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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekend preview: Round 5

A top four clash and some mid-table battles are among the games this weekend in Round 5 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League.

PINT vs. ST MARY’S
Saturday, November 2, 12.30pm
TIO Oval No. 2

In what could be a mid-table clash with ramifications for finals spots early in the season, the sixth placed Pint host the eighth placed St Mary’s at TIO Oval, No. 2. The sides are coming off very different results last week which makes up the one-win difference between the sides, following St Mary’s heavy 45-point loss at the hands of reigning premiers, Waratah, while Pint got up on the road with a 29-point victory over Nightcliff. The Saints’ Round 4 loss marked three consecutive defeats since their thrashing win over Big River Hawks in Round 1. Danielle Ponter is a key player for the Saints, having brought all of her experience from Adelaide’s AFL Women’s program, while Aailyah Bailey and Nikita Long have been among the able to get some consistency into the team. Pint has had a yo-yo start to the season, with two big wins, a heavy loss to Southern Districts, and a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Palmerston Magpies in Round 1. Adelaide’s Jasmyn Hewett let loose last week to boot three of her team’s seven goals in the victory, while Emma Greaves and Kristen Smits have also been sources of scoring in the opening rounds of the season. Pint goes in as favourite for this clash as it looks to stay in touch with the top four, while St Mary’s needs to win in order to maintain a place in the mid-table logjam and not fall too far behind.

DARWIN BUFFETTES vs. NIGHTCLIFF
Saturday, November 2, 12.30pm
TIO Stadium

The team to beat this season thus far is the Buffettes, with Darwin yet to lose in season 2019/20, sitting a win and a massive percentage clear of Waratah and Wanderers. The last two weeks have brought the Buffettes back to reality despite getting away with the points, defeating Palmerston Magpies (five points) and Southern Districts (10 points) after combined wins of 250 points in the opening two rounds against Tracy Village and Big River Hawks. Tikesa Docherty-Cole booted bags of four and three in her two games this season, while Machaelia Roberts was a massive talent but will be missed when she relocates to Victoria to play with Collingwood following being drafted into the AFL Women’s. Young talents, Dominique Carbone and Tayla Hart-Aluni have also been key to the Buffettes’ success thus far, booting three goals in four games each. On the other hand, Nightcliff has lost its past two games, smashed by Waratah (41 points) and then going down to Pint (29 points) after wins over Wanderers – the only team to do so thus far – and St Mary’s in the opening two rounds. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Laura De Hommel have been named among the best on every occasion, while Shantel Miskin-Ripia has only played a couple of games, but booted six goals, including four on one occasion. The Tigers will be keen to measure up against the ladder leaders in this game.

TRACY VILLAGE vs. SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, November 2, 2.30pm
TIO Oval No. 2

Ninth placed Tracy Village will hope to bounce back from what has been an undesirable start to the season, losing three of the first four games by a combined 299 points. Luckily for the Razorbacks they managed to hold off newcomers, Big River Hawks by five points to grab a victory, but Southern Districts will be a tougher assignment in Round 5. The Razorbacks have had quite a number of players already pulling on the jumper this season, with the likes of Gabrielle Young, Tara Everett and Alexandra Biggs among the best, while Nickesha Jones is averaging a goal a game. The Crocs sit at 2-2, but one was a loss to Wanderers which was reversed after having an extra player on game day. Last week the Crocs took it right up to the Buffettes, going down by 10 points but showing they are every bit a finals contender. In 2019/20, Ebony Miller has booted eight goals in four games, with a game-high five goals to be a real influence up forward, while the youth of Mattea Breed and Bella Clarke has provided great enthusiasm throughout the season to-date. Southern Districts should win the game, but stranger things have happened.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES vs. BIG RIVER HAWKS
Saturday, November 2, 3pm
Palmerston Oval

Palmerston Magpies sit ahead of the bell curve in fourth, but are only marginally ahead of their nearest rivals, so a win here is non-negotiable against the struggling new side in Big River Hawks. The Magpies are competitive in every game, with the first three rounds decided by two, 10 and five points respectively, however the Magpies have gone down in two of those matches. The last time out in Round 4 was a different story, with a thumping 20-goal win over Tracy Village stamping the visiting side’s authority on the competition. A win here could also see them move to third with second placed Waratah and third placed Wanderers going head-to-head. Arthurina Moreen has been the hero up forward for the Magpies, booting seven goals in four games, five of which came last week. Janet Baird and Taylah Williams are among others who have enjoyed strong starts to the season thus far in the black and white. For the Big River Hawks, there has not been much joy this season, but one positive is the games are getting closer, with two smashings in the opening two rounds combining for a losing margin of 191 points. In the last two rounds, the losses totalled 25 points. Crystal Browne and Deanna Peckham have played every game this season and provided good support, while Jayde De La Couer has been strong in the forward half. Palmerston would be heavy favourites to take out this game.

WARATAH vs. WANDERERS
Sunday, November 3
Gardens Oval

After a shock loss in Round 1 to Southern Districts, reigning premiers Waratah have got back to business as usual in the past three weeks, notching up wins against Palmerston Magpies, Nightcliff and St Mary’s, with each win looking more impressive by the day. While their percentage is nowhere near that of Darwin’s, Waratah still has a gap on Wanderers, who they need to beat to ensure they stay in the top three. With Palmerston likely to win its match, Waratah could slide to fourth, or even fifth if Southern Districts can have a big upset win over Darwin. The Warriors have shared the ball around this season and in front of goal, with Julieanna Kerinaiua and Monet Hunter both slotting three goals, while Lisa Roberts has been an important source of leadership for the club. For Wanderers, they also bounced back from a disappointing loss to Nightcliff in Round 1, but their formline may be one to be wary with given they had a reversed win against Southern Districts in Round 2, and narrow wins over St Mary’s and Big River Hawks who are bottom four sides. This will be the biggest test in a few weeks, and the likes of Shekeine De Satge and Morgan Johnston will need to be at their best to get up. The likes of Sophie Armitstead and Kayliah Motlop could do some damage through the midfield and up forward, but will have to really step up in this game if the Eagles are to cause an upset against what has been the benchmark team over the past few years.

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 3 – Buffettes continue unbeaten streak

ROUND 3 of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) saw a massive switch in momentum, with only one side remaining undefeated and in the same position on the ladder as they sat prior to the weekend’s matches. Meanwhile, Tracy Village got its first win on the board for the season leaving only Big River Hawks yet to win a match at this early stage of the season.

WARATAH 0.6 | 1.10 | 2.12 | 4.17 (41)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)

GOALS

Waratah: M. Cooper, A. Love, J. Smyth, L. O’Shea.
Nightcliff: N/A.

BEST

Waratah: J. Smyth, J. Singh, I. Rapson-Staropoli, A. Love, S. Puruntatameri
Nightcliff: L. de Hommel, H. Turnbull, E. Wolsey, E. Morrison, E. Johnson

Inaccuracy plagued last season’s premiers in the opening match of Round 3, with Waratah booting a whopping 17 behinds to only four goals. While it was easily enough to get them over the line, keeping their opposition in Nightcliff – undefeated until now – to only one behind, it could be a frustrating sign of what is to come for the Warriors with a second unsuccessful match in front of goal. Meanwhile, this match sees Nightcliff lose their unbeaten streak to start the season, dealt a savage blow by Waratah and only producing one behind for the match. It was a relatively even start to the match with both sides unable to find the goals, however it was Waratah’s ability to hold onto the footy that kept them one step ahead despite Nightcliff’s constant defensive efforts. For Nightcliff, Laura de Hommel put in tough slog as did Hannah Turnbull, while Waratah’s Jordan Smyth and Jenna Singh impressed on their way back up the ladder. While Nightcliff have plenty to improve on they will need to keep their confidence up despite this loss, while Waratah will need to tidy up their accuracy if they hope to compete with consistency and pile on the pressure throughout the season.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.2 | 5.4 | 8.10 | 12.13 (85)
PINT 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.0 (12)

GOALS

Southern Districts: E. Miller 5, M. Derschow 2, T. Holtze, K. Patterson, M. Breed, S. Hoogeveen-Hill, C. Deegan.
Pint: S. Peris, C. Evans.

BEST

Southern Districts: N/A
Pint: N/A

The Southern Districts well and truly earned their position in second this week with the biggest margin of the round, locking the ball in their forward half and forcing Pint to scrap for every ball. While inaccuracy was a minor issue for Districts it did not seem to phase the home side, booting 12 goals and 13 behinds on their way to an impressive victory and percentage to boot. Ebony Miller starred for Southern Districts with five majors to her name, closely followed by Mickaela Derschow with two while five other players put goals on the board. For Pint, strong efforts inside 50 from Shailyn Doreen Peris and Cara Evans were unfortunately not enough, and despite a goal apiece the defensive strength of the Crocs saw them take plenty of turnover ball to keep the Districts forward-line busy.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 4.4 | 4.5 | 4.7 (31)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.0 | 3.0 | 3.0 | 6.0 (36)

GOALS

Palmerston Magpies: A. Moreen 2, F. Puruntatameri, K. Whittaker.
Darwin Buffettes: M. Ellis 2, R. De Santis, D. Carbone, T. Bullen, T. Paterson.

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: T. May, J. Baird, B. Byers, N. Medbury, T. Williams, I. Ronberg
Darwin Buffettes: B. Stokes, T. Hart-Aluni, M. Ellis, M. Roberts, N. Dunn

It was a final quarter three-goal blitz that got the Buffettes over the line against the Magpies, down by 11 points at the final change and needing a big push to the finish. The Magpies had a slow start out of the games with the Buffettes outscoring them in the first before the tides changed with the Magpies managing a 10-point lead heading into the first change. While both sides struggled to get points on board in the third with only the one behind conceded, the Buffettes well and truly put on the accelerator in the final term to boot three goals to nil and take the win, staying at the top of the ladder as the only undefeated side. The likes of Arthurina Moreen (two goals) and Tabitha May were impressive for the Magpies, while Janet Baird and Billie Byers were also up there with a willingness to contest every ball. For the Buffettes, Michelle Ellis added two more goals to her early season tally, while Bianca Stokes and Tayla Hart-Aluni put on a solid performance once more.

WANDERERS 0.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 5.6 (36)
ST MARY’S 2.3 | 4.5 | 4.8 | 4.10 (34)

GOALS

Wanderers: K. Motlop, S. De Satge, T. Davern, M. Wood, J. Jones-Cubillo.
St Mary’s: N/A.

BEST

Wanderers: S. De Satge, P. Koulakis, M. Johnston, C. Vea Vea, T. Parriman, L. Motlop
St Mary’s: N/A

It was a massive confidence boosting come-from-behind win that the Wanderers needed this week and that’s certainly what they got, prevailing against an unconvincing and inaccurate St Mary’s side to hop into fourth on the ladder. While St Mary’s got to a speedy start and held on for majority of the match, the Eagles put in the hard yards when it mattered most to come away with the two-point victory. Five individual goal kickers got on the board for Wanderers in the victory, with Shekeine De Satge named best-on-ground for the Eagles with a dominant performance and a goal to boot. Meanwhile, Pierre-Angelique Koulakis stood up once more despite the Saints’ best efforts.

TRACY VILLAGE 1.1 | 3.4 | 3.4 | 4.6 (30)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

GOALS

Tracy Village: N. Jones 2, S. Bailie-mace, B. McDougall.
Big River Hawks: N/A.

BEST

Tracy Village: K. Brown, G. Young, N. Jones, A. Biggs, K. Marschall, Z. Clarke
Big River Hawks: N/A

Tracy Village well and truly owned the Big River Hawks on Sunday, handing the Hawks their third successive loss and lifting the Razorbacks to second last on the ladder. While the Razorbacks well and truly bounced back from their massive 62-point loss to Pint last week with this win on the board, the Hawks had as much opportunity to raise the bar and get on the board but were unable to put a score on the board for the second week in a row – though keeping their opposition to only 30 points will surely be a positive outcome after two massive losses in the opening rounds. For Tracy Village, a win on the board at this early stage of the season will be a massive confidence booster, with Nikesha Jones pulling on the boots for the first time this season and kicking two goals, while Kiarna Brown, Gabby Young and Alexandra Biggs all stood up.

2019 VFLW weekend Round 1b preview: Eight teams begin their campagins

AFTER the Southern Saints made a statement in the opening round with a victory over last year’s minor premiers Collingwood, the other Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s sides take to the field, as four games are played across the competition. The Western Bulldogs and Carlton have the bye, as do Williamstown, however the Seagulls are facing off against GWS GIANTS in an invitational match which will see the GIANTS match-up against some of the Victorian sides. Below are the teams and season previews.

ESSENDON v. CASEY DEMONS

Round 1 – 11/05/2019
11:30
Windy Hill

Essendon

B: 7. K. Hicks, 11. M. Warburton, 29. C. Laan
HB: 18. K. Heil, 27. A. Morcom, 21. K. McFadyen
C: 28. R. Svarc, 39. M. Fogas, 1. C. Ugle
HF: 25. L. Stepnell, 23. M. Collier, 24. S. Wilson
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 38. E. Gogerly, 40. A. Moreen
R: 30. S. Nalder, 22. N. MacDonald, 8. H. Bullas
Int: 13. S. Audley, 2. I. Currenti, 43. G. Nanscawen, 4. A. Saundry
Emg: 45. E. Ashley-Cooper, 15. L. Caruso, 33. E. Hosking, 14. T. Zagontinos
23P: 31. J. Stassi

Casey Demons

B: 50. G. McLean, 13. K. Smith, 15. T. Tatterson
HB: 34. A. Kirkwood, 7. B. Jakobsson, 8. S. Lampard
C: 23. E. Birch, 16. M. Hogg, 22. M. Guerin
HF: 42. H. Bailey, 29. E. Zanker , 11. C. Emonson
F: 24. N. Garner, 40. H. Dyson, 27. B. Winbanks
R: 38. K. Bentvelzen , 41. R. Edmeades, 47. K. Guttridge
Int: 48. E. Archer, 9. A. Johnson, 32. A. McDonough, 54. K. Oates
Emg: 57. L. Davies, 51. A. Francese, 37. T. Nash, 62. G. Speedy
23P: 46. B. Pratt

 

DAREBIN v. RICHMOND

Round 1 – 11/05/2019
12:00
Swinburne Centre

Darebin

B: 32. G. Colvin, 21. K. Roe, 19. R. Hibbert
HB: 16. B. Kennedy, 56. R. Ashley, 43. N. Wolfe
C: 1. E. Honybun, 9. M. Eastman, 28. A. Morrow
HF: 17. S. Simpson, 22. G. Hammond, 7. L. Szigeti
F: 36. E. Buckley, 31. E. Gardner, 23. M. Wilson
R: 37. E. McLaughlin, 15. A. Lister, 33. J. Stanton
Int: 18. C. Byrne, 39. S. David, 25. C. Delbridge, 20. S. Fairchild
Emg: 46. R. Coombs, 55. M. Hubbard, 49. A. Ladson, 50. M. Suzuki
23P: 57. P. Kearney

Richmond

B: 26. E. Burry, 41. S. Last, 15. R. Miller
HB: 19. K. Dempsey, 2. P. Monahan, 34. A. Makur Chuot
C: 25. G. Egan, 5. M. Brancatisano, 8. J. Graham
HF: 33. J. Colwell, 16. C. Wakefield , 36. E. Paterno
F: 17. E. Gunn, 24. T. Stahl-Smith, 46. H. Ibrahim
R: 11. A. Edmonds, 13. A. Woodward, 1. J. Kennedy
Int: 43. G. Campbell, 30. D. Edward, 37. M. Klingbeil , 22. S. Marsh
Emg: 39. M. Lindsay , 32. I. Milford, 23. T. Smith
23P: 29. K. Jacques

 

HAWTHORN v. NT THUNDER

Round 1 – 12/05/2019
11:30
Box Hill City Oval

Hawthorn

B: 25. M. Hutchins, 6. T. Radan, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 40. E. MacDonald, 21. P. Randall
C: 33. E. Gilder, 24. R. Dillon, 5. C. Perera
HF: 12. N. Cormack , 26. C. Dyett, 18. E. Wroe
F: 17. A. Dowler, 2. K. Henderson, 30. A. Sarec
R: 22. T. Luke, 10. P. Peschke, 8. R. Beeson
Int: 14. O. Flanagan, 11. D. Haines, 15. B. Struylaart, 29. A. Tanner
Emg: 4. S. Carroll, 35. C. O’Donnell, 27. K. Scott
23P: 23. G. Macpherson

NT Thunder

B: 37. M. Rajcic, 33. T. Thorn, 31. A. Stanley
HB: 23. E. Miller, 9. L. Jeffrey, 26. C. Randall
C: 13. L. Roberts, , 12. K. Streader
HF: 11. J. Hickey, 10. A. Chittick, 18. T. Holtze
F: 27. A. Considine, 7. M. Ellis,
R: 20. J. Hewett, 3. A. Foley, 1. M. Johnston
Int: 17. S. Bishop, 24. S. Hoogeveen-Hill, 21. K. Irvine, 5. M. Roberts, 48. K. Rosenzweig, 34. D. Varnhagen
Emg: 32. B. Byers, 29. C. Deegan
23P: 2. J. Baird

 

MELBOURNE UNI v. GEELONG CATS

Round 1 – 12/05/2019
02:30
Melbourne University Main Oval

Melbourne Uni

B: 45. A. Arundel, 3. T. Mesiti, 17. E. Hay
HB: 22. J. Anwyl, 26. N. O’Connor, 32. C. Daniec
C: 53. J. Grierson, 36. N. Julian, 14. M. McDonald
HF: 38. K. Angelis, 51. J. Tancred, 40. A. Runnalls
F: 4. E. King, 57. A. Price, 18. A. Tupper
R: 5. K. Gillespie-Jones, 25. J. Garner, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 34. K. Cox, 47. M. Hare, 46. A. Roan , 52. M. Shone
Emg: 42. L. Amelung, 44. E. Bult, 30. S. Farmer, 41. J. Thomas
23P: 39. V. Saad

Geelong Cats

B: 49. E. Ramsay, 4. C. Blakeway, 23. H. Rowe
HB: 20. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 11. J. Woollett
C: 3. A. McDonald, 27. R. Webster, 10. G. Rankin
HF: 45. M. Keryk, 17. G. Clarke, 9. T. Love
F: 42. B. Beckley, 8. K. Darby, 7. R. Benham
R: 1. R. Caris, 5. J. Ivey, 41. A. Haigh
Int: 14. N. French, 33. Z. Inei, 43. M. Maguire, 13. L. Taylor
Emg: 26. M. Boyd, 15. G. Deller, 16. O. Purcell
23P: 19. S. DeGiacomi

 

SEASON PREVIEWS: (Including byes)

CARLTON BLUES

Coach: Shannon McFerran
Last year: 7th (6-8)

The entire Carlton side would be buzzing with the AFL Women’s achievement of making the Grand Final and hoping to follow in the senior side’s footsteps. Last year the Blues showed signs within games, but could not quite put together a four quarter effort. They had an enormous amount of future AFL Women’s talent on their list last season with Tyla Hanks and Madeline Brancatisano (both Melbourne), Rene Caris (Geelong) and Celine Moody (Western Bulldogs) all poached by other clubs in the draft, while Abbie McKay, Chloe Dalton and Brooke Walker made the transition up to senior football at the Blues. Darcy Vescio won the leading goalkicker award after another terrific season inside 50 and look for her to be a key player in Shannon McFerran‘s side. With the close bond between Carlton and Northern Knights – and the strength of the Knights program in 2019 – do not be surprised for the Blues to be bolstered mid-season by the likes of Gabby Newton and Britney Gutknecht among others. They have picked up Marnie Jarvis and Taylah Manson from the Knights last year, and with continued improvement and recruitment of Madison Prespakis, Emerson Woods and Charlotte Wilson – who all had TAC Cup Girls and VFLW experience prior to being drafted, the Blues are a sleeper side that is not to be taken lightly.

 

CASEY DEMONS

Coach: Damien Keeping
Last year: 10th (5-9)

Despite a disappointing season on the ladder, Casey Demons were raided at the AFL Women’s draft with six drafted on the night, and a further one (Taylor Mesiti) prelisted. Jordyn Allen, Georgia Gourlay and Maddie Shevlin all swapped red and blue for black and white, while Casey Sherriff, Chantel Emonson and Shae Sloane showed enough to be picked up the Dees. The Demons have brought in some height with the recruitment of former Oakleigh Chargers and Essendon ruck, Bridie Winbanks, while putting an emphasis on retaining Melbourne AFLW listed players, something they did not have the luxury of having with many playing at Darebin given the players history with the Falcons. Now just Elise O’Dea, Lauren Pearce and Brooke Patterson are at the Falcons, so the Demons can have a stronger link to the AFLW side. Harriet Cordner and Maddison Gay were two big improvers of the 2019 AFLW season and will be ones to watch for the Demons in the upcoming VFLW season. A couple of key pickups for the Demons include Gippsland Power duo, Nikia Webber and Shanara Notman who could provide service up opposite ends. Overall look for the Demons to improve this year.

 

DAREBIN FALCONS

Coach: Michael Ericson (NEW)
Last year: 5th (8-6)

Darebin Falcons defied odds by finishing fifth last season and on track for finals up until a couple of rounds out from the post-season series. Michael Ericson has taken over from Jane Lange at the helm, and with it faces a new challenge of keeping the side competitive. O’Dea, Pearce and Patterson loom as the keys to the team, while Jamie Stanton who moved from Melbourne University – to align with her shift from North Melbourne to Gold Coast AFLW – is another AFLW listed player. Bridie Kennedy also joins the team from Carlton after having that AFLW experience, but mostly the Falcons will be relying on the yourh of the team and experienced VFLW players. Captain Stephanie Simpson is one of six players with 30 or more VFLW games under her belt which in the scheme of the relatively new competition is vital. Northern Knights, Nell Morris-Dalton and Ciara Fitzgerald have also joined Darebin, while former Eastern Ranges’ Lauren Szigeti will have benefited from her six games last year. Overall the Falcons will still give the top teams something to think about on their day, and rack up wins against the bottom handful, but it will be a test to be a genuine contender.

 

ESSENDON BOMBERS

Coach: Brendan Major
Last year: 13th (1-13)

It was fair to say Essendon did not have the season it had hoped for, winning just the one game and taking out the wooden spoon in season 2019. With limited AFL Women’s experience, the Bombers just lacked that top-end talent that other clubs had, and while the Bombers had that tackling ferocity through best and fairest winner, Hayley Bullas and the class and skill of future Adelaide AFLW premiership player, Danielle Ponter, they did not have enough talent across the board to compete with the sides that were flushed with AFLW signatures. The one win against Richmond was terrific to see, as it meant the Bombers got some reward for effort after a long season. Along with Bullas, Courtney Ugle and Simone Nalder have returned to the club, while former Murray Bushrangers’ defender and Eastern Allies representative, Eloise Ashley-Cooper will add some class to the side. The Bombers have four players with AFLW experience, including Maddy Collier and Hayley Trevean. With NAB League Girls club, Calder Cannons having some great talent coming through the ranks, expect the likes of Georgia Patrikios to open some eyes late in the season with her agility and goal sense, while Felicity Theodore, Alana Barba, Gloria Elamaly and Krstel Petrevski will add a mix of skill and toughness to the Bombers’ team. The Bombers will still lack the star quality other AFLW experienced teams have, so the goal will be to be more competitive and try and get off the bottom of the table this season.

 

GEELONG CATS

Coach: Natalie Wood (NEW)
Last year: 4th (10-3-1) Grand final loss

Natalie Wood has taken over from Paul Hood who opted to just focus on the AFLW side in the blue and white hoops, but has inherited a genuine premiership contender. After Geelong had fewer AFLW listed players compared to others last season, they now have 20 on their VFLW books, topped up by local players including former Geelong Falcons premiership players, Tarryn Love, Zoe Inei and Sachi DeGiacomi who managed six games at VFLW level between them last season. They have not only retained the majority of the their list, but picked up teh likes of Julia Crockett-Grills (Hawthorn), Rebecca Webster (Melbourne University) and Sophie Van De Heuvel (Williamstown), keeping them in the Geelong system. It is hard not to picture a scenario where Geelong are not in finals considering the now deep and strong bond the players have and having reached the grand final, before strengthening their list even more. The Geelong AFLW side made finals in its first year and expect the VFLW side to follow suit with the same talent on its list.

 

HAWTHORN HAWKS

Coach: Patrick Hill
Last year: 2nd (12-2) Premiers

The reigning premiers had a number of players drafted including Rising Star Jayde Van Dyk, Emerson Woods and Mikala Cann in what was a perfectly timed season, finishing second, pouncing on Collingwood in the semi-final, and then making the most of their opportunities against Geelong in the decider. In great news for the Hawks, Van Dyk has returned to the club for the VFLW season, as have key forward Phoebe McWilliams (Geelong), Rebecca Beeson and Pepa Randall (both GWS GIANTS). With super coach, Patrick Hill at the reigns again, the Hawks will be predicted to be thereabouts again and a genuine premiership contender. Sarah Perkins will be primed for a big season in the brown and gold, hoping to force her way back onto an AFLW list after being delisted by the Crows following the 2019 season. The forward combination between Perkins and McWilliams is as good as it gets in the competition, and with Eastern Rangers youngsters Serena Gibbs and Laura McClelland in the side later in the year, expect the reigning premiers to have a potent forward line. Gippsland Power’s Maddison Shaw has also joined the Hawks, and is one of just two 2001-birth players on the list. A huge contender.

 

MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY MUGARS

Coach: Scott Gowans
Last year: 9th (5-9)

The Mugars were up and down at times throughout the 2018 VFLW season, finishing with five wins from 14 games, but having some great young talent come into the side last in the year, including Prepsakis and Webster who were both drafted by AFLW clubs. Sophie Abbatangelo, Ashleigh Riddell, Maddison Smith, Chloe Haines, Libby Haines and Nicole Bresnehan all stepped up to the senior side, with many showing their ability to adapt to the faster pace of the game. After a huge season that ultimately fell short of a finals berth in the AFLW, North Melbourne and Melbourne Uni coach, Scott Gowans will be keen to continue the form shown by the Kangaroos at AFLW level, into the VFLW system. Emma Kearney was terrific for the Mugars last year along with Kaitlyn Ashmore, and expect them to be key players once again. They have added experience to their list with Hawthorn duo, Tahni Nestor and Kim Ebb, as well as Essendon’s Jessica Anwyl who showed promising signs last season in the red and black. Throw in league best and fairest winner, Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner and Jenna Bruton, and the Mugars have to be considered one of the premiership favourites. All up they have 23 AFL Women’s listed players and will be another tough team to beat.

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY THUNDER

Coach: Heidi Thompson (NEW)
Last year: 3rd (11-3) – Semi-final loss

Much was spoken about the Thunder and whether or not the experienced top-heavy side with Adelaide Crows, could be allowed to play so much talent at once. Early in the season it looked like the Thunder would skip through the season, but in the end, ultimately fell in the first week of finals to the Cats. After missing out on her AFLW dream last year, Janet Baird is the biggest junior recruit to the Thunder in season 2019, with the NTFL Women’s top player signing on at the Thunder for the upcoming season. She joins the likes of Madeline Gault, Arthurina Moreen and Tabitha May, who all played for Central Allies in 2018, but missed out on a chance in the AFLW. The top-end and upcoming talent at the Thunder is clear, with Ebony Marinoff, Stevie-Lee Thompson, Marijana Rajcic, Renee Forth, Eloise Jones and Sarah and Jess Allen among a ridiculous among of Crows talent in the side. They were arguably a premiership favourite early in 2018, and should be in that place once again given the improvement of many of the Crows through the 2019 AFLW premiership year. With Heidi Thompson now taking the reigns from Tim Weatherald, it will be interesting to see how she balances the AFLW talent throughout the season.

 

RICHMOND TIGERS

Coach: Tom Hunter
Last year: 12th (4-10)

The Tigers had a disappointing season in 2018, finishing twelfth and losing to Essendon, the only side to do so. They, like the Bombers just lacked that star quality in the 2018 VFLW season, but if their 2019 AFLW trade period is anything to go by, expect them to shoot up the ladder in season 2019. Jessica Kennedy and Jacqueline Graham were two standouts for the Tigers, it was just a case of adding depth to the obvious talent that was coming through the ranks. While some will play limited games, the likes of Monique Conti, Katie Brennan and Sabrina Frederick make for a scary forward line. With Richmond able to pre-list players this season, every player on the list will be keen to impress in front of the Tigers’ hierarchy and see what they can do to try and get an AFLW spot for the 2020 season. Overlooked Murray Bushrangers, Tamara Smith, Grace Egan and Sophie Damon are back at Punt Road, while Kodi Jacques has also joined the club with the Bendigo Pioneers’ midfielder looking to stake her claim this year. Former Magpies, Shayla Marsh and Hannah McLaren will don the yellow and black this year, making the Tigers stocked with young talent that will create run and excitement throughout the 2019 season. Expect the Tigers to rise up the ladder, and while they might lack the AFLW talent other teams have outside their forward 50, they could overtake a number of the clubs around their level in season 2018, this year.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Coach: Sean Kavanagh (NEW)
Last year: 6th (7-7)

Sean Kavanagh has taken over from Debbie Lee who is now VFLW General Manager at the club, and will be looking to reshape the side that has lost some serious AFLW talent. Conti always spent the majority of the season playing basketball, while Brennan will be a big lose inside 50. However with 20 AFLW players on their list, they still have more than enough talent and experience to get them by. Their three top-age players they have picked up from NAB League Girls clubs are Sophie Molan, Ella Wood and Elisabeth Georgostathis which is arguably the best trio of pick-ups across the league. Molan will make an immediate impact, while Wood and Georgostathis can play both off half-back and through the middle. They will be unavailable during the AFLW National Championships, but expect them to show their talent. Overager Georgia Pidgeon will also provide some height for the Bulldogs, while a host of local players joins the likes of Ellie Blackburn, Brooke Lochland, Isabel Huntington and Deanna Berry as key players. When talking about experience, the Bulldogs have 14 players with 30 or more games, making them a very experienced side in the competition, and one that while they might not be in the top handful, could still challenge for finals.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN

Coach: Amy Catterall
Last year: 11th (4-10)

Williamstown finished eleventh in 2019, notching up the four wins, but had some serious top-end talent at the Gulls’ disposal. Duffin won the league best and fairest despite the team struggles, while Garner and Bruton were stars for Williamstown before emulating that for the Kangaroos at AFLW level. Big question marks remain over the Seagulls with all three departing the club. It means the load falls onto their VFLW listed players shoulders and puts them in a similar position to Essendon and Richmond last year. They had a good win over the Western Bulldogs in a pre-season practice match, and can have the continuity that teams with restricted AFLW numbers cannot. However this year is set to be a massive challenge for the Seagulls after losing so much top-end talent, with Demon, Aliesha Newman being a key signing – the only AFLW player on the list – and likely to cause headaches inside 50 for opposition defences. In doing so, there might be some serious youngsters step up and then make a case to land at an AFLW club, like former Bendigo Pioneers’ captain Megan Williamson, Eastern Ranges’ tall Tahlia Merrett and Bendigo Pioneers’ key defender Kate Douglass.

Weekend wash-ups: NTFL Women’s -Round 18

THAT is a wrap for the home and away season as we look to finals this week, but first, we take a look at Round 18’s action. The Southern Districts cruised passed Nightcliff in another win plagued with scoring inaccuracy. Palmerston dominated against the Wanderers, with the Magpies looking a cut above the rest as they get ready for Waratah on Saturday. The Warriors are also ready for the Pies after brushing off Darwin with ease. The last match of the round saw the Queen Ants crawl over the Saints. Pint is more ready than ever take on the Buffettes this Saturday.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.3 I 1.4 I 4.4 I 5.8 (38)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 (8)

Goals:
Southern Districts: S. Hoogeveen-Hill 3, C. Deegan, B. Clarke.
Nightcliff: S. Miskin-Ripia.

Best:

Southern Districts: Not supplied
Nightcliff: E. Smart, H. Turnbull, J. Puautjimi, T. Taylor-Kickett

A dominant display by the Crocs should have seen more reward for their efforts, with scoring inaccuracy plaguing the Southern Districts all year. Charlie Deegan was the tip of the spear in the forward line early in the season, easing off and producing single majors over the last three matches. Tayla Thorn has been lively but seems to play the role of hit-up forward rather than a full forward, while Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill booted three goals last Saturday in her fifth match. Perhaps she can provide some much-needed firepower against St Marys. As for the Tigers, it’s all over with another wooden spoon to finish a disappointing year.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 7.4 I 14.7 I 20.11 I 22.15 (147)
WANDERERS 2.0 I 3.0 I 4.1 I 6.1 (37)

Goals:
Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown 4, H. Davey 3, T. May 2, A. Mclennan 2, J. Baird 2, N. Medbury 2, J. Brock 2, J. Misob, N. Lloyd, G. Garling.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

Best:
Palmerston Magpies: T. May, H. Davey, B. Byers, J. Misob, J. Brock, G. Garling
Wanderers: Not supplied

Tabitha May, Janet Baird, Billie Byers, Natasha Medbury and Michaeline Brown dominated on field against the Eagles, with the Eagles struggling under the forceful forward play of the Magpies. This game was an impossible obstacle for the Wanderers as they ended the season with a big loss. In comparison, the Magpies will be looking forward to facing the reigning premiers this weekend. For once Waratah may be the underdog.

WARATAH 3.1 I 3.1 I 4.5 I 6.6 (42)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 I 2.1 I 2.1 I 4.4 (28)

Goals:
Waratah:L. Roberts 2, S. Nalder 2, L. O’Shea, A. Chittick.
Darwin Buffettes: Not supplied.

Best:
Waratah: S. Bishop, P. Starcevic, L. Roberts, A. Stanley, A. Healy
Darwin Buffettes: Not supplied

Although not as entertaining as their last match, Waratah still has the goods of the Buffs. Veteran, Lisa Roberts was outstanding, kicking two goals and covering the ground with nothing but class. Sharona Bishop held up well in defense with Alicia Stanley, while Alysha Healy stood up in the midfield. The Buffs are a different tale as they seem to be missing players left right and centre as they head into finals. The reigning premiers will face a huge challenge against Palmerston but Darwin will also have their hands full with Pint.

PINT 4.3 I 6.4 I 9.6 I 10.8 (68)
ST MARYS 1.0 I 2.1 I 3.2 I 3.3 (21)

Goals:
Pint: E. Greaves 3, D. Suddaby 2, J. McFee 2, K. Streader, E. Ryan, K. Smits.
St Marys: Not supplied.

Best:
Pint: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

A good start for Pint made the Saints chase their tails all day. Emma Greaves had her kicking boots on with three, while her partner in crime Danielle Suddaby kicked two. Cassie Henderson and Samantha Barnett had a standard day of brilliance as the midfield domination saw Pint control the clearances. Now Pint has every chance of knocking out the Buffs come Saturday. The Saints have a much more difficult task. St Marys may have made finals, but the Crocs have haunted them all year with devastating defeats.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

IT is Round 14 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition and with finals five weeks away, the contenders for this season’s premiership are becoming obvious. Up first, Southern Districts return to take on Tracy Village. The Crocs were average in their first match back from the holiday break, but with the Razorbacks’ current record, the Crocs may dine on Bushpigs. The following match is the main event where the Darwin Buffettes face the Palmerston Magpies. The Buffs’ have enjoyed an easy run of victories lately, but on Saturday, they could receive a wake-up call from the Pies. At the same time at TIO Oval, St Marys will battle the Wanderers. The Saints will be eager to continue their good patch of football. Lastly, reigning premier, Waratah wounded from their previous defeat, needing a convincing win over Pint.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday January 19, 10:00 am

Norbuilt Oval

If the Crocs ever needed a tune-up match, this is it. Southern Districts forwards, Tayla Thorn and Charlie Deegan have been missing in action in recent games. The Crocs would be very anxious to get this pair up and firing this week. Tracy Village’s defence was overwhelmed by the Saints’ pressure last weekend and if Thorn and Deegan kick straight, it could prove disastrous for Tracy Village. Razorbacks midfielders, Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke know how to win the clearances, but their forwards are always last to the ball. This must not happen against the Crocs’ backline because Lateesha Jeffrey will send the ball 50 metres in the opposite direction. The Southern Districts’ main problem has been accuracy in front of goal, and they will need to tighten up their skills before they meet Palmerston next week.

PALMERSTON V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Asbuild Oval

After the Magpies defeated the reigning premiers last Sunday, it is hard to choose a favourite for this match. Darwin has not beaten Waratah all year, but the Magpies will provide a good challenge. Palmerston should be welcoming back Tabitha May after a stint on the sidelines. May, Natasha Medbury and Janet Baird will face possibly the most balanced midfield in the competition. The main threat for the Pies is Machaelia Roberts, whether playing forward, midfield or half-back, she can prove a menace on the ground. However, she is not the only problem. Jemma Iacono, Dominique Carbone, Kylie Duggan and Tikesa Docherty-Cole are very capable of picking up the slack. This is another game where it could be head or tails, yet the Buffettes might have more to play for after their easy run of wins.

ST MARYS V WANDERERS

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Tio Oval No. 2

It hs been a long hard season for the Eagles. Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen has proven to be the standout for the Wanderers up forward. Unfortunately for Moreen, she has not had the midfield to feed her. With the added support from the Adelaide Crows (Danielle Ponter, Jasmyn Hewett, and Ailish Cosidine), St Marys should prove too powerful for the Wanderers. Mathematically, the Saints can make finals, but logically a win here is just a consolation prize.

WARATAH V PINT

Sunday January 20, 11:30 am

Gardens Oval

Pint is one win away from securing a top five spot. The only problem for the Queen Ants is they must defeat Warratah on Sunday. Normally Waratah would come in as heavy favourites, but with players like Madeline Reisinger, Sherayn and Christine Puruntatameri possibly missing another week, Pint has a chance. Erin Hetherington has been sensational across half-back, carrying as much influence as Cassie Henderson does in the midfield. However, Warriors stars, Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault, Lauren O’Shea and Sharona Bishop are still a very lethal combination. If the Queen Ants manage to pull off the win, it will provide serious momentum for them in the upcoming weeks. 

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 13

WITH finals only six weeks away, Round 13 gives lower clubs one last ditch effort to turn their season around. Last week, the Buffs were mighty but inaccurate, so this Saturday could provide as a tune-up against the Wanderers. The Saints suffered an honourable loss against the Warriors in a battle of attrition, but perhaps a win against Tracy Village will raise their spirits. The Queen Ants have recovered their lost crown and now wear it with pride. Pint should have Nighcliff’s measure in their clash, as the Tigers have been underperforming. Finally, Waratah and Palmerston will face off for the second time this season. The Magpies were underwhelming in the last time they met, but with injuries mounting on the Warriors, Palmerston might cause an upset.

WANDERERS V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 12, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

When looking at experience, ladder position and history, this match appears very one-sided. The Eagles showed heart in the last few games of 2018 but have hit a little form slump. Darwin on the other hand, has been on a rollercoaster of wins. However, Buffs forwards, Bianca Stokes, Melinda Taylor, and Machaelia Roberts have not been as damaging on the scoreboard lately. Roberts will always get plenty of the ball, but with an already powerful midfield, her talents are needed up forward. The Eagles are in for a tough game as the Buffettes look to polish their horns after the game.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Saturday January 12, 2pm

Tracy Village 

The intriguing match between Pint and Tracy Village turned into a flogging by the Queen Ants. The Razorbacks had no answers as they were utterly outclassed by a better team. This Saturday, a more even match-up against St Marys should ensure a good contest. The battle of Danielle Ponter and Natasha Dunn-Richards against Zhoe Clarke and Kristy Irvine is where the cream clashes. Clarke was so impressive against Pint that she was double-teamed in the centre of the ground. Irvine and Clarke link up well but will need more support from fellow rover, Bonni-Jean Mcdougall if they want to win.

NIGHTCLIFF V PINT

Saturday January 12, 6pm

TIO Oval No 2

Pint has become the mid-tier team of the women’s competition. The Queen Ants’ wins rival that of the elite teams, but their scoring percentage is severely lacking. Pint forward duo, Ellie Ryan and Danielle Suddaby will need to take advantage of the Tigers defence to give their team a much-needed boost. Samantha Barnett, Cassie Henderson and Samantha Freeman should control the clearances, but Pint forwards need to convert. Nightcliff has won only one game due to an outstanding performance by Chloe Scheer. Unfortunately for Nightcliff, Scheer has been quiet since that win and the Tigers will be looking to snap their losing streak in this game.

PALMERSTON  V WARATAH

Sunday January 13, 12pm

Asbuild Oval

Team announcements will be interesting this week as Waratah may be a few players down to face the Pies. Waratah was in complete control against St Marys for three quarters until an empty bench saw the Saints come back. With the help of a few first-gamers and Madeline Gault, the Warriors managed to hang on for the win. Now, a rejuvenated Palmerston will test the reigning premiers. Natasha Medbury is without a doubt the standout Pie that leads a strong group of young stars. Tabitha May, Janet Baird, and Jessie Brock are a few of the Under-18 representatives that make all the difference on game day. Last time these two teams met, Waratah gave the Magpies a hiding. Only time will tell if Palmerston has learned from that experience.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 11

IT is the last round of 2018, as fans will have to wait until January to get their Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s fix. The round will kick off on Saturday with St Marys and Tracy Village going head to head. Both sides have suffered a form slump in the last month, meaning the Razorbacks and Saints are starving for a win. The Wanderers have been flying as of late but may hit a roadblock when they face the Buffettes in a twilight match. On Sunday, the Magpies will face the ultimate test when they play against the Warriors. Waratah is the reigning champion of this competition and has only dropped one game this season. The final game of the round will see Nightcliff take on the Queen Ants in an intriguing encounter. The Tigers won their first match last weekend due to a boost of recently signed talent. Pint will have to tread carefully this weekend, as the Tigers are starting to bare their teeth.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Round 11 –  Saturday December 15th, 10:30 am

TIO Stadium

These two clubs would be fuming over their poor displays last weekend. The Saints had their world turned upside-down as Nightcliff brought in some ringers to raise the stakes. St Marys forward, Natasha Dunn-Richards still kicked three despite the loss, yet she has not been as damaging in front of goal when compared to previous seasons. Danielle Ponter may not have had her best game against the Tigers, but she could easily bounce back this weekend. The Razorbacks seem to be relying on Kristy Irvine and it isn’t going well for them, as they continue to struggle on the scoreboard. Other leaders will look to stand up for the Razorbacks to break them out of their rut.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V WANDERERS

Round 11 – Saturday December 15th, 4:00 pm

Darwin youngster, Dominique Carbone played a fantastic game against the Southern Districts. Carbone, alongside Buffettes midfielders, Kylie Duggan and Jemma Iacono dug deep against the hungry Crocs in a tight game. In the end, it was Duggan who kicked the last goal in the final term to seal the win for Darwin. The Buffettes have got their momentum back since the bye, and this weekend, they will look to continue their fine form. However, the Eagles have won their last two matches and are looking good. The Wanderers have forsaken their poor efforts from earlier this season and have become a very competitive outfit. The Eagles have finally found a deadly combination up forward with Lee-Anne Allia and Northern Territory Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen. In the previous two weeks, this pair has bested their defenders with a heavy impact on the scoreboard. Darwin will be clear favourites in this game, but if the Eagles can sustain their game plan, they will give the Buffettes a fight.

WARATAH V PALMERSTON

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 12:00 pm 

Gardens Oval

Two top teams in the Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts have gone down to Palmerston during the season. The Magpies face their biggest challenge yet this season when they take on the Warriors, a team they have not beaten this year. The Warriors may have lost only one game this year, but that just shows that any team can be beaten on the right day. Natasha Membrey will have her hands full in this game, as Waratah will know she is the biggest threat and could target her. The youth of the Magpies is another factor to consider. Northern Territory Under 18 representatives, Tabitha May and Janet Baird have spearheaded the youth in Palmerston, going above and beyond for their team each week. Waratah, on the other hand, is different case. The Warriors may have talented youth like Madeline Gault, but their team is built on experience. Lisa Roberts can play in defence or through the midfield, Lauren O’Shea has turned into the ultimate utility and Lisa Miceli is averaging a bag of goals each week. There is a reason why the Warriors are so successful, and only few can topple them. This Saturday, the Pies might just do that.

PINT V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 2:00 pm

MCG

Now that Chloe Scheer has entered the fray, Nightcliff is looking like a different team.  Her four-goal haul against St Marys sparked new life into the Tigers, as Emily Wolsey kicked three goals of her own. The Queen Ants are another story, as they appear to have run out of legs. Pint’s early victories at the beginning of this season were well-fought wins, but lately, the team’s performance has been slack. Pint guns, Katie Streader, Madeline Keeble, and Samantha Barnett need to wring this team back into shape. Pint is still favoured to win this match but considering its recent form, the Tigers may surprise again.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 10

IT IS redemption round this weekend as some teams look for some payback from their previous encounters. On Saturday, Palmerston faces the Queen Ants, who defeated the Magpies in their first match by three points. However, with the Magpies’ current form, they will be heavy favourites to rectify that loss. On Sunday morning, Nightcliff plays St Marys, where the Saints will be looking for a decisive victory over the Tigers. At Gardens Oval, Tracy Village and the Wanderers meet in an intriguing encounter. The Razorbacks have been scoreless for two weeks in a row, while the Eagles will attempt to build on last week’s victory. At the same time on Sunday, TIO Stadium will host the Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts. In their last match, the Crocs shocked experts by downing the Buffs in a close game. The Crocs have been on fire recently, but Darwin will be no easy team to beat.

 

PINT V PALMERSTON MAGPIES

Round 10 – Saturday December 8th, 1:00pm

TIO Stadium

The Magpies have shot into finals form in the past month. Their under 18s representatives, Tabitha May, Janet Baird and Freda Puruntatemeri have been heavy contributors for the Magpies this year. It seems that Palmerston has built a culture of youth that is reaping its rewards from every game. That is not to overshadow Natasha Medbury’s efforts, who is now ranked third for goals despite being predominantly a midfielder. Medbury will be Pint’s greatest challenge, and tagging her is a must in this weeks match. Queen Ants rovers, Erin Hetherington and Katie Streader will have to shake off their horrific performance last weekend and get busy in the clearances. If the Ants can deny the quick pace of the Pies through the middle of the ground, they may be able to free up forward, Kristen Smits to put some real hurt on the scoreboard.

NIGHTCLIFF V ST MARYS

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th, 10:00am

PSC BM Oval

St Marys was competitive in the first half against the Magpies, but could not sustain a four quarter effort. This weekend, the Saints go up against the bottom of the ladder Tigers, who remain winless in another poor week. The Saints clearly have the advantage. Star, Danielle Ponter may be pushed forward as Simone Garner and Natasha Dunn-Richards may prove more than enough for Nightcliff’s rovers. Ponter is a proven goalsneak and with her class, and she may threaten to tear this game apart. If the Tigers have any chance, they will have to bypass Saints defenders, Nikita Long and Lori Nevan. This will be no easy task for the Tigers, as they have been screaming for somebody to stand up and lead them to a victory.

WANDERERS V TRACY VILLAGE

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th 12:00pm

Gardens Oval

This match is hard to predict. The Wanderers have been competitive recently but the Razorbacks have been in real strife. Although Tracy Village’s position on the ladder is higher than the Wanderers, the Eagles have momentum heading into this game. Eagles spearhead, Lee-Anne Alia nearly kicked a bag last weekend, and under 18 representative Arthurina Moreen kicked a pair of goals herself. This deadly alliance up forward may be enough to rattle the Razorbacks’ defence and prove the difference in the game. Tracy Village superstar, Kristy Irvine had a quiet match against Waratah, so she will need to find a new gear if the Razorbacks are to defeat the Eagles.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th, 12:00pm

TIO Stadium

Second plays fourth as the Buffettes take on the Crocs in what should be an epic encounter. In Round 1, Darwin had a 10-point lead going into the final quarter, but a late surge by the Districts caught the Buffs off guard for an upset win. This game is a toss of the coin. The Buffs have the experience but the Crocs have been smashing teams of late. In the centre of the ground, Southern Districts’ Tahlia Holtze, Ebony Miller, and Lateesha Jeffrey will try to combat Darwin stars, Tikesa Docherty Cole, Jemma Iacono, and Kylie Duggan. Up forward, Darwin has an arsenal of goal scorers, with Machaelia Roberts and Meredith Turner being the most dangerous. The Crocs will need to lock down this pair in order to settle their back line. The Southern Districts’ forward line, on the other hand, is another story. The Crocs have proven to be inaccurate in recent weeks, but it is yet to come back and haunt them. Perhaps this could be the game where it does.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 9

THE Razorbacks experienced their worst defeat of the season last week when they were held scoreless for the entire game. This week, they meet ladder-leaders, Waratah in an attempt to redeem a poor performance. The Magpies are flying at the moment after downing Darwin last weekend, and will look to continue their good form when they face the Saints on Saturday. On Sunday, the Crocs will meet the Queen Ants. The Southern Districts have been on a roll these past weeks but Pint has proven to be a competitive outfit and may push the Crocs to their limit. The last match of the round will see the Wanderers play Nightcliff. Both teams are still searching for their first win of the season, and one team will finally get to sing their song after Sunday’s match, given the result isn’t a draw.

 

TRACY VILLAGE V WARATAH

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

The Warriors may have lost one game this season, but still remain the team to beat as they hover over the rest of the league. After a poor performance against the Crocs, the Warriors clicked into gear in their last game by smashing Pint. Waratah forward, Lisa Miceli has been damaging all season, but defenders, Alysha Healy and Lauren O’Shea have pushed forward from the back half in recent weeks to hit the scoreboard. The Warriors’ versatility has shown that they can kick majors from any position. Tracy Village started off the season strongly but has hit a slump in the past month. Kristy Irvine has had to carry her team through the midfield and up forward, standing as the club’s dual leading goal scorer. The Razorbacks cannot allow Irvine to carry this load alone if they are any chance to beat Waratah. Kristi Barnes once looked to be the spearhead up forward for Tracy Village, but is yet to string together some consistent performances. A few goals to Barnes against Waratah may give her a shot of confidence again.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V ST MARYS

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 3pm

TIO Oval No.2

The Saints escaped the Wanderers by the skin of their teeth last week, but on Saturday they will have to fend off a hungry Magpies army. Palmerston got the better of the Buffettes on the weekend with a gutsy performance by Under 18 representatives, Tabitha May, Freda Puruntatameri and Janet Baird. Baird has been causing all kinds of havoc since moving into forward line, and could have the same profound influence again this week. St Marys defenders, Nikita Long and Lori Neven will need to be at their best if they are to stop last year’s Rising Star. The talent of youth in the Magpies is deep, but the Saints have a young gun of their own in Danielle Ponter. Ponter was recently drafted by the Adelaide Crows and has just recently returned to the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition. Her skill in the midfield, as well as up forward, could prove to be the difference against Palmerston.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V PINT

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 10am

Norbuilt Oval

Inconsistency in front of goal has not yet come back to bite the Crocs, as they have torn apart their competition in recent games and now sit second on the ladder. Southern Districts’ Tayla Thorn and Charles Deegan may not be the most accurate forwards, but their efforts week after week have been nothing short of first class. The pair has kicked 16 goals between them, and could’ve had more if it weren’t for inaccuracy. Crocs stars, Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze and Ebony Miller have been admirable in the centre of the ground, but the Queen Ants trio of Erin Hetherington, Katie Streader, and Cassie Henderson may give them a challenge this week. Southern Districts defenders, Holly Engelhardt, Tyler Thornton and Northern Territory Under 18 representative Bella Clarke have shut down the best of opposition forwards, so Pint’s leading goal kickers, Kristen Smits and Madeline Keeble will have to put in some extra effort if they are to penetrate this Crocs defence.

 

WANDERERS VS NIGHTCLIFF

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 11:30am

Gardens Oval No.2

Despite the fact that both teams currently sit at the bottom of the ladder, this game could prove to be a real nail-biter. Last week, the Eagles put up a good fight against St Marys but just let them slip away in the final quarter. A stronger defensive effort will be needed if they are to avoid sinking to last place. Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Arthurina Moreen has been lively up forward but has also been starved of opportunity all season. Wanderers’ midfielders, Calista Boyd and Keyona De Satge will need to dig deep this game and supply Moreen with some genuine opportunity in front of goal. On the other hand, the Tigers will need their own heroes to stand up and find a way to kick some goals. In previous matches, the efforts of defenders like Eliza Wear have held strong early in games, but the severe lack of scoring power has led to some crushing defeats by their opposition. Nightcliff must find a way to correct this weakness if they want to defeat the Eagles.