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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 3

ROUND 3 of the 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League season will see all four matches played on Saturday once more, with bottom of the ladder Tracy Village set to sit out with the bye this round. Nightcliff and Pint still remain undefeated at the top of the ladder after solid starts to the season, while this round will be headlined by a 2019/20 grand final rematch between Southern Districts and Waratah with both sides sitting towards the lower end of the ladder after two rounds.

St Mary’s vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, October 17

Darwin Buffettes may have only played the one match for the season so far but well and truly exploded out of the blocks last week, compared to St Mary’s who showcased impressive form in Round 1 but could not consolidate on a huge third quarter fight back and eventually went down in a close affair with Pint. With so many quality players across the field and both teams seemingly in solid form heading into this match, expect the Saints to explode out of the blocks and the Buffs to use their flurry of forward targets to apply plenty of scoreboard pressure. Machaelia Roberts and Zoe Anderson fired on all cylinders last round for Darwin, booting four goals apiece, while both Michaela Long and Ash Melnikas have been handy goalkickers for the Saints. Melnikas and Megan Williamson have been named among the best in both matches for the Saints, while Molly Althouse impressed for the Buffs last round.

Southern Districts vs. Waratah
Saturday, October 17

Southern Districts need a win this week in the grand final rematch to restore some of their 2019/20 dignity after a rough start to the season, going down by 48 points in Round 1 and 49 points in Round 2. While the Crocs are by no means lacking options up forward, they have seemed to lack that forward push and volume up forward, and this could be the side’s best chance to do so against Waratah with the Warriors also coming in off the back of a loss in Round 2 and a default victory in Round 1 – although the default came when the side was ahead. Just two players have hit the scoreboard more than once for Waratah, with usual suspect Jenna Singh and newbie Caitlin Couch kicking two apiece over the first two matches, while Danica Pedersen and Eliza Straford have been solid across the ground. For Districts, Megan Crauford is a solid target. 

Pint vs. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, October 17

Palmerston will head into this round renewed after the bye, but come in against an improved Pint outfit that sits in second on the ladder with two wins from two. Pint has proved it has a heap of firepower and while an excellent first round victory showcased the side’s winning ability, it was a low-scoring victory in Round 2 that makes this battle so interesting given the side’s ability to outlast under pressure. Look for Amy Chittick and Jasmyn Hewitt inside 50 when it comes to Pint with both players able to hit the scoreboard, while Jacinta Reid, Rebecca Pryer and Cassie Henderson have had solid starts to the season. For the Magpies, fans will hope that Cassie Ormsby can return to the fray after a first round high hit that saw the match finish at half time. Meanwhile, Tabitha May is always a force to be reckoned with.

Wanderers vs. Nightcliff
Saturday, October 17

The lone match between two Round 2 winners, Nightcliff will come into this battle with plenty of confidence given they sit atop the ladder with a significant percentage boost ahead of Pint in second. Meanwhile, Wanderers have one win on the board which came in Round 2 and the significant margin in that match will see the side certainly take it up to Nightcliff. Expect an intriguing matchup here, with the top four goalkickers in the competition likely to take the field in this battle. That being said, three of the four are from Nightcliff who are arguably the team to beat at the moment given their firepower up forward and multitude of options inside forward 50. Emma-Lou Wolsey (eight goals), Mickayla Ward (five goals) and Darcy Elliston (four) have proved to be constant and consistent goalkickers out the front, sitting first, third and fourth on the leading goalkicker tally at this stage, with second spot taken by Wanderers’ Kaitlyn Armstrong who is just one goal behind Wolsey on seven. Just two players across the two teams have been named in the best twice – showcasing the calibre of talent across the two teams – with Ward (Nightcliff) and Djimila Totham (Wanderers) those players.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 2

ROUND 2 of the 2020/21 NTFL Women’s competition is set to see some intriguing battles, with Darwin Buffettes entering the competition for the first time this season after a bye to open their campaign, while Palmerston Magpies will take this week off to regroup after a disappointing and disjointed start to the season. The top four teams will all go head-to-head with a battle between Nightcliff and Waratah, and Pint and St Mary’s to follow.  Meanwhile, Southern Districts will look to overturn a sloppy start when they take on the Buffs and Tracy Village will take on the Wanderers sitting in fifth.

Nightcliff vs. Waratah
Saturday, October 10

A huge top two clash opens the day’s proceedings, with both Waratah and Nightcliff looking to back up strong showings after last round. Whilst Nightcliff sits comfortable atop the ladder with a huge 108-point margin last week, Waratah will be feeling less than comfortable only having played a half against Palmerston before the match was called off. Waratah booted five goals in a strong second quarter showing, however Nightcliff matched that easily with five goals scored in the third quarter alone and four in the second and fourth quarters to run away with the huge victory. That being said, Nightcliff will come up against an arguably stronger side than their Round 1 opposition in Tracy Village, so will need to ensure their backline holds up well against Waratah’s expanse of viable goalkickers. Emma-Lou Wolsey (five goals) and Darcy Elliston (four goals) were the real firepower last round so expect the Tigers forward to be in the drivers seat once more, while Eliza Morrison and Mickayla Ward were both named in the best. For Waratah, Caitlin Couch was the lone multiple goalkicker last round in her first outing at the club.

Tracy Village vs. Wanderers
Saturday, October 10

The second match of the round will see two first round losers go head-to-head, with significantly different ladder positions all that realistically separates the two sides. While Wanderers suffered a 63-point loss against St Mary’s, the Razorbacks could not contend with Nightcliff and failed to really hit the scoreboard. The main difference between these two sides is the work rate in the second half last week, with Tracy Village conceding nine goals and failing to score after the final change. While the Wanderers conceded five in the third quarter to a runaway St Mary’s outfit, they booted two goals back and only allowed the Saints to kick one major in the final term with a much better defensive effort stemming the flow. Kaitlyn Armstrong was the lone goalkicker last round for the Wanderers, making her a huge target this round while the likes of Deanna Peckham and Sophie Armitstead were also named among the best. For the Razorbacks, there is really no other way to go than up, with solid performances from Meagan Wylie, Sarah Wilson and Zhoe Clark showcasing some of their skill, just needing to finetune it.

Pint vs. St Mary’s
Saturday, October 10

Another battle of Round 1 victors, this is one of the intriguing matches of the round given the changes made over the off-season. While Pint were mildly successful last season, bumped out of the semi finals after finishing sixth, St Mary’s finished in eighth but ultimately have a new-look team this season with a number of new recruits from down south. Both coming away with excellent wins last round – with Pint’s coming against the reigning premiers, Southern Districts – and conceding a combined 3.5 across the two matches, this match will be a real test given they clearly have the scoring ability but could have come away with even bigger victories if not for patches of inaccuracy. Amy Chittick and Jacqueline Downey booted two goals apiece for the Queen Ants, backed up by four individual goalkickers and Jacinta Reid and Katie Streader finding the ball with ease, while for the Saints it was Michaela Long (four goals) and Ash Melnikas (three) who heaped on the offensive pressure. Alongside the aforementioned duo, Claudia Whitfort booted two to be named in the best among some exciting talent.

Darwin Buffettes vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, October 10

Darwin Buffettes enter the round at the bottom of the ladder but with a completely clean slate given they had an extra week on the sidelines. The Crocs, on the other hand, frankly had a rough start to the season and will want to rectify that immediately – but will need to watch the Buffs who have a heap of firepower that will be itching to have an impact. Booting just one goal last round, with a heap of names who can have a huge influence on the scoreboard, the Crocs will need to be far cleaner around the ground and make the most of their forward 50 entries. Megan Craufurd was the lone goalkicker in the Crocs camp last round, named in the best among the likes of Essie Grose and Malory Nankervis. For the Buffettes, Machaelia Roberts was hugely impactful last season before heading down to Melbourne for the AFL Women’s season, nabbed by Collingwood in the 2019 draft, while young gun Dominique Carbone and Kylie Duggan were two of the most consistent players last season making for an intriguing battle. In what is a rematch of their 2019/20 semi final, expect both teams to come out with something to prove here.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 1

THE opening round of the 2020 NTFL Women’s Premier League season saw a number of blowouts, with Nightcliff, St Mary’s, Pint and Waratah getting huge wins on the board. Darwin Buffettes had the first bye of the season, watching on as some intriguing matches played out to open the season with a bang. A couple of new recruits, a milestone and a loss to the reigning premiers set the tone, and more in the first of our weekly women’s league wrap.

Wanderers 2.2 (14) defeated by St Mary’s 11.11 (77)

St Mary’s opened up their season and the 2020/21 season in style with an excellent 63-point victory over the Wanderers. While the Saints had a tougher time in the final quarter registering just seven points, it was a five-goal third term that pushed the side out to their excellent lead. St Kilda VFLW’s Claudia Whitfort was named among the best alongside Williamstown recruit Ash Melnikas, with the side seeming to gel with ease despite a heap of debutants, and continuing to push throughout. For the Wanderers, it just was not their day, although a couple of goals in the second half – both to Kaitlyn Armstrong – as well as the better defensive effort in the final quarter will give the side some solid moments to build off in the coming rounds, with Sophie Armitstead and Deanna Peckham named among the best.

Pint 8.9 (57) defeated Southern Districts 1.3 (9)

A victory in Cassie Henderson’s milestone 100th match was just what the doctor ordered for Pint in an excellent 48-point victory over the reigning premiers, Southern Districts to start the season. While a great first half saw a 27-point buffer at half-time, the Queen Ants did not let up knowing the Districts’ ability to score quickly, and conceded just the one goal in an excellent outing. Amy Chittick and Jacqueline Downey booted two goals apiece while Katie Streader had the ball on a string and Jacinta Reid was a force to be reckoned with off the half back, while for the Crocs Megan Crawfurd was the lone goalkicker, named among the best alongside Essie Grose and Malory Nankervis who were relentless in their hunt for the footy. 

Nightcliff 16.14 (110) defeated Tracy Village 0.2 (2)

It was a comprehensive and altogether dominant victory from Nightcliff, with the Tigers far too strong and with everything to play for after an improved 2019. Slipping straight up to top spot and not conceding a major throughout, Nightcliff had a complete day out with nine goals in the second half alone proving they had the firepower to get the job done. Emma-Lou Wolsey booted five goals to lead the tally, while Darcy Elliston (four goals), Mickayla Ward (three) and Rose Russell (two) all made their mark. With so much firepower up forward, Tracy Village just could not keep up with the Tigers despite the continued efforts of Meagan Wylie and Sarah Wilson who were named among the best. While the Tigers’ second half was not quite as accurate, booting eight behinds, Ward, Elliston and Eliza Morrison were excellent providing firepower across the field and proved that the Tigers could be a real team to watch this season. 

Waratah 6.6 (42) defeated Palmerston Magpies 0.1 (1)

A highly defensive effort was showcased in an intriguing battle that was cut short to finish the opening round, with the Magpies’ frontend failing to fire early but defensively showcasing some great attributes. Injury early in the second half saw the match finish on a difficult note, with Magpies’ Cassie Ormsby taken high and the match ended prematurely due to an ambulance call. Newcomer Caitlin Couch kicked two goals to start her season off well, and was a handy addition to the Waratah frontline slotting in nicely as the side kicked five unanswered goals, while Tabitha May, Khani White and Ormsby were named among the best for the Magpies. While the match ended abruptly, both teams have plenty to take out of this battle while Palmerston will be glad to have a bye in Round 2 to regroup and reset ahead of the coming weeks. 

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Weekly wrap: TSL Women’s – Grand Final

GLENORCHY has claimed a thrilling two-point win the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s Grand Final, seeking revenge on Clarence, the side that upset the minor premiers in the semi-finals.

Macklyn Sutcliffe was the star of the day for the Magpies, kicking Glenorchy’s first and last goal of the game to win the best-on-ground medal. It was goal-for-goal throughout but Glenorchy managed to get on top in the last quarter, outscoring the Roos two goals to none.

Clarence’s Jacinta Limbrick kicked off the scoring for the day with a beautiful set shot kick from about 40 metres out. The Magpies hit back right away through Sutcliffe, who took a great sliding mark, played on and kicked a booming long-range goal. Elise Barwick then gave Glenorchy the lead for the first time when she earned a free kick close to goal and made no mistake. Just like the first goal, it was a quick response from the opposition, as Clarence got the quick reply through an open kick inside 50. Limbrick was on the end of it, getting her foot to the ball in the goal square. This gave the Roos a slim two-point lead at the first break.

They kept their momentum going in the second quarter, when vice-captain, Nicole Bresnehan picked up a loose ball inside 50 and sped towards goal. In the classic goal-for-goal fashion of the game, the Magpies hit back in an instant, with Sandy Eaton crumbing off a Nietta Lynch spilled mark in the goal square. This reduced the Magpies’ deficit to two points. The scoring dried up at the end of the quarter, with neither team scoring a goal for 12 minutes. This meant that Clarence went into the main break with the same margin as it had in the first break.

To begin the third quarter, Glenorchy opened up the scoring through an Barwick kick inside 50, which Hannah Smith ran onto out the back, slotting through the major. The Roos fought right back in the seesawing contest, with North Melbourne recruit, Maddison Smith kicking a great set shot major from just inside 50. Smith ended up being a game-changer for the Roos, kicking her second goal in a couple of minutes. In an inside 50 stoppage in front of goal, she read the tap perfectly and ran into goal for her second of the day. This gave her side a 10-point lead, which it took into three quarter time.

In the fourth term, it was all Glenorchy, as the Magpies kept their opposition goalless. Natalie Daniels kicked off the scoring for the Magpies in the term, with an in-and-under hard-ball get resulting in a key major. Then, Darcy Elliston missed a crucial set shot at the other end for the Roos and Sutcliffe made her pay. Sutcliffe received a handball on the run from Daniels and kicked her second major to put the Magpies in front by a solitary point. Her side was able to hold on for the rest of the match, kicking a late behind to win the thrilling decider by two points.  

CLARENCE 2.2 | 3.2 | 5.4 | 5.5 (35)
GLENORCHY 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 6.1 (37)

GOALS:

Clarence: M. Smith 2, J. Limbrick 2, N. Bresnehan.
Glenorchy: M. Sutcliffe 2, N. Daniels, H. Smith, E. Barwick, S. Eaton.

BEST:

Clarence: L. Ochayi, J. Limbrick, N. Bresnehan, M. Smith, R. Long, T. Ford
Glenorchy: J. Williams, M. Sutcliffe, Z. Manjerovic, B. Barwick, S. Skinner, E. Barwick

TSL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 18

A potential Grand Final preview was played in this round, with ladder-leader, Glenorchy taking on second-placed Clarence. In Round 18, it was the Roos who came out on top, but the Magpies will certainly want revenge in the finals. Meanwhile, third-placed Launceston got the perfect preparation for finals with a big win over cellar-dwellers, Burnie.

 

LAUNCESTON 4.10 | 7.15 | 9.17 | 13.20 (98)
BURNIE 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.2 (2)

GOALS:

Launceston: B. Rattray 5, A. Dickson 2, D. Taylor 2, E. Manix-geeves 2, M. Binns, M. Radford
Burnie: Nil.

BEST:

Launceston: M. King, A. Dickson, B. Rattray, C. Thuringer, N. Ristrom, C. Stanley
Burnie: L. Haines, L. Stevenson, E. Duncombe, K. Johnson, L. Badcock, C. Chandler

Launceston jumped out of the blocks early in this game, scoring four goals to none in the first quarter. However, the Blues could have put more damage on the board had they kicked accurate. They kicked 10 behinds in the first quarter alone but bounced back in the second with 3.5, while only restricting Burnie to one point at the main break. In the second quarter, Launceston continued to pile the scoring pressure on the Dockers. While the Blues were only restricted to two goals in the third term, they made amends of it in the last, kicking four goals to end with a 96-point victory.

Brie Rattray did a lot of the damage up forward with five majors while Angela Dickson, Dearne Taylor and Emma Manix-Geeves chipped in with two. Dickson and Rattray were also named among the best but the shining light was Tasmania’s only Under-18 All Australian representative, Mia King. King was named best on ground in the loss against the Dockers, making it her fourth time among the better players on the ground. Another Under 18 representative was named best on ground for the Dockers with Libby Haines taking top honours. State teammate, Lauren Stevenson also played a good game for Burnie, being named second-best in the loss.

 

GLENORCHY 0.1 | 2.4 | 2.4 | 3.7 (25)
CLARENCE 1.4 | 2.4 | 6.6 | 6.8 (44)

GOALS:

Glenorchy: N. Lynch 2, S. Eaton.
Clarence: S. Pennicott 2, J. Minifie, J. Farrow, D. Elliston, N. Pearce.

BEST:

Glenorchy: E. Barwick, G. Sullivan, N. Daniels, B. Barwick, J. Williams, T. Corrie
Clarence: S. Pennicott, M. Smith, N. Bresnehan, J. Limbrick, L. Ochayi, B. Scott

Ladder-leader, Glenorchy was dealt with a wake-up call in this game, and it came straight away in the first quarter when Clarence got the first goal on the board and took the early lead. The Magpies then responded in the second, outscoring the Roos two goals to one to level up the scores at half time. But Clarence put the foot on the accelerator in the third quarter, keeping Glenorchy scoreless while also kicking four goals. This gave the Roos a 26-point lead at the last break, making it very difficult for the Magpies to make a comeback. To their credit, they outscored the Roos in the last quarter by keeping them scoreless and kicking one goal themselves, but by then, the damage was already done.

Sophie Pennicott made it 13 goals from 13 games for Clarence when she kicked two goals on the weekend. Pennicott was also named best on ground in the win, making it her sixth time in the best. The rest of the goals came from Under 18 duo, Jessica Minifie and Jenna Farrow as well as Darcy Elliston and Natalie Pearce. Surprisingly, the second highest goal kicker in the competition, Jacinta Limbrick didn’t get a major on the board, but she was still named in the best. She was complemented by Maddison Smith, Nicole Bresnehan, Loveth Ochayi and Bronte Scott. Nietta Lynch completed her wonderful season in front of goal by kicking two for Glenorchy. She finished the regular season on top of the goal kicking table with 34 goals from 14 games. Sandy Eaton was the other goal kicker for the Magpies. Elise Barwick was the most impressive Magpie in the game while Gennaveve Sullivan and Natalie Daniels also had good games.

TSL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 16

CLARENCE and Launceston continued their remarkable seasons in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) with big wins over the weekend. Clarence smashed the Tigers by 130 points while Launceston won by 94 points against Burnie.

 

CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 5.1 | 8.4 | 13.7 | 20.10 (130)
TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

GOALS:

Clarence: M. Smith 5, D. Elliston 3, H. Scott 3, S. Pennicott 2, J. Limbrick 2, J. Minifie, B. Goward, N. Garlo, J. Farrow, T. Ford.
Tigers: Nil.

BEST:

Clarence: J. Limbrick, G. Pennicott, M. Smith, S. Hinks, J. Minifie, C. Wells
Tigers: M. Neal, H. Squires, T. Roxann, L. Reid, S. Grimsey, C. Brooke

After opening up a 52-point margin at quarter time, the Roos simply put their foot on the accelerator in the second half. They kicked 12.6 in two quarters while also managing to keep the Tigers scoreless for the entire game. Maddison Smith was the highlight up forward with five majors, taking her season tally to 23 goals from seven games, which is just four goals off the leader, Nietta Lynch from the Magpies. Smith was complemented by Darcy Elliston and Hannah Scott, who both kicked three majors, while Sophie Pennicott kicked two. Second-placed leading goal kicker, Jacinta Limbrick kicked just the one goal but was still named best-on-ground for Clarence. Tasmania Under 18 representatives, Netty Garlo and Jenna Farrow also kicked majors in the massive win. Fellow state representatives, Chloe Wells and Jessica Minifie also contributed well with both being named in the best, while Minifie also got on the board with a goal. For the Tigers, Marla Neal, Hannah Squires, Tyler Roxann, Liarna Reid, Samantha Grimsey and Cara Brooke were the standouts.

 

BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB 3.1 | 9.1 | 13.2 | 15.5 (95)

GOALS:

Burnie: Nil.
Launceston: B. Rattray 5, M. Binns 2, A. Dickson 2, M. Radford 2, C. Taylor, N. Ristrom, D. Taylor, G. Hill.

BEST: 

Burnie: E. Doig, L. Stevenson, E. Duncombe, S. Aitken, L. Wijesingha-Frohmader, S. Rodman
Launceston: B. Rattray, M. King, M. Binns, A. Dickson, M. Radford, C. Taylor

Launceston’s accurate kicking was the key to a big winning margin in this game. After kicking 3.1 in the first quarter, the Blues piled on six unanswered goals in the second term to open up a 54-point margin at half time. The behinds were slim in the second half as well, with the away side kicking 9.4 to claim a 94-point win. Brie Rattray was the star up forward with five majors while Mikayla Binns, Angela Dickson and Meg Radford each kicked two. Radford, who is a Tasmanian Under 18 representative, has now kicked 11 goals from five games. Fellow Under 18s representatives, Camilla Taylor and Georgia Hill also got on the board with a major, and Taylor was also named in the best, along with Radford. Rattray was named best-on-ground with that five-goal performance, and was complemented by Eastern Allies player, Mia King, who was the only Tasmanian representative in the 48-player AFL Women’s Under 18 All-Australian squad this year. King came up against fellow Tasmanian representative, Lauren Stevenson in this game, who was named second best in Burnie’s loss. Emily Doig was judged best afield. Emily Duncombe, Shelby Aitken, Lila Wijesingha-Frohmader and Shaeli Rodman were the other impressive players for the Dockers. Tasmanian Under-18 representative, Samantha Langmaid also featured in the loss.