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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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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 Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 17

THE Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League top five is set after Round 17 was completed on Saturday, with a couple of meaningful finals previews taking place. The undefeated Pint now just needs one more win to complete a perfect home-and-away campaign, while Nightcliff edged Southern Districts in a sighter for their likely elimination final clash. Elsewhere, Waratah feasted on the lowly Tracy Village and Wanderers picked up just its second win of the season. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 5.1 (31)
NIGHTCLIFF 2.2 | 3.7 | 3.8 | 5.13 (43)

GOALS:

Districts: G. Mulvahil 3, E. Taylor, R. Hewitt
Nightcliff: K. Hill-Carter 2, E. Morrison, M. Ward, K. Irvine

BEST:

Districts: M. Nankervis, R. Busch, G. Mulvahil, R. Hewitt, E. Taylor
Nightcliff: E. Morrison, E. Casey, G. Kennedy, O. Hatzismalis, A. Moliere

Nightcliff gained an early mental edge over Southern Districts at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday afternoon, edging their soon-to-be elimination final opponents by 12 points in a tense contest. The Tigers secured their finals berth late, with their greater wealth of opportunities eventually taking toll in the 5.13 (43) to 5.1 (31) result. 18 scoring shots to six in Nightcliff’s favour did not entirely tell in the final score, with the victors’ inaccuracy helping Districts get back into the game – eventually to no avail.

Young gun Grace Mulvahil booted a game-high three goals to again lead the Crocs’ attack, with Nightcliff’s Kirra Hill-Carter the game’s only other multiple goalkicker (two). Fellow goal getter Eliza Morrison was named best afield in front of Emily Casey, while Malory Nankervis was among Nightcliff’s leaders. Before they meet again in the postseason, the Tigers take on Waratah next week, while Southern Districts is set to face off against Darwin.

PALMERSTON 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.3 | 0.5 (5)
WANDERERS 0.4 | 1.4 | 1.4 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

Palmerston: Nil.
Wanderers: R. Fecht 2, K. Armstrong

BEST:

Palmerston: J. Guthridge, I. Ronberg, B. Byers, D. Dalton, J. Huddleston, T. Norris
Wanderers: N/A

Wanderers won out in a battle between the competition’s second and third-bottom sides on Saturday afternoon, defeating Palmerston by 18 points at Cazalys Arena. Both sides went goalless in the opening term and it proved a sign of things to come for the Magpies, who went without a major throughout the game. The Muk Muks were able to find the big sticks in terms two and four, running out 3.5 (23) to 0.5 (5) victors in just their second win of the season.

Rhiannon Fecht slotted two of Wanderers’ three goals in an important performance, outscoring the Magpies off her own boot along with fellow goalkicker Kaitlyn Armstrong. Palmerston was not without contributors though, as Jo Guthridge, Billie Byers, and Iesha Ronberg all again featured among the bests. The Magpies’ campaign is now over given their Round 18 bye, while Wanderers will fancy another win when it takes on Tracy Village to see out the season.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
WARATAH 3.2 | 8.5 | 13.7 | 16.12 (108)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: Nil.
Waratah: B. Martin 4, L. Miceli 4, T. O’Hehir 3, L. O’Shea 2, S. Goldbach-Eggert, J. Baltais, G. Johnson

BEST:

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, S. Wilson, K. Battel, L. Ferrier, E. Irving, C. Cross
Waratah: N/A

Waratah showed no mercy in dismantling Tracy Village by 108 points away from home on Saturday, but it was not enough to secure a finals berth. This will be the first season in Tahs’ history that they miss finals, but they gave it their all in a penultimate scrap which they dominated from the get-go. Eight goals spread evenly across either half made for a resounding 16.12 (108) scoreline, all while keeping Tracy Village scoreless.

Lisa Miceli and Breanna Martin snared four goals apiece in the romp, with Tarryn O’Hehir (three) and Lauren O’Shea (two) the other multiple goalkickers in an impressive list of seven individual scorers for Waratah. Zhoe Clarke was again undeniable as Tracy Village’s best player, as the likes of Sarah Wilson and Kaitlin Battel also contributed well. Waratah is set to face Nightcliff in the final round, while Tracy Village takes on fellow bottom three side, Wanderers in search of its first win for 2020/21.

DARWIN 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.3 | 2.3 (15)
PINT 0.2 | 0.3 | 3.3 | 3.6 (24)

GOALS:

Darwin: N/A
Pint: G. Cusack, C. Morris, J. Hewett

BEST:

Darwin: N/A
Pint: R. Pryer, E. Hetherington , H. Grubb, R. Hicks, K. Smits

Pint came up trumps in an epic top-of-the-table encounter with Darwin on Saturday night, securing its 15th win of the season by nine points at TIO Stadium. The result means Pint is just one win away from completing a flawless home-and-away campaign as minor premier. After falling behind with a goalless first half, the Queenants fought back strongly with three goals in the premiership quarter to set up the tense 3.6 (24) to 2.3 (15) victory.

Rebecca Pryer and Erin Hetherington proved Pint’s key contributors across the four quarters, as Gemma Cusack, Casey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett found the three crucial third term goals which made all the difference. Kiera Kurnoth was among Darwin’s best players through midfield, with the Buffettes now forced to regroup and re-fire ahead of finals time. Pint faces another finals-like test in St Mary’s before another week’s rest, while Darwin takes on Southern Districts in the final round.

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

THE PENULTIMATE round of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League action bounces down on Saturday, with all games spread out across the day and set to be played at four separate venues. A top-of-the-table clash between Pint and Darwin headlines the fixtures list, while Southern Districts’ meeting with Nightcliff serves as the sole other top five battle. That, and more in our weekend preview.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (4th, 9-3-2) vs. NIGHTCLIFF (5th, 7-6-1)
Saturday February 13, 12:00pm
Norbuilt Oval

Nightcliff will be out to make its top five safety concrete when it travels to face Southern Districts at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are two games clear in fifth with as many games left, with this clash against the fourth-placed Districts potentially serving as an elimination final preview. If the Round 8 meeting between these sides is anything to go by, we should be in for a belter. They were unable to be separated after a high-scoring affair in that instance, but face much different propositions seven match-days later. The Crocs have won six of their last seven games, while Nightcliff has lost thrice in that period and cannot climb any higher than its current ladder position. Still, plenty remains up for grabs – especially for the Crocs as they could advance their position with a handy percentage booster given St Mary’s (second) enjoys a bye.

PALMERSTON (7th, 3-12) vs. WANDERERS (8th, 1-13)
Saturday February 13, 3:00pm
Cazalys Arena

Two sides in close proximity to each other on the ladder in Palmerston and Wanderers will be battling for consolation points on Saturday afternoon when they lock horns at Cazalys Arena. The Magpies have won just three games in season 2020/21, but that is still enough to put them eight points clear of their weekend opponents. With that factor, and a four-goal triumph over Wanderers in the back of their minds, the Magpies should come in confidently despite losing in six of their last seven outings. The Eagles have not tasted victory since Round 2, but have a couple of late opportunities to come away from this campaign with better memories and some bonus premiership points.

TRACY VILLAGE (9th, 0-14) vs. WARATAH (6th, 5-8-1)
Saturday February 13, 4:00pm
Tracy Village

Waratah’s finals hopes hinge on securing victory in the final two rounds, starting with an away clash against the winless Tracy Village on Saturday. The Warriors sit two games outside of the top five and will be hoping that fifth-placed Nightcliff slips up at the death, with their slim postseason chances potentially decided this weekend. Tahs have been in good form since the break despite a 2-2 record in 2021, defeating teams below them but falling just short of top three opposition. Their 176-point drubbing of Tracy Village in Round 8 remains the biggest score and win of the season, meaning signs are ominous for the competition’s cellar dweller. With their entire campaign to play for, Waratah should come out firing in this one.

DARWIN BUFFETTES (2nd, 12-2) vs. PINT (1st, 14-0)
Saturday February 13, 7:35pm
TIO Stadium

A top-of-the-table clash between Darwin and the undefeated Pint headlines Round 17, with the two sides set to provide a finals preview at TIO Stadium on Saturday. Pint is just two wins away from completing a flawless regular season and should come in the fresher side having enjoyed a bye last round. Darwin has won seven-straight games as the other form side of the competition, edging some stiff competition and feasting on the bottom sides. But the Buffettes’ last loss came at the hands of Pint in Round 8, with a thriller at DXC Arena decided by just two points. With revenge and confidence to be gained heading into finals, the Double Blues should be up for a terrific contest against the league’s benchmark team. The Queenants have risen to every challenge thus far though, so will be tough as ever to beat.

Bye: St Mary’s

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

ROUND 16 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League saw the sides between second and fifth claim important wins on the eve of finals, while undefeated ladder leader Pint enjoyed a week off. With just two regular season rounds remaining, the top five has all but officially fallen into place and looks set to produce an intriguing crescendo to the 2020/21 competition. Catch up on all the results and fallout in our weekend wrap.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.3 | 4.4 | 9.9 | 12.13 (85)
PALMERSTON 0.0 | 0.3 | 1.3 | 1.3 (9)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: L. Gooden 5, K. Irvine 2, T. Taylor-Kickett 2, B. Richards, J. Anyon-Smith, K. Hill-Carter
Palmerston: K. White

BEST:

Nightcliff: E. Morrison, J. Puautjimi, J. Anyon-Smith, O. Hatzismalis, B. Richards
Palmerston: I. Ronberg, T. May, B. Byers, B. McDougall, J. Guthridge, S. Leedie

Nightcliff is in the box seat to secure fifth spot after thumping Palmerston by 76 points at Nightcliff Oval on Saturday afternoon, putting the Tigers two games clear in fifth with as many left to play. The Magpies were kept scoreless in the first and fourth terms, while the Tigers piled on 11 of their 12 majors after quarter time to accelerate towards the 12.13 (85) to 1.3 (9) result.

Lauren Gooden booted five majors to spearhead Nightcliff’s scoring effort, while the likes of Eliza Morrison and Jamie-Lee Puautjimi featured at the forefront of their side’s dominance around the ground. Kristy Irvine and Tahlia Taylor-Kickett also finished with multiple goals (two each) for the winners. Kiara White was Palmerston’s only major scorer, with Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May among the best in black and white.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.3 | 8.5 | 14.14 | 18.18 (126)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: Nil.
Southern Districts: G. Mulvahil 11, S. Hoogeveen-Hill 2, R. Busch, D. Lee-Feeney, N. Seton-Scott, R. Hewitt, B. Clarke

BEST:

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, S. Wilson, K. Marschall, E. Irving, L. Toner, C. McDermid
Southern Districts: G. Mulvahil, R. Busch, B. Clarke, R. Hewitt, J. Brock

Southern Districts kept its top three hopes alive with a comprehensive 126-point dismantling of league cellar dweller Tracy Village on Saturday, spearheaded by an incredible 11 goals from Grace Mulvahil. The young forward was in everything, leading up the ground and causing headaches inside 50 as her Crocs dined on their lowly opponents in the 18.18 (126) to 0 thumping.

The likes of Rhiannon Busch and Bella Clarke were also recognised among the Crocs’ best players, while Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill was the game’s only other multiple goalkicker. The ever-reliable Zhoe Clarke again featured atop Tracy Village’s bests, with Emma Irving another to continue her solid form among the Razorbacks’ winless side.

WANDERERS 1.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.12 (24)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.2 | 5.3 | 10.8 | 15.10 (100)

GOALS:

Wanderers: K. Armstrong, S. Mauboy
Darwin: N/A

BEST:

Wanderers: T. Davern, R. Fecht, T. Parriman, F. Koulakis, S. De Satge, I. Schober
Darwin: N/A

A 10-goal second half saw Darwin kick away from Wanderers for a 76-point win at Tracy Village on Sunday, strengthening the Buffettes’ standing in second spot. A three-goal half time buffer saw the Muk Muks enter the second half with a sniff, but that was quickly taken away as the Double Blues flexed their muscle to come away comfortable 15.10 (100) to 2.12 (24) victors.

The midfield combination of Ashanti Bush and Dominique Carbone worked wonders in breaking the game open when it was on the line, as Bush booted seven majors to emphatically steer her side clear after the main break. Rhiannon Fecht and Tishara Davern were named the Muk Muks’ best players, with Sophia Mauboy and Kaitlyn Armstrong their only goalkickers for the match.

WARATAH 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.2 (14)
ST MARY’S 1.1 | 2.3 | 2.7 | 2.9 (21)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 2
St Mary’s: S. Stevens, I. Porter

BEST:

Waratah: N/A
St Mary’s: J. Anderson, J. Bryant, S. Peris, A. Melnikas, E. Shannon, S. Stevens

St Mary’s won out by seven points against Waratah under changing weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, keeping the Saints alive in the race for a second finals chance. Both sides went goalless in the second half after booting a goal apiece in each of the first two terms, with the Saints’ greater weight of scoring opportunity seeing them edge ahead 2.9 (21) to 2.2 (14) by game’s end.

Lisa Miceli backed up her nine-goal haul from last week with both of her side’s two majors this time out, while Isabelle Porter and Shakirah Stevens finished as St Mary’s only goalkickers. Jasmine Anderson put in another best afield shift for the Saints, who were held up strongly in defence by the likes of Shailyn Peris and Eliza Shannon.

Bye: Pint

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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 15

ROUND 15 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League bounced down on Tuesday as Waratah thumped Wanderers by 73 points, but there are still three more fixtures left to play on Saturday. The top four sides will all be in action, with the game of the round pitting St Mary’s (second) against Southern Districts (fourth) under lights at TIO Stadium. Elsewhere, Pint takes on Tracy Village in a top-versus-bottom clash, while Darwin will look to win big against the seventh placed Palmerston Magpies. That, and more in our weekend preview.

Palmerston Magpies (7th, 3-10) vs. Darwin Buffettes (3rd, 10-2)
Saturday January 30, 3:00pm
Cazalys Arena

Darwin will be looking for a percentage boost as it continues to push for second spot, but the seventh placed Palmerston Magpies stand in the Buffettes’ way on Saturday afternoon. While the Magpies are fresh off a breakthrough 44-point win over Tracy Village, a 40-point loss to the Buffs in Round 9 sparked a run of five consecutive losses before that. On the other hand, Darwin sprung off the Round 9 result to win five-straight games and gain a foothold in the top three. The Buffs will hope to bolster their finals positioning with just four rounds left, but Palmerston is all but officially out of the postseason running at this point. Darwin’s prime movers should be riding the high of last Saturday’s representative victory and are in good shape to continue that form here, with a big margin in mind.

Pint (1st, 13-0) vs. Tracy Village (9th, 0-12)
Saturday January 30, 4:00pm
DXC Arena

First meets last as Pint takes on Tracy Village at DXC Arena on Saturday, with plenty separating the two sides in season 2020/21. The Queenants remain undefeated across 13 outings and have been far and away the best side thus far. On the other hand, Tracy Village is yet to claim premiership points at 0-12 and has long been planted to the bottom of the ladder. Only confirming the gap between these teams, the points for and against totals show that Pint boasts the best attack and defence, while Tracy Village ranks last in both categories. Their previous meeting saw Pint triumph 20.10 (130) to nil, with the Queenants’ only higher score coming just last round as they hit the ground running post-break. Tracy Village conceded its first total under 100 points since Round 4 last time out and also managed its first major in 2021, but remain a step off the competition and will again find the going tough in this fixture.

St Mary’s (2nd, 10-3) vs. Southern Districts (4th, 7-3-2)
Saturday January 30, 7:35pm
TIO Stadium

The game of the round sees St Mary’s lock horns with Southern Districts in the weekend’s lone top four clash, with plenty to play for in terms of the finals race. The Saints are currently locked into second at 10-3 and look back on track having accumulated four-straight wins after a couple of surprise losses. One of those came against the Crocs, who took out the two sides’ Round 9 meeting by 10 points en route to winning four of their last five games. The Crocs have only played once in 2021 though and while they are undefeated after beating the eighth placed Wanderers, are also coming off a bye. With such a high-stakes game ahead, that kind of context is perhaps unideal. Expect the Saints to either come out hot or take over in the latter stages, but the Crocs should prove plucky customers as they look to cement fourth spot.

Bye: Nightcliff

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 14

THE TOP three Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League sides earned wins in Round 14, while seventh-placed Palmerston picked up its third set of premiership points after trumping the winless Tracy Village. Competition frontrunner Pint remains undefeated after another crushing victory, putting the Queenants three games clear of St Mary’s and Darwin, who both triumphed by under 10 points. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

PINT | 7.1 | 11.3 | 15.6 | 22.9 (141)
WANDERERS | 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)

GOALS:

Pint: K. Streader 5, J. Hewett 4, J. Baumer 3, A. Chittick 3, C. Morris 2, K. Smits 2, J. Downey, C. Fabris, R. Hicks.
Wanderers: S. Mauboy.

BEST:

Pint: N/A
Wanderers: R. Fecht, J. Crawshaw, C. Ormsby, S. Mauboy, I. Schober, M. Johnston

Pint’s undefeated season continued with a 134-point victory over Wanderers at DXC Arena on Saturday, extending the Queenants’ winning streak to 13 games. An 11-goal to one opening half set the tone, with Wanderers failing to register another major after the main break while conceding another 11 thereafter. Pint’s conversion was a key feature of the win as 22 of its 31 scoring shots found the big sticks, with Katie Streader and Jasmyn Hewett combining for nine goals. Amy Chittick and Jessie Baumer added three apiece to bolster Pint’s individual goalkickers list of nine players. Sophia Mauboy claimed Wanderers’ lone major score in the second term, as Rhiannon Fecht and Jada Crawshaw were named the Muk Muks’ best players in the heavy loss.

TRACY VILLAGE | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.2 (8)
PALMERSTON | 2.0 | 4.2 | 7.4 | 8.4 (52)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: I. Hughes.
Palmerston: N. Turner 2, H. Davey 2, J. Huddleston, C. Browne, E. Conway, T. May.

BEST:

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, E. Irving, M. Wylie, L. Toner, M. Druery, K. Marschall
Palmerston: D. Creed-Wray, J. Guthridge, V. Mounsey, T. May, S. Leedie, I. Ronberg

Palmerston snapped its five-game losing streak with a 44-point drubbing over the winless Tracy Village, improving to a 3-10 record six points outside of the top six. The Magpies split their eight goals evenly across either half, all while keeping Tracy Village goalless until the final term. Indianna Hughes booted the Razorbacks’ sole goal of the game as Zhoe Clarke and Meagan Wylie were unsurprisingly among their side’s best players. Nicole Turner and Hayley Davey each snared two majors for Palmerston, while fellow goalkicker Tabitha May was named among the best behind Daysia Creed-Wray.

WARATAH | 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.2 | 3.3 (21)
DARWIN | 0.0 | 1.3 | 2.5 | 3.7 (25)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 2, E. Straford.
Darwin: N/A.

Darwin secured its fifth-consecutive win in dramatic fashion on Saturday night, overcoming Waratah by four points with a goal after the siren. Melinda Taylor was the Buffettes’ hero after they relinquished the lead in final term, popping up to take back the lead and live out every player’s childhood dream. Earlier, the Double Blues were made to fight back from behind in the low-scoring slog, leaning on the same qualities later on to secure victory. Twin talls Tania Dhu and Molly Althouse were both among the winners’ best afield, providing for the Buffs’ midfielders and rotating well through the engine room. Lisa Miceli finished with two of Waratah’s three goals, matching her effort right before the mid-season break. Tahs still sit a game and a half safe in the top six despite the result.

NIGHTCLIFF | 2.1 | 2.3 | 2.7 | 3.10 (28)
ST MARY’S | 3.0 | 6.0 | 6.1 | 6.1 (37)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: L. Gooden 2, J. Puautjimi.
St Mary’s: J. Anderson 3, J. Anderson, A. Melnikas, K. Dann.

BEST:

Nightcliff: N/A
St Mary’s: J. Anderson, J. Anderson, M. Williamson, A. Melnikas, S. Peris, I. Porter

St Mary’s put in the work early to set up a nine-point victory over Nightcliff on enemy turf, ensuring the Saints remain locked into second spot for another week. The visitors managed just seven scoring shots to Nightcliff’s 13 throughout the contest but were far more effective in front on goal, doubling their opponents’ tally of majors and holding onto to win despite a goalless second half. Jasmine Anderson was instrumental in the result for St Mary’s, booting three goals and claiming best afield honours in front of fellow goalkickers J’Noemi Anderson and Ashlea Melnikas. Lauren Gooden found two of Nightcliff’s three majors as the Tigers look all the more destined for a fifth place finish.

Featured Image: Melinda Taylor booted the winning goal for Darwin in Round 14 | Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League preview

THE 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s league season is set to commence this weekend, with four huge matches coming up and Darwin Buffettes handed the first bye for the season. While last season saw Big River Hawks join the fray, the side will not field a team this season taking the tally back to nine teams playing across 18 rounds, with finals taking place at the end of February.  We take a look at each of the NTFL Women’s teams and what to expect of them this season.

Round 1 will see three matches played this coming Saturday with Wanderers and St Mary’s opening proceedings, before Pint has the tough task of taking on the reigning premiers in Southern Districts. Next up, Nightcliff and Tracy Village will go head to head in the only night match of the fixture, while Sunday will see Waratah take on Palmerston Magpies in an intriguing battle given the two sides finished within the top three last season. Meanwhile, Darwin Buffettes have an extra week at their disposal, with the first bye of the season.

While the Warriors were the minor premiers in season 2019/20, they were just pipped at the post by Southern Districts in the grand final. Waratah had some exciting names in the mix, with both Lauren O’Shea (24 goals) and Jenna Singh (20) among the top five goalkickers, the side struggled with bouts of inaccuracy across a number of matches which inevitably saw the Warriors have some issues when they came up against other powerful forward-lines. Nevertheless, the Warriors will have a point to prove and were not minor premiers for no reason last season, making Waratah one to watch once more. Waratah has picked up Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s duo Danica Pedersen and Eliza Straford over the off-season, bolstering the side’s stocks. 

The reigning premiers last season, Southern Districts were virtually unstoppable when they got going despite a few blips in the radar very early in the season when two wins were removed by default. That being said, there was no denying the Crocs were among the best in the competition, with leading goalkicker Ebony Miller kicking 61 majors across 17 outings – including two bags of 10 in Rounds 7 and 18. With very little going against the Districts last season, expect the Crocs to come out with a fire in the belly to replicate their premiership glory and go back-to-back. 

A highly exciting side last season, the Magpies had plenty of firepower but did not always have the consistency they needed to get the job done. With 12 wins and five losses, the Magpies were rarely out of the contest with a flurry of goal kickers at their disposal with teenagers Arthurina Moreen (36 goals in 15 games) and Freda Puruntatameri (24 in 12) among the top five for the competition but both unable to string a full season together and ultimately still young players themselves. While the Magpies had some strong competitors among the troops last season, they will need a few more of those veteran players to step up and provide a spark when the young guns are well covered. 

The Buffettes had an excellent start to the season before suffering against the top teams later but ultimately could not be underestimated with some very impressive youngsters among them last season. Another high firepower team, the Buffs put on some outstanding showings and, as a confidence side, managed an excellent winning rate once they got one on the board, stringing along consistent victories. The Buffettes very rarely faltered but when they did it was when it was least expected, meaning the side will want to lift that intensity and consistency to fire as much against the lower teams as the top ranked sides this season. 

After a number of years at the bottom of the ladder, 2019/20 was Nightcliff’s season coming in at fifth on the ladder and coming away with a stellar nine wins and eight losses. While the side lost in the elimination final to the Buffettes, it was full credit to Nightcliff to making it to finals for the first time and showcasing some real up and coming talent in the side which helped lead them to victory. While they had a couple of shaky showings early in the season against the top sides, and some sloppy outings at the midway point, Nightcliff really hit their stride once they realised a potential finals berth was coming. They were strong competitors in just about every match bar a frustrating fixture which saw significant back-to-back losses in Rounds 16 and 17 against the top four Buffettes and Magpies. 

A finals berth and subsequent semi-final last season is sure to put a bit of confidence into the Pint side heading into this season, with the Queen Ants challenging a few sides and, like many teams, only really coming off second best to the top teams. Even then, Pint continuously built in confidence to provide a chance at finals, making it through the elimination round despite all fingers pointing the other way and their great season was nipped in the bud by Waratah. Pint has picked up Williamstown’s Jacinta Reid to join a quartet of ex-Waratah names on their new-look list, with Amy Chittick, Gemma Cusack, Maddi Gissing and Bec Pryer all joining the Queen Ants in what could be a huge chance for the side to go one step further in 2020/21. 

A solid season from the Wanderers saw them sit for much of the season in the middle of the mid-table logjam, and while they lost four of their last five matches, it was overall a competitive season from the Wanderers who were rarely defeated easily. While two of their wins came by default, the Wanderers consistently put competitive scorelines on the board and were fairly accurate at that, especially in the latter stage of the season when they tightened up out the front. That being said, improvements can be made in their ability to compete and really contest against the top sides, so will hope to put up a challenge this season to break through to finals contention, having just missed out by default given Pint’s draw with the Buffettes saw the Queen Ants steal sixth spot.

Inconsistency plagued St Mary’s in 2019/20,  with a couple of impressive showings really challenging the top teams but then struggling other rounds in what could have been achievable wins. Like many other teams, St Mary’s did not cope well defensively when there were multiple forward targets within the opposition’s forward-line, making it tough for the side to stay in touch. That being said, St Mary’s were able to keep the scorelines relatively low throughout most of their effort – apart from the top teams – and almost always responded well on the scoreboard. St Mary’s is another team that has picked up a couple of Victorian players, with Williamstown pair Megan Williamson and Ash Melnikas and St Kilda AFL Women’s talent Claudia Whitfort joining the fray.

It is safe to say that season 2019/20 was a rough one for Tracy Village, with just two wins on the board – both technically against Big River Hawks, with the latter in Round 12 a win by default when the Hawks forfeited. Realistically, the Razorbacks just lacked the firepower out front to really challenge teams and struggled to compete against the top teams that had multiple targets up forward. This season will likely be another of rebuilding, and given the side suffered with inaccuracy inside 50 with 23 goals and 40 behinds for the season, they will want to adjust that ratio to challenge teams a bit more. 

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 16 – Magpies go clear in top four

PALMERSTON broke clear in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League top four in emphatic style, trumping Nightcliff to draw level with Southern Districts on points, as other results also kept true to ladder position in anticipation of finals time.

WARATAH 0.1 | 2.2 | 3.5 | 6.8 (44)
PINT 1.3 | 2.4 | 4.4 | 4.6 (30)

GOALS:

Waratah: S. Nalder 3, M. Hunter 2, J. Singh
Pint: N/A

BEST:

Waratah: C. Fabris, S. Nalder, M. Hunter, I. Rapson-Staropoli, R. Pryer
Pint: N/A

Ladder leader and minor premier, Waratah maintained its winning form heading into the post-season, earning a trying 14-point win over Pint on home turf. The Queen Ants took it to the Warriors for three quarters, but ultimately came undone when it mattered to be overrun 6.8 (44) to 4.6 (30). An upset was brewing as the seventh-ranked Pint entered the first three breaks with a lead, albeit no greater than a goal heading into the last change, but it meant little as Waratah ran over the top with 3.3 to 0.2 to claim a fourth-consecutive victory – almost doubling its score while keeping Pint goalless for the first time in the match. The Warriors managed to conjure up a winning score without massive scoring contributions from leading goalkickers Jenna Singh and Lauren O’Shea, with Singh only claiming the one major while O’Shea was absent. On the other hand, the result keeps in line with Pint’s usual competitiveness, maintaining a percentage good enough for fifth despite its negative record to this point. The Bullants will have the bye in Round 17, with Waratah awaiting a top of the table clash against Darwin next time out.

WANDERERS 0.2 | 1.2 | 1.2 | 1.2 (8)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.4 | 6.5 | 7.7 | 8.9 (57)

GOALS:

Wanderers: N/A
Darwin: T. Hart-Aluni 2, C. Browne, K. Duggan, M. Turner, D. Ah Wang, J. Dodsworth, R. De Santis

BEST:

Wanderers: N/A
Darwin: D. Totham, J. Iacono, K. Duggan, T. Hart-Aluni, D. Carbone

Darwin returned to the winners list and broke further clear in second spot with its impressive 49-point win over Wanderers on Saturday evening. The Buffettes shut Wanderers out in a low-scoring second half to see out the 8.9 (57) to 1.2 (8) result, consolidating its top two status ahead of a clash with minor premier, Waratah. While Darwin managed to kick away to a steady two-goal lead from the off, much of the damage was done in a four-goal to one second term in favour of the Buffettes, with their continued scoring and stingy defence from that point, onwards getting the job done. Tayla Hart-Aluni bounced back from a goalless outing in Round 15 to notch two majors as her side’s sole multiple goalkicker, leading a line of seven Darwin goal-getters. It was the likes of Danielle Totham and Jemma Iacono who were named the most valuable Buffettes on the day though, with the finals-bound side able to stamp its authority. Wanderers simply did not have enough in the scoring department on the day in response, consigned to a third-straight loss with Tracy Village next on the agenda, and their finals spot on the line.

PALMERSTON 2.2 | 4.2 | 6.5 | 9.7 (61)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 (13)

GOALS:

Palmerston: F. Puruntatameri 3, A. Moreen 2, J. Brock, M. Brown, L. McCoy, T. May
Nightcliff: E. Morrison, J. Anyon-Smith

BEST:

Palmerston: N. Medbury, T. May, J. Brock, Y. Roe, S. Leedie, L. McCoy
Nightcliff: A. Moliere, E. Morrison, E. Wolsey

A combination of potent attack and sturdy defence proved the winning formula for Palmerston as the Magpies overcame an in-form Nightcliff side to break clear within the top four. The Tigers’ four-game win streak – which included the scalps of top two team, Waratah and Darwin – was brought to an abrupt halt as the Magpies consistently applied scoreboard pressure to achieve the 9.7 (61) to 2.1 (13) victory. Palmerston kept the Tigers scoreless for half of the game while adding at least two goals across each term to grow the eventually healthy 48-point margin, leaning on a couple of reliable goalkickers in the process. Arthurina Moreen (two goals, 32 overall) and Freda Puruntatameri (three and 16) led the scoring effort with over half of their side’s majors as the sole multiple goalkickers, continuing a consistent theme for the Magpies. Eliza Morrison, one of two Nightcliff players to find the big sticks was one of the Tigers’ best, only behind Andi Moliere in those stakes. While the Tigers are almost safe in their finals spot, a meeting with Southern Districts next time out will make holding on tough, with Palmerston set to face St Mary’s in its next outing.

ST MARY’S 0.4 | 5.8 | 5.10 | 8.14 (62)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)

GOALS:

St Mary’s: N/A
Tracy Village: N/A

BEST:

St Mary’s: N/A
Tracy Village: N/A

St Mary’s played above its ladder position in an emphatic 55-point win over Tracy Village to end a four-game losing run and see out Round 16. It only took one big term for the Saints to break the game open, kicking away quickly to set up the eventual 8.14 (62) to 1.1 (7) scoreline. After a goalless opener which yielded few highlights, the Saints took advantage of the scoring end to plow through five majors to Tracy Village’s nil and turn the game well to their favour. They were outpointed immediately after the main break, but hit back well to cap off the win with another three goals to nil. Finals has been out of reach for both sides, but any set of four points bodes well for bottom three sides and a positive end to the year is just what St Mary’s will be after. They face Palmerston next time out in a tough assignment, while Tracy Village tackles Wanderers in hopes of foiling the Eagles’ finals aspirations.

Bye: Southern Districts

Weekend preview: NTFL Women’s – Grand Final

IT has been a long journey for both Waratah and Southern Districts. Waratah is a powerhouse which holds a dominant winning record over the past seven years. They were defeated in the 2016/2017 season but now are looking for back to back premierships as they head into Saturday. The Crocs, on the other hand, will be making their first Grand Final appearance in history.

The Crocs entered the women’s competition in the 2013/2014 season but have not seen a finals series until now. After years of underwhelming seasons, the Crocs enlisted coach Tarmon Elliott to turn the team around. Elliot has delivered in spades by bringing a strong culture, new recruits, and possibly their first flag. After defeating Palmerston, Southern Districts could not be more ready to face Waratah for the ultimate prize.

WARATAH V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
TIO Stadium
Saturday, March 5 4:30pm

This match will be like a game of chess. What makes Waratah and Southern Districts different than other teams is their players have the ability to shift into different roles. This makes matchups hard to predict in this battle of tactics. Tayla Thorn was elite down back but can also play in the midfield or forward. However, considering the dangers of Amy Chittick and Lauren O’Shea, she will most likely stay in defence. She will be well supported though by Maria Moussa, who had a blinder last weekend with the most defensive rebounds for Districts.

In the Warriors defence Rebecca Pryer, Isabelle Rapson, and Lisa Roberts will make it difficult for the Crocs to score. Kelsie Patterson kicked three majors last week but it could have been more if she kicked straight. Tahlia Holtze had a very quiet game last week, but the Districts will need her to have her kicking boots on to breach the Tah’s defensive wall.

The fight in the ruck contest may have Waratah at a disadvantage. Ebony Miller and Indy Sleeth might as well be tall midfielders as they cover the ground exceptionally well and are proven goal kickers. Joanna Kolodziej and Julianna Kerinaiua will have a tough fight in this contest.

As for the midfield battle, there could be as many as twelve different rovers rotating throughout the game. Lateesha Jeffrey and Bella Clarke may push up or back from the centre, but Megan Craufurd is the constant tagger that shuts down key midfielders. She may have the job on Sharona Bishop who is in fine form. Madeline Gault is similar to Craufurd but plays more of a run-with role rather than a shutdown tagger. Gault would be a perfect opponent for Jeffrey if she plays in the midfield.

Waratah has the advantage in this match as many players on their list have seen at least one premiership. Lisa Roberts and O’Shea have been in this position six times for five flags. The Crocs are a very different story, unlike their opponent, this level of competition is completely new to them having qualified for the first time. They were the underdog last week and beat the odds, and defeated Waratah in their last outing. They just need to dig in one more time and given it is the Grand Final, and anything can happen.

TEAMS:

Waratah

B: 18.Molly Cooper 6.Rebecca Pryer 19.Alicia Stanley
HB: 15.Isabelle Rapson 10.Alysha Healy 13.Lisa Roberts
C: 3.Peita Starcevic 2.Madeline Gault 23.Pippa Cox
HF: 17.Tarryn O’Hehir 4.Sue Nalder 5.Breanna Martin
F: 9.Amy Chittick 22.Lauren O’Shea 12.Sherayn Puruntatameri
R: 7.Joanna Kolodziej 28.Trish Muller 8.Sharona Bishop
Int: 29.Madeline Campbell 14.Jade De Melo 16.Julieanna Kerinaiua
24.Alexandra Harrison-Wolff 20.Amie Love 1.Angela Perkins

Southern Districts

B: 22.Rachele Mchugh 8.Maria Moussa 28.Tess Hanna
HB:14.Tessa W 2.Tayla Thorn 6.Charles Deegan
C: 30.Donna Reed 9.Lateesha Jeffrey 25.Chelsea Pember
HF:17.Chiarah Corpos 20.Holly Engelhardt 11.Maili Clarke
F: 5.Tahlia Holtze 4.Indy Sleeth 35.Kelsey Patterson
R: 3.Ebony Miller 10.Megan Craufurd 15.Bella Clarke
Int:21.Tyler Thornton 26.Rhiannon Busch 19.Danielle Opperman
32.Nicole Paterson 1.Kimberley Mccouat 27.Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill