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

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

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

GOALS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOALS:

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

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

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

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

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

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Finals Week 1

NIGHTCLIFF and Darwin were the winners out of week one in the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League finals series, both triumphing in their bouts on Saturday. The Tigers sent reigning premier Southern Districts packing in an entertaining elimination dig, while St Mary’s will have to lean on its double chance after being blown away by an impressive Darwin Buffettes unit. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 0.3 | 2.5 | 4.5 | 5.6 (36)
NIGHTCLIFF 3.0 | 4.1 | 6.2 | 9.4 (58)

GOALS:

Districts: N/A
Nightcliff: L. Gooden 3, K. Irvine 2, J. Anyon-Smith 2, M. Ward, K. Hill-Carter

Nightcliff ended the defence of reigning premier Southern Districts on Saturday afternoon, running out 22-point victors in a mature performance. The Tigers burst out of the blocks with three unanswered goals in the opening term to establish a strong buffer, before holding firm and running out 9.4 (58) to 5.6 (36) winners. The Tigers’ running game and ability to lock the ball in their forward half held sway in the end, making for a lifting elimination triumph. Lauren Gooden led the attack with three majors, combining well with Kristy Irvine (two goals) and Mickayla Ward (one) in the forward half. Emily Casey and Sophie Hatzismalis also continued their good form at the pointy end of the season as Nightcliff look to time their peak perfectly. St Mary’s awaits for the yellow and black side.

DARWIN 3.5 | 6.6 | 11.9 | 16.10 (106)
ST MARY’S 1.0 | 3.2 | 4.3 | 5.3 (33)

GOALS:

Darwin: A. Bush 6, M. Ellis 4, M. Althouse 2, M. Sliwinski, K. Duggan, D. Ah Wang, K. Remfrey
St Mary’s: M. Long 3, I. Porter, K. Dann

Darwin sent a statement to its competition with a comprehensive 73-point qualifying final victory over St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon, setting up a semi final meeting with undefeated minor premier, Pint. The Buffettes led by over three goals at half time, but did most of their damage thereafter with 10 goals to the Saints’ three. Quick entries inside 50 allowed instinct and individual brilliance to take over for Darwin, whose win totalled 16.10 (106) to 5.3 (33). VFLW-bound talent Ashanti Bush booted six goals in the win, backed strongly by four majors from Michelle Ellis. Machaelia Roberts and Kirstin Remfrey were also among the Buffs’ best, while Michaela Long snared three goals for St Mary’s and teammate Alana Coombes was among the best players afield with Isabelle Porter.

WEEK TWO FIXTURES

Semi Final 1:
St Mary’s vs. Nightcliff
Saturday March 6, 12:15pm
TIO Stadium

Semi Final 2:
Pint vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday March 6, 2:15pm
TIO Stadium

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 8

IT was a mixed bag of results in Round 8 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League with a draw and a couple of close encounters headlining the round. Tracy Village continued their winless start to the season decimated by Waratah while second placed St Mary’s were gifted the bye.

WANDERERS 1.2 | 3.3 | 4.5 | 7.6 (48)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 6.3 | 7.3 | 11.4 | 11.6 (72)

The Magpies got off to a blistering start, dashing whatever hopes the Wanderers had of securing a win with a six goals to one opening term. Although the scoring dried up in the second quarter, Palmerston found their kicking boots once more in the third to pile on four goals and all but seal the deal against the Wanderers. The win marked the Magpies’ second for the season, leapfrogging their opponents into sixth while the Wanderers only have one victory to their name.

Despite the loss their were a couple of key contributors with Sophie Fazzolari finding the big sticks with relative ease to walk away with three majors while Shekeine De Satge once again hit the scoreboard to make it two weeks straight thanks to her two goals. Keyona De Satge and Morgan Johnston were the other two players to find their way onto the goal kickers list with a goal apiece. Cassie Ormsby continued her hot form, named in the best for her third consecutive week as was Tishara Davern credit to their high output across the ground. For the Magpies, Crystal Browne proved to be the go to girl walking away with six majors for the afternoon while in her first game for the season Daysia Creed-Wray managed to slot a major as Tabitha May also impressed named in the bests once again.

WARATAH 7.4 | 16.7 | 23.9 | 27.14 (176)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was a demolition job by the Warriors who simply exploited the languishing Tracy Village at every turn, keeping them scoreless for the entire game. It was all one way traffic as Waratah seemed to have the ball on a string and were deadly inside 50 converting at a relatively high rate credit to the class across the ground. The Razorbacks had no answers for Waratah who were relentless in their attack of the footy and defensive pressure to shut down any opportunities that arose despite it only being their second win of the season.

Danica Pedersen went bang for the Tahs registering an equal game-high six majors showcasing her impressive goal nous and sheer skill inside 50. She was well aided by fellow goal scoring machine, Lisa Miceli who booted six goals of her own while Jenna Singh also chimed in with a handy five majors. Molly Cooper managed four while Monet Hunter was the only other multiple goalkicker in their resounding win. It was not the same story for Tracy Village however a couple of familiar faces were once again in the midst of the action with Zhoe Clarke and Sarah Wilson plying their trade across the board for the Razorbacks. Kahla Dumbris and Kiri Marshall also joined Clarke and Wilson amongst the bests in another gruelling outing for the bottom of the ladder side.

NIGHTCLIFF 2.0 | 6.1 | 6.2 | 11.4 (70)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.2 | 7.4 | 10.4 | 11.4 (70)

It was always going to be a tight battle between the two sides given the closeness on the ladder sitting fifth and fourth respectively and the game well and truly lived up to expectations with the contest going down to the wire. A strong fourth term saw Nightcliff fight their way back into the contest and record a draw after staring down the barrel of a 26-point deficit at three quarter time. Southern Districts flew out of the blocks early, creating a handy buffer and kept their foot on the throat up until the final term when Nightcliff kicked it up a gear to completely shift the momentum piling on five goals to one.

There was no shortage of multiple goalkickers for either side with the work of Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Darcy Elliston not going unnoticed slotting three goals apiece for Nightcliff. In her second game for the season, Amy Pittman stepped up to the plate with two goals to her name while Mickayla Ward continued her hot streak nailing a major and named in the bests for her third straight week. Lauren Gooden was impactful managing a goal while Sophie Hatzismalis led the way with her on-field performance. Tayla Thorn was once again a menace managing three goals, a slight step down from her 10 the week prior. Jessie Brock and Grace Mulvahil recorded two goals each while Ebony Miller starred for the Crocs. Emma Forsyth was her consistent and dominant self, named in the bests a third time from her five games this season.

PINT 2.2 | 4.3 | 5.6 | 6.8 (44)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.2 | 5.3 | 5.5 | 6.6 (42)

The top four battle between Pint and Darwin Buffettes delivered the goods with neither side backing down or leaving anything to chance. In the end it was Pint that snuck home a two-point victory to keep their undefeated record intact and keep a firm grip on top spot. The ladder leaders seemed to have things on their own term in the opening quarter of play before the Buffettes settled into the groove of things to wrestle back momentum and subsequently steal the lead. Darwin tested Pint at every term, never far away from the action and applying scoreboard pressure before the Queen Ants fired back in the final term with a goal and two behinds as both sides rued their inaccuracy in front of the big sticks.

Casey Morris led the way inside 50 for Pint bagging two goals to take her season tally to seven. Hillary Grubb also found her range finishing with a major to her name as did Amy Chittick and Jasmyn Hewett showcasing their ability to share the goalkicking load. Erin Hetherington was recognised for her efforts across the ground as was Jacinta Reid who was named in the bests for her second time in as many weeks. Lucinda Hamilton also plied her trade across the ground for the winners. The Buffettes are yet to release their bests or goal kickers.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 6

ANOTHER weekend of blowout margins headed up Round 6 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League, with three of the four winners conceding less than 10 points in their respective matches and little changing on the ladder with three of the top four collecting significant wins. While Nightcliff had an eye-opening encounter with Darwin Buffettes they still sit within the top four, and Southern Districts seem to have gotten into the swing of things now with a second straight win after four consecutive losses to start the season. All that, and more, in our weekly women’s wrap.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.3 | 3.5 | 5.5 | 8.7 (55)

Darwin Buffettes have continued their excellent start to the season, limiting fourth-ranked Nightcliff to just one goal and overcoming a shaky start to come away with a 49-point margin. It was an explosive second and fourth quarter that saw the side really create a buffer against the Tigers, booting 3.2 in each quarter and backing it up around the ground with their defensive effort. For Nightcliff, it was a disappointing outcome especially given their great start to the season, meaning they will really have to lift their game to get back to their early season form with three straight losses on the board.

For Nightcliff, the side’s lone goalkicker Emma-Lou Wolsey remains atop the goalkicking leaderboard by the skin of her teeth, sitting equal first alongside Darwin’s Zoe Anderson who matched her with one goal of her own this week too. Mickayla Ward and Sophie Hatzismalis were both named best for the Tigers, while for the Buffs there were a flurry of gamemakers around the ground with Machaelia Roberts (three goals), Delsey Ah Wang (two goals), Lucy Louis and Jemma Iacono putting on solid performances.

 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
ST MARY’S 7.2 | 12.3 | 13.6 | 17.8 (110)

It was another disappointing outing for Tracy Village this round, making for the side’s fifth straight loss and second time in two weeks that they were unable to put a score on the board. To the Saints’ credit though, they did not leave any stone unturned with a shot at rocketing their percentage this week sitting in second on the ladder, seeing 11 players hit the scoreboard and only two register multiple majors, such was their complete and utter dominance on the contest.

St Mary’s did not seem to put a single foot wrong throughout, navigating traffic with ease and seeing Danielle Ponter and Michaela Long enter the leading goalkicker list with four goals apiece. Both players were named among the best, as were Megan WilliamsonFatnowna Frances and Shailyn Doreen Peris who all put a goal on the board in the comprehensive victory.

 

WARATAH 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.1 (7)
PINT 2.1 | 2.3 | 3.4 | 5.6 (36)

Waratah narrowly escaped a goalless outcome when they took on Pint, booting a major in the third term to edge back the margin slightly, but seeing the Queen Ants reign supreme in a lower scoring affair than expected. While certainly not the outcome the Warriors wanted, Pint still sit atop the table undefeated so to come out and limit Pint’s firepower up forward is certainly a credit to the Waratah outfit. That being said, Pint was clinical once more in this effort with the work rate high and expectations higher a third of the way through the season.

For Waratah, the ever reliable Jenna Singh was the lone goalkicker, while Pint’s Jessie Baumer booted two to sit on six goals from three matches, and was joined by Gemma Cusack, Jacqueline Downey and Erin Lavis on the goalkicking list this round.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.3 | 0.3 | 1.5 | 3.8 (26)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 0.2 | 3.4 | 5.6 | 6.6 (42)

Southern Districts have inched their way up the ladder with a second straight win this week, downing the Palmerston Magpies and proving they are capable of much better performances than they have put out thus far in season 2020. It was a seesawing affair between the two sides, seeing both teams battle for the upper hand and finding a couple of purple patches to extend or reduce the margin, with the Districts’ three goal to nil second quarter allowing them to take the lead and hold onto it. While the Magpies had a better final quarter, booting 2.3 to Districts’ 1.0, it was unfortunately not enough after allowing the Crocs to get on top early in the high pressure outing.

For the winning side it was Tayla Thorn and Jessie Brock who led the charge out the front, booting two goal apiece, while young gun Grace Mulvahil and milestone 50-gamer Ebony Miller also found the big sticks. Malory Nankervis and Rhiannon Busch were named among the best in a solid and much better team effort from the Crocs. For the Magpies, Kiara White, Natasha Medbury and Jasmine Duturbure booted a goal apiece, with the former also named among the best alongside Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg.

NTFL Women’s 2019/20 wrap: Round 12

IN the first game back after the Christmas break there was plenty on the line ,with prime ladder position and reputation all up for grabs. Round 12 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) was filled with close games and a few blowouts with the biggest surprise Waratah’s loss to the sixth placed Nightcliff. Meanwhile, Big River Hawks forfeited their game against Tracy Village and the Wanderers prevailed in a tight encounter.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 4.3 | 4.4 | 6.6 | 8.6 (54)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 |1.2 | 3.3 | 5.4 (34)

GOALS:
Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 3, A. Moreen 2, K. Whittaker, N. Medbury, J. Brock
Buffettes: L. Warburton-Richards, L. Adam, M. Turner, T. Hart-Aluni, B. Scrymgour

BESTS:
Magpies: N. Medbury, B. Byers, K. White, I. Ronberg, A. Moreen, F. Puruntatameri
Buffettes: M. Turner, L. Adam, D. Carbone, K. Duggan, T. Hart-Aluni

The round kicked off on Friday night with only 20 points separating both sides at the final siren. Unfortunately for the Buffettes the damage was all but done in the first quarter, with the Magpies going on a scoring spree to open up a 27-point lead. The Buffettes failed to register a score in the first quarter thanks to the intense defensive pressure applied by the Magpies, while the Pies continued to hit the scoreboard with every opportunity that came their way. With a handy lead they were hard to catch, forcing the Buffettes to play catch-up – a game style they simply could not maintain. Freda Puruntatameri was electric in front of goals nailing three majors to help establish a nice buffer for her side while Arthurina Moreen also contributed to the scoresheet with two goals of her own in the Magpies victory. Natasha Medbury also found the big sticks along with plenty of ball across the field while teammate Kaeleisha White made no mistake fighting hard to win the footy and dispose of it cleanly. For the Buffettes, youngster Tayla Hart-Aluni kept her hot form running with another strong showing, nailing a goal and proving she is not afraid to get in on the action. Although Dominique Carbone did not find the goals like the previous round she still found plenty of the ball, instead helping to set up plays across the ground while Lucy Adam and Meredith Turner hit the scoreboard instead.

ST MARY’S 2.3 | 3.3 | 5.4 | 5.6 (36)
WANDERERS 2.1 | 6.1 | 6.1 | 6.3 (39)

GOALS:
St Mary’s: N/A
Wanderers: L. Motlop 2, T. Davern 2, P. Koulakis, S. De Satge

BESTS:
St Mary’s: N/A
Wanderers: T. Davern, G. Halkitis, S. De Satge, L. Motlop, M. Johnston, P. Koulakis

It came down to a mere three points with St Mary’s falling just short of their sixth win for the season. St Mary’s will be rueing both their inaccuracy and lacklustre second quarter, allowing the Wanderers to pile on four goals to their one. It was close throughout the match with St Mary’s ultimately forced into chase position early on after a disappointing second term. However, the Saints were not going to die wondering, mounting a strong comeback and eventually going down by just the three points. Both sides fought hard to gain ascendancy and most importantly capitalise on their scoring opportunities but it was the Wanderers’ increased accuracy in front of the big sticks that got them over the line. Lucille Motlop was the danger woman for the Wanderers, booting two goals, while Tishara Davern also added another two majors to the total. Both Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Shekeine De Satge also made their presence felt with one goal apiece to cap off a tight but successful outing for the Wanderers. Aaliyah Bailey was solid as ever, plying her trade across the field and getting involved in the action to keep her side in the contest while Chinette Suapero continued her consistent form for St Mary’s, but it was not enough to give them the boost they needed to clinch the win.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.2 | 4.6 | 6.10 | 9.12 (66)
PINT 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS:
Southern District: E. Miller 4, K. Waterbury, G. Stiles, H. Engelhardt, G. Mulvahil, A. Lewis
Pint: N/A

BESTS:
Southern District: G. Mulvahil, K. Waterbury, L. Jeffrey, A. Lewis, M. Breed
Pint: N/A

It was another dominant performance from Southern Districts to limit Pint to only 10 points, proving that the Christmas break did no harm to their game play and intensity. The Crocs were on from the first whistle of the game, coming out with a point to prove and scoring prowess to boot but suffered from inaccuracy registering 12 behinds. Although they ran out with a 56 point victory they really could have romped it home if it was not for the missed chances in front of goal, something they will want to tidy up with finals fast approaching. Pint scored their only goal in the final term of the game thanks to the hard work and strong defensive structure of Southern Districts. Goal scoring machine Ebony Miller added to her growing tally booting another four majors in the clash with five other teammates hitting the scoreboard. Grace Mulvahill was clean across the ground using her spatial awareness to have an impact while also showing her goal sense to bag a goal herself. Mattea Breed was a key contributor once again in the win, using her ball smarts and vision to have an impact while Keeley Waterbury left her mark both on the scoresheet and on stats sheet. Emma Greaves and Cara Evans worked tirelessly to try and create some type of forward thrust for Pint but it was often to no avail.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.2 | 2.4 | 3.6 | 4.6 (30)
WARATAH 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.3 (15)

GOALS:
Nightcliff: M. Ward 2, E. Morrison, J. Steppacher
Waratah: T. Cunningham 2

BESTS:
Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, E. Morrison, S. Hatzismalis
Waratah: M. Cooper, L. Roberts, P. Cox, A. Healy, I. Rapson-Staropoli

Nightcliff pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the round, downing the first placed Waratah in convincing fashion. This is only the second loss of the season for Waratah who struggled to find their normal momentum and scoring prowess, making for an enthralling battle between the two sides. Nightcliff took an early lead and did not look back, steadily building on their lead and proving that their best can match it with anyone in the competition. They all but doubled their opponents’ score by the final siren, showcasing their ability to close out games and score at a steady pace albeit with slight inaccuracy. The margin really started to open up in the third quarter before Waratah fought back but ultimately could not do enough to reduce the margin significantly. In her first game of the season Timaya Cunningham was a shining light for the ‘Tahs, nailing her side’s only two goals and showcasing her talent. Isabella Rapson-Staropoli continued her hot form, named in the bests for the third consecutive week and highlighting her ball winning ability and skill. For Nightcliff, Mikayla Ward was up to her usual tricks in front of goal nailing two majors and causing headaches for her defensive opposition. Eliza Morrison made an impact on the scoreboard with a goal while also doing her fair share of damage across the ground alongside Emma-Lou Wolsey and Sophie Hatzismalis.

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.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 5

ROUND 5 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League sees a couple of weaker sides being tested against the competition’s strongest forces. Firstly, Southern Districts will take on the Wanderers, while at Gardens Oval, Waratah will do battle against St Marys. Then, Nightcliff will take on the Buffettes and in the only Sunday game, Pint and Tracy Village go head-to-head for crucial premiership points.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V WANDERERS

Round 5- Saturday November 3, 10am

Norbuilt Oval

The Wanderers will search for their first win against the Southern Districts this weekend. The Crocs are more vulnerable following Round 4, after suffering a loss to Palmerston. But the week before, they smashed St Marys by 114 points, so it is hard to tell where the Southern Districts are at the moment. The Crocs’ forward line can be very potent at times, so if Teka Voysey, Tahlia Holtze, Charles Deegan and Kelsey Patterson can continue to kick goals, then the Wanderers may struggle. For the Wanderers, they will need to take key learning lessons out of last week’s big loss against Waratah to put up a fight in this game.

 

WARATAH V ST MARYS

Round 5- Saturday November 3, 12pm

Gardens Oval

Waratah looks primed to defend its NTFL Women’s premiership, with no losses so far to begin the season. The Warriors have also recorded big winning margins along the way, with the most recent one coming against the Wanderers in Round 4. Lisa Miceli is dominating the goal kicking so far, booting through 13 majors in three games. The next best goal kickers are on seven, making Miceli a player that St Marys must nullify. But this will be difficult, as the Saints have been struggling this season, with just the one win to date. Hopefully Isabelle Porter and Katherine Dann can build on their good form and prevent an onslaught from the Warriors on Saturday.

 

NIGHTCLIFF V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Round 5- Saturday November 3, 12pm

PSC BM Oval

Nightcliff seems to be in for another disappointing season, struggling to put in a fight in the first four games of the season. Last week wasn’t any easier, going down to Tracy Village by 95 points. The Buffettes on the other hand are going along nicely with three wins and one loss. What makes it better is Darwin has come off its biggest win to date, defeating St Marys by 70 points in Round 4. Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Machaelia Roberts has been on fire to start off her season for the Buffettes, and is coming off a five-goal performance. Meanwhile for Nightcliff, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Sophie Hatzismalis have been solid and will need to step up again in Round 5.

 

PINT V TRACY VILLAGE

Round 5- Sunday November 4, 2pm

MCG

Pint has gone from top of the table to fourth in just two rounds, after a bye and a big loss to Darwin last week. This means the Queen Ants will be raring to go in a big clash against Tracy Village, which they need to win to get their momentum back. The Razorbacks are flying though, with three wins and one loss, sitting at second on the ladder. They had a big Round 4 win against Nightcliff, so their confidence will already be high going into the clash against Pint. Jeannie Cook and Rachael Bull will be looking to build their goal-kicking tallies after they both kicked four goals last week. Erin Hetherington has been one of the standouts for Pint though, so expect her to have another solid game against Tracy Village.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 3

SOME big margins headlined an action-packed round in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s. Pint suffered its first loss of the season while the Warriors look increasingly likely to defend their title.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 19.9 (123)
ST MARYS 1.3 (9)

Southern Districts put on an absolute clinic at TIO Stadium, smashing St Marys by 114 points. Charlie Deegan was the star up forward with four majors, while Kelsey Patterson chipped in with three. Rhiannon Busch, Melody Wehipeihana, Maria Moussa, Teka Voysey and Northern Territory (NT) Thunder forward, Tayla Thorn each kicked two goals for the Crocs. The only goal scorer for the Saints was Katie Sewell. After her five-goal haul in Round 1, Jaylene Boundry was kept goalless in this game. Donna Reed was named best-on-ground for the winning side, while goal kickers, Patterson and Deegan were named second and third best, respectively. D’Koda Lee-Feeney and Ebony Miller also impressed for Southern Districts. Despite the loss, Nikita Long played a great game for St Marys. She was complemented by Elouise Calma, Alana Coombes, Isabelle Porter, Simone Garner and Tuesday Turner.

GOALS:

Southern Districts: C. Deegan 4, K. Patterson 3, R. Busch 2, M. Wehipeihana 2, M. Moussa 2, T. Voysey 2, T. Thorn 2, E. Miller, M. Clarke
St Marys: K. Sewell

BEST:

Southern Districts: D. Reed, K. Patterson, C. Deegan, D. Lee-Feeney, E. Miller
St Marys: N. Long, E. Calma, A. Coombes, I. Porter, S. Garner, T. Turner

 

PINT 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.1 (7)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.5 | 5.6 | 5.8 | 11.12 (78)

Top of the table Pint was taken back to Earth this weekend, as the Buffettes recorded a big 71-point win over the Queen Ants. The Buffettes raced out of the blocks early, kicking the first five goals of the match. After a two-goal first quarter and a three-goal second quarter, Darwin held a 35-point margin at the main break. The Queen Ants held the Buffettes up in the third tem, reducing the away side to just two behinds. Despite finally getting a goal on the board in the last quarter, Darwin managed to step it up another notch, kicking six goals in the term. Celina Whan led the way inside 50 with three majors while NT Thunder’s Machaelia Roberts kicked two, as did Meredith Turner. Robert’s Thunder teammate, Kylie Duggan got on the board with a major was named best-on-ground for her side. Ellie Ryan was the sole goal kicker for Pint. Hannah Quayle was named the best player for the losing side, and was complemented by Ryan, Erin Hetherington, Cassie Henderson, Samantha Freeman and Christi Hamon.

GOALS:

Pint: E. Ryan
Darwin: C. Whan 3, M. Roberts 2, M. Turner 2, K. Duggan, M. Derschow, B. Stokes, N. Anderson

BEST:

Pint: H. Quayle, E. Ryan, E. Hetherington , C. Henderson, S. Freeman, C. Hamon
Darwin: K. Duggan, J. Anderson, C. Whan, A. Bryan, B. Ward, D. Totham

 

WARATAH 4.3 | 6.8 | 14.11 | 20.13 (133)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.0 (12)

As expected, Waratah got the job done over Nightcliff convincingly. The Warriors raced off to a good start with four first-quarter goals. The Tigers pegged it back, kicking one goal in the second term while Waratah kicked two. In the third quarter, the Warriors made amends for the slow quarter with eight goals to none. They continued their blistering form inside 50 with another six goals in the last term to take the final margin out to 121 points. Lisa Miceli backed up her three goals last week with five goals in Round 3, leading the way for the Warriors. Sharona Bishop got on the board with three majors, as did Amy Chittick, who was also named best-on-ground for the winning side. Jamie Lee Puautjimi kicked the only two majors for Nightcliff, and she was also named in the best. Natalina Skryzypietz led the way for the Tigers while Emma-Lou Wolsey and Sophie Hatzismalis continued their good form.

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Miceli 5, S. Bishop 3, A. Chittick 3, S. Puruntatameri 2, B. Martin 2, A. Perkins 2, T. O”Hehir, J. Kerinaiua, L. Roberts
Nightcliff: J. Puautjimi 2

BEST:

Waratah: A. Chittick, L. Miceli, S. Bishop, A. Stanley, I. Rapson-Staropoli
Nightcliff: N. Skrzypietz , E. Wolsey, S. Hatzismalis, J. Puautjimi, T. Everett

 

TRACY VILLAGE 2.1 | 4.1 | 6.2 | 8.3 (51)
PALMERSTON 0.0 | 0.3 | 1.3 | 3.3 (21)

In the closest game of the round, Tracy Village recorded a 30-point win over Palmerston. The Razorbacks held the Magpies scoreless in the first term, and goalless for the first half, taking a 13-point margin into quarter time and a 21-point margin at the main break. The scoring evened up in the third term with the Razorbacks kicking two goals and the Magpies kicking one. Palmerston continued to fight back in the last quarter with another two majors, but it wasn’t enough, as Tracy Village kicked two goals as well to win the game. Kate Barnes led the way with four majors for the Razorbacks while Sarah Bailie-Mace was named best-on-ground for the winning side. For the Magpies, Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Tabitha May was named the best player for her side.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: K. Barnes 4, M. McCartney, S. Bailie-mace, H. Roll, K. Irvine
Palmerston: K. King

BEST:

Tracy Village: S. Bailie-mace, A. Ogilvie-Mitchell, J. Oxspring, B. Angel, E. Lima, K. Barnes
Palmerston: T. May, V. Mounsey, L. Santo, N. Medbury, S. Rolland, P. McMillan

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 3

THIS week, Darwin will be hoping to knock off Pint at the top of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s ladder. Waratah will also be looking to swoop in with a big win over Nightcliff. In other matches, Southern Districts take on St Marys and Tracy Village does battle with Palmerston.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V ST MARYS

Round 3 – Saturday October 20, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

Southern Districts came off their first loss of the season last round, so they would be keen to bounce back. But with St Marys coming off a Round 1 win and a bye, the fresh legs could run down the Crocs. They will have to keep an eye on Jaylene Boundry, who kicked five majors to kick-start her season for St Marys. The Crocs will also have to return to their Round 1 form, when they beat the Darwin Buffettes. NT Thunder trio, Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze and Tayla Thorn will be key if Southern Districts are to secure their second win of the season.

 

PINT V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Round 3 – Saturday October 20, 12pm

MCG

Ladder-leader, Pint comes into Round 3 off the back of two close wins. The Queen Ants won their first two games by a combined margin of seven points, so they would be desperate to get a big win on the board. But the Buffettes would be keen to continue their winning form, after defeating Tracy Village last week. The Queen Ants will need to keep an eye on Jasmine Anderson and NT Thunder player, Machaelia Roberts, who can be damaging at their best. For Pint, expect Kristen Smits and Erin Hetherington to continue their good form, while NT Thunder player, Katie Streader will need to step up to secure a win on Saturday.

 

WARATAH V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 3 – Sunday October 21, 12pm

Gardens Oval

This game could get ugly, with last season’s premiers going up against the reigning wooden-spooners. The Tigers suffered a big Round 2 loss against Palmerston, going down by 87 points. Waratah, on the other hand, kicked off its 2018/19 campaign with a win and as expected, NT Thunder duo, Sue Nalder and Madeline Gault played a part in the win. If these two get going at Gardens Oval, it could prove damaging against an inexperienced Nightcliff line-up. Hopefully Sophie Hatzismalis and Hannah Turnbull can stand up for the Tigers in Sunday to secure an upset win.

 

TRACY VILLAGE V PALMERSTON MAGPIES

Round 3 – Sunday October 21, 2pm

Tracy Village

Palmerston comes into the match with the momentum after an 87-point Round 2 win against Nightcliff. Tracy Village on the other hand, experienced its first loss of the season, going down against the Buffettes. Despite this, the Razorbacks can take some confidence going into Round 3, with Kristy Irvine and Debra Bree Bonde playing some good football. But they will have to watch out for Central Allies Under-18 representative, Janet Baird, who has been on fire in the first two rounds. She has been named in the best in both of her games, and followed up her one major in Round 1 with four goals in Round 2. Under-18 teammate, Tabitha May could also be a dangerous player, coming off a standout performance last week.

Weekend preview: NTFL Women’s – Round 2

THE reigning premiers return to the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition, after having a bye in Round 1. The Warriors will face the Southern Districts while in other games, Wanderers will take on Pint, Nightcliff goes head-to-head against Palmerston and Tracy Village does battle against Darwin.

 

WARATAH V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Round 2- Saturday October 13, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

Waratah will play its first game of the season against Southern Districts on Saturday. The Crocs escaped with a narrow win against Darwin last round, with Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze and Tayla Thorn leading the way. The reigning premiers will make it hard for the Southern Districts to make it two from two, as 2017/18 Waratah leading goal kicker, Sue Nalder  could face her NT Thunder teammates. Madeline Gault could also have a big impact on the game if she plays, as she can also get among the goals. Holtze will need to kick a couple of majors to combat the Warriors’ hunger to defend their title.

 

WANDERERS V PINT

Round 2- Saturday October 13, 6pm

TIO Oval No. 2

Pint comes into this game with the momentum, having secured a thrilling three-point win against Palmerston in Round 1. Wanderers, on the other hand, are coming off a loss to open their 2018/19 campaign, and will be hungry to get back on the winner’s list. Kristen Smits led the way in goals for the Queen Ants last round and will be keen to kick another few majors to make it two from two for Pint. Erin Hetherington will also be looking to put in another big game for her side. Keyona De Satge will be key for the Wanderers, with last year’s leading goal kicker getting on the board again in Round 1.

 

NIGHTCLIFF V PALMERSTON MAGPIES

Round 2- Sunday October 14, 10am

PSC BM Oval

Nightcliff and Palmerston are both coming off Round 1 losses, but on the opposite ends of the spectrum. The Tigers suffered a big loss against St Mary’s while the Magpies fell three points short of Pint. Nevertheless, both sides will be eager to get their season back on track as PSC BM Oval. Sophie Hatzismalis will need to put in another big game for the Tigers if they are to snag a Round 2 win. Hannah Turnbull, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Tayla Dando would also want to back up their impressive Round 1 performances. But they’ll have to come up against Northern Territory’s AFL Women’s Under 18 Most Valuable Player (MVP), Janet Baird. Baird had a great start for the Magpies last round and is unlikely to drop off in form. Karlee King will also be a key player for the Magpies as they aim to secure their first win in the 2018/19 season.

 

TRACY VILLAGE V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Round 2- Sunday October 14, 12pm

Tracy Village

Tracy Village comes into this game off a comfortable win against the Wanderers. The Buffettes on the other hand, will be hungry to bounce back from their close loss against Southern Districts. NT Thunder duo, Machaelia Roberts and Kylie Duggan will again be key for Darwin, with Roberts putting in a best-on-ground performance in Round 1 and Duggan kicking a goal. For the Razorbacks, expect another big game from Debra Bree Bonde while NT Thunder’s Kristy Irvine could again get on the board with some handy majors to secure a victory.