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

THE 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League finals series rolls on this weekend, with two exciting semi final match-ups set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday evening. St Mary’s will look to avoid a straight sets exit when it takes on Waratah, while Nightcliff enters the postseason against Wanderers as they play off for grand final qualification. We take you through the key numbers and players in both games ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

SEMI FINAL 1

St Mary’s vs. Waratah
Saturday March 6, 4:15pm
TIO Stadium

St Mary’s will look to avoid a straight sets finals exit when it takes on Waratah in Saturday’s first semi final, which serves as a knockout bout. The Saints ranked second during the home-and-away rounds and began to hit hot form in the second half of the season, but were stunned by a surging Wanderers side last week. Waratah showed its potential with a terrific win over Darwin in their elimination final meeting, but will have to produce plenty of class to overcome the green machine. The Saints have taken out all three meetings between these sides in 2020/21, progressively lifting the margin with each game to hold an aggregate lead of 85 points. That will matter little if they fail to properly reload and rebound, with Tahs as good as any side on paper. Expect a physical contest in midfield and some tall timber to impact up forward.

H&A Records:
St Mary’s:
14-4 (2nd)
Waratah:
10-8 (4th)

Last week:
St Mary’s: lost to Wanderers by 20 
Waratah: 
beat Darwin by 26

Last 5:
St Mary’s: 4-1 
Waratah: 
2-3

2020/21 meetings:
Round 7 – St Mary’s by 13
Round 11 – St Mary’s by 24
Round 16 – St Mary’s by 48

Most games:
St Mary’s: Jacob Long (19)
Waratah:
Brodie Carroll, Nicholas Gooch (19)

Most goals:
St Mary’s:
Jack Landt, Jackson Calder (30)
Waratah:
Cameron Arnold (20)

SEMI FINAL 1

Nightcliff vs. Wanderers
Saturday March 6, 6:45pm
TIO Stadium

Minor premier, Nightcliff continues its premiership defence by entering this year’s finals series against Wanderers on Saturday night. The Tigers have once again proven the competition’s benchmark this season and after a week off, remain the team to beat. Last week’s bye could work one of two ways; either giving Nightcliff an edge in terms of freshness, or seeing the Tigers beaten to the punch early. Wanderers’ form in its qualifying final win came as a surprise to some, with the Muk Muks’ drive in transition and potent forwardline difficult to stop. Nightcliff beat Wanderers in their Round 3 meeting, but a thrilling draw seven rounds later is perhaps more a sighter of how things may pan out here. The Eagles will be without defender Braedon McLean through suspension, which could prove costly in their quest to knock off Nightcliff.

H&A Records:
Nightcliff:
15-2-1
Wanderers: 
12-5-1

Last week:
Nightcliff: Bye
Wanderers: 
beat St Mary’s by 20

Last 5:
Nightcliff: 5-0
Wanderers:
3-2

2020/21 meetings:
Round 3 – Nightcliff by 10
Round 10 – draw

Most games:
Nightcliff: Dom Brew, Kyle Emery, Shaun Wilson (18)
Wanderers: Brodie Newman, Dane McFarlane (19)

Most goals:
Nightcliff:
Kyle Emery (56)
Wanderers:
Brett Eddy (69)

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

THE 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League finals series rolls on this weekend, with two exciting semi final match-ups set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon. St Mary’s will look to avoid a straight sets exit when it takes on Nightcliff, while Pint enters the postseason against Darwin as they play off for grand final qualification. We take you through the key numbers and players in both games ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

SEMI FINAL 1

St Mary’s vs. Nightcliff
Saturday March 6, 12:15pm
TIO Stadium

St Mary’s will look to avoid exiting finals in straight sets when it takes on Nightcliff in Saturday afternoon’s first semi final. The Saints have been forced to lean on their double chance after going down to Darwin by 73 points last week, with every game now do-or-die for the green machine. Nightcliff comes in having knocked off reigning premier Southern Districts in an elimination scrap, making for ideal preparation coming into another knockout bout. The Saints have beaten the Tigers twice in 2020/21 and ranked two spots above them after the home-and-away rounds, but come in with three losses across their last four games. Winning form is highly important, though St Mary’s will hope it does not count for everything this weekend, with plenty of class still to show.

H&A Records:
St Mary’s:
11-5 (3rd)
Nightcliff:
8-7-1 (5th)

Last week:
St Mary’s: lost to Darwin by 73
Nightcliff:
beat Southern Districts by 22

Last 5:
St Mary’s: 2-3
Nightcliff:
3-2

2020/21 meetings:
Round 4 –
St Mary’s by 44
Round 14 –
St Mary’s by 9

Most games:
St Mary’s: Michaela Long, Shailyn Doreen Peris (17)
Nightcliff:
Andi Moliere, Emily Casey, Georgia Kennedy, Hannah Turnbull (17)

Most goals:
St Mary’s:
Michaela Long (21)
Nightcliff:
Jacqueline Anyon-Smith (19)

Most times in best:
St Mary’s: Jasmine Anderson (10)
Nightcliff:
Eliza Morrison (9)

SEMI FINAL 2

Pint vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday March 6, 2:15pm
TIO Stadium

Minor premier Pint enters the postseason this weekend, poised to take on the second-ranked Darwin Buffettes on Saturday afternoon. The Queenants have been perfect thus far, capping off an unblemished regular season and easily earning the week off in the first round of finals. Darwin did not need to use its double chance in week one, instead thumping St Mary’s by 73 points to set up this mouthwatering contest. Two of the Buffettes’ losses this season have come to Pint, though they have gotten mighty close with a combined losing margin of just 11 points in those fixtures. Last week’s win came after consecutive losses, so the Double Blues will hope to get some consistency going at the ideal time. Pint has been the competition benchmark but after a week off, will need to get to spark to life quickly and should run out the stronger side through four quarters.

H&A Records:
Pint:
16-0 (1st)
Darwin:
12-4 (2nd)

Last week:
Pint: Bye
Darwin:
beat St Mary’s by 73

Last 5:
Pint: 5-0
Darwin:
3-2

2020/21 meetings:
Round 8 –
Pint by 2
Round 17 –
Pint by 9

Most games:
Pint: Amy Chittick, Cassie Henderson, Ellen-Kristine Markussen, Maddison Gissing (16)
Darwin:
Jemma Iacono, Katelyn Hazlett (17)

Most goals:
Pint:
Jasmyn Hewett (21)
Darwin:
Zoe Anderson (16)

Most times in best:
Pint: Amy Chittick (8)
Darwin:
Jemma Iacono (6)

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Finals Week 1

NIGHTCLIFF and Darwin were the winners out of week one in the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League finals series, both triumphing in their bouts on Saturday. The Tigers sent reigning premier Southern Districts packing in an entertaining elimination dig, while St Mary’s will have to lean on its double chance after being blown away by an impressive Darwin Buffettes unit. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 0.3 | 2.5 | 4.5 | 5.6 (36)
NIGHTCLIFF 3.0 | 4.1 | 6.2 | 9.4 (58)

GOALS:

Districts: N/A
Nightcliff: L. Gooden 3, K. Irvine 2, J. Anyon-Smith 2, M. Ward, K. Hill-Carter

Nightcliff ended the defence of reigning premier Southern Districts on Saturday afternoon, running out 22-point victors in a mature performance. The Tigers burst out of the blocks with three unanswered goals in the opening term to establish a strong buffer, before holding firm and running out 9.4 (58) to 5.6 (36) winners. The Tigers’ running game and ability to lock the ball in their forward half held sway in the end, making for a lifting elimination triumph. Lauren Gooden led the attack with three majors, combining well with Kristy Irvine (two goals) and Mickayla Ward (one) in the forward half. Emily Casey and Sophie Hatzismalis also continued their good form at the pointy end of the season as Nightcliff look to time their peak perfectly. St Mary’s awaits for the yellow and black side.

DARWIN 3.5 | 6.6 | 11.9 | 16.10 (106)
ST MARY’S 1.0 | 3.2 | 4.3 | 5.3 (33)

GOALS:

Darwin: A. Bush 6, M. Ellis 4, M. Althouse 2, M. Sliwinski, K. Duggan, D. Ah Wang, K. Remfrey
St Mary’s: M. Long 3, I. Porter, K. Dann

Darwin sent a statement to its competition with a comprehensive 73-point qualifying final victory over St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon, setting up a semi final meeting with undefeated minor premier, Pint. The Buffettes led by over three goals at half time, but did most of their damage thereafter with 10 goals to the Saints’ three. Quick entries inside 50 allowed instinct and individual brilliance to take over for Darwin, whose win totalled 16.10 (106) to 5.3 (33). VFLW-bound talent Ashanti Bush booted six goals in the win, backed strongly by four majors from Michelle Ellis. Machaelia Roberts and Kirstin Remfrey were also among the Buffs’ best, while Michaela Long snared three goals for St Mary’s and teammate Alana Coombes was among the best players afield with Isabelle Porter.

WEEK TWO FIXTURES

Semi Final 1:
St Mary’s vs. Nightcliff
Saturday March 6, 12:15pm
TIO Stadium

Semi Final 2:
Pint vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday March 6, 2:15pm
TIO Stadium

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2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League weekly wrap – Finals Week 1

WEEK one of the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League finals series was run and won on the weekend, with Waratah and Wanderers picking up wins in their respective match-ups. The Warriors disposed of Darwin in an elimination bout, while Wanderers shocked St Mary’s under lights, though both sides move onto the semi final round. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

WARATAH 4.2 | 7.2 | 10.4 | 13.6 (84)
DARWIN 2.0 | 5.2 | 7.3 | 9.4 (58)

GOALS:

Waratah: W. Collis 3, A. Moloney 2, C. Arnold 2, B. Carroll, J. Simson, A. Ankers, R. Turnbull, H. Kerinaiua, A. Kirby
Darwin: B. Foster 3, J. Collinson 2, C. Abala 2, T. Eldridge, M. Kennedy

Waratah outmuscled Darwin on Saturday evening to enter week two of finals, coming up trumps to the tune of 26 points at TIO Stadium. The Warriors excelled at the coalface with dominant ball winners and gave Darwin plenty of headaches with their tall timber in attack, but did arguably their best work down back to keep the dangerous Double Blues at bay. With a four-quarter team performance, Tahs ran out 13.6 (84) to 9.4 (58) winners and will face St Mary’s in next week’s semi final.

The tall duo of Zach Westerberg and Arnold Kirby did well to provide first use to the likes of Robert Turnbull and Abe Ankers in midfield, with the latter three also hitting the scoreboard. Will Collis made his chances count with three majors, which was an equal game-high feat alongside Darwin spearhead Brodie Foster. Jarrod Stokes provided plenty of dash from midfield for the Buffs, while Timothy Eldridge was reliable as ever and Cade Abala snared two majors to highlight his contribution.

ST MARY’S 3.2 | 5.8 | 7.12 | 8.18 (66)
WANDERERS 5.1 | 9.3 | 12.5 | 13.8 (86)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: S. Edwards 3, J. Landt 2, J. Paine, J. Calder, D. Landt
Wanderers: B. Eddy 6, S. Bates 3, D. Thompson, J. Cubillo, E. Simpson, J. Priest

Wanderers stunned St Mary’s on Saturday night with a 20-point qualifying final victory at TIO Stadium, just a week removed from the Saint’s 79-point triumph in the final home-and-away round. In what was a 99-point turnaround from that Round 18 meeting, Wanderers did most of the damage before half time, booting nine of their 13 majors and setting up an unassailable lead. An inaccurate St Mary’s did not have enough to match the Muk Muks’ firepower, resulting in the 13.8 (86) to 8.18 (66) scoreline.

The forward partnership of Brett Eddy (six goals) and Simon Bates (three) proved lethal for Wanderers, serving as a massive benefactor of creative and extractive excellence from Shaun Mannagh and Dane McFarlane in midfield. Down back, Brodie Newman and Braedon McLean cut off plenty and provided good drive on the rebound. Shaun Edwards (three goals) was one of St Mary’s shining lights with his spark on the uptake, while Jack Landt was also superb in the loss as his side’s other multiple goalkicker. The Saints will lean on their double chance and face Waratah next week, while Wanderers takes on rested minor premier, Nightcliff in the semi finals.

WEEK TWO FIXTURES

Semi Final 1:
St Mary’s vs. Waratah
Saturday March 6, 4:15pm
TIO Stadium

Semi Final 2:
Nightcliff vs. Wanderers
Saturday March 6, 6:45pm
TIO Stadium

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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)

Image Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

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)

Image Credit: Aaron Black/AFLNT Media

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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