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NTFL Women’s Premier League weekend preview: Round 11 – Crocs next to challenge benchmark

A couple of ladder-defining clashes, including a top four battle and a third against fifth game headline a big Round 11 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League action.

Waratah v. Southern Districts
14/12/19 – Round 11
2:00pm
Gardens Oval

In the game of the round, reigning premiers Waratah host Southern Districts in a game that could be crucial for the Crocs’ ladder standing heading into the Christmas break. The ‘Tahs have been superb this season, have been awarded wins in all 10 games with a percentage of 363.35 per cent and look every bit likely to continue their dominant premiership stranglehold in 2019/20. Last week Waratah had to battle its way to an eight-point win over Palmerston Magpies at home and now faces a Crocs side finding some form with back-to-back wins. Rebecca Pryer has been one to watch for the top of the table side while Lisa Roberts has booted 12 goals from five games, including a massive seven-goal haul. Lauren O’Shea has been the side’s leading goalkicker with 14 from nine games, while Madeline Gault continues to be a developing talent around the ground. The key to stopping the Crocs is limiting the likes of Ebony Miller who has slammed home 29 goals from eight games and is not afraid of a big bag, slotting 10 goals in a game this season. Kelsey Patterson has also booted eight goals this year from seven games, while Charles Deegan and Tahlia Holtze have been among the Crocs’ best in season 2019/20.

Pint v. Palmerston Magpies
14/12/19 – Round 11
2:30pm
TIO Oval No 2

In another ladder-defining clash heading into the Christmas break, Pint takes on Palmerston Magpies in a bid to gain fourth spot on the ladder. Palmerston pushed the premiership favourites, Waratah all the way last week before eventually falling by eight points, while Pint got up over Tracy Village in a 49-0 win. The Queen Ants have been inconsistent throughout the season, with their last five games reading WLWDW in a formline which based on patterns does not bode well for this week. Palmerston have plenty on their line themselves this week, sitting a deserved third and only six points adrift from Darwin in second spot. A loss could see them slip below South Districts if the Crocs can upset Waratah in the other game. The Queen Ants will hope to continue their form over the past three weeks, where the likes of Jasmin Baksh and Emma Greaves have hit the scoreboard on multiple occasions. Cara Evans has also been a source of goals this year, while for the Magpies, Arthurina Moreen has been unstoppable in front of the big sticks, booting 17 majors from eight games. Iesha Ronberg has booted five goals and was named among the best seven times, one of the Magpies most consistent this season with Billie Byers and Janet Baird the others. Palmerston should win this game, but Pint have been in good form of late.

Tracy Village v. Darwin Buffettes
14/12/19 – Round 11
5:00pm
Tracy Village

In a less anticipated clash, two sides at opposite ends of the ladder do battle at Tracy Village. The home side sits ninth with one win from 10 games – against the winless Big River Hawks – whilst the visitors head into the clash having won seven and drawn one of a possible 10 matches. If there was a case for an upset it might be the time for Razorbacks, with Darwin having only won one of their past four games, including a shock loss to Wanderers. There is an argument the Buffettes could have won them all, going down by two points back-to-back and then drawing with Pint. A 125-point smashing of the Hawks last round got Darwin back on the winners list. For Tracy Village, their formline is not a pretty sight, losing their past seven games since scraping together a five-point win over Big River. Kylie Duggan has been a crucial player for the Buffettes this season, booting four goals and was named in the best on just as many occasions. Youngster, Tayla Hart-Aluni has booted five majors from nine games, while Calista Boyd and Dominic Carbone have also been important for the second placed side. Alexandra Biggs and Gabrielle Young are among the better players for Tracy Village this season, while Tara Everett has also been named in the best on multiple occasions. Expect Darwin to get the points in this clash fairly comfortably.

Nightcliff v. Wanderers
14/12/19 – Round 11
5:00pm
TIO Stadium

With both teams only separated by percentage and sitting sixth and seventh on the ladder expect an exciting match between Nightcliff and the Wanderers. The Waratahs will be looking to redeem themselves after falling by 23 points last week while Nightcliff also suffered a defeat in Round 10 adding further intensity to the game. Wanderers and Nightcliff have been relatively inconsistent unable to string consecutive performances together and really build any momentum to climb up the ladder thus far this season. However, Nightcliff can blow teams away with their quick ball movement but often struggle with accuracy in front of goal meaning they could leave the door ajar for their opponents if they do not convert. Both sides are relatively evenly poised with key players able to have influence across the field. Youngster Shantel Miskin-Ripia has been essential for Nightcliff in recent weeks using her signature run and carry to break lines while Jessica Steppacher was the sole goal kicker last week and will be looking to add to her goal tally. Hannah Turnbull was named in the bests last round thanks to her solid performance meanwhile the likes of Emma-Lou Wolsey, Eliza Morrison and Laura De Hommel are regular top performers renowned for their ability to change the course of the game and stand up under pressure when called upon. For the Wanderers, Morgan Johnston and Shekeine De Satge have been some of the most reliable talents on the field able to go in and win the hard ball. In terms of goal kicking De Stage has also been up there and will be seeking to replicate that this round.

St Mary’s vs. Big Rivers
14/12/19 – Round 11
7:00pm
TIO Oval No 2

The Big River Hawks are yet to register a win this season and may once again struggle to do so against St Mary’s who, while have been inconsistent to say the least, should get the job done fairly easily. The Hawks are well and truly cemented at the bottom of the ladder while St Mary’s have four more wins despite sitting eighth, placing them in good stead for their matchup. St Mary’s have proved they have the talent to run over teams winning against the higher placed Nightcliff last round and will be riding a wave of confidence heading into the final match before the Christmas break. On the other hand, it has been a tough introduction for the Hawks who are yet to find their rhythm in the attacking half, often unable to register a goal meaning they must bring their A-game if they are to trouble St Mary’s. The Hawks will be looking to Crystal Browne, Deanna Peckham and Cammie Delacoeur to lead the way and deliver ball inside 50. Gretel Bailey-Preston is no slouch inside 50, able to find the goals if given the chance. For St Mary’s, Aaliyah Bailey is the go-to girl, able to wheel around and attack the goals while other key contributors such as Sharna Edwards and Nikita Long will have to have a big game if they are to influence the outcome of the game.

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekend preview: Round 10 – Heat to prove extra challenge

ROUND 10 is set to have some interesting battles, with a few ladder-defining matches heading up the weekend. In a change from the usual scheduling all five matches this week take place at different locations, making for potential of a real mixed bag of results especially with temperatures expected to surge over the weekend in some parts of the Northern Territory this week.

Nightcliff v. St Mary’s
7/12/19 – Round 10
12:30pm
TIO Oval 2

Nightcliff are in an unprecedented position once more this week, sitting in fifth with five wins for the season so far coming up against eighth placed St Mary’s to open Round 10. Both sides were part of high-scoring clashes last round though the Tigers certainly will come in favourites given their solid 95-point victory over Big River Hawks while St Mary’s only managed eight points against Southern Districts. Nightcliff will look to tighten up the accuracy this week after booting 23 behinds last round. Last time these sides met Nightcliff came away with a solid 11-point victory so will look to back up that effort this time around. Saints’ Sharna Edwards and Yasmin Roe have played every match so far this season well and truly earning their spots in the lineup with their consistency. Nightcliff’s Eliza Morrison, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Mickayla Ward have also proved to be consistent performers throughout the season so far. 

Tracy Village v. Pint
7/12/19 – Round 10
2:00pm
Tracy Village

Tracy Village will look to get one back this week after a disappointing display last round against Waratah while Pint will be brimming with confidence after going toe-to-toe with Darwin Buffettes and given a draw for their efforts. While not far apart on the ladder, sitting ninth and seventh respectively, Tracy Village is sitting far below Pint on percentage making this a difficult task for the Razorbacks. One thing that will go in the side’s favour however is the home ground advantage with the match taking place at Tracy Village. The two sides did battle in Round 2 with Tracy Village going scoreless, entirely run down by Pint meaning the Tigers have a lot to prove this round. Pint’s Jasmyn Hewett, Emma Greaves and Erin Hetherington will look to continue their solid form while Razorbacks have the likes of Alexandra Biggs, Gabby Young and Tara Everett up their sleeve with plenty left to prove.

Big River Hawks v. Darwin Buffettes
7/12/19 – Round 10
2:30PM
Katherine Oval

Big River Hawks have another rough one coming up this week when they take on second-ranked Darwin Buffettes. The Hawks went scoreless last time they took on the Buffettes, with the Buffs booting 19.19 for the match. While the Buffs have had a shaky past few weeks on the track, they are unlikely to have a tough time against the Hawks who have struggled to put points on the board this season. The Hawks will have some confidence on home soil but with temperatures expected to peak upwards of 40 degrees celcius only time will tell whether they are able to put up a worthy fight. Jayde De La Coeur and Crystal Browne are two of the most consistent performers for the Hawks alongside Deanna Peckham. For the Buffettes, Kylie Duggan has been solid across her eight matches with three best on ground appearances while Tikesa Docherty-Cole has booted seven goals from two matches to prove herself as a key option forward for the Buffs.

Southern Districts v. Wanderers
7/12/19 – Round 10
5:00pm
TIO Stadium

The final Saturday match of the round will see fourth and sixth do battle with both sides on the same amount of winning points though Districts arguably have the better percentage and potential to get a win on the board in round 10. The Crocs had the winning points taken off for their last battle against Wanderers back in Round 2, so the side will surely want to prove they can get away with victory this time again. For Districts, Charles Deegan is key finding the footy while Ebony Miller has the ability in front of goal to be dangerous if left unattended, already having booted 27 goals for the season. The Wanderers will look to their stalwart trio of Morgan Johnston, Shekeine De Satge and Sophia Mauboy who have continued to perform across the board this season.

Waratah v. Palmerston Magpies
8/12/19 – Round 10
12:00pm
Gardens Oval

The final match of the round is set to be the biggest with Waratah hosting Palmerston Magpies. The two sides went  toe-to-toe in Round 2, ending with a 10 point margin Waratah’s way, so the Magpies are sure to ark it up this time with accuracy and forward pressure surely on the agenda. Both sides come into this matchup off solid wins in the past few rounds so expect another tight battle between two of the top sides of the competition. Iesha Ronberg has proved her consistency across a number of matches with consistency and cleanliness to boot, unafraid to go into the contest hard and earning six best on ground appearances for her efforts. Arthurina Moreen will be key for the Magpies alongside Ronberg with a real eye for the goals while Billie Byers and Janet Baird also have plenty to offer. For the ‘Tahs Rebecca Pryer has impressed throughout the season while Lauren O’Shea is the current leading goalkicker for the side with 12 from eight matches.

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

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

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

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

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

BEST:

Pint: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: N/A

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

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

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS

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

BEST

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

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

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

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS

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

BEST

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

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

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

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS 

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

BEST

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

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

2019/20 NTFL Women’s Premier League 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 7 – Buffettes dealt first loss for season

ROUND 7 of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) saw some exciting matches, with the biggest and most unexpected result coming in the form of a loss for the Darwin Buffettes, dropping their first game of the season and ultimately ending their undefeated run. Meanwhile the Southern Districts continued their fine form with a dominant performance.

WARATAH 0.3 | 1.11 | 6.12 | 8.16 (64)
PINT 2.0 | 2.0 | 4.1 | 4.1 (25)

GOALS

Waratah: L. O’Shea 3, G. Cusack 2, M. Yarran, J. Singh, B. Martin
Pint: E. Ryan, J. Downey, C. McElroy, C. Evans

BEST

Waratah: L. Roberts, M. Gissing, C. Fabris, B. Martin, L. O’Shea
Pint: N/A

A strong first half saw Pint well and truly push Waratah in the opening match of Round 7, before Waratah came back in the second half with a point to prove, booting seven goals to two to run away 39-point victors. It was a solid effort from the Queen Ants, defensively producing a really solid match but ultimately relying too heavily on an inaccurate Waratah side that kicked one goal 11 behinds in the first half. Casey McElroy and Ellie Ryan both booted their first goals for the season for Pint alongside Cara Evans and Jacqueline Downey, putting out a great effort in the forward line but unable to play out a full four quarters. For Waratah, Lisa Roberts was solid as ever with a great lead off half back to move the ball through the midfield, while Lauren O’Shea and Gemma Cusack combined for five goals. The ‘Tahs encountered their usual issue of inaccuracy, and while there was a definite scoring end for the match there is little excuse for kicking 11 behinds in the first half. This kind of scoreline is not an issue in matches against lower sides, however will be a big worry coming up against teams in the top four.

BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.2 | 0.2 | 0.4 (3)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 6.3 | 10.7 | 14.10 | 17.13 (115)

GOALS

Big River Hawks: N/A
Southern Districts: E. Miller 10, M. Breed 2, M. Moussa 2, E. Forsyth, S. Carkeek, H. Engelhardt

BEST

Big River Hawks: J. Daniels, J. De La Coeur, M. Dunn, C. Delacoeur, B. Gumbula, J. Robertson
Southern Districts: C. Deegan, E. Miller, T. Holtze, E. Forsyth, A. Lewis

Southern Districts well and truly ran down Big River Hawks in their Round 7 clash, with Ebony Miller booting 10 goals to single handedly defeat the Hawks thanks to her ability to find the footy and create something out of nothing. Miller was unmatched by any opponent and essentially ran free for majority of the match, creating as many opportunities in front of goal as she booted herself aided by Mattea Breed and Maria Moussa who added two goals apiece to the ledger. Charles Deegan impressed as per usual, collecting best on ground honours and finding plenty of the footy through the midfield. For the Hawks, it was a frustrating match with little high points to speak of – though credit to the Hawks for breaking through the Crocs’ strong defence to even put three behinds on the board, proving the side has plenty of tenacity to force and find the ball forward but just needed to capitalise on the opportunities when they arose. Johanna Daniels, Jayde De La Coeur and Mavis Dunn were solid for the Hawks despite the disappointing scoreline.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.2 | 3.3 | 4.5 | 4.6 (30)
WANDERERS 1.0 | 1.3 | 2.4 | 4.8 (32)

GOALS

Darwin Buffettes: D. Ah Wang 3, R. De Santis
Wanderers: K. White 2, T. Davern, S. De Satge

BEST

Darwin Buffettes: K. Duggan, D. Carbone, D. Ah Wang, D. Trindle-Price, B. Stokes
Wanderers: S. De Satge, M. Johnston, S. Mauboy, K. Motlop, P. Koulakis, J. Chevalier

Darwin Buffettes were delivered a shock loss on Saturday, going down to the Wanderers in a goalless final term to cut short a potential seven match winning streak and ruin the party for Tania Dhu in her one hundredth match for the side. The Buffettes got off to a strong start with a three goal opening term but just did not take advantage of their chances around the ground, allowing the Wanderers space and opportunity to take control of the match, defeating the Buffettes by two points thanks to a massive final quarter effort. Shekeine De Satge was a key player for the Wanderers, stepping up and really having an impact when it mattered most, booting a goal while she was at it. Karita White did her bit in her first match for the season with two goals to her name, while Morgan Johnston and Sophia Mauboy also impressed. For the Buffettes, Delsey Ah Wang kicked three goals in a solid effort up forward, aided by Kylie Duggan and Dominique Carbone who found plenty of the footy early to keep the ball moving.

ST MARY’S 0.0 | 3.4 | 7.7 | 9.9 (63)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.3 | 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.6 (12)

GOALS

St Mary’s: D. Ponter 5, L. Dunn 3, S. Edwards
Tracy Village:

BEST

St Mary’s: S. Edwards, L. Dunn, D. Ponter
Tracy Village: N/A

It was a slow start for St Mary’s in the fourth match of the round, taking time to work into the match before producing a solid 51-point victory. It was a largely frustrating match for Tracy Village, booting six behinds and only one goal for the match in a performance that was ultimately plagued by inaccuracy and missed opportunities. While the Razorbacks started relatively well compared to the Saints, they were unable to find their form after the first quarter and their inaccuracy was a real issue that created further opportunity for St Mary’s to take a strong lead. Danielle Ponter proved once again that she can be a real catalyst for any side, booting five goals and was aided by Laelia Dunn with another three goals alone. Sharna Edwards was also named among the best for her solid effort and consistency across the ground, while for the Razorbacks Lisa-Maree Toner, Tara Everett and Zhoe Clarke put in the hard yards despite a tough match.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.3 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 7.3 (45)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.3 | 3.8 | 4.9 | 5.10 (40)

GOALS

Palmerston Magpies: Y. Roe, M. Frank, T. Williams, J. Baird
Nightcliff: J. Anyon-Smith 2, E. Field , C. Bracey, S. Miskin-Ripia

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown, K. White, G. Garling, I. Ronberg, T. May, J. Baird
Nightcliff: E. Morrison, S. Miskin-Ripia, E. Johnson

A five goal margin finished off Round 7 of NTFL Women’s, with Nightcliff coming frustratingly close to a win against Palmerston Magpies, going down by only five points. The Tigers had plenty of opportunities, doubling their goals with behind and putting plenty of ball inside 50, just unable to find the goals to really take it to the Magpies. The Magpies to their credit were consistent all match, applying solid pressure across the field and executing majority of their chances in front of goal. Eliza Morrison impressed for Nightcliff while Jacqueline Anyon-Smith booted two goals, with young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia and Eliza Johnson named among the best. For the Magpies, Michaeline Brown, Khani White and Georgina Garling were solid with a smattering of goalkickers proving the Magpies have plenty of firepower as we race towards the midway point of the season.

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 6 – Waratah smash newcomers

IN Round 6 a number of big matches played out, with Waratah well and truly producing their best match of the season so far against an ailing Big River Hawks outfit, while Nightcliff broke a multiple season-spanning hoodoo with a win over Tracy Village. Meanwhile, St Mary’s held up well against the offensive prowess of a strong Buffettes side.

WARATAH 6.4 | 10.9 | 20.11 | 25.18 (168)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)

GOALS

Waratah: L. Roberts 7, M. Yarran 6, S. Puruntatameri 3, T. O”Hehir 2, J. Kerinaiua 2, J. Smyth 2, M. Gault, J. Singh, H. Goodall.
Big River Hawks: F. Joshua.

BEST

Waratah: L. Roberts, M. Yarran, M. Gault, R. Pryer, P. Cox
Big River Hawks: C. Browne, D. Peckham, Z. Mohamud, S. Clarke, G. Bailey-Preston, C. Delacoeur

In yet another frustrating finish for the league’s newest side, Big River Hawks went down to Waratah in the largest margin of the season so far, losing by a whopping 162 points. A small win for the Hawks saw the side boot one goal in the massive match, having failed to do so in two of their five previous matches, so ultimately proving there is capacity for improvement even against tough sides the likes of Waratah. For Waratah, this match seemed to be more kicking practice than gameday, and though the side kicked a whopping 25 goals they still had a hard time kicking straight with 18 behinds softening the blow and proving that the side will be a real force to be reckoned with if they can reign in their inaccuracy. Waratah had nine goalkickers for the match with Lisa Roberts (seven goals) and Madison Yarran (six) starring up forward, while four others put multiple goals on the board for the ‘Tahs. For the Hawks, Fiona Joshua was the lone goalkicker in her first match of the season, while Crystal Browne and Deanna Peckham continued their impressive start to the season with their unrelenting effort a real feature of the match.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 2.1 | 4.2 | 7.3 (45)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS

Nightcliff: J. Anyon-Smith 4, E. Morrison, E. Wolsey, M. Ward.
Tracy Village: N/A.

BEST

Nightcliff: E. Morrison, E. Wolsey, R. Russell, M. Ward
Tracy Village: N/A

For Nightcliff, this was a solid win that saw their confidence lift, beating Tracy Village by 22 points. With this win, the Tigers have breached a massive losing streak spanning three seasons, winning their third game of the season in a massive confidence booster for the club. This win puts the Tigers in sixth on the ladder, sitting 50/50 for wins and losses this season and relegating the Razorbacks to ninth in what was ultimately one of their best chances in getting a second win on the board this season. The Razorbacks struggled early, unable to penetrate Nightcliff’s defence and ultimately not providing a competitive match from the get-go. While their defensive unit worked overtime, Tracy Village’s forward line seemed to go missing for the first three quarters, only really appearing in the final quarter and putting three goals five on the board late in the match. Nightcliff’s Jacqueline Anyon-Smith starred in her second match for the season, providing a solid target forward and kicking four goals thanks to the strong efforts of Eliza Morrison and Emma-Lou Wolsey down the field.

WANDERERS 1.2 | 2.3 | 2.4 | 2.6 (18)
PINT 2.4 | 5.5 | 5.7 | 7.9 (51)

GOALS

Wanderers: A. Narkle, G. Halkitis.
Pint: J. Downey 2, C. Morris, S. Peris, J. Hewett, K. Smits, J. Baksh.

BEST

Wanderers: N/A
Pint: N/A

The third match of the round pit the Wanderers against Pint, with the away team getting the chocolates in the 33 point victory. With the Wanderers having a solid season so far they looked good early, before Pint found their form and ultimately proved they have more in them than their early season results suggest. While the Wanderers had a solid start, competing well in the first half, they found it hard to hit the scoreboard in the second half with Pint tightening up their defence and applying solid pressure across the field, denying easy ball through the midfield. Jacqueline Downey proved her ability with two goals for Pint, aided by five other goalkickers, while Georgia Halkitis and Ahmi Narkle put a goal apiece on the board for the Wanderers in a tough match to play up forward.

ST MARY’S 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.4 | 1.5 (11)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 | 2.8 | 3.3 | 6.5 (41)

GOALS

St Mary’s: N/A.
Darwin Buffettes: K. Duggan, B. Scrymgour, M. Taylor, R. De Santis, C. Boyd, K. O”Connell.

BEST

St Mary’s: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: J. Iacono, K. Duggan, A. Goninon, D. Carbone, C. Boyd

St Mary’s had the tough task of taking on Darwin Buffettes on the weekend, booting only one goal, five behinda but ultimately keeping the Buffs to a closer margin than expected. The Buffettes have showed time and time again that they are the team to beat this season, and while this match did not show that form in its entirety, they kept a competitive St Mary’s outfit at bay to ensure they got a sixth consecutive win on the board. St Mary’s started well, keeping the Buffettes scoreless in the first quarter and remaining even by half time, before the Buffs pulled out a solid win from an impressive second half effort to take the lead at the final change. The Buffettes lacked their usual excitement on the field, lacklustre early and giving the Saints far too much opportunity to move the ball down the field. While the Saints didn’t come away with a win, this match proves St Mary’s have plenty under their belt that may not have had a chance to flourish yet. Jemma Iacono and Kylie Duggan were among the best for the Buffs, while the side lacked its usual flair for multiple goalkickers as six individuals got on the board.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 3.0 | 5.3 | 5.3 | 7.8 (50)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.3 | 0.4 | 2.4 | 2.5 (17)

GOALS

Southern Districts: N/A.
Palmerston Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 2.

BEST

Southern Districts: N/A
Palmerston Magpies: B. Byers, F. Puruntatameri, K. White, N. Medbury, I. Ronberg, J. Baird

The final match of the round saw Southern Districts well and truly wreak havok on Palmerston Magpies after bumping them out of grand final contention last season, with the Magpies unable to compete against the strong full-field effort of the Crocs. A strong third-quarter effort from the Magpies just was not enough against the Districts, with the effort seeing the side boot two goals nil for the quarter after going goalless in the first half. While it looked like the comeback thew Magpies needed to get back into the game, Southern Districts would not go down without a fight, kicking two goals five in the final quarter to run away with victory. Freda Puruntatameri was the lone goalkicker for the Magpies, finding good separation in attack and bursting out of the pack to find the footy, but unfortunately held well after a stellar third quarter. Billie Byers and Khani White were also named in the best on a rough day for the Pies, finding the footy well but unable to execute against the Crocs.

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 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