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2019/20 NTFL Women’s Premier League preview: Round 9 – Darwin looks to bounce back

WARATAH will be looking to extend their reign at top of the ladder with another strong performance while the Southern Districts will be wanting to keep in touch with the top four. It has been a trying season for the Big River Hawks who are yet to register a win but if they can muster up enough will power could give the seventh placed Nightcliff a run for their money.

Big River Hawks v. Nightcliff
30/11/19 – Round 9
2:30pm
Katherine Oval

Nightcliff will look to go for two wins in a row this round when it takes on the winless Big River Hawks. The side will be brimming with confidence after beating Southern Districts in a close encounter in Round 8 so are sure to go in hard to every contest this week to take their winning tally to five and hopefully move up the ladder in the process. For the Hawks, one thing they will have going for them is Nightcliff’s form in recent seasons, with consistency a real issue for the Tigers despite their good form to start the season. Youngster Shantel Miskin-Ripia has been in stellar form lighting up the field with her daring style of play for Nightcliff. Miskin-Ripia has been named in the “bests” for the past three weeks highlighting her dominance while teammate Michaela Ward is renowned for her ability to hit the scoreboard. Jade De Melo made a splash in her first game for the season and will be hoping to continue that form while River Hawks duo Sam Clarke and Zainab Mohamud have lifted their load in the past couple of matches.

Pint v. Darwin Buffettes
30/11/19 – Round 9
4:00pm
MCG

Darwin Buffettes will look to bounce back from a rough few weeks on the track, losing to Wanderers and Waratah in successive rounds to lose their undefeated status and top spot on the ladder. Two consecutive two-point losses are sure to spur the side into action, meaning Pint – who had a massive 159-point victory last round – will need to be at their best to get over the line against a tough Buffettes outfit. Pint have had some real shaky form in recent weeks, sitting in sixth with four wins from eight rounds but have a dominant percentage that could see them rocket up the ladder with a good week on the field. Coming off a bag of six goals last week expect Casey Morris to be the go to girl in the forward 50 with her uncanny ability to find the sticks while Jasmyn Hewett can find the ball and hit the scoreboard if given time and space. The Darwin Buffettes will be looking to right their wrongs of last week with the likes of Kylie Duggan and Bianca Stokes hoping to lead the way.

Waratah v. Tracy Village
30/11/19 – Round 9
5:00pm
TIO Oval 2

Waratah will look for a confidence boosting win this week when they take on Tracy Village, with the Razorbacks only having won one match for the season thus far, a close victory over cellar dwellers, Hawks. Tracy Village will need to limit Waratah’s scoring ability, with the side able to pepper the goal posts thanks to a number of players who can impact well in front of goal. For Waratah, the side once again had issues with inaccuracy last round so will need to tighten up inside 50. Joanna Kolodziej had a strong performance last week able to hit the scoreboard and have an influence across the board with her ball winning abilities while Gemma Cusack is a scoring machine and can cause a muck in the forward half. For Tracy Village, Alexandra Briggs, Gabrielle Young and Tara Everett can all band together to form a dominant trio.

Southern Districts v. St Mary’s
30/11/19 – Round 9
5:00pm
TIO Stadium

Southern Districts will look to bounce back this week after a difficult loss last round, and will certainly have a confidence boost when they take on a St Mary’s side that only put one behind on the board last round. The Saints have had an up and down season so far, unable to string multiple wins along but having some good patches along the way, making this a key match to put some goals on the board and bring back some consistency. The Southern Districts have host a key players in front of goal with the likes of Kelsey Patterson and Ebony Miller all getting on the board while first gamer Lucy Murray will be striving to keep up the good work after nailing her first goal last round. For St Mary’s Sharna Edwards has been nothing but consistent playing all eight games this season while Danielle Ponter knows how to cause an impact and will be hoping to bring some magic to the game to worry the opposition. Aaliyah Bailey is a handy player inside 50 given her scoring ability so except St Mary’s to look for her when pushing into the forward half.

Palmerston Magpies v. Wanderers
30/11/19 – Round 9
7:00pm
Palmerston Oval

Both the Magpies and Wanderers are coming off wins making this an interesting clash between the top four sides. Palmerston well and truly dismantled their opponent last round and will be looking to replicate that dominance heading into this match-up while the Wanderers will have plenty of confidence after coming from behind to clench victory. After a dominant performance in front of goal last round for the Wanderers, Shekeine De Satge will be wanting to influence the scoreboard once again if they are any chance to win. Maria Billias and Sophia Mauboy have also been key in recent weeks for the Wanderers and if can get on the board early will help to set the tone for the game. On the other hand the Magpies are not short of star-power in front of goal after nailing 16 goals last round with Arthurina Moreen and Jessica Stassi both scoring four majors apiece meaning if they can get loose in the forward 50 again they can do some serious damage. Iesha Ronberg has also been in hot form in recent weeks being named in the bests for the past three weeks.

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.

Weekend wash ups: NTFL Women’s – Week 2 finals

THERE is no greater build up for this year’s Grand Final. Southern Districts outworked Palmerston and the reigning premiers smashed their old rivals, Darwin. This weekend Waratah will look to win back to back premierships, while the Southern Districts will play their first Grand Final in NTFL Women’s history.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.2 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 5.3 (33)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.1 | 3.2 | 4.4 | 7.9 (51)

GOALS:

Palmerston Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 2, Shenaida Bush, Michaeline Brown
Southern Districts: K. Patterson 3, T. Holtze, E. Miller, T. Thorn, L. Jeffrey

BEST:

Palmerston Magpies: B. Byers, F.Puruntatameri, J. Baird, J. Stassi, J. Misob, J. Brock
Southern Districts: T.Thorn, M. Moussa, E. Miller, I. Sleeth, C. Deegan, R. Busch

During the home and away season, the Southern Districts met the Pies twice and lost twice. This time was different as they raised their intensity to block the superior speed of Palmerston and win the game.

The Magpies drew first blood, but the Crocs quickly responded through Kelsey Patterson and Lateesha Jeffrey who snuck forward. Ebony Miller was controlling the hit-outs, but Jessica Stassi kept finding the ball despite the ruck dominance. Shenaida Bush struck back for the Pies by booting a goal late to finish the first term. Down back, Billie Byers was impressive with her run and carry, as she ran around seemingly unchecked by her opposition. However, on the other side of the field, Tayla Thorn was the difference for the Crocs. Thorn’s clearance ability and second efforts at the contest were second to none in the Districts back line.

The second quarter saw a great pack mark by Michaeline Brown inside attacking 50. Dead in front, she made no mistake extending the Pies’ lead to seven points. The Crocs answered quickly as Miller took a mark 40 meters from goal. Miller had no problem making the distance, her goal ending the term. Freda Puruntatameri had been busy for most of the game, but in the premiership quarter she gave Palmerston a touch of magic with a pack mark in the goal-square to kick her first goal of the match. The Crocs bounced back with a quick snap by Patterson, but Puruntatameri kicked an inspirational goal off the burst to head into the final quarter.

The Pies had a five-point buffer but Southern Districts would not be denied. Thorn, Rhiannon Busch, and Charles Deegan were chucked into the centre of the ground. It was the smartest move for the side, as the trio proved their skill in the competition. The clearances and tackles were dominated by the Districts, while the Magpies seemed to be running on empty fumes. Patterson kicked her third to put the Crocs in front, but it was Tayla Thorn’s booming goal that put the game beyond doubt. Tahlia Holtze ended the game with a free kick after the siren to end the well-fought victory for the Southern Districts.

WARATAH: 2.4 | 4.6 | 8.8 | 8.8 (56)
DARWIN BUFFETTES: 1.0 | 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 4, J. De Melo 2, S. Prunntatemeri, S. Nalder.
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts 2, M. Breed.

BEST:

Waratah: A. Chittick, L. Roberts, A. Healy, T. O’Hehir, M. Gault
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, K. Duggan, N. Dunn, A. Bryan, C. Whan

A game of missed opportunities and bad mistakes saw Waratah walk away comfortable winners over Darwin.

The game opened up with Machaelia Roberts kicking the first, pushing into the forward line and making an immediate impact. Waratah hit back but only managed four behinds due to inaccuracy. Lisa Roberts was sent to defense, proving a class above the rest with her intercept marking and disposal efficiency. Kylie Duggan, on the other hand, was working hard around the ground. Duggan seemed to be working overtime again for the Buffs, getting plenty of the ball early. Jade de Melo broke the ice for the Warriors, booting their first goal. Amy Chittick was soon to follow with her first to end the term.

Darwin began the second quarter with a positive start. Nicolette Dunn kicked her first goal for the Buffs, keeping her team’s momentum up. It was quickly shattered when Zoe Anderson missed the perfect opportunity to run into an open goal and put the Buffs in front. Waratah responded in kind with Sue Nalder kicking her first for the day, before Sherayn Paruntatameri was next to extend the margin to 17 points and end the first half.

Machaelia Roberts lifted her team in the third quarter by booting the first goal of the term. Mattea Breed was next to snap a goal for the Buffs, bringing the deficit back to 10 points. Unfortunately, Amy Chittick had an instant response for Waratah, kicking two majors. De Melo would add to Darwin’s pain kicking her second, followed by Chittick booted her fourth shortly after, meaning Waratah headed into the final quarter with a heavy lead.

Only one behind was scored in the final quarter as both teams were out on their feet. Waratah simply proved too powerful for the Buffs, and will now head into their seventh consecutive Grand Final.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 2 finals

THIS week’s semi-finals will undoubtedly see the best of the best duel one last time before the ultimate battle. Palmerston’s loss against Waratah was painful, but now they face the Southern Districts. The Pies have beaten the Crocs twice this season, but the Crocs are coming off a high after smashing the Saints. In the afternoon, Waratah will meet Darwin for another classic bout. The Warriors are heavy favourites for this match, and with the Buffs’ extended injury list, it is easy to see why.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, March 2 12:30pm
TIO Stadium

Southern Districts somehow find themselves in St Marys’ shoes at the moment, having met Palmerston twice this season and lost on both occasions. For the Crocs to win they must use every opportunity and advantage they have to deny the Pies the ball. the Districts’ first advantage lies in their ruck stocks. Ebony Miller and Indy Sleeth will make sure their hit-outs give their midfielders first use of the ball. Meanwhile, Jessica Stassi and Natasha Medbury will help to control the clearances. If things get dire, Miller and Sleeth can simply punch the ball forward to gain ground.

Crocs forwards must put Billie Byers inside 50 or she will rebound the ball like it was never there. If Tayla Thorn can get off to the start she had last week, it may set the perfect foundation for the Districts to rise from. Rhiannon Busch is a proven goal kicker and has had a stellar couple of weeks, while Charles Deegan, though recently getting extra attention from defenders, is always dangerous around goals.

On the other side of the field, Shenaida Bush and Freda Puruntatameri are starting to click. This could prove very damaging to the Crocs as both are very quick and deadly accurate. Lateesha Jeffrey and the Districts backline will have a tough task keeping this pair quiet. If they can, it could prove the difference between victory and defeat.

Palmerston will walk into this match favorites, but Southern Districts may give the Pies a shock in this heavyweight bout of the Semi-Finals.

TEAMS

Palmerston Magpies
B: 32. Jess Leamey 15. Charmaine Marshall 20.Ellie Misob
HB: 2.Jessie Brock 13. Billie Byers 10.Jacintha Misob
C: 3.Hayley Davey 24. Tabitha May 33.Janet Baird
HF: 31 Karlee King 1.Nicole Simons 7.Shenaida Bush
F: 28.Tanisha Garling 25.Wynonna Barlow 8.Freda Puruntatameri
R: 18. Bianca Mayo 5.Natasha Medbury 26.Jessica Stassi
Int: 31.Celina Lloyd 12.Joanne Huddleston 14.Tania Parriman
23.Tiffany Parriman 22.Vanessa Mouncy

Southern Districts
B: 17.Chiarah Corpos 30.Donna Reed 21.Tyler Thornton
HB: 14.Maili Clarke 20.Holly Engelhardt 9.Lateesha Jeffrey
C: 10.Megan Craufurd 35.Kelsey Patterson 19.Danielle Opperman
HF: 26.Rhiannon Busch 2.Tayla Thorn 8. Maria Moussa
F: 15.Bella Clarke 4.Indy Sleeth 6.Charles Deegan
R: 3.Ebony Miller 5. Tahlia Holtze 25.Chelsea Pember
Int: 28.Tess Hanna 14.Tessa W 22.Rachele Mchugh
32.Kiarah Jackson 1.Kimberley Mccouat 12.Karina Brink

WARATAH V DARWIN BUFFETTES
Saturday, March 2 2:30pm
TIO Stadium

Darwin’s tactics last week may have beaten Pint, but it will not do against Waratah. The Warriors have 15 premiership players returning for this match and no amount of waiting this team out will help the Buffs. The Buffettes have to go for broke and, missing key players in the midfield and forward line, they may have to mix it up. If Dominique Carbone starts in the centre of the ground, it will free up Machaelia Roberts to push forward. Darwin’s forward line looks completely different when Roberts has the opportunity to cause defenders headaches. This leaves Carbone, Jemma Iacono, and Kylie Duggan to tackle Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault and Alysha Healy in the midfield, which could go either way.

The Buffettes cannot allow Waratah to dominate the clearances. Amy Chittick is the league’s leading goal kicker and now has Lauren O’Shea for assistance. If the Warriors’ forwards get a taste of blood, they will swarm the Buffs’ backline and devastate the scoreboard.

Waratah also has a player similar to Roberts in Sherayn Puruntatameri. She pushed out from half-back last week to bag three majors. Puruntatameri is an X-factor player, which makes her a difficult match-up for Darwin. Celina Whan might be the Buffs’ best choice for Puruntatameri if she plays down back.

Waratah could easily turn this into an ugly game, but perhaps the rivalry will spur the Buffs to challenge the champions.

TEAMS

Waratah
B: 8.Sharona Bishop 6.Rebecca Pryer 19.Alicia Stanley
HB: 15.Isabelle Rapson 16.Julieanna Kerinauia 12.Sherayn Puruntatameri
C: 3.Peta Starcevic 13.Lisa Roberts 2.Madeline Gault
HF: 17.Tarryn O’Hehir 4.Sue Nalder 5.Breanna Martin
F: 9.Amy Chittick 22.Lauren O’Shea 18.Molly Cooper
R: 7.Joanna Kolodziej 23.Pippa Cox 10.Alysha Healy
Int: 28.Trish Muller 29.Madeline Campbell 14.Jade De Melo
24.Alexandra Harrison-Wolff

Darwin Buffettes
B: 25.Chevaune Fewings 15.Delsey Ah Wang 19.Louise Johnstone
HB: 8.Keisha Tinley 12.Dominique Carbone 11.Nicole Schmitt
C: 13. Alexander Bryan 3.Machaelia Roberts 21.Zoe Anderson
HF: 22.Tamika Bullen 17.Melinda Taylor 1.Mattea Breed
F: 10.Meridith Turner 6.Celina Whan 14.Bianca Stokes
R: 30.Tania Dhu 4.Kylie Duggan 5.Jemma Iacono
Int: 27.Demi Cubillo 16.Nicolette Dunn 7.Rachel Henderson
24.Jaala Alley 9.Eliza Keaney 18.Danielle Totham

Weekend wash ups: NTFL Women’s – Week 1 finals

THAT is a wrap for the first week of finals with some expected and surprising outcomes. Waratah showed why they are still the team to beat after a tug-of-war ended in a decisive victory over Palmerston. The Pies looked the goods early, but the Warriors were the team that played out four quarters of football. Southern Districts smashed St Marys for the third time in a row. The Saints had no answer for the Crocs and finished the season on a low. The final elimination match saw the Buffs outlast Pint in a low scoring affair. The Buffs will now meet old rivals Warratah while the Southern Districts face off against Palmerston.

WARATAH: 3.0 | 4.4 | 8.9 | 8.11 (59)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES: 3.0 | 3.0 | 3.1 | 5.2 (32)

Goals:
Waratah: S.Puruntatameri 3, A.Chittick 2, J. de Melo 2, S.Nalder
Palmerston: S.Bush 2, F.Puruntatameri 2, C. Lloyd

Best:
Waratah: A.Chittick, L.Roberts, J.Kolodzeij, R.Pryer, S.Bishop
Palmerston: G.Garling, T.May, V.Mounsey, J.Baird, J.Stassi

A good start in the first quarter saw Palmerston up with three unanswered goals thanks to Freda Puruntatameri and Shenaida Bush. Unfortunately for the Magpies, they found out why the Warriors have won six out of the last seven premierships. Waratah flipped the switch in the last few minutes of the first term to kick three instant replies. Going into the second quarter both teams were neck and neck.

That balance quickly shifted as Waratah flexed their muscles. Skipper, Lisa Roberts rose up to the occasion for her 150th game, pushing to a new level as the game went on. Amy Chittick found it tough to replicate her usual performance, but still managed to put two majors on the board. However, the real game changer was Sherayn Puruntatameri pushing forward to bag three goals. Jessica Stassi and Tabitha May fought valiantly in the midfield, but the Pies’ forward line was well held by Sharona Bishop and Rebecca Pryer. Their efforts put a halt to the Magpies’ forward efforts until the final quarter when the game was out of reach.

Palmerston will have to regroup and prepare for the Southern Districts next week, while Waratah will face the Buffettes with all the confidence in the world.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS: 2.1 | 7.3 | 8.8 | 11.9 (75)
ST MARYS: 0.1 | 0.1 | 2.2 | 2.3 (15)

Goals:
Southern Districts: T.Thorn 2, M. Moussa 2, E. Miller 2, H. Englehardt 2, C. Deegan, B. Clarke, K. Patterson
St Marys: Not supplied

Best:
Southern Districts: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

The Saints struggled against the Crocs for the third game in a row in what was a consistent outing for these two teams. The Crocs got the upper hand early with the Saints scoring only one behind for the quarter as Tayla Thorn kicked things off by booting the first two majors of the opening term. The onslaught continued in the second term as the Crocs hit the scoreboard hard. Districts’ best and fairest Ebony Miller pushed forward to kicked two majors while Indy Sleeth controlled the ruck. Matters got worse for the Saints when Maria Moussa popped up with two goals of her own. The Saints went into the third quarter with only one point to their name, proving their troubles down the field.

St Marys managed to kick two goals early in the second half, but the Crocs quickly replied with one of their own. Charles Deegan had no issue showing her skill by kicking a major off one step. In the final term, the Saints had lost hope and the Crocs kicked two more late goals to end St Marys’ season. Now they will get ready to face Palmerston who they haven’t beaten all year. This will be the ultimate test for the Southern Districts.

PINT: 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 (8)
DARWIN BUFFETTES: 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.5 | 3.5 (23)

Goals:
Pint: K. Streeder
Darwin Buffettes: N. Dunn 2, M. Taylor

Best:
Pint: Not supplied
Darwin Buffettes: N. Dunn, D. Tootham, K. Duggan, D. Ah Wang

This was a very tight and exhausting game as both teams struggled to get a score on the board. By the end of the first half, the only scores produced were Darwin’s two behinds. Stoppages were everywhere in this contest with most players struggling to find space. Pint’s Katie Streader broke the drought with the Queen Ants finally kicking the first goal of the match in the third quarter. Melinda Taylor responded with one of her own as Darwin went into the fourth term four points in front.

A hero finally came in Nicollette Dunn who booted the last two goals to seal the match. The efforts of Kylie Duggan in the midfield and Delsey Ah Wang in the backline were outstanding. The pair held it together when most couldn’t on a hot day. Unfortunately, they will now have to meet Waratah in the Semi-Finals, who look invincible after pounding the Magpies.

Weekend Previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 1 Finals

IT IS finally here, week one of the NTFL Women’s finals will take place today with three exciting games of footy. Despite earlier reports of a top-five finals series, it will be a top-six competition like the previous year, meaning St Marys will go at least one more round.

The first match will kick off with the heavyweights Palmerston taking on the reigning premiers Waratah. This game will serve as a qualifying match as both teams are looking to grab bragging rights early. Up next the Southern Districts will face off against St Marys in the first elimination final. The Crocs have dished out a hiding to the Saints twice this season, but anything can happen in finals. Lastly, the Darwin Buffettes will meet Pint in the final elimination game. The Buffs have been wounded by the loss of key players this year, so will have to dig deep to beat the Queen Ants who are at full fitness.

WARATAH V PALMERSTON MAGPIES
Qualifying Final
Saturday, February 23 12.00pm
TIO Oval 2

The Magpies had an average start to the season, but now they look dangerous. This side of youth mixed with experience is sure to give the Warriors a run for their money.

The midfield of both teams is nothing short of classy. Lisa Roberts, Alysha Healy, and Madeline Gault meet Natasha Medbury, Jessica Stassi, and Tabitha May, which should prove to be a classic battle. Waratah ruck, Joanna Kolodziej may dictate in terms of the hit-outs as she has done for most of the year. If the Warriors win the clearances, Amy Chittick and Lauren O’Shea could wreak havoc on the scoreboard. Fortunately for the Magpies, forward, Lisa Mecli has been missing in action. Billie Byers and Jessie Brock might be the perfect matchup against Waratah’s dynamic duo.

As for Palmerton’s forwards, there is no shortage of talent. Freda Puruntatemeri has danced around the best defenders all year. Her speed and skill are well complemented by teammate Shenaida Bush. This pair of speed demons will need a unique opposition to stop them. Puruntatemeri v Puruntatemeri could be Waratah’s answer while Sharona Bishop keeps an eye on Bush. The game could go either way, but one thing is certain, this is the game to watch this Saturday.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS
Elimination Final
Saturday, February 23 2.30pm
TIO Oval 2

This will be an uphill battle for the Saints, with the Districts having crushed the Saints on two separate occasions this season. Charles Deegan and Taylor Thorn have used their size and speed to run St Marys’ defenders off their legs in the past. Lori Niven and Courtney Webb will need a well-organised backline to contain this problem. The ruck area of the game is where the Districts thrive, with the combination of Ebony Miller and Indy Sleeth better than most teams. Their tap work and ability to cover the ground is a class above the rest. Saints rovers, Natasha Dunn-Richards and Simone Garner may need to shark the tap-outs if their rucks aren’t up to the challenge.

Up forward the Saints have a gun and an issue. The gun is Alana Coombes, who looks to be their most damaging forward, while the problem is Districts’ Lateesha Jeffrey. Her leadership down back has created a solid defense for the Crocs and only the fastest forwards can break it down. Unlike some of Coombes’ partners in attacking 50, they lack the speed she has in spades. The Crocs could not be more favoured to win this match, and on paper they seem to have more talent across the board than St Marys. History looks likely to repeat itself this Saturday unless a miracle happens, so the Saints will be hoping for one.

PINT V DARWIN BUFFETTES
Elimination Final
Saturday, February 23 4.30pm
TIO Oval 2

The Buffs have no Brittany Ward, no Tikesea Docherty-Cole, no Jasmine Anderson and no Nicky Anderson, meaning Pint has a huge advantage considering they are going into this match with a full strength team. Machaelia Roberts and Kylie Duggan have been dominant in the centre of the ground, however players like Jemma Iacono and young gun Domonique Carbone need to lift if they want to get the job done. Pint’s Cassie Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Katie Streeder play as a cohesive unit.

Darwin’s forward line power has been missing over the last few weeks as Celina Whan seems to be carrying the load in attacking 50. Leading goal scorer, Meredith Turner has kicked no majors in her last three games, so will need to produce goals against a strong Pint defense which is no easy task. Queen Ant defender, Erin Hetherington can make life difficult for the Buffs’ forward if the midfield entries aren’t clean. Meanwhile, the Queen Ants forwards have been performing well. Danielle Suddaby has become the new spearhead with the support of Emma Greaves who is in fine form. Add to that talent with Kristen Smidts and Ellie Ryan, the Queen Ants wear a decent crown inside their 50.

Pint has the fitness but Darwin has the experience. It is hard to pick a winner here, but it should be a tight contest.

Weekend preview: NTFL Women’s – Round 18

THIS is it, the home and away season is coming to an end this weekend in Round 18. Nightcliff belted the Eagles last week but even with their dominant performance, they could not escape the bottom of the ladder. It may stay that way when the Southern Districts look for a win as they take on the Tigers on Saturday morning. At noon fans will get to see the Grand Final Replay as Waratah and Darwin will face off at Gardens Oval. The evening will be a tune-up match for highly ranked Palmerston as they play against the Wanderers. On Sunday Pint will face the Saints as the Queen Ants prepare for finals. As for Tracy Village, they have the bye which puts their season to an end early.

NIGHTCLIFF V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, February 16 10:00am
PSC BM Oval

Last week the Crocs were missing a few stars in Tahlia Holtze and Tayla Thorn. This Saturday they may be managed ahead of finals as the Southern Districts face the bottom team on the ladder, Tigers. Nightcliff was impressive last week against the Wanderers, but the Crocs are a far superior team to the Eagles. The Tigers will look to Emma-Lou Wolsey and Shantel Miskin-Ripa in order to slow the Districts’ backline.

WARATAH V DARWIN BUFFETTES
Saturday, February 16 12:00pm
Gardens Oval

Another classic bout between Waratah and Darwin would normally see an entertaining duel. However, the Buffettes have had a run of average matches against higher ladder teams. Tikesa Docherty-Cole is still missing from the side, meaning their forward line pressure is coming in waves. Kylie Duggan, Machaelia Roberts, and Celina Whan have been outstanding for the Buffs, but the rest of the team will need to step up to challenge Waratah. Waratah is a different story, as most of their players haven’t missed a beat.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V WANDERERS
Saturday, February 16 5:00pm
Asbuild Oval

The Wanderers will finally see an end to a disappointing season, while Palmerston can cement their spot in second place with a win. Natasha Medbury, Jessica Stassi and Tabitha May are likely to prove too strong for the Eagles midfield, while forwards Freda Puruntatameri and Shenaida Bush have proved a deadly combination of late. As for the Eagles, it’s all about rebuilding from here. However, the Eagles will want to push the Magpies in their final game of the season.

PINT V ST MARYS
Sunday, February 17 2:00pm
MCG

Pint has waited out some of the best teams due to their strong defense in the past few weeks, but this round they will want to boost their percentage. Cassie Henderson has had a fine season for Pint and looks likely to take home the club Best and Fairest. Ellie Ryan has been solid up front, while Erin Hetherington has been classy down back. St Marys has nothing to lose as they remain out of finals contention, but Alana Coombes may pop up for a few goals to end her season.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 17

ROUND 17 is here and with only two weeks to go in the competition, Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) fans are in for a treat. Palmerston is arguably the in-form team of the competition and after St Marys’ heavy loss last weekend, the Pies will walk in heavy favourites. The main event will follow when the Southern Districts meet Pint in a test to see if the Queen Ants can push the Crocs to their limit. On Sunday another intriguing battle will ensue with Nightcliff coming up against the Wanderers. It will be a battle of pride between the two teams and should prove entertaining for die-hard fans who need a win. Lastly, Tracy Village will host Waratah at home. Waratah has been the unstoppable machine for many years and it looks like history is about to repeat itself.

ST MARYS V PALMERSTON MAGPIES
Saturday, February 9 10:30am
TIO Stadium

It was a tough pill to swallow for St Marys as they were performing very well up until last week when they got fed to the Crocs. They will face an even tougher adversary in Palmerston who have an elite squad of young talent. Billie Byers has been a revelation down back, as Tabitha May continues to dominate the Pies midfield while Freda Puruntatameri has become an elite goalsneak. On the other side of the coin, Alana Coombes is no slouch, nor Katherine Dann up forward. However, the loss of Danielle Ponter has left a huge hole in St Marys’ midfield. This is the area of the ground where the Magpies are the complete opposite, with Natasha Medbury and Jessica Stassi likely to prove to be a handful when the game starts. The Saints will need to produce their best to win, but nothing is impossible.

PINT V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, February 9 12:00pm
TIO Oval No.2

Pint has hit their strides at the right time, but this week will face the Crocs in a match that should test the Queen Ants. Southern Districts has found a new spearhead in Rhiannon Busch who bagged four majors last week. But she was not alone as Tayla Thorn and Tahlia Holtze combined to destroy St Marys’ defense. Pint’s backline gun Erin Hetherington will need strong support from her fellow defenders to stop the trio. Defence is not the only concern for Pint, as the Crocs have a unique duo that feeds their rovers well. The ruck combination of Indy Sleeth and Ebony Miller gives the Crocs another huge advantage in this match. In order to negate this, Cassie Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Samantha Freeman may need to shark the hit-outs and take control of the centre. If they accomplish this, the door will open up for forwards, Emma Greaves and Danielle Saddaby.

NIGHTCLIFF V WANDERERS
Sunday, February 10 10:00am
PSC BM Oval

There is no finals on the horizon for either of these teams in the coming weeks, with both sides struggling this season. Last week the Wanderers accepted an exhibition match to play against the Central Australian Pinktails. They were overwhelmed as the future talent shone against the Eagles. The Tigers were no different against against reigning premiers, Waratah. This is easily the most even match of the round, with the skill level of both sides seeming to be at a similar level. Arthurina Moreen has been the go-to forward for the Eagles, and could be in for a day out if her team can get the upperhand.

WARATAH V TRACY VILLAGES
Sunday, February 10 2:00pm
Tracy Village

Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke should take a bow, as even in poor circumstances they have battled consistently through wins and losses. They are without a doubt the true champions of Tracy Village. Waratah, on the other hand, has no shortage of champions. Lately, however, a trio of Warriors forwards have become the ultimate scoreboard contributors. Lisa Miceli, Amy Chittick, and Lauren O’Shea are all ranked in the top three goal kickers of the league, each tallying a minimum of 18 goals – in reality, they are every defender’s worst nightmare. Tracy Village’s backline will be in serious strife if Waratah gets a rhythm going.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 16

IN three weeks it is finals time but for now, it’s the perfect opportunity for the elite teams to tune-up and get ready. Last week the Darwin Buffettes got a rude awakening from St Marys, this Saturday they will need to regain their composure against an in-form Pint. The battle of first vs last will follow as Nightcliff take on the reigning premiers Waratah.

Up next, the Palmerston Magpies will get a chance to flex their muscles against Tracy Village. With the Razorbacks’ current form, the Pies will head in heavy favourites. On Sunday morning it is do or die for St Marys when they meet an angry Southern Districts. The Crocs suffered their worst defeat of the year last Monday, so will be eager to bring order back to the side and crush St Marys’ finals hopes in their upcoming match.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V PINT

Saturday February 2, 11:00am

Gardens Oval

If Pint secure this win they are a guarantee for finals regardless of other outcomes. Queen Ants, Cassi Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Katie Streader should be well rested from the bye in round 15, while the once dominant midfield of Darwin has looked in trouble in recent weeks. Kylie Duggan and Machaelia Roberts seem to be shouldering most of the load while other stars are either injured or down on form. Dominique Carbone will need to step up in order to fill the void and strengthen their resolve. Up forward, Celina Whan has become the spearhead for the Buffs as she continues to perform despite the losses. Whan may prove the difference this week as Darwin need to escape their current rut.

WARATAH V NIGHTCLIFF

Saturday February 2, 12:30pm

TIO Stadium

With only a few games left Nightcliff will have pride on the line. This match could not be any more one-sided, with the likes of Warratah stars, Amy Chittick, Lisa Miceli, Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault, Lauren O’Shea taking the field. There have been glimpses of skill when Nightcliff were supported by Adelaide Crows draftees, but have struggled to have a consistent star from their main line-up. This match will be streamed live on YouTube, so hopefully the broadcast will spark the Tigers into action as they head towards the end of the season.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday February 2, 2:00pm

TIO Oval

The Palmerston Magpies have beaten the odds this season, with ladder leaders Southern Districts, Waratah, Darwin Buffettes and Pint all falling to the mighty Magpies. Pies stars Jessica Stassi, Tabitha May, and Natasha Medbury sent a statement to the rest of the competition when they broke the Crocs back on Australia Day. Shenaida Bush and Freda Puruntatemeri have also formed a dangerous combination in Palmerston’s forward line. This will be hard for Tracy to combat as the Razorbacks have struggled of late. Kristi Irvine is impressing, but the high injury list is taking its toll.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS

Sunday February 3, 10:00am

Norbuilt Oval

The Crocs were disappointing with their last performance. The late byes and Tracy Village forfeit has clearly caught up to the Crocodiles and affected their form. The Crocs only managed one goal last week – Tahlia Holtze – while forwards Charles Deegan and Tayla Thorn failed to kick through the big sticks. Crocs leader, Lateesha Jeffrey will want to see a colossal effort against St Marys. However, the Saints will be no pushovers with Alana Coombes always dangerous up forward and Laelia Dunn a star against the Buffettes. The Saints are fighting for their season on Sunday – if the Saints lose there is no tomorrow, but if Pint defeats Darwin then St Marys is out of the finals race regardless.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 15

WITH Australia Day weekend coming up, the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League competition will see three days of football. On Saturday, Waratah meets the Eagles at Gardens Oval. The Warriors destroyed Pint last weekend and looks to repeat the same efforts against the Wanderers. On Sunday, Nightcliff battles Tracy Village, followed by Darwin coming up against St Marys. The Razorbacks should be hungry after their previous withdrawal while Darwin seeks redemption after its loss to the Pies. Monday sees titans clash with the Southern Districts and Palmerston Magpies facing off. The Magpies have been knocking off top teams left and right and the Crocs look like the only team that can stop them.

WARATAH V WANDERERS

Saturday January 26,  12:00pm

Gardens Oval

In previous matches, the Eagles have been blown away by the ladder leaders. Waratah’s forwards, Lisa MiceliSue Nalder, Amy Chittick, and Lauren O’Shea could all top the goal kicking tally if they get off to a good start. Then there’s the Warriors backline that forms up a wall of intercept markers. Lisa Roberts and Sharona Bishop will make it very difficult for the Wanderers to score as they have fewer spearheads up front.  The Eagles have nothing to lose nor gain in this game, but with only four games left, the Wanderers just have pride on the line.

NIGHTCLIFF V TRACY VILLAGE

Sunday January 27, 10:00am

PSC BM Oval

Tracy Village pulled out of last week’s match against the Southern Districts. This week, the Razorbacks should be more than ready to face the bottom-of-the-ladder Tigers. If the Tigers are to win this match, they must negate the influences of Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke. Despite the fact that both teams lack key position players, Clarke and Irvine have the ability to carry the Razorbacks over the line. The Tigers may not have this privilege as Chloe Scheer‘s duties to the Adelaide Crows might cause her to miss the rest of the season.

ST MARYS V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Sunday January 27, 12:00pm

TIO Stadium

Last weekend, the Buffettes failed to play four quarters of football in their loss to Palmerston. This is due to missing players in Tikesa Docherty-Cole, Jasmine Anderson and Nicky Anderson. Darwin will be very keen to get these players back fit and firing. Machaelia Roberts and Kylie Duggan were everywhere against the Magpies, but lacked support for their efforts. They may not need to much support, as St Marys will be down a few players themselves. If Saints stars, Jasmyn Hewett and Danielle Ponter did not have responsibilities to the AFL Women’s competition, this would be an intriguing match. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and the Buffettes seem overwhelming favourites.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Monday January 28, 12:00pm

Asbuild Oval

The Southern Districts have played only one game in the last four rounds. This match will be a difficult one to win for the Crocs, as the Magpies have been running elite teams off their legs. Freda Puruntatemeri shifted into a new gear last week, kicking crucial goals for her side. Lateesha Jeffrey will need to lock down this sharpshooter quickly before she gets a taste of the scoreboard. Despite this, the main concern for the Crocs is the Pies’ midfield. Jessica Stassi, Tabitha May, and Natasha Mebury are all unique as they each bring something different to the table. Stassi’s bollocking clearance work, May’s skill at ground level, and Medbury’s ability to push forward make a very unorthodox yet deadly combination. Tahlia Holtze and Ebony Miller will have to push themselves beyond their limits to combat this formidable trio. If the Crocs can show their earlier form from this season, Palmerston could be in for a shock. However, the Southern Districts will play as the underdog this round due to the Magpies’ current wining streak.