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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BESTS:

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BESTS:

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BESTS:

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BESTS:

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

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

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.

2019/20 NTFL Women’s Premier League season preview

A NEW season of NTFL Women’s Premier League is set to begin this weekend, with a new team added to the mix and plenty of excitement as we head into the 2019/2020 season.

Waratah

The 2018/19 premiers well and truly held their own in convincing fashion, defeating Southern Districts in the grand final to be premiers for the seventh time in eight years. The side had a plethora of talent up forward, with Amy Chittick the leading goalkicker for the season with 27 goals, closely followed by Lisa Miceli (24) and Lauren O’Shea (21) to round out the side’s impressive forward onslaught. Defensively, the efforts of Lisa Roberts were key throughout the season to rebound the footy and propel it forward. With a massive percentage and three 20-plus goalkickers to boot, Waratah are sure to be back for another bit of silverware this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 1st (Premiers)
Percentage: 411.84
Win-loss: 13-2-1

Palmerston Magpies

Though the Magpies were frontrunners for majority of the season, they unfortunately went down to Southern Districts in the semi-final to be knocked out of flag contention. Despite a much lower percentage than the top side in Waratah, the Magpies kept in touch with dominant goalkickers of their own as well as a smattering of high impact players that could well and truly change the game when required. Rounding out the goalkicking leaderboard for the season were Magpies’ Freda Puruntatameri (20 goals) and Natasha Medbury (17) while key players Tabitha May and Billie Byers proved their importance on the field time and time again.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 2nd
Percentage: 193.72
Win-loss: 13-3

Southern Districts

The grand finalists may not have been good enough on the day, but they certainly proved their ability to impact the contest time and time again to make it to the big dance with huge wins over St Marys and Palmerston during the finals. With impact players the likes of Tahlia Holtze, Tayla Thorn and Lateesha Jeffrey in the mix the side had plenty left in the tank, however just could not compete in the wet weather against Waratah. A solid percentage and plenty of goalkickers gave Districts the push they needed to make it to the grand final last season but an inability to compete in wet-weather footy was their downfall, meaning they will be back and raring to go once more this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 3rd
Percentage: 238.28
Win-loss: 11-5

Pint

Pint will be frustrated by their season-ending elimination final against Darwin Buffettes, knocked out well before they had an opportunity to prove their fourth place finish was deserved. With the likes of Cassie Henderson, Erin Hetherington, Kristen Smits and Danielle Suddaby among the side there was plenty of talent across the field, however it was not enough against powerhouse sides despite their form in the home and away season. It was the side’s inability to impact against teams higher on the ladder early on that kept them out of the top of the ladder, so Pint are likely to push even harder this season to get out of the rut of fourth position and contest against the hard-hitting sides.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 4th
Percentage: 95.24
Win-loss: 11-5

Darwin Buffettes

Another side with a wealth of talent, the Buffettes made it to the semi-final before being knocked out by the soon-to-be premiers at the final hurdle. With the likes of Machaelia Roberts, Celina Whan, Kylie Duggan and young gun Dominique Carbone in the mix there was plenty to be excited about for Darwin, however a confidence boosting win in the elimination final was not enough to get the side into the grand final. Having gone close to cracking 100 points on numerous occasions last season, the Buffettes will want to one-up their 2018/19 form this season and keep their eyes on finals contention once more.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 5th
Percentage: 191.58
Win-loss: 9-7

St Mary’s

Unfortunate to be bumped out in the early stage of finals footy last season, St Mary’s is sure to be back with a vengeance this season, especially safe in the knowledge that the Saints drew even with ladder-topping Waratah back in Round 5 last season – though not much to boast about with the match was called off due to weather conditions. The side had a smattering of big names, with Alana Coombes, Katherine Dann and Marlee Gunderson sharing the load inside 50. Defensively, the likes of Lori Niven and Courtney Webb held up well during the season, unshakeable in their task however were unable to hold up defensively against sides that had a number of goalkicking options in their midst.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 6th
Percentage: 57.56
Win-loss: 5-10-1

Tracy Village

With a seventh place finish last season, Tracy Village just missed out on finals contention. Now the side will surely be ready this season to go that extra mile and ensure a finals berth. While it was only the washout and split points that got St Mary’s over the line last season, Tracy Village just did not do enough in the second half of the season to push past St Mary’s and allow themselves an opportunity in the finals. Kristy Irvine was the side’s leading goalkicker last season closely followed by Rachael Bull, with a number of other players able to have an impact on the scoreboard if it wasn’t for the side being plagued with inaccuracy at inopportune times. Meanwhile, Zhoe Clarke proved key around the ground week in and week out.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 7th
Percentage: 55.78
Win-loss: 5-11

Wanderers

Finishing in eighth, the Wanderers were fortunate to come out of the season off the bottom of the ladder only by percentage. Arthurina Moreen (nine goals from 11 matches) was key for the Wanderers last season, with the side unable to capitalise in front of goal without as key target forward. That being said, Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Lauren Motlop proved time and time again that they had what it took to get the ball back down the ground, just unfortunately not working in their favour against teams with key figures across the field.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 8th
Percentage: 37.23
Win-loss: 2-14

Nightcliff

Last season’s wooden spooners, Nightcliff will be back with a vengeance this season after falling again and again. Despite rarely finishing games with more than 15 points on the board early in the season, Nightcliff proved they have the capacity to improve and put up a fight to finish out the season much better than they started. Emma-Lou Wolsey, Hannah Turnbull and Sophie Hatzismalis did not give up regardless of the match quality, while young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia played less than half the season but kicked nine goals from her seven games proving the key position player has plenty in the tank if the ball comes to her and that the side has plenty to prove this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 9th
Percentage: 32.88
Win-loss: 2-14

Big River Hawks

The newest side to the NTFL Women’s League for the 2019/2020 season, the Big River Hawks will have plenty to prove when they take on last season’s finalists St Mary’s in Round 1. With little form to go off, the side will be raring to go and put the Hawks on the map this season, especially when taking on two of last year’s finalists in the opening rounds.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 11

ROUND 11 marked the final round for Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s football in 2018. Tracy Village kicked off things with a victory over St Marys. Both teams were desperate to end their losing streaks, but it was the Razorbacks who claimed the reward. Waratah handed the Magpies a wake-up call after a pounding that led to a 38-point deficit. Palmerston learned it will take more than talented youth to defeat last season’s premiers. The Wanderers had a tough day against the Buffettes, as Darwin made short work of the Eagles. The last game had Nightcliff raring to go on Sunday, but Pint’s desperation proved too much for the Tigers. The NTFL Women’s competition will resume on January 5.

TRACY VILLAGE 2.0 I 2.0 I 2.0 I 5.1 (31)
ST MARYS 0.1 I 1.1 I 3.1 I 4.3 (27)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: R. Bull 3, J. Downie, K. Irvine.
St Marys: B. Ullungura, N. Dunn-Richards, K. Hayes-Clarke, A. Coombes.

BEST:

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, K. Irvine, A. Lidbetter, E. Lima, K. Brown, R. Bull
St Marys: Not Supplied 

In the first term, the Razorbacks came into the game with real purpose. Tracy Village kicked the first two majors to start the game, with forward, Rachael Bull looking dangerous. However, for the next two terms, the Razorbacks did not score. The Saints poked their nose in front in the third quarter, and it looked like Tracy Village was doomed for another loss. Kristy Irvine proved the difference, as the gun midfielder dug into congestion and kicked a goal to steady the ship. Irvine was not alone as Zhoe Clarke was awarded best on the field. Clarke was the support Irvine needed, and their combined efforts sealed the win for Tracy Village. The Saints seem to be in a spot of bother, as they have now lost three matches in a row. Natasha Dunn-Richards and Alana Coombes have combined well up forward in previous years, but lately, their influence has been curbed. 

DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.2 I 6.4 I 8.6 I 9.7 (61)
WANDERERS 1.0 I 1.0 I 3.2 I 4.2 (26)

GOALS:

Darwin: Not supplied.
Wanderers: P. Koulakis, C. Boyd, G. Halkitis, S. Bading.

BEST:

Darwin: Not supplied
Wanderers:  L. Motlop, D. Pikos, P. Koulakis

The Eagles had a good run of wins after a horror start to the year but on Saturday, they got shown the horns. Kylie Duggan showcased her drive in Darwin’s midfield, as the Buffettes went on a rampage in the first half. The difference in skill was overwhelming for the Eagles, as the heavy favourites stormed away by 35 points. Lauren Motlop was one of few Wanderers to stand up that day, but the Buffs had contributors everywhere on the field. Darwin now sits second on the ladder heading into the break. A well-rested Buffettes outfit could enter 2019 as an even more dangerous team, which is a scary prospect for the rest of the competition.

WARATAH 0.1 I 3.1 I 6.2 I 9.2 (56)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.2 I 1.3 I 2.5 I 2.5 (17)

GOALS: 

Waratah: M. Reisinger 3, A. Chittick 2, A. Love, L. O”Shea, J. Kerinaiua, M. Gault
Palmerston:  J. Stassi, B. Byers

BEST:

Waratah: A. Stanley, L. Roberts, H. Goodall, M. Reisinger, T. O”Hehir
Palmerston:  B. Byers, K. White, T. May, N. Medbury, S. Bush, G. Garling

If Waratah was a test for the Magpies to see how far they were from winning a premiership, they have a long way to go. Palmerston only managed two goals in a game that saw the Pies’ youngsters get outdone by the experienced Warriors. As for Waratah, Madeline Resinger put on a show for the Warriors, kicking three goals straight for the game. Amy Chittick complemented Waratah with a pair of majors, and Northern Territory Under-18 representative, Madeline Gault kicked one of her own. Billie Byers and Natasha Medbury fought well in the middle for Palmerston, but no forwards could escape the tight grip of Waratah’s defence. The Magpies will take notes from this game as they were rattled on Sunday by the reigning premiers. The Magpies need to get back to playing their fast-paced game that burns off defenders. Only then will the Pies have a chance of piercing Waratah’s backline.

PINT 3.3 I 4.5 I 8.8 I 8.11 (59)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 I 0.4 I 2.4 I 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

Pint: C. Henderson 3, D. Suddaby 2, C. Morris, E. Ryan, K. Smits.
Nightcliff: Not supplied.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Nightcliff: Not supplied

The Queen Ants secured a decisive win over Nightcliff, getting over the line by 36 points. Cassie Henderson was the machine that would not stop running all day, as she kicked three goals and gave the Queen Ants the winning edge. Pint had its confidence restored and the Tigers paid for it, as the players went into their shells again. Even with Adelaide AFL Women’s player, Chloe Scheer in the side, the Tigers could not score a goal for the first half. Pint forwards, Ellie Ryan and Kristen Smits hit the scoreboard, but due to inaccuracy, the pair would kick only one goal apiece. Nightcliff must regain its confidence over the holidays, because although finals may be out of reach, pride will be on the line for the remainder of the season.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 10

LAST weekend’s redemption round saw every losing team from Round 1 get their revenge. Saturday kicked off with the Magpies getting the goods over the Queen Ants. Sunday had three games of payback, starting off with Nightcliff’s upset win over St Marys, as the Tigers scored their first victory for the season. At Gardens Oval, the Wanderers toppled the Razorbacks, who have been in poor form of late. The heavyweight bout between Darwin and the Southern Districts was a tight duel, but the end result was the Buffettes defeating the Crocs by one point.

 

PINT 1.0 I 2.2 I 3.2 I 3.4 (22)
PALMERSTON 0.1 I 2.3 I 4.3 I 6.3 (39)

GOALS:

Pint: D. Suddaby, M. Gunn, J. McFee
Palmerston: N. Medbury 2, F. Puruntatameri 2, T. May, S. Bush

BEST:

Pint: Not Supplied.
Palmerston: J. Misob, N. Medbury, T. May, I. Hughes, H. Davey, F. Puruntatameri

In the first quarter, Pint applied the pressure to keep Palmerston to a single behind in the first term. In the second quarter, the Magpies awoke to match the pressure of the Queen Ants. Palmerston’s Natasha Medbury was quieter than last week, but it didn’t stop her from kicking a pair of majors and being ranked among the best players on the day. Under 18 representative, Tabitha May produced another consistent performance as she headlines a number of talented youth girls donning the black and white banner. As for the Queen Ants, forward, Kristen Smits was goalless again and Katie Streader was barely sighted. The Magpies currently sit second on the ladder, but they will be tested this week against a well-rested Waratah. It will take a big performance to stop the Warriors, but if the Magpies can pull it off, they will prove to the competition that they are a real finals contender.

NIGHTCLIFF 3.2 I 3.2 I 4.2 I 10.6 (66)
ST MARYS 2.1 I 2.3 I 2.3 I 7.7 (49)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: C. Scheer 4, E. Wolsey 3, S. Hatzismalis 2, S. Miskin-Ripia
St Marys: N. Dunn-Richards 3, D. Ponter, E. Casey, M. Gunderson, L. Niven

BEST:

Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, K. Simmons, S. Hatzismalis, H. Turnbull
St Marys: Not supplied

For months, Nighcliff was screaming for a saviour, and in Round 10, Chloe Scheer answered the call. The recent draftee of the Adelaide Crows made an astounding debut, kicking four goals for the Tigers. However, she was not the hero of the day, as that privilege belonged to Emily Wolsey, who kicked three for the day and played out every quarter of the game. The Saints were nothing short of stunned from the opening bounce. They would have been expecting an easy win, but the Tigers denied them all day. Natasha Dunn-Richards was a shining beacon for the Saints up forward. She finished with three for the day while Crows draftee, Danielle Ponter also had a solid game. The Saints have struggled this year to reclaim their competitive nature from last season.

WANDERERS 1.0 I 4.4 I 4.4 I 4.4 (28)
TRACY VILLAGE: 1.0 I 1.1 I 2.2 I 4.2 (26)

GOALS:

Wanderers: Not supplied
Tracy Village:  K. Irvine 2, K. Lansdown, R. Bull

BEST:

Wanderers: Not supplied
Tracy Village: K. Irvine, K. Lansdown, K. Dumbris, S. Grainger, A. Gray, K. Brown

The Eagles have got their second win in a row, as Tracy Village continues to fall down the ladder each week. The game may have started off with one goal a piece, but in the second term, the Wanderers kicked away to a 22-point lead. Remarkably, the Eagles would not score for the rest of the game as the Razorbacks played catch-up.  Kristy Irvine played her heart out and kicked two for the day, but the support was not there for the Razorbacks star, and another defeat was handed to Tracy Village. The Eagles took a nap in the second half, yet the Razorbacks didn’t take full advantage of the situation. Earlier this season, Tracy Village beat the Eagles by 33 points. Questions of where that team has gone still remain.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 I 2.2 I 2.4 I 2.5 (17)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.0 I 2.0 I 2.0 I 3.0 (18)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, C. Deegan
Darwin Buffettes: M. Breed, K. Duggan, D. Carbone

BEST:

Southern Districts: Not supplied
Darwin Buffettes: D. Carbone, R. Henderson, N. Anderson, D. Totham, D. Ah Wang
The main event of redemption round saw the Buffs and the Crocs fight out a close game at TIO Stadium, but it was the Buffettes who snatched the win by a single point. The game was a battle of the backlines in this match. Lateesha Jeffrey of the Districts and Nicolette Dunn of Darwin were causing defensive headaches at both ends of the ground. Goals were scarce in this game, but in the dying minutes of the last term, Kylie Duggan pushed forward to seal the win. Darwin young gun, Dominique Carbone was awarded best-on-ground for her performance in the midfield in her third game for the year. Darwin was fortunate with three straight goals, but the Crocs’ lack of goal accuracy finally came back to bite them. Charles Deegan has been a weapon for the Districts up forward, but with Tayla Thorn absent on Sunday, Deegan’s influence was small against the Buffettes. The Crocs have the bye this weekend and will not play until January, meaning they will have ample time to recover as they head into Round 12.

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.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 8

THE ladder-leading team again changed in Round 8, as Waratah re-claimed top spot with a big win over Pint, who came into this game on top of the table and ended it sitting at fourth. Elsewhere, the Southern Districts continued to prove themselves as a key player in the premiership race, while the Palmerston Magpies strung together a good win against fellow contenders, Darwin. Despite being at the bottom of the ladder, St Marys and the Wanderers put on a good high-scoring contest, but it was not enough to secure the Wanderers’ first win of the season.

 

ST MARYS 2.0 | 4.4 | 6.5 | 8.7 (55)
WANDERERS 0.1 | 2.3 | 4.5 | 7.6 (48)

GOALS:

St Marys: K. Dann 2, M. Gunderson 2, J. Chisholm, D. Ponter, D. Bishop, A. Baptista.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

Despite these teams being closer to the bottom of the ladder, this match was one of the highest scoring games of the season. In the end, it was St Marys who got up by seven points, leaving the Wanderers win-less so far this season. The Saints got off to a fast start, kicking two goals to one behind in the first term. The Wanderers evened up the scoring in the second quarter, with both teams scoring two goals. However, it was the Saints who had the upper hand at that point, going into half-time with a 13-point lead. The Wanderers fought back in the third term, pegging the margin back to 12 points with a two-goal third term. They went one better in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough to gain the lead, with St Marys adding to its margin with another two goals in the term. It was an even spread of contributors for the Saints, with Katherine Dann and Marlee Gunderson each scoring two goals. Danarra Bishop, Jadeen Chisholm and Advenia Baptista each kicked a major in the win, and were joined by a new AFL Women’s recruit in Danielle Ponter, who also scored a goal in her first appearance for St Marys this season.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 3.3 | 5.6 | 6.7 (43)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.3 | 4.3 | 5.4 | 5.9 (39)

GOALS:

Palmerston: J. Stassi 2, T. May, N. Medbury, F. Puruntatameri.
Darwin: K. Duggan 2, J. Alley, Z. Anderson , M. Roberts.

BEST:

Palmerston: T. May, F. Puruntatameri, J. Baird, C. Marshall, L. Santo, B. Byers
Darwin: T. Docherty-Cole, Z. Anderson , M. Roberts, D. Ah Wang, D. Totham

Darwin has been dealt with a blow to its premiership chances with a loss at the hands of the Palmerston Magpies. The Buffettes started off as the better team, scoring two goals to one in the first term. They continued to have the upper hand in the second term, despite both teams kicking two goals, as they took a six-point lead into half-time. Palmerston then dug deep in the third term, kicking 2.3 to 1.1 to take a slim two-point lead into the main break. The Buffettes wasted their opportunities to retake the lead in the fourth term, scoring five behinds compared to 1.1, ultimately losing by four points. Jessica Stassi was Palmerston’s only multiple goal scorer, and was complemented by Natasha Medbury and Freda Puruntatameri, who each kicked a goal. Undoubtedly, the star of the day was Tabitha May. May, who also kicked a major, was named best-on-ground for the second consecutive week. For Darwin, Kylie Duggan was proactive inside 50 with two goals, while Jaala Alley, Zoe Anderson and Machaelia Roberts all did well to kick majors on the day. After getting on the scoreboard last week, Tikesa Docherty-Cole continued to shine in Round 8 with a best-on-ground performance for her side.

 

PINT 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 (6)
WARATAH 4.0 | 6.3 | 10.7 | 14.9 (93)

GOALS:

Pint: K. Smits.
Waratah: L. Miceli 5, L. O”Shea 2, S. Nalder 2, J. de Melo 2, A. Perkins, A. Chittick, A. Healy.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Waratah: J. Kolodziej, L. Miceli, J. de Melo, A. Stanley, B. Martin

In the shock of the round, the top-of-the-table Queen Ants were thrashed by reigning premiers, Waratah. After coming off their first loss of the season last week, it was expected that the Warriors were going to be hungry for a win, and they were nothing short of clinical against the team that took their spot on the top of the ladder last round. Waratah stormed out of the blocks with four straight majors in the first term, putting the game out of Pint’s reach early. In the second term, the Warriors managed two more majors, still managing to keep the Queen Ants scoreless, which resulted in a 39-point half-time margin. The scoring continued in the third term with the Warriors kicking three goals to none. They finally conceded in the first quarter, with Pint scoring for the first time in the game. But that didn’t seem to faze Waratah, who scored four goals to extend its winning margin to 87 points. Lisa Miceli was back to her best up forward after a quiet game last week, kicking five goals in the big victory. She was complemented by Lauren O’Shea, Sue Nalder and Jade de Melo, who all scored two majors each. Joanna Kolodziej built on her good form from last week, as she was named best-on-ground for the Warriors. Her side managed to shut down in-form Pint forward, Kristen Smits, who scored the Queen Ants’ only goal of the game.

 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.4 | 6.12 | 7.13 | 7.15 (57)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: N/A.
Southern Districts: T. Thorn 2, M. Wehipeihana 2, M. Clarke, I. Sleeth, C. Pember.

BEST:

Tracy Village: K. Irvine, Z. Clarke, K. McNeill, B. Angel, K. Hughes, I. Hoadley
Southern Districts: T. Thorn 2, M. Wehipeihana 2, M. Clarke, I. Sleeth, C. Pember

After a win over the Warriors last week, the Crocs gave the Razorbacks no chance of disrupting their winning formula. The Southern Districts held Tracy Village scoreless for the whole game, bursting out of the gates with a four-goal first term. The game looked finished at half-time when the Crocs extended their margin to 48 points, but it could have been much more, as they kicked 2.8 for the quarter. In the third term, the Razorbacks improved defensively, restricting the Southern Districts to one goal. They did even better in the last term, holding the dominant Crocs outfit to just two behinds. However, they were still on the end of a 57-point loss, giving the Southern Districts a big percentage-boosting win. NT Thunder forward, Tayla Thorn and Melody Wehipeihana were the dominant players inside 50 for the Crocs, with each player kicking two majors a piece. Maili Clarke, Indy Sleeth and Chelsea Pember rounded out the scoring for Southern Districts, kicking a major each. Despite no goal scorers for the Razorbacks, NT Thunder’s Kristy Irvine continued to impress with a best-on-ground performance, while Zhoe Clarke was able to back up her best-on-ground performance last week by being named second-best against the Crocs. Kate McNeill, Buffy Angel, Kate Hughes and Isabelle Hoadley were the other standouts for the Razorbacks on a disappointing day.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 7

SOUTHERN Districts headlined Round 7 with a big win over reigning premiers, Waratah. The win helped the Darwin Buffettes edge closer to the top of the table, as they got a win over Tracy Village. But the team that has surpassed them all is the Queen Ants, after securing a big win over the Wanderers to cement them as one of the favourites to take home this season’s Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s premiership.

 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.3 | 1.4 (10)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.1 | 4.3 | 5.5 | 6.8 (44)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: E. Ienco.
Darwin: M. Breed 2, T. Hart-Aluni 2, T. Docherty-cole, B. Stokes.

BEST:

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, E. Ienco, A. Ogilvie-Mitchell, K. Lansdown, J. Oxspring, J. Downie
Darwin: T. Docherty-cole, J. Iacono, D. Ah Wang, B. Stokes, K. Duggan

The Darwin Buffettes continued their strong season with a win against the Razorbacks, getting over the line by 34 points. The game was even at the end of the first quarter, with just one goal separating the two sides. Then, the Buffettes kicked away in the second quarter, outscoring Tracy Village three goals to one behind to take a 25-point lead into half-time. In the third quarter, the Razorbacks were able to peg the margin back, kicking a goal to match Darwin’s one goal for the term. However, the second quarter repeated itself in the last term, with the Buffettes again holding the Razorbacks to just one point. Darwin had two multiple goal-scorers on the day, with Mattea Breed and Tayla Hart-Aluni both kicking two majors. Tikesa Docherty-Cole and Bianca Stokes were the other goal scorers, and they were also named in the best. Tracy Village’s only goal scorer was Elissa Ienco, and because of her efforts, she was named second-best. Zhoe Clarke played her best game for Tracy Village, as she was awarded best-on-ground honours for her side.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.4 | 4.8 | 4.9 | 7.11 (53)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)

GOALS:

Palmerston: J. Baird 3, T. Parriman, M. Singh, H. Davey, N. Medbury.
Nightcliff: N/A.

BEST:

Palmerston: T. May, C. Marshall, J. Leamey, V. Mounsey, B. Byers
Nightcliff: Not supplied

Nightcliff’s woes continued against Palmerston in Round 7, going down by 52 points to the in-form side. The Magpies didn’t get off to an immediate flyer, scoring just the one goal in the first term. They followed this up with a three-goal second quarter, all while holding Nightcliff scoreless, giving them a 32-point lead heading into the main break. The Tigers broke even in the third term, with each team only scoring one behind. But the Magpies were able to make amends in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers three goals to none. Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Janet Baird starred inside 50, ending the game with three goals next to her name. She was complemented by a goal each from Tania Parriman, Marijian Singh, Hayley Davey and Natasha Medbury. Tabitha May, who was named Northern Territory’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, was named best-on-ground for the third time this season, highlighting her stunning form for the Magpies. Charmaine Marshall, Jess Leamey, Vanessa Mounsey and Billie Byers were the other players who impressed for Palmerston.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.0 | 1.3 | 2.5 | 2.7 (19)
WARATAH 1.0 | 1.2 | 1.2 | 2.2 (14)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, K. Patterson.
Waratah: S. Nalder, L. Miceli.

BEST:

Southern Districts: Not supplied
Waratah: L. Roberts, J. Kolodziej, C. Fabris, P. Cox, S. Bishop

Southern Districts have pulled off the upset of the season, defeating reigning premiers, Waratah by five points. The game was tight throughout, with scores being level at a goal a piece at the end of the first term. Going into half-time, just one point separated the two sides, with the Crocs only managing to add one point to their score to take that slim lead into the main break. In the third quarter, the Southern Districts broke the scoring deadlock with a crucial major to extend their lead to nine points heading into three-quarter time. In the last quarter, the Warriors fought back with a major, giving them a chance to wrestle back the momentum. But somehow the Crocs managed to hold on, despite only scoring two behinds in the last quarter. Usual names, Kelsey Patterson and Tahlia Holtze were the Crocs’ goal scorers, continuing their marvellous seasons inside 50. Usual names were also the trend for Waratah, with NT Thunder’s Sue Nalder and NTFL Women’s leading goal scorer, Lisa Miceli getting the Warriors’ majors on the day. Experienced NT Thunder star, Lisa Roberts led the way for Waratah, while Joanna Kolodziej, Claudia Fabris, Pippa Cox and Sharona Bishop were also solid.

 

PINT 0.1 | 2.3 | 3.4 | 4.10 (32)
WANDERERS 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.3 | 0.3 (3)

GOALS:

Pint: M. Keeble 2, M. Gunn, K. Smits.
Wanderers: N/A.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Wanderers: S. Mauboy, L. Motlop, P. Koulakis

Pint continues to charge towards victory in season 2018/19, cementing a spot on top of the ladder with a win over the Wanderers. The Wanderers were able to halt Pint’s scoring in the first term, with neither team managing to kick a goal. Then the Queen Ants got going in the second quarter, outscoring the Wanderers two goals to none. Coming into the third quarter with a 13-point lead, Pint failed to really put a dint into the margin, kicking just the one goal in the third term. The Queen Ants tried once again in the last term to boost their percentage, but their inaccuracy came back to haunt them, as it has done on many occasions during this season. Pint managed just one goal from seven attempts in the last term, but this couldn’t prevent a fifth victory for the home side. Madeline Keeble showed good form up forward, kicking two of Pint’s four goals. The other goal scorers were Mellissa Gunn and Kristen Smits. Despite no goal scorers for the Wanderers, Sophia Mauboy, Lauren Motlop and Pierre-Angelique Koulakis were solid in the 29-point loss.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 3

THIS week, Darwin will be hoping to knock off Pint at the top of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s ladder. Waratah will also be looking to swoop in with a big win over Nightcliff. In other matches, Southern Districts take on St Marys and Tracy Village does battle with Palmerston.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS

Round 3 – Saturday October 20, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

Southern Districts came off their first loss of the season last round, so they would be keen to bounce back. But with St Marys coming off a Round 1 win and a bye, the fresh legs could run down the Crocs. They will have to keep an eye on Jaylene Boundry, who kicked five majors to kick-start her season for St Marys. The Crocs will also have to return to their Round 1 form, when they beat the Darwin Buffettes. NT Thunder trio, Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze and Tayla Thorn will be key if Southern Districts are to secure their second win of the season.

 

PINT V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Round 3 – Saturday October 20, 12pm

MCG

Ladder-leader, Pint comes into Round 3 off the back of two close wins. The Queen Ants won their first two games by a combined margin of seven points, so they would be desperate to get a big win on the board. But the Buffettes would be keen to continue their winning form, after defeating Tracy Village last week. The Queen Ants will need to keep an eye on Jasmine Anderson and NT Thunder player, Machaelia Roberts, who can be damaging at their best. For Pint, expect Kristen Smits and Erin Hetherington to continue their good form, while NT Thunder player, Katie Streader will need to step up to secure a win on Saturday.

 

WARATAH V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 3 – Sunday October 21, 12pm

Gardens Oval

This game could get ugly, with last season’s premiers going up against the reigning wooden-spooners. The Tigers suffered a big Round 2 loss against Palmerston, going down by 87 points. Waratah, on the other hand, kicked off its 2018/19 campaign with a win and as expected, NT Thunder duo, Sue Nalder and Madeline Gault played a part in the win. If these two get going at Gardens Oval, it could prove damaging against an inexperienced Nightcliff line-up. Hopefully Sophie Hatzismalis and Hannah Turnbull can stand up for the Tigers in Sunday to secure an upset win.

 

TRACY VILLAGE V PALMERSTON MAGPIES

Round 3 – Sunday October 21, 2pm

Tracy Village

Palmerston comes into the match with the momentum after an 87-point Round 2 win against Nightcliff. Tracy Village on the other hand, experienced its first loss of the season, going down against the Buffettes. Despite this, the Razorbacks can take some confidence going into Round 3, with Kristy Irvine and Debra Bree Bonde playing some good football. But they will have to watch out for Central Allies Under-18 representative, Janet Baird, who has been on fire in the first two rounds. She has been named in the best in both of her games, and followed up her one major in Round 1 with four goals in Round 2. Under-18 teammate, Tabitha May could also be a dangerous player, coming off a standout performance last week.