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SANFLW season preview: Norwood

NEW Norwood women’s coach Mat Creeper will be eager to get his SANFLW career off to a bright start when his side kicks off their 2021 season later this month.

The Redlegs have been a consistently strong outfit throughout the entirety of the competition’s existence, claiming the inaugural premiership in 2017 and qualifying for the finals in all four seasons.

Creeper, who worked as Senior Women’s Assistant Coach at the Collingwood Football Club last season, said he was pleased with the clubs off-season, despite being forced to deal with a COVID-related setback prior to the Christmas break.

“The girls have been working very hard since the start of November,” Creeper said. “We capped off our first six-week block with a training camp to the Yorke Peninsula which was well received. “I’m confident to say that most (players) are fitter than they have ever been. We managed to navigate the short interruption prior to Christmas really well, the whole squad was given a program to adhere to in the down time which was challenging but at the same time was completed by all, which allowed us to keep progressing forward without missing a beat upon return.”

The Redlegs were knocked out in the first week of finals by West Adelaide last season – a frustrating defeat considering the side’s agonising preliminary final loss to North Adelaide in 2019.

However Creeper said he felt confident the squad has what it takes to make it all the way this season.

“There are a number of girls who are primed for big seasons, our ruck Leah Cutting is in career best shape and defender Shai Hiscock has been like a wrecking ball thus far,” Creeper said. “New vice-captain Elisha Gallagher is super fit and has bulked up, she looks set for a breakout year and Isabel Martin has taken her game to a new level.”

Creeper identified Jess Macolino, Tesharna Maher, Sarah Branford, Jade Halfpenny, Liz Drake and Morgan Johnston as being among the names to watch out for as the season progresses.

With an established contingent of stars, Creeper also highlighted the squads youth, led by exciting midfielder/forward Alana Lishmund, who is expected to play a prominent role after impressing in her first season at the level last year.

“We have a large portion of returning players, fantastic new recruits plus a solid group of juniors, so our expectation from the outset has been to come together quickly, learn, grow and succeed together,” Creeper said. “We’re always looking for improvement week-in-week-out, so if we can achieve that then we will take greater steps in our development which will lead to greater success.”

Although the club is tipped to make their fifth straight finals appearance, Creeper insists his side “isn’t looking too far past round one”.

“We’re setting our focus on one week at a time,” said Creeper. “We’ve created the pathway for where we would like to be and the process of how to get there, but we are firmly focused on one step at a time. We would like to think that we’ve created a quality list that is capable of being a major player at the pointy end of the season.”

The Redlegs will be seeking revenge over West Adelaide when the clubs meet under the lights of Coopers Stadium on the opening night of the season (February 26).

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.

Picture credit: Chris Kent – AFLNT Media

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.

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 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.

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.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 7

THERE was no shortage of close encounters throughout Round 7 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League with two of the games decided by less than 20 points. While the ladder leaders in Pint had the week off, second placed St Mary’s kept the heat on notching up their fifth win to remain in the hunt for that top spot. At the other end of the table, Tracy Village fell to their sixth straight loss.

WANDERERS 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.1 | 5.2 (32)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 4.4 | 5.5 | 6.6 | 7.7 (49)

A fast-starting Buffettes side was ultimately the difference between the two teams, as Darwin piled on four goals to one in the opening term and therefore managed to dictate the terms of the game for the remaining three quarters. Despite a strong last quarter performance from the Wanderers they simply could not peg back the margin enough to get over the line as the Buffettes walked away with their fifth win of the season. Darwin could have won by more had they been more accurate in front of the big sticks, notching up seven behinds, but overall will be pleased with their ability to halt the Wanderers in their tracks.

Zoe Anderson continued her stellar form in front of goal to make it three straight weeks where she has contributed to the scoreboard, posting two majors in this clash against the Wanderers. She was not the only multiple goalkicker in the side with Delsey Ah Wang bobbing up for two goals of her own while in her first game for the season Tayla Hart-Aluni also managed to slot one through the big sticks. Dominique Carbone was once again named in the bests for the Buffettes as was Molly Althouse for her second time in three weeks. Talia Corrie and Bianca Stokes also made their presence felt across the ground in their side’s win. For the Wanderers, Kaitlyn Armstrong once again found her range slotting a major while Shekeine De Satge and Kiarhii Williams also managed a goal apiece. Morgan Johnston was a constant threat across the ground and was recognised for her efforts, making her way into the bests for the third straight week as did Tishara Davern.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 (1)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 5.5 | 13.6 | 15.7 | 21.21 (138)

It is fair to say that it was all one-way traffic with Southern Districts handing Tracy Village a 137 point thumping. The Crocs had the ball on a string and came out with a real fire in the belly, not allowing Tracy Village any easy touches. The real damage was done in the second quarter where Southern Districts piled on eight unanswered goals as Tracy Village simply had no remedy to stop the avalanche of scoreboard pressure. it was not until the final quarter that the bottom of the ladder Razorbacks managed to register a mere point.

There is no denying that Tayla Thorn was the best afield with the Crocs forward putting on a show and walking away with a staggering 10 goal haul for her efforts inside 50. She was a constant firepower and showcased her impressive goal nous to take her season tally to 16. Emma Forsyth, Megan Craufurd and Grace Mulvahil all collected two goals each highlighting the number of goalscoring options the Crocs had. Michala Shaw and Indianna Hickling both stood up to be named in the bests joining the likes of Thorn, Forsyth and Craufurd.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.5 | 2.6 | 3.8 | 4.8 (32)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.1 | 2.5 | 3.6 | 6.9 (45)

It all came down to the final quarter of action with Nightcliff pulling away and showcasing their high level of endurance and footy smarts to come from behind at three quarter time and steal the win. The lead chopped and changed throughout the game testament to the intensity and closeness of the match however a three goal to one final quarter allowed the Tigers reign supreme. Inaccuracy plagued both sides but the Magpies will be ruing their sloppy start to the game, monopolising the play and scoreboard but just unable to capitalise on their chances.

Goal-scoring machine Arthurina Moreen was up to her usual tricks and while it was not enough to get her side over the line her two goals kept them in the hunt. Crystal Browne was the only other Magpies player to hit the scoreboard nailing two majors of her own. Tabitha May continued her dominant ways across the ground, named in the bests for her third consecutive week while Michaeline Brown and Jo Guthridge also slotted into the mix. For Nightcliff, Mickayla Ward proved to be handy inside 50 nailing two goals as first gamer Amy Pittman booted a major to kick off her season. Jacqueline Anyon-Smith returned to the goalkickers list this round while in terms of best performers, Andi Moliere, Emily Casey and Eliza Morrison were recognised for their performance.

ST MARY’S 2.3 | 4.4 | 4.4 | 4.6 (30)
WARATAH 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.3 (9)

In the final game of the round, St Mary’s flexed their muscles with a strong showing against Waratah to collect a 21-point victory and edge closer to the top of the table Pint. It was a fast start from St Mary’s that set the tone for the match and while accuracy was somewhat of a problem they still managed to get the job done and shut down Waratah’s every move, rendering them goalless until the final term. The second and third quarters proved to be a stalemate for both sides, unable to create any real fluidity however the Saints had all but set the game up.

Ashlea Melnikas was in hot form converting three goals to take her season total to eight while Claudia Whitfort was the only other goal scorer for the victors. Melnikas was also named in the bests credit to her output throughout the game as Danielle Ponter and Megan Williamson also made their third straight appearance in the bests. Eliza Shannon and Annabelle Shannon both plied their trade across the ground for the Saints. The only goal scorer for Waratah was Lisa Roberts who showcased her goal nous while the bests are yet to be released for the Tahs.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 7

ROUND 7 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League will see ladder leaders Pint get a well-deserved break after an excellent and undefeated start to the season, while St Mary’s will aim to boost their percentage once more to attempt to steal top spot and reigning premiers Southern Districts will have an opportunity to clinch a third straight win when they take on Tracy Village. All that, and more, in our weekly preview.

Wanderers vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 14

The Wanderers will look to step up their recent form this round but could well and truly be stopped in their tracks when they take on a lively Darwin Buffettes outfit. The Buffs sit in third after downing Nightcliff last round and will be eager to continue their winning ways when they go head-to-head with the Wanderers, with plenty of solid performers amongst each side but the winning attitude set to go the way of the Darwin outfit. The Wanderers come into this match off the back of a bye last round so will be raring to go, and while their only win on the board this season was against the lowly Razorbacks, they have shown some real promise, able to hit the scoreboard against the top sides and forced closer margins with their continuous defence. That being said, the Buffettes have too many consistent and threatening performers up the ground for the Wanderers to stop, so the Darwin side should get the chocolates here.

For Darwin, watch out for livewire Zoe Anderson and the ever impressive Machaelia Roberts, with the duo providing plenty of spark up forward and consistently in among the action, combining for 22 goals so far this season, while Delsey Ah Wang is also up there and Jemma Iacono has earned three mentions in the side’s bests. Wanderers have their own power up forward though with Kaitlyn Armstrong showcasing plenty of scoring ability across her five games with 11 goals to her name so far, though it’s the side’s lack of further options inside 50 that could be the real issue in this match. A number of consistent performers are among the side though, with Morgan Johnston earning four best on ground mentions for the season, while Tishara DavernShekeine de Satge and Djimila Totham have earned three apiece.

Tracy Village vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 14

Tracy Village will host the Southern Districts in the second match of the round, unfortunately taking on the reigning premiers now that they have gotten some confidence back up after a lowly start and expected to defeat the Razorbacks with relative ease. Tracy Village have now had two scoreless matches on the trot where the Crocs have finally gotten the ball moving with wins on the board, meaning the Razorbacks will need to really come out flying if they want to come away with a semblance of pride this round. While Southern Districts did not get a win on the board until Round 5, they have put up some fairly competitive performances and ultimately, should get an easy win on the board this round and if all goes to plan, even potentially jump into the top four.

Zhoe Clarke, Kiri Marschall and Indianna Hughes are the ones to watch for the Razorbacks, consistently putting on solid performances and rarely letting up despite expanding scorelines, while Meagan Wylie and Hughes are the lone goalkickers for the season so far. For the Districts, Tayla Thorn is always a tough option inside 50 while Jessie Brock, Malory Nankervis and Ebony Miller consistently put in 100 per cent.

Palmerston Magpies vs. Nightcliff
Saturday, November 14

The Palmerston Magpies will really look to challenge Nightcliff this round, and as one of the sides which has posted mostly consistent and fairly competitive scorelines despite their seventh ranking on the ladder, could be in with a real chance. That being said, there is no doubt the Nightcliff Tigers have exploded out of the blocks in 2020, and bar losses to fellow top four sides Pint, St Mary’s and Buffettes over the past two rounds, have been solid against lower sides and had little issue getting wins on the board.

The real question in this match will be firstly whether the Magpies will be able to negate Emma-Lou Wolsey up forward, and secondly whether they will be able to limit Nightcliff’s number of quality forward options, with Mickayla Ward and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith not far behind Wolsey on the goalkicking tally and Ward in particular providing a consistent effort week-in and week-out around the ground. The Magpies have some impressive and threatening names of their own though, with Arthurina Moreen leading the side for majors this season despite only playing two games so far, and Natasha Medbury also providing a quality option. Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg have also been named among the best in four matches of five, proving to be constant threats around the ground.

St Mary’s vs. Waratah
Saturday, November 14

The final match of the round will see Waratah take on St Mary’s, with the Saints hoping to overtake Pint on top of the leaderboard purely on percentage if they get a win here. While Waratah have struggled to hit the highs they have over the past few seasons, there is no doubt they still have that winning mentality and the ability to come out firing. That being said, the Saints have five wins on the board compared to the Warriors’ one, a great percentage to match and have conceded less than 100 points across their six matches, so will likely prove difficult for Waratah in this outing.

Saints’ Michaela Long and Danielle Ponter both proved huge up forward last round with four goals apiece, and could make things tough for the Warriors give they are not the only firepower the side has on offer, with a whopping 20 goalkickers for the season so far and just six of them booting more than one goal – showcasing how many play have an impact. Megan Williamson has been impressive this season earning a best on ground mention in all six games so far this season, with Alana CoombesAsh Melnikas and Ponter not far behind. For Waratah, Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have been the main firepower and will need to be forces to be reckoned with here to command the game and upset the Saints.

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 5

ROUND 5 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League saw a familiar theme across the board with inaccuracy and big blowouts the main takeaway from the round. Pint continued their unbeaten run while Southern Districts notched up their first win of the season with a convincing performance against the struggling Wanderers.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.5 | 6.8 | 6.10 | 8.17 (65)
WANDERERS 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.2 (14)

The Southern Districts notched up their first win of the season, flexing their muscles against the lowly Wanderers who struggled to get going against the silky Crocs outfit. Inaccuracy was a key concern for the Crocs despite walking away with a 51-point win, registering a whopping 17 behinds. They could have extended their winning margin had they been more accurate in front of the big sticks but their ability to limit the Wanderers to one goal in each half enabled them to dictate the flow of the game and maintain control to secure their maiden 2020 win.

The goal scoring was shared between Kaitlyn Armstrong and Jazzmin Forwood for the Wanderers with both players walking away with a goal apiece. It was a difficult game for the side but the work of Morgan Johnston was once again key, notching up her third week straight in the bests for her efforts across the ground. Much like Johnston, Tishara Davern was back in the bests credit to her work rate across the ground while Ivana Schober was also recognised for her performance. Lateesha Jeffery notched up a milestone of 150 games, however at the time of publishing no goal scorers or bests had been released for Southern Districts.

 

PINT 1.4 | 2.9 | 4.13 | 6.14 (50)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 | 0.3 | 0.4 | 2.4 (16)

Pint kept their undefeated record intact, with the ladder leaders proving why they are a force to be reckoned with making light work of the fourth placed Nightcliff. The home side led from start to finish but much like Southern Districts struggled with inaccuracy finishing with 14 behinds. Pint’s overall ability to shut down Nightcliff’s ball movement and attacking forays allowed them to run out comfortable winners, keeping their opponents goalless for the first three quarters.

Pint had their fair share of multiple goalkickers with Erin Lavis and Amy Chittick nailing two majors apiece to keep the scoreboard ticking over with the latter also making her way into the bests thanks to her contribution across the ground. They were not alone as Kristen Smits and Ellen-Kristine Markussen also managed a goal each to keep Pint well and truly ahead of the Tigers. Other key contributors were Cassie Henderson who once again was named among the best while in her second game for the season Jacinta Reid also made her presence felt for the victors. For Nightcliff, the goals came through Gracie Reid and Mickayla Ward with the duo the only two able to effectively hit the scoreboard. Hannah Turnbull and Andi Moliere tried gallantly for Nightcliff but simply could not do enough to stem the bleeding and apply scoreboard pressure to get the “W”.

 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.4 | 8.8 | 11.11 | 16.17 (113)

It was a complete demolition job by the Darwin Buffettes, running out 113-point victors after keeping bottom of the table Tracy Village scoreless. The Buffettes had everything on their terms from the opening bounce and while they would be happy with the thrashing would be slightly disappointed they were not more accurate to really romp it home, recording 17 behinds. It was one way traffic throughout the game as Tracy Village struggled to find answers for the Buffettes who simply did not let up, attacking hard and stopping their opposition in their tracks.

Zoe Anderson was a menace inside 50 for the Buffettes slotting majors with great ease to add to her growing tally of goals with five on Saturday. Teammate Katelyn Hazlett also chimed in with two majors of her own as did Kylie Duggan, Delsey Ah Wang and Talia Corrie showcasing the array of options they had inside 50. Clessae Destage and Melinda Taylor also managed a goal apiece as players popped up from everywhere to hit the scoreboard in their victory. Dominique Carbone was electric for the Buffettes and while Johanna Dodsworth did not hit the scoreboard this week, she was still a solid contributor across the ground. Despite the big loss Zhoe Clarke backed up her efforts from last week with another strong performance while Melina Pohl, Tanya Eagle and Kahla Dumbris were all named in the best for Tracy Village.

 

ST MARY’S 3.3 | 5.6 | 5.9 | 5.11 (41)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.2 (2)

Continuing the theme of one-sided affairs, St Mary’s notched up their fourth win, dominating the seventh placed Magpies at every possible turn. It was an impressive effort from the Saints who managed to keep Palmerston to a mere two points for the entire game credit to their defensive pressure and individual ability to keep the ball rolling forward and attack the scoreboard. There is no denying that St Mary’s had their opportunities to inflict more pain finishing with an inaccurate 5.11 on the scoreboard, an area they will hope to tidy up, but overall the game was played on their terms.

The mantle of multiple goalscorer fell to Danielle Ponter with the 20-year-old booting two majors for St Mary’s in their win and also earning a spot in their bests. Tesharna Maher slotted a goal while Jasmine Anderson continued her recent hot form in front of the big sticks with a major to make it three consecutive weeks where she has hit the scoreboard. Michaela Long also bobbed up for a goal to get her side over the line. Ashlea Melnikas plied her trade across the ground as did Annabelle Shannon and Isabella Shannon in their first game of the season. A familiar face in Iesha Ronberg stood up for the Magpies in the loss while Vanessa Mounsey and Kiara White worked in overdrive. Laquoiya Motlap was also named in the bests in her first outing.