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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 18

THE FINAL Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League regular season round for 2020/21 was run and done over the weekend, with all eyes now turning to finals. Minor premier, Pint rounded out a flawless home-and-away campaign after thumping St Mary’s, while Southern Districts topped Darwin in the other battle between finals-bound teams. Elsewhere, Waratah bested Nightcliff and Wanderers finished its season on a high by knocking off Tracy Village once again.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 | 3.4 | 4.6 | 6.6 (42)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.3 | 5.5 (35)

GOALS:

Districts: G. Mulvahil 3, R. Hewitt, M. Nankervis, K. Toy
Darwin: N/A

BEST:

Districts: R. Busch, D. Lee-Feeney, G. Mulvahil, M. Nankervis, K. Toy
Darwin: N/A

Southern Districts bounced back onto the winners list on finals eve with an important seven-point win over fellow postseason-bound side, Darwin on Saturday. The Crocs led at every break but almost had the result turned on its head in the final term as Darwin surged ahead. Two late goals to Rhania Hewitt and Malory Nankervis saw Districts home though, 6.6 (42) to the Buffs’ 5.5 (35).

Rhiannon Busch was named best afield in the winning side ahead of D’Kota Lee-Feeney, while young gun Grace Mulvahil was dangerous up forward with a game-high three goals. Darwin stalwart Machaelia Roberts celebrated her 150th Premier League outing and was among the Buffettes’ best players alongside midfielder/forward Dominique Carbone and Michelle Ellis. Darwin takes on St Mary’s in this week’s qualifying final, while Districts faces Nightcliff in an elimination bout.

WARATAH 1.0 | 2.0 | 4.2 | 6.2 (38)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 1.2 | 2.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 3, I. Rapson-Staropoli, T. O’Hehir, M. Hunter
Nightcliff: M. Ward, K. Hill-Carter, K. Irvine

BEST:

Waratah: N/A
Nightcliff: A. Moliere, M. Ward, S. Hatzismalis, E. Morrison, O. Hatzismalis, K. Hill-Carter

Waratah landed a parting blow on the finals-bound Nightcliff to end its season, winning by 17 points but missing finals for the first time in Warriors history. The two teams were all-square at quarter time, but Tahs led at every other break and kicked away with four goals to two in the second half to salute 6.2 (38) to Nightcliff’s 3.3 (21).

Lisa Miceli led the scoring with three majors in the red and white, seeing her top the competition’s goalkicking charts with 37 majors. An even team performance saw the Warriors overcome their higher-ranked opponents having crucially fallen short in similar fixtures this season. Andi Moliere was named the Tigers’ best ahead of goalkicker Mickayla Ward as they look to carry good from into their elimination final bout with Southern Districts.

WANDERERS (64)
TRACY VILLAGE (10)

GOALS:

Wanderers: N/A
Tracy Village: R. Myatt

BEST:

Wanderers: N/A
Tracy Village: B. Trappett, R. Myatt, T. Collings, Z. Clarke, K. Marschall, I. Hughes

Wanderers finished its season on a high, trumping Tracy Village by 54 points on the road on Saturday to make it three wins in 2020/21. On the other hand, Tracy Village has gone winless throughout its campaign but was able to find a positive by snaring a major score for the first time in three matches. In the end, the Razorbacks still did not have enough to withstand the Muk Muks, who won their second game on the trot, 64 to 10.

Sophia Mauboy booted three goals in the winning effort, while Tishara Davern was again among Wanderers’ best players. Rhiarna Myatt claimed Tracy Village’s sole goal of the game and was also among her side’s most impactful players, beaten out only by Brianna Trappett in the loss. With no finals on the cards for either sides, they will regroup and look to fire next season.

ST MARY’S 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 (12)
PINT 3.4 | 4.9 | 9.15 | 12.18 (90)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: M. Long, A. Coombes
Pint: J. Baumer 3, C. Fabris 3, H. Grubb 2, G. Cusack, J. Reid, J. Hewett, C. Henderson

BEST:

St Mary’s: J. Anderson, T. De Araujo, E. Forshaw, S. Peris, N. Long, S. Stevens
Pint: G. Cusack, K. Streader, R. Hicks, C. Morris, A. Chittick

Pint capped off a flawless home-and-away campaign by comprehensively beating the third-ranked St Mary’s by 78 points on Saturday night. The Queenants broke away early and never looked back, leading at every break and piling on eight goals in a one-sided second half. They also kept St Mary’s scoreless in the second and fourth terms, setting up the dominant 12.18 (90) to 2.0 (12) final scoreline.

Claudia Fabris and Jessie Baumer each booted three goals to lead Pint’s charge, while the likes of Gemma Cusack and Katie Streader hit their stride beautifully on the eve of finals. Alana Coombes and Michaela Long were St Mary’s only goalkickers, with Jasmine Anderson unsurprisingly at the forefront once again. While the Saints take on Darwin in this week’s qualifying final, Pint will enjoy a week off after taking out the minor premiership.

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NT troops trump Glenelg as rep footy returns to the Top End

REPRESENTATIVE football returned to the Northern Territory on Saturday as an out-of-season Glenelg outfit took on the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) rep side at TIO Stadium. The NTFL Buffaloes won out by 24 points in a competitive outing played amid soggy conditions, finishing the game strongly with three goals to Glenelg’s nil in the final term.

NT captain Cam Ilett took home the Australia Day medal as best afield, leading a side packed with a mix of local talent and guns from around the nation. Territorians Neil Vea Vea and Marlon Motlop were among the Bays’ most valuable players, providing physicality and spark going forward. The game was the first NT representative fixture in 15 years, and the first hitout against Glenelg in 36 years.

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The hosts readied themselves for battle and came out the better side early, applying smothering defensive pressure and locking the ball in their front half for much of the opening term. It translated to the scoreboard too, as the rushed and undisciplined Bays gifted two goals via 50-metre penalties to trail by 11 points at quarter time.

An elongated team talk at the first break spurred Glenelg into action though, with former Richmond key forward Liam McBean booting his second major and Reid Kuller adding another in quick time to put their side ahead. A Nate Paredes bomb from nothing helped steady the NT, who remained ahead by five points at half time as the sides began to trade goals.

The scoring dried up as the rain began to fall harder in the second half, but that did not stop Lachie Hosie from expertly roving a pack and putting Glenelg back ahead. Both sides showed a bit of feeling as the stakes were raised, with the goal-for-goal streak continuing in term three but resulting in Glenelg gaining the ascendancy as the final turn approached.

It was all NT from there, with the likes of James Tsitas and Abe Ankers popping up to show their class in the clutch moments. The in-season factor proved telling as Glenelg fell away late and went scoreless in the final term, a period which was capped by Shaun Edwards‘ game-sealing snap. The celebratory major made for a game-high lead and put the cherry on top of NT’s terrific showing.

While Ilett earned another piece of silverware for his extraordinary personal collection, ball magnet Dane McFarlane was unlucky not to be recognised as the NT’s best player. Rebounding key defender Brodie Newman was also exceptional, while bigman Matthew Dennis battled hard in the ruck, Harley Puruntatameri was lively up forward, and Paredes had patches of dominance.

Vea Vea’s physicality was a highlight for Glenelg as he rotated forward through the ruck, while Motlop came up clutch with a handy third term goal to aid the Bays’ Territorian influence. McBean proved a reliable target up forward and Hosie was dangerous at his feet, with Brady Searle a handy factor down back and Darcy Bailey influential between the arcs.

Earlier, the NTFL Women’s representative team took on their Glenelg counterparts in an historic meeting between the two sides. The wet weather wreaked havoc but did not stop the Territorians from establishing a three-goal lead in the first half, before seeing out a 28-point victory; 5.5 (35) to 1.1 (7). NT standout Jasmyn Hewett won the Australia Day medal, while Mickayla Ward booted two goals.

The night’s other featured match saw the Alice Springs Redtails defeat Katherine’s Big Rivers Football League side by 50 points in an exciting interleague clash. Nigel Lockyer Jnr was among the victors’ best, booting an equal game-high three majors as his team ran out 12.18 (90) to 5.10 (40) winners, largely credit to their superior fluency with ball in hand.

FINAL SCORES:

NTFL BUFFALOES | 3.1 | 5.2 | 6.5 | 9.12 (66)
GLENELG TIGERS | 1.2 | 4.3 | 6.6 | 6.6 (42)

GOALS:

NTFL: B. Eddy, R. Turnbull, C. Ilett, N. Paredes, H. Puruntatameri, J. Stokes, J. Tsitas, A. Ankers, S. Edwards
Glenelg: L. McBean 2, R. Kuller, D. Bailey, L. Hosie, M. Motlop

DC BEST:

NTFL: D. McFarlane, B. Newman, M. Dennis, C. Ilett, H. Puruntatameri, N. Paredes
Glenelg: N. Vea Vea, L. McBean, M. Motlop, D. Bailey, R. Kuller, L. Hosie, B. Searle

Australia Day Medal: Cam Ilett (NT)

Featured Image: The NT Buffaloes and Glenelg Tigers join for a photo post-match | Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 14

ROUND 14 of the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League season could prove crucial on the road to finals, with the top three sides all facing teams lower on the ladder while fourth placed Southern Districts have the bye this week. Pint will look to keep its winning streak intact while neither St Mary’s nor Darwin Buffettes can afford to slip up.

Pint v. Wanderers
Saturday, 16 January

The Queen Ants will come into this encounter with plenty of confidence, not just because they are still undefeated after 13 rounds, but also because of the form and consistency the side has shown throughout the season. While the Wanderers certainly have players who have stepped up to the task week in week out, the side has lacked some connection through the midfield and versatility up the ground, with just the one key goalkicker throughout the season in Kaitlyn Armstrong. While Armstrong sits second on the goalkicking tally this season, there are little other options for the Muk Muks in the front end, and could be the kicker in this encounter against Pint given their relative firepower at both ends of the ground. Expect Pint lynchpins Amy ChittickJasmyn Hewett and Cassie Henderson to step up as per usual, with the former two plying their trade in front of goal combining for 29 goals between them. Add in the extra work rate of Casey Morris (14 goals) and Jessie Baumer (11), and the Queen Ants are hard to stop. Wanderers’ Morgan JohnstonCassie Ormsby and Tishara Davern have been consistent throughout the season, although the side’s 94-point loss to Pint back in Round 4 could be a difficult margin to overcome this round.

Tracy Village v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, 16 January

Palmerston Magpies will look to inch up the ladder this week when they take on the winless Tracy Village, with a blistering 87-point Round 4 victory sure to spark plenty of confidence for the black and white side. The Razorbacks have only managed to boot one goal since that encounter which certainly puts the Magpies in good stead, however this could be one of Tracy Village’s last opportunities to put a competitive scoreline on the board before the end of the season, so could be the kick in the right direction for the cellar-dwelling side. With both sides coming into this match off the back of losses, expect both teams to come out with a point to prove. For Tracy Village, expect the ever reliable Zhoe Clark to step up to the front once more, while three of her four fellow consistent best on ground teammates in Meagan WylieKahla DumbrisIndianna Hughes and Kiri Marschall have booted the side’s three goals. For the Magpies, Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May have proved to be as tough as they come, both named in the best a whopping 10 times, while Crystal Browne (10 goals in seven games) and Arthurina Moreen (seven in three) are crucial out the front.

Waratah v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, 16 January

Expect a tighter battle in the third match of the round, with Darwin Buffettes certainly improving as the season goes on – with last round’s blitz against Tracy Village a testament to that – while Waratah have found some form in patches but ultimately not quite had the consistency across quarters, or indeed matches, to apply real pressure on the competition. That being said, last time these sides met the Buffettes only just escaped with a seven-point victory, pushed throughout by a fired up Waratah side. The Warriors come into this match off the back of an extra week on the sidelines following a bye last round, so will look to fly out of the blocks against the Buffs who will be swimming in confidence up in third on the ladder. Waratah’s Lisa Miceli has booted 17 goals in eight gams to sit in third on the goalkicking tally and leads the charge for her side, with regular performers Jenna SinghDanica Pedersen and Breanna Martin providing firepower out the front. For Darwin, Jemma Iacono has played every match and been named in the best six times, while Kiera Kumoth (four bests from eight games), Zoe Anderson (16 goals in nine games) and Machaelia Roberts (11 goals in nine games, four bests) are all players to watch in this matchup.

Nightcliff v. St Mary’s
Sunday, 17 January

The final match of the round is a standalone Sunday afternoon battle between fifth and second on the ladder, with St Mary’s on an excellent run of form while Nightcliff has certainly stepped up throughout the 2020/21 season but somewhat struggle against the top sides. With three wins separating the two sides but a huge difference in percentage, Nightcliff will really need to turn on the afterburners to stay in contact with the powerful Saints outfit and maintain intensity throughout the contest. While they play for opposing sides, Michaela Long (St Mary’s) and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith (Nightcliff) are huge threats and provide significant firepower for their respective teams, booting 17 and 16 goals for the season and both consistently are named in the bests for their workrate. Nightcliff’s Mickayla Ward and Eliza Morrison have continued on from their excellent 2019/20 form with dominant performances when they take the field, while the likes of Emma-Lou Wolsey and Rose Russell have also supplied plenty of scoreboard pressure. For the Saints though, there is no doubt Jasmine Anderson (seven best nominations and nine goals in 11 games), Megan Williamson (seven bests in seven matches) and a smattering of multiple goalkickers – 20 in fact – make the side hugely threatening and tough to stop when they get going given the consistency and firepower across the entire playing group.

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s – Midseason review: Darwin, Nightcliff, Palmerston

HEADING into a break over the Christmas period Draft Central takes a look at the NTFL Women’s Premier League so far, putting each team under the microscope and considering elements such as key standouts for each side, current win-loss ratio and who they are set to face when play returns in January 2021.

Darwin Buffettes

Position: 3rd
Win-loss-draw: 8-2-2
Percentage: 211.30%

It is been a solid start to the season for the Darwin Buffettes collecting eight wins out of their twelve outings, putting them in good stead for the remainder of the season. In their past five encounters the Buffettes have registered three straight wins while also entering the summer break off a bye meaning they will be raring to go once the season recommences.  They have shown on more than one occasion that they have the firepower to mix it with the best and will be eager to continue that form against Tracy Village in their first game back next year.

Zoe Anderson has been a steady stream of goals for the Buffettes throughout the season so far managing 16 majors from nine outings while Michaela Roberts is not too far off the pace with 11 of her own. Delsey Ah Wang has also been a solid contributor for Darwin slotting eight goals while Johanna Dodsworth has chimed in at times with eight goals. In terms of best performers Jemma Iacono has been a consistent figure as has Dominique Carbone and Katelyn Hazlett with the latter two both registering an appearance in the bests four times. Another player to keep an eye out for is Kiera Kurnoth who has proven to be a livewire when she gets going.

Nightcliff

Position: 5th
Win-loss-draw: 6-4-1
Percentage: 142.52%

It has been a relatively up and down season for Nightcliff who have definitely enjoyed some peaks but so too some troughs boasting a six-four win loss ratio. However they have been steadily building, registering two wins in their past five games while also experiencing a bye and notching up a draw against the higher placed Southern Districts showcasing their ability to take it up to sides. They will have their work cut out for them when Round 13 comes around, however taking on top of the table Pint who will be raring to go after a solid break.

When looking at potency inside 50 it is hard to go past current Nightcliff leading goalscorer Jacqueline Anyon-Smith who has made a name for herself with her innate goal sense. She has recorded 16 majors for the year while Mickayla Ward has also been a handy option in front of the big sticks with 13 goals of her own. Although she has only played six games this season Emma-Lou Wolsey is a real x-factor able to navigate the goals and currently boasting 12 majors while Rose Russell has steadily added to her total with 10 for the season. Eliza Morrison is a regular fixture in the bests credit to her star power across the ground as is Emily Casey and Lauren Gooden showcasing the amount of depth the squad has.

Palmerston Magpies

Position: 7th
Win-loss-draw: 2-9-1
Percentage: 59.66%

Sitting towards the bottom of the ladder the seventh placed Palmerston Magpies have experienced their fair share of losses throughout the 2020/21 season already and will be eager to rectify a few areas over the break. It has been a difficult past five games for the Magpies with the side currently on a four game losing streak but in saying that have faced three of the top four teams. Unfortunately the job will not get any easier when it returns in January faced with the 2nd place St Mary’s who are being in scintillating form.

Under trying circumstances Crystal Browne has been the go-to-girl in front of the big sticks for Palmerston leading all-comers with 10 goals while Arthurina Moreen was handy in her three outings but has not played since mid-November. The likes of Natasha Medbury and Tabitha May are also solid contributors for the Magpies with the two able to find the goals with May also frequently recognised in the bests for her consistent efforts. Iesha Ronberg is another consistent performer able to ply her trade, named in the bests nine times alongside May while Billie Byers is more than capable of popping up and playing her role.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 12 preview

IN the final round before the Christmas break, Pint will be hoping to keep its unbeaten record intact while the Darwin Buffettes have been handed the bye, allowing St Mary’s to close the gap between second and third if it can notch its eighth win for the season. All that, and more in our Round 12 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League preview.

Tracy Village v. Nightcliff
Saturday, 19 December

It has been another trying season for Tracy Village who have not only been unable to get on the winners list, but so too the scoreboard; kept scoreless five times while boasting a season-high total of nine points. Nightcliff, on the other hand, have had patches of brilliance as shown through their five wins for the season. The last time these two sides played was back in Round 1 where Nightcliff walked out victorious by 108 points, with Emma-Lou Wolsey running rampant booting five goals, a feat she will be keen to replicate in their rematch. Other key figures in Mickayla Ward, Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Eliza Morrison are renowned for their ability to stand up and sense the moment both across the ground and in front of the big sticks. For Tracy Village, all eyes will look to Zhoe Clarke to lead the way once again for the Razorbacks given she is one of the most consistent performers for the side. After a strong performance last week, Kaitlin Battel and Indianna Hughes will be eager to play their part and not let the game get too far away from them.

Pint v. Southern Districts
Saturday, 19 December

The undefeated Pint will be hoping to extend its winning streak and head into the break on a high. But expect a high intensity battle, with the fourth placed Southern Districts eager to cause an upset and potentially leapfrog up the ladder and really prove their case as a finals contender. The Crocs struggled to fire the last time these two sides locked horns, kept to a mere nine points while Pint kicked off its season in style, notching a 48-point win. The Queenants have only gotten better with time, solidifying as a unit and using their variety of options inside 50 to create impressive totals. Amy Chittick has proven to be a handy option in front of goal, as have Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer, with the trio able to bob up and hit the scoreboard while Claudia Fabris is coming off a strong showing. Southern Districts are not without their own weapons, with Tayla Thorn a real livewire inside 50 currently leading the league’s overall goalkickers thanks to her seven-goal haul last round, while Grace Mulvahil is just as exciting, meaning Pint will have to be aware of their ability to score with ease. Malory Nankervis has hit her stride recently and will be hoping to keep that form going for the Crocs.

Wanderers v. St Mary’s
Sunday, 20 December

St Mary’s will have a real pep in their step heading into their clash against Wanderers after downing Tracy Village by a staggering 134 points, again looking to inflict the same level of pain on their lower placed opponents. Coming off a bye, Wanderers should be somewhat rested while the Saints will be out for blood to cap off a strong couple of outings and really cement their spot in the top four. A win here could allow the Saints to progress to as high as second on the ladder and overtake the Buffettes. It is fair to say that St Mary’s has no shortage of goalscorers with 11 individual goalkickers last round and a couple walking away with multiple majors to their name, a feat the likes of Marrietta Puautjimi, Charli Simmonds and the ever-reliable Michaela Long will be hoping to muster up once again. Tesharna Maher, Shannon Ponter and Jaimie Bryant impressed last round and will want to end the year on a high. For Wanderers, Kaitlyn Armstrong is a consistent figure that has innate goal sense while Shekeine De Satge and Sophie Fazzolari have both proven to be influential in front of the big sticks and across the ground. Tishara Davern and Morgan Johnston should come back refreshed and looking to capitalise for the Wanderers.

Palmerston Magpies v. Waratah
Sunday, 20 December

The final game of the round sees a battle between sixth and seventh with only one win separating the two sides. Waratah hold the upper hand, not only on the ladder, but so too when it comes to the win-loss record – pulling out a 41-point victory back in Round 1 while also keeping the Magpies to a mere point in that outing. Both sides are coming off losses heading into the clash, making for an exciting contest between the two sides. Billie Byers has enjoyed a recent run of hot form, recognised in the bests while also hitting the scoreboard while Natasha Medbury is another one to watch. Iesha Ronberg is highly reliable as is Tabitha May for the Magpies. Lisa Miceli is a goal scoring machine and will be hoping to ply her trade for Tahs while Jenna Singh is a commanding presence across the ground. Waratah will also look to the likes of Isabella Rapson-Staropoli, Breanna Martin and Lauren O’Shea to lead the way.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 11

EXPECT a tight round of NTFL Women’s Premier League action, with the competition well and truly heating up now as we enter Round 11. The penultimate round before the Christmas break, Saturday’s fixtures will either set teams in motion heading into the latter rounds of the season, or separate the top sides even further from the bottom. Wanderers have the bye this week, and will look to recuperate after a tough match last round.

Southern Districts v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, December 12

Expect an interesting matchup here between the Districts and Magpies, with the two sides opening the round and never failing to put on a show. While it was the Districts who got the chocolates in their first encounter of the season – their second straight win, which effectively sparked their better form to sit in fourth now – the Magpies have been putting up competitive scorelines for much of the season proving the side is capable of great things, they just need the extra polish and consistency around the ground to push it all the way. With two wins on the board to the Crocs’ five and two draws, the Magpies are certainly capable of pulling another solid effort out here, but will need to really come out flying against the Districts to get the job done.

Districts’ Tayla Thorn is currently leading the overall goalkicker tally, so will hope to continue her excellent form over the past few rounds, as will Emma Forsyth who sits even on four bests alongside Thorn. Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock have been a couple of other major targets up forward, while there is no denying the impact of the likes of Bella ClarkeEbony MillerMalory Nankervis and Megan Craufurd. When it comes to consistency, there is no doubting the workrate of Magpies’ Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May, with the duo named amongst the best on seven of their nine respective matches, showcasing just how impactful they are. Billie Byers is also high up for the Magpies with five bests, while Crystal Browne (nine goals) and Arthurina Moreen (seven) have proved crucial up forward, but have only played four and three games respectively, showcasing the Magpies’ requirement for more players to step up in their absence.

Nightcliff v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, December 12

Another intriguing battle is expected in the second match of the round, with the Tigers and Buffs going head-to-head. A 49-point margin last time they met was certainly not what Nightcliff was expecting, and it is safe to say the side will be looking to not only redeem themselves for that scoreline, but also continue on from their solid victory last round to jump up the ladder. Given both teams are coming off Round 10 victories and some fairly consistent form, expect a show from the two, though Buffettes may have the number of the Tigers given their dominance last time around and confidence, sitting in second on the ladder.

While Thorn leads the goalkicking tally with 18, Buffettes’ Zoe Anderson is not far behind on 16 goals and realistically, could be far higher if it was not for the amount of forward 50 options the Darwin side has at its disposal. With both Machaelia Roberts (nine goals) and Delsey Ah Wang (eight) right up there too, there is no doubt the Buffettes have the firepower to consistently get the job done. Add in the constant pressure of the likes of Jemma Iacono, Dominique Carbone and Katelyn Hazlett and the Buffs are hard to stop once they are on. For the Tigers, Mickayla Ward is a real lynchpin, listed in the bests on six of her seven outings and leading the side’s goal tally on 13. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith both sit on 12 apiece, with the former leading the competition tally early in the season, while Lauren Gooden has been a consistent figure for the side.

Pint v. Waratah
Saturday, December 12

Pint will look to continue their consistency and dominance this week, and a win over Waratah – a side which has been such a force to be reckoned with in the competition for so many years – would certainly do the trick. While Pint has been at the top of the ladder since Round 4, Waratah had to escape a rough start to the season and are now currently suffering in the mid-table logjam, putting on some solid performances but not quite hitting the mark against the top sides. A 36-point loss to Southern Districts last round certainly would not have helped that, while Pint is yet to falter with their closest margin two points back in Round 8. It will require a huge effort from the Warriors here to have a chance against the powerful Queen Ants.

There is no doubt that Pint has plenty of firepower, with Amy ChittickCasey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett all registering double figures in front of goal, credit to not only their ability to find the ball, but also the side’s midfielders’ ability to deliver the footy on a silver platter. The trio have combined for 37 goals so far this season, with Chittick also racking up five bests alongside Cassie Henderson who rarely skips a beat. While Waratah does not record bests, the likes of Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have consistently provided not only that forward foray, but also the ability to score well with 15 and nine goals to their names, respectively. Miceli and Danica Pedersen (seven goals) have both only played six of the side’s nine games, proving just how impactful they can be when they get ball to boot.

St Mary’s v. Tracy Village
Saturday, December 12

St Mary’s will look to redeem themselves after a couple of disappointing days on the track, with a battle here against Tracy Village. While the Saints’ past few rounds have not been ideal, the side still remains amongst the top sides in the competition and it will take a huge, season-changing effort from the Razorbacks to get over the line here. Although the Razorbacks have shown glimpses of form, the side has failed to score in four of their nine encounters – including against the Saints in Round 6 – and has not scored since Round 7 – a single behind against Southern Districts. Expect a confidence-boosting win here from the Saints, who will need a boost to ensure their percentage stays high coming into the later stages of the season.

When it comes to sharing around the footy and accolades, there is no doubt that the Saints excel at showcasing their depth of talent. While Michaela Long leads the goal tally with 13 to her name from nine matches, Danielle Ponter and Ash Melnikas both have eight to their name while four more players have multiple goals on the board. Megan Williamson has been named amongst the best in all seven of her matches, while Melnikas, Ponter and Jasmine Anderson have been listed five times each, and three more players have been named four times apiece, proving the consistent efforts around the ground. For the Razorbacks, Zhoe Clarke and Kiri Marschall are right up there, rarely skipping a beat or letting up on the pressure regardless of the scoreline.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 10

IN a round of highly anticipated NTFL Women’s Premier League clashes, things did not quite go to plan as all four matches saw significant margins. While not necessarily seeing huge blowouts as has become the norm for some teams, the closest result of the round saw an 18-point buffer and plenty of tough battles across the round. Another solid win for Pint leaves the side well on their way to taking out the minor premiership given their continued dominance, while Darwin Buffettes overtook St Mary’s to jump into second on the ladder and Tracy Village escaped another consecutive loss with a bye this round.

NIGHTCLIFF 4.1 | 5.3 | 8.6 | 10.7 (67)
WANDERERS 2.0 | 3.2 | 4.5 | 5.6 (36)

Nightcliff got back on the winners list this week with a comprehensive win over the Wanderers, with a four goal to two first quarter effort setting the tone of the match and allowing the Tigers to maintain a solid margin throughout. While the Wanderers, to their credit, never took the foot off the pedal, Nightcliff continued to push with a finals position ultimately on the line here and came away with a 31-point margin and plenty to be happy about.

Mickayla Ward starred for the Tigers with four goals to her name, and named best on for her efforts. Add in the respective two-goal hauls from Rose RussellKristy Irvine and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith, and Nightcliff once again proved how hard they are to stop when they get going. Eliza Morrison found plenty of the footy to be listed on the bests, whilst Irvine and Russell also got nods for their solid efforts up forward. The Wanderers are yet to release their goalkickers or bests.

WARATAH 0.2  0.2 | 0.4 | 1.5 (11)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.5 | 7.5 (47)

Waratah were blown out of the water by a tenacious Southern Districts outfit, and still look like a shade of their 2019/2020 side which finished minor premiers last season. While the grand final rematch once again saw plenty of competitive moments, the Warriors could not seem to hit a target inside 50 which allowed the Districts to well and truly dominate across the ground and create an ominous 36-point margin. It was an excellent four goal final term that saw the Crocs really lift and solidify their top four chances, with five wins, two losses and two draws telling the tale of their season.

Lisa Miceli was Waratah’s lone goalkicker this round, while Southern Districts proved impressive with six players hitting the scoreboard, as Bella Clarke booted two for the side. Tayla Thorn, Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock continued their excellent form with a goal apiece, all hitting the scoreboard for the third week straight while Megan Craufurd and Emma Forsyth were both named among the best in a solid win for the Crocs.

ST MARY’S 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.1 (13)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.0 | 2.3 | 4.6 | 4.7 (31)

The Buffettes sent an ominous sign to ladder-leaders Pint with this victory, well and truly dominating against the Saints in a tough, low-scoring battle. While the match did not see a wealth of goals hit the scoreboard, both teams were relentless in their pursuit for the elusive top two spot – which the Buffs secured, albeit potentially temporarily – and saw excellent defensive efforts across the ground which well and truly showcased the depth across both sides, which typically have no issue finding the goals.

St Mary’s had an uncharacteristically tough time finding the goals in this match, with just Jasmine Anderson and Michaela Long finding the big sticks, while Eliza and Annabelle Shannon both were named among the best for the second straight week. For the Buffs, Zoe Anderson once again proved handy for the side with another two majors added to her tally, while Machaelia Roberts was consistent as ever out the front and was named amongst the best for her continued efforts. Jemma Iacono was also an influential figure around the ground for the Buffs, while Delsey Ah Wang got the job done.

PINT 4.3 | 6.3 | 7.4 | 11.5 (71)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 3.2 (20)

Pint continued its fantastic season with another win on the board making it nine straight wins from nine matches. While the Magpies had their chances, they were no match for the Queen Ants and just could not quite match the intensity of the ladder leaders. To their credit, they did manage to keep the side accountable in the second term and booted two goals apiece, however it was Pint’s ability to reset at the main break and come out firing once more that saw the Magpies struggle to keep up, with a five goal to one second half seeing Pint run out with a 51-point victory.

As per usual, Pint had no shortage of quality options up forward with eight individual goalkickers hitting the scoreboard once more. Jasmyn Hewett and Casey Morris combined for five goals between them, with both players named among the best for their consistency and continued dominance around the grounds. Gemma Cusack and Reni Hicks also found plenty of the ball, with Hicks booting her sixth goal for the season. For the Magpies, Jo GuthridgeCrystal Browne and Litonya Motlap booted a goal apiece, while the usual suspects in Iesha Ronberg and Shanoah Leedie continued their solid form to be named amongst the best once again.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 10

AS quick as a flash, the NTFL Women’s Premier League season has flown by as the competition has now officially passed its midway point of the 2020/21 season. The finals race is heating up with a mid-table log-jam evident already, while Pint sit comfortable and undefeated at the top of the ladder as the competition heads back into return fixtures. Tracy Village are yet to win a game but will get some valuable rest this week with a second bye for the season, while this weekend of action will see some teams hope to replicate their Round 3 form from their last encounter against their respective sides.

Nightcliff v. Wanderers
Saturday, December 5

While Nightcliff come into this match off a Round 9 bye, Wanderers will be looking to take every chance they have of upsetting the Tigers this week. Neither team has significant issues finding the goals, but at times seem to lack the defensive pressure to limit their opposition in the scoring department making for an intriguing matchup here. Nightcliff came away with the “W” in their Round 3 encounter, downing the Wanderers by 19 points and certainly giving the Tigers some confidence coming into this one, but will need to be hyper-aware of the side’s ability to fly out of the blocks and challenge teams.

Kaitlyn Armstrong (Wanderers), Lauren Gooden and Emma-Lou Wolsey (both Nightcliff) were crucial for their respective teams last time around, hauling much of the forward load. The Wanderers will need some of their other forward targets to take some of the load off Armstrong if they are to win this one, with Shekeine de Satge and Tishara Davern the likely suspects although the former is more of a transitional player. Wolsey’s powerful kick was huge early in the season but a couple of quiet weeks have allowed the likes of Darcy Elliston and Lauren Gooden to step up, while there is no doubt Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Mickayla Ward will be up for a big match after a week off.

Waratah v. Southern Districts
Saturday, December 5

This battle between last year’s premiership sides is sure to be a big one, with their Round 3 match ending with a draw in a fitting finish to the close encounter. Factor in that both Waratah and Southern Districts come into this round with a couple of season-saving wins on the board over the last three rounds, and this match could realistically go either way. Neither side lack in firepower, but at times they seem to fall apart when their key forwards are under pressure, with both sides’ leading goalkickers in Tayla Thorn (Southern Districts, 17 goals) and Lisa Miceli (Waratah, 14 goals) flying under the radar for the most part until the past few rounds.

Expect the usual suspects to command the footy in this match, with plenty of key options on both sides able to hit the scoreboard and do so with ease. Add in the fact that both teams need a win here to realistically stay in touch with the top sides and this should be just as tight a matchup as it was the first time around. Given Waratah need a victory on the board to generate some more confidence and Districts are only a leg up due to a second draw, expect the firepower to be out in spades with the aforementioned duo just the tip of the iceberg for both teams. Crocs young gun Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock are able to switch on with ease, while for the Warriors there is no doubt Jenna Singh will be out with a vengeance as will Danica Pedersen.

St Mary’s v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, December 5

While the battle between St Mary’s and Darwin Buffettes was close last time around, expect big things from the two top four sides this week with much more at stake as the finals race heats up. The Saints have breezed through this season for the most part, soaking up pressure and outlasting in tough battles, but came off second best last round to the Crocs which allowed the Buffs to equal the Saints on points and be in with a fighting chance of taking over second on the ladder. Neither side has any shortage of key options around the ground, and have both continuously showcased defensive capabilities to match their respective forward firepower, with plenty of options able to put on consistent performances.

Intriguingly, when taking a look at the season stats so far there is a significant similarity between the two sides and the way they go about their game, particularly inside forward 50; while both sides have a key option up forward, they do not rely on that one player and have no shortage of key pillars inside 50. While this was not as evident in their last battle, where the two sides combined for 56 points overall with no multiple goalkickers, the likes of Saints trio Michaela Long (12 goals), Danielle Ponter and Ash Melnikas (both eight), and Buffs trio Zoe Anderson (14 goals), Machaelia Roberts and Delsey Ah Wang (both eight) showcased their respective abilities to hit the scoreboard with ease. While the Saints realistically should get the job done here given the consistency of Megan Williamson, Ponter and Melnikas, the Buffs have a plethora of key figures around the ground with the workrate of Dominique Carbone and Jemma Iacono unquestionable.

Pint v. Palmerston Magpies
Sunday, December 6

The final match of the round is a standalone Sunday fixture, pitting top-of-the-table Pint against the lowly Magpies. Given the Queen Ants still sit undefeated after nine rounds and rarely come off second best in their closer encounters, able to play through tough pressure and conditions, they should realistically have this one tied up with a confident 44-point Round 3 victory telling much of the tale prior to the match beginning. That being said, the Magpies have finally put a few wins on the board, albeit not consistently, and have proven they are capable of forcing teams into close margins so will look to do exactly that in this encounter. Realistically, the Magpies need a win here if they want any chance of moving up the ladder for a chance of finals footy.

Last time they met, Pint put on a show with Jessie Baumer leading the charge with three goals to her name, while Cassie Henderson showcased her consistency to lead from the front. With three multiple goalkickers behind Baumer and conceding just two goals from the Magpies, it is safe to say the Queen Ants will come into their second battle with plenty of confidence. The Magpies have no shortage of star players, but just have lacked the fire in the belly to really get the job done. Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg have consistently stood up throughout the season, while Arthurina Moreen and Crystal Browne have ben solid fixtures inside 50 combining for 15 goals across their respective three games apiece. For Pint, Amy ChittickCasey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett are the ones to watch out for up forward, with 13, 10 and eight goals, with Chittick a consistent performer alongside Henderson.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 8

IT was a mixed bag of results in Round 8 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League with a draw and a couple of close encounters headlining the round. Tracy Village continued their winless start to the season decimated by Waratah while second placed St Mary’s were gifted the bye.

WANDERERS 1.2 | 3.3 | 4.5 | 7.6 (48)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 6.3 | 7.3 | 11.4 | 11.6 (72)

The Magpies got off to a blistering start, dashing whatever hopes the Wanderers had of securing a win with a six goals to one opening term. Although the scoring dried up in the second quarter, Palmerston found their kicking boots once more in the third to pile on four goals and all but seal the deal against the Wanderers. The win marked the Magpies’ second for the season, leapfrogging their opponents into sixth while the Wanderers only have one victory to their name.

Despite the loss their were a couple of key contributors with Sophie Fazzolari finding the big sticks with relative ease to walk away with three majors while Shekeine De Satge once again hit the scoreboard to make it two weeks straight thanks to her two goals. Keyona De Satge and Morgan Johnston were the other two players to find their way onto the goal kickers list with a goal apiece. Cassie Ormsby continued her hot form, named in the best for her third consecutive week as was Tishara Davern credit to their high output across the ground. For the Magpies, Crystal Browne proved to be the go to girl walking away with six majors for the afternoon while in her first game for the season Daysia Creed-Wray managed to slot a major as Tabitha May also impressed named in the bests once again.

WARATAH 7.4 | 16.7 | 23.9 | 27.14 (176)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was a demolition job by the Warriors who simply exploited the languishing Tracy Village at every turn, keeping them scoreless for the entire game. It was all one way traffic as Waratah seemed to have the ball on a string and were deadly inside 50 converting at a relatively high rate credit to the class across the ground. The Razorbacks had no answers for Waratah who were relentless in their attack of the footy and defensive pressure to shut down any opportunities that arose despite it only being their second win of the season.

Danica Pedersen went bang for the Tahs registering an equal game-high six majors showcasing her impressive goal nous and sheer skill inside 50. She was well aided by fellow goal scoring machine, Lisa Miceli who booted six goals of her own while Jenna Singh also chimed in with a handy five majors. Molly Cooper managed four while Monet Hunter was the only other multiple goalkicker in their resounding win. It was not the same story for Tracy Village however a couple of familiar faces were once again in the midst of the action with Zhoe Clarke and Sarah Wilson plying their trade across the board for the Razorbacks. Kahla Dumbris and Kiri Marshall also joined Clarke and Wilson amongst the bests in another gruelling outing for the bottom of the ladder side.

NIGHTCLIFF 2.0 | 6.1 | 6.2 | 11.4 (70)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.2 | 7.4 | 10.4 | 11.4 (70)

It was always going to be a tight battle between the two sides given the closeness on the ladder sitting fifth and fourth respectively and the game well and truly lived up to expectations with the contest going down to the wire. A strong fourth term saw Nightcliff fight their way back into the contest and record a draw after staring down the barrel of a 26-point deficit at three quarter time. Southern Districts flew out of the blocks early, creating a handy buffer and kept their foot on the throat up until the final term when Nightcliff kicked it up a gear to completely shift the momentum piling on five goals to one.

There was no shortage of multiple goalkickers for either side with the work of Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Darcy Elliston not going unnoticed slotting three goals apiece for Nightcliff. In her second game for the season, Amy Pittman stepped up to the plate with two goals to her name while Mickayla Ward continued her hot streak nailing a major and named in the bests for her third straight week. Lauren Gooden was impactful managing a goal while Sophie Hatzismalis led the way with her on-field performance. Tayla Thorn was once again a menace managing three goals, a slight step down from her 10 the week prior. Jessie Brock and Grace Mulvahil recorded two goals each while Ebony Miller starred for the Crocs. Emma Forsyth was her consistent and dominant self, named in the bests a third time from her five games this season.

PINT 2.2 | 4.3 | 5.6 | 6.8 (44)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.2 | 5.3 | 5.5 | 6.6 (42)

The top four battle between Pint and Darwin Buffettes delivered the goods with neither side backing down or leaving anything to chance. In the end it was Pint that snuck home a two-point victory to keep their undefeated record intact and keep a firm grip on top spot. The ladder leaders seemed to have things on their own term in the opening quarter of play before the Buffettes settled into the groove of things to wrestle back momentum and subsequently steal the lead. Darwin tested Pint at every term, never far away from the action and applying scoreboard pressure before the Queen Ants fired back in the final term with a goal and two behinds as both sides rued their inaccuracy in front of the big sticks.

Casey Morris led the way inside 50 for Pint bagging two goals to take her season tally to seven. Hillary Grubb also found her range finishing with a major to her name as did Amy Chittick and Jasmyn Hewett showcasing their ability to share the goalkicking load. Erin Hetherington was recognised for her efforts across the ground as was Jacinta Reid who was named in the bests for her second time in as many weeks. Lucinda Hamilton also plied her trade across the ground for the winners. The Buffettes are yet to release their bests or goal kickers.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 8

ROUND 8 of 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League action is set to be explosive, with a top three battle between Pint and Darwin headlining the round and a match-up between the rapidly improving Southern Districts and ever-competitive Nightcliff that could either further shake up the mid-table logjam or really begin to separate the top and bottom ends of the ladder. St Mary’s has the bye this week, while two of the bottom four teams are guaranteed a move up the ladder when all four go head-to-head. All that, and more, in our NTFLW weekend preview.

Wanderers vs. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, November 21

Wanderers will host a second straight opening match of the round when they take on Palmerston Magpies this week, and with both teams coming in off the back of mostly competitive losses, expect a tight battle here between the Wanderers and Magpies. Both sides boast the same 1-5 record to start the season, meaning that both teams will know a second win is within their grasp and potentially up the intensity on the field, although percentage-wise the Magpies stand head and shoulders above the Wanderers and would hope to use that to their advantage given their firepower across the field.

Just five Wanderers have played all six matches, with Djimila Totham, Kaitlyn Armstrong (12 goals) and Shekeine de Satge earning three best on ground appearances each, while the ever-consistent Morgan Johnston has proved to be a force to be reckoned with in every encounter, earning herself five bests from five outings. But while Armstrong has played every match, the Wanderers do not really have a reliable second target forward to take some of the heat, meaning another step up from the rest of the forward unit is warranted to get over the line against the Magpies. For the Pies, there is no doubt Tabitha MayIesha Ronberg and Arthurina Moreen are the go-to players around the ground, with the latter booting seven goals from her three appearances and named amongst the best on two of those occasions.

Waratah vs. Tracy Village
Saturday, November 21

A second lower ladder battle follows the first, as Waratah and Tracy Village go head-to-head this week. While Tracy Village are technically once again in with an upset chance here for a maiden win this season, realistically the Warriors have the winning attitude and defensive nous to keep the Razorbacks away from the scoreboard once more. Both sides have struggled up forward this season, coming in as the eighth (Waratah) and ninth (Tracy Village) ranked teams for points for, respectively, although the Warriors have put up competitive scorelines for the most part – bar the last two rounds – while the Razorbacks have now been rendered goalless four times from six outings.

For Waratah, Lisa Roberts was the lone goalkicker last week, adding another to her tally while Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have been fairly reliable firepower so far this season and will really hope to pile on the offensive pressure against the Razorbacks.For the Razorbacks, Meagan Wylie and Indianna Hughes are still the only goalkickers all season meaning the side will want to lift their forward output against a lower-ranked side and attempt to pile on the pressure. The likes of Kiri Marschall and Zhoe Clarke have both been named in the best three times, as has Hughes, so fans will hope to see these players step up to the plate once more.

Nightcliff vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 21

One of the matches of the round will see Nightcliff and Southern Districts go head-to-head, with neither side quite yet hitting the form they expect to but fortunately still sitting within top five calculations. Reigning premiers, Southern Districts had a shaky start to the season but are now sitting on three straight wins and a draw – including their huge confidence boosting, 137-point victory over Tracy Village last round – while Nightcliff have had a few bumps in the road but are ultimately enjoying an improved season and will hope to test the Districts and send them packing with a lower ladder position.

Emma-Lou Wolsey lost top spot on the goalkicking tally following last round, so the Nightcliff forward will be looking to amend that this round and pile on the scoreboard pressure to pull away once more past her current 12-goal count. Her consistency and backup around the ground is paramount to the Tigers’ success here, with the ever-impressive Mickayla Ward continuously offering a crucial second option with eight goals and four bests to her name, while Jacqueline Anyon-Smith is also well and truly up there not only supplying the firepower but also allowing Wolsey to stand strong up forward. For the Districts, a huge 10-goal effort from Tayla Thorn last round was exactly what the doctor ordered, but now it is about maintaining that intensity against a quality team and utilising additional options up forward, with Megan CraufurdEmma Forsyth and Grace Mulvahil all providing crucial targets with two goals apiece last round but not consistently showcasing that effort on the scoreboard otherwise.

Pint vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 21

The biggest match of the round will close out a huge Saturday of action, with ladder-leaders Pint hosting Darwin Buffettes in a battle for dominance at the top-end of the ladder. While Pint is realistically not at any chance of dropping from top of the ladder given the side’s excellent percentage, the Buffettes will want to assert dominance as the first side to topple the Queen Ants. For Pint, everything is at stake here given the Buffettes’ ability to not only control matches with extensive margins, but also maintain a lead in closer battles. The trick here for Darwin is to utilise Pint’s Round 7 bye and explode out of the gates, and with great matchups across the field there is no doubt this match will be a cracker.

Two of the most well-rounded sides are Pint and Darwin, both boasting plenty of firepower up forward and the defensive acumen to back it up and propel the footy forward once more. Both sides have proven more than capable of supplying consistent goalkickers, with Darwin’s Zoe Anderson taking over top spot last round to lead the tally with 14 goals, while amongst these two teams, Machaelia RobertsDelsey Ah Wang (both Darwin) and Jasmyn Hewett (Pint) have all booted seven goals, with Hewett backed up by Casey Morris and Jessie Baumer (both six). When it comes to consistency, Pint’s Cassie Henderson and Darwin’s Jemma Iacono rarely falter, both named amongst the bests for their respective teams on four occasions from six outings, while Dominique CarboneAmy Chittick and Morris are also more than capable of stepping up and leading the charge on three bests apiece.