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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 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 Division preview: Round 7 – Top five clash headlines round

THE Northern Territory Football League Women’s Premier League is set for another big week, with Round 7 ultimately starting the lead-up to the middle of the season. Five teams side on the same win-loss ratio and are separated by percentage alone, creating some real unpredictability across the ladder with a number of matches this round that could potentially go either way regardless of ladder position.

Waratah v. Pint
16/11/19 – Round 7
2:00pm
Gardens Oval

Pint is set for an interesting match this round against Waratah, a strong side that has not necessarily yet shown the firepower we have come to expect from them bar last round against the bottom of the ladder. For Waratah, this will be an opportunity to latch onto another win, and with confidence aplenty after last round Pint could really be under the pump despite sitting in the top five. Jenna Singh and Madeline Gault are sure to get up and about after a solid few weeks on track for the ‘Tahs, while Madison Yarran will hope to get a second call-up after booting six goals in her season debut last round. For Pint, Jasmyn Hewett is the leading goalkicker thus far with seven goals to her name while Emma Greaves and Erin Hetherington are sure to put in the hard yards.

Big River Hawks v. Southern Districts
16/11/19 – Round 7
2:30pm
Katherine Oval

While the Big River Hawks will be on home turf in Round 7, they will have a real tough one when they take on fourth ranked Southern Districts. As the newest side to the league the Hawks have struggled to find form this season and are yet to win a match after struggling in most of their matches. While they have plenty of potential, they will have a tough time against the Crocs who have firepower and pressure to boot. Crystal Browne, Deanna Peckham and Gretel Bailey-Preston have proved themselves to be strong competitors for the Hawks despite issues getting goals on the board, so are sure to stand up in front of a home crowd in Katherine. For the Districts, Lateesha Jeffrey has been a dominant force down back, swinging forward when required and playing a vital role across the field. Meanwhile, Ebony Miller will provide a solid target forward.

Darwin Buffettes v. Wanderers
16/11/19 – Round 7
2:30pm
TIO Oval 2

It’s the Wanderers’ turn to take on the ladder leaders in Darwin Buffettes this week, with a massive contest ahead of them. The Wanderers have started the season fairly well with three wins on the board, only lower on the ladder due to their percentage – something that could be an even bigger issue after this week, given the Buffettes’ ability to not only apply phenomenal scoreboard pressure but also deny other teams chances at goal. The Buffs are well and truly dominating at this early stage of the season so will want to keep that consistency alive with a big match against Waratah coming next round. Jemma Iacono and Tayla Hart-Aluni have proved their consistency across the start of the season, while the 18 individual goalkickers on the Buffettes list proves they can really play any combination of players on their list and rely on any number to stand up in the forward line. As for the Wanderers, Shekeine De Satge has been a dominant performer every round with clean hands and kicking to boot along with Pierre-Agelique Koulakis, while Ahmi Narkle had a good week on the track so will want to back up last round’s effort.

St Mary’s v. Tracy Village
16/11/19 – Round 7
5:00pm
TIO Oval 2

The second match of the TIO Oval 2 double header will see an interesting battle between eighth and ninth on the ladder, with Tracy Village only having won one match and raring to go. The Saints haven’t started much better, only winning two games so far, but coming away with solid margins in both matches to give St Mary’s a leg-up going into this contest. Danielle Ponter and Sharna Edwards have been consistent performers for the Saints across the first few rounds, creating plenty of ball movement and proving they can have an impact on the scoreboard with young gun Aaliyah Bailey will want to get back in the forward line to create scoring opportunities. For the Razorbacks, Tara Everett and Alexandra Biggs have been solid performers throughout the season so far while the consistency of Lisa-Maree Toner and Zhoe Clarke has been vital for the side.

Palmerston Magpies v. Nightcliff
17/11/19 – Round 7
2:30pm
Palmerston Oval

This match will be a real kicker, with the two teams separated by a number of other teams in a battle of third and sixth on the ladder, however going into this match having won the same amount of games making for an interesting contest. Nightcliff have had an unprecedented start to the season while the Magpies have had some bumps along the way, so both are sure to go hard into this match with plenty of good matchups across the field. Arthurina Moreen has had a massive few weeks for Palmerston with 12 goals across six matches, while Billie Byers, Iesha Ronberg and Natasha Medbury have been repeated performers proving the side has plenty to offer. Nightcliff has benefited with the addition of Mickayla Ward over the past few weeks, earning best on ground nominations across all three of her matches while Eliza Morrison and Emma-Lou Wolsey have continued to perform despite strong efforts from their opposition.

NTFL Women’s Premier League preview: Round 6 – Newcomers to be tested against benchmark

NORTHERN Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League hits Round 6 this weekend, with massive clashes that could well and truly define the competition at this early stage of the season.

Waratah v. Big River Hawks
Round 6 – 9/11/19
12.30pm
Gardens Oval

Big River Hawks are up for the fight of their lives in the opening match of Round 6, coming up against ultimately the most successful NTFL Women’s team in the competition. Waratah’s 2019/2020 record currently looks spotless thanks to a rule breach in Round 1 delivering the Warriors a win by default, but the side will be very aware that their almost spotless record is not as nice as it looks. That being said, the Waratahs have produced consistency across a number of matches this season already where the Hawks have struggled to put goals on the board at all. For the Hawks, Jayde De La Coeur and Crystal Browne have produced some solid performances so will look to replicate that against the dominance of Waratah, while Jenna Singh and Gemma Cusack will look to add a few more goals to their tally after solid starts to the season in attack.

Nightcliff v. Tracy Village
Round 6 – 9/11/19
2.00pm
PSC BM Oval

Up next is an interesting match between two of last season’s bottom sides, with the two teams in somewhat similar positions to where they finished last season. Tracy Village has had a rough start to the season, only winning one match so far and scoring a combined eight points across their losing matches thus far. For Nightcliff, this will be a real test of their improvement as a side, with two wins under their belts but keeping their losing deficits relatively low in comparison to other sides. That being said, both sides will be raring to go in this contest, which could be a fairly even match given the form of both sides. Nightcliff’s Eliza Morrison, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Laura De Hommel will be worth watching out for given their consistency thus far this season, while the likes of Gabby Young and Alexandra Biggs have been solid performers for Tracy Village.

Wanderers v. Pint
Round 6 – 9/11/19
2:30
TIO Stadium

Wanderers have had an unprecedented start to the season locking up three wins from five matches – though one by default, similar to Waratah – after only managing the two wins last season, so will be an interesting battle against a mostly unsuccessful Pint starting the season. Though a battle between fourth and seventh, there is still a chance for a relatively even contest with neither side really able to find their consistency yet this season. Eagles’ Shekeine De Satge has proven to be a key option both inside 50 and around the ball, creating opportunities with her clean hands and ability to take control of space. For Pint, Jasmyn Hewett has been solid with six goals from five matches this season so will look to add to her tally, while Jessie Baumer has the ability to impact a match if included in this week’s lineup.

St Mary’s v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 6 – 9/11/19
5.00pm
TIO

St Mary’s are in for a tough one this round, coming up against ultimately the most consistent and formidable side of competition this season in Darwin Buffettes. The Buffettes sit comfortable at the top of the ladder with an impressive percentage to match. That being said, St Mary’s have found some solid form of their own this season, posting some relatively consistent numbers despite some slower patches. St Mary’s will hope for some of their young guns to stand up against the teamwork of the Buffettes, with the likes of Danielle Ponter and Aaliyah Bailey able to impact the contest despite their relative youth. A big out for the Buffs this round and onwards is Machaelia Roberts who heads down to Victoria for AFL Women’s preseason training, which is a big blow to the side which has really relied on her ability to find the footy and create something out of nothing.

Southern Districts v. Palmerston Magpies
Round 6 – 10/11/19
2.00pm
Norbuilt Oval

It will be an interesting match to finish the round, with Southern Districts looking to make up for lost wins in rounds one and two and certainly raring to go against fellow 2018/19 finals foes, Palmerston Magpies this round. While only one win technically separates the two sides on the ladder at the end of Round 5, the Magpies have lost two games worth of points and percentage over the past few rounds making matches like this important as they bounce back from the issue and look to the future of the season. The Magpies have had some terrific form over the past few weeks, defeating sides by 100 plus points in the past two rounds while only going down to the dominant Darwin Buffettes back in Round 3, making this a very interesting contest given the Districts’ ability to generate ball inside 50. Districts’ Ebony Miller will be one to watch with 14 goals to her name at this early stage of the season, while Kelsey Patterson and Lateesha Jeffrey have produced some solid efforts when it matters most, creating an interesting contest against Magpies’ Lisa Roberts and similar ball magnet in Arthurina Moreen (12 goals).

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 5 – Crocs and Magpies show bite

WITH another big round of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) done and dusted, all 10 sides have seen plenty of shuffling on the ladder. A number of key players put their best kicking foot forward this week, with seven players kicking three or more goals individually to put their side at their best chance of a tough contest.

PINT 2.0 | 3.0 | 3.3 | 4.3 (27)
ST MARY’S 3.3 | 5.6 | 7.6 | 8.10 (58)

GOALS

Pint: L. Bahen-Wright, C. Morris, J. Hewett, J. Baksh.
St Mary’s: n/A

BEST

Pint: N/A
St Mary’s: N/A

The opening match of Round 5 saw St Mary’s get a solid win on the board for the first time since Round 1, beating Pint by 31 points in one of the closer games of the round. Despite the wet weather and a relatively even start, St Mary’s got the upper hand and took a solid lead into the second half, never looking back as they peppered the goalposts at every opportunity. The Saints ruined the party for stand-in Pint captain Ellie Ryan in her fifteeth match, with a solid team effort defensively making it hard for the Queen Ants to get boot to ball inside 50. In a difficult match the likes of Casey Morris, Jasmyn Hewett, Louisa Bahen-Wright and Jasmin Baksh still managed to put goals on the board, while strong efforts from Saints’ Danielle Ponter and Sharna Edwards kept the side ahead of the pack. This win sees St Mary’s jump into fifth after sinking to seventh with last round’s loss, swapping positions with Pint who were the favourites coming into this match in fifth last round. This will be a big confidence booster for the Saints, but will need to back it up next round to ensure it means something in the long term.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.3 | 2.5 | 3.5 | 6.5 (41)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 | 0.3 | 1.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS

Darwin Buffettes:
Nightcliff:
K. Hill-Carter

BEST

Darwin Buffettes: N/A
Nightcliff: H. Turnbull, M. Ward, E. Morrison, E. Wear

Darwin continued their unbeaten run in Round 5, putting in a tough effort against a strong defence line in Nightcliff to get a solid 31-point victory on the board. Nightcliff’s improvement over the off-season has been put into place well, with the side pushing the top side in patches and denying plenty of opportunities for the Buffettes. Despite rain through the third quarter, the Buffettes did not relent on their pressure, forcing plenty of turnover ball and creating scoring opportunities despite the change in conditions. Machaelia Roberts impressed in her final match for the side, with the Collingwood AFL Women’s recruit finishing her NTFL season early ahead of pre-season AFLW training. For the Tigers, Kirra Hill-Carter booted the side’s only goal in her season debut, while the likes of Hannah Turnbull and Mickayla Ward were named among the Tigers’ best despite the Buffettes keeping the side well under control.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 5.5 | 7.9 | 12.12 (84)

GOALS

Tracy Village: N/A
Southern Districts: E. Miller 6, K. Patterson 3, G. Mulvahil 2, L. Niven.

BEST

Tracy Village: N/A
Southern Districts: L. Jeffrey, G. Mulvahil, E. Forsyth, M. Derschow, T. Holtze

Ebony Miller starred in the middle clash of the weekend, producing a dominant performance to spur the Crocs to victory against Tracy Village. While the Razorbacks did not give up throughout, keeping the Districts under 100 points, they struggled to post a score or even find their way inside 50. Alongside Miller’s whopping six goals, Kelsey Patterson booted three, while Grace Mulvahil kicked two in her season debut. Among the best on the day were Districts’ Lateesha Jeffrey who was stalwart as ever intercepting through defence, while Tahlia Holtze and Mulvahil put in solid performances across the board. For the Razorbacks, despite having little chance to get the ball forward there were still some solid performers in Alexandra Biggs and Tara Everett who pushed hard despite the massive deficit. With two breach notices in recent weeks the Districts have not looked too good off the field, so a solid win this round within the rules will go a long way to restoring the side’s record.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 6.4 | 7.9 | 12.19 | 14.19 (103)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 (1)

GOALS

Palmerston Magpies: A. Moreen 5, J. Brock 3, F. Puruntatameri 3, K. White, I. Ronberg, W. Barlow.
Big River Hawks: N/A

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: I. Ronberg, J. Brock, F. Puruntatameri, N. Medbury, B. Byers
Big River Hawks: G. Bailey-Preston, M. Dunn, D. Peckham, C. Browne, J. De La Coeur, T. Campbell

Palmerston Magpies cracked one hundred points for the first time this season with a massive 102-point victory over struggling Big River Hawks. The competition’s newest side has struggled to show any real fight against the higher ranked sides this season, well and truly run over week after week which is surely affecting morale around the Hawks camp. Regardless, the likes of Jayde De La Coeur, Crystal Browne and Deanna Peckham have consistently proved they can stand up at premier league level, pushing themselves and their teammates to ensure a contest is fought against their opposition. It was a big match for Arthurina Moreen of the Magpies, booting five more goals to add to her bag of five last week and dominant tally this early in the season, and well and truly setting the bar high for matches to come. Along with Moreen, Freda Puruntatameri and Jessie Brock followed close behind with three goals apiece. While the Magpies came away with a hefty margin and win, they struggled with accuracy at times, kicking 19 behind to their 12 goals, and proving that the Magpies will be a real side to be reckoned with if they can tighten up inside 50.

WARATAH 5.4 | 7.7 | 9.8 | 12.10 (82)
WANDERERS 1.1 | 3.2 | 5.2 | 5.7 (37)

GOALS

Waratah: G. Cusack 4, M. Campbell 3, J. Singh 2, L. Roberts, M. Hunter, L. O’Shea.
Wanderers: S. De Satge 2, T. Bush 2, P. Koulakis.

BEST

Waratah: L. Roberts, M. Gault, M. Gissing, H. Goodall, L. O’Shea
Wanderers: M. Johnston, S. De Satge, P. Koulakis, S. Mauboy, A. Narkle, T. Bush

Waratah put a convincing win on the board this week against a fighting Wanderers outfit, with the Wanderers putting in the hard yards from the get-go but unable to get a third win on the board. However, it was a solid effort for the side given where the differing sides placed last season, proving a massive improvement from the Eagles over the off-season, and delivering a better four-quarter effort than their other losses this season. For the Warriors, this win is a good indication the side is heading back to it’s past season form after a relatively shaky start to the season, with some impressive performers standing up regularly like Jenna Singh (two goals), Madeline Gault and Lisa Roberts. Meanwhile, Gemma Cusack (four goals) and Melissa Campbell (three) well and truly put their names on the map this week with high impact performances. For the Wanderers, Shekeine De Satge and Tedisha Bush booted two apiece to be named in the Eagles best, while Morgan Johnston and Pierre-Angelique Koulakis were consistent as ever despite the hefty loss.

NTFL Women’s Premier League preview: Round 4 – Top two clash highlights round

ROUND 4 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFL) is set to be an interesting one, with a number of big matches making for a tough contest at this early stage of the season.

St Mary’s v. Waratah
Round 4 – 26/10/19
12:30
TIO Oval 2

It is an early season battle between fifth and sixth in the opening match of the round, with St Mary’s set to take on Waratah. While Waratah have not had the start to the season they would have liked, they are still sitting on two wins from three matches making this match a very interesting contest given St Mary’s have lost to two of last season’s cellar dwellers. That being said, the Saints proved back in Round 1 they have the capacity to not only score but apply plenty of scoreboard pressure so cannot be underestimated by the Warriors. Waratah have plenty of players putting pressure on across the field, with Isabella Rapson-Staropoli and Jenna Singh creating issues for their opposition at every opportunity. Aaliyah Bailey has been a fresh burst of youth for the Saints, pairing well with Danielle Ponter to wreak havoc inside forward 50 so will surely put Waratah under the pump this week.

Big River Hawks v. Wanderers
Round 4 – 26/10/19
2:30
TIO Oval 2

Big River Hawks will want to pull out all the stops this week, with a strong effort last round resulting in a devastating five-point loss. The side was so close to their inaugural Premier League win last round against Tracy Village so rest assured they will come out firing against the Wanderers. But for the Wanderers, they are sitting in an unprecedented position in fourth with two wins from three matches after finishing with only two wins all last season, making this a big match for the Eagles who will look to go one-up from last season and put a third win on the board to start the season on a high. For the Hawks, Crystal Brown, Deanna Peckham and Tiahne Munn have shown some good signs across the first few rounds while Wanderers’ Chonntel Vea Vea and Shekeine De Satge have well and truly proved themselves in their early season victories.

Tracy Village v. Palmerston Magpies
Round 4 – 26/10/19
3:00
Tracy Village

In another unprecedented ladder move, Palmerston Magpies are in a far from comfortable position in eighth on the ladder after being one of the teams to beat last season, making the Magpies a big threat to their Round 4 opposition in Tracy Village. The Razorbacks have only won one of their three matches this season, and only managed one behind across their first two games which puts the Magpies in good stead heading into this match. The Magpies will need all their big namers to stand up this week, with Natasha Medbury one who leads by example and Arthurina Moreen able to apply scoreboard pressure credit to her ability to find the ball. For the Razorbacks, Alexandra Biggs and Gabby Young are key while Zhoe Clarke has proved she can have an impact.

Southern Districts v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 4 – 26/10/19
5:00
TIO Oval 2

Southern Districts get the tough match against the undefeated Darwin Buffettes this week, but sitting in second the Crocs have a real chance of knocking the Buffettes off their high horse. While the Buffettes’ percentage is far too high for Districts to jump them with a win, it will give the side a massive confidence boost for the coming weeks. Up until last round the Buffs had only conceded one behind across their first two matches proving their strength not just in the forward line but also defensively, meaning the Crocs will need to produce a stellar performance echoing their Round 3 match against Pint to get over the line. Crocs’ Ebony Miller, Lateesha Jeffrey and Charles Deegan can be massive threats when left to their own devices while similarly the Buffettes have massive power players of their own with Collingwood draftee Machaelia Roberts a shining light for the side and pairing well with Tikesa Docherty-Cole and Michelle Ellis.

Nightcliff v. Pint
Round 4 – 27/10/19
2:00
PSC BM Oval

Nightcliff will look to continue their impressive start to the season, with a tight battle set between Nightcliff and Pint to finish off the round. Despite a far lower percentage than many above them Pint could nab an opportunity to shoot up the ladder with a win this week, while Nightcliff will want to secure a third win for the season to prove they deserve their ranking on the ladder in third after only putting one behind on the board in Round 3. Pint’s Jessie Baumer will be one to watch with four goals under her belt from two matches, while the side has a number of multiple goalkickers at this early stage of the season meaning they could be a force to be reckoned with. For Nightcliff, the likes of Eliza Morrison, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Laura de Hommel have applied plenty of on-field pressure already this season while the side’s leading goal kicker Shantel Miskin-Ripia sits on six majors from two games, making her a huge threat if she takes the field this week.

NTFL Women’s preview: Round 3 – Bottom two face off for first victory

ROUND 3 of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) is coming up this weekend, with a number of big matches set to make or break sides even at this early stage of the season.

Waratah v. Nightcliff
Round 3 – 19/10/19
11:00
TIO Oval 2

The opening match of Round 3 will be an interesting one, with Waratah and Nightcliff completely swapping positions on the table in comparison to their respective 2018/19 season form. While Waratah only lost two matches last season and sit on one win from two matches this season, Nightcliff have already equalled their 2018/19 season wins with two. This match will really see whether Nightcliff have had the improvement they look to have had or whether they have come out with the luck of the draw in the opening rounds. Nightcliff have a smattering of high-impact players, with Shantel Miskin-Ripia the leading goalkicker for the side so far while Kate Morris has also been pivotal to the side’s early victories. for Waratah, Lisa Roberts and Madeline Gault have impressed early despite the side’s form.

Southern Districts v. Pint
Round 3 – 19/10/19
2:00
Norbuilt Oval

This will be a big match, with the two sides only separated by percentage at this early stage of the season but sitting with three other sides in between them. Pint have had a solid start to the season, only going down by two points in the opening round before rendering their opposition scoreless in Round 2, meaning Southern Districts could be in for a tough one despite beating last year’s premiers in Round 1, with a scoreless performance against the Wanderers last week potentially a big thorn in their side. For Pint, expect another solid performance from Jessie Baumer and Erin Hetherington while Crocs’ Charles Deegan, Lateesha Jeffrey and Mattea Breed are sure to speed head-first into the contest.

Palmerston Magpies v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 3 – 19/10/19
3:00
TIO Oval 2

The Magpies have a huge task ahead of them this round, taking on the thus far undefeated Buffettes – who have only conceded one behind for the season so far and are sitting pretty at the top of the ladder. Palmerston are in sixth from two rounds, going down last round to the reigning premiers but proving they have the ability to hold out for a win after a two point victory in Round 1, piling on the defensive pressure. If the Magpies can draw on that pressure again this week and hold off the Buffettes’ plethora of forward options, they could have a real chance of stopping Darwin in their tracks. That being said, the Buffettes have confidence and consistency on their side, making this an interesting contest especially with the likes of Tikesa Docherty-Cole and Machaelia Roberts impressive targets forward with plenty of grunt to get the job done. For Palmerston, expect another solid performance from Natasha Medbury while Arthurina Moreen has plenty to offer.

Wanderers v. St Mary’s
Round 3 – 19/10/19
5:00
TIO Oval 2

Wanderers have had a varied start to the season, unable to put a goal on the board in the opening round before unleashing in Round 2 with a 60-point victory against last year’s grand finalists, Southern Districts. Meanwhile, St Mary’s have had a similar few weeks, dominating against the league’s newest side in Round 1 but defeated by last season’s wooden spooners last week. Aaliyah Bailey is one who has burst onto the scene with St Mary’s, aided up forward by Danielle Ponter creating a real exciting young duo. For Wanderers, Sophia Mauboy put in a solid performance last week while Chonntel Vea Vea can have a real impact with ball in hand.

Tracy Village v. Big River Hawks
Round 3 – 20/10/19
2:30
Tracy Village

In a battle between early strugglers, this match will be very telling of which team could make their way up the ladder after a slow start and which side will continue to be a cellar dweller. While both sides have plenty to bring to the table, neither have really had an opportunity to prove themselves yet so will be raring to go. This will be the real test for both sides as they look to improve on their respective early season struggles, especially as both sides went completely scoreless in Round 2. For the Razorbacks, look to Alexandra Biggs, Grabrielle Young and Tara Everett after stellar performances to start the season while Jayde De La Coeur and Keomi Ross made an impact on the scoreboard in Round 1 for the Hawks, marking themselves as solid options inside 50.

NTFL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 2 – Buffettes and Nightcliff go two from two

THE Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) Premier League ladder has well and truly split after round one, with three sides sitting victorious two weeks in a row, four sides sitting on one win from two matches and the bottom three not having won a match yet.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.7 | 10.11 | 13.13 | 19.19 (133)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was a hard and fast start for the Buffettes, and despite inaccuracy they well and truly got over the line, dominating against the league’s newest side and flooding them 133 to zero. The Buffettes only have the one behind scored against them for the season so far proving Darwin are well and truly the team to beat at this early stage of the season. The Buffettes had six multiple goalkickers on top of four individual kickers, with Tikesa Docherty-Cole leading the charge forward with four, closely followed by Bianca Scrymgour with three.

PINT 2.2 | 4.7 | 6.9 | 8.14 (62)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

The second side to go scoreless in Round 2 were Tracy Village, with Pint just far too strong for the side which sits at the bottom of the ladder. A slow start from Pint kept Tracy Village within touching distance, however a lack of forward pressure from the Razorbacks ultimately saw the side go scoreless while the attacking momentum did not stop going Pint’s way. Despite the loss, Tracy Village’s Lauren Douglas and Jessica Downie did not stop pushing while Alexandra Biggs put in the hard yards. For Pint, Emma Greaves and Jessie Baumer kicked two goals apiece while four other players got their first goal of the season on the board.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 3.3 | 3.6 | 3.6 (24)
WARATAH 2.3 | 2.3 | 3.10 | 4.10 (34)

It was a tough see-sawing battle from last season’s top two sides, with Waratah prevailing in a tight 10 point victory, keeping the Magpies scoreless in the final quarter to get the win. The Magpies stuck right to the Warriors after a slow start, getting ahead at the main break before the defensive pressure of Waratah became too strong, unable to get boot to ball in front of goal. Natasha Medbury was key for the Magpies while Madeline Gault impressed for Waratah, aided by Isabella Rapson-Staropoli while Jenna Singh was also named among the best with a second goal to her name for the season.

ST MARY’S 0.1 | 0.4 | 0.4 | 2.6 (18)
NIGHTCLIFF 3.1 | 3.2 | 3.4 | 4.5 (29)

In another close match, it was a slow start from St Mary’s that kept them from going two from two, with Nightcliff getting their second victory on the board to already equal their 2018/2019 season campaign. While the Saints stalled Nightcliff from booting goals after the first quarter, their three goals to nil start kept the Tigers ahead with a final quarter goal cementing victory. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Eliza Wear were solid for Nightcliff while young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia kicked two more goals to add to her Round 1 tally. For St Mary’s, goals from Edith Boundry and Natasha Dunn-Richards were not enough to get them over the line this week against an ultimately tougher opposition than their Round 1 counterpart.

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.

Versatile Clarke leads from the front

THE rise of Australian rules football in the Northern Territory won over former soccer player Bella Clarke, to the point where the versatile tall co-captained Northern Territory at the AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships. Clarke initially joined the sport because of her family driving her to pick up the oblong-shaped ball, but she stayed because of the freedom she had on the field.

“I think I first started when I was in about Year 9,” Clarke said. “Basically I kind of just started because my family were like ‘oh give it a go’. “I was originally into soccer and it kind of just changed over and eventually it went from soccer and AFL to just AFL and just kept developing from there.”

“I think it’s (change from soccer to football) more you can do to develop your game,” she said. “So in soccer there’s one position you’re good at and that’s kind of it, where in AFL you can go anywhere you want and you can move and help your team in completely different ways. “Learn to be more courageous and keep on developing.”

Clarke said being a latecomer to the game, she is still trying to develop a variety of skills to improve herself on the field, which is why she is 100 per cent driven off it to learn as much as she can and be the best leader possible for her teammates.

“I like my leadership skills and I like my leading patterns and efforts but I would like to say marking or kicking (are my strengths) at the moment, but I’m just not 100 per cent there yet and I want to keep developing my skills. “Those short penetrating kicks you always see the men’s players do and it’s like ‘oh I want to be able to do that’ so I just want to keep practicing those kicks, and the long distance ones as well. “Obviously contested marks, that’s always something I’m trying to work on. “Being a tall player that’s a key skill to have.”

The flexibility of being able to move around the ground and play in different positions is certainly not lost on Clarke, who enjoys key roles up either end of the ground.

“I like both centre half-forward and centre half-back,” Clarke said. “It’s kind of weird having two different positions on opposite sides of the field, but I like those positions because you can be either in forward or back but also get into the middle a bit and get a bit more of a touch in the middle and bring it into the forward or bring it into the back.”

While it has since been announced that the Northern Territory Thunder sides will wind up their programs in order to focus on junior development further, Clarke said it was a pathway and program that helped her and a lot of others come through. Especially when it came to the championships, teaming up with the South Australian players to form the Central Allies.

“Definitely yeah (Thunder helping the female pathway),” Clarke said. “I think having the girls, so linking with SA does really help us with developing our skills. We’re a bit secluded in the NT. “We have our own different playing style and then SA is completely different, so we learn from the down south footy style, and it’s good to combine with them. “We take a leaf from their book, they take a leaf from ours, and I think it’s really, really helping NT girls with Thunder especially.”

The “different” playing styles are hard to describe, but Clarke said there is a clear distinction between the way the games in the NTFL, and SANFL are played. But it gives juniors who compete in both competitions the best of both worlds.

“In the Northern Territory it’s very fast paced,” Clarke said. “We tap the ball along, picking it up, taking a couple of steps and going for goal, that’s how I imagine Territory footy. “And then SA is a lot more composed. “You’ll stop, look for the next player, change angles.” Both states are very contested teams though so always really good with their tackling.”

With the AFL Women’s Draft approaching, Clarke has just been focused on playing her best footy this year and continually developing with one particular inspiration in mind – her NTFL captain, Lateesha Jeffrey.

“I would have to say my biggest inspiration would be my captain at Southern Districts, so my local club,” Clarke said. “She recently got into the Thunder, she’s been moved into the Thunder VFL program and she’s captain of that program as well. “She’s always reaching out to me and she’s just such a good leader and such a good role model. “She’s always committed to the team, she’s always committed to footy and she’s definitely someone I look up to and she doesn’t feel intimidating at all. “She’s one of those players you can approach any time, she doesn’t think she’s better than anyone else and she’s definitely someone I looked up to.”