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NTFL Women’s Premier League: Week 1 Finals – Crocs look to recreate Waratah upset as four teams face elimination

AFTER a long season in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League, just six teams remain in the competition, with back-to-back premiers Waratah favourites, though they face a team that has toppled them twice. Darwin and Nightcliff have beaten the top two teams at different points, while Palmerston have the depth to challenge any team and Pint will relish the underdog status.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES vs. PINT
Elimination Final 2
Saturday, February 2, 12.30pm
TIO Stadium

Opening up a huge day at TIO Stadium from the Women’s Premier League perspective, third placed Palmerston Magpies go head-to-head with sixth placed Pint. The Queen Ants only just squeezed into the finals on percentage, having won one less game than the seventh placed Wanderers, but drew one and benefited from Big River Hawks’ being removed from the league to earn the rights to sixth spot. The lower ranked side comes win with some solid form, having won three of its last four games, albeit two of those wins came against teams not in the top six. The Queen Ants’ victory against Darwin Buffettes last week would give them confidence heading into this encounter, considering the last time these sides faced, it ended up a 39-point win to the Magpies. In their Round 1 encounter, Palmerston also got up, but by just two points on the same ground. The Magpies also enter the game on the back of some strong form, smashing fifth placed Nightcliff by 48 points, pummelling St Mary’s by 142, and then comfortably keeping Wanderers out of the finals race with a 36-point victory in Round 18. Heading into this do-or-die elimination final, Pint will hope to repeat the upset win over Darwin last week, which saw Kristen Smits and Jessie Baumer both boot two goals in the 6.7 (43) to 3.1 (19) triumph. With star player, Jasmyn Hewett now back in the AFL Women’s the Queen Ants have relied upon their next tier of players to stand up. Among those who could be ones to watch in the upcoming match are Erin Hetherington and Amy Pennefather, while Jacqueline Downey also hit the scoreboard last week, her ninth goal from 14 games. For the Magpies, they have a stacked team that can challenge anyone on their day, but also need a bit of luck to take down the top two sides. Billie Byers has been the star through the season, named in the best 11 times from 16 games, while Iesha Ronberg and Janet Baird are also impressive talents. Led by a host of teenagers in Arthurina Moreen (36 goals) and Freda Puruntatameri (24) – who will play for Calder Cannons in the NAB League Girls competition this season – they will look to use all the firepower they can to knock Pint out of contention and move themselves one win away from a Grand Final place.

DARWIN BUFFETTES vs. NIGHTCLIFF
Elimination Final 1
Saturday, February 22, 2.30pm
TIO Oval No. 2

Darwin will be kicking itself after its loss last week to Pint, robbing the Buffettes of third spot and a guaranteed chance at a Grand Final spot with a win in the elimination final. The Buffettes can still set up a likely clash with Waratah if they win, but need the Queen Ants to cause an upset in the other semi-final to ensure the state’s capital side is the highest ranked elimination final winner. It will not be an easy feat against Nightcliff however, with the Tigers only finishing a couple of wins behind, though granted their percentage was the worst of any side in the top six, and the only team under 100 per cent. These teams both come into this clash with less-than-ideal form, having lost their last two. The most recent win for Nightcliff – who had a bye in Round 18 last week – came against Darwin back in Round 15, when they booted 4.6 (30) to the Buffettes’ 4.3 (27). There was not much in the game, and it turned the tables on the two teams’ earlier result which saw the Buffettes run away with a 31-point victory after restricting the Tigers to just one goal in the match back in Round 5. Nightcliff has a couple of players who have been ultra-consistent throughout the season, with Eliza Morrison and Emma-Lou Wolsey both named among their side’s best on 11 occasions. VFL Women’s Grand Final captain, Western Bulldogs’ Mickayla Ward has also been a welcome addition to the NTFL Women’s Premier League, booting 11 goals from 10 games and named in the best on seven occasions. Laura De Hommel and Shantel Miskin-Ripia are other talents who have been consistent performers throughout the 2019/20 season. The Buffettes have an array of depth across their team, with youngster Dominique Carbone really taking her game to the next level this season, combining with fellow teenager, Tayla Hart-Aluni and the experienced Kylie Duggan across the ground. Hart-Aluni leads the side’s goalkicking with 17 majors from 16 games, while Delsey Ah Wang has a goal a game from 13 matches. Throw in the likes of Jemma Iacono and Bianca Stokes, and the Buffettes have such a strong side that they will be keen to take the next step and bounce back from back-to-back losses with a win in the elimination final.

WARATAH vs. SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Qualifying Final
Saturday, February 22, 2.30pm
TIO Stadium

Whilst the elimination final between the Buffettes and Tigers takes place on TIO Oval No 2, the all-important qualifying final clash between Waratah and Southern Districts follows on from the Palmerston-Pint elimination final match on TIO Stadium. These sides are no stranger to going deep in the finals series, playing off in last year’s decider. While it was the Crocs’ first grand final in the competition, the ‘Tahs have been the dominant side of the past decade. Since the 2012/13 season, Waratah has won six of a possible seven flags, often with comfortable margins in the Grand Final. They have dropped just the one decider – to Darwin in 2016/17, where they went down in a shock 18-point defeat. Now heading for a three peat and seven from a possible eight, the minor premiers will be hard to stop in this game. If there is a side to do it, then it is arguably the Crocs who have inflicted two defeats against the top side, though one of those was reversed back in Round 1 for having two extra players on the bench. They copped it back-to-back for the same offence in the opening two Rounds, so despite winning those games, two of the Crocs’ five losses have come from forfeits. The other three have come against Darwin twice – who appear to be the Crocs’ danger side – and Nightcliff by two points. For Waratah, the loss to Southern Districts in Round 11 will be fresh in the minor premiers’ mind, but so will the defeat to the Tigers a week later in what was a forgettable fortnight. Given that the Crocs completely outplayed them in Round 1 even with the extra couple of rotations, Waratah would be well aware of just how dangerous this game is. They come in off the back of an easy 100-point win over Tracy Village, but challenging contests against Darwin and Pint in the lead-up to that final round clash will have hardened the team for battle here. Both of these teams have plenty of stars running around, with Lisa Roberts arguably the standout player in the top side, having been named in the best 10 times from 17 games and booting 20 goals in that time. Rebecca Pryer is also a consistent player, while Claudia Fabris and Isabella Rapson-Staropoli have well supported them at the top-end. Lauren O’Shea (21 goals) leads the team’s goalkicking, while Jenna Singh (19) makes it three players with a combined 60 goals between them. The key for Waratah will be to stop goalkicking machine, Ebony Miller who has simply been unstoppable this season for the Crocs, booting 59 goals from 14 games. The next highest goal kicker for Southern Districts is Kelsey Patterson with 10, meaning if Miller can be stopped, so too can the Crocs. With three bags of 10 – granted against the bottom three sides – Evans certainly padded her total, but still managed to kick multiple goals in every game bar two this season. From the team perspective, Tahlia Holtze and April Lewis are aiming the consistently strong players, as are young guns, Bella Clarke and Lateesha Jeffrey and Mattea Breed, with Clarke and Breed now running out in the SANFL Women’s competition which has begun. Waratah will start favourites, but Southern Districts have the recipe to win, which makes this a tantalising contest.

NTFL Women’s Premier League: Round 18 – Waratah and Southern District put on scintillating performance

THE final round of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) saw the top teams such as Waratah and Southern District once again flex their muscles, while it also featured a surprise upset with the Buffettes stunned in their clash. It marked the final game of the home and away season for Tracy Village, St Mary’s and Wanderers who will all be looking ahead to a bigger and better 2020/21 season.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
WARATAH 4.9 | 6.11 | 10.12 | 14.17 (101)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: N/A.
Waratah: L. Roberts 5, M. Hunter 3, A. Chittick 2, G. Cusack, M. Gissing, T. O’Hehir, B. Martin.

BESTS:

Tracy Village: N/A
Waratah: C. Fabris, M. Hunter, T. O”Hehir, B. Martin, I. Rapson-Staropoli

It was a convincing performance from Waratah who dismantled Tracy Village to run out 100-point victors. The Tahs’ were on from the get-go establishing an early lead and not looking back gradually adding to the margin. Tracy Village’s only score came in the second quarter with most of the game one way traffic heading towards Waratahs forward. They proved too strong across the board putting up a wall in defence and simply attacking the scoreboard any time an opportunity came their way. Waratah managed four goals each quarter apart from the second when it only recorded two majors but suffered from inaccuracy with 17 points to its name. Lisa Roberts was a real live wire up forward for Waratah helping herself to five goals, while Monet Hunter also chipped in with three majors of her own, keeping her strong form in front of goal well and truly alive. Amy Chittick also made an impact inside the forward arc with two majors while Tarryn O’Heir and Breanna Martin were both named in the bests for their impressive efforts. Isabella Rapson-Staropoli shone bright once again with her ability to find the footy. It was a disappointing outing for Tracy Village with the likes of Alex Lang, Catherine White and Aeysha Angel digging deep but unfortunately it was not enough to trouble the scoreboard with Waratah simply unstoppable in every aspect.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT 5.5 | 8.8 | 13.10 | 19.17 (131)
ST MARYS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: E. Miller 10, K. Marsden 2, G. Mulvahil 2, T. Holtze, D. Lee-Feeney, M. Craufurd, M. Clarke, G. Stiles.
St Mary’s: N/A.

BESTS:

Southern Districts: E. Miller, M. Nankervis, T. Thornton, K. Waterbury, K. Marsden
St Mary’s: N/A

Southern District pummelled St Mary’s by a whopping 131 points in what was a complete and utter one-sided affair. The Southern Districts win never really looked in doubt with the home team quickly asserting themselves on their opponents. A five-goal first quarter set the tone for the match, and although they had a quieter second term, they picked up the pace after half-time with accuracy proving no real issue. St Mary’s failed to stop the forward momentum of District consistently outnumbered at the contest and unable to move out of their back half. In the past three games Ebony Miller, has nailed a staggering 22 goals 10 of which came in this performance highlighting just how much of a presence she has up forward and her goal sense. Miller provided a constant option inside 50 but she was not the only one to get on the board with debutante Kasey Marsden managing two goals and Grace Mulvahil also nailing two majors to extend her sides lead. The scoring load was further spread across a host of players with Tahlia Holtze, Megan Craufurd and Maili Clarke getting amongst the action with a goal apiece while Malory Nankervis made her way into the bests for a second consecutive week. Aaliyah Bailey and Ashlee Harris combined well for St Mary’s but it was not enough to quell the constant onslaught from Southern District.

PINT 4.3 | 5.5 | 5.6 | 6.7 (43)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 | 0.1 | 1.1 | 3.1 (19)

GOALS:

Pint: K. Smits 2, J. Baumer 2, J. Downey, C. Henderson.
Darwin Buffettes: C. Browne, T. Bullen, B. Stokes.

BESTS:

Pint: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: J. Dodsworth, D. Carbone, K. Duggan, B. Stokes, C. Boyd

The biggest upset of the round came at the hands of Pint downing the fourth placed Darwin Buffettes in convincing fashion. Pint got the early ascendancy leaving the Buffettes stunned and unable to get their usual ball movement up and running. Darwin were rendered goalless in the opening half credit to Pint’s extreme pressure, while the home side piled on five goals to all but end any chance of a comeback. Pint had answers for everything their opposition threw at them and while they were slightly inaccurate in front of the big sticks they did enough to get over the line and limit the Buffettes from getting a real run at it. Kristen Smits and Jessie Baumer both hit the scoreboard once again for Pint with four goals collectively while Cassie Henderson rounded out the scoring contingent with a goal of her own.  For Darwin, Crystal Browne, Tameka Bullen and Bianca Stokes shared the load but their efforts fell short unable to register enough opportunities to hit the scoreboard and turn the tables. Youngster Dominique Carbone worked diligently for each and every ball that came her way named in the bests for the third consecutive week with teammate Kylie Duggan also plying her trade across the ground.

PALMERSTON 2.5 | 3.6 | 5.9 | 9.9 (63)
WANDERERS 0.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 4.3 (27)

GOALS:

Palmerston: L. Motlap 3, J. Brock 2, A. Moreen, M. Frank, I. Ronberg, W. Barlow.
Wanderers: N/A.

BESTS:

Palmerston: J. Brock, J. Baird, T. May, L. Motlap, C. Delacoeur, K. White
Wanderers: N/A

The final game of the round saw Palmerston once again showcase their strength against the seventh placed Wanderers with a solid 36-point win. The Magpies were in complete control from the first whistle but were plagued with inaccuracy scoring five behinds. Things evened up in the second term with the Wanderers piling on the pressure and getting back within a mere five points thanks to three goals. But that did not last long with Palmerston hitting back after half time and running away with the game and keeping the Wanderers to just one major. Palmerston’s attacking 50 was dictated by Laquioya Motlap with the forward booting three goals with teammate Jessie Brock also chiming in with two goals of her own. Arthurina Moreen continued her hot form in front of goal recording yet another major while Iesha Ronberg also contributed to the winning score line with a goal. Cammie Delacoeur plied her trade for the Magpies with Janet Baird also making her presence felt in the victory. Muk Muks duo Lucille Motlop and Shekeine De Stage worked tirelessly but ultimately could not stop the Magpies from powering on.

2019/20 NTFL Women’s Premier League Preview: Round 13

ROUND 13 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) is set to be another big one, headlined with ladder defining clashes. With shock losses and a mid-table log jam the fight for finals is anyone’s game, with the biggest match of the round between Southern Districts and Darwin Buffettes.

Wanderers v. Big River Hawks
Saturday, January 11, 12:30pm
TIO Stadium

The Wanderers will have a spring in their step after clenching a narrow three-point victory last round and will aim to repeat those winning ways once again in Round 13. It has been a testing season for the newly inducted Big River Hawks who are yet to register a win but coming off an extended break they could be refreshed and looking for their first victory. The Wanderers have been relatively accurate in front of goal and will want to make the Hawks pay to get a percentage boost and set themselves up for the finals. Lucille Motlop is one to watch for the Wanderers given her goal nous and ability to get loose in the forward 50. She is coming off a two-goal performance last week while the likes of Tishara Davern is no stranger to the scoreboard making her another option in front of goals. Shekeine De Satge is an exciting player able to win the ball for the Wanderers while for the Hawks they will be looking to Crystal Browne to lead the way.

Pint v. Nightcliff
Saturday, January 11, 4:00pm
MCG

Expect a close battle between sixth placed Nightcliff and seventh placed Pint with their closeness on the ladder making for an exciting contest. A shot at finals is not out of the question yet with both sides sitting two and three games respectively out of fourth spot, meaning a win here could give them the boost they are after. Nightcliff are coming off a surprise win against first-placed Waratah, making a point to the rest of the competition that their best is good enough against the top echelon of teams. Nightcliff capitalised on their opportunities in front of goal and must do the same this round to continue their fight for finals. Mickayla Ward was a saving grace up forward last round and given her ability to find the goals could quite easily repeat her feats against Pint. Another few key contributors for Nightcliff are Eliza Morrison and Emma-Lou Wolsey who are both renowned for their ability to cause havoc across the field. Pint were well beaten last round and will have to bring their A-game to get over a red hot Nightcliff. Emma Greaves and Erin Hetherington have been nothing but consistent for Pint, time and time again working tirelessly to win the ball and create half chances.

Waratah v. St Mary’s
Saturday, January 11, 4:30pm
TIO Oval

After a shock loss last round the top of the table Waratah will be seeking redemption. The ‘Tahs were kept to a mere 15 points, something they would not be used to considering how prolific they normally are and will want to make amends given finals are around the corner. On the other hand, St Mary’s will see it as an opportunity to strike especially if they can replicate the same pressure and game plan. The last time these two sides met Waratah reigned supreme with a 45-point thumping that was marred by inaccuracy, with the ‘Tahs registering 12 behinds. Although a lot has changed since Round 4, with both sides developing and becoming more cohesive expect Waratah to bounce back from their loss and establish their dominance once again. In her first game for the season Timaya Cunningham proved to be filled with plenty of talent bagging two goals while teammate Isabella Rapson-Staropoli also made her presence felt being named in the best for the third consecutive week. Alysha Healy has also enjoyed a purple patch for Waratah. St Mary’s will look to their usual suspects in Aaliyah Bailey and Chinette Suapero to lead the way.

Tracy Village v. Palmerston Magpies
Sunday, January 12, 4:00pm
Tracy Village

The Palmerston Magpies flexed their muscles last week with a 20-point victory. The win allowed them to hold onto third spot and stay in the hunt for second spot only missing out by percentage. Tracy Village did not take the field in Round 12 thanks to a forfeit. It will be a big effort for the ninth placed side to compete with the Magpies who are humming at the moment. The Magpies have a plethora of options up forward with the likes of Freda Puruntatameri owning inside 50 last round with three goals while Arthurina Moreen also added to the scoreboard with two majors. If both players can replicate their Round 12 form Tracy Village could be in for a tough outing. In recent weeks Natasha Medbury and Billie Byers have plied their trade across the ground winning the ball and hitting the scoreboard making them a dangerous duo. Keep an eye out for Alexandra Biggs and Bonnie McDougall for Tracy Village who have plenty have tricks up their sleeves.

Darwin Buffettes v. Southern Districts
Sunday, January 12, 5:00pm
TIO Stadium

It will be a tantalising battle between second and fourth placed Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts in the final match of the round with neither side willing to give an inch. Southern District are coming off a 56 point win and will be riding a wave of confidence, ready to dismiss their opponents in style. They shared the goal scoring load around and if given the chance against the Buffettes will do the same. If forward, Ebony Miller can get off to a dominant start it will go a long way in setting up a potential win. Miller booted four goals last week with Grace Mulvahil also getting in on the action for Southern District. Youngster Mattea Breed made her presence felt while April Lewis and Keeley Waterbury also contributed to the scoreboard proving they have plenty of options. The Buffettes will be seeking revenge after going down to the Magpies last round making for an intense match with ladder position ultimately riding on this result. Young-gun Tayla Hart-Aluni has been a sensation, scoring goals and running freely. Teammates Leashay Warbuton-Richards, Meredith Turner and Dominique Carbone have also been solid contributors for the Buffettes. If the trio can have an impact early it will go a long way in setting up a win.

NTFL Women’s 2019/20 wrap: Round 12

IN the first game back after the Christmas break there was plenty on the line ,with prime ladder position and reputation all up for grabs. Round 12 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) was filled with close games and a few blowouts with the biggest surprise Waratah’s loss to the sixth placed Nightcliff. Meanwhile, Big River Hawks forfeited their game against Tracy Village and the Wanderers prevailed in a tight encounter.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 4.3 | 4.4 | 6.6 | 8.6 (54)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 |1.2 | 3.3 | 5.4 (34)

GOALS:
Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 3, A. Moreen 2, K. Whittaker, N. Medbury, J. Brock
Buffettes: L. Warburton-Richards, L. Adam, M. Turner, T. Hart-Aluni, B. Scrymgour

BESTS:
Magpies: N. Medbury, B. Byers, K. White, I. Ronberg, A. Moreen, F. Puruntatameri
Buffettes: M. Turner, L. Adam, D. Carbone, K. Duggan, T. Hart-Aluni

The round kicked off on Friday night with only 20 points separating both sides at the final siren. Unfortunately for the Buffettes the damage was all but done in the first quarter, with the Magpies going on a scoring spree to open up a 27-point lead. The Buffettes failed to register a score in the first quarter thanks to the intense defensive pressure applied by the Magpies, while the Pies continued to hit the scoreboard with every opportunity that came their way. With a handy lead they were hard to catch, forcing the Buffettes to play catch-up – a game style they simply could not maintain. Freda Puruntatameri was electric in front of goals nailing three majors to help establish a nice buffer for her side while Arthurina Moreen also contributed to the scoresheet with two goals of her own in the Magpies victory. Natasha Medbury also found the big sticks along with plenty of ball across the field while teammate Kaeleisha White made no mistake fighting hard to win the footy and dispose of it cleanly. For the Buffettes, youngster Tayla Hart-Aluni kept her hot form running with another strong showing, nailing a goal and proving she is not afraid to get in on the action. Although Dominique Carbone did not find the goals like the previous round she still found plenty of the ball, instead helping to set up plays across the ground while Lucy Adam and Meredith Turner hit the scoreboard instead.

ST MARY’S 2.3 | 3.3 | 5.4 | 5.6 (36)
WANDERERS 2.1 | 6.1 | 6.1 | 6.3 (39)

GOALS:
St Mary’s: N/A
Wanderers: L. Motlop 2, T. Davern 2, P. Koulakis, S. De Satge

BESTS:
St Mary’s: N/A
Wanderers: T. Davern, G. Halkitis, S. De Satge, L. Motlop, M. Johnston, P. Koulakis

It came down to a mere three points with St Mary’s falling just short of their sixth win for the season. St Mary’s will be rueing both their inaccuracy and lacklustre second quarter, allowing the Wanderers to pile on four goals to their one. It was close throughout the match with St Mary’s ultimately forced into chase position early on after a disappointing second term. However, the Saints were not going to die wondering, mounting a strong comeback and eventually going down by just the three points. Both sides fought hard to gain ascendancy and most importantly capitalise on their scoring opportunities but it was the Wanderers’ increased accuracy in front of the big sticks that got them over the line. Lucille Motlop was the danger woman for the Wanderers, booting two goals, while Tishara Davern also added another two majors to the total. Both Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Shekeine De Satge also made their presence felt with one goal apiece to cap off a tight but successful outing for the Wanderers. Aaliyah Bailey was solid as ever, plying her trade across the field and getting involved in the action to keep her side in the contest while Chinette Suapero continued her consistent form for St Mary’s, but it was not enough to give them the boost they needed to clinch the win.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.2 | 4.6 | 6.10 | 9.12 (66)
PINT 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS:
Southern District: E. Miller 4, K. Waterbury, G. Stiles, H. Engelhardt, G. Mulvahil, A. Lewis
Pint: N/A

BESTS:
Southern District: G. Mulvahil, K. Waterbury, L. Jeffrey, A. Lewis, M. Breed
Pint: N/A

It was another dominant performance from Southern Districts to limit Pint to only 10 points, proving that the Christmas break did no harm to their game play and intensity. The Crocs were on from the first whistle of the game, coming out with a point to prove and scoring prowess to boot but suffered from inaccuracy registering 12 behinds. Although they ran out with a 56 point victory they really could have romped it home if it was not for the missed chances in front of goal, something they will want to tidy up with finals fast approaching. Pint scored their only goal in the final term of the game thanks to the hard work and strong defensive structure of Southern Districts. Goal scoring machine Ebony Miller added to her growing tally booting another four majors in the clash with five other teammates hitting the scoreboard. Grace Mulvahill was clean across the ground using her spatial awareness to have an impact while also showing her goal sense to bag a goal herself. Mattea Breed was a key contributor once again in the win, using her ball smarts and vision to have an impact while Keeley Waterbury left her mark both on the scoresheet and on stats sheet. Emma Greaves and Cara Evans worked tirelessly to try and create some type of forward thrust for Pint but it was often to no avail.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.2 | 2.4 | 3.6 | 4.6 (30)
WARATAH 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.3 (15)

GOALS:
Nightcliff: M. Ward 2, E. Morrison, J. Steppacher
Waratah: T. Cunningham 2

BESTS:
Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, E. Morrison, S. Hatzismalis
Waratah: M. Cooper, L. Roberts, P. Cox, A. Healy, I. Rapson-Staropoli

Nightcliff pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the round, downing the first placed Waratah in convincing fashion. This is only the second loss of the season for Waratah who struggled to find their normal momentum and scoring prowess, making for an enthralling battle between the two sides. Nightcliff took an early lead and did not look back, steadily building on their lead and proving that their best can match it with anyone in the competition. They all but doubled their opponents’ score by the final siren, showcasing their ability to close out games and score at a steady pace albeit with slight inaccuracy. The margin really started to open up in the third quarter before Waratah fought back but ultimately could not do enough to reduce the margin significantly. In her first game of the season Timaya Cunningham was a shining light for the ‘Tahs, nailing her side’s only two goals and showcasing her talent. Isabella Rapson-Staropoli continued her hot form, named in the bests for the third consecutive week and highlighting her ball winning ability and skill. For Nightcliff, Mikayla Ward was up to her usual tricks in front of goal nailing two majors and causing headaches for her defensive opposition. Eliza Morrison made an impact on the scoreboard with a goal while also doing her fair share of damage across the ground alongside Emma-Lou Wolsey and Sophie Hatzismalis.

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

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

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

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

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

BEST:

Pint: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: N/A

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

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

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS

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

BEST

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

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

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

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS

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

BEST

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

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

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

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS 

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

BEST

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

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

2019/20 NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 8 – Thrillers and blow outs and not much inbetween

ROUND 8 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) was a mixed bag of results with some matches extremely close and others big blowouts highlighting the extreme level of difference within the competition.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.3 | 2.5 | 3.5 | 3.8 (26)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 | 2.2 | 3.5 | 4.4 (28)

GOALS
Southern Districts:
L. Murray, K. Patterson, E. Miller
Nightcliff: M. Ward 2, J. Anyon-Smith, S. Politis

BEST
Southern Districts:
N/A
Nightcliff: J. de Melo, S. Miskin-Ripia, M. Ward

After a slow start Nightcliff built its way back into the game to run out victors by two points in what was an upset win. They did not let a goalless first quarter dictate their match working hard in the second to have four shots on goal and limit the higher placed Southern Districts to three drawing within in three points at half time. Nightcliff kept plying its trade in the third before putting the nail in the coffin in the final term to notch up their fifth win of the season. It was a tight battle between the two sides with neither willing to give an inch but inaccuracy ultimately cost District. Mickayla Ward did plenty of damage on the scoreboard with two goals highlighting her impressive goal nous while teammates Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Sophia Politis added to the match winning total. Youngster Shantel Miskin-Ripia left her mark on the game with her signature run and carry a real feature of her game while Jade De Melo was also recognised in the bests for her efforts throughout the match. Southern Districts also had a handful of key players that set the tone for its side with the likes of Kelsey Patterson converting a major along with the likes of Ebony Miller who had a quiet game in comparison to her 10 goal haul last week. In her first game of the season Lucy Murray did not muck around nailing a goal to keep her side in touch of their opponents but it was not enough to get them over the line.

WARATAH 1.5 | 2.5 | 3.6 | 4.10 (34)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 | 2.2 | 3.3 | 5.3 (33)

GOALS
Waratahs:
G. Cusack, J. Kolodziej, J. Singh, L. O’Shea.
Darwin Buffettes: N/A.

BEST
Waratahs:
G. Cusack, J. Kolodziej, C. Fabris, R. Pryer, I. Rapson-Staropoli
Darwin Buffettes: N/A

The second game of the round resulted in another nail-biter with the margin coming down to a mere one point in favour of the Waratahs. The ‘Tahs skipped out to an early lead in the first quarter but were plagued with inaccuracy unable to capitalise on their opportunities in front of goal. The Buffettes came out with a point to prove in the second term piling on two goals to reduce the margin to three points heading into the main break. The deficit remained three points up into the third before missed chances by Waratah in the last quarter almost handed their opponents the game, scoring 1.4 compared to the Buffettes straight two goals. The goal scoring was evenly spread across Waratahs with Gemma Cusack maintaining her recent consistency in front of goal making it three consecutive weeks in which she has scored a major. Jenna Singh, Joanna Kolodziej and Lauren O’Shea rounded out the goal scorers while teammate Isabella Rapson-Staropoli was influential across the ground.

PINT 7.5 | 12.8 | 17.14 | 23.21 (159)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

GOALS
Pint:
C. Morris 6, J. Baumer 3, J. Hewett 3, E. Ryan 3, K. Smits 2, R. Fecht, E. Markussen, J. Downey, C. Evans.
Big River Hawks: N/A.

BEST
Pint:
N/A
Big River Hawks: S. Clarke, Z. Mohamud, J. Daniels, F. Joshua, C. Browne, C. Delacoeur

It was a complete and utter demolition with Pint simply running rampant for a full four quarters against their last placed opposition. Big River Hawks had no answers for Pint who outclassed them at every turn using their clever ball movement, speed and accuracy to really punish the Hawks. It is fair to say it was game on from the opening bounce with Pint piling on seven goals to set the tone and highlight their intent. They did not let up throughout the match not conceding a single point credit to their extreme defensive pressure paired with their attacking prowess. Casey Morris caused havoc in the forward half with her six goals while Ellie Ryan, Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer contributed three goals apiece to add further pain to the already struggling Hawks side. Kristen Smits clearly did not want to miss out on the goal scoring action with two majors of her own while an additional four players got on the scoreboard. Despite things not going their way throughout the match Sam Clarke, Zainab Mohamud and Johanna Daniels worked gallantly to try and give their side a fighting chance.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 7.4 | 11.9 | 12.10 | 16. 14 (110)
ST MARY’S 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)

GOALS:
Palmerston Magpies:
A. Moreen 4, J. Stassi 4, N. Medbury 2, I. Ronberg, W. Barlow, J. Brock, B. Byera.
St Marys: N/A.

BEST:
Palmerston Magpies:
A. Moreen, B. Byers, J. Baird, I. Ronberg, M. Singh, G. Garling
St Mary’s: N/A

Despite scores drying up in the third term, the Palmerston Magpies had things all their own way for much of the match thanks to a dominant start to the game. The Magpies kept St Mary’s scoreless in the first half thanks to their intense pressure and own goal scoring ability to simply deny their opponents any opportunity to push forward. Palmerston showed why they are in the top four claiming their fifth win of the season sitting on equal points with the Wanderers meaning the percentage boost could not have come at a better time. Arthurina Moreen and Jessica Stassi led the way in attack for the Magpies nailing four goals apiece with the duo proving to be a real thorn in their oppositions side. Natasha Medbury, Iesha Ronberg, Billie Byers, Jessie Brock and Wynona Barlow could not be denied in front of goal adding to the total. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for St Mary’s who failed to trouble the scoreboard.

TRACY VILLAGE 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 3.3 (21)
WANDERERS 1.2 | 1.3 | 3.3 | 6.6 (42)

GOALS
Tracy Village: N/A.
Wanderers: S. De Satge 2, M. Billias, P. Koulakis, T. Bush, K. White.

BEST
Tracy Village: N/A
Wanderers: M. Johnston, T. Davern, S. Mauboy, S. De Satge, M. Billias, L. Motlop

A mere two points separated the ninth placed Tracy Village and fourth placed Wanderers at quarter time before the tables quickly turned. Tracy took control of the game to make the most of their opportunities and open up a handy lead heading into half time. But the Wanderers refused to back down, kicking it up a gear to get the game back on their terms and eventually run out 21 point victors thanks to a final quarter blitz. Shekeine De Stage threw her weight around in the forward half to boot two majors while Maria Billias made no mistake in front of goal nailing one goal for the game. Sophia Mauboy featured in the bests for the second consecutive week along with Morgan Johnston who made her presence felt on the footy field with her damaging style of play. In her second game of the round Karita White continued her merry goal scoring way, with another major to help get her side over the line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NTFL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 2 – Buffettes and Nightcliff go two from two

THE Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) Premier League ladder has well and truly split after round one, with three sides sitting victorious two weeks in a row, four sides sitting on one win from two matches and the bottom three not having won a match yet.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.7 | 10.11 | 13.13 | 19.19 (133)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was a hard and fast start for the Buffettes, and despite inaccuracy they well and truly got over the line, dominating against the league’s newest side and flooding them 133 to zero. The Buffettes only have the one behind scored against them for the season so far proving Darwin are well and truly the team to beat at this early stage of the season. The Buffettes had six multiple goalkickers on top of four individual kickers, with Tikesa Docherty-Cole leading the charge forward with four, closely followed by Bianca Scrymgour with three.

PINT 2.2 | 4.7 | 6.9 | 8.14 (62)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

The second side to go scoreless in Round 2 were Tracy Village, with Pint just far too strong for the side which sits at the bottom of the ladder. A slow start from Pint kept Tracy Village within touching distance, however a lack of forward pressure from the Razorbacks ultimately saw the side go scoreless while the attacking momentum did not stop going Pint’s way. Despite the loss, Tracy Village’s Lauren Douglas and Jessica Downie did not stop pushing while Alexandra Biggs put in the hard yards. For Pint, Emma Greaves and Jessie Baumer kicked two goals apiece while four other players got their first goal of the season on the board.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 3.3 | 3.6 | 3.6 (24)
WARATAH 2.3 | 2.3 | 3.10 | 4.10 (34)

It was a tough see-sawing battle from last season’s top two sides, with Waratah prevailing in a tight 10 point victory, keeping the Magpies scoreless in the final quarter to get the win. The Magpies stuck right to the Warriors after a slow start, getting ahead at the main break before the defensive pressure of Waratah became too strong, unable to get boot to ball in front of goal. Natasha Medbury was key for the Magpies while Madeline Gault impressed for Waratah, aided by Isabella Rapson-Staropoli while Jenna Singh was also named among the best with a second goal to her name for the season.

ST MARY’S 0.1 | 0.4 | 0.4 | 2.6 (18)
NIGHTCLIFF 3.1 | 3.2 | 3.4 | 4.5 (29)

In another close match, it was a slow start from St Mary’s that kept them from going two from two, with Nightcliff getting their second victory on the board to already equal their 2018/2019 season campaign. While the Saints stalled Nightcliff from booting goals after the first quarter, their three goals to nil start kept the Tigers ahead with a final quarter goal cementing victory. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Eliza Wear were solid for Nightcliff while young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia kicked two more goals to add to her Round 1 tally. For St Mary’s, goals from Edith Boundry and Natasha Dunn-Richards were not enough to get them over the line this week against an ultimately tougher opposition than their Round 1 counterpart.