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Weekend Previews: NTFL Women’s – Week 1 Finals

IT IS finally here, week one of the NTFL Women’s finals will take place today with three exciting games of footy. Despite earlier reports of a top-five finals series, it will be a top-six competition like the previous year, meaning St Marys will go at least one more round.

The first match will kick off with the heavyweights Palmerston taking on the reigning premiers Waratah. This game will serve as a qualifying match as both teams are looking to grab bragging rights early. Up next the Southern Districts will face off against St Marys in the first elimination final. The Crocs have dished out a hiding to the Saints twice this season, but anything can happen in finals. Lastly, the Darwin Buffettes will meet Pint in the final elimination game. The Buffs have been wounded by the loss of key players this year, so will have to dig deep to beat the Queen Ants who are at full fitness.

WARATAH V PALMERSTON MAGPIES
Qualifying Final
Saturday, February 23 12.00pm
TIO Oval 2

The Magpies had an average start to the season, but now they look dangerous. This side of youth mixed with experience is sure to give the Warriors a run for their money.

The midfield of both teams is nothing short of classy. Lisa Roberts, Alysha Healy, and Madeline Gault meet Natasha Medbury, Jessica Stassi, and Tabitha May, which should prove to be a classic battle. Waratah ruck, Joanna Kolodziej may dictate in terms of the hit-outs as she has done for most of the year. If the Warriors win the clearances, Amy Chittick and Lauren O’Shea could wreak havoc on the scoreboard. Fortunately for the Magpies, forward, Lisa Mecli has been missing in action. Billie Byers and Jessie Brock might be the perfect matchup against Waratah’s dynamic duo.

As for Palmerton’s forwards, there is no shortage of talent. Freda Puruntatemeri has danced around the best defenders all year. Her speed and skill are well complemented by teammate Shenaida Bush. This pair of speed demons will need a unique opposition to stop them. Puruntatemeri v Puruntatemeri could be Waratah’s answer while Sharona Bishop keeps an eye on Bush. The game could go either way, but one thing is certain, this is the game to watch this Saturday.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS
Elimination Final
Saturday, February 23 2.30pm
TIO Oval 2

This will be an uphill battle for the Saints, with the Districts having crushed the Saints on two separate occasions this season. Charles Deegan and Taylor Thorn have used their size and speed to run St Marys’ defenders off their legs in the past. Lori Niven and Courtney Webb will need a well-organised backline to contain this problem. The ruck area of the game is where the Districts thrive, with the combination of Ebony Miller and Indy Sleeth better than most teams. Their tap work and ability to cover the ground is a class above the rest. Saints rovers, Natasha Dunn-Richards and Simone Garner may need to shark the tap-outs if their rucks aren’t up to the challenge.

Up forward the Saints have a gun and an issue. The gun is Alana Coombes, who looks to be their most damaging forward, while the problem is Districts’ Lateesha Jeffrey. Her leadership down back has created a solid defense for the Crocs and only the fastest forwards can break it down. Unlike some of Coombes’ partners in attacking 50, they lack the speed she has in spades. The Crocs could not be more favoured to win this match, and on paper they seem to have more talent across the board than St Marys. History looks likely to repeat itself this Saturday unless a miracle happens, so the Saints will be hoping for one.

PINT V DARWIN BUFFETTES
Elimination Final
Saturday, February 23 4.30pm
TIO Oval 2

The Buffs have no Brittany Ward, no Tikesea Docherty-Cole, no Jasmine Anderson and no Nicky Anderson, meaning Pint has a huge advantage considering they are going into this match with a full strength team. Machaelia Roberts and Kylie Duggan have been dominant in the centre of the ground, however players like Jemma Iacono and young gun Domonique Carbone need to lift if they want to get the job done. Pint’s Cassie Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Katie Streeder play as a cohesive unit.

Darwin’s forward line power has been missing over the last few weeks as Celina Whan seems to be carrying the load in attacking 50. Leading goal scorer, Meredith Turner has kicked no majors in her last three games, so will need to produce goals against a strong Pint defense which is no easy task. Queen Ant defender, Erin Hetherington can make life difficult for the Buffs’ forward if the midfield entries aren’t clean. Meanwhile, the Queen Ants forwards have been performing well. Danielle Suddaby has become the new spearhead with the support of Emma Greaves who is in fine form. Add to that talent with Kristen Smidts and Ellie Ryan, the Queen Ants wear a decent crown inside their 50.

Pint has the fitness but Darwin has the experience. It is hard to pick a winner here, but it should be a tight contest.

Weekend wash-ups: NTFL Women’s -Round 18

THAT is a wrap for the home and away season as we look to finals this week, but first, we take a look at Round 18’s action. The Southern Districts cruised passed Nightcliff in another win plagued with scoring inaccuracy. Palmerston dominated against the Wanderers, with the Magpies looking a cut above the rest as they get ready for Waratah on Saturday. The Warriors are also ready for the Pies after brushing off Darwin with ease. The last match of the round saw the Queen Ants crawl over the Saints. Pint is more ready than ever take on the Buffettes this Saturday.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.3 I 1.4 I 4.4 I 5.8 (38)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 (8)

Goals:
Southern Districts: S. Hoogeveen-Hill 3, C. Deegan, B. Clarke.
Nightcliff: S. Miskin-Ripia.

Best:

Southern Districts: Not supplied
Nightcliff: E. Smart, H. Turnbull, J. Puautjimi, T. Taylor-Kickett

A dominant display by the Crocs should have seen more reward for their efforts, with scoring inaccuracy plaguing the Southern Districts all year. Charlie Deegan was the tip of the spear in the forward line early in the season, easing off and producing single majors over the last three matches. Tayla Thorn has been lively but seems to play the role of hit-up forward rather than a full forward, while Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill booted three goals last Saturday in her fifth match. Perhaps she can provide some much-needed firepower against St Marys. As for the Tigers, it’s all over with another wooden spoon to finish a disappointing year.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 7.4 I 14.7 I 20.11 I 22.15 (147)
WANDERERS 2.0 I 3.0 I 4.1 I 6.1 (37)

Goals:
Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown 4, H. Davey 3, T. May 2, A. Mclennan 2, J. Baird 2, N. Medbury 2, J. Brock 2, J. Misob, N. Lloyd, G. Garling.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

Best:
Palmerston Magpies: T. May, H. Davey, B. Byers, J. Misob, J. Brock, G. Garling
Wanderers: Not supplied

Tabitha May, Janet Baird, Billie Byers, Natasha Medbury and Michaeline Brown dominated on field against the Eagles, with the Eagles struggling under the forceful forward play of the Magpies. This game was an impossible obstacle for the Wanderers as they ended the season with a big loss. In comparison, the Magpies will be looking forward to facing the reigning premiers this weekend. For once Waratah may be the underdog.

WARATAH 3.1 I 3.1 I 4.5 I 6.6 (42)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 I 2.1 I 2.1 I 4.4 (28)

Goals:
Waratah:L. Roberts 2, S. Nalder 2, L. O’Shea, A. Chittick.
Darwin Buffettes: Not supplied.

Best:
Waratah: S. Bishop, P. Starcevic, L. Roberts, A. Stanley, A. Healy
Darwin Buffettes: Not supplied

Although not as entertaining as their last match, Waratah still has the goods of the Buffs. Veteran, Lisa Roberts was outstanding, kicking two goals and covering the ground with nothing but class. Sharona Bishop held up well in defense with Alicia Stanley, while Alysha Healy stood up in the midfield. The Buffs are a different tale as they seem to be missing players left right and centre as they head into finals. The reigning premiers will face a huge challenge against Palmerston but Darwin will also have their hands full with Pint.

PINT 4.3 I 6.4 I 9.6 I 10.8 (68)
ST MARYS 1.0 I 2.1 I 3.2 I 3.3 (21)

Goals:
Pint: E. Greaves 3, D. Suddaby 2, J. McFee 2, K. Streader, E. Ryan, K. Smits.
St Marys: Not supplied.

Best:
Pint: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

A good start for Pint made the Saints chase their tails all day. Emma Greaves had her kicking boots on with three, while her partner in crime Danielle Suddaby kicked two. Cassie Henderson and Samantha Barnett had a standard day of brilliance as the midfield domination saw Pint control the clearances. Now Pint has every chance of knocking out the Buffs come Saturday. The Saints have a much more difficult task. St Marys may have made finals, but the Crocs have haunted them all year with devastating defeats.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 17

ROUND 17 is here and with only two weeks to go in the competition, Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) fans are in for a treat. Palmerston is arguably the in-form team of the competition and after St Marys’ heavy loss last weekend, the Pies will walk in heavy favourites. The main event will follow when the Southern Districts meet Pint in a test to see if the Queen Ants can push the Crocs to their limit. On Sunday another intriguing battle will ensue with Nightcliff coming up against the Wanderers. It will be a battle of pride between the two teams and should prove entertaining for die-hard fans who need a win. Lastly, Tracy Village will host Waratah at home. Waratah has been the unstoppable machine for many years and it looks like history is about to repeat itself.

ST MARYS V PALMERSTON MAGPIES
Saturday, February 9 10:30am
TIO Stadium

It was a tough pill to swallow for St Marys as they were performing very well up until last week when they got fed to the Crocs. They will face an even tougher adversary in Palmerston who have an elite squad of young talent. Billie Byers has been a revelation down back, as Tabitha May continues to dominate the Pies midfield while Freda Puruntatameri has become an elite goalsneak. On the other side of the coin, Alana Coombes is no slouch, nor Katherine Dann up forward. However, the loss of Danielle Ponter has left a huge hole in St Marys’ midfield. This is the area of the ground where the Magpies are the complete opposite, with Natasha Medbury and Jessica Stassi likely to prove to be a handful when the game starts. The Saints will need to produce their best to win, but nothing is impossible.

PINT V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Saturday, February 9 12:00pm
TIO Oval No.2

Pint has hit their strides at the right time, but this week will face the Crocs in a match that should test the Queen Ants. Southern Districts has found a new spearhead in Rhiannon Busch who bagged four majors last week. But she was not alone as Tayla Thorn and Tahlia Holtze combined to destroy St Marys’ defense. Pint’s backline gun Erin Hetherington will need strong support from her fellow defenders to stop the trio. Defence is not the only concern for Pint, as the Crocs have a unique duo that feeds their rovers well. The ruck combination of Indy Sleeth and Ebony Miller gives the Crocs another huge advantage in this match. In order to negate this, Cassie Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Samantha Freeman may need to shark the hit-outs and take control of the centre. If they accomplish this, the door will open up for forwards, Emma Greaves and Danielle Saddaby.

NIGHTCLIFF V WANDERERS
Sunday, February 10 10:00am
PSC BM Oval

There is no finals on the horizon for either of these teams in the coming weeks, with both sides struggling this season. Last week the Wanderers accepted an exhibition match to play against the Central Australian Pinktails. They were overwhelmed as the future talent shone against the Eagles. The Tigers were no different against against reigning premiers, Waratah. This is easily the most even match of the round, with the skill level of both sides seeming to be at a similar level. Arthurina Moreen has been the go-to forward for the Eagles, and could be in for a day out if her team can get the upperhand.

WARATAH V TRACY VILLAGES
Sunday, February 10 2:00pm
Tracy Village

Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke should take a bow, as even in poor circumstances they have battled consistently through wins and losses. They are without a doubt the true champions of Tracy Village. Waratah, on the other hand, has no shortage of champions. Lately, however, a trio of Warriors forwards have become the ultimate scoreboard contributors. Lisa Miceli, Amy Chittick, and Lauren O’Shea are all ranked in the top three goal kickers of the league, each tallying a minimum of 18 goals – in reality, they are every defender’s worst nightmare. Tracy Village’s backline will be in serious strife if Waratah gets a rhythm going.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 16

IN three weeks it is finals time but for now, it’s the perfect opportunity for the elite teams to tune-up and get ready. Last week the Darwin Buffettes got a rude awakening from St Marys, this Saturday they will need to regain their composure against an in-form Pint. The battle of first vs last will follow as Nightcliff take on the reigning premiers Waratah.

Up next, the Palmerston Magpies will get a chance to flex their muscles against Tracy Village. With the Razorbacks’ current form, the Pies will head in heavy favourites. On Sunday morning it is do or die for St Marys when they meet an angry Southern Districts. The Crocs suffered their worst defeat of the year last Monday, so will be eager to bring order back to the side and crush St Marys’ finals hopes in their upcoming match.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V PINT

Saturday February 2, 11:00am

Gardens Oval

If Pint secure this win they are a guarantee for finals regardless of other outcomes. Queen Ants, Cassi Henderson, Samantha Barnett, and Katie Streader should be well rested from the bye in round 15, while the once dominant midfield of Darwin has looked in trouble in recent weeks. Kylie Duggan and Machaelia Roberts seem to be shouldering most of the load while other stars are either injured or down on form. Dominique Carbone will need to step up in order to fill the void and strengthen their resolve. Up forward, Celina Whan has become the spearhead for the Buffs as she continues to perform despite the losses. Whan may prove the difference this week as Darwin need to escape their current rut.

WARATAH V NIGHTCLIFF

Saturday February 2, 12:30pm

TIO Stadium

With only a few games left Nightcliff will have pride on the line. This match could not be any more one-sided, with the likes of Warratah stars, Amy Chittick, Lisa Miceli, Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault, Lauren O’Shea taking the field. There have been glimpses of skill when Nightcliff were supported by Adelaide Crows draftees, but have struggled to have a consistent star from their main line-up. This match will be streamed live on YouTube, so hopefully the broadcast will spark the Tigers into action as they head towards the end of the season.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday February 2, 2:00pm

TIO Oval

The Palmerston Magpies have beaten the odds this season, with ladder leaders Southern Districts, Waratah, Darwin Buffettes and Pint all falling to the mighty Magpies. Pies stars Jessica Stassi, Tabitha May, and Natasha Medbury sent a statement to the rest of the competition when they broke the Crocs back on Australia Day. Shenaida Bush and Freda Puruntatemeri have also formed a dangerous combination in Palmerston’s forward line. This will be hard for Tracy to combat as the Razorbacks have struggled of late. Kristi Irvine is impressing, but the high injury list is taking its toll.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS

Sunday February 3, 10:00am

Norbuilt Oval

The Crocs were disappointing with their last performance. The late byes and Tracy Village forfeit has clearly caught up to the Crocodiles and affected their form. The Crocs only managed one goal last week – Tahlia Holtze – while forwards Charles Deegan and Tayla Thorn failed to kick through the big sticks. Crocs leader, Lateesha Jeffrey will want to see a colossal effort against St Marys. However, the Saints will be no pushovers with Alana Coombes always dangerous up forward and Laelia Dunn a star against the Buffettes. The Saints are fighting for their season on Sunday – if the Saints lose there is no tomorrow, but if Pint defeats Darwin then St Marys is out of the finals race regardless.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 13

WITH finals only six weeks away, Round 13 gives lower clubs one last ditch effort to turn their season around. Last week, the Buffs were mighty but inaccurate, so this Saturday could provide as a tune-up against the Wanderers. The Saints suffered an honourable loss against the Warriors in a battle of attrition, but perhaps a win against Tracy Village will raise their spirits. The Queen Ants have recovered their lost crown and now wear it with pride. Pint should have Nighcliff’s measure in their clash, as the Tigers have been underperforming. Finally, Waratah and Palmerston will face off for the second time this season. The Magpies were underwhelming in the last time they met, but with injuries mounting on the Warriors, Palmerston might cause an upset.

WANDERERS V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 12, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

When looking at experience, ladder position and history, this match appears very one-sided. The Eagles showed heart in the last few games of 2018 but have hit a little form slump. Darwin on the other hand, has been on a rollercoaster of wins. However, Buffs forwards, Bianca Stokes, Melinda Taylor, and Machaelia Roberts have not been as damaging on the scoreboard lately. Roberts will always get plenty of the ball, but with an already powerful midfield, her talents are needed up forward. The Eagles are in for a tough game as the Buffettes look to polish their horns after the game.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Saturday January 12, 2pm

Tracy Village 

The intriguing match between Pint and Tracy Village turned into a flogging by the Queen Ants. The Razorbacks had no answers as they were utterly outclassed by a better team. This Saturday, a more even match-up against St Marys should ensure a good contest. The battle of Danielle Ponter and Natasha Dunn-Richards against Zhoe Clarke and Kristy Irvine is where the cream clashes. Clarke was so impressive against Pint that she was double-teamed in the centre of the ground. Irvine and Clarke link up well but will need more support from fellow rover, Bonni-Jean Mcdougall if they want to win.

NIGHTCLIFF V PINT

Saturday January 12, 6pm

TIO Oval No 2

Pint has become the mid-tier team of the women’s competition. The Queen Ants’ wins rival that of the elite teams, but their scoring percentage is severely lacking. Pint forward duo, Ellie Ryan and Danielle Suddaby will need to take advantage of the Tigers defence to give their team a much-needed boost. Samantha Barnett, Cassie Henderson and Samantha Freeman should control the clearances, but Pint forwards need to convert. Nightcliff has won only one game due to an outstanding performance by Chloe Scheer. Unfortunately for Nightcliff, Scheer has been quiet since that win and the Tigers will be looking to snap their losing streak in this game.

PALMERSTON  V WARATAH

Sunday January 13, 12pm

Asbuild Oval

Team announcements will be interesting this week as Waratah may be a few players down to face the Pies. Waratah was in complete control against St Marys for three quarters until an empty bench saw the Saints come back. With the help of a few first-gamers and Madeline Gault, the Warriors managed to hang on for the win. Now, a rejuvenated Palmerston will test the reigning premiers. Natasha Medbury is without a doubt the standout Pie that leads a strong group of young stars. Tabitha May, Janet Baird, and Jessie Brock are a few of the Under-18 representatives that make all the difference on game day. Last time these two teams met, Waratah gave the Magpies a hiding. Only time will tell if Palmerston has learned from that experience.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 12

LAST weekend’s return of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition saw the elite teams put their foot down. Southern Districts was the first, demolishing the Wanderers. The Crocs’ score of behinds again outweighed their goals, but the Eagles were never in the game. Darwin was the next heavyweight to crush the bottom of the ladder Tigers. Nightcliff’s underwhelming season continued as the Buffettes have finals in their sights. Waratah got a shock from St Marys in the last quarter when a depleted Warriors bench saw a late surge from the Saints. Waratah, however, withstood the Saints’ charge to walk away eight-point victors. On Sunday, Pint took apart the Razorbacks with little difficulty. The Queen Ants have got their hunger back for the game, and with this victory they find themselves sitting in third place.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 I 1.3 I 2.4 I 4.9 (33)
WANDERERS 0.0 I 0.0 I 0.0 I 0.3 (3)

Even though the Southern Districts beat the Eagles by 33 points, it took a while for the Crocs to shake off their holiday rust. Only two goals were scored through three quarters of football. It was only in the last term that fans saw the Crocs click into gear. The run of Ebony Miller and Lateesha Jeffrey stood out as well as Indy Sleeth‘s skill in the ruck. Tahlia Holtze had a quiet day but managed to hit the scoreboard, but Maria Moussa was the clear standout in this match. The Southern Districts now have the bye this weekend. Maybe a fortnight will give the Crocs a chance to wake up.

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, M. Moussa, E. Miller, J. D’Arcy.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

BEST:

Southern Districts: M. Moussa, E. Miller, L. Jeffrey, I. Sleeth, R. McHugh
Wanderers: Not supplied

NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 I 0.3 I 0.3 I 0.3 (3)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.3 I 2.4 I 4.9 I 6.13 (49)

It was business as usual for the Buffettes as they continue a strong run home. Jemma Iacono found another gear, while Machaelia Roberts ran circles around the Tigerss. The Buffettes’ only flaw in this game was their lack of goals. An inaccurate Darwin saw Celina Whan being the only multiple goal scorer with a total of two majors. All other dangerous forwards were reduced to single majors. The tally against Nightcliff may still be a whopping 46 points, but the chance to further increase Darwin’s percentage was squandered. However, the Buffs will have another opportunity this weekend when they face the Wanderers. 

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan 2, M. Roberts, M. Turner, A. Goninon, N. Anderson.

BEST:

Nightcliff: S. Hatzismalis, T. Shields, T. Taylor-Kickett, J. Blecher
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, N. Anderson, J. Iacono, D. Totham, D. Ah Wang

WARATAH 2.2 I 3.3 I 5.6 I 5.7 (37)
ST MARYS  0.3 I 1.4 I 1.4 I 4.5 (29)

The term ‘close call’ came to mind after the Saints gave Waratah the scare of the season. The game started off in typical Warrior fashion where Waratah dominated the first three quarters, but in the fourth term, injury took its toll. The Warriors would have to play out the last quarter with an empty bench. Under 18 representative, Madeline Gault took charge with only a few experienced players left. Gault praised the efforts of debutants Jessica Chan Tite and Elizabeth Mirabella on AFLNTV  for their part on a hot day. In the end, the Warriors got the four points but with an entire bench unavailable, the questions of how injured their players are still remain. 

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 3, J. Kerinaiua, M. Gault.
St Marys: Not supplied.

BEST:

Waratah: S. Bishop, L. Roberts, M. Gault, J. Kerinaiua, A. Healy
St Marys: Not Supplied

TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 (8)
PINT 0.1 I 3.1 I 4.3 I 7.4 (46)

After a slow first quarter, it seemed like this match would be close. This was not the case as Pint turned on the afterburners and blitzed Razorbacks. Erin Hetherington was a rock in defence whilst being heavily complemented by Alexandra Henley who stopped Tracy Village’s forwards dead in their tracks. Cassie Henderson and Samantha Barnett had their typical performance in the midfield while Erin Ryan had a day out up forward. The only Razorback who could hold her head high was Zhoe Clarke, as even Kristy Irvine had a slow day. Pint will be tested in the coming weeks against Waratah, Southern Districts, and the Darwin Buffettes. If the Queen Ants can defeat one or more they will prove themselves finals contenders.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: A. Angel.
Pint: D. Suddaby 2, E. Ryan 2, A. Pennefather, C. Barnden, E. Greaves.

BEST:

Goal Kickers: Z. Clarke, T. Angel, B. McDougall, E. Lima, C. Wright, K. Dumbris
Best Players: E. Heatherington, A.Henley, S. Barnett, E. Ryan, C. Henderson

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 11

IT is the last round of 2018, as fans will have to wait until January to get their Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s fix. The round will kick off on Saturday with St Marys and Tracy Village going head to head. Both sides have suffered a form slump in the last month, meaning the Razorbacks and Saints are starving for a win. The Wanderers have been flying as of late but may hit a roadblock when they face the Buffettes in a twilight match. On Sunday, the Magpies will face the ultimate test when they play against the Warriors. Waratah is the reigning champion of this competition and has only dropped one game this season. The final game of the round will see Nightcliff take on the Queen Ants in an intriguing encounter. The Tigers won their first match last weekend due to a boost of recently signed talent. Pint will have to tread carefully this weekend, as the Tigers are starting to bare their teeth.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Round 11 –  Saturday December 15th, 10:30 am

TIO Stadium

These two clubs would be fuming over their poor displays last weekend. The Saints had their world turned upside-down as Nightcliff brought in some ringers to raise the stakes. St Marys forward, Natasha Dunn-Richards still kicked three despite the loss, yet she has not been as damaging in front of goal when compared to previous seasons. Danielle Ponter may not have had her best game against the Tigers, but she could easily bounce back this weekend. The Razorbacks seem to be relying on Kristy Irvine and it isn’t going well for them, as they continue to struggle on the scoreboard. Other leaders will look to stand up for the Razorbacks to break them out of their rut.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V WANDERERS

Round 11 – Saturday December 15th, 4:00 pm

Darwin youngster, Dominique Carbone played a fantastic game against the Southern Districts. Carbone, alongside Buffettes midfielders, Kylie Duggan and Jemma Iacono dug deep against the hungry Crocs in a tight game. In the end, it was Duggan who kicked the last goal in the final term to seal the win for Darwin. The Buffettes have got their momentum back since the bye, and this weekend, they will look to continue their fine form. However, the Eagles have won their last two matches and are looking good. The Wanderers have forsaken their poor efforts from earlier this season and have become a very competitive outfit. The Eagles have finally found a deadly combination up forward with Lee-Anne Allia and Northern Territory Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen. In the previous two weeks, this pair has bested their defenders with a heavy impact on the scoreboard. Darwin will be clear favourites in this game, but if the Eagles can sustain their game plan, they will give the Buffettes a fight.

WARATAH V PALMERSTON

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 12:00 pm 

Gardens Oval

Two top teams in the Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts have gone down to Palmerston during the season. The Magpies face their biggest challenge yet this season when they take on the Warriors, a team they have not beaten this year. The Warriors may have lost only one game this year, but that just shows that any team can be beaten on the right day. Natasha Membrey will have her hands full in this game, as Waratah will know she is the biggest threat and could target her. The youth of the Magpies is another factor to consider. Northern Territory Under 18 representatives, Tabitha May and Janet Baird have spearheaded the youth in Palmerston, going above and beyond for their team each week. Waratah, on the other hand, is different case. The Warriors may have talented youth like Madeline Gault, but their team is built on experience. Lisa Roberts can play in defence or through the midfield, Lauren O’Shea has turned into the ultimate utility and Lisa Miceli is averaging a bag of goals each week. There is a reason why the Warriors are so successful, and only few can topple them. This Saturday, the Pies might just do that.

PINT V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 2:00 pm

MCG

Now that Chloe Scheer has entered the fray, Nightcliff is looking like a different team.  Her four-goal haul against St Marys sparked new life into the Tigers, as Emily Wolsey kicked three goals of her own. The Queen Ants are another story, as they appear to have run out of legs. Pint’s early victories at the beginning of this season were well-fought wins, but lately, the team’s performance has been slack. Pint guns, Katie Streader, Madeline Keeble, and Samantha Barnett need to wring this team back into shape. Pint is still favoured to win this match but considering its recent form, the Tigers may surprise again.

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 9

ROUND nine of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s saw the gap at the top of the ladder widen, with Hawthorn, Collingwood and NT all notching up impressive wins over the weekend. On the other end of the table, Essendon was able to win its first game of the season against the Tigers at home.

NT smashed Geelong by 65 points in the Saturday twilight match and as a result has registered five players in this week’s best 22, which is the most a team has been represented this season. They had contributors all over the ground from Samantha Barnett in defence, Angela Foley in the midfield and Jessica Sedunary up forward. Contrarily, the Southern Saints did not manage to record a player in the best 22 this week after their loss against Casey.

Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser was really impressive, kicking three goals as the 23rd player for Melbourne University. She was not the only standout up forward this week with NT’s Jessica Sedunary and Jenna McCormick combining for seven goals in their side’s massive win against Geelong.

Nicole Hildebrand was unlucky to miss out this week with an impressive showing for Collingwood, recording two goals to her name. The ruck was a hard position to pick this week with three players putting their hands up for the role. The unlucky two were Nicole McMahon, who was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 21-point win over Melbourne University, and Alice Edmonds, who dominated in the ruck against Essendon on Sunday.

It is a positive sign to see so many fresh faces in this week’s best 22. Richmond captain, Jessica Kennedy is one name that stands out of the pack in terms of new faces. 

Player focus: VFLW – Round 3

THE NT Thunder has been one of the in-form teams of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition and we decided to focus on one of the hottest young talents in the competition. Nineteen year-old, Eloise Jones played her first season in the AFLW for Adelaide, and was nominated as a Rising Star during the season. Jones will line up for the NT Thunder in the VFLW season, and played mainly on the wing in the Thunder’s big win over Essendon at TIO Stadium. We analysed Jones’ game, including movements, stats and more*.

*Please note that statistics may be different to Champion Data due to definition and human error.  

 

#2 Eloise Jones- NT Thunder  

Q1:

0.00: Started on the wing
2.42: Attempted smother on Danielle Ponter’s kick out of the pack
4.34: Ran from defensive 50 to centre square
5.40: Moved forward to receive a kick from the boundary line
5.59: Ran towards Chelsea Randall to assist her when she had the ball in hand
6.09: Ran and chased two Essendon players in the centre square
8.05: Ran to receive a handball but Machaelia Roberts missed her with the handball
9.01: Laid a high tackle on Natasha Hardy in defensive 50
10.45: Attempted to pick up the footy but just slipped through her hands in the centre square
12.24: Moved inside the centre circle to play as an onballer after Alex Quigley’s goal
13.35: Ran hard to take an intercept mark in the Thunder’s forward line off Kirby Hicks’ kick from full back, but the ball slipped through her hands
18.25: Collected the footy off the deck off Jordann Hickey’s kick and kicked it towards goal, but it goes out on the full

Q2:

0.00: Started on a wing
1.37: Marked a free kick from Emma Swanson in the forward 50 on a tight angle from about 45 metres out
1.57: Kicks the ball to the top of the square instead of going for goal
3.55: Used fast closing speed to put pressure on Maddy Collier, who kicked back into the corridor inside NT’s forward 50
4.40: Jones takes a great contested mark off Jess Allan’s centering ball, and got the opportunity to have a shot at goal from 30 metres out directly in front
4.54: Jones misses the shot at goal
6.40: Takes an intercept mark of a Hayley Bullas kick from about 50 metres out from goal after running on from the interchange bench
6.43: Pinpoints the kick inside 50 to Tayla Thorn
9.54: Jones leaps for a fantastic uncontested overhead mark just outside the goal square, straight in front from Chelsea Randall’s kick to the square
10.02: Kicks her first goal of the day
17.57: Jones picks up a loose ball and kicks it along the ground inside 50

Q3:

0.56: Tried to snatch the ball off an Essendon opponent while she was being tackled by Emma Swanson
2.02: Ran behind Renee Forth on the set shot to get a chance to run into goal from long range, but didn’t receive the handball
8.04: Laid a tackle on Valerie Moreau and the ball spilled out of bounds
8.32: Jones punches the ball towards Georgia Bevan from the throw-in stoppage
8.52: Dived on the ball while Hayley Bullas was being tackled by Michelle Ellis to create a stoppage
9.06: Jones picked up the ball off a deck from the ruck tap and is immediately tackled by Lisa Williams. Creates a stoppage
16.40: Tayla Thorn hacks it forward and Jones picks the ball off the deck and takes off from the back half
16.41: Handpasses over the top to Emma Swanson in space

Q4:

0.00: Started on the wing
5.08: Jones picks up a kick that falls short inside 50 and handballs it off to captain, Angela Foley
6.47: Jones gets a loose ball, spins around her opponent and hacks it inside 50
10.18: Jones marks a long switch kick from Angela Foley
10.20: Kicks the ball straight to Samantha Barnett, but the ball slips out of her hands
17.59: Jones lays a tackle on Jessica Trend. Creates a stoppage
18.17: Jones gets the clearance from the stoppage, waves away her opponent and kicks the ball to Georgia Bevan just outside the centre square, who marks

Total stats: One goal, zero behinds, three tackles, five marks, one contested mark, four uncontested marks, nine kicks, two handballs, 11 disposals, one free against

Overall, Jones played really well on the wing, using her great hands to effect at multiple times. She opted to kick rather than handball, which paid off for her throughout the afternoon. The 19 year-old also floated up forward at times and generally made an impact when she did, kicking one goal for the afternoon. Jones was named third best in the Thunder’s 72-point win over the Bombers.