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2020/21 NTFL Women’s midseason review: Tracy Village, Wanderers, Waratah

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.

Tracy Village

Position: 9th
Win-loss-draw: 0-10-0
Percentage: 2.34%

It is fair to say that it has been an extremely hard year for Tracy Village who are yet to register a win in their 10 games and have found it equally as hard to hit the scoreboard with a season high of nine points. They have found it particularly tricky against the top echelon of teams going down by totals of 100 points on a regular basis and will be hoping to come out of the break refreshed and able to add a few more goals to their tally despite having to combat Darwin Buffettes in Round 13.

With goals few and far between there are only three goalkickers named across the team with Indianna Hughes, Kahla Dumbris and Meagan Wylie all managing to slot a major each. Zhoe Clarke has been a lynchpin for the Razorbacks throughout the season consistently putting up strong performances and leading the pack despite the winless record. Other key figures across the ground consist of Hughes, Dumbris, Kiri Marschall and Lisa-Maree Toner.

Wanderers

Position: 8th
Win-loss-draw: 1-9-0
Percentage: 45.63%

The Wanderers have had a rough start to the season only registering one win and suffering nine losses to sit eighth on the ladder. They have struggled to generate any real scoring power and have often been outclassed by the higher ranked teams. Their sole win came against Tracy village back in Round 2 where they ran out 62 point victors. Returning from the break, Wanderers are set to face the Crocs who currently hold fourth spot.

There is no denying that Kaitlyn Armstrong has been the focal point inside 50 for the Muk Muks registering 15 goals in her 10 outings. The likes of Shekeine De Satge and Sophie Fazzolari have also chimed in with five goals apiece to keep the scoreboard ticking over with only two other players managing more than one goal for the season. Morgan Johnston and Tishara Davern are the most regular names in the bests alongside the likes of Armstrong and De Satge while Cassie Ormsby is also up there.

Waratah

Position: 6th
Win-loss-draw: 4-6-1
Percentage: 143.53%

Coming in at sixth on the ladder, Waratah have had an inconsistent season to say the least but have shown they have the makings to trouble sides just need to do it for longer periods of time to ensure they can get over the line. Their track record in the past five games is a testament to their inconsistency with Tahs securing three wins but losing two albeit to much higher ranked opponents in top of the table Pint and Southern Districts. Their break will be extended by a week, handed the bye in the opening round of the season.

There is one main scoring option for Waratah with Lisa Miceli leading the way credit to her 17 goals over eight matches showcasing her ability to kick a bag when given enough time and space. Jenna Singh is no stranger to the big sticks with nine majors while Danica Pedersen is also a handy prospect alongside Breanna Martin with the two combining for 12 goals between them. Lisa Roberts is a consistent performer as is Tarryn O’Hehir and Monet Hunter.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 9

ROUND 9 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League is set to be a big one with some eye-catching match-ups set to headline the round. Tracy Village will have their work cut out for them against a dominant Pint side while St Mary’s will be chomping at the bit coming off the bye. Meanwhile, Nightcliff has the week off, and will hope results go in their favour to attack the second half of the season.

Southern Districts v. St Mary’s
Saturday, November 28

Fresh off the bye and determined to keep second spot, expect the Saints to throw everything they have at Southern Districts who are coming off a tight contest and will be ruing their missed opportunities. Southern Districts have plenty of firepower, able to blow teams out of the water but will need to put out a consistent four quarter effort to reduce the chance of the same thing happening in consecutive weeks. On the other hand, the Saints are proven winners thus far this season, and with fresh legs will have plenty of run in them against the Crocs.

Tayla Thorn will be one to watch for the Crocs given her explosiveness inside 50 and ability to convert, nailing 13 goals in the past two games, with her bag of 10 one of the most impressive hauls so far. Grace Mulvahil is another barometer for the side, able to navigate her way towards the big sticks coming off a two goal spree and proving more than a one-trick pony – as is Jessie Brock, showcasing the array of talent and variety of avenues the Crocs have. The second placed Saints have a number of goal scoring options with Michaela Long and Ash Melnikas slotting 11 and eight goals respectively throughout the season. Danielle Ponter is another handful to keep a watchful eye on, highlighting the number of options the higher-ranked side have heading into the contest, able to pile on the pressure consistently.

Tracy Village v. Pint
Saturday, November 28

It will be a big ask for Tracy Village this round, yet to secure a win and faced with top of the table Pint who have seven straight wins on the board. Pint know how to win and have shown that more times than not, constantly attacking the footy and exploiting their opponents with their silky ball movement. In the past three weeks the Razorbacks have only managed to slot one point, highlighting their struggle and inability to impact the play, and will have to bring their A-game if they are chance of ruffling the feathers of Pint, who are full steam ahead despite only narrowly getting over the line in Round 8.

Although Tracy Village have struggled to find the big sticks throughout the course of the season, Megan Wiley has been known to bob up every now and then to hit the scoreboard. A couple of familiar names in Zhoe Clarke and Kahla Dumbris have been consistent figures for the Razorbacks and will once again have to lead the way for the side, as will the likes of Kiri Marschall and Sarah Wilson who were both named in the bests last round for their high output. For Pint, Casey Morris leads the charge inside 50 with eight goals to her name so far this season making her one to watch while Amy Chittick is also a handy option around the big sticks. Pint have the luxury of being able to share around the goalkicking duties with a number of players able to step up to the plate and deliver, with Jasmyn Hewett proficient across the ground and in front of goal as is Gemma Cusack.

Waratah v. Wanderers
Saturday, November 28

Waratah will be riding high after a stellar victory in Round 8 trouncing the Razorbacks by 176 points and will be hoping to bring that same intensity against the Wanderers in this clash. Currently sitting in sixth place, there is only one game separating the two sides showcasing just how much is at stake for both teams. The Warriors proved their extensive depth in their last outing, finding a number of players who were able to do some scoreboard damage while the Wanderers had glimpses of brilliance and will be hoping to find some continuity in their performance this round.

Danica Pedersen proved to be a real handful up forward last round, booting a bag of six and will be eager to keep that hot streak going as will teammate, Lisa Miceli who has taken her season tally to 11 goals. Another player that cannot be overlooked is Jenna Singh, renowned for her pluckiness around the goal front while Molly Cooper and Monet Hunter are coming off strong performances. The Wanderers will have to be on song from the opening siren if they are to halt Waratah in their tracks and cause a boilover. In saying that, the Wanderers have no shortage of options inside 50 that know how to find the big sticks, with Sophie Fazzolari and Shekeine De Satge both prominent figures in attack. Morgan Johnston is another one to keep a constant eye on given her explosive nature alongside Tishara Davern, with the duo a force to be reckoned with.

Darwin Buffettes v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, November 28

The Buffettes will come in as hot favourites due to their third ranking, seeing them muster up five wins for the season so far compared to the Magpies’ seventh position, showcasing the stark difference between the two sides. However, Palmerston are coming off a strong performance in Round 8 and will be hoping to replicate that same intensity and attack for the ball in this clash. To keep in touch with the top two, Darwin must win this game while if the Magpies want to hike up the ladder now is the time as the competition hits the midway point of the season.

Despite only playing two games for the season, Crystal Browne has proven to be the go-to-girl up forward bagging eight goals, six of them last week making her a real livewire each time she steps out. Although Iesha Ronberg is not overly prominent on the goal scoring front, her ability to cover the ground is what makes her a standout while Laquoiya Motlap is another promising player for the Magpies, able to navigate her way around goals. For the Buffettes, Zoe Anderson is the real barometer and one the Magpies will be hoping to stop given her tenacity and goal nous already taking her season tally to 14. Delsey Ah Wang and Machaelia Roberts are a couple of other impressive players for Palmerston, as are youngsters Tayla Hart-Aluni and Dominique Carbone making for an exciting clash between the two sides.

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.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 3

ROUND 3 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s saw Nightcliff keep their winning record intact with a come-from-behind victory while Southern Districts and Waratah played out the first draw of the season. Tracy Village had a bye this week, keeping them stuck at the bottom of the ladder while Pint flexed their muscles to claim an impressive 44-point win.

ST MARYS 2.3 | 3.3 | 4.3 | 5.3 (33)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 | 1.4 | 1.4 | 3.5 (23)

St Marys were on-song from the opening bounce, skipping out to a handy lead in the first term thanks to a two goal to zip start and never really looked back. Despite having a wealth of opportunities to hit the scoreboard inaccuracy plagued the Buffs who simply could not find their range while St Marys made it count where it hurt, on the scoreboard. In the end it was a case of too little, too late for the Buffettes who strung two goals together but could not overrun their opponents as St Marys brought home a 10-point victory.

There were no multiple goal kickers for either side, instead the scoring was scattered across a number of players with Claudia Whitfort once again popping up for St Marys and proving to be a menace in and around goals. Whitfort was also named amongst the best for her performance against the Buffettes while teammates Alana Coombes and Jasmine Anderson boasted a similar stat line with a goal and nod in the bests. Ashlea Melnikas returned to the goal kicking brigade this round to take her tally to four for the season while Madison Ludwig also found the big sticks. For the Buffettes, Martha De Santis showed what she is capable of snagging a goal while Zoe Anderson continued her hot form in front of goal with a major of her own. Bianca Stokes impressed in her first outing for the Buffs while Kiera Kurnoth settled into the line-up and earned a spot amongst the best.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 2.2 | 2.3 | 4.4 (28)
WARATAH 1.0 | 4.3 | 4.4 | 4.4 (28)

The first draw of the season took place on Saturday with Southern Districts and Waratah unable to be split at the final siren. After a sluggish first quarter, Waratah put the foot down in the second to steal the ascendancy heading into the main break thanks to three unanswered goals. However they plateaued in the second half unable to find a major and only registering one point  while the Crocs found their mojo in the final term to pile on two goals and secure a draw.

Michala Shaw made her presence felt in front of the goals nailing two majors in her first appearance of the season for the Crocs, while Tayla Thorn managed a goal of her own and was named amongst the bests. The only other goal scorer for Southern Districts was Kelsey Patterson. Ebony Miller was recognised for her four quarter performance for the Crocs as was Indianna Hickling and Makayla Siddons. The scoring was shared in the Waratah camp as Caitlin Couch, Monet Hunter, Danica Pedersen and Jenna Singh all slotted one with the latter making it three weeks straight she has hit the scoreboard.

PINT 1.2 | 6.8 | 7.8 | 9.10 (64)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.3 | 1.4 | 2.6 | 2.8 (20)

A blistering second term from Pint all but gifted the home side the win, blowing the Magpies out of the water, piling on five goals to nothing. Down by a point at the first change Pint came out with a real pep in their step in the second and could have inflicted more scoreboard damage had they been more accurate slotting four behinds to accompany their five goals. The Magpies had their chances to strike but simply could not find the big sticks and suffered from inaccuracy much like Pint.

Jessie Baumer was a menace inside 50 for Pint kicking a bag of three while Gemma Cusack navigated the goals with ease in her first appearance for the season piling on two majors. Cara Evans and Jasmyn Hewett also popped up with two goals apiece in a collective effort for Pint with the latter also named amongst the bests for her performance. Cassie Henderson was influential for Pint as was Amy Chittick. For the Magpies their goals came from Arthurina Moreen and Tyra McKay as the duo slotted a major each while Iesha Ronberg was once again named in the bests for her efforts across the ground. Billie Byers and Shanoah Leedie also plied their trade in the losing side, working hard for every possession.

WANDERERS 0.3 | 3.3 | 3.4 | 3.4 (22)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 6.5 (40)

A dominant final quarter from Nightcliff saw the current table toppers come from behind and clinch a victory against Wanderers. Unable to generate their usual flow in the second and third terms, they ramped up the pressure in the last quarter to wrestle the game back onto their terms and stop the Wanderers from scoring. Nightcliff managed to add three goals to their half time tally as opposed to the Wanderers mere point, ultimately handing them the 18-point victory and keeping their undefeated record intact.

Although goals were hard to come by for some, that was not the case for Wanderers forward Kaitlyn Armstrong who slotted three majors to keep her side in the contest. She was the only real avenue to goal, making the most of her opportunities that came her way up forward. Armstrong was named amongst the best as was Morgan Johnston for the second consecutive week. Georgia Halkitis backed up her performance from last week while for Nightcliff a couple of familiar faces were once again at the forefront of the action with Lauren Gooden finding the big sticks twice. She was not the only one to kick a bag with in-form goal kicker Emma-Lou Wolsey slotting two with teammates Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Gracie Reid also adding some scoreboard pressure. Hannah Turnbull earned a spot in the bests as did Laura de Hommel in what was a gritty performance by the ladder leaders.

Tracy Village bye

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NTFL Women’s Premier League: Round 18 – Waratah and Southern District put on scintillating performance

THE final round of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) saw the top teams such as Waratah and Southern District once again flex their muscles, while it also featured a surprise upset with the Buffettes stunned in their clash. It marked the final game of the home and away season for Tracy Village, St Mary’s and Wanderers who will all be looking ahead to a bigger and better 2020/21 season.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
WARATAH 4.9 | 6.11 | 10.12 | 14.17 (101)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: N/A.
Waratah: L. Roberts 5, M. Hunter 3, A. Chittick 2, G. Cusack, M. Gissing, T. O’Hehir, B. Martin.

BESTS:

Tracy Village: N/A
Waratah: C. Fabris, M. Hunter, T. O”Hehir, B. Martin, I. Rapson-Staropoli

It was a convincing performance from Waratah who dismantled Tracy Village to run out 100-point victors. The Tahs’ were on from the get-go establishing an early lead and not looking back gradually adding to the margin. Tracy Village’s only score came in the second quarter with most of the game one way traffic heading towards Waratahs forward. They proved too strong across the board putting up a wall in defence and simply attacking the scoreboard any time an opportunity came their way. Waratah managed four goals each quarter apart from the second when it only recorded two majors but suffered from inaccuracy with 17 points to its name. Lisa Roberts was a real live wire up forward for Waratah helping herself to five goals, while Monet Hunter also chipped in with three majors of her own, keeping her strong form in front of goal well and truly alive. Amy Chittick also made an impact inside the forward arc with two majors while Tarryn O’Heir and Breanna Martin were both named in the bests for their impressive efforts. Isabella Rapson-Staropoli shone bright once again with her ability to find the footy. It was a disappointing outing for Tracy Village with the likes of Alex Lang, Catherine White and Aeysha Angel digging deep but unfortunately it was not enough to trouble the scoreboard with Waratah simply unstoppable in every aspect.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT 5.5 | 8.8 | 13.10 | 19.17 (131)
ST MARYS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: E. Miller 10, K. Marsden 2, G. Mulvahil 2, T. Holtze, D. Lee-Feeney, M. Craufurd, M. Clarke, G. Stiles.
St Mary’s: N/A.

BESTS:

Southern Districts: E. Miller, M. Nankervis, T. Thornton, K. Waterbury, K. Marsden
St Mary’s: N/A

Southern District pummelled St Mary’s by a whopping 131 points in what was a complete and utter one-sided affair. The Southern Districts win never really looked in doubt with the home team quickly asserting themselves on their opponents. A five-goal first quarter set the tone for the match, and although they had a quieter second term, they picked up the pace after half-time with accuracy proving no real issue. St Mary’s failed to stop the forward momentum of District consistently outnumbered at the contest and unable to move out of their back half. In the past three games Ebony Miller, has nailed a staggering 22 goals 10 of which came in this performance highlighting just how much of a presence she has up forward and her goal sense. Miller provided a constant option inside 50 but she was not the only one to get on the board with debutante Kasey Marsden managing two goals and Grace Mulvahil also nailing two majors to extend her sides lead. The scoring load was further spread across a host of players with Tahlia Holtze, Megan Craufurd and Maili Clarke getting amongst the action with a goal apiece while Malory Nankervis made her way into the bests for a second consecutive week. Aaliyah Bailey and Ashlee Harris combined well for St Mary’s but it was not enough to quell the constant onslaught from Southern District.

PINT 4.3 | 5.5 | 5.6 | 6.7 (43)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 | 0.1 | 1.1 | 3.1 (19)

GOALS:

Pint: K. Smits 2, J. Baumer 2, J. Downey, C. Henderson.
Darwin Buffettes: C. Browne, T. Bullen, B. Stokes.

BESTS:

Pint: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: J. Dodsworth, D. Carbone, K. Duggan, B. Stokes, C. Boyd

The biggest upset of the round came at the hands of Pint downing the fourth placed Darwin Buffettes in convincing fashion. Pint got the early ascendancy leaving the Buffettes stunned and unable to get their usual ball movement up and running. Darwin were rendered goalless in the opening half credit to Pint’s extreme pressure, while the home side piled on five goals to all but end any chance of a comeback. Pint had answers for everything their opposition threw at them and while they were slightly inaccurate in front of the big sticks they did enough to get over the line and limit the Buffettes from getting a real run at it. Kristen Smits and Jessie Baumer both hit the scoreboard once again for Pint with four goals collectively while Cassie Henderson rounded out the scoring contingent with a goal of her own.  For Darwin, Crystal Browne, Tameka Bullen and Bianca Stokes shared the load but their efforts fell short unable to register enough opportunities to hit the scoreboard and turn the tables. Youngster Dominique Carbone worked diligently for each and every ball that came her way named in the bests for the third consecutive week with teammate Kylie Duggan also plying her trade across the ground.

PALMERSTON 2.5 | 3.6 | 5.9 | 9.9 (63)
WANDERERS 0.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 4.3 (27)

GOALS:

Palmerston: L. Motlap 3, J. Brock 2, A. Moreen, M. Frank, I. Ronberg, W. Barlow.
Wanderers: N/A.

BESTS:

Palmerston: J. Brock, J. Baird, T. May, L. Motlap, C. Delacoeur, K. White
Wanderers: N/A

The final game of the round saw Palmerston once again showcase their strength against the seventh placed Wanderers with a solid 36-point win. The Magpies were in complete control from the first whistle but were plagued with inaccuracy scoring five behinds. Things evened up in the second term with the Wanderers piling on the pressure and getting back within a mere five points thanks to three goals. But that did not last long with Palmerston hitting back after half time and running away with the game and keeping the Wanderers to just one major. Palmerston’s attacking 50 was dictated by Laquioya Motlap with the forward booting three goals with teammate Jessie Brock also chiming in with two goals of her own. Arthurina Moreen continued her hot form in front of goal recording yet another major while Iesha Ronberg also contributed to the winning score line with a goal. Cammie Delacoeur plied her trade for the Magpies with Janet Baird also making her presence felt in the victory. Muk Muks duo Lucille Motlop and Shekeine De Stage worked tirelessly but ultimately could not stop the Magpies from powering on.

NTFL Women’s Premier League: Round 17 – Magpies and Wanderers flex muscles

ROUND 17 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) marked another mixed bag of results with two blowout games and a tight battle between one and two on the ladder. There were plenty of stellar individual performances in front of goal with two players finishing the round with seven and eight goals respectively.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 5.4 | 11.7 | 17.11 | 21.16 (142)
ST MARYS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

GOALS:

Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 8, A. Moreen 3, J. Brock 3, N. Medbury 3, M. Brown 2, L. Motlap, T. May.
St Mary’s: N/A.

BESTS:

Magpies: F. Puruntatameri, J. Brock, B. Joran, T. May, B. Byers, J. Baird
St Mary’s: N/A

The Palmerston Magpies were in complete control from the get-go and kept their foot on the throat throughout all four quarters, ultimately pummelling the lowly Saints. The Magpies were simply unstoppable beating St Mary’s at every contest and most importantly capitalising on their opportunities despite kicking 16 behinds. Their physical pressure was intense, blocking the Saints’ every opportunity to push forward and using their attacking play to run rampant and continuously pepper the goals. Freda Puruntatameri was in a league of her own inside forward 50 for the Magpies, finding the big sticks with ease to walk away with an eight-goal haul and take her season tally to 24 goals, while Arthurina Moreen showcased her goal sense in bagging three majors. Moreen was not alone with Jessie Brock and Natasha Medbury also nailing three goals apiece to rub insult into wounds. St Mary’s failed to register a single point such was the Magpies’ pressure and hunt on the footy. Tabitha May and Janet Baird were prominent across the board for the Magpies consistently finding the pill and using it to full effect while St Mary’s duo Rachel Ponter and Sharna Edwards were consistent despite the thumping.

NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.4 (4)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.5 | 3.7 | 6.9 | 7.10 (52)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: N/A/
Southern Districts: E. Miller 2, B. Clarke 2, T. Holtze, G. Mulvahil, A. Lewis.

BESTS:

Nightcliff: L. de Hommel, E. Wolsey, K. Hill-Carter
Southern Districts: L. Jeffrey, M. Nankervis, B. Clarke, T. Holtze, R. Busch

The clash between fourth and fifth did not live up to the hype with the Southern Districts making light work of Nightcliff and rendering them goalless. Although it was a slow start for Districts they steadily built into the game but were plagued by inaccuracy, recording more points than goals (7.10). But that did not seem to deter the outcome with the Districts running out quite comfortably against Nightcliff who simply could not get going. Nightcliff did not manage a score in the opening term credit to Southern Districts’ extreme pressure which they applied throughout the match. Ebony Miller led from the front once again for Southern Districts finding the big sticks and converting, finishing with two goals to her name while Bella Clarke also troubled the scorers with two majors to her name. Grace Mulvahil returned to the goal kickers list in her sides’ win while Tahlia Holtze also nailed a goal in what was a complete performance by Districts. Although they struggled to get on the scoreboard, the trio of Laura De Hommel, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Kirra Hill-Carter worked tirelessly to add some respectability to the outcome of the game.

WANDERERS 6.5 | 10.8 | 14.12 | 20.18 (138)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.1 (7)

GOALS:

Wanderers: T. Davern 7, J. Chevalier 3, P. Koulakis 2, I. Schober, A. Lee, K. De Satge.
Tracy Village: N/A.

BESTS:

Wanderers: S. Mauboy, T. Davern, S. De Satge, D. Peckham, P. Koulakis
Tracy Village: N/A

Wanderers trounced the out of-form Tracy Village with a whopping 131-point victory. The Eagles got off to a flying start piling on six goals in the opening term – the equal highest of the game – showcasing their ability to turn and just go bang. Tracy Village struggled to find any synergy across the field credit to Wanderers’ pressure and strength around the coal face to win the ball and bomb it forward. Tishara Davern was in blistering form with the 19-year-old lighting it up in front of goal with seven majors. Davern gobbled up anything that came her way inside forward 50 while Jaylene Chevalier made her presence felt with three goals and Pierre-Angelique Koulakis also hit the scoreboard with two majors of her own. Keyona De Satge and Sophie Mauboy showed their worth being named in the bests for their efforts for Wanderers. In what has been a trying season for Tracy Village Lisa-Maree Toner and Zhoe Clarke notched up their 16th game of the season to highlight their durability, reliability and consistency.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 | 0.2 | 1.4 | 3.4 (22)
WARATAH 1.1 | 2.2 | 2.5 | 4.6 (30)

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: T. Hart-Aluni 2, J. Iacono.
Waratah: M. Yarran 2, M. Hunter, L. O”Shea.

BESTS:

Darwin Buffettes: B. Stokes, M. Turner, D. Carbone, J. Iacono, T. Hart-Aluni
Waratah: L. Roberts, S. Nalder, G. Cusack, M. Gault, P. Cox

The top of the table clash brought plenty of excitement with only eight points separating the teams at the final siren. Waratah drew on every bit of class and composure in the dying stages of the game to prevail and really stamp their authority on the competition heading into finals. The Buffettes struggled to get on the board early, going scoreless in the first quarter but a fourth quarter comeback almost gifted them that all-elusive win against the top of the table Waratah. Youngster Tayla Hart-Aluni led the way in attack for the Buffettes slotting two timely goals to keep her side in the hunt while Jemma Iacono also played her role in the attacking 50 with a major. Dominique Carbone continues to get better as time goes on for the ‘Tahs while Meredith Turner was named in the best for the second time in three weeks highlighting her hot form. Despite their best efforts the Warriors seemed to have all the answers with Madison Yarran doing damage on the scoreboard with two goals, while Lauren O’Shea and Monet Hunter also chipped in to get their side over the line. Sue Nalder backed up her strong performance from last week with another solid outing while Pippa Cox made her presence felt for Waratah.

BYE: Pint

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekend preview: Round 5

A top four clash and some mid-table battles are among the games this weekend in Round 5 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League.

PINT vs. ST MARY’S
Saturday, November 2, 12.30pm
TIO Oval No. 2

In what could be a mid-table clash with ramifications for finals spots early in the season, the sixth placed Pint host the eighth placed St Mary’s at TIO Oval, No. 2. The sides are coming off very different results last week which makes up the one-win difference between the sides, following St Mary’s heavy 45-point loss at the hands of reigning premiers, Waratah, while Pint got up on the road with a 29-point victory over Nightcliff. The Saints’ Round 4 loss marked three consecutive defeats since their thrashing win over Big River Hawks in Round 1. Danielle Ponter is a key player for the Saints, having brought all of her experience from Adelaide’s AFL Women’s program, while Aailyah Bailey and Nikita Long have been among the able to get some consistency into the team. Pint has had a yo-yo start to the season, with two big wins, a heavy loss to Southern Districts, and a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Palmerston Magpies in Round 1. Adelaide’s Jasmyn Hewett let loose last week to boot three of her team’s seven goals in the victory, while Emma Greaves and Kristen Smits have also been sources of scoring in the opening rounds of the season. Pint goes in as favourite for this clash as it looks to stay in touch with the top four, while St Mary’s needs to win in order to maintain a place in the mid-table logjam and not fall too far behind.

DARWIN BUFFETTES vs. NIGHTCLIFF
Saturday, November 2, 12.30pm
TIO Stadium

The team to beat this season thus far is the Buffettes, with Darwin yet to lose in season 2019/20, sitting a win and a massive percentage clear of Waratah and Wanderers. The last two weeks have brought the Buffettes back to reality despite getting away with the points, defeating Palmerston Magpies (five points) and Southern Districts (10 points) after combined wins of 250 points in the opening two rounds against Tracy Village and Big River Hawks. Tikesa Docherty-Cole booted bags of four and three in her two games this season, while Machaelia Roberts was a massive talent but will be missed when she relocates to Victoria to play with Collingwood following being drafted into the AFL Women’s. Young talents, Dominique Carbone and Tayla Hart-Aluni have also been key to the Buffettes’ success thus far, booting three goals in four games each. On the other hand, Nightcliff has lost its past two games, smashed by Waratah (41 points) and then going down to Pint (29 points) after wins over Wanderers – the only team to do so thus far – and St Mary’s in the opening two rounds. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Laura De Hommel have been named among the best on every occasion, while Shantel Miskin-Ripia has only played a couple of games, but booted six goals, including four on one occasion. The Tigers will be keen to measure up against the ladder leaders in this game.

TRACY VILLAGE vs. SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, November 2, 2.30pm
TIO Oval No. 2

Ninth placed Tracy Village will hope to bounce back from what has been an undesirable start to the season, losing three of the first four games by a combined 299 points. Luckily for the Razorbacks they managed to hold off newcomers, Big River Hawks by five points to grab a victory, but Southern Districts will be a tougher assignment in Round 5. The Razorbacks have had quite a number of players already pulling on the jumper this season, with the likes of Gabrielle Young, Tara Everett and Alexandra Biggs among the best, while Nickesha Jones is averaging a goal a game. The Crocs sit at 2-2, but one was a loss to Wanderers which was reversed after having an extra player on game day. Last week the Crocs took it right up to the Buffettes, going down by 10 points but showing they are every bit a finals contender. In 2019/20, Ebony Miller has booted eight goals in four games, with a game-high five goals to be a real influence up forward, while the youth of Mattea Breed and Bella Clarke has provided great enthusiasm throughout the season to-date. Southern Districts should win the game, but stranger things have happened.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES vs. BIG RIVER HAWKS
Saturday, November 2, 3pm
Palmerston Oval

Palmerston Magpies sit ahead of the bell curve in fourth, but are only marginally ahead of their nearest rivals, so a win here is non-negotiable against the struggling new side in Big River Hawks. The Magpies are competitive in every game, with the first three rounds decided by two, 10 and five points respectively, however the Magpies have gone down in two of those matches. The last time out in Round 4 was a different story, with a thumping 20-goal win over Tracy Village stamping the visiting side’s authority on the competition. A win here could also see them move to third with second placed Waratah and third placed Wanderers going head-to-head. Arthurina Moreen has been the hero up forward for the Magpies, booting seven goals in four games, five of which came last week. Janet Baird and Taylah Williams are among others who have enjoyed strong starts to the season thus far in the black and white. For the Big River Hawks, there has not been much joy this season, but one positive is the games are getting closer, with two smashings in the opening two rounds combining for a losing margin of 191 points. In the last two rounds, the losses totalled 25 points. Crystal Browne and Deanna Peckham have played every game this season and provided good support, while Jayde De La Couer has been strong in the forward half. Palmerston would be heavy favourites to take out this game.

WARATAH vs. WANDERERS
Sunday, November 3
Gardens Oval

After a shock loss in Round 1 to Southern Districts, reigning premiers Waratah have got back to business as usual in the past three weeks, notching up wins against Palmerston Magpies, Nightcliff and St Mary’s, with each win looking more impressive by the day. While their percentage is nowhere near that of Darwin’s, Waratah still has a gap on Wanderers, who they need to beat to ensure they stay in the top three. With Palmerston likely to win its match, Waratah could slide to fourth, or even fifth if Southern Districts can have a big upset win over Darwin. The Warriors have shared the ball around this season and in front of goal, with Julieanna Kerinaiua and Monet Hunter both slotting three goals, while Lisa Roberts has been an important source of leadership for the club. For Wanderers, they also bounced back from a disappointing loss to Nightcliff in Round 1, but their formline may be one to be wary with given they had a reversed win against Southern Districts in Round 2, and narrow wins over St Mary’s and Big River Hawks who are bottom four sides. This will be the biggest test in a few weeks, and the likes of Shekeine De Satge and Morgan Johnston will need to be at their best to get up. The likes of Sophie Armitstead and Kayliah Motlop could do some damage through the midfield and up forward, but will have to really step up in this game if the Eagles are to cause an upset against what has been the benchmark team over the past few years.

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 4 – Waratah on its way up

NONE of the five home sides this week got wins on the board, with the Darwin Buffettes continuing their impressive unbeaten record to start the season, while both Waratah and Palmerston Magpies have pushed their way up the ladder to sit in second and fourth respectively after respective shaky starts to the season.

ST MARY’S 2.2 | 2.2 | 4.3 | 4.3 (27)
WARATAH 1.2 | 5.6 | 6.7 | 10.12 (72)

GOALS

St Mary’s: N/A.
Waratah: M. Hunter 3, B. Martin 2, J. Kerinaiua 2, L. Roberts 2, M. Campbell.

BEST

St Mary’s: N/A
Waratah: R. Pryer, G. Cusack, B. Martin, B. Eckersley, M. Campbell

The opening match of the round started out relatively close with the Saints getting on top early, before Waratah well and truly got on top of the home side by half-time. With the scoring end after half time giving St Mary’s an opportunity to take back some control, it was not enough against the reigning premiers who kicked four goals and held the Saints scoreless in the final term to win by a solid 45-point margin. While Waratah were true to form, missing more attempts on goal than they scored, their high-quality forward line produced the goods once more with four players putting multiple goals on the board. Monet Hunter was prolific putting ball to boot, kicking three majors alone to almost outscore the Saints, while Rebecca Pryer put in the hard yards across the four terms to put their third consecutive win on the board.

BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.3 | 1.3 | 1.5 | 3.6 (24)
WANDERERS 0.2 | 2.6 | 5.7 | 6.8 (44)

GOALS

Big River Hawks: N/A.
Wanderers: M. Johnston 2, S. Armitstead, K. De Satge, S. De Satge, T. Bush

BEST

Big River Hawks: N/A
Wanderers: S. De Satge, P. Koulakis, M. Johnston, S. Armitstead, T. Davern, S. Mauboy

It was a solid and impressive win for the Wanderers this week, with the Eagles toppling the league’s newest side and putting another win on the board to take the side up to three victories – albeit one by default in Round 2 thanks to a player breach. While the Hawks have had a rough start to the competition they have shown some good signs in recent weeks and should be relatively pleased with this outcome, keeping their consistency up for a second match in a row after two massive losses to start the season. While the Hawks kept close for the first half of the game thanks to Eagles inaccuracy, the Eagles cleared up their act in the second half to well and truly earn the win. For the Wanderers, Morgan Johnston put two goals on the board to open her account this season, while Shekeine De Satge and Pierre-Angelique Koulakis impressed once more in the victory, with the side sitting up in third.

TRACY VILLAGE 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 3.4 | 7.6 | 13.9 | 19.12 (126)

GOALS

Tracy Village: B. McDougall.
Palmerston Magpies: A. Moreen 5, M. Brown 2, J. Stassi 2, N. Medbury 2, T. Jeffrey 2, B. Byers, I. Ronberg, T. Williams, J. Baird.

BEST

Tracy Village: K. Marschall, L. Toner, K. Dumbris, T. Everett, A. Lang, M. Lowndes
Palmerston Magpies: T. Jeffrey, A. Moreen, T. Williams, B. Byers, J. Baird, I. Ronberg

Tracy Village were dealt another rough trot again this round, going down by a whopping 120 points to Palmerston Magpies in the highest scoring match of the round. Arthurina Moreen proved why she is a key player for the Magpies with five goals under her belt against the Razorbacks, who were on the back foot from the starting whistle. The Razorbacks snuck a goal onto the board early thanks to Bonnie McDougall, aided by the efforts of Kiri Marschall and Lisa-Maree Toner, but were unable to penetrate the Magpies’ backline for long with a solid defensive effort from Palmerston rebounding entries and constantly pushing the footy back down the ground. Tulaha Jeffrey was key for the Magpies, booting two goals and creating plenty of setup play, while three other individuals put multiple goals on the board showcasing the side’s versatility and range of options inside forward 50.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 | 3.6 | 3.6 | 4.6 (30)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.0 | 3.0 | 6.2 | 6.4 (40)

GOALS

Southern Districts: N/A.
Darwin Buffettes: C. Boyd 2, B. Stokes 2, M. Ellis, K. O’Connell.

BEST

Southern Districts: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: N. Dunn, M. Ellis, J. Iacono, T. Hart-Aluni, M. Roberts

The Buffettes were put through their paces again this week when they took on Southern Districts, defeating the Crocs by 10 points to uphold their position atop the ladder. It was a scoreless third term from the Districts that gave the Buffettes the opportunity to slam home victory, with the Crocs unable to force their way through Darwin’s impenetrable defensive unit enough to get over the line, despite rendering the Buffettes goalless in the final term. The Buffettes well and truly took advantage of the clear scoring end in the first and third quarters, applying scoreboard pressure to keep the Districts chasing on the back foot even when they had the wind in their favour. For the Buffettes, Bianca Stokes and Calista Boyd kicked two goals apiece to open up the match, while Nicolette Dunn and Michelle Ellis also created plenty of opportunity around the ground, able to impact on the contest.

NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 | 2.2 | 3.3 | 3.3 (21)
PINT 3.2 | 4.2 | 6.7 | 7.8 (50)

GOALS

Nightcliff: M. Ward, J. Anyon-Smith, S. Politis.
Pint: J. Hewett 3, K. Smits, J. Baksh, J. Downey, J. McFee.

BEST

Nightcliff: L. de Hommel, E. Wolsey, H. Turnbull, M. Ward, R. Russell, G. Skehan
Pint: N/A

The final match of the round saw a battle between third and sixth, with Nightcliff’s fairytale start to the season well and truly ended after two solid losses in a row. Pint were far too good for the Tigers from the get-go, kicking three goals in the first term to set up a solid lead by quarter time. Though inaccuracy was a minor issue for Pint in the second half, they had taken the lead and were unwilling to relinquish it to the Tigers who despite their best efforts were only able to put on one goal after half time. Despite the loss, Laura de Hommel and Emma-Lou Wolsey contested well throughout while Mickayla Ward kicked a debut goal in her inaugural NTFL Women’s match. For the victors, Jasmyn Hewett added another three goals to her season bank, proving she is a solid option forward and certainly one to watch out for.