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NTFL Men’s Premier League wrap: Round 9 – Tigers, Buffs get up in thrillers

WHILE St Mary’s won big in Round 9 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League, Nightcliff and Darwin narrowly edged bottom four sides in an action-packed weekend of NT football. In the round’s other game, Southern Districts kicked away to return to the winners list after a tight three quarters.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.1 | 8.4 | 10.5 | 11.5 (71)
DARWIN BUFFALOES 2.4 | 3.5 | 5.9 | 10.15 (75)

GOALS:

Palmerston: E. Frank 3, K. Holt-Tubbs 2, D. Gaykamangu, A. Diamond, M. Perry, D. Cox, J. Rhodes.
Darwin: B. Foster 4, J. Clarke 2, C. Williams, M. Quinn, B. Hogan, D. Shillabeer.

BEST:

Palmerston: E. Frank, A. Diamond, C. Williams, J. Berry, W. Shadforth, S. Brock
Darwin: L. McKenzie, J. Stokes, B. Foster, C. Williams, D. Lines

It took a final quarter comeback for the ages for Darwin to sneak over the top of Palmerston on the road and hold onto third place. The heartbreaking loss sees Palmerston remain winless, unable to deny the Buffs despite their efficiency in the 11.5 (71) to 10.15 (75) result.

A tight opening term was followed by Palmerston’s best quarter of footy for a long time, seeing the Magpies break out to a 29-point half-time lead on the back of six goals to one. But the Buffs chipped away after the main break to remain within striking distance, pouncing in the final term with 5.6 to one straight goal to snatch victory from the jaws of what would have been a very disappointing defeat.

Brodie Foster proved a handy addition to the Buffs’ forward 50, booting a game-high four majors to lead the line from usual goalsneak Jalen Clarke (two goals). But it was Lachlan McKenzie who was named Darwin’s best, with consistent features Jarrod Stokes and Christopher Williams also influential. Ezekiel Frank and Keidan Holt-Tubbs led the way in an improved scoring effort for the Magpies, with the former named his side’s best player. Adam Diamond, Jack Berry, and Sandy Brock were also named in the best half-dozen for the third game running, with Palmerston starting to form a more settled unit.

The win sees Darwin holt onto third place among what is becoming tight battle for second, with a tough assignment against Tiwi next in its sights. Meanwhile, Palmerston’s search for a win carries on into another round as St Mary’s awaits.

NIGHTCLIFF 2.5 | 3.8 | 8.10 | 11.12 (78)
TIWI BOMBERS 2.0 | 7.2 | 9.4 | 11.6 (72)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: M. Hagan 3, C. Ilett 2, T. Melville 2, L. Holt-Fitz, D. Bowles, L. Masters, K. Winter-Irving.
Tiwi: A. Darcy 3, H. Puruntatameri 2, A. Wonaeamirri 2, A. Tipungwuti 2, C. Molyneux, D. Munkara.

BEST:

Nightcliff: K. Riley, D. Bowles, J. Kickett, M. Hagan, N. Brown, J. Peris
Tiwi: J. Puruntatameri, A. Tipungwuti, C. Molyneux, A. Darcy, R. Baird, H. Puruntatameri

Nightcliff narrowly accounted for a plucky and more efficient Tiwi side to maintain its gap at the top, scraping over the line by six points. The Tigers pulled away when it mattered in the 11.12 (78) to 11.6 (72) result, proving their status as the NTFL’s best.

In what was a game of momentum swings, Nightcliff was able to pull ahead at the ideal time with the two sides level going into the final term. Earlier, the Tigers found themselves three goals adrift at the main break despite managing two more scoring shots for the half, before hitting back with 5.2 to even the ledger. In a tense closer, the reigning premiers managed to hold on to their one-goal buffer after creating enough opportunities to kick away more comfortably.

Both sides managed an even goalkicking spread, with Michael Hagan and Alastair Darcy booting a game-high three goals for their respective teams. Hagan was the only Nightcliff goalkicker to also be named among the best, with Kaine Riley leading the way from Daniel Bowles and Jayden Kickett. It was a slightly different story for the Bombers as Harley Puruntatameri (two goals), Adam Tipungwuti (two) and Charlie Molyneux (one) each troubled the scorers and were impactful overall, while Rodney Baird was solid up the ground.

While four points have been coming in aplenty for the Tigers, the win keeps the chasing pack at bay – eight points adrift – with a top two clash up next. Tiwi’s spot in the top five is at risk next week as the Bombers do battle with another finals-bound side in Darwin, heating up the finals race.

ST MARY’S 6.5 | 12.8 | 19.9 | 25.14 (164)
WARATAH 2.1 | 4.3 | 4.5 | 6.5 (41)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: A. Wilson 6, J. Calder 6, M. Rioli Jnr 3, T. Saunders 2, S. Rioli 2, J. Long, B. Rioli, P. Macfarlane, R. Smith, N. Paredes, J. Cheek.
Waratah: H. Kerinaiua 2, A. Hodgson, T. Schmid, K. Kantilla, W. Gorman.

BEST:

St Mary’s: J. Geary, R. Smith, M. Rioli Jnr, B. Rioli, D. Armitage, J. Calder
Waratah: N/A

A comprehensive 123-point drubbing of Waratah was not quite enough to see St Mary’s jump back into third on percentage, but the Saints well and truly sounded a warning to their competition on Saturday. A stacked Saints lineup looked ominous heading into the clash, and lived up to the bill with a 25.14 (164) to 6.5 (41) result.

After a six goals to two opener, the game was all but put to bed at the main break as the Saints led by 53 points, kicking on with another 13 goals to two in the second half to more than double that margin – managing no less than six goals across each quarter in a consistently ruthless performance. With Abe Ankers missing, the Warriors simply struggled for answers throughout, void of midfield grunt while also being shut down well up forward.

Anthony Wilson and Jackson Calder were the stars inside 50 with six goals each, joined by Maurice Rioli Jnr (three goals) as multiple goalkickers to also feature in the best. Jackson Geary was also again among the Saints’ best, joined by ex-St Kilda midfielder David Armitage. Henry Kerinaiua stood up in a losing effort for Waratah with two majors, but his forward partners in Steven Stroobants and Kim Kantilla were unable to truly break the shackles.

While positions have not changed, the result has a big bearing on the top end of the ladder with St Mary’s gaining some much-needed percentage and keeping entrenched in the top four. Another bottom three opponent in Palmerston is up next for the Saints, while Waratah will next face Wanderers as both sides’ finals hopes start to get desperate.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.6 | 8.6 | 8.9 | 13.13 (91)
WANDERERS 1.1 | 2.3 | 7.4 | 9.5 (59)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: W. Farrer 3, B. Schwarze 3, E. Barlow 2, J. Farrer, D. Williams, D. Hall, R. Tambling, N. Horbury.
Wanderers: M. White 3, L. Jurrah 2, D. Thompson, K. Stephens, B. O’Connell, M. Derrick.

BEST:

Southern Districts: J. Farrer, E. Barlow, T. Holman, D. Williams, D. McLachlan, M. Pemberton
Wanderers: L. Dyer, N. Sedgwick, B. O’Connell, D. Thompson, J. Priest

A strong final term helped Southern Districts keep clear in second, outlasting a young Wanderers side to come away 32-point winners. The Crocs were made to withstand a strong Eagles fightback, putting a winning 13.13 (91) to 9.5 (59) score on the board.

A tense opening term saw the Crocs edge in front, but a six goals to one second stanza broke the game open and proved the defining period of play. But the Muk Muks fought back to show all the finals credentials they had in previous weeks, trailing by just 10 points heading into the final turn. That was where the momentum stopped however, as the Crocs stormed home with 4.4 to 2.1 to claim a fighting win.

Will Farrer and Beau Schwarze resumed their forward 50 partnership for the Crocs with three goals apiece, joined by ex-AFL midfielder Ed Barlow (two goals) as multiple goalkickers. Both Farrer and Barlow were also among the winners’ best alongside Thomas Holman and Damian Williams, while Luke Dyer was named Wanderers’ best ahead of Nicholas Sedgwick. Goalsneak Beau O’Connell was also dangerous in the losing effort, while fellow small forward Mark White booted three goals in his second game for the year.

The Eagles will have to turn a losing skid around if they are to climb back into a finals spot, with Waratah next on the agenda after its heavy defeat. Meanwhile, the Crocs are poised for a top of the table clash against Nightcliff next time out in what is set to be a belter.

Who are the Allies?

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Zach Sproule is one of the 34 players in the Allies squad.

NEW SQUADS, new fixtures and a new team. That is how the U18 Championships will kick off this weekend.

A new concept will begin over the weekend, with the newly formed ‘Allies’ U18 squad beginning their division one title pursuit.

The Allies brings together the best players from the Division Two states (NSW/ACT, Queensland, Tasmania and Northern Territory) to play against the division one teams in a move that has been perceived as a positive by many.

This allows names such as Jack Bowes, Harry Perryman and Todd Marshall to face the Division One sides in the main carnival.

Matt Balmer takes you through the 34 man squad, who some believe have a chance of taking out the Divison One Title.

Jacob Allison
Outside Midfielder (Aspley/Queensland)
16/04/1998 | 194cm | 79kg

Jacob Allison had a mixed bag of a Division Two carnival, only reaching over 20 disposals on one occasion against the Northern Territory. Allison booted five goals in the carnival and will likely line up off the Half Forward flank on the weekend where he can use his long kick to his benefit.

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Rohan Armstrong
Outside Midfielder (South Alice/Northern Territory)
18/05/1998 | 175cm | 65kg

Rohan Armstrong was Northern Territory’s MVP from the Division Two championship. Armstrong has a strong left foot kick and rebounded well out of defensive 50 for NT.

Angus Baker
Medium Defender (North Shore/NSW-ACT)
03/08/1998 | 184cm | 79kg

Medium defender Angus Baker averaged 20 disposals in the Division Two carnival.

Connor Ballenden
Key Position Forward (Uni of Queensland/Queensland)
29/03/1999 | 198cm | 95kg

Brisbane Lions academy member Connor Ballenden is a name to watch out for in 2017. The Key Position Forward was dominant in April’s trial game against Vic Country and kicked five goals in the final Division Two game against Tasmania.

Connor Ballenden- AFL Media
Connor Ballenden- AFL Media

Jack Bowes
Balanced Midfielder (Cains/Queensland)
26/01/1998 | 187cm | 78kg

Silky smooth midfielder Jack Bowes is the consensus best player in the draft after a superb Division Two championships. Bowes averaged 25 disposals and deservingly was named the Queensland MVP.

Fletcher Carroll
Outside Midfielder (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
29/04/1998 | 175cm | 72kg

Outside Midfielder Fletcher Carroll had a good carnival averaging 25 disposals and seven marks. Carroll will likely play a role off half forward or on the wing for the Allies.

Daniel Charlesworth
Balanced Midfielder (Surfers Paradise/Queensland)
04/08/1998 |  189cm | 84kg

Daniel Charlesworth spent most of 2015 playing as a third tall but has moved up the ground into the midfield in 2016. At his size it will be interesting to see where he lines up in the Allies.

Isaac Cumming
Outside Midfielder (North Broken Hill/NSW-ACT)
11/08/1998 | 183cm | 72kg

Although not a prolific ball winner across the Division Two carnival, Isaac Cumming has made the squad and will likely play off half back against the Division One sides using his good kick to effect.

Ben Davis
Medium Forward (UNSW/NSW-ACT)
19/05/1997 | 187cm | 84kg

A superb carnival from 19-year-old Ben Davis for NSW/ACT. Davis kicked 10 goals for the carnival with some eye catching moments. Davis originally was tied to the Sydney Swans academy, but has been deemed ineligible after not nominating for the draft in 2015.

Sam Fisher
Small Forward (Canberra Demons/NSW-ACT)
23/02/1998 | 180cm | 76kg

Left footer Sam Fisher provided plenty of energy inside 50 for NSW/ACT in the Division Two championships. Fisher kicked five goals and will be one of the main goal sneaks in the forward line for the Allies.

Ryan Garthwaite
Tall Defender (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
30/06/1998 | 192cm | 84kg

Tall Defender Ryan Garthwaite missed the Division Two championships, but his strong run of form in the TAC Cup (with 30 marks in four games) was enough to see him picked for the Allies.

Ryan Garthwaite Photo: AFL Media/Getty Images
Ryan Garthwaite Photo: AFL Media/Getty Images

Jamie Hampton
Outside Midfielder (North Adelaide/Northern Territory)
16/10/1998 | 186cm | 76kg

Athletic Half Back flank Jamie Hampton found plenty of the ball for NT in the Division Two championships. His pace and agility makes him a tough opponent to match up on.

Elliot Himmelberg
Key Position Utility (Redlands/Queensland)
04/06/1998 | 196cm | 92kg

The younger brother of GWS’ Harry, Elliot Himmelberg is a useful utility that can play at either end of the ground. With the Allies boasting a strong forward line of Marshall, Sproule and Davis- It is likely that Himmelberg will play in defence.

Nick Kempe
Outside Midfielder (Morningside/Queensland)
24/02/199 | 179cm | 68kg

Nick Kempe showed some good signs on the outside for Queensland. Kempe’s marking overhead is one of his strengths and can also push forward and hit the scoreboard.

Ben Long
Small Defender (St Mary’s/Norther n Territory)
21/08/1997 | 176cm | 60kg

Ben Long showed good signs throughout the carnival, averaging 20 disposals in his return as a 19-year-old.

Ben Long Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media
Ben Long Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media

Max Lynch
Ruck (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
12/09/1998 | 200cm | 96kg

Raw Ruckman Max Lynch showed some really positive signs throughout the championship. His work in the ruck was good and looking forward to seeing how he goes up against his Division One opponents.

Harrison Macreadie
Tall utility (Henty/NSW-ACT)
11/04/1998 | 196cm | 89kg

Tall Defender Harrison Macreadie has had a quiet start to the year but expect him to flourish against stronger opponents in the Division One carnival.

Mitch Maguire
Outside Midfielder (Northern Jets/NSW-ACT)
06/05/1998 | 175cm | 72kg

With NSW/ACT having a strong midfield, Mitch Maguire spent a lot of time inside forward 50 throughout the Division Two carnival. Maguire hit the scoreboard well, booting eight goals and will line up in the forward pocket this weekend for the Allies.

Todd Marshall
Key Position Forward (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
08/10/1998 | 198cm | 87kg

The former cricketer has jumped into Top 10 calculations with seven goals in the carnival, including four in the opening match against Queensland. Marshall could very well be the first tall forward taken come November.

Lachlan McKenzie
Medium Defender (Nightcliff/Northern Territory)
04/04/1997 | 187cm | 86kg

Lachlan McKenzie’s flashy green boots weren’t the only thing that made him standout through the Division Two carnival. McKenzie averaged 23 disposals and showed good poise for NT coming out of the backline.

Kobe Mutch
Balanced Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/NSW-ACT)
18/03/1998 | 184cm | 75kg

Kobe Mutch was one of the players of the Division Two carnival and was very unlucky not to take home the NSW/ACT MVP. Mutch kicks well on both feet and has really improved his inside game in 2016.

Tony Olango
Ruck (St Marys/Northern Territory)
02/09/1998 | 201cm | 80kg

Talented junior soccer player Tony Olango had a strong carnival for Northern Territory. Olango also pushed forward at times hitting the scoreboard, but is still very raw and doesn’t win a large chunk of football.

Brandan Parfitt
Inside Midfielder (Nightcliff/Northern Territory)
27/04/1998 | 177cm | 72kg

Brandan Parfitt racked up the disposals in his two Division Two games with 25 & 26 disposals. Parfitt was apart of the AFL Academy earlier in the year and was solid in the two hit outs against VFL opposition.

Harry Perryman
Outside Midfielder (Collingullie-GP/NSW-ACT)
19/12/1998 | 184cm | 75kg

Harry Perryman could well be the first GWS academy member picked on draft night. The midfielder kicks well on both feet, but does lack that fast pace bursting from the stoppages. Won the NSW/ACT MVP for his superb carnival.

Jack Powell
Outside Midfielder (Ainslie/NSW-ACT)
15/07/1999 | 179cm | 73kg

The Canberra midfielder Jack Powell is one to look out for in the 2017 draft. Powell was also one of the better players in the Level One academy match in New Zealand.

Nathan Richards
Ruck (Griffith/NSW-ACT)
01/02/1999 | 198cm | 99kg

Another name to watch for the 2017 draft is Tall Forward/Ruckman Nathan Richards. Richards showed some good signs in the ruck in the two final matches of the carnival.

Jack Rolls
Outside Midfielder (Morningside/Queensland)
01/07/1998 | 181cm | 71kg

Jack Rolls is apart of the Brisbane Lions academy and will likely entertain a bid in the second or third round. Rolls is a very outside player and will be looking to improve on his quiet Division Two carnival.

Brad Scheer
Inside Midfielder (Palm Beach/Queensland)
31/08/1998 | 184cm | 83kg

Inside midfielder Brad Scheer is tied to the Gold Coast Suns academy and averaged just under 16 contested possessions throughout the Division Two carnival.

Will Setterfield
Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/NSW-ACT)
05/02/1998 | 190cm | 79kg

Inside midfielder Will Setterfield finished the Division Two carnival exceptionally well against the Northern Territory with a 28-disposal haul. Unfortunately Setterfield won’t be lining up for the Allies this weekend, instead taking part in Caulfield Grammar’s big match against Brighton Grammar.

Charlie Spargo
Small Forward (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
25/11/1999 | 175cm | 75kg

Lively small forward Charlie Spargo is another member of the Allies squad who isn’t eligible until the 2017 draft. The small forward won the NSW/ACT MVP in the Under 16 championships back in 2015 and is a name likely to end up in the top handful in the 2017 draft.

Charlie Spargo Photo: Murray Bushrangers
Charlie Spargo Photo: Murray Bushrangers

Max Spencer
Medium Defender (Palm Beach/Queensland)
04/10/1997 | 190cm | 82kg

Max Spencer’s finish to the carnival against Northern Territory was a big reason why he made the Allies squad. Spencer had 15 disposals and five marks in a good outing for Queensland.

Zachary Sproule
Key Position Forward (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
12/05/1998 | 197cm | 87kg

Seven goals for the Division Two carnival was a strong return from Zachary Sproule, who will line up at Centre Half Forward for the Allies this weekend.

Declan Watson
Key Position Defender (Aspley/Queensland)
17/09/1998 | 194cm | 80kg

Key Position Defender Declan Watson is a name to keep an eye out in the Division One championships. He has probably flown under the radar with the other academy kids shining, but his rebound and ball use in the back half was really good for Queensland.

Josh Williams
Outside Midfielder (Surfers Paradise/Queensland)
12/06/1998 | 189cm | 89kg

Speedy outside midfielder Josh Williams continues to turn heads. His dash on the wing throughout the carnival was a clear standout and expect a few eye catching runs throughout the Division One championships.

Keep an eye out tomorrow for the preview of the Division One championships beginning this weekend.