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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League – Finals Week 1

FINALS time is finally upon us after 18 home-and-away rounds in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League, with two exciting fixtures set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday evening. A high-stakes elimination final bout sees Waratah take on Darwin, while Wanderers and St Mary’s lock horns in the weekend’s qualifying final. We take you through the key numbers and players in both games ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

>> Finals Preview: NTFL Women’s Premier League

ELIMINATION FINAL

Waratah vs. Darwin Buffaloes
Saturday February 27, 4:15pm
TIO Stadium

Waratah and Darwin will do battle for the second time in two weeks on Saturday, as they meet for a high-stakes knockout bout at TIO Stadium. Only percentage could separate the records of these two sides (10-8) after 18 home-and-away rounds, but the Buffaloes have come up trumps twice in their three meetings with Waratah this season. Most recently, their Round 17 clash proved that Darwin can overcome any of the top sides on their day. On the other hand, Waratah’s 0-3 run into finals will be of slight concern, with all three defeats coming at the hands of top three opposition. Tahs have a formidable side on paper and their big names will have to lift against a wily Darwin side here. The Buffs have endured some injury concerns of late, but have proven many a doubter wrong thus far in 2020/21.

Records:
Waratah:
10-8 (4th)
Darwin: 10-8 (5th)

Last 5:
Waratah: 2-3
Darwin: 3-2

2020/21 meetings:
Round 4
 – Darwin by 6
Round 8 – Waratah by 23
Round 17 – Darwin by 19

Most games:
Waratah: Brodie Carroll, Nicholas Gooch (18)
Darwin: Brodie Foster, Kevin Maroney, Nick Lowden, Timothy Eldridge (17)

Most goals:
Waratah:
Cameron Arnold, Jae McGrath (18)
Darwin: Brodie Foster (49)

QUALIFYING FINAL

St Mary’s vs. Wanderers
Saturday February 27, 6:45pm
TIO Stadium

St Mary’s and Wanderers meet for the second time in as many weeks when they face off at TIO Stadium on Saturday night, with a semi final clash against Nightcliff up for grabs. The Saints sent a resounding message to the competition with a 79-point thumping of their weekend opponents last time out, making it two wins from three games against the Muk Muks this season. With 11 wins in their last 12 outings, the Saint have been in scary form lately. The Eagles have gotten points when expected of them and while they have been competitive against top opposition, have also fallen short on occasion. St Mary’s running game and hardness at the ball will serve well in finals, but Wanderers is a dangerous side with plenty of star names on each line and a spearhead forward who is difficult to stop.

Records:
St Mary’s:
14-4 (2nd)
Wanderers:
12-5-1 (3rd)

Last 5:
St Mary’s: 4-1
Wanderers:
3-2

2020/21 meetings:
Round 2
 – Wanderers by 26
Round 12 – St Mary’s by 38
Round 18 – St Mary’s by 79

Most games:
St Mary’s: Jacob Long (18)
Wanderers:
Brodie Newman, Dane McFarlane (18)

Most goals:
St Mary’s:
Jackson Calder (29)
Wanderers:
Brett Eddy (69)

Most times in best:
St Mary’s:
Dylan Landt (13)
Wanderers: Brodie Newman, Dane McFarlane (12)

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Finals Week 1

FINALS time is finally upon us after 18 home-away-rounds in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League, with two exciting fixtures set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday. A high-stakes elimination final bout sees Southern Districts take on Nightcliff, while Darwin and St Mary’s lock horns in the weekend’s qualifying final. We take you through the key numbers and players in both games ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

ELIMINATION FINAL

Southern Districts vs. Nightcliff
Saturday February 27, 12:15pm
TIO Stadium

Southern Districts and Nightcliff go to battle in a knockout clash on Saturday afternoon, looking to make the most of their finals qualifications. The Crocs have the upper hand in terms of recent form and ladder position, but Nightcliff is in the ascendancy in a head-to-head sense. After the two sides could not be separated in Round 8, the Tigers created a greater wealth of scoring opportunities to trump their weekend opponents by 12 points just a fortnight ago. The result may see a slight mental edge favour Nightcliff, though the Crocs will be hungry to advance after a strong season which saw them finish percentage away from a double chance. Expect Districts’ team spread and forward firepower to be too much for Nightcliff, who will be far from a pushover.

Records:
Districts: 10-4-2 (4th)
Nightcliff: 8-7-1 (5th)

Last 5:
Districts: 4-1
Nightcliff: 2-3

2020/21 meetings:
Round 8 – drew 11.4 (70)
Round 17 – Nightcliff 5.13 (43) def. Districts 5.1 (31)

Most games:
Districts: Lateesha Jeffrey (16)
Nightcliff: Andi Moliere, Emily Casey, Georgia Kennedy, Hannah Turnbull (16)

Most goals:
Districts: Grace Mulvahil (30)
Nightcliff: Jacqueline Anyon-Smith (17)

Most times in best:
Districts: Bella Clarke, Malory Nankervis, Rhiannon Busch (6)
Nightcliff: Eliza Morrison (9)

QUALIFYING FINAL

Darwin Buffettes vs. St Mary’s
Saturday February 27, 2:15pm
TIO Stadium

Darwin and St Mary’s may have double chances in the bank, but will be keen to take a streamline path to this year’s decider when they meet on Saturday afternoon. The winner of this qualifying final will go on to face the undefeated Pint next week, while the loser is set to take on the elimination final victor. Darwin snared second spot despite going down last week, with St Mary’s also set to back up off a loss to Pint. Both sides have 3-2 records over their last five outings, and the ledger is even between them in terms of head-to-head form. It has been a while since they met, with St Mary’s making the better of its opportunities in Round 3, but Darwin hitting back in Round 10. The team which can take the early ascendancy and put some shaky form behind them should come away on top, but expect fireworks between the two best teams outside of Pint.

Records:
Darwin: 12-4 (2nd)
St Mary’s:
11-5 (3rd)

Last 5:
Darwin: 3-2
St Mary’s:
3-2

2020/21 meetings:
Round 3 – St Mary’s 5.3 (33) def. Darwin 3.5 (23)
Round 10 – Darwin 4.7 (31) def. St Mary’s 2.1 (13)

Most games:
Darwin:
Jemma Iacono, Katelyn Hazlett (16)
St Mary’s: Michaela Long, Shailyn Doreen Peris (16)

Most goals:
Darwin: Zoe Anderson (16)
St Mary’s:
Michaela Long (18)

Most times in best:
Darwin:
Jemma Iacono (6)
St Mary’s:
Jasmine Anderson (10)

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

WANDERERS (64)
TRACY VILLAGE (10)

GOALS:

Wanderers: N/A
Tracy Village: R. Myatt

BEST:

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

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

BEST:

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

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

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

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

THE FINAL Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League home-and-away round was run and done on Saturday, with finals fixtures officially locked in. A mixed bag of results saw top two sides Nightcliff and St Mary’s earn terrific wins on postseason’s eve, while Southern Districts upset Darwin in a thriller and Palmerston sent off a club stalwart coach in style. All that, and more in our Round 18 weekend wrap.

TIWI BOMBERS 3.2 | 6.2 | 9.3 | 9.4 (58)
PALMERSTON 3.3 | 13.7 | 13.11 | 18.17 (125)

GOALS:

Tiwi: S. Munkara 3, A. Wonaeamirri 2, K. Councillor, J. Simon, J. Tipiloura, B. Rioli
Palmerston: A. McAdam 6, C. Williams 4, J. Lange 2, J. Harvey 2, M. Sutton, A. Davey, B. Church, L. Flanagan

Palmerston ensured Tiwi would complete a winless season in 2020/21, handing the Bombers their 18th loss for the season on Saturday by 67 points. The undermanned Bombers competed well early despite desperately scrounging to fill the team sheet with 18 players, but were blown out in the second term as Palmerston slammed home 10 goals. The Magpies’ scoring surge set up their 18.17 (125) to 9.4 (58) win, ensuring player-coach Alwyn Davey would be sent off fittingly in his final game at the helm.

Davey booted the last goal of the game and was served well by Aiden McAdam inside 50, who booted a game-high six goals. Chris Williams was prolific through midfield and added four majors, as a total of eight Magpies joined in on the scoring action. Formerly retired Bomber Simon Munkara was strong early and finished with three goals, while Austin Wonaeamirri snared two and skipper Paddy Heenan worked hard for his side through the engine room.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 3.1 | 5.3 | 7.4 | 7.4 (46)
DARWIN BUFFALOES 2.0 | 3.1 | 5.6 | 6.9 (45)

GOALS:

Districts: J. Farrer 2, D. Robertson 2, Z. Clarke, L. Kiel, M. Bowden
Darwin: B. Foster 3, A. Stokes, B. Archard, T. Eldridge

BEST:

Districts: D. Robertson, L. Kiel, B. Lake, J. Clark, D. Staunton, M. Bowden
Darwin: N/A

Southern Districts may have fallen short of finals this season, but capped off its 2020/21 campaign with a spirited one-point win over Darwin Buffaloes on Saturday. The Crocs led throughout the scrappy contest and played like a side which had nothing to lose, building a two-goal buffer and holding on at the clutch. Timothy Eldridge booted the only fourth term major as Darwin closed to within a goal, but could not overturn the result which ended 7.4 (46) to 6.9 (45) in favour of Districts.

Along with Eldridge, spearhead Brodie Foster helped cut the margin for Darwin at key moments and finished with a game-high three goals. He was impactful alongside the likes of Kelvin Williams and Bradley Stokes. Former AFL ruckman Zac Clarke made his debut for the Crocs, hitting the scoreboard and adding to their tall stocks. Dean Robertson booted two majors as one of Districts’ best, along with fellow goal getters Luke Kiel and Michael Bowden.

ST MARY’S 4.5 | 10.11 | 14.15 | 19.17 (131)
WANDERERS 3.1 | 5.1 | 5.3 | 8.4 (52)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: J. Landt 3, J. Long 2, D. Landt 2, L. Fiore 2, R. Linklater 2, B. Grenfell 2, J. Robinson, N. Paredes, L. Taylor, J. Cheek, J. Long, L. Ferreira
Wanderers: B. Eddy 5, S. Bates, J. Priest, S. Tipiloura

BEST:

St Mary’s: D. Landt, L. Jellyman-Turner, N. Paredes, W. Hams, B. Grenfell, S. Edwards
Wanderers: B. Eddy, A. Motlop, D. McFarlane, E. Simpson, B. Motlop

Saturday’s qualifying final preview saw St Mary’s blow Wanderers away by 79 points, seeing the Saints cement second spot and a handy mental edge ahead of the postseason. The second and third terms proved telling periods for the winners, who added 10 goals to Wanderers’ two through a wealth of opportunities to lay the foundations for their comprehensive 19.17 (131) to 8.4 (52) triumph.

Jack Landt (three goals) led a brigade of 12 individual goalkickers for the Saints, with brother Dylan one of five players to claim two majors. Brandyn Grenfell was another as he took over primary ruck duties, while Lucas Jellyman-Turner also impressed for the Green Machine. Competition leading goalkicker Brett Eddy capped off his season with another five majors, supplied well by Dane McFarlane in midfield, who was on of Wanderers’ best along with Aaron and Brenton Motlop.

WARATAH 2.0 | 9.0 | 9.1 | 10.2 (62)
NIGHTCLIFF 2.1 | 3.2 | 8.5 | 9.10 (64)

GOALS:

Waratah: R. Turnbull 3, K. Kantilla 2, D. Hemphill, J. Sutton, W. Collis, B. Carroll, A. Moloney
Nightcliff: S. Wilson 3, T. Melville 2, H. Drogemuller, J. Hammond, R. Nyhuis, P. Wills

BEST:

Waratah: N/A
Nightcliff: D. Bowles, D. Brew, K. Riley, S. Wilson, B. Filo, D. Butcher

Nightcliff overturned a 34-point half time deficit in muddy conditions on Saturday night to defeat Waratah by two points in a thrilling Battle of the Beaches. The Tigers were stunned by a seven-goal second term from Waratah, but quickly cut back to a manageable deficit at the next break before sneaking ahead to take all four points. The 9.10 (64) to 10.2 (62) result means Nightcliff has now won eight-straight games as it guns for a premiership three-peat.

Usual suspects were at the core of the Tigers’ turnaround, with midfield maestros Brodie Filo and Dom Brew performing well while Shaun Wilson (three goals) and Trent Melville (two) benefitted inside attacking 50. Robert Turnbull also booted three majors for Waratah as the Warriors’ best player afield, with fellow scorers Damon Hemphill and Will Collis also among their side’s best contributors in the losing effort.

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League – Round 18

THE FINAL home-and-away round of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League action sees the top four sides tussle in fixtures which could well prove to be postseason previews. Elsewhere, Tiwi’s search for points this season goes down to the wire when the Bombers face Palmerston, while Darwin will hope to hold winning form on the eve of finals when it takes on Southern Districts. That, and more in our weekend preview.

TIWI BOMBERS (8th, 0-17) vs. PALMERSTON MAGPIES (7th, 2-15)
Saturday February 20, 2:30pm
TIO Stadium

Tiwi will get a last-chance dig at securing points in season 2020/21 when it kicks off Round 18 against Palmerston at TIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Bombers have gone winless throughout this campaign and after showing some promise, have taken a turn for the worst since returning after the Christmas break. Palmerston has not fared much better, but boasts two wins this season having bettered the Bombers twice – in Round 2 and 10. The third meeting between these sides has a few ramifications despite what their ladder position suggests; with Palmerston looking to send off coach Alwyn Davey on a positive note, while Tiwi will obviously be out to avoid a season without any premiership points. Expect the undermanned Bombers to take the game on.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (6th, 6-11) vs. DARWIN BUFFALOES (5th, 10-7)
Saturday February 20, 4:00pm
Norbuilt Oval

Darwin will look to build a winning streak heading into finals as it takes on Southern Districts at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday. The Buffs have won three of their last four games, including a bounce-back performance against Waratah last week as both sides prepare to face off in next week’s elimination final. Districts’ fate has already been decided as they just missed the top five cut, but remain the best of the rest in this year’s competition. The Crocs’ only victory in the last six rounds came against Tiwi, with overcoming stiff top-end opposition proving the thorn in their side this campaign. Darwin has taken out both fixtures between these sides in 2020/21, including as recently as Round 14, so will hope for a clean sweep and strong run into finals.

ST MARY’S (2nd, 13-4) vs. WANDERERS (3rd, 12-4-1)
Saturday February 20, 5:00pm
TIO Stadium

Second spot is up for grabs as St Mary’s and Wanderers lock horns at TIO Stadium on Saturday evening, with a mental edge also on the line ahead of their qualifying final clash next week. Both sides have already locked in a second finals chance after stellar seasons, most consistently putting their hands up as Nightcliff’s closest premiership rival. Plenty will be revealed as they go head-to-head for a third time this season, with the ledger all square at one win apiece. The Saints come in riding a serious wave of form, winning 10 of their last 11 games to catapult right into the flag hunt. Wanderers has gotten the job done with wins in four of its last five outings, but the Muk Muks will have to click up a gear if they are to live up to what should be a finals-like intensity.

WARATAH (4th, 10-7) vs. NIGHTCLIFF (1st, 14-2-1)
Saturday February 20, 6:30pm
Gardens Oval

Minor premier Nightcliff has lifted the intensity in the lead-up to finals, and will have Waratah firmly in its sights as the two sides meet at Gardens Oval on Saturday night. The Tigers have again been dominant this season and look to be peaking at just the right time; boasting a nine-game unbeaten run and wins well in excess of 100 points over the last three weeks. Waratah’s true premiership credentials have been tested in that time, with the Warriors’ four-game win streak halted by two consecutive losses against finals-bound opponents. Tahs have been competitive against Nightcliff in two losses this season, but will need to be at their absolute best to overcome the yellow and black army which has been in devastating touch of late.

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 18

THE FINAL Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League regular season round for 2020/21 gets underway on Saturday, with all fixtures set to play out on a single day at four seperate venues. In a weekend which could set the standard ahead of finals, first meets third and second faces fourth with the top five order still yet to be officially decided. Elsewhere, Waratah and Nightcliff do battle, while a bottom-of-the-table clash takes place between Wanderers and Tracy Village.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (4th, 9-4-2) vs. DARWIN BUFFETTES (2nd, 12-3)
Saturday February 20, 12:00pm
Norbuilt Oval

Darwin will be seeking to lock in second spot when it faces Southern Districts at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday afternoon, with a double finals chance already in the bag. The Buffettes had a seven-game winning run snapped last week by the undefeated Pint, but were competitive and look in good shape to recapture the right kind of form ahead of finals. Districts also went down to a fellow finals contender last week in Nightcliff, bringing an end to their own four-game win streak. These two sides have only met once this season, all the way back in Round 2 when Darwin got up by 49 points. The Crocs will need to flip that script, and some, if they are any chance to finish third, but can otherwise settle for an elimination final dig against Nightcliff next week.

WARATAH (6th, 6-8-1) vs. NIGHTCLIFF (5th, 8-6-1)
Saturday February 20, 2:30pm
Gardens Oval

Nightcliff will hope to continue its winning form ahead of the postseason when it travels to face Waratah at Gardens Oval on Saturday afternoon, guaranteed a fifth-place finish. The Tigers crucially took out Southern Districts last week in what was an elimination final sighter, making it two wins on the trot with the potential for three in this fixture. Waratah also picked up points last time out and has been largely competitive against top five opposition, but is set to miss finals for the first time in its history – at least in the women’s competition. Nightcliff took out the Round 2 meeting between these sides by 25 points, and will have to be on form to repeat the feat in what looms as a danger game on the eve of finals.

WANDERERS (8th, 2-13) vs. TRACY VILLAGE (9th, 0-15)
Saturday February 20, 4:00pm
Tracy Village

The competition’s bottom two sides face off on Saturday as Tracy Village takes on Wanderers, with the Razorbacks still out to claim their first points in season 2020/21. There has not been much to cheer about this year for the winless team, rooted to the bottom of the table and being held scoreless in nine games – including their last three. Wanderers secured a rare win last time out by overcoming Palmerston, and may well fancy another in this clash. With a sizeable percentage boost, the Eagles could even move up to seventh spot. The Round 2 meeting between these sides saw Wanderers run out 62-point victors, but the positive of finding a goal on the day should give Tracy Village some spirit coming into this fixture.

ST MARY’S (3rd, 11-4) vs. PINT (1st, 15-0)
Saturday February 20, 7:35pm
TIO Stadium

Another enticing top four battle takes place on Saturday as St Mary’s and Pint lock horns under lights at TIO Stadium, with the Queenants’ undefeated record on the line. The minor premiers have been perfect thus far and only need one more win to complete a flawless regular season, before enjoying a bye in the first week of finals. The Saints should be fresh having just completed a bye of their own, though a shaky last three outings – albeit with two wins over solid opposition – may have somewhat stuttered their confidence. Pint’s 11-point win over St Mary’s back in Round 2 may serve as a slight mental edge, but the contest should be fierce either way as both sides have something to play for on the final day of the home-and-away season.

Bye: Palmerston Magpies

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2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 17

NIGHTCLIFF wrapped up the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League minor premiership in Round 17, labelled NO MORE Round as the competition takes a stand against family and domestic violence. The Tigers were emphatic in victory on the eve of finals, as was St Mary’s, while Wanderers had a trickier time handling a pesky Palmerston outfit and Darwin claimed a confidence-boosting win over top five rival, Waratah. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

TIWI BOMBERS 4.1 | 4.2 | 6.2 | 6.3 (39)
ST MARY’S 7.5 | 12.14 | 18.22 | 26.26 (182)

GOALS:

Tiwi: B. Kantilla, K. Councillor, J. Tipiloura, P. Heenan, P. Puruntatameri, G. Alimankinni
St Mary’s: J. Calder 8, J. Landt 6, N. Paredes 3, D. Landt 2, L. Ferreira 2, J. Cheek, L. Taylor, R. Clarke, B. Grenfell, L. Fiore

BEST:

Tiwi: N/A
St Mary’s: N. Paredes, J. Landt, D. Landt, L. Taylor, J. Calder, L. Ferreira

NO MORE Spirit of the Game Award: Brendan Kantilla (Tiwi), Lachlan Taylor (St Mary’s)

St Mary’s took its time to click into gear and accelerate away from Tiwi on Saturday, but did so in emphatic fashion with a 143-point triumph at TIO Stadium. The 26.26 (182) to 6.3 (39) result saw the Saints conjure 52 scoring shots to Tiwi’s nine, with a 60-point half time lead merely a sighter of what was to come. Earlier, the Bombers hit the front in an 11-goal opening term but their ascendancy was short-lived as St Mary’s turned up the heat to come away big winners with one round left before finals.

Jackson Calder was the key destroyer, booting eight goals as St Mary’s spearhead and backed well by Jack Landt (six goals), who enjoyed a move further afield among the engine room. Nate Paredes (three) also found the big sticks in an impactful display from midfield, while Lachlan Taylor earned the Spirit of the Game award for his efforts. Brendan Kantilla took out the same honours for Tiwi as his side’s best afield, contributing well alongside the dependable likes of Paddy Heenan and Adam Tipungwuti. St Mary’s takes on Wanderers next week in a battle for second, while Tiwi will hope to finally get a win on the board next week having already been handed the wooden spoon.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 4.3 (27)
NIGHTCLIFF 5.3 | 14.4 | 18.7 | 21.16 (142)

GOALS:

Districts: B. Rolfe 2, J. Breed, D. Robertson
Nightcliff: T. Melville 4, J. Hammond 3, J. Butcher 3, A. Moniz Wakefield 2, S. Wilson 2, K. Emery 2, D. Bowles, R. Nyhuis, D. Brew, B. Henderson, M. McGregor

BEST:

Districts: M. Bowden, L. Ogden, L. Kiel, B. Lake, B. Rolfe, D. Robertson
Nightcliff: D. Bowles, D. Brew, B. Filo, A. Moniz Wakefield, S. Wilson, J. Hammond

NO MORE Spirit of the Game Award: Brodie Lake (Southern Districts), Andy Moniz Wakefield (Nightcliff)

Nightcliff wrapped up the 2020/21 minor premiership with a statement of intention, thumping Southern Districts to the tune of 115 points at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday. A nine-goal to one second term saw the game ripped open, as Districts failed to recover and managed just one goal after half time in the face of the Tigers’ roar, culminating in the one-sided 21.16 (142) to 4.3 (27) scoreline. Nightcliff’s deep forwardline dynamic and slick running game earned it 37 scoring shots to seven and a week off for the first round of finals.

Andy Moniz Wakefield was terrific for the victors, booting two goals and finding plenty of the ball. Jack Hammond was also thereabouts and snared three majors, matched by John Butcher and only beaten by Trent Melville (four goals) on the day. The likes of Daniel Bowles and Kaine Riley were also impactful further afield. Billy Rolfe (two goals) was Districts’ lone multiple goalkicker, while young gun Brodie Lake took out the Spirit of the Game award ahead of the likes of Michael Bowden and Dean Staunton.

DARWIN 3.2 | 7.3 | 8.6 | 11.7 (73)
WARATAH 2.2 | 4.4 | 6.7 | 7.12 (54)

GOALS:

Darwin: N. Cooper 3, J. Collinson 2, C. Abala 2, B. Foster 2, N. Lowden, R. Matricardi
Waratah: D. Collis 2, H. Kerinaiua, D. Hemphill, A. Kirby, J. McGrath, J. Simson

NO MORE Spirit of the Game Award: Timothy Eldridge (Darwin), Jack Cattanach (Waratah)

Darwin gained an early mental edge over Waratah before their elimination final bout in a fortnight, trumping their rivals by 19 points at TIO Stadium on Saturday evening. After a tense opening stanza, the Buffs pulled away with four goals to two in the second term to set up a game-defining lead, before finishing strongly to run out 11.7 (73) to 7.12 (54) winners. With one less scoring shot than the Warriors, Darwin made its opportunities count at the right times.

Nathaniel Cooper was one of four Buffs to boot multiple goals, managing three as Joey Collinson, Cade Abala, and Brodie Foster each snared two. Timothy Eldridge earned Spirit of the Game honours, an award also taken out by Jack Cattanach for the Warriors. Dylan Collis was his side’s sole multiple goalkicker, one of Waratah’s better performers alongside Sam Godden. The win came at a cost for Darwin, who lost key men Michael Coombes and Michael Hagan to injuries on the eve of finals.

PALMERSTON 4.3 | 4.3 | 5.5 | 6.7 (43)
WANDERERS 1.4 | 4.5 | 5.8 | 10.8 (68)

GOALS:

Palmerston: C. Williams 2, T. Kunoth, M. Sutton, A. McAdam, M McMasters
Wanderers: B. Eddy 3, A. Motlop, M. Totham, D. Braun, E. Simpson, D. Thompson, B. Newman, T. Motlop

BEST:

Palmerston: N/A
Wanderers: B. Newman, S. Tipiloura, D. Braun, J. Cubillo, D. McFarlane

NO MORE Spirit of the Game Award: Eric Guthrie (Palmerston), Brodie Newman (Wanderers)

Wanderers will play off against St Mary’s for second spot next week after sneaking past Palmerston by 25 points at Cazalys Arena on Saturday night. The Muk Muks secured their double finals chance but were made to earn it, falling behind early before clawing back ahead by under a goal at the second and third breaks, and eventually kicking away late. Five goals in the final term saw them earn a fighting 10.8 (68) to 6.7 (43) victory, still two points adrift of second place.

Competition leading goalkicker Brett Eddy added three majors to his season tally to lead Wanderers’ attack, which boasted eight individual goalkickers. Defender Brodie Newman was among them, earning best afield honours for his work while Deacon Braun and Thomas Motlop were other Eagles to impress. Eric Guthrie earned Palmerston’s Spirit of the Game award, returning a typically trying shift alongside the likes of Chris Williams (two goals) and Matthew Dennis.

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League – Round 17

THE top five sides will likely be finalised in Round 17 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League, with the minor premiership also in Nightcliff’s sights as finals time draws ever closer. Waratah and Darwin are the only teams within the finals spots set to face off this weekend, while the remaining postseason hopefuls will look to flex their muscle against lowly opposition. That, and more in our preview of the penultimate regular season round.

TIWI BOMBERS (8th, 0-16) vs. ST MARY’S (2nd, 12-4)
Saturday February 13, 2:30pm
TIO Stadium

St Mary’s will look to strengthen its hold on a second finals chance when it takes on Tiwi at TIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with time running out for the Bombers to claim their first points in season 2020/21. The Saints have been one of the form sides of the competition lately and it has shown with nine wins in their last 10 outings. Conversely, Tiwi has been increasingly undermanned and outgunned since coming back from the break, tagged with an average losing margin of over 140 points in that time. This will be the third time these teams meet this season, presenting an opportunity for St Mary’s to complete a clean sweep. With an average winning margin of 65 points against Tiwi during this campaign, the Saints should have no issue putting their opponents away once again here.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (6th, 6-10) vs. NIGHTCLIFF (1st, 13-2-1)
Saturday February 13, 4:00pm
Norbuilt Oval

Nightcliff has one hand on the minor premiership, with the opportunity to secure it and end Southern Districts’ finals hopes in one fell swoop presenting as the two teams meet at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday. The reigning premiers have been at their typical best this year and look to be roaring at just the right time, going undefeated in their last eight outings while also taking out their last two games by a combined 279 points. Districts have been the best of the rest among the bottom three with six wins and boast a surprise win over Nightcliff this season. The ledger between these sides sits evenly at 1-1, with this tiebreaker acting as a useful finals warm-up for the Tigers. That being the case, they should trump the Crocs, but cannot take anything for granted given their opponents’ recent inclusions.

DARWIN (5th, 9-7) vs. WARATAH (4th, 10-6)
Saturday February 13, 5:00pm
TIO Stadium

Darwin and Waratah do battle in the weekend’s only top five clash, locking horns at TIO Stadium on Saturday evening in what should be a belter. The Warriors have been in hot form of late with two losses to St Mary’s the only blemishes on their record over the past nine rounds. After an inconsistent start to the campaign, they looked primed to challenge come finals time with a formidable squad on paper and their top stars aligning. Darwin has gone 2-2 since the Christmas break but looks like earning the final top five spot regardless of this result, pending Southern Districts’ efforts. Still, the Buffs’ fate remains in their hands should they win here. This is another matchup where the ledger sits even this season, though Waratah should bounce back to take this one out before they potentially meet again in finals.

PALMERSTON (7th, 2-14) vs. WANDERERS (3rd, 11-4-1)
Saturday February 13, 7:00pm
Cazalys Arena

Wanderers remains in the hunt for a top two spot and will hope to pounce on any slip-ups by taking out Palmerston at Cazalys Arena on Saturday night. Magpies coach Alwyn Davey will step down from his role as coach at season’s end, but his side has the chance to send its club legend off on a positive note and add to the two wins they have managed thus far. It will be tough if form is anything to go by, with Palmerston losing its last six games. On the other hand, Wanderers has rocketed into premiership contention this season and despite a couple of hiccups in its last five outings, will look to surge towards the postseason in style. The Muk Muks have beaten Palmy twice already this season by an average margin of 30.5 points, but should look to put an exclamation mark on this one.

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2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 16

ROUND 16 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League saw the top sides flex their muscle as they up the ante just a fortnight out from finals time. Among the big results, St Mary’s and Wanderers defeated fellow finals-bound opponents to keep the top two race alive between them, while Nightcliff has all but officially sewn up another minor premiership and Southern Districts picked up a consolation victory. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

TIWI BOMBERS 1.0 | 3.0 | 3.3 | 5.3 (33)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 6.5 | 13.9 | 18.14 | 23.18 (156)

GOALS:

Tiwi: F. Vigona-Daniel 3, B. Rioli 2
Districts: B. Rolfe 5, J. Farrar 4, L. Kiel 3, M. Barlow 2, J. Dahlhaus 2, J. Bailey 2, T. Demamiel, E. Barlow, L. Bugeja, C. McAdam, J. Ross

BEST:

Tiwi: B. Rioli, F. Vigona-Daniel, J. Monigatti, P. Heenan
Districts: E. Barlow, M. Barlow, B. Rolfe, L. Kiel, J. Farrar, J. Dahlhaus

Southern Districts crushed a severely undermanned Tiwi Bombers by 123 points at TIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon, making for the Crocs’ sixth win for the season. While the crushing 23.18 (156) to 5.3 (33) result means little in the grand scheme of things, it serves as a rewarding consolation for Districts, who have clearly been the best side outside of finals contention.

Ed and Michael Barlow were instrumental upon their maiden outings in Crocs colours for the season, putting their side on the front foot from midfield and setting the tone for a dominant victory. Having started with six goals to one in the opening term, the Crocs found themselves over 11 goals ahead at the main break despite some typical Tiwi spark and resistance. In the end, the Bombers simply could not keep up against a Districts side which outclassed and outmuscled them.

Billy Rolfe dined on five goals for the victors, followed closely by Jonathan Farrar‘s four as 11 Crocs found the big sticks. Among them, Luke Kiel and Jay Dahlhaus were terrific, while young gun Tom Demamiel also impressed. Brayden Rioli booted a couple of late majors for Tiwi, with Francis Vigona-Daniel (three goals) the only other goalkicker for their side.

NIGHTCLIFF 4.4 | 12.8 | 17.11 | 26.13 (169)
PALMERSTON 0.1 | 0.1 | 2.2 | 2.2 (14)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: K. Emery 6, B. Filo 4, J. Hammond 3, T. Melville 3, S. Wilson 3, R. Nyhuis 2, A. Moniz Wakefield, N. Brown, P. Wills, D. Bowles, K. Riley
Palmerston: A. McAdam, F. Wilson

BEST:

Nightcliff: K. Emery, B. Filo, R. Nyhuis, S. Wilson, K. Emery, N. Brown
Palmerston: M. Dennis, E. Guthrie, S. Lampton, K. Annand, R. Warfe

Nightcliff’s finals preparation is well and truly cooking with gas, after the Tigers dismantled Palmerston to the tune of 155 points at Nightcliff Oval on Saturday night. The 26.13 (169) to 2.2 (14) result sees the reigning premiers only needing a draw in the last two games to secure yet another minor premiership, while Palmerston remains rooted to second-last spot.

The scoring feast was led by former-Magpie Kyle Emery, who snagged six goals for the victors to bring his season tally up to 54. He was one of 11 goalkickers for Nightcliff, with Nichols Medal winner Brodie Filo (four goals) right among the action alongside the likes of Trent Melville, Shaun Wilson, and Ryan Nyhuis – all of whom also bagged multiple goals. 150-gamer Nathan Brown put the cherry on top of his milestone game with a six-pointer of his own.

Familiar faces in Matthew Dennis and Eric Guthrie again put their hands up in a heavy defeat for Palmerston, who have only overcome the winless Tiwi Bombers this season. While they restricted the Tigers for much of the first term, the floodgates opened swiftly and saw an irresistible amount of traffic pass through in the one-sided encounter.

WARATAH 1.4 | 2.5 | 2.7 | 2.8 (20)
ST MARY’S 2.1 | 6.2 | 9.5 | 10.8 (68)

GOALS:

Waratah: W Collis 2
St Mary’s: J. Landt 3, N. Paredes, D. Landt, J. Calder, S. Rioli, D. Walters, S. Edwards, L. Ferreira

BEST:

Waratah: A. Moloney, W. Collis, B. Carroll, R. Turnbull, D. Collis
St Mary’s: K. Parnell, D. Landt, L. Jellyman-Turner, R. Clarke, J. Landt, N. Paredes

St Mary’s picked up an important win against Waratah on Sunday, excelling despite greasy conditions to salute by 48 points at Gardens Oval and bring an end to Tahs’ four-game winning run. The Warriors’ last loss came against St Mary’s and the Saints continue to be a thorn in their side after the 10.8 (68) to 2.8 (20) result, sending a strong statement of intent with finals just around the corner.

The Saints opened up a 21-point buffer at half time and pulled away thereafter with four goals to Waratah’s nil, showcasing outstanding skill in the wet to outclass their opponents with clean hands and excellent efficiency. Jack Landt finished with a game-high three goals for the victors, while Will Collis (two goals) was Waratah’s sole goalkicker for the day.

Further afield, Nate Paredes set the tone in midfield with desperate contested work, while Lucas Jellyman-Turner was influential on the rebound and Kieren Parnell earned plaudits from his coaches. Alex Moloney was among Waratah’s best alongside Brodie Carroll and Robert Turnbull, as the Warriors’ top two hopes have all but officially been dashed with two games to play.

WANDERERS 1.0 | 2.1 | 5.2 | 8.4 (52)
DARWIN 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.3 | 4.5 (29)

GOALS:

Wanderers: M. Totham 3, B. Eddy 2, J. Cubillo 2, D. McFarlane
Darwin: M. Hagan, M. Campbell, C. Abala, N. Cooper

BEST:

Wanderers: M. Motlop, M. Totham, J. Cubillo, B. McLean, B. Newman, D. McFarlane
Darwin: J. Stokes, K. Williams, B. Archard, K. Maroney, T. Eldridge

Wanderers’ hopes of a top two finish remain alive after the Muk Muks trumped Darwin by 23 points at Tracy Village on Sunday. Scores were tied at half time but the Eagles soared after the main break with six goals to Darwin’s two to run out 8.4 (52) to 4.5 (29) winners and round out a rain-soaked weekend of NTFL action.

Marcus Totham kicked a game-high three goals as both sides were serviced by four respective goalkickers, with Wanderers spearhead Brett Eddy remaining on top of the competition-wide charts after adding another two majors. Fellow Eagle Josh Cubillo was the only other multiple goalkicker, as the likes of Marlon Motlop and Dane McFarlane led from midfield and were backed by Braedon McLean and Brodie Newman in defence.

The ever-reliable Jarrod Stokes was among Darwin’s best, while Kelvin Williams and Ben Achard also put their hands up for the Double Blues. Veteran forward Matt Campbell was again in the goals with a single major, in what were tough conditions for forwards. The Buffs can only move as high as fourth with wins in their final two outings, but have guaranteed a finals spot.

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League – Round 6

A HEATWAVE is set to hit the Top End this weekend, not that the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League needed any more heat heading into Round 6. Two important top five clashes at TIO Stadium headline what is set to be another super Saturday of football, while Tiwi and Palmerston play host at separate venues. The Magpies lock horns with Southern Districts, as the two sides look to keep touch with the early breakaway finals contenders. All that, and more in our weekend preview.

Tiwi Bombers (8th, 0-5) vs. Wanderers (2nd, 4-1)
Saturday November 7, 3:00pm
Gardens Oval

Wanderers’ claim for top five honours continues as the Eagles take on Tiwi at Gardens Oval on Saturday afternoon. With a 4-1 record and two wins on the trot, the Muk Muks have been one of the early success stories this season, a far cry from the fate of Tiwi thus far. After a soaring end to their last campaign, the Bombers sit last at 0-5 and remain the only winless side left in the competition. Big names are arriving to aid the turnaround, and Tiwi managed to keep a losing margin under 50 points for the first time in 2020/21, last week.

The likes of Ashton Hams, Adam Tipungwuti, and Jack Monigatti have strengthened the struggling Bombers’ lineup of late, and former Port Adelaide livewire Jake Neade looks like being the latest inclusion of note. Adam Sambono has also been named in the extended squad, potentially adding some much-needed attacking flair. Wanderers seems a much steadier unit, but still has plenty of class to call upon. Beau O’Connell is waiting in the wings for a return, as are Braedon McLean and Brayden Culhane. The latter two would only add to the strong Eagles bookends, especially with the wombo combo of Simon Bates and Brett Eddy up forward.

Waratah (4th, 3-2) vs. Nightcliff (3rd, 4-1)
Saturday November 7, 5:00pm
TIO Stadium

The first game in a top five TIO Stadium double-header sees Waratah take on Nightcliff on Saturday evening, with the two clubs meeting for the second time this season. The Tigers snuck home by 13 points in Round 2 and despite a hiccup against Darwin, look to have regained their usual might as reigning premiers. Waratah has shown plenty of promise and improvement, going down only to two of the top three sides, obviously including Nightcliff. This clash will prove a big test for the Warriors as they look to make the next step from being a finals hope, to a true finals contender.

The Tahs’ improved level of consistency thus far has arrived on the back of top form from the likes of Abe Ankers, Nick Gooch, and Brodie Carroll, while boom VFL recruit Callum Searle has added another dimension to the side. A fresh face in Thomas Graham looks set to enter the senior fold too, coming off some impressive Division 1 and SANFL Reserves form. Daniel Mott and William Wallace remain in Nightcliff’s side after their debuts last week, while core midfielders like Dom Brew, Phillip Wills, and Brodie Filo are all hitting their stride. Kaine Riley could also be in for a return, named in the extended Tigers squad.

Palmerston Magpies (7th, 1-4) vs. Southern Districts (6th, 1-4)
Saturday November 7, 7:00pm
Cazalys Arena

Cazalys Arena hosts what is set to prove a crucial clash for both Palmerston and Southern Districts on Saturday night, with both sides clinging onto hope of keeping touch with the top five. At one win and four losses apiece, the two teams have already fallen behind in the finals race but would foster fresh hope of enacting a turnaround – starting with a win here. Palmerston’s sole set of points was earned against bottom side, Tiwi and the Magpies have hardly looked like harnessing the same form despite patches of promise. The Crocs looked to have turned the corner of late despite their record, which consists of losses to Wanderers (twice) and Darwin.

Palmerston’s follower trio of Matthew Dennis, Chris Williams, and Eric Guthrie has proven arguably the most reliable facet of its overall squad, while others have popped up in exciting spurts. A lot of scoring responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Daniel Stafford, especially with wildcard swingman Nigel Lockyer Jnr missing from the side this week. Exciting small, Jonty Patrick should provide some ground level assistance, named for his first senior outing this season. The Crocs look a potent side, with much of their recent attack generated by midfield maestros James Tsitas and Nikolaus Rokahr. Up forward, Andrew Boseley has proven the spearhead, with Luke Kiel and Jay Dahlhaus also impactful inside 50. Combined, they should prove too much for the Magpies.

St Mary’s (5th, 3-2) vs. Darwin Buffaloes (1st, 4-1)
Saturday November 7, 7:30pm
TIO Stadium

The second high-stakes top five clash at TIO Stadium sees St Mary’s take on Darwin, making for an exciting finish to the weekend’s action. After a lacklustre opening fortnight, the Saints have pulled off a full 180 to claim fifth spot at 3-2, riding high on the back of a three-game winning run. Darwin has been somewhat of a surprise packet this season, bolting to a 4-0 start before going down to Nightcliff last time out. The Buffs still hold on to top spot and need a win to stay there with the chasing pack breathing down their neck.

Jackson Paine looms as the Saints’ dangerman having booted 19 goals in his last three outings. It means one of Dylan Gordon or Ryan Pendlebury will likely get the all-important lockdown job, with young Beau Tedcastle a small option the Buffs will also have to cover. But Darwin will fancy its own firepower, with Brodie Foster spearheading the attack and joined on the full forward line by Joey Collinson and Ishmael Palmer. The midfield battle between St Mary’s Nate Paredes and Darwin’s Jarrod Stokes also looms as a must-watch, with both men in sensational form after five weeks.

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