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Weekend preview: NTFL Women’s – Grand Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEAMS:

Waratah

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

Southern Districts

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

Weekend wash ups: NTFL Women’s – Week 1 finals

THAT is a wrap for the first week of finals with some expected and surprising outcomes. Waratah showed why they are still the team to beat after a tug-of-war ended in a decisive victory over Palmerston. The Pies looked the goods early, but the Warriors were the team that played out four quarters of football. Southern Districts smashed St Marys for the third time in a row. The Saints had no answer for the Crocs and finished the season on a low. The final elimination match saw the Buffs outlast Pint in a low scoring affair. The Buffs will now meet old rivals Warratah while the Southern Districts face off against Palmerston.

WARATAH: 3.0 | 4.4 | 8.9 | 8.11 (59)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES: 3.0 | 3.0 | 3.1 | 5.2 (32)

Goals:
Waratah: S.Puruntatameri 3, A.Chittick 2, J. de Melo 2, S.Nalder
Palmerston: S.Bush 2, F.Puruntatameri 2, C. Lloyd

Best:
Waratah: A.Chittick, L.Roberts, J.Kolodzeij, R.Pryer, S.Bishop
Palmerston: G.Garling, T.May, V.Mounsey, J.Baird, J.Stassi

A good start in the first quarter saw Palmerston up with three unanswered goals thanks to Freda Puruntatameri and Shenaida Bush. Unfortunately for the Magpies, they found out why the Warriors have won six out of the last seven premierships. Waratah flipped the switch in the last few minutes of the first term to kick three instant replies. Going into the second quarter both teams were neck and neck.

That balance quickly shifted as Waratah flexed their muscles. Skipper, Lisa Roberts rose up to the occasion for her 150th game, pushing to a new level as the game went on. Amy Chittick found it tough to replicate her usual performance, but still managed to put two majors on the board. However, the real game changer was Sherayn Puruntatameri pushing forward to bag three goals. Jessica Stassi and Tabitha May fought valiantly in the midfield, but the Pies’ forward line was well held by Sharona Bishop and Rebecca Pryer. Their efforts put a halt to the Magpies’ forward efforts until the final quarter when the game was out of reach.

Palmerston will have to regroup and prepare for the Southern Districts next week, while Waratah will face the Buffettes with all the confidence in the world.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS: 2.1 | 7.3 | 8.8 | 11.9 (75)
ST MARYS: 0.1 | 0.1 | 2.2 | 2.3 (15)

Goals:
Southern Districts: T.Thorn 2, M. Moussa 2, E. Miller 2, H. Englehardt 2, C. Deegan, B. Clarke, K. Patterson
St Marys: Not supplied

Best:
Southern Districts: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

The Saints struggled against the Crocs for the third game in a row in what was a consistent outing for these two teams. The Crocs got the upper hand early with the Saints scoring only one behind for the quarter as Tayla Thorn kicked things off by booting the first two majors of the opening term. The onslaught continued in the second term as the Crocs hit the scoreboard hard. Districts’ best and fairest Ebony Miller pushed forward to kicked two majors while Indy Sleeth controlled the ruck. Matters got worse for the Saints when Maria Moussa popped up with two goals of her own. The Saints went into the third quarter with only one point to their name, proving their troubles down the field.

St Marys managed to kick two goals early in the second half, but the Crocs quickly replied with one of their own. Charles Deegan had no issue showing her skill by kicking a major off one step. In the final term, the Saints had lost hope and the Crocs kicked two more late goals to end St Marys’ season. Now they will get ready to face Palmerston who they haven’t beaten all year. This will be the ultimate test for the Southern Districts.

PINT: 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 (8)
DARWIN BUFFETTES: 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.5 | 3.5 (23)

Goals:
Pint: K. Streeder
Darwin Buffettes: N. Dunn 2, M. Taylor

Best:
Pint: Not supplied
Darwin Buffettes: N. Dunn, D. Tootham, K. Duggan, D. Ah Wang

This was a very tight and exhausting game as both teams struggled to get a score on the board. By the end of the first half, the only scores produced were Darwin’s two behinds. Stoppages were everywhere in this contest with most players struggling to find space. Pint’s Katie Streader broke the drought with the Queen Ants finally kicking the first goal of the match in the third quarter. Melinda Taylor responded with one of her own as Darwin went into the fourth term four points in front.

A hero finally came in Nicollette Dunn who booted the last two goals to seal the match. The efforts of Kylie Duggan in the midfield and Delsey Ah Wang in the backline were outstanding. The pair held it together when most couldn’t on a hot day. Unfortunately, they will now have to meet Waratah in the Semi-Finals, who look invincible after pounding the Magpies.

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 wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 16

THERE were a lot of twists and turns in round 16, with the latter end of the season proving very intriguing. The first match saw Darwin pull a 180 in effort and fall to Pint. The Queen Ants have now cemented their spot for finals by showing the Buffs that they are for real. The next match was no upset for Waratah, who stormed through Nightcliff with little effort. The Palmerston Magpies were no different, sweeping through Tracy Village with ease to continue their premiership campaign. St Marys was last to fall, the Southern Crocs were hurt from their last defeat and gave the Saints a death roll. The Crocs are looking forward to making a statement ahead of their first women’s finals appearance in history.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 I 0.1 I 1.2 I 1.2  (8)
PINT 0.6 I 2.7 I 2.8 I 2.8 (20)

Goals

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan
Pint: Not Supplied.

Best

Darwin Buffettes: J. Alley, C. Whan, K. Tinley, A. Bryan, M. Turner
Pint: Not supplied.

How the mighty have fallen, with Darwin falling to St Mary’s and now Pint over the past few weeks. However, credit to Pint who jumped on the Buffs early and took them by the horns. The Queen Ants may not have kicked a  goal after the second quarter but their defensive- efforts proved more than enough for Darwin. Erin Hetherington and her fellow backliners deserve a pat on the back, but for the Buffettes, the pressure is seeming to mount as we reach the end of the season. Celina Whan was the only Buff that could hold her head high as many Darwin stars went missing. Midfielder Tekesa Docherty-Cole was well contained by the Queen Ants, while the promotion of Jordann Hickey to the Melbourne Demons has left a huge gap in the backline. Elsewhere the Queen Ants are crawling over the competition but will meet a savage outfit in the Southern Districts this week.

NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 I 0.0 I 1.2 I 1.2 (8)
WARATAH 4.1 I 7.7 I 8.8 I 10. 12 (72)

Goals

Nightcliff: E. Wolsey
Waratah: A. Chittick 5, M. Cooper 2, L. O”Shea 2, T. O”Hehir

Best

Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, H. Turnbull, S. Miskin-Ripia, K. Simmons
Waratah: S. Bishop, A. Chittick, K. Piscioneri, A. Healy, B. Martin

In two weeks the nightmare for the Tigers will be over and they can start rebuilding for next season. Unfortunately, they had the misfortune of playing the reigning premiers late in the competition. Amy Chittick kicked a bag for the Waratahs in the absence of spearhead Lisa Miceli. Tall timbers Lauren O’Shea and Molly Cooper combined for four majors while Sharona Bishop, Breanne Martin, and Alysha Healy dominated the midfield. Waratah will again look to continue an onslaught performance when they meet Tracy Village this Sunday.

TRACY VILLAGE 2.0 I 5.0 I 8.3 I 11.4 (70)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.3 I 1.4 I 1.4 I 1.4 (10)

Goals

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke
Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown 3, F. Puruntatameri 2, T. May, S. Bush, J. Huddleston

Best

Tracy Village: Z. Clarke, K. Dumbris, S. Bailie-mace, K. Hughes, B. McDougall, A. Ogilvie-Mitchel
Palmerston Magpies: M. Brown, C. Marshall, T. May, B. Byers, F. Puruntatameri  

An honest start from the Razorbacks saw them become a bacon buffet for the Magpies. Freda Puruntatemeri lit up the forward line with Michaeline Brown, with the pair managing five majors between them. Billie Byers was again steady in defense thanks to an impressive midfield, with Tabitha May being the stand-out. The Magpies have indeed become the heavy favourites to take home the cup this season after becoming the premiership fancies of the competition. Palmerston’s final rounds will see them face St Marys and the Wanderers, projected wins that are likely to give the Pies a huge advantage as they cruise into finals.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 10.0 (81)
ST MARYS 0.0 (15)

Goals

Southern Districts: Not supplied
St Marys: Not Supplied

Best

Southern Districts: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

After a poor performance in their previous match, the Southern Districts had one thought on their mind: crush the Saints. The Crocs were awake this week and showed the competition that last week was just a hiccup. Rhiannon Busch was star of the show, kicking four goals for the day. Tayla Thorn was close behind, running St Marys into the ground. Lateesha Jeffrey owned the backline, teaming well with Indy Sleeth as she controlled the ruck. This game showed how dominant Southern Districts can be on the scoreboard. Pint is up next for the Crocs, so they will be hungry to beat a team in form.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 15

WITH Australia Day weekend coming up, the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League competition will see three days of football. On Saturday, Waratah meets the Eagles at Gardens Oval. The Warriors destroyed Pint last weekend and looks to repeat the same efforts against the Wanderers. On Sunday, Nightcliff battles Tracy Village, followed by Darwin coming up against St Marys. The Razorbacks should be hungry after their previous withdrawal while Darwin seeks redemption after its loss to the Pies. Monday sees titans clash with the Southern Districts and Palmerston Magpies facing off. The Magpies have been knocking off top teams left and right and the Crocs look like the only team that can stop them.

WARATAH V WANDERERS

Saturday January 26,  12:00pm

Gardens Oval

In previous matches, the Eagles have been blown away by the ladder leaders. Waratah’s forwards, Lisa MiceliSue Nalder, Amy Chittick, and Lauren O’Shea could all top the goal kicking tally if they get off to a good start. Then there’s the Warriors backline that forms up a wall of intercept markers. Lisa Roberts and Sharona Bishop will make it very difficult for the Wanderers to score as they have fewer spearheads up front.  The Eagles have nothing to lose nor gain in this game, but with only four games left, the Wanderers just have pride on the line.

NIGHTCLIFF V TRACY VILLAGE

Sunday January 27, 10:00am

PSC BM Oval

Tracy Village pulled out of last week’s match against the Southern Districts. This week, the Razorbacks should be more than ready to face the bottom-of-the-ladder Tigers. If the Tigers are to win this match, they must negate the influences of Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke. Despite the fact that both teams lack key position players, Clarke and Irvine have the ability to carry the Razorbacks over the line. The Tigers may not have this privilege as Chloe Scheer‘s duties to the Adelaide Crows might cause her to miss the rest of the season.

ST MARYS V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Sunday January 27, 12:00pm

TIO Stadium

Last weekend, the Buffettes failed to play four quarters of football in their loss to Palmerston. This is due to missing players in Tikesa Docherty-Cole, Jasmine Anderson and Nicky Anderson. Darwin will be very keen to get these players back fit and firing. Machaelia Roberts and Kylie Duggan were everywhere against the Magpies, but lacked support for their efforts. They may not need to much support, as St Marys will be down a few players themselves. If Saints stars, Jasmyn Hewett and Danielle Ponter did not have responsibilities to the AFL Women’s competition, this would be an intriguing match. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and the Buffettes seem overwhelming favourites.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Monday January 28, 12:00pm

Asbuild Oval

The Southern Districts have played only one game in the last four rounds. This match will be a difficult one to win for the Crocs, as the Magpies have been running elite teams off their legs. Freda Puruntatemeri shifted into a new gear last week, kicking crucial goals for her side. Lateesha Jeffrey will need to lock down this sharpshooter quickly before she gets a taste of the scoreboard. Despite this, the main concern for the Crocs is the Pies’ midfield. Jessica Stassi, Tabitha May, and Natasha Mebury are all unique as they each bring something different to the table. Stassi’s bollocking clearance work, May’s skill at ground level, and Medbury’s ability to push forward make a very unorthodox yet deadly combination. Tahlia Holtze and Ebony Miller will have to push themselves beyond their limits to combat this formidable trio. If the Crocs can show their earlier form from this season, Palmerston could be in for a shock. However, the Southern Districts will play as the underdog this round due to the Magpies’ current wining streak.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

A strange turn has occurred in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition as Tracy Village forfeited its match against the Southern Districts. Three games continued after the shock withdrawal, as the Palmerston Magpies and the Darwin Buffettes duelled on a muggy day. The Buffettes started off well but the Magpies’ persistence would deny them a victory. St Marys fought off a hungry Wanderers to claim four premierships points, but the Eagles not going down without a fight shows they still have pride. In the final game, the Warriors only allowed Pint to score one point and crushed the Ants.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 10.0 (60)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 (0)

Southern Districts won by forfeit.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.1 I 2.2 I 5.3 I 5.3 (33)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES  0.2 I 2.4 I 4.4 I 7.6 (48)

On a damp ground, the Magpies managed to wear down the Buffettes to a 15-point win. The match started off very sluggish as a tug of war, so neither team kicked a goal in the first quarter. Kylie Duggan and Machaelia Roberts clicked into gear in the second term, as Darwin scored two majors in a row. The lead was short lived as Freda Puruntatameri showed some brilliance inside 50 with a classy snap around the corner followed by a Jackie Chan-like goal, which put the Pies back in front. Undisciplined action would cause the Pies to lose the lead in the third tern, as two 50 metre penalties had undone Palmerston’s hard work. In the final quarter, Jessica Stassi would change the tide as she kicked her first major of the day. Janet Baird was next to pop up to boot two goals of her own, giving her team a decent buffer during the final minutes. Natasha Medbury kicked the final goal late to put the result beyond any doubt. Darwin was competitive early but simply ran out of legs against a younger team. Palmerston will face the Southern Districts this week in what should be another heavyweight match.

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan 2, M. Breed, K. Tinley, M. Turner.
Palmerston Magpies: J.Baird 2, F.Puruntatemeri 2, N. Medbury, J.Stassi, S.Bush.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: C. Whan, D. Totham, K. Duggan, M. Roberts, N. Dunn
Palmerston Magpies: B. Byers, F. Puruntatameri, J. Misob, N. Medbury, J. Baird

WANDERERS 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.2 I 4.6 (30)
ST MARYS  2.3 I 4.7 I 4.9 I 5.9 (39)

With the Adelaide Crows practice match occurring on the same day, St Marys entered this match without the support of some of their stars. It mattered little as Alana Coombes stole the show, kicking three majors on the day. Coombes has been in good strides recently and is close to becoming one of the elite goal-crumbers in the competition.  She was well supported by the efforts of Katherine Dann, who kicked two of her own. The Saints forwards controlled the scoreboard for the first three quarters, but a late charge by the Eagles saw a close match. In the end, it was too little too late for the Eagles as St Marys claimed the win.

GOALS:

St Marys: A. Coombes 3, K. Dann 2.
Wanderers: I. Briston 2, A. Moreen, T. Tipiloura.

BEST:

St Marys: Not supplied
Wanderers: T. Tipiloura, A. Moreen, I. Briston

WARATAH 3.2 I 5.5 I 6.6 I 8.7 (55)
PINT  0.0 I 0.1 I 0.1 I 0.1 (1)

After their previous loss, the Warriors sharpened their spears last weekend and went hunting. Pint never got in the game, as defensive efforts by Sharona Bishop and Molly Cooper saw the Queen Ants score only one point for the game.  Amy Chittick and Breanna Martin kicked six goals between them while Sue Nalder booted a pair of her own. The Queen Ants may have locked in their finals spot, but if they don’t believe they belong there they may fall out in the first elimination final.

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 3, B. Martin 3, S. Nalder 2.
Pint:  Not supplied.

BEST:

Waratah: A. Chittick, M. Cooper, R. Pryer, S. Bishop, S. Nalder
Pint:  Not supplied

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 14

IT is Round 14 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition and with finals five weeks away, the contenders for this season’s premiership are becoming obvious. Up first, Southern Districts return to take on Tracy Village. The Crocs were average in their first match back from the holiday break, but with the Razorbacks’ current record, the Crocs may dine on Bushpigs. The following match is the main event where the Darwin Buffettes face the Palmerston Magpies. The Buffs’ have enjoyed an easy run of victories lately, but on Saturday, they could receive a wake-up call from the Pies. At the same time at TIO Oval, St Marys will battle the Wanderers. The Saints will be eager to continue their good patch of football. Lastly, reigning premier, Waratah wounded from their previous defeat, needing a convincing win over Pint.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V TRACY VILLAGE

Saturday January 19, 10:00 am

Norbuilt Oval

If the Crocs ever needed a tune-up match, this is it. Southern Districts forwards, Tayla Thorn and Charlie Deegan have been missing in action in recent games. The Crocs would be very anxious to get this pair up and firing this week. Tracy Village’s defence was overwhelmed by the Saints’ pressure last weekend and if Thorn and Deegan kick straight, it could prove disastrous for Tracy Village. Razorbacks midfielders, Kristy Irvine and Zhoe Clarke know how to win the clearances, but their forwards are always last to the ball. This must not happen against the Crocs’ backline because Lateesha Jeffrey will send the ball 50 metres in the opposite direction. The Southern Districts’ main problem has been accuracy in front of goal, and they will need to tighten up their skills before they meet Palmerston next week.

PALMERSTON V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Asbuild Oval

After the Magpies defeated the reigning premiers last Sunday, it is hard to choose a favourite for this match. Darwin has not beaten Waratah all year, but the Magpies will provide a good challenge. Palmerston should be welcoming back Tabitha May after a stint on the sidelines. May, Natasha Medbury and Janet Baird will face possibly the most balanced midfield in the competition. The main threat for the Pies is Machaelia Roberts, whether playing forward, midfield or half-back, she can prove a menace on the ground. However, she is not the only problem. Jemma Iacono, Dominique Carbone, Kylie Duggan and Tikesa Docherty-Cole are very capable of picking up the slack. This is another game where it could be head or tails, yet the Buffettes might have more to play for after their easy run of wins.

ST MARYS V WANDERERS

Saturday January 19, 4:00 pm

Tio Oval No. 2

It hs been a long hard season for the Eagles. Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen has proven to be the standout for the Wanderers up forward. Unfortunately for Moreen, she has not had the midfield to feed her. With the added support from the Adelaide Crows (Danielle Ponter, Jasmyn Hewett, and Ailish Cosidine), St Marys should prove too powerful for the Wanderers. Mathematically, the Saints can make finals, but logically a win here is just a consolation prize.

WARATAH V PINT

Sunday January 20, 11:30 am

Gardens Oval

Pint is one win away from securing a top five spot. The only problem for the Queen Ants is they must defeat Warratah on Sunday. Normally Waratah would come in as heavy favourites, but with players like Madeline Reisinger, Sherayn and Christine Puruntatameri possibly missing another week, Pint has a chance. Erin Hetherington has been sensational across half-back, carrying as much influence as Cassie Henderson does in the midfield. However, Warriors stars, Lisa Roberts, Madeline Gault, Lauren O’Shea and Sharona Bishop are still a very lethal combination. If the Queen Ants manage to pull off the win, it will provide serious momentum for them in the upcoming weeks. 

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 13

LAST weekend’s round of footy saw one upset in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s while the rest of the top teams crushed their opposition. The Buffettes showed the Wanderers no mercy last Saturday as the Darwin stampede proved too much for the Eagles. Meanwhile, the Saints roasted the Razorbacks after another disappointing result for Tracy Village. Nightcliff was the next to fall to Pint, the Queen Ants seem to have regained their competitive edge. On Sunday, however, the trend of favourites would fall to the underdog. The Palmerston Magpies defeated the reigning premiers Waratah in a thriller by two points.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.3 I 8.4 I 11.7 I 13.11 (89)
WANDERERS 0.1 I 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.4 (10)

When Darwin defeated Nightcliff the previous week, the damage could have been much more extensive. This time the Buffettes made use of every scoring shot they had. Zoe Anderson was the star with four goals to her name, Melinda Taylor kicked two with the rest of the Buffs being single contributors. Machaelia Roberts was electricity running through the ground, the Eagles had no one to who could catch her. Under 18 representative Authurina Moreen was the Eagles only goal kicker while the Buffettes had nine. Darwin has enjoyed a past few weeks of easy victories, but this week they will have to face the Magpies who have just toppled Waratah. Palmerston will be no easy kill as this match could prove to be the game to watch.

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: Z. Anderson 4, M. Taylor 2, M. Breed, M. Roberts, C. Whan, K. Duggan, K. Williams, M. Turner, T. Bullen.
Wanderers: A. Moreen.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, C. Whan, Z. Anderson, D. Totham, K. Duggan
Wanderers: M. Billias, K. De Stage, P. Koulakis 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 3.1 (19)
ST MARYS 0.2 I 1.6 I 4.10 I 6.14 (50)

On Saturday, St Marys unveiled an arsenal of Adelaide Crows that took control of the midfield and left the Razorbacks in their wake. The group was comprised of Danielle Ponter, Jasmyn Hewett, and Irish talent Ailish Considine who got her first taste of Australian football. Considine contributed well and Ponter was outstanding, while some women looked clumsy Ponter was slick. Hewett was no different, as the tall timber contested well in the ruck and racked up disposals like a common rover. Alana Coombes was another who shined for the Saints kicking two goals for the day. Coombes would have kicked a bag if she was more accurate in front of goal. The highlight of the match saw Ponter and Kristi Irvine go head-to-head in the last quarter. Irvine’s clearance efforts were impressive, but Ponter’s composure and skill through traffic were nothing short of superior. The Saints now have a sniff and with the top five spots now deciding finals, the next few weeks very interesting.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: K. Irvine 2, J. Oxspring.
St Marys: A. Coombes 2, S. Maxsted, M. Gunderson, F. Frances, S. Edwards .

BEST:

Best Players: K. Irvine, A. Shepard, G. Young, B. McDougall, C. Wright, E. Lima
Best Players: A. Coombes, D. Ponter, J. Hewitt, M. Gunderson, J. Boundary 

NIGHTCLIFF 0.1 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 2.1 (13)
PINT 0.2 I 4.3 I 4.3 I 6.4 (40)

In a slow start to the first term, Pint clicked into gear during the second. Cassie Henderson continued her follow-up work from Tracy Village by racking up the disposals and booting two goals. Forward Louisa Bahen Wright slotted a pair of her own majors while Danielle Suddaby provided a good target as well. The Queen Ants drifted off in the third quarter, but with Nightcliff unable to inflict any real damage, the game was never in doubt. Pint’s inconsistency of not playing all four quarters may prove costly in the future. This effort against the elite teams of the competition simply will not do.

GOALS:

Nightcliff: J. Puautjimi, J. Hill.
Pint: L. Bahen-Wright 2, C. Henderson 2, D. Suddaby, E. Fittock.

BEST

Nightcliff: S. Hatzismalis, J. Blecher, H. Turnbull, J. Steppacher
Pint: Not Supplied  

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.1 I 5.1 I 5.1 I 7.1 (43)
WARATAH 0.3 I 3.4 I 5.4 I 5.5 (41)

Sundays was the heavyweight game of the round and it did not disappoint. From the opening quarter, the Pies started off with a bang kicking the first two whilst keeping Waratah goalless in the first quarter. Waratah would bounce back in the next two terms as the combined efforts of Lauren O’Shea and Sharona Bishop saw Warratah hit the front. It seemed like history was about to repeat itself, but Natasha Membury’s Pies fought back in the last quarter to win the match. It is a defining win for Palmerston, they have now beaten all top five teams, proving they are a real premiership threat.

Goals

Palmerston: Not supplied.
Waratah: S. Bishop 3, L. O’Shea 2, A. Love.

Best

Palmerston: Not supplied
Waratah: L. Roberts, A. Healy, T. Muller, A. Chittick, S. Bishop

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 9

IT was a round of the best versus the worst as the top teams got the better of the bottom sides in convincing wins. Waratah was the first juggernaut of the round, defeating Tracy Village by 98 points. This is also the second week in a row that the Razorbacks have been kept scoreless. The Saints put up a fight against Palmerston in the first half but were ultimately blown away in the second half. Elsewhere, the Southern Districts smashed the Queen Ants, keeping them to one behind for the day. The last match was the exception to previous games, where a fight to avoid the bottom of the ladder saw Nightcliff and the Wanderers battle for their first win of the year. In the end, it was the Eagles who claimed the four points and sang their song for the first time this season.

 

WARATAH  4.0 I 9.5 I 9.9 I 12.17 (89)
TRACY VILLAGE  0.0 I 0.0 I 0.0  I 0.0 (0)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: Not Supplied.
Waratah: L. O’Shea 5, L. Miceli 5, B. Martin, M. Gault.

BEST:

Tracy Village: A. Henderson, Z. Clarke, M. McCartney, E. Ienco, A. Ogilvie-Mitchell, S. Bailie-mace
Waratah: M. Gault, L. Roberts, S.Bishop, J. Kolodziej, M. Reisinger

Tracy Village was very competitive early on in the season, but in the past two weeks, they have failed to score a single point. Lisa Miceli led the way for Waratah, kicking another five goals for the third week in a row, but she was not the only Warrior to kick a bag. Lauren O’Shea pushed forward to bag five of her own, meaning the Razorbacks had no answer for the tall timber of the Warriors. The defence of Waratah was nothing short of perfect. Lisa Roberts and Sharona Bishop built a wall in the backline that Tracy Village couldn’t even dint. Under-18 representative, Madeline Gault ran amok in the midfield and up forward, kicking a goal. She was named best-on-ground, and although she is already a premiership player she appears to have taken her football to the next level.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES  2.1 I 6.6 I 10.10 I 13.14 (92)
ST MARYS  3.0 I 5.0 I 7.3  I 8.4 (52)

GOALS:

Palmerston Magpies:  N. Medbury 4, S. Bush 2, J. Stassi, T.May, H. Davey.
St Marys: Not Supplied.

BEST:

Palmerston Magpies: F. Puruntatameri, N. Medbury, S. Bush, H. Davey, B. Byers
St Marys: Not Supplied

If Natasha Medbury keeps up this form, she could be awarded the Gwynne Medal at season’s end. Medbury has been dominant in the midfield this year, but her ability against St Marys to push forward from the centre and kick four goals was remarkable. However, Freda Puruntatameri has become equally as important, voted the best player on the day, Puruntatemeri’s run and carry from the half-back line has been vital for Palmerston this season. St Marys played well in the first half, only to chase the Magpies’ tail feathers in the second. The Saints have been more competitive in recent weeks, but unlike last week where they were able to snatch a win in the last quarter, they were simply outdone by the better side.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 5.2 I 9.5 I 11.9 I 12.12 (84)
PINT  0.1 I 0.1 I 0.1  I 0.1 (1)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: Not Supplied.
Pint: Not Supplied.

BEST:

Southern Districts: E. Miller, K. Patterson, T. Holtze, I.Sleeth, J. Hoes
Pint: Not Supplied

After several poor seasons, the Southern Districts have announced themselves as heavyweights in this year’s competition. Tahlia Holtze and Ebony Miller are showing their class each week as they continue to blaze from the midfield and give their forwards ample opportunities in front of goal. The overall team performance kept the Queen Ants to one point, showing that Pint was unprepared for the manic pressure that the Crocs produced. In the first quarter, the Southern Districts kicked five goals, and from there it was a feeding frenzy for the Districts. The Queen Ants seem to have no problem defeating the teams below them, but when it comes to battling the real contenders of the NTFL Women’s competition, they get shown up in poor performances. As for the Crocs, they appear to be Waratah’s number one threat in claiming the 2018/2019 premiership.

WANDERERS 2.1 I 2.1 I 3.2 I 7.2 (44)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.1 I 1.2 I 1.2  I 3.4 (22)

GOALS:

Wanderers: L. Allia 4, A. Moreen 2, C.Boyd.
Nightcliff:  Not supplied.

BEST:

Wanderers: D. Peckham, I. Briston, L. Motlop
Nightcliff:  Not supplied

Eight rounds and no wins made this game a battle of pride. It was a tight match where the Eagles and Tigers kept trying to claw ahead in the seesawing contest. The final outcome was the Wanderers proving that little bit better, with Lee-Anne Allia and Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen as well as Calista Boyd stepping up to the plate and kicking the goals that needed to be kicked. Nightcliff kicked two goals late but never seemed to have the momentum to catch the Wanderers. The Eagles will face the Razorbacks next week and after Tracy Village’s poor performance in recent weeks, the Wanderers may get their second straight victory. The Tigers had their opportunity against the Eagles but sadly fell short, meaning the Tigers are destined to repeat their poor form from last year.