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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 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 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.

AFLW U18 Championship previews: Central Allies

IN the second of two previews ahead of the first round of the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, we take a look at South Australia and Northern Territory who clash tomorrow and Sunday in their two games which will help determine the final Central Allies squad. The Central Allies then fly to Queensland to take on the Eastern Allies, Western Australia and Queensland from July 8-12. Below we take a look at some of the key players to watch.

Abbie Ballard (West Adelaide/South Australia)

The talented bottom-ager was identified as one to watch from last year, and despite her smaller size of 159cm, the 17 year-old showed no signs of being outmuscled by bigger opponents in season 2019. In the SANFL Women’s competition, Ballard averaged 16.1 disposals, 4.1 clearances and a massive 5.4 tackles in her 10 games, becoming a defensive barometer for the Bloods. In every game, Ballard laid at least four tackles, and laid six or more on four occasions. She will likely rotate through the midfield laying some bone-crunching tackles and applying serious defensive pressure to the opposition.

Mattea Breed (Darwin/Northern Territory)

A talented player from a young age, Breed stormed to a massive win in the NTFL Under 18 Girls Best and Fairest award in 2016/17, polling 30 votes to run away with the medal. In case anyone thought that might have been a one-off, she backed it up with a second medal win a year later with another dominant season. She could well have won a third consecutive medal had she not been finally called up to the Buffettes Premier League side in the 2018/19 season, leading after eight rounds despite not playing since Round 5. She ended up playing 10 consecutive matches for the senior side and will get her chance to shine here.

Dominique Carbone (Darwin/Northern Territory)

The co-captain of Northern Territory has been a driven individual and one who is capable of juggling multiple sports, coming with a basketball background. She won two premiership at Under 18s level in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) and stepped up to play seven matches for the Buffettes in season 2018/19.

Teah Charlton (South Adelaide/South Australia)

Still a middle-ager and with a year in the system to go, Charlton really stepped up in the SANFL Women’s competition for South Adelaide. Charlton started the season as a dynamic forward, and eventually pushed up into the midfield, booting 11 goals in 12 games and averaging 15.8 disposals per match. Eight of her goals came in three games, including two bags of three, while she might have had even more against Norwood, booting 0.5 in Round 9. Named as the competition’s Breakthrough Player for 2019, Charlton remarkably made the Team of the Year as a 17-year-old and slotted into the forward pocket.

Bella Clarke (Southern Districts/Northern Territory)

The Northern Territory co-captain is a player with good skill and composure, and one who will bring the experience of playing in the Women’s Premier League 2018/19 Grand Final. She was described by Academy Manager Heidi Thompson as one who is an excellent role model with a high work ethic. While merging states together to form a team will always be tough, expect Clarke to be able to slot into the side for a second straight year after being named in the Central Allies in 2018.

Kimberley Fry (Central District/South Australia)

The centre half-back enjoyed a terrific season for the Bulldogs in a two-win year. Holding down a key post in defence, Fry was not a huge disposal winner (9.3 per game), but her hard work and defensive pressure was a standout. Fry averaged 3.8 tackles per game and became known for her clean spoiling, earning her a place in the SANFL Women’s Team of the Year at centre half-back alongside Jaimi Tabb, Madison Newman and Amber Ward in defence.

Madeline Gault (Waratah/Northern Territory)

The overager is one of the few from Northern Territory with AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships experience, having played last year. While unsuccessful in her quest to find an AFL Women’s home, Gault put the disappointment aside to be one of the best players at Waratah, finishing second in the league best and fairest for the club behind Lisa Roberts – who was runner-up overall. Gault is a tough midfielder who was noted by us last year as playing a vital role in defence.

Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide/South Australia)

The AFL Women’s Academy ruck is the standout ruck prospect in this year’s draft, and stood tall at last year’s championships against a number of eventually drafted ruck choices in Rene Caris (Geelong) and Lauren Bella (Brisbane). McKinnon has progressed into the South Adelaide senior side this year and has been a standout performer across the season, and is known for her ability to work around the ground. She not only impacts in the ruck, but wins clearances, lays tackles and can drift forward and kick goals. Not only will she likely be the one to watch in terms of rucks, but will be key to giving her midfielders first use.

Shantel Miskin-Ripia (Nightcliff/Northern Territory)

Another player who stood out in Coffs Harbour in the matches against New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, Miskin-Ripia is one to watch against South Australia as an exciting player with good composure and ball use. Like many of the Northern Territory players, she has not been able to test herself against some of the best players in the country yet, but is an identified talent who could stand up here.

Hannah Munyard (South Adelaide/South Australia)

The South Adelaide midfielder has a nice combination of athleticism and hardness at the ball, dominating at the South Australian pre-season testing event – finishing top three in every athletic test – and then bringing that form into the season. In a stacked Panthers midfield, Munyard managed 16.3 disposals at 75 per cent efficiency, as well as 2.5 marks, 2.7 clearances and three inside 50s, often pumping the ball long from midfield to forward and creating chances inside 50. A high endurance base makes her hard to stop, and Munyard was named on the wing in the SANFL Women’s Team of the Year.

Madison Newman (West Adelaide/South Australia)

The most elite kick in the team, Newman averaged 18.7 disposals at 99 per cent efficiency in the SANFL Women’s competition. No that is not a typo – 99 per cent efficiency – coming out of the back half for the Bloods. Of those 18.7 disposals, 17.3 were kicks, while also having 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 inside 50s. Along with Amber Ward, will provide plenty of rebound for South Australia and the Central Allies, and be a player teammates look to get the ball in the hands of regularly. Unsurprisingly, her terrific work out of defence saw Newman earn a spot in the SANFL Women’s Team of the Year in the back pocket.

Jaimi Tabb (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia)

The other AFL Women’s Academy member along with McKinnon is a player who has been a strong leader in a winless side in the SANFL Women’s competition this year. She plays between midfield and defence, and can be an instrumental onballer who finds plenty of it. Averaged 14.6 disposals at 79 per cent efficiency, while laying a massive 5.4 tackles and recording 3.1 clearances in 2019. Having played last year, Tabb is another South Australian with experience at the championships. Despite managing just seven of a possible 10 games, Tabb was named in the SANFL Women’s Team of the Year on the half-back flank.

Indy Tahau (South Adelaide/South Australia)

The teenager was a revelation for the youthful and exciting premiers, standing up on the biggest stage to win the Best on Ground in the 2019 SANFL Women’s Grand Final. Tahau booted eight goals in her 12 games, but saved her best until last with 20 disposals, five tackles, six inside 50s, three hitouts and two goals in the Panthers’ triumphant grand final win over North Adelaide. At 180cm and still a middle-ager, expect there to be plenty of development left in Tahau.

Amber Ward (North Adelaide/South Australia)

Ward became a key player in North Adelaide’s defence, and a rebounding machine all season, averaging 4.6 rebounds to go with her 12.5 disposals. Named in the SANFL Women’s Team of the Year at full-back, Ward is another defender along with Newman who uses the ball well – 82 per cent efficiency – and is strong when not in possession. Ward is rarely beaten one-on-one and will be another to watch at the championships for her ability to both shut down an opponent and drive the ball forward.

Stephanie Williams (Darwin/Northern Territory)

The lightning runner is still a middle-ager and a year to go in the system, but has already shown some nice highlights in the NTFL. Williams won the 100m Sprint Race just over 12 months ago at half-time in the Women’s Premier League Grand Final. She has been an important player for the Buffettes in their back-to-back premierships at Under 18s level.

Waratah in seventh heaven after premiership victory

FOR the seventh time in eight years, Waratah was crowned premiers in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League. The Warriors battled it out on a wet day for footy in a tight matchup against Southern Districts, who failed to kick a major through the downpour. With bad weather only the beginning for the Southern Districts, Waratah managed to work through the onslaught, outlasting the Crocs in a low-scoring affair.

WARATAH: 2.1 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 3.3 (21)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS: 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.3 | 0.3 (3)

GOALS:

Waratah: S. Nalder, J. De Melo, M. Gault.
Southern Districts: Nil.

BEST:

Waratah: L.Roberts, A.Stanley, M.Gault, S.Bishop, J.Kolodziej, A.Healy
Southern Districts: E.Miller, T.Thorn, M.Moussa, R.Busch, I.Sleeth, T.Holtze

The Warriors kicked off the game with a bang. Madeline Gault got plenty of the ball early and hit up Sue Nalder, who slotted her first goal for the day. Jade De Melo was next to hit the scoreboard, with a contested mark in the goal square and a simple set shot that had the Southern Districts rattled early on. Lisa Roberts was dominant in defence as she rebounded everything from the defensive 50, while Joanna Kolodziej held her own in the ruck.

With the Crocs’ situation dire, Ebony Miller was placed in defense while Indy Sleeth took over the ruck responsibilities. In the second term, Sleeth was getting the upper hand over Kolodziej while Tayla Thorn was getting busy. The Crocs soon found themselves in front of goal with Amelia Bartlem winning a free kick. However, Bartlem shanked the kick and Waratah piled on the pressure. Some missed opportunities by the Warriors kept the Southern Districts in the game, but nobody was prepared for the storm that came.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the rain hit TIO Stadium hard. Experienced players had trouble controlling the ball in the extreme weather and pressurised conditions. It was here that the Crocs started to fight hard and gain momentum. The wet weather seemed to suit the Crocs as Thorn had a breakaway snap at goal but failed to convert. Continuation of the match was called into question with sightings of lightning, causing a break five minutes into the quarter and breaking the Crocs’ momentum. Eventually the game went on as both teams fought to a standstill heading into the final quarter.

Waratah’s defense was a wall that held strong in the last term. In the end, the margin that seemed so close was impossible for the Crocs to match. Gault managed to put some icing on the cake in the final moments, as a poor lapse in judgment by Thorn in defense had Gault capitalise for her first major. After that it was official, as Waratah were named the 2018/2019 premiers. Roberts won the medal for Best on Ground, while Lateesha Jeffrey praised her girls for their performance in a tough game. As for the Tahs, it’s just another Grand Final victory for a superb side.

Weekend preview: NTFL Women’s – Grand Final

IT has been a long journey for both Waratah and Southern Districts. Waratah is a powerhouse which holds a dominant winning record over the past seven years. They were defeated in the 2016/2017 season but now are looking for back to back premierships as they head into Saturday. The Crocs, on the other hand, will be making their first Grand Final appearance in history.

The Crocs entered the women’s competition in the 2013/2014 season but have not seen a finals series until now. After years of underwhelming seasons, the Crocs enlisted coach Tarmon Elliott to turn the team around. Elliot has delivered in spades by bringing a strong culture, new recruits, and possibly their first flag. After defeating Palmerston, Southern Districts could not be more ready to face Waratah for the ultimate prize.

WARATAH V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
TIO Stadium
Saturday, March 5 4:30pm

This match will be like a game of chess. What makes Waratah and Southern Districts different than other teams is their players have the ability to shift into different roles. This makes matchups hard to predict in this battle of tactics. Tayla Thorn was elite down back but can also play in the midfield or forward. However, considering the dangers of Amy Chittick and Lauren O’Shea, she will most likely stay in defence. She will be well supported though by Maria Moussa, who had a blinder last weekend with the most defensive rebounds for Districts.

In the Warriors defence Rebecca Pryer, Isabelle Rapson, and Lisa Roberts will make it difficult for the Crocs to score. Kelsie Patterson kicked three majors last week but it could have been more if she kicked straight. Tahlia Holtze had a very quiet game last week, but the Districts will need her to have her kicking boots on to breach the Tah’s defensive wall.

The fight in the ruck contest may have Waratah at a disadvantage. Ebony Miller and Indy Sleeth might as well be tall midfielders as they cover the ground exceptionally well and are proven goal kickers. Joanna Kolodziej and Julianna Kerinaiua will have a tough fight in this contest.

As for the midfield battle, there could be as many as twelve different rovers rotating throughout the game. Lateesha Jeffrey and Bella Clarke may push up or back from the centre, but Megan Craufurd is the constant tagger that shuts down key midfielders. She may have the job on Sharona Bishop who is in fine form. Madeline Gault is similar to Craufurd but plays more of a run-with role rather than a shutdown tagger. Gault would be a perfect opponent for Jeffrey if she plays in the midfield.

Waratah has the advantage in this match as many players on their list have seen at least one premiership. Lisa Roberts and O’Shea have been in this position six times for five flags. The Crocs are a very different story, unlike their opponent, this level of competition is completely new to them having qualified for the first time. They were the underdog last week and beat the odds, and defeated Waratah in their last outing. They just need to dig in one more time and given it is the Grand Final, and anything can happen.

TEAMS:

Waratah

B: 18.Molly Cooper 6.Rebecca Pryer 19.Alicia Stanley
HB: 15.Isabelle Rapson 10.Alysha Healy 13.Lisa Roberts
C: 3.Peita Starcevic 2.Madeline Gault 23.Pippa Cox
HF: 17.Tarryn O’Hehir 4.Sue Nalder 5.Breanna Martin
F: 9.Amy Chittick 22.Lauren O’Shea 12.Sherayn Puruntatameri
R: 7.Joanna Kolodziej 28.Trish Muller 8.Sharona Bishop
Int: 29.Madeline Campbell 14.Jade De Melo 16.Julieanna Kerinaiua
24.Alexandra Harrison-Wolff 20.Amie Love 1.Angela Perkins

Southern Districts

B: 22.Rachele Mchugh 8.Maria Moussa 28.Tess Hanna
HB:14.Tessa W 2.Tayla Thorn 6.Charles Deegan
C: 30.Donna Reed 9.Lateesha Jeffrey 25.Chelsea Pember
HF:17.Chiarah Corpos 20.Holly Engelhardt 11.Maili Clarke
F: 5.Tahlia Holtze 4.Indy Sleeth 35.Kelsey Patterson
R: 3.Ebony Miller 10.Megan Craufurd 15.Bella Clarke
Int:21.Tyler Thornton 26.Rhiannon Busch 19.Danielle Opperman
32.Nicole Paterson 1.Kimberley Mccouat 27.Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill

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 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.