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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 14

THE TOP three Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League sides earned wins in Round 14, while seventh-placed Palmerston picked up its third set of premiership points after trumping the winless Tracy Village. Competition frontrunner Pint remains undefeated after another crushing victory, putting the Queenants three games clear of St Mary’s and Darwin, who both triumphed by under 10 points. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

PINT | 7.1 | 11.3 | 15.6 | 22.9 (141)
WANDERERS | 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)

GOALS:

Pint: K. Streader 5, J. Hewett 4, J. Baumer 3, A. Chittick 3, C. Morris 2, K. Smits 2, J. Downey, C. Fabris, R. Hicks.
Wanderers: S. Mauboy.

BEST:

Pint: N/A
Wanderers: R. Fecht, J. Crawshaw, C. Ormsby, S. Mauboy, I. Schober, M. Johnston

Pint’s undefeated season continued with a 134-point victory over Wanderers at DXC Arena on Saturday, extending the Queenants’ winning streak to 13 games. An 11-goal to one opening half set the tone, with Wanderers failing to register another major after the main break while conceding another 11 thereafter. Pint’s conversion was a key feature of the win as 22 of its 31 scoring shots found the big sticks, with Katie Streader and Jasmyn Hewett combining for nine goals. Amy Chittick and Jessie Baumer added three apiece to bolster Pint’s individual goalkickers list of nine players. Sophia Mauboy claimed Wanderers’ lone major score in the second term, as Rhiannon Fecht and Jada Crawshaw were named the Muk Muks’ best players in the heavy loss.

TRACY VILLAGE | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.2 (8)
PALMERSTON | 2.0 | 4.2 | 7.4 | 8.4 (52)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: I. Hughes.
Palmerston: N. Turner 2, H. Davey 2, J. Huddleston, C. Browne, E. Conway, T. May.

BEST:

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, E. Irving, M. Wylie, L. Toner, M. Druery, K. Marschall
Palmerston: D. Creed-Wray, J. Guthridge, V. Mounsey, T. May, S. Leedie, I. Ronberg

Palmerston snapped its five-game losing streak with a 44-point drubbing over the winless Tracy Village, improving to a 3-10 record six points outside of the top six. The Magpies split their eight goals evenly across either half, all while keeping Tracy Village goalless until the final term. Indianna Hughes booted the Razorbacks’ sole goal of the game as Zhoe Clarke and Meagan Wylie were unsurprisingly among their side’s best players. Nicole Turner and Hayley Davey each snared two majors for Palmerston, while fellow goalkicker Tabitha May was named among the best behind Daysia Creed-Wray.

WARATAH | 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.2 | 3.3 (21)
DARWIN | 0.0 | 1.3 | 2.5 | 3.7 (25)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 2, E. Straford.
Darwin: N/A.

Darwin secured its fifth-consecutive win in dramatic fashion on Saturday night, overcoming Waratah by four points with a goal after the siren. Melinda Taylor was the Buffettes’ hero after they relinquished the lead in final term, popping up to take back the lead and live out every player’s childhood dream. Earlier, the Double Blues were made to fight back from behind in the low-scoring slog, leaning on the same qualities later on to secure victory. Twin talls Tania Dhu and Molly Althouse were both among the winners’ best afield, providing for the Buffs’ midfielders and rotating well through the engine room. Lisa Miceli finished with two of Waratah’s three goals, matching her effort right before the mid-season break. Tahs still sit a game and a half safe in the top six despite the result.

NIGHTCLIFF | 2.1 | 2.3 | 2.7 | 3.10 (28)
ST MARY’S | 3.0 | 6.0 | 6.1 | 6.1 (37)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: L. Gooden 2, J. Puautjimi.
St Mary’s: J. Anderson 3, J. Anderson, A. Melnikas, K. Dann.

BEST:

Nightcliff: N/A
St Mary’s: J. Anderson, J. Anderson, M. Williamson, A. Melnikas, S. Peris, I. Porter

St Mary’s put in the work early to set up a nine-point victory over Nightcliff on enemy turf, ensuring the Saints remain locked into second spot for another week. The visitors managed just seven scoring shots to Nightcliff’s 13 throughout the contest but were far more effective in front on goal, doubling their opponents’ tally of majors and holding onto to win despite a goalless second half. Jasmine Anderson was instrumental in the result for St Mary’s, booting three goals and claiming best afield honours in front of fellow goalkickers J’Noemi Anderson and Ashlea Melnikas. Lauren Gooden found two of Nightcliff’s three majors as the Tigers look all the more destined for a fifth place finish.

Featured Image: Melinda Taylor booted the winning goal for Darwin in Round 14 | Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 14

ROUND 14 of the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League season could prove crucial on the road to finals, with the top three sides all facing teams lower on the ladder while fourth placed Southern Districts have the bye this week. Pint will look to keep its winning streak intact while neither St Mary’s nor Darwin Buffettes can afford to slip up.

Pint v. Wanderers
Saturday, 16 January

The Queen Ants will come into this encounter with plenty of confidence, not just because they are still undefeated after 13 rounds, but also because of the form and consistency the side has shown throughout the season. While the Wanderers certainly have players who have stepped up to the task week in week out, the side has lacked some connection through the midfield and versatility up the ground, with just the one key goalkicker throughout the season in Kaitlyn Armstrong. While Armstrong sits second on the goalkicking tally this season, there are little other options for the Muk Muks in the front end, and could be the kicker in this encounter against Pint given their relative firepower at both ends of the ground. Expect Pint lynchpins Amy ChittickJasmyn Hewett and Cassie Henderson to step up as per usual, with the former two plying their trade in front of goal combining for 29 goals between them. Add in the extra work rate of Casey Morris (14 goals) and Jessie Baumer (11), and the Queen Ants are hard to stop. Wanderers’ Morgan JohnstonCassie Ormsby and Tishara Davern have been consistent throughout the season, although the side’s 94-point loss to Pint back in Round 4 could be a difficult margin to overcome this round.

Tracy Village v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, 16 January

Palmerston Magpies will look to inch up the ladder this week when they take on the winless Tracy Village, with a blistering 87-point Round 4 victory sure to spark plenty of confidence for the black and white side. The Razorbacks have only managed to boot one goal since that encounter which certainly puts the Magpies in good stead, however this could be one of Tracy Village’s last opportunities to put a competitive scoreline on the board before the end of the season, so could be the kick in the right direction for the cellar-dwelling side. With both sides coming into this match off the back of losses, expect both teams to come out with a point to prove. For Tracy Village, expect the ever reliable Zhoe Clark to step up to the front once more, while three of her four fellow consistent best on ground teammates in Meagan WylieKahla DumbrisIndianna Hughes and Kiri Marschall have booted the side’s three goals. For the Magpies, Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May have proved to be as tough as they come, both named in the best a whopping 10 times, while Crystal Browne (10 goals in seven games) and Arthurina Moreen (seven in three) are crucial out the front.

Waratah v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, 16 January

Expect a tighter battle in the third match of the round, with Darwin Buffettes certainly improving as the season goes on – with last round’s blitz against Tracy Village a testament to that – while Waratah have found some form in patches but ultimately not quite had the consistency across quarters, or indeed matches, to apply real pressure on the competition. That being said, last time these sides met the Buffettes only just escaped with a seven-point victory, pushed throughout by a fired up Waratah side. The Warriors come into this match off the back of an extra week on the sidelines following a bye last round, so will look to fly out of the blocks against the Buffs who will be swimming in confidence up in third on the ladder. Waratah’s Lisa Miceli has booted 17 goals in eight gams to sit in third on the goalkicking tally and leads the charge for her side, with regular performers Jenna SinghDanica Pedersen and Breanna Martin providing firepower out the front. For Darwin, Jemma Iacono has played every match and been named in the best six times, while Kiera Kumoth (four bests from eight games), Zoe Anderson (16 goals in nine games) and Machaelia Roberts (11 goals in nine games, four bests) are all players to watch in this matchup.

Nightcliff v. St Mary’s
Sunday, 17 January

The final match of the round is a standalone Sunday afternoon battle between fifth and second on the ladder, with St Mary’s on an excellent run of form while Nightcliff has certainly stepped up throughout the 2020/21 season but somewhat struggle against the top sides. With three wins separating the two sides but a huge difference in percentage, Nightcliff will really need to turn on the afterburners to stay in contact with the powerful Saints outfit and maintain intensity throughout the contest. While they play for opposing sides, Michaela Long (St Mary’s) and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith (Nightcliff) are huge threats and provide significant firepower for their respective teams, booting 17 and 16 goals for the season and both consistently are named in the bests for their workrate. Nightcliff’s Mickayla Ward and Eliza Morrison have continued on from their excellent 2019/20 form with dominant performances when they take the field, while the likes of Emma-Lou Wolsey and Rose Russell have also supplied plenty of scoreboard pressure. For the Saints though, there is no doubt Jasmine Anderson (seven best nominations and nine goals in 11 games), Megan Williamson (seven bests in seven matches) and a smattering of multiple goalkickers – 20 in fact – make the side hugely threatening and tough to stop when they get going given the consistency and firepower across the entire playing group.

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s midseason review: Tracy Village, Wanderers, Waratah

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.

Tracy Village

Position: 9th
Win-loss-draw: 0-10-0
Percentage: 2.34%

It is fair to say that it has been an extremely hard year for Tracy Village who are yet to register a win in their 10 games and have found it equally as hard to hit the scoreboard with a season high of nine points. They have found it particularly tricky against the top echelon of teams going down by totals of 100 points on a regular basis and will be hoping to come out of the break refreshed and able to add a few more goals to their tally despite having to combat Darwin Buffettes in Round 13.

With goals few and far between there are only three goalkickers named across the team with Indianna Hughes, Kahla Dumbris and Meagan Wylie all managing to slot a major each. Zhoe Clarke has been a lynchpin for the Razorbacks throughout the season consistently putting up strong performances and leading the pack despite the winless record. Other key figures across the ground consist of Hughes, Dumbris, Kiri Marschall and Lisa-Maree Toner.

Wanderers

Position: 8th
Win-loss-draw: 1-9-0
Percentage: 45.63%

The Wanderers have had a rough start to the season only registering one win and suffering nine losses to sit eighth on the ladder. They have struggled to generate any real scoring power and have often been outclassed by the higher ranked teams. Their sole win came against Tracy village back in Round 2 where they ran out 62 point victors. Returning from the break, Wanderers are set to face the Crocs who currently hold fourth spot.

There is no denying that Kaitlyn Armstrong has been the focal point inside 50 for the Muk Muks registering 15 goals in her 10 outings. The likes of Shekeine De Satge and Sophie Fazzolari have also chimed in with five goals apiece to keep the scoreboard ticking over with only two other players managing more than one goal for the season. Morgan Johnston and Tishara Davern are the most regular names in the bests alongside the likes of Armstrong and De Satge while Cassie Ormsby is also up there.

Waratah

Position: 6th
Win-loss-draw: 4-6-1
Percentage: 143.53%

Coming in at sixth on the ladder, Waratah have had an inconsistent season to say the least but have shown they have the makings to trouble sides just need to do it for longer periods of time to ensure they can get over the line. Their track record in the past five games is a testament to their inconsistency with Tahs securing three wins but losing two albeit to much higher ranked opponents in top of the table Pint and Southern Districts. Their break will be extended by a week, handed the bye in the opening round of the season.

There is one main scoring option for Waratah with Lisa Miceli leading the way credit to her 17 goals over eight matches showcasing her ability to kick a bag when given enough time and space. Jenna Singh is no stranger to the big sticks with nine majors while Danica Pedersen is also a handy prospect alongside Breanna Martin with the two combining for 12 goals between them. Lisa Roberts is a consistent performer as is Tarryn O’Hehir and Monet Hunter.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 12 preview

IN the final round before the Christmas break, Pint will be hoping to keep its unbeaten record intact while the Darwin Buffettes have been handed the bye, allowing St Mary’s to close the gap between second and third if it can notch its eighth win for the season. All that, and more in our Round 12 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League preview.

Tracy Village v. Nightcliff
Saturday, 19 December

It has been another trying season for Tracy Village who have not only been unable to get on the winners list, but so too the scoreboard; kept scoreless five times while boasting a season-high total of nine points. Nightcliff, on the other hand, have had patches of brilliance as shown through their five wins for the season. The last time these two sides played was back in Round 1 where Nightcliff walked out victorious by 108 points, with Emma-Lou Wolsey running rampant booting five goals, a feat she will be keen to replicate in their rematch. Other key figures in Mickayla Ward, Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Eliza Morrison are renowned for their ability to stand up and sense the moment both across the ground and in front of the big sticks. For Tracy Village, all eyes will look to Zhoe Clarke to lead the way once again for the Razorbacks given she is one of the most consistent performers for the side. After a strong performance last week, Kaitlin Battel and Indianna Hughes will be eager to play their part and not let the game get too far away from them.

Pint v. Southern Districts
Saturday, 19 December

The undefeated Pint will be hoping to extend its winning streak and head into the break on a high. But expect a high intensity battle, with the fourth placed Southern Districts eager to cause an upset and potentially leapfrog up the ladder and really prove their case as a finals contender. The Crocs struggled to fire the last time these two sides locked horns, kept to a mere nine points while Pint kicked off its season in style, notching a 48-point win. The Queenants have only gotten better with time, solidifying as a unit and using their variety of options inside 50 to create impressive totals. Amy Chittick has proven to be a handy option in front of goal, as have Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer, with the trio able to bob up and hit the scoreboard while Claudia Fabris is coming off a strong showing. Southern Districts are not without their own weapons, with Tayla Thorn a real livewire inside 50 currently leading the league’s overall goalkickers thanks to her seven-goal haul last round, while Grace Mulvahil is just as exciting, meaning Pint will have to be aware of their ability to score with ease. Malory Nankervis has hit her stride recently and will be hoping to keep that form going for the Crocs.

Wanderers v. St Mary’s
Sunday, 20 December

St Mary’s will have a real pep in their step heading into their clash against Wanderers after downing Tracy Village by a staggering 134 points, again looking to inflict the same level of pain on their lower placed opponents. Coming off a bye, Wanderers should be somewhat rested while the Saints will be out for blood to cap off a strong couple of outings and really cement their spot in the top four. A win here could allow the Saints to progress to as high as second on the ladder and overtake the Buffettes. It is fair to say that St Mary’s has no shortage of goalscorers with 11 individual goalkickers last round and a couple walking away with multiple majors to their name, a feat the likes of Marrietta Puautjimi, Charli Simmonds and the ever-reliable Michaela Long will be hoping to muster up once again. Tesharna Maher, Shannon Ponter and Jaimie Bryant impressed last round and will want to end the year on a high. For Wanderers, Kaitlyn Armstrong is a consistent figure that has innate goal sense while Shekeine De Satge and Sophie Fazzolari have both proven to be influential in front of the big sticks and across the ground. Tishara Davern and Morgan Johnston should come back refreshed and looking to capitalise for the Wanderers.

Palmerston Magpies v. Waratah
Sunday, 20 December

The final game of the round sees a battle between sixth and seventh with only one win separating the two sides. Waratah hold the upper hand, not only on the ladder, but so too when it comes to the win-loss record – pulling out a 41-point victory back in Round 1 while also keeping the Magpies to a mere point in that outing. Both sides are coming off losses heading into the clash, making for an exciting contest between the two sides. Billie Byers has enjoyed a recent run of hot form, recognised in the bests while also hitting the scoreboard while Natasha Medbury is another one to watch. Iesha Ronberg is highly reliable as is Tabitha May for the Magpies. Lisa Miceli is a goal scoring machine and will be hoping to ply her trade for Tahs while Jenna Singh is a commanding presence across the ground. Waratah will also look to the likes of Isabella Rapson-Staropoli, Breanna Martin and Lauren O’Shea to lead the way.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 8

ROUND 8 of 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League action is set to be explosive, with a top three battle between Pint and Darwin headlining the round and a match-up between the rapidly improving Southern Districts and ever-competitive Nightcliff that could either further shake up the mid-table logjam or really begin to separate the top and bottom ends of the ladder. St Mary’s has the bye this week, while two of the bottom four teams are guaranteed a move up the ladder when all four go head-to-head. All that, and more, in our NTFLW weekend preview.

Wanderers vs. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, November 21

Wanderers will host a second straight opening match of the round when they take on Palmerston Magpies this week, and with both teams coming in off the back of mostly competitive losses, expect a tight battle here between the Wanderers and Magpies. Both sides boast the same 1-5 record to start the season, meaning that both teams will know a second win is within their grasp and potentially up the intensity on the field, although percentage-wise the Magpies stand head and shoulders above the Wanderers and would hope to use that to their advantage given their firepower across the field.

Just five Wanderers have played all six matches, with Djimila Totham, Kaitlyn Armstrong (12 goals) and Shekeine de Satge earning three best on ground appearances each, while the ever-consistent Morgan Johnston has proved to be a force to be reckoned with in every encounter, earning herself five bests from five outings. But while Armstrong has played every match, the Wanderers do not really have a reliable second target forward to take some of the heat, meaning another step up from the rest of the forward unit is warranted to get over the line against the Magpies. For the Pies, there is no doubt Tabitha MayIesha Ronberg and Arthurina Moreen are the go-to players around the ground, with the latter booting seven goals from her three appearances and named amongst the best on two of those occasions.

Waratah vs. Tracy Village
Saturday, November 21

A second lower ladder battle follows the first, as Waratah and Tracy Village go head-to-head this week. While Tracy Village are technically once again in with an upset chance here for a maiden win this season, realistically the Warriors have the winning attitude and defensive nous to keep the Razorbacks away from the scoreboard once more. Both sides have struggled up forward this season, coming in as the eighth (Waratah) and ninth (Tracy Village) ranked teams for points for, respectively, although the Warriors have put up competitive scorelines for the most part – bar the last two rounds – while the Razorbacks have now been rendered goalless four times from six outings.

For Waratah, Lisa Roberts was the lone goalkicker last week, adding another to her tally while Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have been fairly reliable firepower so far this season and will really hope to pile on the offensive pressure against the Razorbacks.For the Razorbacks, Meagan Wylie and Indianna Hughes are still the only goalkickers all season meaning the side will want to lift their forward output against a lower-ranked side and attempt to pile on the pressure. The likes of Kiri Marschall and Zhoe Clarke have both been named in the best three times, as has Hughes, so fans will hope to see these players step up to the plate once more.

Nightcliff vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 21

One of the matches of the round will see Nightcliff and Southern Districts go head-to-head, with neither side quite yet hitting the form they expect to but fortunately still sitting within top five calculations. Reigning premiers, Southern Districts had a shaky start to the season but are now sitting on three straight wins and a draw – including their huge confidence boosting, 137-point victory over Tracy Village last round – while Nightcliff have had a few bumps in the road but are ultimately enjoying an improved season and will hope to test the Districts and send them packing with a lower ladder position.

Emma-Lou Wolsey lost top spot on the goalkicking tally following last round, so the Nightcliff forward will be looking to amend that this round and pile on the scoreboard pressure to pull away once more past her current 12-goal count. Her consistency and backup around the ground is paramount to the Tigers’ success here, with the ever-impressive Mickayla Ward continuously offering a crucial second option with eight goals and four bests to her name, while Jacqueline Anyon-Smith is also well and truly up there not only supplying the firepower but also allowing Wolsey to stand strong up forward. For the Districts, a huge 10-goal effort from Tayla Thorn last round was exactly what the doctor ordered, but now it is about maintaining that intensity against a quality team and utilising additional options up forward, with Megan CraufurdEmma Forsyth and Grace Mulvahil all providing crucial targets with two goals apiece last round but not consistently showcasing that effort on the scoreboard otherwise.

Pint vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 21

The biggest match of the round will close out a huge Saturday of action, with ladder-leaders Pint hosting Darwin Buffettes in a battle for dominance at the top-end of the ladder. While Pint is realistically not at any chance of dropping from top of the ladder given the side’s excellent percentage, the Buffettes will want to assert dominance as the first side to topple the Queen Ants. For Pint, everything is at stake here given the Buffettes’ ability to not only control matches with extensive margins, but also maintain a lead in closer battles. The trick here for Darwin is to utilise Pint’s Round 7 bye and explode out of the gates, and with great matchups across the field there is no doubt this match will be a cracker.

Two of the most well-rounded sides are Pint and Darwin, both boasting plenty of firepower up forward and the defensive acumen to back it up and propel the footy forward once more. Both sides have proven more than capable of supplying consistent goalkickers, with Darwin’s Zoe Anderson taking over top spot last round to lead the tally with 14 goals, while amongst these two teams, Machaelia RobertsDelsey Ah Wang (both Darwin) and Jasmyn Hewett (Pint) have all booted seven goals, with Hewett backed up by Casey Morris and Jessie Baumer (both six). When it comes to consistency, Pint’s Cassie Henderson and Darwin’s Jemma Iacono rarely falter, both named amongst the bests for their respective teams on four occasions from six outings, while Dominique CarboneAmy Chittick and Morris are also more than capable of stepping up and leading the charge on three bests apiece.

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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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 4

ROUND 4 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League saw Palmerston and Pint secure blowout victories, while St Mary’s and Darwin got the better of fellow top five opponents on what was a super Saturday of play. The results see Pint remain the sole undefeated side atop the ladder, while Tracy Village is still searching for its first win and Southern Districts freshened up with a bye. All that, and more in our weekend wrap.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES | 3.1 | 4.5 | 9.8 | 14.12 (96)
TRACY VILLAGE | 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.3 | 1.3 (9)

GOALS:

Palmerston: A. Moreen 4, N. Medbury 3, T. May 2, I. Ronberg, E. Pretlove, M. Brown, C. Byers, J. Baird.
Tracy Village: M. Wylie.

BEST:

Palmerston: J. Guthridge, J. Baird, T. May, A. Moreen, M. Brown, B. Byers
Tracy Village: I. Hughes, K. Battel, K. Marschall, L. Toner, Z. Clarke, R. von Prott

Palmerston got on the board for season 2020/21 at the third time of asking, thumping the winless Tracy Village by 87 points at Cazaly’s Arena on Saturday. The Magpies took an early lead and never looked back, setting up their victory with four goals to nil in the first half. The damage was only compounded after half time despite the Razorbacks getting on the board, as Palmerston piled on a further 10 goals to storm home 14.12 (96) to 1.3 (9) winners.

Arthurina Moreen (four goals) and Natasha Medbury (three) combined to claim half of the Magpies’ majors, while Tabitha May rounded out the multiple goalkickers with two. Meagan Wylie was Tracy Village’s lone player to find the big sticks, as her side was soundly outdone going forward. The likes of Janet Baird and Michaeline Brown were others to both be named among the best and hit the scoreboard for Palmerston, but it was Jo Guthridge who earned best afield honours. Indianna Hughes gained the same credit for Tracy Village in the loss.

WANDERERS | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.3 (9)
PINT | 2.2 | 7.5 | 12.7 | 16.7 (103)

GOALS:

Wanderers: C. Ormsby.
Pint: C. Morris 5, K. Smits 3, G. Cusack 2, J. Hewett 2, R. Pryer 2, S. Ingram, K. Streader.

BEST: 

Wanderers: M. Johnston, T. Davern, D. Peckham, C. Ormsby, S. De Satge, T. Parriman
Pint: A. Chittick, C. Henderson, J. Hewett, C. Morris, K. Streader

Pint maintained its flawless start to the season with a resounding 94-point win over Wanderers at TIO Oval on Saturday morning. The Queen Ants started steadily with a two-goal buffer at the first break, before piling on five goals in both the second and third terms to set up the big victory. All the while, Wanderers went scoreless, with Cassie Ormsby converting the Eagles’ first six-pointer in the final term en route to the 16.7 (103) to 1.3 (9) scoreline. It did little to arrest Pint’s momentum, as the victors also put through another four majors.

Casey Morris led a remarkable group of five multiple goalkickers for Pint, bagging a handful of goals while Kristen Smits (three) managed the next-best haul. Jasmyn Hewett was another to trouble the scorers with two majors as she was named among the Queenants’ best behind Amy Chittick and Cassie Henderson. Meanwhile, Morgan Johnston and Tishara Davern led the way for Wanderers alongside goalkicker, Ormsby as the Eagles fell to a second-consecutive defeat to sit seventh at 1-3. Pint is still riding high in top spot having knocked over every challenger thus far.

ST MARY’S | 3.1 | 7.2 | 9.8 | 11.10 (76)
NIGHTCLIFF | 1.2 | 2.2 | 4.2 | 5.2 (32)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: J. Anderson 3, A. Coombes 3, M. Long 2, J. Bryant, C. Whitfort, D. Ponter
Nightcliff: J. Anyon-Smith 3, L. Gooden, E. Wolsey

BEST:

St Mary’s: A. Coombes, D. Ponter, M. Williamson, S. Peris, J. Anderson, C. Whitfort
Nightcliff: K. Simmons, L. Gooden, J. Anyon-Smith

Finals ramifications were in play when St Mary’s and Nightcliff went to battle at TIO Stadium on Saturday morning, and it was the Saints who gained a big boost by becoming the first side to defeat the Tigers this season. The 44-point victory saw St Mary’s jump its opponent into second spot, with both sides currently boasting 3-1 records within the top five. A five-goal to one second term in favour of the victors did most of the damage, as Nightcliff failed to match the Saints’ firepower and fast ball movement throughout the contest.

Jasmine Anderson and Alana Coombes snared three goals apiece for the green and gold, with Michaela Long (two goals) rounding out St Mary’s multiple goalkickers. Up the other end, Jacqueline Anyon-Smith spearheaded the Tigers’ attack with three majors, as fellow goal-getter Lauren Gooden was named among the best behind Katrina Simmons. Coombes was adjudged St Mary’s best afield in front of Adelaide Crows AFLW livewire Danielle Ponter, as well as the likes of Megan Williamson and Claudia Whitford, who have enjoyed strong starts to the season among others.

WARATAH | 1.0 | 4.4 | 5.4 | 6.7 (43)
DARWIN | 2.3 | 4.4 | 5.8 | 7.8 (50)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 5, L. Roberts
Darwin: J. Dodsworth 2, A. Bush, D. Ah Wang, S. Henry, M. Gargan, Z. Anderson

BEST:

Waratah: N/A
Darwin: M. Roberts, T. Hart-Aluni, K. Kurnoth, K. Hazlett, J. Iacono

Another top five clash rounded out the weekend proceedings, as Darwin defeated Waratah by seven points in by far the closest game of the round. Tahs’ were simply unable to catch the Buffettes back up after drawing level at half time, with a two-goal to one final term sealing the 7.8 (50) to 6.7 (43) win for Darwin. The result sees the Double Blues return to the winners list and gain a positive record, while Waratah slides to 1-2-1 and has not won since the opening round. However, the Warriors remain fifth having clinched a draw last time out.

It was not all bad for Waratah, especially given Lisa Miceli bagged an equal round-high five goals, with Lisa Roberts their side’s only other goalkicker. A more even spread saw Johanna Dodsworth (two goals) finish as Darwin’s lone multiple goalkicker, as five more Buffettes’ found the big sticks across the day. Unsurprisingly, Machaelia Roberts and Tayla Hart-Aluni fronted Darwin’s best players, with Jemma Iacono also instrumental in the win from defence. After the hotly-contested match, Waratah will look to rebound on the back of a bye next week.

Featured Image: Action from the NTFL Women’s Premier League clash between Darwin and Waratah | Credit: Celina Whan/AFLNT Media

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 4

ROUND 4 of the 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League season will see all four matches played on Saturday once more, with reigning premiers Southern Districts having a week off with the bye this round. Nightcliff and Pint still sit atop the ladder on three wins straight, while one of the three winless teams will get points on the board in the opening match of the round. A battle between ladder-leading Nightcliff and third placed St Mary’s looms as the match of the round, though the battle to stay off the bottom of the ladder could prove much more significant with three teams sitting on just the one win – making a big move up the ladder a viable outcome at the end of the round.

Palmerston Magpies vs. Tracy Village
Saturday, October 24

One of the three winless sides will get points on the board this round when Palmerston and Tracy Village go head-to-head, and while the two cellar dwellers have only played two matches apiece thanks to respective bye rounds, both teams need to get something on the board this week to give them a chance of bouncing back from the rough start. Ultimately, neither team has been a real worry on the scoreboard, combining for just 32 points throughout the opening rounds. That being said, there have been some consistent performers across the field for both teams, with Magpies’ Iesha Ronberg, Khani White and Shanoah Leedie named in the best twice, as have Razorbacks’ Indianna Hughes – the side’s lone goalkicker – Meagan Wylie and Sarah Wilson. Expect a tight match between these two, although the Magpies’ success and winning mentality over past seasons will surely work in their favour against the Razorbacks.

Wanderers vs. Pint
Saturday, October 24

The Wanderers have a tough battle this week, coming up against a Pint outfit that still sits undefeated after three rounds and have shown no signs of stopping. While Wanderers do have the one win on the board from Round 2, the side’s main issue has been a lack of opportunity up forward, tending to crumble under tight defensive pressure. Pint, however, have found some excellent form with the help of a couple new names from down south, and weathered the storm well when required to showcase how their defensive outfit can be just as cohesive as their exciting frontline. With plenty of firepower out the front and six of their eight goalkickers on multiple majors, Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer (five goals from three games and four from two, respectively) are big targets while Cassie Henderson has been influential time and time again. For Wanderers, Djimila Totham has been critical around the ground, named in the best three times while Kaitlyn Armstrong has proved hard to stop when she gets going, booting 10 majors in three games to be equal-leading goalkicker.

St Mary’s vs. Nightcliff
Saturday, October 24

A top battle is expected when ladder-leading Nightcliff head to take on third placed St Mary’s, with the Saints’ Round 3 victory over the Buffettes injecting plenty of confidence into the side. Both teams are more than capable of maintaining pressure and composure even in a close contest while firepower is no issue for either side, with Nightcliff boasting the current equal-leading goalkicker in Emma-Lou Wolsey (10 goals) and Mickayla Ward (equal second with five goals, two bests). While St Mary’s does not feature in the top five for scoring, that is more due to the shared load out the front than a lack of opportunity with 10 individual goalkickers so far this season and three who have booted more than one. Ash Melnikas and Michaela Long (four goals apiece) are the ones to watch inside 50, with the former and Megan Williamson named in the best three times from three matches. 

Waratah vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, October 24

These two sides come into an unprecedented matchup in at fourth and fifth, though Buffettes have only played two games – only winning one – thanks to the bye while Waratah won by default in the first round and were faced with a draw in Round 3. While Waratah has been competitive in patches, expect the firepower of the Buffettes to control proceedings with so many players capable of shouldering the load. Both Zoe Anderson and Machaelia Roberts boast not only goal sense but also plenty of composure with five and four goals to their name, while Waratah’s Jenna Singh has been consistent as ever, booting three goals alongside Caitlin Couch who has booted three from two outings. Lauren O’Shea and Lisa Roberts are excitement machines when they get going, and while both have put a goal on the board to start the season they will hope to explode out of the blocks.