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Miracle escapees Nightcliff claim historic three-peat

IT took four regulation quarters and two halves of extra time, but Nightcliff secured a historic three-peat on Saturday night, defeating St Mary’s by seven points at TIO Stadium for the 2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League flag. In what will go down as arguably the most dramatic league decider of all time, the Tigers rode a rollercoaster of momentum to sneak ahead at the ideal moment, triumphing 16.14 (110) to 16.7 (103) after extra time.

The minor premiers came in as hot favourites and looked to be well on their way to justifying that tag, having streamed as far as 39 points ahead in the second term. But St Mary’s, this season’s second-ranked side, clawed back to within striking distance and even set up what seemed like an unassailable 19-point buffer in the final stanza. The green machine could not withstand Nightcliff’s late charge though, forced to defend desperately before enigmatic forward, John Butcher tied the scores from close range with under 10 seconds left to play.

Officials were left in a scramble to confirm whether the competition would see its first ever extra time periods in a grand final, and that is exactly what fans were treated to. With the deadlock remaining for most of the first half, Nightcliff managed to shake off inevitable fatigue and carry its final flow into the next set of five minutes, with Trent Melville booting the deciding goal and sending his side into a celebratory spin.

Melville, last year’s Chaney Medal winner, finished with three majors alongside teammate Kyle Emery, though it was St Mary’s spearhead Jackson Calder who dominated the big sticks with six majors. Former St Kilda utility Raphael Clarke took out the best afield medal this time around for his heroic efforts in the Saints’ defence.

Nightcliff’s combination of grunt and class through the engine room proved crucial to the shifting tide, as the likes of Nichols Medalist Dom Brew, Brodie Filo, Phillip Wills, and Shaun Wilson all made an impact. NT legend Cam Ilett was also terrific, and sealed his eighth top flight premiership – three with Nightcliff and five at St Mary’s.

In a heartbreaking losing effort, St Mary’s were serviced well by the likes of Jack Landt and Lachlan Taylor alongside Clarke and Calder. Having put some disruptive off-field controversies behind them in recent weeks, the Saints fell just short of redeeming their 2019/20 loss to Nightcliff in the same fixture but can come away proud having pushed this remarkable Tigers side all the way.

FINAL SCORES (AET*):

NIGHTCLIFF 5.2 | 9.5 | 11.10 | 16.14 (110)
ST MARY’S 3.0 | 6.3 | 11.5 | 16.7 (103)
*AET = after extra time

GOALS:

Nightcliff: T. Melville 3, K. Emery 3, S. Wilson 2, B. Henderson 2, R. Mu, J. Butcher, P. Wills, L. Holt-Fitz, B. Filo, D. Butcher
St Mary’s: J. Calder 6, J. Long 2, H. Labastida 2, B. Grenfell, N. Paredes, J. Cheek, N. Yarran, J. Robinson, J. Landt

Chaney Medal: Raphael Clarke (St Mary’s)

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League – Grand Final

AFTER 18 home-and-away rounds and an enthralling finals series, the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League premiership decider is upon us. A blockbuster grand final match-up is set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday night, as minor premier Nightcliff takes on St Mary’s in a clash between this season’s first and second ranked sides. We take you through the key numbers and players for both teams ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

GRAND FINAL

Nightcliff vs. St Mary’s
Saturday March 20, 6:45pm
TIO Stadium

For the second season running, Nightcliff takes on St Mary’s in the NTFL Men’s Premier League grand final, this time looking to secure its third-straight premiership flag. The Tigers have once again set the benchmark and took out another minor premiership, with the opportunity to convert that honour awaiting them. But St Mary’s is no pushover and forms a formidable figure in the way of said feat, coming in as this season’s second-ranked side. Nightcliff holds a slight edge over its weekend rivals in 2020/21 with two wins in their three meetings, though the most recent bout was two months ago – back in Round 14. The Tigers’ scoring power has been fearsome once again, forming an irresistible force to match the immovable object that is their defence. St Mary’s will test those bookends though, with a strong midfield to match Nightcliff and the contested acumen which suits finals football. A thrilling encounter awaits.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nightcliff:

Dom Brew 

The recently crowned Nichols Medal winner has enjoyed a superb season for the Tigers, delivering on a heap of preseason promise in his maiden NTFL campaign. A tough and combative midfielder with state league experience, Brew’s strong tackling game and ability to extract contested ball will perfectly suit the finals style. Expect him to prove a key cog in the Nightcliff engine room, which features four Nichols Medallists, as he has done all season.

Kyle Emery 

Emery has enjoyed a stellar return to the Tigers’ den in 2020/21, slotting seamlessly into the forwardline and taking hold to as Nightcliff’s leading goalkicker. He is one of the many dynamic movers who can play a bunch of roles up forward or through midfield, but Emery’s irresistible scoring power will likely prove most important in this outing. Among his season tally of 58 goals, Emery has snared nine hauls of four goals or more, while being held goalless just thrice. He is difficult to stop at full flight and could be a game-winner.

Brodie Filo 

Another of the Nightcliff Nichols Medal winners, Filo is consistently as classy as anyone afield and has been a reliable figure in the Tigers’ midfield. His creative nous and ability to hit targets going inside 50 will likely be a key factor in Nightcliff’s fortunes forward of centre, as that kind of ability is ideal amid the expected early chaos of grand final football. Named at half-forward, Filo is also able to hit the scoreboard and compound his overall impact.

St Mary’s:

Jackson Calder

Calder seems to be peaking at just the right time for St Mary’s, spearheading the green machine’s attack with 13 goals in the last fortnight. Overall, he tops the Saint’s goal charts in 2020/21 with 43 in 19 games and has the potential to prove highly destructive inside 50 with his ability to kick bags and provide good aerial presence. He has proven he can do it in tricky conditions too, so expect St Mary’s to constantly look towards him for a spark alongside Jackson Paine.

Dylan Landt

Among the best recruits competition-wide, Landt has enjoyed a superb season for the Saints and will look to cap it off in style. Alongside brother Jack, Landt has consistently featured in the votes for St Mary’s and given the rate at which he finds the footy, that is no surprise. Whether it be driving from half-back, bossing the midfield, or popping up with a handy goal, Landt makes his mark all around the ground and has been a level above many this season.

Nate Paredes

Perhaps one of the competition’s best midfielders to constantly fly under the radar, Paredes has long been a fantastic and reliable servant to the St Mary’s midfield. His ability to extract at the coalface and get the green machine going forward will again be crucial on grand final day, and his work rate on the inside allows teammates to shine on the outer. He should have no trouble finding plenty of touches and will inevitably end as one of the Saint’s best on the day out of pure consistency.

KEY FIGURES

H&A records:
Nightcliff:
15-2-1, 187% (1st)
St Mary’s: 
14-4, 155% (2nd)

Grand Final records:
Nightcliff: 5-8
St Mary’s: 
32-18

Last week:
Nightcliff: bye
St Mary’s:
def. Wanderers by 27

Last 5:
Nightcliff: 5-0
St Mary’s: 
4-1

2020/21 meetings:
Round 1 – Nightcliff by 52
Round 4 – St Mary’s by 19
Round 14 – Nightcliff by 9

Most games:
Nightcliff: Dom Brew, Kyle Emery, Shaun Wilson (19)
St Mary’s: Jacob Long (21)

Most goals:
Nightcliff: Kyle Emery (58)
St Mary’s: 
Jackson Calder (43)

Most times in best:
Nightcliff: Dom Brew (12)
St Mary’s: 
Dylan Landt (14)

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Grand Final

AFTER 18 home-and-away rounds and an enthralling finals series, the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League premiership decider is upon us. A blockbuster grand final match-up is set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday evening, as minor premier, Pint takes on the Darwin Buffettes in a clash between this season’s first and second ranked sides. We take you through the key numbers and players in both games ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

GRAND FINAL

Darwin Buffettes vs. Pint
Saturday March 20, 4:00pm
TIO Stadium

Darwin and Pint’s 2020/21 rivalry comes to a head in Saturday’s grand final, as the two sides prepare to do battle for the fourth time this season. The Queenants should hold some semblance of favouritism as minor premier, having gone through the regular season unbeaten and already knocked off the Buffettes twice. But most recently, Darwin got its own back with a remarkable comeback victory as the two teams locked horns for the qualifying semi final, proving the result could well go either way here. The aggregate margin is as narrow as any two rivals this season (three points), further proving how close this match-up is. Expect both sides to look to score freely once the early nerves settle, with plenty of firepower lining up through either midfield and forwardline. With the first and second ranked regular season sides left, Saturday’s spectacle should be superb.

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

Last week:
Darwin: Bye
Pint:
def. Nightcliff by 35 points

Last 5:
Darwin: 3-2
Pint: 
4-1

2020/21 meetings:
Round 8 – Pint by 2 points
Round 17 – Pint by 9 points
Semi Final – Darwin by 8 points

Most games:
Darwin: Jemma Iacono, Katelyn Hazlett (18)
Pint: Amy Chittick, Cassie Henderson, Ellen-Kristine Markussen, Maddison Gissing (18)

Most goals:
Darwin: Zoe Anderson (16)
Pint: 
Jasmyn Hewett (23)

Most times in best:
Darwin: Jemma Iacono (6)
Pint: 
Jasmyn Hewett (9)

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2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League weekly wrap – Preliminary Final

THE 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League grand finalists have been decided, after St Mary’s qualified for the big dance with an impressive win over Wanderers. For the second season running, the green machine will face Nightcliff in the decider, meaning the top two ranked home-and-away sides have lived up to their respective mantles. We recap Saturday’s preliminary final action.

WANDERERS 2.0 | 3.2 | 5.3 | 8.5 (53)
ST MARY’S 3.5 | 4.7 | 7.10 | 11.14 (80)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: J. Calder 7, N. Paredes, D. Landt, H. Labastida, J. Landt
Wanderers: S. Bates 4, E. Simpson, A. Motlop, D. Thompson, B. Newman

St Mary’s advanced to its second-straight Premier League grand final with a 27-point win over Wanderers on Saturday, meaning a chance at redemption against Nightcliff awaits. The Saints led at every break and poured on 25 scoring shots to the Muk Muks’ 12, which proved a bridge too far in the 11.14 (80) to 8.5 (53) result.

It comes after a turbulent week off-field for the storied NT club, which was fined 10-thousand dollars and had its coach banned for breaching rules regarding fly-in players. The Saints also had to overcome a slight mental factor just two weeks removed from a finals loss to Wanderers, but put it all behind them to make it 3-2 against the Eagles in 2020/21.

Saints spearhead Jackson Calder again stood up on the big stage with seven goals, while the likes of Raphael Clarke and Dylan Landt were superb up the other end. Brandyn Grenfell was enormous in the ruck, with Matthew Wilkinson and Kieran Parnell among the most impactful transitional runners in green.

Acting Wanderers captain Simon Bates was terrific as his side’s most prominent forward target, leading by example with four majors. Young gun Dray Thompson capped off an exciting season with his trademark dash, while Jobastin Priest provided good service in the ruck and best and fairest winner Brodie Newman also stood up.

UP NEXT:

Grand Final
Nightcliff vs. St Mary’s
Saturday March 20, 6:45pm
TIO Stadium

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Men’s Premier League – Preliminary Final

THE 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League finals series rolls on this weekend, with a blockbuster preliminary final match-up set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday night. Wanderers and St Mary’s will meet for the third time in four weeks, with a spot in this season’s grand final up for grabs. We take you through the key numbers and players ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

PRELIMINARY FINAL

Wanderers vs. St Mary’s
Saturday March 13, 6:45pm
TIO Stadium

Wanderers and St Mary’s lock horns for the third time in four weeks on Saturday night, as they battle for the chance to join Nightcliff in this season’s Premier League decider. The Muk Muks have bookended the four meetings between these sides with wins, but St Mary’s got the better of them twice in between, setting the ledger at two wins apiece for 2020/21. Most recently, Wanderers won out by 20 points just a week removed from being dismantled by the Saints to the tune of 79 points. It bodes for another unpredictable contest, especially with key players potentially missing from both sides. While injury and suspension have hit Wanderers, St Mary’s was recently slapped with a 10-thousand dollar fine for breaching fly-in rules, a punishment which also sees the Saints’ head coach suspended. Nonetheless, these teams know each other quite well by now and should provide a ripping clash with everything left to play for.

KEY NUMBERS

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

Last week:
Wanderers: lost to Nightcliff by 75 
St Mary’s:
beat Waratah by 26

Last 5:
Wanderers: 3-2
St Mary’s:
4-1

2020/21 meetings:
Round 2 – Wanderers by 26
Round 12 – St Mary’s by 38
Round 18 – St Mary’s by 79
QF – Wanderers by 20

Most games:
Wanderers: Brodie Newman, Dane McFarlane (20) 
St Mary’s: 
Jacob Long (20)

Most goals:
Wanderers: Brett Eddy (69)
St Mary’s: 
Jackson Calder (36)

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

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Preliminary Final

THE 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League finals series rolls on this weekend, with a blockbuster preliminary final match-up set to take place at TIO Stadium on Saturday evening. Minor premier, Pint will look to earn a well-deserved grand final spot, but will have to get past a rampant Nightcliff side in order to qualify. We take you through the key numbers and players in both games ahead of what should be a cracking day of NT football.

PRELIMINARY FINAL

Pint vs. Nightcliff
Saturday March 13, 4:30pm
TIO Stadium

Pint and Nightcliff square off at TIO Stadium on Saturday to decide who will go on to face Darwin in the 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League grand final. The minor premier and clear competition benchmark this season, Pint suffered its first loss last week in a stunning come-from-behind upset, but have the chance to earn a shot at quick redemption with a win in this clash. A 16-0 home-and-away record makes for formidable reading, as does the 89-point aggregate margin the Queenants achieved against Nightcliff in two meetings thus far. The Tigers have looked an inspired team of late though, winning two-straight finals against higher-ranked opposition and doing so with intent. As the clear underdog, they have nothing to lose and should look to put doubt in Pint’s mind throughout the contest. The Queenants may have been worse off for a bye before their finals entrance, but will have no excuse coming into this clash as their remarkable season is put on the line. This looms as a cracking contest which should provide high scoring intensity.

H&A Records:
Pint: 16-0 (1st)
Nightcliff: 
8-7-1 (5th)

Last week:
Pint: lost to Darwin by 8
Nightcliff: 
beat St Mary’s by 55

Last 5:
Pint: 4-1
Nightcliff: 
4-1

2020/21 meetings:
Round 5 –
Pint by 34
Round 13 – 
Pint by 55

Most games:
Pint: Amy Chittick, Cassie Henderson, Ellen-Kristine Markussen, Maddison Gissing (17)
Nightcliff: Andi Moliere, Emily Casey, Georgia Kennedy, Hannah Turnbull (18)

Most goals:
Pint: Jasmyn Hewett (22)
Nightcliff: 
Jacqueline Anyon-Smith (21)

Most times in best:
Pint: Amy Chittick, Jasmyn Hewett (8)
Nightcliff: 
Eliza Morrison (9)

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

DARWIN inflicted a remarkable upset in Saturday’s qualifying semi final, earning passage to the final day of the season by overcoming minor premier, Pint. Meanwhile, Nightcliff’s dream run from fifth spot continued as the Tigers sent St Mary’s out in straight sets, setting up an intriguing final fortnight of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League action.

ST MARY’S 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.3 | 2.3 (15)
NIGHTCLIFF 2.1 | 6.3 | 8.3 | 11.4 (70)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: S. Stevens, L. Dunn
Nightcliff: M. Ward 4, K. Irvine 3, J. Anyon-Smith 2, L. Gooden, K. Hill-Carter

Nightcliff sent St Mary’s packing in straight sets with a comprehensive 55-point drubbing in Saturday’s elimination semi final. Having won two finals, the Tigers are on a dream run after ranking fifth during home-and-away fixtures and have now set up a preliminary final meeting with Pint.

The Tigers were hardly challenged, leading at every break and setting up the win with a six-goal to one opening half. It was all but over at the next break as Nightcliff was seven goals up and well on its way to the eventual 11.4 (70) to 2.3 (15) triumph.

Mickayla Ward was the key destroyer with a game-high haul of goals, supported well by three from Kristy Irvine. Sophie and Olivia Hatzismalis were again terrific in defence and the ruck respectively, while Jamie-Lee Puautjimi and Georgia Kennedy were useful with ball in hand.

Alana Coombes was among St Mary’s best in the loss, along with the likes of Isabelle Porter and Jasmine Anderson as the green machine suffered its third-straight loss to end what was otherwise a solid season of top flight football.

PINT 3.0 | 6.0 | 7.0 | 7.1 (43)
DARWIN 1.0 | 3.0 | 6.2 | 8.3 (51)

GOALS:

Pint: C. Morris 2, J. Downey, J. Hewett, C. Fabris, H. Grubb, A. Chittick
Darwin: A. Bush 3, M. Ellis 2, D. Carbone, S. Henry, Z. Anderson

Darwin became the first side to advance to this season’s grand final with a stunning eight-point comeback win over minor premier, Pint. The upset snaps Pint’s 16-game undefeated run on the season, while serving a reminder of the Buffettes’ potential.

The result did not come without its drama either, as Darwin was forced to fight back from a three-goal deficit at half time. Having hit the front in term three, the Buffettes again fell behind before one final inspired push saw them gain ascendancy at the ideal time and win 8.3 (51) to 7.1 (43).

Ashanti Bush booted a game-high three goals as one of Darwin’s best up forward, as the likes of Talia Corrie, Machaelia Roberts, and returning star Dominique Carbone also stood up when it mattered. Michelle Ellis (two goals) finished as her side’s only other multiple goalkicker.

Pint had its contributors as usual, with Rebecca Pryer earning plaudits while Jasmyn Hewett was at her impactful best through the ruck and Katie Streader found plenty of the ball. The Queenants will now face Nightcliff for a spot in next week’s premiership decider.

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

ONE half of the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League grand final matchup has been decided, with Nightcliff advancing through to the decider via Saturday’s major semi final. The Tigers will face either St Mary’s or Wanderers for premiership glory after the Saints bounced back to avoid a straight sets exit, as the final three sides left stay true to ladder order. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

ST MARY’S 4.2 | 6.6 | 9.8 | 14.9 (93)
WARATAH 2.3 | 4.3 | 5.6 | 10.7 (67)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: J. Calder 6, J. Williams 2, N. Paredes, A. Parry, D. Andrews, B. Grenfell, J. Robinson, N. Yarran
Waratah: C. Arnold 3, B. Carroll 2, D. Collis 2, S. Godden, M. Blake, R. Turnbull

St Mary’s powered into a preliminary final meeting with Wanderers via its 26-point defeat of Waratah in Saturday’s knockout semi. The Saints had plenty of work to do to turn last week’s disappointing form around, but did exactly that by leading at every break in the 14.9 (93) to 10.7 (67) triumph. Waratah’s finals hopes are now over, but Tahs grabbed some late consolation goals upon their exit.

The Saints’ win was somewhat soured as young gun Jacob Long, who has played every game this year, was taken off on a stretcher late in the game. Earlier, Jackson Calder spearheaded the green machine’s attack with six majors as one of his side’s eight individual goalkickers. Daly Andrews and Nate Paredes were terrific at the coalface, while Kieren Parnell and Lachlan Taylor were also outstanding. Cameron Arnold booted three goals for Waratah, as the likes of Timothy Mosquito, Dylan Collis, and Robert Turnbull also stood up in the Warriors’ 2020/21 swan song.

NIGHTCLIFF 6.1 | 10.5 | 14.10 | 17.12 (114)
WANDERERS 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.2 | 6.3 (39)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: J. Butcher 7, T. Melville 3, A. Moniz Wakefield 2, L. Holt-Fitz 2, K. Emery 2, S. Wilson
Wanderers: N/A

Nightcliff became the first side to qualify for this season’s grand final when it defeated Wanderers by 75 points on Saturday, bringing the Eagles back down to earth with a thud. The Tigers’ firepower proved too hot to handle for a Wanderers defence missing Braedon McLean, with the game all but over at half time. Wanderers also went in without Brett Eddy and Josh Cubillo, though they would have had plenty to make up for in the 17.12 (114) to 6.3 (39) result.

John Butcher was the main destroyer with a bag of goals, including four in the first term to help Nightcliff break clear. Trent Melville was also potent with three majors, while Cam Ilett proved classy as ever and Brodie Filo was enormous around the ball. Shaun Mannagh and Dane McFarlane were among Wanderers’ best, alongside youngsters Thomas Motlop and Brodie Newman. Nightcliff’s Jonathan Peris (200 games) and Wanderers’ Keelan Fejo (100) also celebrated respective milestones.

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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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