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2020/21 NTFL Women’s – Midseason review: Pint, St Mary’s, Southern Districts

HEADING into a break over the Christmas period Draft Central takes a look at the NTFL Women’s Premier League so far, putting each team under the microscope and considering elements such as key standouts for each side, current win-loss ratio and who they are set to face when play returns in January 2021.

Pint

Position: 1st
Win-loss-draw: 11-0-0
Percentage: 362.36%

Sitting pretty in first place on the ladder, the Queen Ants have been in ripping form and are yet to drop a game showcasing their ability to close out games and weather the storm from opposition teams. The only team that has gotten close to Pint so far this season was Darwin back in Round 8 where the Queen Ants got up by a mere two points. They are cool, calm and collected and most importantly have placed themselves in a good position to challenge for a premiership and will be hoping to inflict plenty of pain on Nightcliff when the action resumes in January.

Pint has no shortage of players able to step up and steer the ship with the goal scoring shared between three main contributors in Amy Chittick, Casey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett. Chittick leads the pack with 14 goals, Morris has 13 and Hewett with 12 while Jessie Baumer has proven to be a handy option in front of the big sticks with a season total of nine. Chittick is not only integral in front of goal but so too across the ground named in the bests six times alongside Cassie Henderson. Reni Hicks has proven to be effective for Pint as has Jacinta Reid with the duo frequently making their way onto the top performers list throughout the season.

St Mary’s

Position: 2nd
Win-loss-draw: 8-3-0
Percentage: 360.69%

Currently second on the ladder St Mary’s will be keen to keep their two game winning streak intact when they return against Palmerston Magpies. After somewhat of a slow start to the season the Saints built some strong form through the midpart stringing together four consecutive wins and subsequently rising up the ladder. However the past five games have not been as convincing coming off the bye and losing two games before downing both Tracy Village and Wanderers to recapture their mojo.

The Saints have a number of players that are able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and have an influence with Michaela Long leading the pack with 17 goals in 11 games while Ashlea Melnikas has also chimed in to average a goal a game. Danielle Ponter has not played since mid-November but was a commanding presence with her eight goals while Jasmine Anderson and Tesharna Maher have both been consistent figures for the Saints. Megan Williamson has been a real ball magnet for St Mary’s and has been regularly recognised for her efforts while Alana Coombes is another one to keep an eye out for.

Southern Districts

Position: 4th
Win-loss-draw: 6-3-2
Percentage: 158.41%

The Southern Districts have been up and down throughout the 2020/21 season registering six wins and three losses but could have been higher up the ladder had they closed out games as shown via their two draws. Currently holding down fourth spot on the ladder heading into the break the Crocs will be hoping to regroup after going down to Pint in the final round. But prior to the loss were flying, going on a three game winning streak and registering a draw. They face the Wanderers in their first game back.

There are two main options inside 50 with Tayla Thorn a key cog and able to kick multiple goals each time she steps out taking her tally to 25 for the year. She is often assisted by teammate Grace Mulvahil who is a real livewire in attack recording 11 goals for the year while Jessie Brock is the next best with six majors to her name. In terms of bests it is no surprise that Thorn is right up there given her influence on the scoreboard while Bella Clarke and Emma Forsyth are also formidable figures for the Crocs. Malory Nankervis has steadily found her groove as has Ebony Miller with the two featuring highly for the side.

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

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

Southern Districts v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, December 12

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

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

Nightcliff v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, December 12

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

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

Pint v. Waratah
Saturday, December 12

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

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

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

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

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

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 8

IT was a mixed bag of results in Round 8 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League with a draw and a couple of close encounters headlining the round. Tracy Village continued their winless start to the season decimated by Waratah while second placed St Mary’s were gifted the bye.

WANDERERS 1.2 | 3.3 | 4.5 | 7.6 (48)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 6.3 | 7.3 | 11.4 | 11.6 (72)

The Magpies got off to a blistering start, dashing whatever hopes the Wanderers had of securing a win with a six goals to one opening term. Although the scoring dried up in the second quarter, Palmerston found their kicking boots once more in the third to pile on four goals and all but seal the deal against the Wanderers. The win marked the Magpies’ second for the season, leapfrogging their opponents into sixth while the Wanderers only have one victory to their name.

Despite the loss their were a couple of key contributors with Sophie Fazzolari finding the big sticks with relative ease to walk away with three majors while Shekeine De Satge once again hit the scoreboard to make it two weeks straight thanks to her two goals. Keyona De Satge and Morgan Johnston were the other two players to find their way onto the goal kickers list with a goal apiece. Cassie Ormsby continued her hot form, named in the best for her third consecutive week as was Tishara Davern credit to their high output across the ground. For the Magpies, Crystal Browne proved to be the go to girl walking away with six majors for the afternoon while in her first game for the season Daysia Creed-Wray managed to slot a major as Tabitha May also impressed named in the bests once again.

WARATAH 7.4 | 16.7 | 23.9 | 27.14 (176)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was a demolition job by the Warriors who simply exploited the languishing Tracy Village at every turn, keeping them scoreless for the entire game. It was all one way traffic as Waratah seemed to have the ball on a string and were deadly inside 50 converting at a relatively high rate credit to the class across the ground. The Razorbacks had no answers for Waratah who were relentless in their attack of the footy and defensive pressure to shut down any opportunities that arose despite it only being their second win of the season.

Danica Pedersen went bang for the Tahs registering an equal game-high six majors showcasing her impressive goal nous and sheer skill inside 50. She was well aided by fellow goal scoring machine, Lisa Miceli who booted six goals of her own while Jenna Singh also chimed in with a handy five majors. Molly Cooper managed four while Monet Hunter was the only other multiple goalkicker in their resounding win. It was not the same story for Tracy Village however a couple of familiar faces were once again in the midst of the action with Zhoe Clarke and Sarah Wilson plying their trade across the board for the Razorbacks. Kahla Dumbris and Kiri Marshall also joined Clarke and Wilson amongst the bests in another gruelling outing for the bottom of the ladder side.

NIGHTCLIFF 2.0 | 6.1 | 6.2 | 11.4 (70)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.2 | 7.4 | 10.4 | 11.4 (70)

It was always going to be a tight battle between the two sides given the closeness on the ladder sitting fifth and fourth respectively and the game well and truly lived up to expectations with the contest going down to the wire. A strong fourth term saw Nightcliff fight their way back into the contest and record a draw after staring down the barrel of a 26-point deficit at three quarter time. Southern Districts flew out of the blocks early, creating a handy buffer and kept their foot on the throat up until the final term when Nightcliff kicked it up a gear to completely shift the momentum piling on five goals to one.

There was no shortage of multiple goalkickers for either side with the work of Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Darcy Elliston not going unnoticed slotting three goals apiece for Nightcliff. In her second game for the season, Amy Pittman stepped up to the plate with two goals to her name while Mickayla Ward continued her hot streak nailing a major and named in the bests for her third straight week. Lauren Gooden was impactful managing a goal while Sophie Hatzismalis led the way with her on-field performance. Tayla Thorn was once again a menace managing three goals, a slight step down from her 10 the week prior. Jessie Brock and Grace Mulvahil recorded two goals each while Ebony Miller starred for the Crocs. Emma Forsyth was her consistent and dominant self, named in the bests a third time from her five games this season.

PINT 2.2 | 4.3 | 5.6 | 6.8 (44)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.2 | 5.3 | 5.5 | 6.6 (42)

The top four battle between Pint and Darwin Buffettes delivered the goods with neither side backing down or leaving anything to chance. In the end it was Pint that snuck home a two-point victory to keep their undefeated record intact and keep a firm grip on top spot. The ladder leaders seemed to have things on their own term in the opening quarter of play before the Buffettes settled into the groove of things to wrestle back momentum and subsequently steal the lead. Darwin tested Pint at every term, never far away from the action and applying scoreboard pressure before the Queen Ants fired back in the final term with a goal and two behinds as both sides rued their inaccuracy in front of the big sticks.

Casey Morris led the way inside 50 for Pint bagging two goals to take her season tally to seven. Hillary Grubb also found her range finishing with a major to her name as did Amy Chittick and Jasmyn Hewett showcasing their ability to share the goalkicking load. Erin Hetherington was recognised for her efforts across the ground as was Jacinta Reid who was named in the bests for her second time in as many weeks. Lucinda Hamilton also plied her trade across the ground for the winners. The Buffettes are yet to release their bests or goal kickers.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 7

ROUND 7 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League will see ladder leaders Pint get a well-deserved break after an excellent and undefeated start to the season, while St Mary’s will aim to boost their percentage once more to attempt to steal top spot and reigning premiers Southern Districts will have an opportunity to clinch a third straight win when they take on Tracy Village. All that, and more, in our weekly preview.

Wanderers vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 14

The Wanderers will look to step up their recent form this round but could well and truly be stopped in their tracks when they take on a lively Darwin Buffettes outfit. The Buffs sit in third after downing Nightcliff last round and will be eager to continue their winning ways when they go head-to-head with the Wanderers, with plenty of solid performers amongst each side but the winning attitude set to go the way of the Darwin outfit. The Wanderers come into this match off the back of a bye last round so will be raring to go, and while their only win on the board this season was against the lowly Razorbacks, they have shown some real promise, able to hit the scoreboard against the top sides and forced closer margins with their continuous defence. That being said, the Buffettes have too many consistent and threatening performers up the ground for the Wanderers to stop, so the Darwin side should get the chocolates here.

For Darwin, watch out for livewire Zoe Anderson and the ever impressive Machaelia Roberts, with the duo providing plenty of spark up forward and consistently in among the action, combining for 22 goals so far this season, while Delsey Ah Wang is also up there and Jemma Iacono has earned three mentions in the side’s bests. Wanderers have their own power up forward though with Kaitlyn Armstrong showcasing plenty of scoring ability across her five games with 11 goals to her name so far, though it’s the side’s lack of further options inside 50 that could be the real issue in this match. A number of consistent performers are among the side though, with Morgan Johnston earning four best on ground mentions for the season, while Tishara DavernShekeine de Satge and Djimila Totham have earned three apiece.

Tracy Village vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 14

Tracy Village will host the Southern Districts in the second match of the round, unfortunately taking on the reigning premiers now that they have gotten some confidence back up after a lowly start and expected to defeat the Razorbacks with relative ease. Tracy Village have now had two scoreless matches on the trot where the Crocs have finally gotten the ball moving with wins on the board, meaning the Razorbacks will need to really come out flying if they want to come away with a semblance of pride this round. While Southern Districts did not get a win on the board until Round 5, they have put up some fairly competitive performances and ultimately, should get an easy win on the board this round and if all goes to plan, even potentially jump into the top four.

Zhoe Clarke, Kiri Marschall and Indianna Hughes are the ones to watch for the Razorbacks, consistently putting on solid performances and rarely letting up despite expanding scorelines, while Meagan Wylie and Hughes are the lone goalkickers for the season so far. For the Districts, Tayla Thorn is always a tough option inside 50 while Jessie Brock, Malory Nankervis and Ebony Miller consistently put in 100 per cent.

Palmerston Magpies vs. Nightcliff
Saturday, November 14

The Palmerston Magpies will really look to challenge Nightcliff this round, and as one of the sides which has posted mostly consistent and fairly competitive scorelines despite their seventh ranking on the ladder, could be in with a real chance. That being said, there is no doubt the Nightcliff Tigers have exploded out of the blocks in 2020, and bar losses to fellow top four sides Pint, St Mary’s and Buffettes over the past two rounds, have been solid against lower sides and had little issue getting wins on the board.

The real question in this match will be firstly whether the Magpies will be able to negate Emma-Lou Wolsey up forward, and secondly whether they will be able to limit Nightcliff’s number of quality forward options, with Mickayla Ward and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith not far behind Wolsey on the goalkicking tally and Ward in particular providing a consistent effort week-in and week-out around the ground. The Magpies have some impressive and threatening names of their own though, with Arthurina Moreen leading the side for majors this season despite only playing two games so far, and Natasha Medbury also providing a quality option. Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg have also been named among the best in four matches of five, proving to be constant threats around the ground.

St Mary’s vs. Waratah
Saturday, November 14

The final match of the round will see Waratah take on St Mary’s, with the Saints hoping to overtake Pint on top of the leaderboard purely on percentage if they get a win here. While Waratah have struggled to hit the highs they have over the past few seasons, there is no doubt they still have that winning mentality and the ability to come out firing. That being said, the Saints have five wins on the board compared to the Warriors’ one, a great percentage to match and have conceded less than 100 points across their six matches, so will likely prove difficult for Waratah in this outing.

Saints’ Michaela Long and Danielle Ponter both proved huge up forward last round with four goals apiece, and could make things tough for the Warriors give they are not the only firepower the side has on offer, with a whopping 20 goalkickers for the season so far and just six of them booting more than one goal – showcasing how many play have an impact. Megan Williamson has been impressive this season earning a best on ground mention in all six games so far this season, with Alana CoombesAsh Melnikas and Ponter not far behind. For Waratah, Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have been the main firepower and will need to be forces to be reckoned with here to command the game and upset the Saints.

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 6

ANOTHER weekend of blowout margins headed up Round 6 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League, with three of the four winners conceding less than 10 points in their respective matches and little changing on the ladder with three of the top four collecting significant wins. While Nightcliff had an eye-opening encounter with Darwin Buffettes they still sit within the top four, and Southern Districts seem to have gotten into the swing of things now with a second straight win after four consecutive losses to start the season. All that, and more, in our weekly women’s wrap.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.3 | 3.5 | 5.5 | 8.7 (55)

Darwin Buffettes have continued their excellent start to the season, limiting fourth-ranked Nightcliff to just one goal and overcoming a shaky start to come away with a 49-point margin. It was an explosive second and fourth quarter that saw the side really create a buffer against the Tigers, booting 3.2 in each quarter and backing it up around the ground with their defensive effort. For Nightcliff, it was a disappointing outcome especially given their great start to the season, meaning they will really have to lift their game to get back to their early season form with three straight losses on the board.

For Nightcliff, the side’s lone goalkicker Emma-Lou Wolsey remains atop the goalkicking leaderboard by the skin of her teeth, sitting equal first alongside Darwin’s Zoe Anderson who matched her with one goal of her own this week too. Mickayla Ward and Sophie Hatzismalis were both named best for the Tigers, while for the Buffs there were a flurry of gamemakers around the ground with Machaelia Roberts (three goals), Delsey Ah Wang (two goals), Lucy Louis and Jemma Iacono putting on solid performances.

 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
ST MARY’S 7.2 | 12.3 | 13.6 | 17.8 (110)

It was another disappointing outing for Tracy Village this round, making for the side’s fifth straight loss and second time in two weeks that they were unable to put a score on the board. To the Saints’ credit though, they did not leave any stone unturned with a shot at rocketing their percentage this week sitting in second on the ladder, seeing 11 players hit the scoreboard and only two register multiple majors, such was their complete and utter dominance on the contest.

St Mary’s did not seem to put a single foot wrong throughout, navigating traffic with ease and seeing Danielle Ponter and Michaela Long enter the leading goalkicker list with four goals apiece. Both players were named among the best, as were Megan WilliamsonFatnowna Frances and Shailyn Doreen Peris who all put a goal on the board in the comprehensive victory.

 

WARATAH 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.1 (7)
PINT 2.1 | 2.3 | 3.4 | 5.6 (36)

Waratah narrowly escaped a goalless outcome when they took on Pint, booting a major in the third term to edge back the margin slightly, but seeing the Queen Ants reign supreme in a lower scoring affair than expected. While certainly not the outcome the Warriors wanted, Pint still sit atop the table undefeated so to come out and limit Pint’s firepower up forward is certainly a credit to the Waratah outfit. That being said, Pint was clinical once more in this effort with the work rate high and expectations higher a third of the way through the season.

For Waratah, the ever reliable Jenna Singh was the lone goalkicker, while Pint’s Jessie Baumer booted two to sit on six goals from three matches, and was joined by Gemma Cusack, Jacqueline Downey and Erin Lavis on the goalkicking list this round.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.3 | 0.3 | 1.5 | 3.8 (26)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 0.2 | 3.4 | 5.6 | 6.6 (42)

Southern Districts have inched their way up the ladder with a second straight win this week, downing the Palmerston Magpies and proving they are capable of much better performances than they have put out thus far in season 2020. It was a seesawing affair between the two sides, seeing both teams battle for the upper hand and finding a couple of purple patches to extend or reduce the margin, with the Districts’ three goal to nil second quarter allowing them to take the lead and hold onto it. While the Magpies had a better final quarter, booting 2.3 to Districts’ 1.0, it was unfortunately not enough after allowing the Crocs to get on top early in the high pressure outing.

For the winning side it was Tayla Thorn and Jessie Brock who led the charge out the front, booting two goal apiece, while young gun Grace Mulvahil and milestone 50-gamer Ebony Miller also found the big sticks. Malory Nankervis and Rhiannon Busch were named among the best in a solid and much better team effort from the Crocs. For the Magpies, Kiara White, Natasha Medbury and Jasmine Duturbure booted a goal apiece, with the former also named among the best alongside Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 6

ROUND 6 of the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League is set to take place over the weekend, with two huge matches that could implicate top five standings on the ladder and a couple of teams coming into this round off the back of impressive wins. With five straight wins on the board this season, Pint still sits head and shoulders above the rest of the competition, although St Mary’s are hot on their tail and have what should be a percentage boosting outing this week. Wanderers have the bye this week, while two 2019/20 finals outfits will hope to leap up the ladder after shocking starts to the season.

Nightcliff vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 7

There is a top four battle to begin proceedings this round, with fourth ranked Nightcliff hosting Darwin who currently sit third on the ladder. While Nightcliff have suffered two losses over the past two rounds, they have some huge targets up forward who will need to step up this time around against the Buffettes who have plenty of talented names of their own both up forward and in the backline. The Buffs come into this match off the back of a 113-point victory last round and a closer battle in Round 3, with form going their way as opposed to Nightcliff’s rough weeks on the track.

Nightcliff’s Emma-Lou Wolsey and Darwin’s Zoe Anderson sit equal first on the goalkicking tally, with the former sitting ahead for much of the season and the latter booting five goals last week to leap into contention. Also powering forward are Nightcliff’s Mickayla Ward and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith, who have kicked six goals apiece, with Ward appearing twice on her side’s bests list from her three outings. For Darwin, Machaelia Roberts is a huge threat up forward and has kicked four goals from three appearances, winning best on ground honours twice, while Kylie Duggan has been consistent as ever this season.

Tracy Village vs. St Mary’s
Saturday, November 7

St Mary’s will hope to raise their percentage and really challenge Pint atop the ladder this round when they take on cellar-dwellers Tracy Village. The Razorbacks have had a very rocky start to the season and suffered another huge loss last round, ultimately needing a miracle here if they want to really challenge the Saints this week. St Mary’s have lost just the one game this season and even then that was by a close 11-point margin, while Razorbacks have scored just 20 points all season and conceded a whopping 390 points compared to the Saints’ 99 conceded points from five matches.

Indianna Hughes, Zhoe Clarke and Kiri Marschall are the trio to watch for the Razorbacks, and have been the most consistent performers for Tracy Village this season regardless of the scorelines, rarely letting up with their respective pressure both on and off the ball. All three players have been named in the best three times, with both Hughes and Marschall only playing three of the side’s four matches. For the Saints, a flurry of multiple goalkickers is getting the job done each week, with plenty of firepower forcing teams to spread thin to defend the likes of Michaela Long (seven goals) and Jasmine Anderson (five), while four players have booted four goals apiece for the season, including Victorian best on ground frontrunner, Ash Melnikas who has been named among the best four times.

Waratah vs. Pint
Saturday, November 7

Waratah are the next team that will have a go at knocking the confident Queen Ants off their throne, sitting in fifth on just the one win but with a winning mentality at the helm. That being said, there is no doubt Pint has what it takes to win this one, and like many of the other top sides have enough firepower up forward and excellent defensive pressure down back to constantly provide a threat across the field. Pint has only conceded 71 points this season, so will need to maintain that consistency here.

Waratah come into this match fresh off the bye so will look to take advantage of their fresh legs, and will also hope to have Lisa Micelli back in the fray after booting five goals in Round 3 during her first appearance this season. Caitlin Couch and Jenna Singh are the other players to watch with their ability to provide that scoreboard pressure. For Pint, their 14 individual goalkickers prove crucial each week, forcing heads to turn constantly with Jasmyn Hewett (seven goals) and Casey Morris (six) leading the charge up forward. Morris and Amy Chittick are the lone Queen Ants with three bests appearances to their name, continuously putting out consistent performances.

Palmerston Magpies vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 7

The final match of the round will see the Magpies and Crocs face off, with plenty of history making this encounter an intriguing one. While Southern Districts came away with their first win of the season last round, Palmerston suffered another disappointing loss to remain towards the bottom of the ladder. Both sides have struggled to bring the heat consistently this season, and sit towards the bottom end of the ladder with just one win apiece and are on similar percentages, making this match one to watch.

Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May have been the most consistent players for the Magpies through their four matches, putting goals on the board but most importantly never far from the contest, consistently having an impact. Arthurina Moreen has proven to be the key up forward with five goals on the board from her two outings, while Natasha Medbury is not far behind with three to her name. For the Districts, Ebony Miller is consistently one to watch, are are Lateesha Jeffrey and Tayla Thorn with all three playing in all four matches this season, while Michala Shaw has booted two goals.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 5

JUST one team remains at the top of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League ladder heading into Round 5, and one side that was knocked off their perch with a loss last round will look to execute the same result this round when Pint and Nightcliff go head-to-head. A renewed looking Palmerston Magpies will look to continue their rise up the ladder after a sloppy start to the season, while Tracy Village will have their work cut out for them. As per usual, all four matches will play on Saturday afternoon, while Waratah was handed the bye.

Southern Districts vs. Wanderers
Saturday, October 31

Reigning premiers Southern Districts will be chomping at the bit after a bye last round, with no wins on the board yet in season 2020/21 and plenty to play for. The Crocs are possibly in their best position to win this round after the shaky tart, with fresh legs and a similarly struggling opposition in the Wanderers. While the Wanderers had a similarly shaky opening round, they were fortunate to take on Tracy Village in Round 2 which built up some confidence but have struggled since then. While their form is technically in better shape than Districts’ at this point in time, the reigning premiers cannot be underestimated given their scoring ability when they get going and plenty of pride coming into this match. 

Wanderers’ Kaitlyn Armstrong may have been rendered goalless last round but has proven to be a huge threat up forward so far this season, but if she can be held off by the Crocs this week the Wanderers could be in trouble with just four other players managing to get on the board thus far. Djimila Totham and Shekeine De Satge have been named in the best on three occasions, while for the Crocs they will be looking to not only bring a little bit of consistency to their game but also some excitement from Ebony Miller and Tayla Thorn.

Pint vs. Nightcliff
Saturday, October 31

A huge top three battle is set between the undefeated Pint and Nightcliff, with the former holding mantle at the top of the ladder and the latter looking to avenge their frustrating Round 4 loss last week. Both teams have had an excellent start to the season and have rarely faltered out the front, with the Queen Ants ultimately coming into this match as favourites credit to their firepower and proven ability to win under pressure. While Nightcliff have plenty of talent of their own inside their forward 50, with 237 points for compared to Pint’s 252, they have conceded the most points of the teams within the top four so will need to ensure their back end matches the firepower up forward.

Nightcliff’s Emma-Lou Wolsey still leads the goal tally following Round 4 with 11 majors to her name, with Jacqueline Anyon-Smith zipping up the leaderboard with three goals last round, stepping up as Wolsey was kept quiet by the Saints. But while Wolsey has dominated up forward for the Tigers, Pint’s Jasmyn Hewett and Casey Morris have been sharing the footy around, combining well up forward and providing a couple of crucial targets on a list with 12 proven goalkickers just across the opening four rounds. Between the two teams, Pint centurion Cassie Henderson is the lone player to have been named in the best three times.

Tracy Village vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, October 31

Collecting two wins under their belts from three matches, the Buffettes will look to capitalise here and look to break into the top three when they take on the lowly Tracy Village. Always a tough ask, The Darwin side has dropped just one game in a close encounter, and otherwise have been fairly consistent this season. They outlasted a tough Waratah outfit last round and have plenty of exciting names across the field, so will hope to put some real pressure not only on the scoreboard this round but also on the three teams sitting above them on the ladder. The Razorbacks are yet to score more than single digits per game throughout the season so far, and while they have only played three matches from four rounds, they have struggled to not only put goals on the board but also negate their opposition – something Darwin will hope to capitalise off with its flurry of consistent goalkickers.

With just two goals for the season so far, Meagan Wylie and Indianna Hughes will hope to provide a spark up forward for the Razorbacks, and with both named in the best two and three times respectively, they can be relied on to do just that with their continuous hunt on the ball. For the Buffettes, Zoe Anderson and Machaelia Roberts lead the goalkicking tally, with a flurry of other handy options able to put goals on the board where required making for a hugely unpredictable side up forward.

St Mary’s vs. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, October 31

The final match of the round will see St Mary’s host Palmerston Magpies, with the Saints sitting up in second on the ladder on percentage and the Magpies sitting in sixth after finally getting their first win on the board last round. While the Saints certainly have the winning form going into this round, only defeated by ladder-leading Pint in Round 2 by a close margin, there is no doubt the Magpies’ excellent 87-point win over the Razorbacks last round will give the side plenty of confidence heading into this matchup.

One of the intriguing things about St Mary’s this season is their winning ability regardless of the high turnover of players each round. Watch out for Michaela Long who has booted six goal across her four outings while five other player have booted more than one goal this season. Megan Williamson has been named among the best in all four matches, while Claudia Whitfort has been named in the best three times and booted four majors. For the Magpies, Arthurina Moreen (four goals) and Natasha Medbury (three) were crucial in last round’s victory, both playing just their second games for the season and will look to overwhelm the Saints’ defence this week.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 3

ROUND 3 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s saw Nightcliff keep their winning record intact with a come-from-behind victory while Southern Districts and Waratah played out the first draw of the season. Tracy Village had a bye this week, keeping them stuck at the bottom of the ladder while Pint flexed their muscles to claim an impressive 44-point win.

ST MARYS 2.3 | 3.3 | 4.3 | 5.3 (33)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 | 1.4 | 1.4 | 3.5 (23)

St Marys were on-song from the opening bounce, skipping out to a handy lead in the first term thanks to a two goal to zip start and never really looked back. Despite having a wealth of opportunities to hit the scoreboard inaccuracy plagued the Buffs who simply could not find their range while St Marys made it count where it hurt, on the scoreboard. In the end it was a case of too little, too late for the Buffettes who strung two goals together but could not overrun their opponents as St Marys brought home a 10-point victory.

There were no multiple goal kickers for either side, instead the scoring was scattered across a number of players with Claudia Whitfort once again popping up for St Marys and proving to be a menace in and around goals. Whitfort was also named amongst the best for her performance against the Buffettes while teammates Alana Coombes and Jasmine Anderson boasted a similar stat line with a goal and nod in the bests. Ashlea Melnikas returned to the goal kicking brigade this round to take her tally to four for the season while Madison Ludwig also found the big sticks. For the Buffettes, Martha De Santis showed what she is capable of snagging a goal while Zoe Anderson continued her hot form in front of goal with a major of her own. Bianca Stokes impressed in her first outing for the Buffs while Kiera Kurnoth settled into the line-up and earned a spot amongst the best.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 2.2 | 2.3 | 4.4 (28)
WARATAH 1.0 | 4.3 | 4.4 | 4.4 (28)

The first draw of the season took place on Saturday with Southern Districts and Waratah unable to be split at the final siren. After a sluggish first quarter, Waratah put the foot down in the second to steal the ascendancy heading into the main break thanks to three unanswered goals. However they plateaued in the second half unable to find a major and only registering one point  while the Crocs found their mojo in the final term to pile on two goals and secure a draw.

Michala Shaw made her presence felt in front of the goals nailing two majors in her first appearance of the season for the Crocs, while Tayla Thorn managed a goal of her own and was named amongst the bests. The only other goal scorer for Southern Districts was Kelsey Patterson. Ebony Miller was recognised for her four quarter performance for the Crocs as was Indianna Hickling and Makayla Siddons. The scoring was shared in the Waratah camp as Caitlin Couch, Monet Hunter, Danica Pedersen and Jenna Singh all slotted one with the latter making it three weeks straight she has hit the scoreboard.

PINT 1.2 | 6.8 | 7.8 | 9.10 (64)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.3 | 1.4 | 2.6 | 2.8 (20)

A blistering second term from Pint all but gifted the home side the win, blowing the Magpies out of the water, piling on five goals to nothing. Down by a point at the first change Pint came out with a real pep in their step in the second and could have inflicted more scoreboard damage had they been more accurate slotting four behinds to accompany their five goals. The Magpies had their chances to strike but simply could not find the big sticks and suffered from inaccuracy much like Pint.

Jessie Baumer was a menace inside 50 for Pint kicking a bag of three while Gemma Cusack navigated the goals with ease in her first appearance for the season piling on two majors. Cara Evans and Jasmyn Hewett also popped up with two goals apiece in a collective effort for Pint with the latter also named amongst the bests for her performance. Cassie Henderson was influential for Pint as was Amy Chittick. For the Magpies their goals came from Arthurina Moreen and Tyra McKay as the duo slotted a major each while Iesha Ronberg was once again named in the bests for her efforts across the ground. Billie Byers and Shanoah Leedie also plied their trade in the losing side, working hard for every possession.

WANDERERS 0.3 | 3.3 | 3.4 | 3.4 (22)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 6.5 (40)

A dominant final quarter from Nightcliff saw the current table toppers come from behind and clinch a victory against Wanderers. Unable to generate their usual flow in the second and third terms, they ramped up the pressure in the last quarter to wrestle the game back onto their terms and stop the Wanderers from scoring. Nightcliff managed to add three goals to their half time tally as opposed to the Wanderers mere point, ultimately handing them the 18-point victory and keeping their undefeated record intact.

Although goals were hard to come by for some, that was not the case for Wanderers forward Kaitlyn Armstrong who slotted three majors to keep her side in the contest. She was the only real avenue to goal, making the most of her opportunities that came her way up forward. Armstrong was named amongst the best as was Morgan Johnston for the second consecutive week. Georgia Halkitis backed up her performance from last week while for Nightcliff a couple of familiar faces were once again at the forefront of the action with Lauren Gooden finding the big sticks twice. She was not the only one to kick a bag with in-form goal kicker Emma-Lou Wolsey slotting two with teammates Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Gracie Reid also adding some scoreboard pressure. Hannah Turnbull earned a spot in the bests as did Laura de Hommel in what was a gritty performance by the ladder leaders.

Tracy Village bye

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League preview

THE 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s league season is set to commence this weekend, with four huge matches coming up and Darwin Buffettes handed the first bye for the season. While last season saw Big River Hawks join the fray, the side will not field a team this season taking the tally back to nine teams playing across 18 rounds, with finals taking place at the end of February.  We take a look at each of the NTFL Women’s teams and what to expect of them this season.

Round 1 will see three matches played this coming Saturday with Wanderers and St Mary’s opening proceedings, before Pint has the tough task of taking on the reigning premiers in Southern Districts. Next up, Nightcliff and Tracy Village will go head to head in the only night match of the fixture, while Sunday will see Waratah take on Palmerston Magpies in an intriguing battle given the two sides finished within the top three last season. Meanwhile, Darwin Buffettes have an extra week at their disposal, with the first bye of the season.

While the Warriors were the minor premiers in season 2019/20, they were just pipped at the post by Southern Districts in the grand final. Waratah had some exciting names in the mix, with both Lauren O’Shea (24 goals) and Jenna Singh (20) among the top five goalkickers, the side struggled with bouts of inaccuracy across a number of matches which inevitably saw the Warriors have some issues when they came up against other powerful forward-lines. Nevertheless, the Warriors will have a point to prove and were not minor premiers for no reason last season, making Waratah one to watch once more. Waratah has picked up Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s duo Danica Pedersen and Eliza Straford over the off-season, bolstering the side’s stocks. 

The reigning premiers last season, Southern Districts were virtually unstoppable when they got going despite a few blips in the radar very early in the season when two wins were removed by default. That being said, there was no denying the Crocs were among the best in the competition, with leading goalkicker Ebony Miller kicking 61 majors across 17 outings – including two bags of 10 in Rounds 7 and 18. With very little going against the Districts last season, expect the Crocs to come out with a fire in the belly to replicate their premiership glory and go back-to-back. 

A highly exciting side last season, the Magpies had plenty of firepower but did not always have the consistency they needed to get the job done. With 12 wins and five losses, the Magpies were rarely out of the contest with a flurry of goal kickers at their disposal with teenagers Arthurina Moreen (36 goals in 15 games) and Freda Puruntatameri (24 in 12) among the top five for the competition but both unable to string a full season together and ultimately still young players themselves. While the Magpies had some strong competitors among the troops last season, they will need a few more of those veteran players to step up and provide a spark when the young guns are well covered. 

The Buffettes had an excellent start to the season before suffering against the top teams later but ultimately could not be underestimated with some very impressive youngsters among them last season. Another high firepower team, the Buffs put on some outstanding showings and, as a confidence side, managed an excellent winning rate once they got one on the board, stringing along consistent victories. The Buffettes very rarely faltered but when they did it was when it was least expected, meaning the side will want to lift that intensity and consistency to fire as much against the lower teams as the top ranked sides this season. 

After a number of years at the bottom of the ladder, 2019/20 was Nightcliff’s season coming in at fifth on the ladder and coming away with a stellar nine wins and eight losses. While the side lost in the elimination final to the Buffettes, it was full credit to Nightcliff to making it to finals for the first time and showcasing some real up and coming talent in the side which helped lead them to victory. While they had a couple of shaky showings early in the season against the top sides, and some sloppy outings at the midway point, Nightcliff really hit their stride once they realised a potential finals berth was coming. They were strong competitors in just about every match bar a frustrating fixture which saw significant back-to-back losses in Rounds 16 and 17 against the top four Buffettes and Magpies. 

A finals berth and subsequent semi-final last season is sure to put a bit of confidence into the Pint side heading into this season, with the Queen Ants challenging a few sides and, like many teams, only really coming off second best to the top teams. Even then, Pint continuously built in confidence to provide a chance at finals, making it through the elimination round despite all fingers pointing the other way and their great season was nipped in the bud by Waratah. Pint has picked up Williamstown’s Jacinta Reid to join a quartet of ex-Waratah names on their new-look list, with Amy Chittick, Gemma Cusack, Maddi Gissing and Bec Pryer all joining the Queen Ants in what could be a huge chance for the side to go one step further in 2020/21. 

A solid season from the Wanderers saw them sit for much of the season in the middle of the mid-table logjam, and while they lost four of their last five matches, it was overall a competitive season from the Wanderers who were rarely defeated easily. While two of their wins came by default, the Wanderers consistently put competitive scorelines on the board and were fairly accurate at that, especially in the latter stage of the season when they tightened up out the front. That being said, improvements can be made in their ability to compete and really contest against the top sides, so will hope to put up a challenge this season to break through to finals contention, having just missed out by default given Pint’s draw with the Buffettes saw the Queen Ants steal sixth spot.

Inconsistency plagued St Mary’s in 2019/20,  with a couple of impressive showings really challenging the top teams but then struggling other rounds in what could have been achievable wins. Like many other teams, St Mary’s did not cope well defensively when there were multiple forward targets within the opposition’s forward-line, making it tough for the side to stay in touch. That being said, St Mary’s were able to keep the scorelines relatively low throughout most of their effort – apart from the top teams – and almost always responded well on the scoreboard. St Mary’s is another team that has picked up a couple of Victorian players, with Williamstown pair Megan Williamson and Ash Melnikas and St Kilda AFL Women’s talent Claudia Whitfort joining the fray.

It is safe to say that season 2019/20 was a rough one for Tracy Village, with just two wins on the board – both technically against Big River Hawks, with the latter in Round 12 a win by default when the Hawks forfeited. Realistically, the Razorbacks just lacked the firepower out front to really challenge teams and struggled to compete against the top teams that had multiple targets up forward. This season will likely be another of rebuilding, and given the side suffered with inaccuracy inside 50 with 23 goals and 40 behinds for the season, they will want to adjust that ratio to challenge teams a bit more. 

Southern Districts rewrite history with Grand Final win over Waratah

A THREE goal final quarter saw the Southern Districts defeat Waratah in the 2019/20 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League Grand Final on Saturday afternoon, with the Districts reigning supreme in their inaugural grand final victory, 6.3 (39) to 3.3 (21). A dominant finals series saw the Southern Districts come in favourites over Waratah, and while their first grand final victory did not come easy, neither did the Districts, contesting at every opportunity. 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 | 2.1 | 3.2 | 6.3 (39)
WARATAH 0.2 | 1.2 | 3.3 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS

Southern Districts: G. Mulvahil 2, E. Miller, B. Clarke, K. Patterson, M. Derschow
Waratah: M. Yarran, L. O’Shea, S. Nalder

While the Crocs came out on top every other time they played the Warriors during the 2019/20 season, Waratah came out firing with pressure on every ball making it tough for Districts to find much purchase early, peppering the scoreboard with behinds. Jenna Singh was on song early through the midfield, with her persistent pressure creating opportunities for the ‘Tahs. An inside 50 from Singh almost saw Waratah boot the opening goal with a nice crumb and chase from Breanna Martin but Rhiannon Busch was on the prowl, smothering a certain goal. Districts clapped back immediately with a play down the guts, with young-gun 16-year-old Grace Mulvahil bringing the ball to ground and shepherding her player to open up space for leading goalkicker Ebony Miller, booting the opening goal of the match. 

Mulvahil continued her dominant ways in the second, booting her first of two for the day and proving a crucial member of the Districts lineup. While Waratah continued to trail, a valuable goal to Lauren O’Shea opened up the match giving the side a boost heading into half time. The Warriors were quick to get going after the main break, ready to give Districts a run for their money after a sloppy first half. A tackle inside 50 from Amy Chittick set up an impressive forward foray from the Warriors with speedster Madison Yarran crumbing well and kicking towards goal, with Simone Nalder’s good positioning and clean hands at the end of it on the goal line, playing on quickly to see Waratah take a one-point lead, and their first lead for the match.

The see-sawing affair saw Mulvahil kick a beauty to take back the lead, with the youngster rewarded for backing up her efforts further up the ground, tackling well and proving her dominance even on the big stage. A goal from Yarran not long after put Waratah back in front, with the classy forward showing some terrific skill with an around the corner snap on goal hitting the target perfectly. Yarran’s goal saw Waratah’s scoring well and truly dry up however, taking a one-point lead into the final term but unable to apply scoreboard pressure in the final term. 

Despite going into the last quarter down by one point, Districts all but ran away with it, booting three goals – one each to Bella Clarke, Kelsey Patterson and Mickaela Derschow – and running circles around Waratah’s defence which had held up well early but was unable to hold up against the Crocs onslaught. Despite the loss, Waratah’s excitement machines in Lisa Roberts, Yarran and Chittick held up well with the side’s composure and persistence on the ground ball proving why the Warriors were so dominant this season. 

Young-gun, Mulvahil was awarded the Williams Medal for the Best On Ground, also picking up the 2019/20 Women’s Rising Star Award for her efforts this season. Miller’s first quarter goal cemented a massive season for the key-position-player, nabbing the Women’s Leading Goalkicker Award for her efforts with 59 goals this season while Roberts won her second Gwynne Medal, picking up a record breaking 37 votes thanks to her ability to impact the contest anywhere around the field.