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NTFL Women’s preview: Round 3 – Bottom two face off for first victory

ROUND 3 of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) is coming up this weekend, with a number of big matches set to make or break sides even at this early stage of the season.

Waratah v. Nightcliff
Round 3 – 19/10/19
11:00
TIO Oval 2

The opening match of Round 3 will be an interesting one, with Waratah and Nightcliff completely swapping positions on the table in comparison to their respective 2018/19 season form. While Waratah only lost two matches last season and sit on one win from two matches this season, Nightcliff have already equalled their 2018/19 season wins with two. This match will really see whether Nightcliff have had the improvement they look to have had or whether they have come out with the luck of the draw in the opening rounds. Nightcliff have a smattering of high-impact players, with Shantel Miskin-Ripia the leading goalkicker for the side so far while Kate Morris has also been pivotal to the side’s early victories. for Waratah, Lisa Roberts and Madeline Gault have impressed early despite the side’s form.

Southern Districts v. Pint
Round 3 – 19/10/19
2:00
Norbuilt Oval

This will be a big match, with the two sides only separated by percentage at this early stage of the season but sitting with three other sides in between them. Pint have had a solid start to the season, only going down by two points in the opening round before rendering their opposition scoreless in Round 2, meaning Southern Districts could be in for a tough one despite beating last year’s premiers in Round 1, with a scoreless performance against the Wanderers last week potentially a big thorn in their side. For Pint, expect another solid performance from Jessie Baumer and Erin Hetherington while Crocs’ Charles Deegan, Lateesha Jeffrey and Mattea Breed are sure to speed head-first into the contest.

Palmerston Magpies v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 3 – 19/10/19
3:00
TIO Oval 2

The Magpies have a huge task ahead of them this round, taking on the thus far undefeated Buffettes – who have only conceded one behind for the season so far and are sitting pretty at the top of the ladder. Palmerston are in sixth from two rounds, going down last round to the reigning premiers but proving they have the ability to hold out for a win after a two point victory in Round 1, piling on the defensive pressure. If the Magpies can draw on that pressure again this week and hold off the Buffettes’ plethora of forward options, they could have a real chance of stopping Darwin in their tracks. That being said, the Buffettes have confidence and consistency on their side, making this an interesting contest especially with the likes of Tikesa Docherty-Cole and Machaelia Roberts impressive targets forward with plenty of grunt to get the job done. For Palmerston, expect another solid performance from Natasha Medbury while Arthurina Moreen has plenty to offer.

Wanderers v. St Mary’s
Round 3 – 19/10/19
5:00
TIO Oval 2

Wanderers have had a varied start to the season, unable to put a goal on the board in the opening round before unleashing in Round 2 with a 60-point victory against last year’s grand finalists, Southern Districts. Meanwhile, St Mary’s have had a similar few weeks, dominating against the league’s newest side in Round 1 but defeated by last season’s wooden spooners last week. Aaliyah Bailey is one who has burst onto the scene with St Mary’s, aided up forward by Danielle Ponter creating a real exciting young duo. For Wanderers, Sophia Mauboy put in a solid performance last week while Chonntel Vea Vea can have a real impact with ball in hand.

Tracy Village v. Big River Hawks
Round 3 – 20/10/19
2:30
Tracy Village

In a battle between early strugglers, this match will be very telling of which team could make their way up the ladder after a slow start and which side will continue to be a cellar dweller. While both sides have plenty to bring to the table, neither have really had an opportunity to prove themselves yet so will be raring to go. This will be the real test for both sides as they look to improve on their respective early season struggles, especially as both sides went completely scoreless in Round 2. For the Razorbacks, look to Alexandra Biggs, Grabrielle Young and Tara Everett after stellar performances to start the season while Jayde De La Coeur and Keomi Ross made an impact on the scoreboard in Round 1 for the Hawks, marking themselves as solid options inside 50.

NTFL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 2 – Buffettes, Districts and Nightcliff go two from two

THE Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) Premier League ladder has well and truly split after round one, with three sides sitting victorious two weeks in a row, four sides sitting on one win from two matches and the bottom three not having won a match yet.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.7 | 10.11 | 13.13 | 19.19 (133)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was a hard and fast start for the Buffettes, and despite inaccuracy they well and truly got over the line, dominating against the league’s newest side and flooding them 133 to zero. The Buffettes only have the one behind scored against them for the season so far proving Darwin are well and truly the team to beat at this early stage of the season. The Buffettes had six multiple goalkickers on top of four individual kickers, with Tikesa Docherty-Cole leading the charge forward with four, closely followed by Bianca Scrymgour with three.

PINT 2.2 | 4.7 | 6.9 | 8.14 (62)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

The second side to go scoreless in Round 2 were Tracy Village, with Pint just far too strong for the side which sits at the bottom of the ladder. A slow start from Pint kept Tracy Village within touching distance, however a lack of forward pressure from the Razorbacks ultimately saw the side go scoreless while the attacking momentum did not stop going Pint’s way. Despite the loss, Tracy Village’s Lauren Douglas and Jessica Downie did not stop pushing while Alexandra Biggs put in the hard yards. For Pint, Emma Greaves and Jessie Baumer kicked two goals apiece while four other players got their first goal of the season on the board.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 3.3 | 3.6 | 3.6 (24)
WARATAH 2.3 | 2.3 | 3.10 | 4.10 (34)

It was a tough see-sawing battle from last season’s top two sides, with Waratah prevailing in a tight 10 point victory, keeping the Magpies scoreless in the final quarter to get the win. The Magpies stuck right to the Warriors after a slow start, getting ahead at the main break before the defensive pressure of Waratah became too strong, unable to get boot to ball in front of goal. Natasha Medbury was key for the Magpies while Madeline Gault impressed for Waratah, aided by Isabella Rapson-Staropoli while Jenna Singh was also named among the best with a second goal to her name for the season.

ST MARY’S 0.1 | 0.4 | 0.4 | 2.6 (18)
NIGHTCLIFF 3.1 | 3.2 | 3.4 | 4.5 (29)

In another close match, it was a slow start from St Mary’s that kept them from going two from two, with Nightcliff getting their second victory on the board to already equal their 2018/2019 season campaign. While the Saints stalled Nightcliff from booting goals after the first quarter, their three goals to nil start kept the Tigers ahead with a final quarter goal cementing victory. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Eliza Wear were solid for Nightcliff while young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia kicked two more goals to add to her Round 1 tally. For St Mary’s, goals from Edith Boundry and Natasha Dunn-Richards were not enough to get them over the line this week against an ultimately tougher opposition than their Round 1 counterpart.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.5 | 7.10 | 13.12 | 18.14 (122)
WANDERERS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

The final match of the round saw yet another big victory with Southern Districts also keeping their opposition scoreless for what is the third scoreless side in Round 2 alone. The Crocs got away to speedy start, dominating from the get-go with plenty to offer around the ground while the Wanderers struggled to maintain possession of the footy. Despite the sloppy efforts from the Eagles however, Maria Billias and Sophia Mauboy proved they will not back down from a fight, going hard until the very end. For districts, Lateesha Jeffrey and Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill were among the best contesting well and forcing turnovers aplenty from their struggling opposition.

NTFL Women’s Premier League: Round 2 preview – Reigning premiers look to bounce back

ROUND 2 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) is set to be a big one, with plenty of entertaining matches coming up over the weekend.

Big River Hawks v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 2 – 12/10/19
12:30
TIO Stadium

Big River Hawks have a real task ahead this week, taking on ladder-topping Darwin Buffettes who only conceded one behind in the opening round credit to a tenacious defensive unit and forward line that had plenty in the tank. While the inaugural Premier Division match for the Hawks did not go to plan, they now know what to improve on heading into this match to ideally prove their place in the competition. Darwin will be coming into this match bursting with confidence so will need to ensure their confidence translates on the field after last week’s massive win saw the Buffettes kick only one less behind than goals meaning their accuracy may need some fine tuning. The Buffettes had six multiple goalkickers last round proving their threatening ability with ball in hand, especially with one of those multiple goalkickers being young gun Tayla Hart-Aluni, proving she can have a big impact on the contest despite her relative inexperience. For Hawks, Jade de La Coeur and Keomi Ross put in the hard yards last round so are sure to stand up once more with plenty to prove in the competition.

Pint v. Tracy Village
Round 2 – 12/10/19
2:30
MCG

This will be an interesting match, with both Pint and Tracy Village coming into Round 2 off the back of devastating Round 1 losses – though at completely different ends of the spectrum with Pint only going down by two points, while the Razorbacks conceded a whopping 118 points to the Buffettes. Tracy Village left plenty to be desired last week so will want to come into this match with a bang to get back on their feet and deny Pint the comeback they are looking for. Pint showed some really good intensity last round against the Palmerston Magpies but were unable to take control, so will be sure to take on the contest from the starting bounce to ensure they get on top of Tracy Village from the get-go. Pint is another side with solid goal-kicking options inside 50 so the likes of Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer will be key for the side to get on the board, while the Razorbacks had some solid performers last week with Bonnie McDougall and Tara Everett standing up despite the margin.

Palmerston Magpies v. Waratah
Round 2 – 12/10/19
5:00
TIO Oval 2

Last season’s top two will go head-to-head this round, with the Magpies sure to come into this match ready to win back their qualifying final match where they went down by 27 points. For Waratah, this match will be about coming back from their disappointing start to the season last week after going down to Southern Districts by 42 points. The Warriors were behind from the get-go last round while Magpies matched their respective opposition goal for goal all match making this an interesting one given the sides’ recent history. While Palmerston come into this match with the belief behind them, they were still given a tough muck by Pint last round so can’t underestimate the Warriors. Arthurina Moreen and Natasha Medbury will be key for the Magpies while options around the footy inside 50 allows the side to be dangerous from a number of angles. For the Warriors, stalwart Lisa Roberts lead the charge last round to keep chins up despite the slow start to the season so will look to keep spirits up again this week with young talent in Alysha Healy proving her ability with the footy to dominate contests.

St Mary’s v. Nightcliff
Round 2 – 12/10/19
7:00
TIO Oval 2

It is an early season battle of second and third on the ladder, with the only match between two Round 1 victors taking place in the second of the TIO Oval 2 double header to finish off the Saturday fixtures. Both sides put solid wins on the board last week, but sit in an unfamiliar position towards the top of the ladder after last season’s results, so will be keen to keep on top of their opposition and put their best foot forward for the season. Nightcliff only put the two wins on the board all last season so come into this match with plenty of hopeful eyes on them while St Mary’s took on this season’s newbies in Big River Hawks last round, meaning both sides could realistically take out this match despite question marks over both teams’ ability to keep up the winning ways throughout the season. Danielle Ponter impressed last round for St Mary’s as did young gun Aaliyah Bailey with three goals while Nightcliff have a similar number of young options with Shantel Miskin-Ripia booting four goals last week and surely looking for an opportunity to go back to back, while Eliza Morrison and Laura De Hommel were both named among the Tigers’ best last round, so watch out for a plethora of exciting talent taking on the contest in this match.

Southern Districts v. Wanderers
Round 2 – 13/10/19
4:00
Norbuilt Oval

Wanderers will be in for a tough one this week after going down goalless to Nightcliff last week, taking on last season’s grand finalists in Southern Districts in the only Sunday match of the round. The Crocs will be very happy with their Round 1 victory over Waratah so are sure to come into this match with plenty of confidence. This makes it all the more important for the Wanderers to come out hard and fast to ensure they don’t fall to a similar fate to the ‘Tahs and continue on from the low form and trajectory of their 2018/2019 season. Lori Niven lead the way for the Crocs last week credit to her leadership and skill with ball in hand while the side had no issue finding options inside 50 with three multiple goalkickers in Ebony Miller (three goals), Kelsey Patterson and Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill (both two). For the Eagles, last week saw Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Tulaha Jeffrey having an impact despite the loss so will be raring to go with a better full-field effort this week.

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap: Round 1 – Buffettes off to flying start

ROUND 1 of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s League is done and dusted, with Big River Hawks debuting to much fanfare while Darwin Buffettes rocketed right up to the top of the ladder with a massive 117 point victory over Tracy Village.

ST MARY’S 5.2 | 6.2 | 8.8 | 11.11 (77)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 1.3 | 1.3 | 2.7 (19)

GOALS

St Marys: A. Bailey 3, D. Ponter 2, S. Garner, M. Ludwig , B. Mcmurtrie, S. Edwards, C. Suapero, E. Calma
Big River Hawks: J. De La Coeur, K. Ross

BEST

St Mary’s:
Big River Hawks:
J. De La Coeur, K. Ross, H. Ross, D. Peckham, T. Munn, C. Browne

St Mary’s got off to a flying start to open the 2019/2020 NTFL Women’s season, with a dominant display from the Saints who controlled every inch of the ground and didn’t let the big day for the Hawks take away from their desire to dominate the contest and get a big win on the board to start the season on a high. Young gun Danielle Ponter continued her fantastic form with two goals on the board, joined by 18-year-old Aaliyah Bailey with three goals and opening up plenty of space forward to share the load and provide plenty of forward pressure for the Hawks. For the Hawks, though they only put two goals on the board and had some issues across the ground there were plenty of high points with some solid defence seeing the Saints finding a lot of the behind posts. While the Hawks were similarly plagued with inaccuracy, it proves that the side has plenty to offer to the competition with Jayde De La Coeur and Kalieshia Ross putting a goal apiece on the board while Hayley Ross and Deanna Peckham also made an impact.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 4.2 | 9.8 | 12.12 | 17.16 (118)

GOALS

Tracy Village: N/A
Darwin: N/A

BEST

Tracy Village: B. McDougall, T. Angel, T. Everett, A. Biggs, E. Tuohy, G. Young
Darwin:

This was certainly not the way Tracy Village would have wanted to open their 2019/2020 campaign, with Darwin Buffettes well and truly dominating in every aspect of the match. Last season’s semi-finalists set up an astounding win to open the season, only conceding the one behind to leap right up to the top of the ladder and send a big message to the competition. For Tracy Village it was a disappointing start to the season, however they found some solid patches, with the likes of Bonnie McDougall, Taquila Angel and Tara Everett standing up when required. While the Buffettes may not have been as accurate as they would have liked, they will still be very happy with this result and the massive percentage it gives them in the season opener. The Razorbacks left much to be desired this week so will surely be raring to go next round to prove they have more in them than this performance.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.3 | 4.3 | 8.4 | 9.4 (58)
WARATAH 0.0 | 0.3 | 1.4 | 2.4 (16)

GOALS

Southern Districts: E. Miller 3, K. Patterson 2, S. Hoogeveen-Hill 2, H. Engelhardt, L. Jeffrey.
Waratah: J. Singh, C. Fabris.

BEST

Southern Districts: L. Niven, E. Miller, M. Davis Tahere, C. Deegan, M. Breed, L. Jeffrey
Waratah: L. Roberts, A. Healy, M. Hunter, H. Goodall, J. Smyth

The reigning premiers were dealt a tough blow in Round 1, going down to their fellow grand finalists by a whopping 42 points. Districts certainly enjoyed their first win out of the blocks, dominating entries inside 50 and finding plenty of turnover ball with the ‘Tahs unable to hold onto possession. Despite some strong defensive work from Waratah getting the ball out of defence, far too much easy ball went straight back to their opposition with a strong blockading defence set up through the midfield allowing Districts to intercept mark and propel the footy forward. Despite the efforts of captain, Lisa Roberts, Waratah were unable to repeat their stellar 2018/2019 season form in the opening match, with Alysha Healy, Jenna Singh and Claudia Fabris also putting in the hard yards against their tough opposition. For Districts, Lori Niven dominated while the likes of Madisen Davis-Tahere caused plenty of issues across the ground. Ebony Miller (three goals), Kelsey Patterson and Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill (both two) all opened their accounts for the season proving that Southern Districts will be a force to be reckoned with this season thanks to goalkicking options alone.

PINT 3.1 | 4.1 | 4.3 | 5.4 (34)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 3.1 | 4.4 | 4.6 | 5.6 (36)

GOALS

Pint: J. Hewett 2, J. Baumer 2, C. Evans.
Palmerston: N/A

BEST

Pint: N/A
Palmerston: N/A

The closest match of the round saw the Magpies only just hold onto victory against Pint, who stayed on Palmerston’s tail for the whole game but were unable to steal the points. It was close from the very beginning, with both sides evenly matched and finding plenty of space to run and carry while at the same time unable to take control. The middle quarters were mostly slow with both sides having difficulty putting goals on the board despite the relatively high-scoring first term. Both sides applied phenomenal pressure, relentlessly denying easy ball after the opening quarter to cause issues up the field and forcing plenty of stoppages to create little scoring opportunity. Palmerston got the four points but Pint proved they will be a hard side to beat with plenty of options around the footy while Jasmyn Hewett and Jessie Baumer kicked two goals apiece.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.2 | 5.5 | 7.6 | 7.6 (48)
WANDERERS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.2 | 0.4 (4)

GOALS

Nightcliff: S. Miskin-Ripia 4, E. Morrison, C. Bracey, K. Morris
Wanderers: N/A

BEST

Nightcliff: E. Morrison, S. Miskin-Ripia, L. de Hommel, K. Morris, E. Wolsey
Wanderers: N/A

Nightcliff have started their 2019/2020 season with a bang, getting their first win on the board after only winning two games overall last season. While the match was relatively even to start, Nightcliff all but ran away with it in the second quarter piling five goals on the board and keeping the Wanderers scoreless at halftime. While the Wanderers found some better ball inside 50 in the second half, moving better to drive the ball forward, they were unlucky to not put a goal on the board with Nightcliff’s defensive effort just too strong. Star youngster Shantal Miskin-Ripia dominated for Nightcliff, with the key position player booting four goals while Eliza Morrison, Laura De Hommel and Emma-Lou Wolsey all played their role to contribute to the impressive victory. For the Wanderers, this match proves that the side has some potential but only if they can work together to deny ease of access forward and capitalise off stoppages to propel the footy towards their attack.

NTFL Women’s Premier League weekend preview: Round 1 – Hawks enter league

THE stage is set for Round 1 of the 2019/2020 Northern Territory Football League Women’s season, and with ten teams competing in this season the division has opened up to an 18-round season to make this the best NTFLW season yet. With a grand final rematch among this weekend’s matches, it is set to be a big weekend of footy.

St Mary’s v. Big River Hawks
Round 1 – 5/10/19
TIO Oval 2
2.30pm

The inaugural match for Big River Hawks will take place as the season opener, with the Hawks taking on St Mary’s in a clash that will see the elimination finalists from last season prove they have what it takes to defeat the newbies. With a notably stable lineup compared to the new look Hawks, St Mary’s should be able to get over the line given their form last season. The Hawks will want to announce themselves from the opening bounce, contesting hard at the stoppages and stopping St Mary’s signature run and carry in order to establish a commanding lead. With history in the making expect the Hawks to bring the heat and make the most of their opportunities to kick start their inaugural season off in style. However, St Mary’s will be wanting to make amends for their short comings last year and get their year off on the right foot.

Tracy Village v. Darwin Buffettes
Round 1 – 5/10/19
TIO Oval 2
5.00pm

Last season’s fifth and seventh place-getters will do battle to open their respective seasons, with only one side separating the two last year. Tracy Village were unlucky to not make finals last season while the Buffettes made it to the semi-final so it will be very interesting to see whether the Razorbacks can get one back this time around. The Buffettes will be hoping to replicate their form from last year to continue that winning momentum and hopefully assert themselves on the competition. The last time these two sides met the Buffettes ran away with a convincing win with the likes of youngster Tayla Hart-Aluni helping herself to two majors while Tikesa Docherty-Cole was also superb. For Tracy Village, Elissa Ienco and Jessica Downie left their mark on the game. Tracy Village will be hoping to gain bragging rights and start with a bang while the Buffettes will want to repeat their efforts from their previous encounters.

Southern Districts v. Waratah
Round 1 – 5/10/19
TIO Stadium
5.00pm

Round 1 will see a grand final rematch, with 2018/19 premiers Waratah taking on Southern Districts. While the grand final was in less than ideal conditions, the Crocs were well and truly beaten by Waratah last time they met so are sure to come into this match with a whole new game plan and ready to take one back. For Waratah, this match will be all about staking a claim on the competition once more after stellar form in recent years. Both sides have key players that they will be trying to get the ball into their hands in order to make sure they can capitalise in front of goal or dispose cleanly. Sue Nalder proved to be crafty in front of the big sticks for the Waratahs racking up 14 goals from the 12 games she played and will want to bring that same intensity again this game if her side is to roll over that hot form from last season.

Pint v. Palmerston Magpies
Round 1 – 5/10/19
TIO Oval 2
7.00pm

This will be an interesting match, with last season’s second and fourth place finishers taking on their fellow finalist. Last season the two sides split evenly with one victory apiece in head to head, while Palmerston won two more matches so both sides will be hoping to replicate their 2018/2019 form especially after both were knocked out of grand final contention. The Magpies showed glimpses of brilliance but had a tendency to fade away against higher place opposition and will be hoping to rectify those issues with a convincing win over Pint. Meanwhile, Pint will be hoping to establish a solid grounding for the rest of the season with a victory over Palmerston. Both teams know how to hit the scoreboard and if given the time and space can have an impact in front of the goals.

Nightcliff v. Wanderers
Round 1 – 6/10/19
TIO Oval 2
2.30pm

This match will pit last season’s cellar dwellers against each other, with both sides combining for only four wins last season. This will be an opportunity for both Nightcliff and Wanderers to start with a bang and find some form early in the season to ensure they do not sit at the bottom again this season. They showed that they can put on a show when on song with Nightcliff piling on a whopping 97 points the last time these two sides met credit to Shantel Miskin-Ripia bagging five goals while Emma-Lou Wolsey also made her presence felt with three majors of her own. They will be hoping to put out a similar performance in order to start on a high. For the Wanderers they will be wanting to regain some belief and prove their skill to compete within the league.

2019/20 NTFL Women’s Premier League season preview

A NEW season of NTFL Women’s Premier League is set to begin this weekend, with a new team added to the mix and plenty of excitement as we head into the 2019/2020 season.

Waratah

The 2018/19 premiers well and truly held their own in convincing fashion, defeating Southern Districts in the grand final to be premiers for the seventh time in eight years. The side had a plethora of talent up forward, with Amy Chittick the leading goalkicker for the season with 27 goals, closely followed by Lisa Miceli (24) and Lauren O’Shea (21) to round out the side’s impressive forward onslaught. Defensively, the efforts of Lisa Roberts were key throughout the season to rebound the footy and propel it forward. With a massive percentage and three 20-plus goalkickers to boot, Waratah are sure to be back for another bit of silverware this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 1st (Premiers)
Percentage: 411.84
Win-loss: 13-2-1

Palmerston Magpies

Though the Magpies were frontrunners for majority of the season, they unfortunately went down to Southern Districts in the semi-final to be knocked out of flag contention. Despite a much lower percentage than the top side in Waratah, the Magpies kept in touch with dominant goalkickers of their own as well as a smattering of high impact players that could well and truly change the game when required. Rounding out the goalkicking leaderboard for the season were Magpies’ Freda Puruntatameri (20 goals) and Natasha Medbury (17) while key players Tabitha May and Billie Byers proved their importance on the field time and time again.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 2nd
Percentage: 193.72
Win-loss: 13-3

Southern Districts

The grand finalists may not have been good enough on the day, but they certainly proved their ability to impact the contest time and time again to make it to the big dance with huge wins over St Marys and Palmerston during the finals. With impact players the likes of Tahlia Holtze, Tayla Thorn and Lateesha Jeffrey in the mix the side had plenty left in the tank, however just could not compete in the wet weather against Waratah. A solid percentage and plenty of goalkickers gave Districts the push they needed to make it to the grand final last season but an inability to compete in wet-weather footy was their downfall, meaning they will be back and raring to go once more this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 3rd
Percentage: 238.28
Win-loss: 11-5

Pint

Pint will be frustrated by their season-ending elimination final against Darwin Buffettes, knocked out well before they had an opportunity to prove their fourth place finish was deserved. With the likes of Cassie Henderson, Erin Hetherington, Kristen Smits and Danielle Suddaby among the side there was plenty of talent across the field, however it was not enough against powerhouse sides despite their form in the home and away season. It was the side’s inability to impact against teams higher on the ladder early on that kept them out of the top of the ladder, so Pint are likely to push even harder this season to get out of the rut of fourth position and contest against the hard-hitting sides.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 4th
Percentage: 95.24
Win-loss: 11-5

Darwin Buffettes

Another side with a wealth of talent, the Buffettes made it to the semi-final before being knocked out by the soon-to-be premiers at the final hurdle. With the likes of Machaelia Roberts, Celina Whan, Kylie Duggan and young gun Dominique Carbone in the mix there was plenty to be excited about for Darwin, however a confidence boosting win in the elimination final was not enough to get the side into the grand final. Having gone close to cracking 100 points on numerous occasions last season, the Buffettes will want to one-up their 2018/19 form this season and keep their eyes on finals contention once more.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 5th
Percentage: 191.58
Win-loss: 9-7

St Mary’s

Unfortunate to be bumped out in the early stage of finals footy last season, St Mary’s is sure to be back with a vengeance this season, especially safe in the knowledge that the Saints drew even with ladder-topping Waratah back in Round 5 last season – though not much to boast about with the match was called off due to weather conditions. The side had a smattering of big names, with Alana Coombes, Katherine Dann and Marlee Gunderson sharing the load inside 50. Defensively, the likes of Lori Niven and Courtney Webb held up well during the season, unshakeable in their task however were unable to hold up defensively against sides that had a number of goalkicking options in their midst.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 6th
Percentage: 57.56
Win-loss: 5-10-1

Tracy Village

With a seventh place finish last season, Tracy Village just missed out on finals contention. Now the side will surely be ready this season to go that extra mile and ensure a finals berth. While it was only the washout and split points that got St Mary’s over the line last season, Tracy Village just did not do enough in the second half of the season to push past St Mary’s and allow themselves an opportunity in the finals. Kristy Irvine was the side’s leading goalkicker last season closely followed by Rachael Bull, with a number of other players able to have an impact on the scoreboard if it wasn’t for the side being plagued with inaccuracy at inopportune times. Meanwhile, Zhoe Clarke proved key around the ground week in and week out.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 7th
Percentage: 55.78
Win-loss: 5-11

Wanderers

Finishing in eighth, the Wanderers were fortunate to come out of the season off the bottom of the ladder only by percentage. Arthurina Moreen (nine goals from 11 matches) was key for the Wanderers last season, with the side unable to capitalise in front of goal without as key target forward. That being said, Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Lauren Motlop proved time and time again that they had what it took to get the ball back down the ground, just unfortunately not working in their favour against teams with key figures across the field.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 8th
Percentage: 37.23
Win-loss: 2-14

Nightcliff

Last season’s wooden spooners, Nightcliff will be back with a vengeance this season after falling again and again. Despite rarely finishing games with more than 15 points on the board early in the season, Nightcliff proved they have the capacity to improve and put up a fight to finish out the season much better than they started. Emma-Lou Wolsey, Hannah Turnbull and Sophie Hatzismalis did not give up regardless of the match quality, while young gun Shantel Miskin-Ripia played less than half the season but kicked nine goals from her seven games proving the key position player has plenty in the tank if the ball comes to her and that the side has plenty to prove this season.

2018/2019 Season
Position: 9th
Percentage: 32.88
Win-loss: 2-14

Big River Hawks

The newest side to the NTFL Women’s League for the 2019/2020 season, the Big River Hawks will have plenty to prove when they take on last season’s finalists St Mary’s in Round 1. With little form to go off, the side will be raring to go and put the Hawks on the map this season, especially when taking on two of last year’s finalists in the opening rounds.

Miskin-Ripia developing on and off the field

FOR Northern Territory (NT) prospect Shantel Miskin-Ripia, her football journey is as much about past experience and future endeavours as it is about the now, playing with NT Thunder in the Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) and gearing up for the 2019 draft.

Like many others the full-back said the ultimate goal is to get drafted, but there are plenty more opportunities out there.

“To get drafted, like everyone else, but nah, just to really go as far as I can and never give up, and just knowing that there’s something else other than football,” Miskin-Ripia said. “If I do get drafted then yeah, that would definitely be something I would focus on.”

Miskin-Ripia currently works at AFL NT, working as a game development trainee and helping the next generation of junior football tragics make their start in the sport. “After I graduated I moved to NT then got the job, and basically I just teach kids how to play AFL, I go to different schools for clinics and I’m running my own Auskick next term,” Miskin-Ripia said. “I work with AFL NT so training is just around the corner, my office is right where the stadium is so I basically go to work then go to training… It’s so good, the support and everything. And everything’s around AFL, so you know the inside and out of AFL.”

Like any job it has its ups and downs, but Miskin-Ripia said she loves helping young kids develop their skills, with the reward of not only seeing them enjoy their experience with the footy but also learning from the kids she meets.

“It’s so good because they’re just so keen. And you’re also learning as well, so you’re giving them and teaching them and learning different stuff as well. You get a few hard heads, that’s something that you’ve gotta put up with,” she said. “I love it. It’s so good, you get a kid that’s having a bad day, you just arrive at the school and they like AFL, boom, ‘I wanna play’ and it’s so good. Yeah it is amazing, it actually is. I love it, I love my job, it’s great.”

Unlike many others, Miskin-Ripia was fortunate to not only start playing football at a young age, but was also able to continue playing throughout her junior years. Though she loves the sport, she said playing is as much about representing her culture as it is about the enjoyment.

“I started in WA, played Under 10s for one of the local footy clubs,” Miskin-Ripia said. “It was just me and my sister to start, no other females were playing to start so we were kind of one of the first two girls to be involved. “And yeah, I kept playing from there. “I just get to represent my culture and my family… it means that everyone can know where I come from and the opportunities I got getting out of where I used to live in Cairns, and all that … just bringing younger people up as well.”

Though she started playing as a junior in Western Australia, Miskin-Ripia spent some time in Cairns before returning after graduating high school. With moving states and playing with boys for majority of her junior years, Miskin Ripia said the transition has been different, especially when playing for Central Allies in the 2019 AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships.

“It’s a bit more professional I’d say, it’s all about wellbeing and stuff right now so yeah, it’s more professional than Cairns,” Miskin-Ripia said. “It’s so good. “I learnt a few skills from the boys to develop my skills and then to show that coming onto the field it’s great. “It’s great. We’ve gelled so well and come together great and got around each other a lot better … the opportunity is great, we’re really embracing it and everything.”

When it comes to inspiration, Miskin-Ripia said her dad gave her a lot of the drive she has now on the footy field, striving to improve and continue to reach her goals.

“Yeah, definitely my dad (has been the biggest inspiration),” she said. “He was a sporty person and he always taught me not to give up because I went from sport to sport, and so I just found AFL and he’s just really believed in me every step of the way and supported me, so he’s one of my big inspirations.”

As for improvement, the full-back said that while her kicking and tackling is something she works on frequently at training, her improved communication on-field is key for the rest of the team.

“I would say maybe my communication, seeing I’m full back and anchor,” Miskin-Ripia said. “With all the AFL’s different rules, like the anti-density, as full back I’m basically the anchor. “So I have to talk and structure out everybody. “I’ve just gotta get more loud I guess, and have a bigger voice and tell the team where to go and stuff like that. “Because I’m full back I have to kick out so that’s very important, I need to know if I can kick it long or short. “But I think also my marking, my higher up marking needs to be improved a bit but other than that it’s pretty good.”

AFLW U18 National Championships wrap

VIC Metro had an undefeated run in the championships, dominating across the board after coming into the Queensland series with a win over Vic Country. Every other team fought hard at each contest in what was a mostly even carnival played in a variety of conditions. We recap how each side fared and shed light on some of the better performers throughout the competition.

Central Allies (2-1)

Results:
Eastern Allies 4.8 (32) def. by Central Allies 5.6 (36)
Western Australia 5.2 (32) def. Central Allies 1.4 (10)
Queensland 4.5 (29) def. by Central Allies 5.0 (30)

MVP: Montana McKinnon

The Central Allies put up a solid performance at the championships, coming away with close wins over Eastern Allies and Queensland. The only chink in the armour came from Western Australia on the Wednesday, where they struggled to find connections across the field to go down by 22 points. The players who stood up time and time again were the likes of Teah Charlton and Jaimi Tabb who both imposed themselves throughout the Championships with good marking and strong tackling. Montana McKinnon was awarded the MVP for her work across the field, defensive presence and clever use of the footy while Tayla Hart-Aluni provided plenty of excitement with her dash across the ground. Tegan Usher showcased their strength taking some strong grabs throughout the series while using the ball well by foot. There was plenty to like about the Allies who grew as the competition went on finding stronger connections and creating good space to hit each other on the lead.

Eastern Allies (0-3)

Results:
Eastern Allies 4.8 (32) def. by Central Allies 5.6 (36)
Vic Country 6.6 (42) def. Eastern Allies 2.0 (12)
Vic Metro 11.9 (75) def. Eastern Allies 0.3 (3)

MVP: Mia King

Eastern Allies lost each of their three games only kicked six goals, but were competitive in both of their first two matches. Their closest match was their opener against the Central Allies, going down by four points but putting on a solid performance in a game they could well have won given they dominated the last quarter for forward 50 entries, and clearances for the game. The likes of Abby Favell, Mia King and Georgia Garnett were exceptional for Eastern Allies across the week. Favell was solid throughout the Championships going in hard at each and every contest, laying strong tackles and winning her fair share of the ball. Meanwhile King was awarded MVP honours for her efforts across the competition credit to her get in and go mentality and clean hands around the stoppages. Jayde Hamilton worked tirelessly across the matches, while Jordyn Jolliffe also played an imposing role when on the field. Brenna Tarrant was another player who stood out across the tournament.

Queensland (0-3)

Results:
Vic Country 9.7 (61) def. Queensland 3.1 (19)
Queensland 1.5 (11) def. by Vic Metro 4.5 (29)
Queensland 4.5 (29) def. by Central Allies 5.0 (30)

MVP: Ellie Hampson

Similar to Eastern Allies, Queensland failed to put a win on the board from their three matches but were in each of their matches. An inaccurate one point loss to Central Allies was likely the most painful for the side, which had plenty of opportunities to get in front but could not capitalise, whilst they were in the game for three quarters against the undefeated Vic Metro. The Maroons had plenty of talent with the likes of Zimmorlei Farquharson providing an exciting prospect in the forward line with her athleticism, football nous and speed. Every time she went near the ball something electric happened sparking plenty of enthusiasm from the crowd. Meanwhile the likes of Lily Postlethwaite and Isabel Dawes were equally as impressive throughout the Championships. Their class and skill in and around the contest was second to none extracting the ball and using it effectively. Charlotte Hammans also displayed her ball winning abilities throughout the series to have an impact for her side along with Serene Watson who proved to be crucial for Queensland at times. Another key player for Queensland and the MVP was Ellie Hampson who imposed herself at each and every contest using her body well to win the ball and bomb it out of congestion but unfortunately it was not enough to register a win for Queensland.

Vic Country (3-0)

Results:
Vic Country 9.7 (61) def. Queensland 3.1 (19)
Vic Country 6.6 (42) def. Eastern Allies 2.0 (12)
Western Australia 3.5 (23) def. By Vic Country 3.7 (25)

MVP: Lucy McEvoy

Vic Country came away a solid contender in the Championships, notching up three wins with their best, a come-from-behind win on Friday against Western Australia while they racked up a 42-point win against Queensland earlier in the week. Country stood up when challenged backing themselves in the contest and fighting their way out of trouble thanks to the likes of MVP winner Lucy McEvoy who took the game on at every opportunity. The highly skilled player showed her versatility playing in each area of the ground and having a profound impact while the likes of Tyanna Smith and Sophie Molan also worked hard to win the ball. Middle-ager Olivia Barber was exciting for Country who valued her height and versatility throughout the Championships hitting the scoreboard more than once and constantly providing an option inside 50 with her marking strength. Renee Saulitis provided a spark up forward with her dynamic movement and goal sense while Millie Brown was also impressive across the series providing good run and carry off the back half. Shanara Notman had a number of highlights, hitting the scoreboard while Darcy Moloney also worked tirelessly for Vic Country winning the ball and creating forward forays.

Vic Metro (3-0)

Results:
Vic Metro 8.3 (51) def. Western Australia 5.4 (34)
Queensland 1.5 (11) def. by Vic Metro 4.5 (29)
Vic Metro 11.9 (75) def. Eastern Allies 0.3 (3)

MVP: Georgia Patrikios

Vic Metro were by large the most dominant of all the teams in the series, winning their first two matches by solid three-goal margins before posting a dominant 72-point victory over the Eastern Allies on Friday to close out their tournament. They oozed strength and skill across the field making them tough opponents throughout the Championship. Metro have no shortage of ball winners with the likes of Gabby Newton and Georgia Patrikios both able to burrow down and extract the hard ball credit to their clean hands, slick movement and footy awareness. Ellie McKenzie offered plenty of spark with her brute strength and speed to evade would be tacklers and move the ball down the field with ease while the likes of Nell Morris-Dalton and Cleo Saxon-Jones relished the good ball movement from the strong midfield. Morris-Dalton and Saxon-Jones hit the scoreboard more then once throughout Championships thanks to their accuracy in front of goal while Emily Harley also made her presence felt in the forward half. Laura McClelland showed her versatility throughout the series while Felicity Theodore used her speed to create good space for Metro. Alana Barba played her role for Vic Metro while the likes of Gemma Lagioia and Elisabeth Georgostathis bobbed up for patches throughout the Championships to impact the play.

Western Australia (1-2)

Results:
Vic Metro 8.3 (51) def. Western Australia 5.4 (34)
Western Australia 5.2 (32) def. Central Allies 1.4 (10)
Western Australia 3.5 (23) def. By Vic Country 3.7 (25)

MVP: Mikayla Bowen

Western Australia were one of the most exciting sides all week, producing some impressive performances but unfortunately only getting the one win on the board against the Central Allies on Wednesday. Though they put both Vic Metro and Vic Country through their paces, they lacked consistency at times which was ultimately the catalyst for their defeat. WA showed glimpses of brilliance moving the ball with pace and precision down the field but lapses such as the start of their clash with Vic Metro, and the second half against Vic Country cost them from going undefeated this year. In saying that there were plenty of star players for the Black Ducks who proved that they have what it takes to match it with the best and cause headaches for opposition teams. Roxanne Roux left her mark on the Championships taking some huge grabs and putting her body on the line time and time again to win the hard ball. Roux showed great elevation throughout the Championships to contest the ball in the air but also following up her work at ground level. Mim Strom was crucial for WA with her impressive taps and strength in the ruck providing her side with first access to the ball with the likes of MVP winner Mikayla Bowen reaping the rewards of her work. Bowen had an impressive Championship showcasing her clean hands in close while Nyra Anderson dazzled with her pace and tackling intent. Taylor Pescud, Rebecca Viney and Mikayla Morrison all had their moments for Western Australia going in hard when necessary to extract the ball.

Scouting notes: AFLW U18s – Friday, 12 July

ON the final day of the Under-18 Championships we headed down to Bond University. It was a perfect day for footy with the sun shining and not a cloud in sight allowing the action on the field to do all the talking. Vic Metro continued their dominance finishing undefeated while Vic Country and Central Allies both prevailed in their respective tight contests. Taylah Melki was on hand to provide her opinion-based notes on players from each of the six sides.

EASTERN ALLIES v. VIC METRO

Eastern Allies

#9 Jayde Hamilton

Made her presence felt across the ground with her strength and desperation to win the ball at every contest. Stood up in the tackles and used her composure to think her way through defence. Slick hands out of the stoppages to release teammates and used her long clearing kick to try and get the ball out of danger.

#10 Abby Favell

Constantly involved in the contest and working hard to win the ball at the coalface. She showcased her clean hands in close to flick the ball out of the congestion and to a player in space. Applied strong tackling pressure and put her body on the line with her clever shepherds. Favell displayed her strong set of hands taking a heap of contested marks and intercept marks. Impressive passage of play at the start of the fourth quarter with a long booming kick from just outside defensive 50 towards the attacking 50 for Allies. Was arguably one of the best on field for the Allies who struggled to combat the pressure of Vic Metro.

#11 Mia King

Good read of the tap out of the ruck and good intent to win the ball and push it forward. Constantly involved in the play credit to her football smarts and commitment to the footy, putting her body on the line time and time again. Had the ball on a string for majority of the game showcasing her slick hands in close and working her way through traffic to dish the ball out to passing teammates. Came off early in the last term with a suspected knee injury but overall had a solid performance for the Allies who struggled to penetrate through the defence of Vic Metro.

#19 Sophie Phillips

Phillips displayed her intercept marking abilities taking a wealth of marks coming inside 50. She was under constant pressure and showed great composure to think her way through traffic and move the ball down the field.

#20 Brenna Tarrant

Worked tirelessly throughout the match to nullify the influence of the Vic Metro forwards, picking off errant kicks and showcasing her strong set of hands to take mark after mark. Imposed herself on the contest and used her football nous to bang the ball forward and create some type of forward momentum.

#24 Georgia Garnett

Good clearing kick to move the ball out of congestion and down the ground. She had a relatively up and down game emulating the consistency of her team but when she featured she made her presence with her clean hands and intent to move the ball forward.

#25 Tarni Evans

Evans applied good attacking pressure and showcased her goal sense to bomb the ball from outside 50 with the footy dribbling through only for it to be touched on the line registering their first score of the game. She worked hard throughout the game to win possession for her side and went in hard at every contest showcasing her intent.

Vic Metro

#3 Gemma Lagioia

She won plenty of the footy early on using her long clearing kick to pass the mess and move the ball forward to better options. Utilised her evasive skills to zip through players and create space across the field. She found really good space in the third term and highlighted her accuracy by foot, nailing a pass lace out to a teammate inside 50. She had a flying shot at goal picking the ball up off the deck and going for a run but the ball hit the post.

#4 Nicola Xenos

Xenos showcased her footy smarts to cleanly pick the ball up off the ground and go streaming forward, sidestepping her opponents and kicking the first goal of the game. Popped in and out of the game but when she had ball in hand she made the most of it, delivering slick passes and creating forward thrusts for her side.

#14 Laura McClelland

Good intercept mark and showcased good courage to go back with the flight and stand up in a pack. Went in hard at the footy both attacking in the air and at ground level and won her fair share of the footy throughout the match credit to her tenacity. Constantly hitting the packs with good intent and displayed her footy smarts to know when to leave her player and when to stick with them. Switched forward in the second half and made her presence felt, taking a strong pack mark early in third term and turning and slotting her first goal of the game. Huge tackle in the last quarter to claim a holding the ball credit to her strength and attack on the footy while also highlighting her decision making with a clever ball into the middle channel to open up the ground. Took a huge mark with two minutes left in the last quarter at full stretch on a slight angle and banged it through for her second of the match.

#17 Georgia Patrikios

Continued her hot form to break away from the packs and stream forward with a long booming kick just drifting through for a behind. Showcased her slick hands in close and her evasive skills to manoeuvre her way around opponents and find space in the forward 50 time and time again. Patrikios impressed in the third term with a pinpoint pass to Felicity Theodore resulting in a goal credit to her slick hands and intent to take the game on, going for a run and bounce through the forward 50 and opening up space. Patrikios was in everything and impressed, racking up plenty of touches and treasuring possession when she had ball in hand.

#22 Sarah Hartwig

Really strong mark in the second quarter to take it at full flight over the top of a couple of players. She showcased good elevation and football smarts to read the flight of the footy and drop back into the spot. Goal saving mark a couple of steps out from the goal line to top off a solid performance.

#23 Nell Morris-Dalton

Kicked the first goal of the second quarter with four minutes left on the clock credit to her footy smarts to shrug off the would be tackler and step to the side, bending the ball back and nailing an impressive goal. Constantly posed a threat inside the forward 50 with her commanding presence and goal sense.

#26 Gabby Newton

Good read of the ruck tap straight out of the middle to burst through the middle and take it cleanly to bomb the ball forward into their attacking 50. Newton showcased her accuracy in front of goal winning a free kick and making no mistake to score her first major of the game in the opening term. Ran into good space throughout the game and displayed her impressive vision to kick long into the forward 50 to a one on one. Good use of the angles to slice through the ground and open it up to create space and free running for Metro. Brought out the party tricks in the fourth quarter with an over the shoulder handball to a teammate in space while also doing the one percenters well such as tackling and tracking the ball at ground level.

#29 Cleo Saxon-Jones

Imposed herself in the forward 50 taking a strong mark in the opening term and highlighting her impressive kick to nail it between the big sticks. Good tackling pressure to win a holding the ball call in the third quarter. Impressive passage of play in the third quarter with a piercing kick straight through the middle to hit Patrikios on the lead.

#34 Jessica Fitzgerald

Applied plenty of physical pressure early, contesting hard to win the footy at the coalface and using her body to out muscle other players. Showed great intent to push the ball forward and create potential scoring opportunities. Moved into the forward in the last term and made no mistake taking a strong contested mark inside the goal square and slotting her first goal of the match.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA v. VIC COUNTRY

Western Australia

#7 Taylor Pescud

Worked hard at ground level to pick the ball up off the deck and keep the ball moving in the forward 50. She won her fair share of the footy and worked tirelessly throughout the match to win the ball and extract it out of the stoppages.

#8 Rebecca Viney

Worked hard in transition throughout the match to provide options across the ground. She consistently tried to win the footy at stoppages and was cautious with ball in hand to try and hit targets on the lead.

#13 Kia Buckley

Good contested mark in the forward 50 leading up at the footy resulting in a goal. Took a huge mark in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter but was unable to capitalise with the ball tracking to the right.

#17 Mikayla Bowen

Showcased her speed and good vision to go for a run down the wing and propel the ball long inside forward 50 to create scoring opportunities for WA. Showed good intent to try and win the footy time and time again while also highlighting her clean hands off the deck to pick the ball up off the ground with ease. Bowen was constantly involved in the contest, applying strong physical pressure and covering the ground well to have an impact at the contest.

#22 Nyra Anderson

Laid a huge tackle in the second quarter to claim a holding the ball call credit to her impressive athleticism and speed to trap Sophie Molan and bring her to ground. Showed good decision making to think her way through traffic and know when to burst away from packs.

#23 Mikayla Morrison

Good run and carry to break away from the pack and stream forward to slot her first for the game. She showed good spatial awareness to dodge players and keep her composure to lower her eyes and drill the ball through the big sticks.

#29 Roxanne Roux

The bandage on her head did not slow her down, working hard to win the footy both at ground level and in the air. She showcased her long booming kick once again, bombing the ball long down into the forward line. Bodied up well at the contest and got good separation from the tackler to break free and bomb the ball long down the line into the forward 50. Huge fly in the last quarter to get up high and then work hard to bring the ball to ground.

#35 Mim Strom

Kicked the opening goal of the game credit to her goal sense and ability to work her way through traffic and go for home. Showcased her impressive elevation in the ruck getting up high to tap the ball down to her teammates’ advantage, tracking well across the field.

Vic Country

#3 Paige Sheppard

Involved in everything early in the game getting hands to ball and showcasing her evasive skills to sidestep her opponent. She tracked the ball well at ground level to extract the footy and dish it off to a teammate in a better position.

#9 Darcy Moloney

Really built into the game and had an impact in the second half leading up at the footy and using her speed to get into dangerous positions across the ground. She had a shot at goal in the early stages of the third but just missed. Moloney showcased her skill to impact the play and cause havoc with her footy smarts.

#12 Tyanna Smith

Popped up in the third quarter and injected herself into the forward 50 with an impressive goal from about 35 out, slotting it straight through the middle. She showcased her strong hands to take a good grab and made the most of her leading patterns getting into space.

#14 Abbey Chapman

Showed a good ability to read the flight of the ball and cut off WA’s forward forays with multiple intercept marks across the backline. She worked tirelessly down back to win ball and propel it back down the field while also using her physicality to impact the play.

#21 Sophie Molan

Really built into the game and showed her good hands in close to feed the ball out of congestion and into space. Displayed good footy smarts and vision in the fourth quarter to dish off a loopy handball into space and create forward momentum for Country.

#23 Lucy McEvoy

Showcased her sheer strength and understanding to find the ball and use her body effectively to out muscle opponents. Injected herself into the game in the second quarter with a huge tackle to win a holding the ball call. Dropped forward late in the second quarter and offered a good lead up at the footy taking a strong grab and converting from about 20 metres directly in front for Country’s first goal of the game. Continued to show her dominance and ability to pick holes in defence to weave the ball through and hit targets throughout the match. Her marking was second to none, taking big grabs and getting up high to pick off stray kicks.

#24 Isabella Simmons

Good crumbing goal in the third term to pick the ball up off the deck and soccer it through for her first for the afternoon. Really good lead in the forward 50 and took a juggling mark on a tight angle from about 30 out but was unable to convert only registering a behind.

#25 Olivia Barber

Imposed herself early on in the game creating good leads and attacking the footy with strong intent. She displayed her strong hands to take a couple of consecutive marks but struggled to convert registering two behinds in the opening term. Showed good courage to go back with the flight of the ball and put her hands to the test taking some good strong marks across the ground acting as the outlet player for Country. She covered the ground well and ran hard to provide constant leads. She found plenty of opportunities in front of goal with another chance in the fourth but could not capitalise.

#29 Maggie Caris

Imposing figure in the last quarter taking two big grabs in the fourth quarter to stop the quick transition play from WA and allow Country to get re-entries into their forward 50. Was solid in the midfield defensive setup, cutting off WA’s clearing ball to the midfield and drilling it back forward.

QUEENSLAND v. CENTRAL ALLIES

Queensland

#4 Lily Postlethwaite

Showcased her strength and footy smarts to win one on ones and deliver well weighted passes to teammates moving past. Her strong hands were also a key feature of her game taking good marks and competing both in the air and at ground level to win the footy. Good vision to lower her eyes and sight a free player and deliver a bullet-like kick straight to her. Displayed her football nous to work her way through traffic and then make the most of her opportunities with ball in hand using it effectively and cleverly.

#8 Isabel Dawes

Good evasive skills to dodge her way through traffic and shrug off opponents to hit an opponent lace out on the wing. She used her quick hands to work her way through traffic and create space for her teammates. Showed a good burst of speed and footy smarts in the last term to zig-zag through the pack, read the tap out of the ruck and then stream inside 50 to kick long to a contest just outside the goal square.

#16 Ellie Hampson

Good out of the middle bursting away from the pack and using her pace to bang the ball long. Stood up in the tackles using her strength to shrug opponents off and showcased her long booming kick to bang it deep inside 50. Constantly involved in the play and displayed her physical nature taking the game on and moving the ball out of dangerous positions. She showed a never say die attitude, always hunting both the ball and the player.

#19 Zimmorlei Farquharson

Impressed throughout the game with her strong intent and desire to win the footy at every occasion. Won a holding the ball call in the first quarter credit to her strong tackling pressure and kicked it deep inside forward 50 to create a scoring opportunity. Was involved in plenty of contests going in hard and using her speed to weave through traffic. Took a strong contested mark inside the forward 50 but was unable to convert, only managing a behind. Made amends for her earlier miss with a strong take and a relaxed and composed run up to slot her first goal of the game. Good read out of the ruck to rove the pack, having a flying shot at goal but the ball just drifted left. She looked electric every time the ball came near her given her goal sense and dynamic movement.

#20 Charlotte Hammans

Worked her way into the game and made her presence felt across the field with her attacking style of play. She worked tirelessly throughout the match to try and extract the ball in close and then burst away.

#21 Taylor Smith

Stood up in the last term taking a big grab directly in front and converting her first for the afternoon to draw back the margin under pressure. She showcased her strong hands to take the ball above her head and displayed great composure to think her way through the shot and nail it.

#24 Annise Bradfield

Took a strong mark in the goal square credit to her footy smarts and clever body positioning and nailed her first goal of the game at the start of the second quarter.

Central Allies

#5 Shantel Miskin-Ripia

Worked tirelessly down in defence to try and chop off any forward forays from Queensland. Consistently got hands to ball taking a couple of intercept marks and dropping into the holes to regain possession for the Allies. Showcased her long booming kick to move it out of defence and push the ball forward.

#9 Jaimi Tabb

Proved to be hard to stop when on song, making her presence felt in and around the stoppages and flicking the ball out to teammates. She was a real bull and won a couple of clearances to move the ball forward and creating scoring pressure.

#10 Madison Newman

Worked her way into the game, winning plenty of footy in the forward half and working it around to better positions. Showcased her strength around the contest to get the ball out of congestion and move it forward with pace.

#11 Teagan Usher

Good read of the flight of the ball to get into the right spots and take numerous marks throughout the game. she tackled hard and applied good physical pressure to worry her opponents out of the contest. She covered the ground well and worked hard to try and create a contest at every opportunity.

#15 Mattea Breed

Really good overhead to take a strong mark inside forward 50 after a clever lead up at the footy slotting her first goal in the opening term. Took a big contested mark in the goal square and slotted her second goal for the game credit to her accurate kicking style and composure with ball in hand.

#23 Stephanie Williams

Impressive run through the forward 50 into an open goal shrugging off the tackler and getting the Allies on the board midway through the first quarter. Used her body well to take a strong grab near the goal square and then play on taking on the tackler and slotting it through for her second. Showcased her electric speed and attacking flair, soccering the ball off the ground and gaining important metres. Her attack on the ball was second to none hunting the ball and player throughout the match.

#25 Teah Charlton

Won plenty of ball throughout the game, going in hard at the contest and using her quick hands to feed the ball out to teammates. Positioned herself well around the stoppages to read the tap and get hands to ball. Extracted the ball with ease from the contest and showed good composure and footy smarts to take a couple of steps, look inside 50 and then deliver a spearing kick into their attacking 50. Displayed her strong set of hands to take an important mark just inside the centre square and then kick long into the forward 50. She applied good tackling pressure contesting hard at every opportunity.

#26 Montana McKinnon

Displayed her strong hands and defensive mindset to slot into holes and pick off errant kicks that came her way. She was really clean below her knees to pick the ball up off the deck all in one motion and then dish it off to a teammate while getting tackled. Applied good physical pressure to lay a strong tackle and win the ball back for the Allies. Took an impressive mark in the last quarter getting up high and showcasing her aerial ability to bring the ball down in a pack. Really good elevation when in the ruck working hard to direct her taps to her teammates.

#27 Tayla Hart-Aluni

Injected herself into the game early with her quick hands and impressive vision to sight players on the lead and dish off clever passes. Hit a perfect kick late in the first quarter lace out to Breed who slotted a goal. Second efforts were second to none competing both in the air and on the ground working tirelessly to regain possession for Central. Clean hands off the deck to pick the ball up and dish it off to a teammate all in one swooping action.

Western Australia prevails in tough slog with Central Allies

DESPITE a slow start, Western Australia came away with a solid 22-point win over Central Allies in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships that saw both sides play an exceptional defensive game.

It was a scrappy defensive contest early, with both sides putting on some intense tackling pressure and finding good separation to intercept mark but ultimately having difficulty driving the ball inside 50. Both Western Australia and Central Allies were driving hard into every contest but denying their opposition easy ball use in attack, seeing the first score of the game go to Central Allies late in the first term thanks to a dribbler from Teah Charlton to give them the lead heading into the break.

The second quarter saw Western Australia fight their way back into the contest, winning better ball back and pushing forward with intent. WA also tightened up their defence through the half back, forcing the ball to be kicked long or chipped forward and finding plenty of space to deny opportunities as they did so. Meanwhile, the Allies found little space in front of goal credit to Western’s defensive effort, only putting a behind on the board in the quarter. The Black Ducks kicked three goals credit to their tenacity running forward, while the Allies had some good passages of play but were making nothing of it inside 50 with Western’s defence rock solid.

Western Australia attacked hard early in the third, with Central finding plenty of the ground ball but giving the Ducks too much separation to move the ball downfield. The likes of Shantel Miskin-Ripia and Montana McKinnon were solid defensively, cutting off drives inside 50 with defensive intercept marks but their efforts were not backed up through the midfield who gave it away almost immediately credit to the pressure of the Black Ducks. A goal right before the siren saw WA extend their lead to 15 heading into the final term.

WA backed up their second and third quarters with a goal to start the term, coming into the last with a fire in the belly while Roxanne Roux came back on after a head knock to continue her spectacular form. Though Western Australia’s defence was impenetrable in the second half they were put through the wringer, under continuous pressure by a fighting Allies side. The Allies missed opportunities but not for a lack of trying, mainly because of the intense pressure that Western Australia applied smothering them at every opportunity and confusing the space resulting in the Allies being unable to find a clear target inside 50 credit to the pressure of WA.

Nyra Anderson topped disposals with 24, four tackles and six clearances, aided by Mikayla Bowen (21 disposals, nine tackles, four clearances, four rebounds, one goal) who provided a solid option across the field. Madison Newman was among the best for Central Allies with 19 disposals, closely followed by Charlton (15 disposals, nine tackles, five inside 50s) and Miskin-Ripia with 12 touches and six rebounds.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 0.0 | 3.0 | 4.1 | 5.2 (32)
CENTRAL ALLIES: 1.0 | 1.2 | 1.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS:

WA: M. Bowen, I. Lewis, M. Hyde, J. Briggs, M. Morrison.
CA: T. Charlton.

ADC BEST:

WA: N. Anderson, M. Bowen, I. Lewis, M. Hyde, B. Webb, S. Verrier
CA: M. McKinnon, M. Newman, T. Charlton, T. Usher, S. Miskin-Ripia, J. Tabb