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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 2 finals

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEAMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEAMS

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

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

Weekend Previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 1 Finals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend preview: NTFL Women’s – Round 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 15

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

WARATAH V WANDERERS

Saturday January 26,  12:00pm

Gardens Oval

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

NIGHTCLIFF V TRACY VILLAGE

Sunday January 27, 10:00am

PSC BM Oval

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

ST MARYS V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Sunday January 27, 12:00pm

TIO Stadium

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

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Monday January 28, 12:00pm

Asbuild Oval

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

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

A strange turn has occurred in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition as Tracy Village forfeited its match against the Southern Districts. Three games continued after the shock withdrawal, as the Palmerston Magpies and the Darwin Buffettes duelled on a muggy day. The Buffettes started off well but the Magpies’ persistence would deny them a victory. St Marys fought off a hungry Wanderers to claim four premierships points, but the Eagles not going down without a fight shows they still have pride. In the final game, the Warriors only allowed Pint to score one point and crushed the Ants.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 10.0 (60)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 (0)

Southern Districts won by forfeit.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 I 2.2 I 5.3 I 5.3 (33)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES  0.2 I 2.4 I 4.4 I 7.6 (48)

On a damp ground, the Magpies managed to wear down the Buffettes to a 15-point win. The match started off very sluggish as a tug of war, so neither team kicked a goal in the first quarter. Kylie Duggan and Machaelia Roberts clicked into gear in the second term, as Darwin scored two majors in a row. The lead was short lived as Freda Puruntatameri showed some brilliance inside 50 with a classy snap around the corner followed by a Jackie Chan-like goal, which put the Pies back in front. Undisciplined action would cause the Pies to lose the lead in the third tern, as two 50 metre penalties had undone Palmerston’s hard work. In the final quarter, Jessica Stassi would change the tide as she kicked her first major of the day. Janet Baird was next to pop up to boot two goals of her own, giving her team a decent buffer during the final minutes. Natasha Medbury kicked the final goal late to put the result beyond any doubt. Darwin was competitive early but simply ran out of legs against a younger team. Palmerston will face the Southern Districts this week in what should be another heavyweight match.

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan 2, M. Breed, K. Tinley, M. Turner.
Palmerston Magpies: J.Baird 2, F.Puruntatemeri 2, N. Medbury, J.Stassi, S.Bush.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan, D. Totham, K. Duggan, M. Roberts, N. Dunn
Palmerston Magpies: B. Byers, F. Puruntatameri, J. Misob, N. Medbury, J. Baird

WANDERERS 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.2 I 4.6 (30)
ST MARYS  2.3 I 4.7 I 4.9 I 5.9 (39)

With the Adelaide Crows practice match occurring on the same day, St Marys entered this match without the support of some of their stars. It mattered little as Alana Coombes stole the show, kicking three majors on the day. Coombes has been in good strides recently and is close to becoming one of the elite goal-crumbers in the competition.  She was well supported by the efforts of Katherine Dann, who kicked two of her own. The Saints forwards controlled the scoreboard for the first three quarters, but a late charge by the Eagles saw a close match. In the end, it was too little too late for the Eagles as St Marys claimed the win.

GOALS:

St Marys: A. Coombes 3, K. Dann 2.
Wanderers: I. Briston 2, A. Moreen, T. Tipiloura.

BEST:

St Marys: Not supplied
Wanderers: T. Tipiloura, A. Moreen, I. Briston

WARATAH 3.2 I 5.5 I 6.6 I 8.7 (55)
PINT  0.0 I 0.1 I 0.1 I 0.1 (1)

After their previous loss, the Warriors sharpened their spears last weekend and went hunting. Pint never got in the game, as defensive efforts by Sharona Bishop and Molly Cooper saw the Queen Ants score only one point for the game.  Amy Chittick and Breanna Martin kicked six goals between them while Sue Nalder booted a pair of her own. The Queen Ants may have locked in their finals spot, but if they don’t believe they belong there they may fall out in the first elimination final.

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 3, B. Martin 3, S. Nalder 2.
Pint:  Not supplied.

BEST:

Waratah: A. Chittick, M. Cooper, R. Pryer, S. Bishop, S. Nalder
Pint:  Not supplied

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

IT is Round 14 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition and with finals five weeks away, the contenders for this season’s premiership are becoming obvious. Up first, Southern Districts return to take on Tracy Village. The Crocs were average in their first match back from the holiday break, but with the Razorbacks’ current record, the Crocs may dine on Bushpigs. The following match is the main event where the Darwin Buffettes face the Palmerston Magpies. The Buffs’ have enjoyed an easy run of victories lately, but on Saturday, they could receive a wake-up call from the Pies. At the same time at TIO Oval, St Marys will battle the Wanderers. The Saints will be eager to continue their good patch of football. Lastly, reigning premier, Waratah wounded from their previous defeat, needing a convincing win over Pint.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday January 19, 10:00 am

Norbuilt Oval

If the Crocs ever needed a tune-up match, this is it. Southern Districts forwards, Tayla Thorn and Charlie Deegan have been missing in action in recent games. The Crocs would be very anxious to get this pair up and firing this week. Tracy Village’s defence was overwhelmed by the Saints’ pressure last weekend and if Thorn and Deegan kick straight, it could prove disastrous for Tracy Village. Razorbacks midfielders, Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke know how to win the clearances, but their forwards are always last to the ball. This must not happen against the Crocs’ backline because Lateesha Jeffrey will send the ball 50 metres in the opposite direction. The Southern Districts’ main problem has been accuracy in front of goal, and they will need to tighten up their skills before they meet Palmerston next week.

PALMERSTON V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Asbuild Oval

After the Magpies defeated the reigning premiers last Sunday, it is hard to choose a favourite for this match. Darwin has not beaten Waratah all year, but the Magpies will provide a good challenge. Palmerston should be welcoming back Tabitha May after a stint on the sidelines. May, Natasha Medbury and Janet Baird will face possibly the most balanced midfield in the competition. The main threat for the Pies is Machaelia Roberts, whether playing forward, midfield or half-back, she can prove a menace on the ground. However, she is not the only problem. Jemma Iacono, Dominique Carbone, Kylie Duggan and Tikesa Docherty-Cole are very capable of picking up the slack. This is another game where it could be head or tails, yet the Buffettes might have more to play for after their easy run of wins.

ST MARYS V WANDERERS

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Tio Oval No. 2

It hs been a long hard season for the Eagles. Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen has proven to be the standout for the Wanderers up forward. Unfortunately for Moreen, she has not had the midfield to feed her. With the added support from the Adelaide Crows (Danielle Ponter, Jasmyn Hewett, and Ailish Cosidine), St Marys should prove too powerful for the Wanderers. Mathematically, the Saints can make finals, but logically a win here is just a consolation prize.

WARATAH V PINT

Sunday January 20, 11:30 am

Gardens Oval

Pint is one win away from securing a top five spot. The only problem for the Queen Ants is they must defeat Warratah on Sunday. Normally Waratah would come in as heavy favourites, but with players like Madeline Reisinger, Sherayn and Christine Puruntatameri possibly missing another week, Pint has a chance. Erin Hetherington has been sensational across half-back, carrying as much influence as Cassie Henderson does in the midfield. However, Warriors stars, Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault, Lauren O’Shea and Sharona Bishop are still a very lethal combination. If the Queen Ants manage to pull off the win, it will provide serious momentum for them in the upcoming weeks. 

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 13

LAST weekend’s round of footy saw one upset in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s while the rest of the top teams crushed their opposition. The Buffettes showed the Wanderers no mercy last Saturday as the Darwin stampede proved too much for the Eagles. Meanwhile, the Saints roasted the Razorbacks after another disappointing result for Tracy Village. Nightcliff was the next to fall to Pint, the Queen Ants seem to have regained their competitive edge. On Sunday, however, the trend of favourites would fall to the underdog. The Palmerston Magpies defeated the reigning premiers Waratah in a thriller by two points.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.3 I 8.4 I 11.7 I 13.11 (89)
WANDERERS 0.1 I 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.4 (10)

When Darwin defeated Nightcliff the previous week, the damage could have been much more extensive. This time the Buffettes made use of every scoring shot they had. Zoe Anderson was the star with four goals to her name, Melinda Taylor kicked two with the rest of the Buffs being single contributors. Machaelia Roberts was electricity running through the ground, the Eagles had no one to who could catch her. Under 18 representative Authurina Moreen was the Eagles only goal kicker while the Buffettes had nine. Darwin has enjoyed a past few weeks of easy victories, but this week they will have to face the Magpies who have just toppled Waratah. Palmerston will be no easy kill as this match could prove to be the game to watch.

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: Z. Anderson 4, M. Taylor 2, M. Breed, M. Roberts, C. Whan, K. Duggan, K. Williams, M. Turner, T. Bullen.
Wanderers: A. Moreen.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, C. Whan, Z. Anderson, D. Totham, K. Duggan
Wanderers: M. Billias, K. De Stage, P. Koulakis 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 3.1 (19)
ST MARYS 0.2 I 1.6 I 4.10 I 6.14 (50)

On Saturday, St Marys unveiled an arsenal of Adelaide Crows that took control of the midfield and left the Razorbacks in their wake. The group was comprised of Danielle Ponter, Jasmyn Hewett, and Irish talent Ailish Considine who got her first taste of Australian football. Considine contributed well and Ponter was outstanding, while some women looked clumsy Ponter was slick. Hewett was no different, as the tall timber contested well in the ruck and racked up disposals like a common rover. Alana Coombes was another who shined for the Saints kicking two goals for the day. Coombes would have kicked a bag if she was more accurate in front of goal. The highlight of the match saw Ponter and Kristi Irvine go head-to-head in the last quarter. Irvine’s clearance efforts were impressive, but Ponter’s composure and skill through traffic were nothing short of superior. The Saints now have a sniff and with the top five spots now deciding finals, the next few weeks very interesting.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: K. Irvine 2, J. Oxspring.
St Marys: A. Coombes 2, S. Maxsted, M. Gunderson, F. Frances, S. Edwards .

BEST:

Best Players: K. Irvine, A. Shepard, G. Young, B. McDougall, C. Wright, E. Lima
Best Players: A. Coombes, D. Ponter, J. Hewitt, M. Gunderson, J. Boundary 

NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 2.1 (13)
PINT 0.2 I 4.3 I 4.3 I 6.4 (40)

In a slow start to the first term, Pint clicked into gear during the second. Cassie Henderson continued her follow-up work from Tracy Village by racking up the disposals and booting two goals. Forward Louisa Bahen Wright slotted a pair of her own majors while Danielle Suddaby provided a good target as well. The Queen Ants drifted off in the third quarter, but with Nightcliff unable to inflict any real damage, the game was never in doubt. Pint’s inconsistency of not playing all four quarters may prove costly in the future. This effort against the elite teams of the competition simply will not do.

GOALS:

Nightcliff: J. Puautjimi, J. Hill.
Pint: L. Bahen-Wright 2, C. Henderson 2, D. Suddaby, E. Fittock.

BEST

Nightcliff: S. Hatzismalis, J. Blecher, H. Turnbull, J. Steppacher
Pint: Not Supplied  

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.1 I 5.1 I 5.1 I 7.1 (43)
WARATAH 0.3 I 3.4 I 5.4 I 5.5 (41)

Sundays was the heavyweight game of the round and it did not disappoint. From the opening quarter, the Pies started off with a bang kicking the first two whilst keeping Waratah goalless in the first quarter. Waratah would bounce back in the next two terms as the combined efforts of Lauren O’Shea and Sharona Bishop saw Warratah hit the front. It seemed like history was about to repeat itself, but Natasha Membury’s Pies fought back in the last quarter to win the match. It is a defining win for Palmerston, they have now beaten all top five teams, proving they are a real premiership threat.

Goals

Palmerston: Not supplied.
Waratah: S. Bishop 3, L. O’Shea 2, A. Love.

Best

Palmerston: Not supplied
Waratah: L. Roberts, A. Healy, T. Muller, A. Chittick, S. Bishop

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 13

WITH finals only six weeks away, Round 13 gives lower clubs one last ditch effort to turn their season around. Last week, the Buffs were mighty but inaccurate, so this Saturday could provide as a tune-up against the Wanderers. The Saints suffered an honourable loss against the Warriors in a battle of attrition, but perhaps a win against Tracy Village will raise their spirits. The Queen Ants have recovered their lost crown and now wear it with pride. Pint should have Nighcliff’s measure in their clash, as the Tigers have been underperforming. Finally, Waratah and Palmerston will face off for the second time this season. The Magpies were underwhelming in the last time they met, but with injuries mounting on the Warriors, Palmerston might cause an upset.

WANDERERS V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 12, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

When looking at experience, ladder position and history, this match appears very one-sided. The Eagles showed heart in the last few games of 2018 but have hit a little form slump. Darwin on the other hand, has been on a rollercoaster of wins. However, Buffs forwards, Bianca Stokes, Melinda Taylor, and Machaelia Roberts have not been as damaging on the scoreboard lately. Roberts will always get plenty of the ball, but with an already powerful midfield, her talents are needed up forward. The Eagles are in for a tough game as the Buffettes look to polish their horns after the game.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Saturday January 12, 2pm

Tracy Village 

The intriguing match between Pint and Tracy Village turned into a flogging by the Queen Ants. The Razorbacks had no answers as they were utterly outclassed by a better team. This Saturday, a more even match-up against St Marys should ensure a good contest. The battle of Danielle Ponter and Natasha Dunn-Richards against Zhoe Clarke and Kristy Irvine is where the cream clashes. Clarke was so impressive against Pint that she was double-teamed in the centre of the ground. Irvine and Clarke link up well but will need more support from fellow rover, Bonni-Jean Mcdougall if they want to win.

NIGHTCLIFF V PINT

Saturday January 12, 6pm

TIO Oval No 2

Pint has become the mid-tier team of the women’s competition. The Queen Ants’ wins rival that of the elite teams, but their scoring percentage is severely lacking. Pint forward duo, Ellie Ryan and Danielle Suddaby will need to take advantage of the Tigers defence to give their team a much-needed boost. Samantha Barnett, Cassie Henderson and Samantha Freeman should control the clearances, but Pint forwards need to convert. Nightcliff has won only one game due to an outstanding performance by Chloe Scheer. Unfortunately for Nightcliff, Scheer has been quiet since that win and the Tigers will be looking to snap their losing streak in this game.

PALMERSTON  V WARATAH

Sunday January 13, 12pm

Asbuild Oval

Team announcements will be interesting this week as Waratah may be a few players down to face the Pies. Waratah was in complete control against St Marys for three quarters until an empty bench saw the Saints come back. With the help of a few first-gamers and Madeline Gault, the Warriors managed to hang on for the win. Now, a rejuvenated Palmerston will test the reigning premiers. Natasha Medbury is without a doubt the standout Pie that leads a strong group of young stars. Tabitha May, Janet Baird, and Jessie Brock are a few of the Under-18 representatives that make all the difference on game day. Last time these two teams met, Waratah gave the Magpies a hiding. Only time will tell if Palmerston has learned from that experience.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 12

LAST weekend’s return of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition saw the elite teams put their foot down. Southern Districts was the first, demolishing the Wanderers. The Crocs’ score of behinds again outweighed their goals, but the Eagles were never in the game. Darwin was the next heavyweight to crush the bottom of the ladder Tigers. Nightcliff’s underwhelming season continued as the Buffettes have finals in their sights. Waratah got a shock from St Marys in the last quarter when a depleted Warriors bench saw a late surge from the Saints. Waratah, however, withstood the Saints’ charge to walk away eight-point victors. On Sunday, Pint took apart the Razorbacks with little difficulty. The Queen Ants have got their hunger back for the game, and with this victory they find themselves sitting in third place.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 I 1.3 I 2.4 I 4.9 (33)
WANDERERS 0.0 I 0.0 I 0.0 I 0.3 (3)

Even though the Southern Districts beat the Eagles by 33 points, it took a while for the Crocs to shake off their holiday rust. Only two goals were scored through three quarters of football. It was only in the last term that fans saw the Crocs click into gear. The run of Ebony Miller and Lateesha Jeffrey stood out as well as Indy Sleeth‘s skill in the ruck. Tahlia Holtze had a quiet day but managed to hit the scoreboard, but Maria Moussa was the clear standout in this match. The Southern Districts now have the bye this weekend. Maybe a fortnight will give the Crocs a chance to wake up.

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, M. Moussa, E. Miller, J. D’Arcy.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

BEST:

Southern Districts: M. Moussa, E. Miller, L. Jeffrey, I. Sleeth, R. McHugh
Wanderers: Not supplied

NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 I 0.3 I 0.3 I 0.3 (3)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.3 I 2.4 I 4.9 I 6.13 (49)

It was business as usual for the Buffettes as they continue a strong run home. Jemma Iacono found another gear, while Machaelia Roberts ran circles around the Tigerss. The Buffettes’ only flaw in this game was their lack of goals. An inaccurate Darwin saw Celina Whan being the only multiple goal scorer with a total of two majors. All other dangerous forwards were reduced to single majors. The tally against Nightcliff may still be a whopping 46 points, but the chance to further increase Darwin’s percentage was squandered. However, the Buffs will have another opportunity this weekend when they face the Wanderers. 

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan 2, M. Roberts, M. Turner, A. Goninon, N. Anderson.

BEST:

Nightcliff: S. Hatzismalis, T. Shields, T. Taylor-Kickett, J. Blecher
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, N. Anderson, J. Iacono, D. Totham, D. Ah Wang

WARATAH 2.2 I 3.3 I 5.6 I 5.7 (37)
ST MARYS  0.3 I 1.4 I 1.4 I 4.5 (29)

The term ‘close call’ came to mind after the Saints gave Waratah the scare of the season. The game started off in typical Warrior fashion where Waratah dominated the first three quarters, but in the fourth term, injury took its toll. The Warriors would have to play out the last quarter with an empty bench. Under 18 representative, Madeline Gault took charge with only a few experienced players left. Gault praised the efforts of debutants Jessica Chan Tite and Elizabeth Mirabella on AFLNTV  for their part on a hot day. In the end, the Warriors got the four points but with an entire bench unavailable, the questions of how injured their players are still remain. 

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 3, J. Kerinaiua, M. Gault.
St Marys: Not supplied.

BEST:

Waratah: S. Bishop, L. Roberts, M. Gault, J. Kerinaiua, A. Healy
St Marys: Not Supplied

TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 (8)
PINT 0.1 I 3.1 I 4.3 I 7.4 (46)

After a slow first quarter, it seemed like this match would be close. This was not the case as Pint turned on the afterburners and blitzed Razorbacks. Erin Hetherington was a rock in defence whilst being heavily complemented by Alexandra Henley who stopped Tracy Village’s forwards dead in their tracks. Cassie Henderson and Samantha Barnett had their typical performance in the midfield while Erin Ryan had a day out up forward. The only Razorback who could hold her head high was Zhoe Clarke, as even Kristy Irvine had a slow day. Pint will be tested in the coming weeks against Waratah, Southern Districts, and the Darwin Buffettes. If the Queen Ants can defeat one or more they will prove themselves finals contenders.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: A. Angel.
Pint: D. Suddaby 2, E. Ryan 2, A. Pennefather, C. Barnden, E. Greaves.

BEST:

Goal Kickers: Z. Clarke, T. Angel, B. McDougall, E. Lima, C. Wright, K. Dumbris
Best Players: E. Heatherington, A.Henley, S. Barnett, E. Ryan, C. Henderson