina Moreen has plenty to offer.

Wanderers v. St Mary’s
Round 3 – 19/10/19
5:00
TIO Oval 2

Wanderers have had a varied start to the season, unable to put a goal on the board in the opening round before unleashing in Round 2 with a 60-point victory against last year’s grand finalists, Southern Districts. Meanwhile, St Mary’s have had a similar few weeks, dominating against the league’s newest side in Round 1 but defeated by last season’s wooden spooners last week. Aaliyah Bailey is one who has burst onto the scene with St Mary’s, aided up forward by Danielle Ponter creating a real exciting young duo. For Wanderers, Sophia Mauboy put in a solid performance last week while Chonntel Vea Vea can have a real impact with ball in hand.

Tracy Village v. Big River Hawks
Round 3 – 20/10/19
2:30
Tracy Village

In a battle between early strugglers, this match will be very telling of which team could make their way up the ladder after a slow start and which side will continue to be a cellar dweller. While both sides have plenty to bring to the table, neither have really had an opportunity to prove themselves yet so will be raring to go. This will be the real test for both sides as they look to improve on their respective early season struggles, especially as both sides went completely scoreless in Round 2. For the Razorbacks, look to Alexandra Biggs, Grabrielle Young and Tara Everett after stellar performances to start the season while Jayde De La Coeur and Keomi Ross made an impact on the scoreboard in Round 1 for the Hawks, marking themselves as solid options inside 50.

Weekend wash ups: NTFL Women’s – Week 2 finals

THERE is no greater build up for this year’s Grand Final. Southern Districts outworked Palmerston and the reigning premiers smashed their old rivals, Darwin. This weekend Waratah will look to win back to back premierships, while the Southern Districts will play their first Grand Final in NTFL Women’s history.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.2 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 5.3 (33)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.1 | 3.2 | 4.4 | 7.9 (51)

GOALS:

Palmerston Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 2, Shenaida Bush, Michaeline Brown
Southern Districts: K. Patterson 3, T. Holtze, E. Miller, T. Thorn, L. Jeffrey

BEST:

Palmerston Magpies: B. Byers, F.Puruntatameri, J. Baird, J. Stassi, J. Misob, J. Brock
Southern Districts: T.Thorn, M. Moussa, E. Miller, I. Sleeth, C. Deegan, R. Busch

During the home and away season, the Southern Districts met the Pies twice and lost twice. This time was different as they raised their intensity to block the superior speed of Palmerston and win the game.

The Magpies drew first blood, but the Crocs quickly responded through Kelsey Patterson and Lateesha Jeffrey who snuck forward. Ebony Miller was controlling the hit-outs, but Jessica Stassi kept finding the ball despite the ruck dominance. Shenaida Bush struck back for the Pies by booting a goal late to finish the first term. Down back, Billie Byers was impressive with her run and carry, as she ran around seemingly unchecked by her opposition. However, on the other side of the field, Tayla Thorn was the difference for the Crocs. Thorn’s clearance ability and second efforts at the contest were second to none in the Districts back line.

The second quarter saw a great pack mark by Michaeline Brown inside attacking 50. Dead in front, she made no mistake extending the Pies’ lead to seven points. The Crocs answered quickly as Miller took a mark 40 meters from goal. Miller had no problem making the distance, her goal ending the term. Freda Puruntatameri had been busy for most of the game, but in the premiership quarter she gave Palmerston a touch of magic with a pack mark in the goal-square to kick her first goal of the match. The Crocs bounced back with a quick snap by Patterson, but Puruntatameri kicked an inspirational goal off the burst to head into the final quarter.

The Pies had a five-point buffer but Southern Districts would not be denied. Thorn, Rhiannon Busch, and Charles Deegan were chucked into the centre of the ground. It was the smartest move for the side, as the trio proved their skill in the competition. The clearances and tackles were dominated by the Districts, while the Magpies seemed to be running on empty fumes. Patterson kicked her third to put the Crocs in front, but it was Tayla Thorn’s booming goal that put the game beyond doubt. Tahlia Holtze ended the game with a free kick after the siren to end the well-fought victory for the Southern Districts.

WARATAH: 2.4 | 4.6 | 8.8 | 8.8 (56)
DARWIN BUFFETTES: 1.0 | 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 4, J. De Melo 2, S. Prunntatemeri, S. Nalder.
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts 2, M. Breed.

BEST:

Waratah: A. Chittick, L. Roberts, A. Healy, T. O’Hehir, M. Gault
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, K. Duggan, N. Dunn, A. Bryan, C. Whan

A game of missed opportunities and bad mistakes saw Waratah walk away comfortable winners over Darwin.

The game opened up with Machaelia Roberts kicking the first, pushing into the forward line and making an immediate impact. Waratah hit back but only managed four behinds due to inaccuracy. Lisa Roberts was sent to defense, proving a class above the rest with her intercept marking and disposal efficiency. Kylie Duggan, on the other hand, was working hard around the ground. Duggan seemed to be working overtime again for the Buffs, getting plenty of the ball early. Jade de Melo broke the ice for the Warriors, booting their first goal. Amy Chittick was soon to follow with her first to end the term.

Darwin began the second quarter with a positive start. Nicolette Dunn kicked her first goal for the Buffs, keeping her team’s momentum up. It was quickly shattered when Zoe Anderson missed the perfect opportunity to run into an open goal and put the Buffs in front. Waratah responded in kind with Sue Nalder kicking her first for the day, before Sherayn Paruntatameri was next to extend the margin to 17 points and end the first half.

Machaelia Roberts lifted her team in the third quarter by booting the first goal of the term. Mattea Breed was next to snap a goal for the Buffs, bringing the deficit back to 10 points. Unfortunately, Amy Chittick had an instant response for Waratah, kicking two majors. De Melo would add to Darwin’s pain kicking her second, followed by Chittick booted her fourth shortly after, meaning Waratah headed into the final quarter with a heavy lead.

Only one behind was scored in the final quarter as both teams were out on their feet. Waratah simply proved too powerful for the Buffs, and will now head into their seventh consecutive Grand Final.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 2 finals

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEAMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEAMS

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

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