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NT troops trump Glenelg as rep footy returns to the Top End

REPRESENTATIVE football returned to the Northern Territory on Saturday as an out-of-season Glenelg outfit took on the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) rep side at TIO Stadium. The NTFL Buffaloes won out by 24 points in a competitive outing played amid soggy conditions, finishing the game strongly with three goals to Glenelg’s nil in the final term.

NT captain Cam Ilett took home the Australia Day medal as best afield, leading a side packed with a mix of local talent and guns from around the nation. Territorians Neil Vea Vea and Marlon Motlop were among the Bays’ most valuable players, providing physicality and spark going forward. The game was the first NT representative fixture in 15 years, and the first hitout against Glenelg in 36 years.

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The hosts readied themselves for battle and came out the better side early, applying smothering defensive pressure and locking the ball in their front half for much of the opening term. It translated to the scoreboard too, as the rushed and undisciplined Bays gifted two goals via 50-metre penalties to trail by 11 points at quarter time.

An elongated team talk at the first break spurred Glenelg into action though, with former Richmond key forward Liam McBean booting his second major and Reid Kuller adding another in quick time to put their side ahead. A Nate Paredes bomb from nothing helped steady the NT, who remained ahead by five points at half time as the sides began to trade goals.

The scoring dried up as the rain began to fall harder in the second half, but that did not stop Lachie Hosie from expertly roving a pack and putting Glenelg back ahead. Both sides showed a bit of feeling as the stakes were raised, with the goal-for-goal streak continuing in term three but resulting in Glenelg gaining the ascendancy as the final turn approached.

It was all NT from there, with the likes of James Tsitas and Abe Ankers popping up to show their class in the clutch moments. The in-season factor proved telling as Glenelg fell away late and went scoreless in the final term, a period which was capped by Shaun Edwards‘ game-sealing snap. The celebratory major made for a game-high lead and put the cherry on top of NT’s terrific showing.

While Ilett earned another piece of silverware for his extraordinary personal collection, ball magnet Dane McFarlane was unlucky not to be recognised as the NT’s best player. Rebounding key defender Brodie Newman was also exceptional, while bigman Matthew Dennis battled hard in the ruck, Harley Puruntatameri was lively up forward, and Paredes had patches of dominance.

Vea Vea’s physicality was a highlight for Glenelg as he rotated forward through the ruck, while Motlop came up clutch with a handy third term goal to aid the Bays’ Territorian influence. McBean proved a reliable target up forward and Hosie was dangerous at his feet, with Brady Searle a handy factor down back and Darcy Bailey influential between the arcs.

Earlier, the NTFL Women’s representative team took on their Glenelg counterparts in an historic meeting between the two sides. The wet weather wreaked havoc but did not stop the Territorians from establishing a three-goal lead in the first half, before seeing out a 28-point victory; 5.5 (35) to 1.1 (7). NT standout Jasmyn Hewett won the Australia Day medal, while Mickayla Ward booted two goals.

The night’s other featured match saw the Alice Springs Redtails defeat Katherine’s Big Rivers Football League side by 50 points in an exciting interleague clash. Nigel Lockyer Jnr was among the victors’ best, booting an equal game-high three majors as his team ran out 12.18 (90) to 5.10 (40) winners, largely credit to their superior fluency with ball in hand.


NTFL BUFFALOES | 3.1 | 5.2 | 6.5 | 9.12 (66)
GLENELG TIGERS | 1.2 | 4.3 | 6.6 | 6.6 (42)


NTFL: B. Eddy, R. Turnbull, C. Ilett, N. Paredes, H. Puruntatameri, J. Stokes, J. Tsitas, A. Ankers, S. Edwards
Glenelg: L. McBean 2, R. Kuller, D. Bailey, L. Hosie, M. Motlop


NTFL: D. McFarlane, B. Newman, M. Dennis, C. Ilett, H. Puruntatameri, N. Paredes
Glenelg: N. Vea Vea, L. McBean, M. Motlop, D. Bailey, R. Kuller, L. Hosie, B. Searle

Australia Day Medal: Cam Ilett (NT)

Featured Image: The NT Buffaloes and Glenelg Tigers join for a photo post-match | Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

AFL Women’s Draft preview: Richmond & St Kilda

THE AFL Women’s Draft is fast approaching and in the lead-up to the draft, we take a look at each of the AFL women’s sides in pairs and see what they might look for, and who might be available with the selections they have. Next up in our series are the two recent expansion sides from Victoria, in Richmond and St Kilda.

Richmond – Victorian Pool

Draft selections: 1, 42 (28), 52 (33)

Off-season summary:

There’s no way around it, Richmond’s maiden AFL Women’s season was a disaster. But the fast-moving nature of the competition means the Tigers can quickly turn it around, and they have started anew (again) by targeting some more mature talent, with help from concessions.

Richmond’s end-of-first-round pick (15) granted by the AFL was used well, transferred to Carlton in exchange for heart-and-soul inaugural Blue, Sarah Hosking. The hardened midfielder adds some much-needed grunt to the engine room alongside long-term midfielder/forward Sarah Dargan, with fellow former-Magpie Sarah D’Arcy and Harriet Cordner (ex-Melbourne) within the experienced age bracket.

Grace Campbell, a pacy raw midfielder was lost to North Melbourne for not much, with 19-year-old Ella Wood a shock retirement to go with that of Laura Bailey and Lauren Tesoriero. Nekaela Butler, Ciara Fitzgerald, and Emma Horne were all delisted too, sealing what was a relatively big turnover in players for the second-year club.

A draft look:

All eyes will be on what the Tigers decide to do with pick one. The two frontrunners are Northern Knights midfielder/forward Ellie McKenzie, and Dandenong Stingrays midfielder Tyanna Smith. McKenzie, a mercurial type who boasts a well-rounded game may edge out her country counterpart at this stage, but both would be fine selections. As expected from such high draft picks, particularly of late, both will be able to immediately impact the Tigers’ side from Round 1 and provide a much-needed spark to the unit. They could also be generational players for all the loyal Tigers fans to adore for years to come.

With their later picks, 28 and 33 in the Victorian pool, the Tigers may look to consolidate their midfield even further, potentially freeing Katie Brennan up to spend more time forward, while taking some pressure off the shoulders of Monique Conti, and the incoming pick one. In a team which lacked goals in 2019, Richmond could also do with some firepower up forward – mostly in the medium/small category.

St Kilda – Victorian Pool

Draft selections: 6 (4), 24 (16), 34 (23), 49 (26), 51 (32)

Off-season summary:

After a strong maiden AFL Women’s season, the Saints have came away with plenty of promise to build on. While the losses of Alison Drennan (Gold Coast) and Jess Sedunary (Adelaide) will be felt along with the retirement of Courteney Munn, St Kilda managed to bring in a couple of solid defenders to bolster the team. Bianca Jakobsson and Jayde van Dyk are those defenders set to make an impact, with the Saints’ draft hand also looking strong. That hand, as discussed below will help them secure father-daughter selection, Alice Burke at not too pretty a penny. Overall, the new Victorian team looks in good shape, boasting a solid core and some exciting members of the next generation.

A draft look:

Given the balance on St Kilda’s side, recruiters and coaching staff can look at taking the best available throughout – particularly with pick six (four). With one of McKenzie or Smith poised to be taken first off the board, the Saints can look at the likes of Alyssa Bannan and Sarah Hartwig as realistic targets. Of course, the Bulldogs may well opt to secure a key forward with pick two, meaning that Smith could even fall to St Kilda pending what Melbourne do with pick three.

The first pair mentioned are both dynamic midfielders with plenty of weapons and game-breaking abilities, while Bannan is an athletic key forward, and Hartwig a defensive marking machine. Of course, St Kilda has also already confirmed the addition of Alice Burke, the daughter of club legend and current Bulldogs coach, Nathan. The tough midfielder will likely cost the Saints one of their later picks. With the others remaining, the strong Dandenong Stingrays ties could also be maintained, given pre-listed players such as Molly McDonald and Isabella Shannon both came from the region.

Tasmania weekly wrap: Coaches forum and new talent pathway

TASMANIAN coaches will have the rare opportunity to hear from some of the AFL’s top mentors in a series of free coaching workshops held in Ulverstone, Launceston and Hobart on Sunday, February 25.

Four-time AFL premiership coach Alistair Clarkson will speak to Launceston coaches at the Windsor Park from 2.30pm with any coaches in the north of the state encouraged to come along.

For those in the north west, Tasmanian Hall of Fame and Richmond legend Matthew Richardson will speak at the Ulverstone Recreation Ground from 11am.

If you are based in the south, head along to North Hobart Oval from 12pm to hear from current North Melbourne coach Brad Scott.

Along with a keynote address from footy’s finest mentors, the free Tasmanian Football Foundation Coaching Forums will give an overview of the new TFF Coaching Mentor Network, introduce the new Coach.AFL membership system.

The forum follows on from the first JLT Community Series match at Kingston Twin Ovals on February 24. Scott’s North Melbourne side takes on Melbourne from 2.05pm; tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile in junior football news, aspiring AFLW players are training at their respective Tasmanian State League Women’s clubs ahead of the brand new Wrest Point TSLW Under 18 Development Series.

The new competition which will run next month, is a huge step in the Tasmanian Female Pathway, leading into State Youth Girls Academy selection and, in time, selection for the AFLW Under 18 National Championships. AFL Draft Central will be covering the TSLW Under 18 Development Series, working in conjunction with AFL Tasmania to promote the talented youngsters coming through the ranks. For more information on the development series, head to the TSL website.

Finally, earlier in the month, Trisha Squires took over from Rob Auld as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of AFL Tasmania. Ms Squires became the first female AFL state CEO and has held positions of partnerships and community engagement manager at AFL Tasmania, as well as CEO of the REACH Foundation.

Squires’ appointment came amidst recent crisis in the TSL, with longstanding club Burnie forced to pull out of this year’s competition

AFLW U18 Champs: Vic Country vs. Vic Metro

The NAB AFL Women’s U18 Championships begin this Saturday for Vic Country and Vic Metro, with the two Victorian teams to meet at Simonds Stadium at 2.30pm.

The match is the final game in Round 1, before all states travel to the Gold Coast for the completion of the Under 18W Championships from July 10 where Vic Country and Vic Metro will face Queensland, the Allies (Tasmania, South Australia & Northern Territory), NSW/ACT and Western Australia.

The game will be live video streamed via the AFLW YouTube account (link below) and Vic Country & Vic Metro U16 futures will clash as a curtain raiser at 12.30pm.

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The players selected in the squad of 24 for the Round 1 clash have been bolded, with the finals squads of 24 that will head to Gold Coast for the remaining of the carnival will be named next week.

Saturday 17th June, 2.30pm Simonds Stadium


1 Sophie PHILLIPS 30-Jul-99 163 Dandenong Stingrays
2 Julia HARVEY 28-Apr-00 163 Murray Bushrangers
3 Ada CHESSOR 15-May-00 166 Murray Bushrangers
4 Aisling TUPPER 10-Jun-99 157 Bendigo Pioneers
5 Georgia GEE 28-Oct-99 157 Dandenong Stingrays
6 Holly WHITFORD 11-Feb-99 163 Gippsland Power
7 Ruby CLAYTON 19-Oct-99 163 Dandenong Stingrays
8 Abby FAVARO 17-Feb-99 170 Murray Bushrangers
9 Iilish ROSS 21-Jun-99 168 Murray Bushrangers
10 Bridie KENNEDY 23-Sep-99 172 Dandenong Stingrays
11 Tyla HANKS 15-Feb-00 156 Gippsland Power
12 Denby TAYLOR 16-Feb-00 170 Geelong Falcons
13 Jordyn ALLEN 06-Jul-00 173 Dandenong Stingrays
14 Darcy GUTTRIDGE 30-Oct-99 169 Gippsland Power
15 Eden ZANKER 11-Nov-99 182 Bendigo Pioneers
16 Samantha RYAN 12-Mar-00 170 Dandenong Stingrays
17 Grace EGAN 01-Jun-00 157 Murray Bushrangers
18 Georgia CLARKE 23-Jun-00 176 GWV Rebels
19 Brooke STRUYLAART 04-Jul-00 164 Dandenong Stingrays
20 Lauren BUTLER 20-Nov-00 170 GWV Rebels
21 Amy DUNN 31-Oct-00 177 Gippsland Power
22 Sophie DAMON 02-Nov-00 173 Murray Bushrangers
23 Rebecca WEBSTER 22-Oct-00 164 Murray Bushrangers
24 Isabella SHANNON 30-Jun-01 175 Dandenong Stingrays
25 Jasmine KAWA 23-Oct-99 171 GWV Rebels
26 Olivia PURCELL 05-Sep-00 160 Geelong Falcons
27 Courtney JONES 10-Sep-00 164 Dandenong Stingrays
28 Kodi JACQUES 27-Sep-00 162 Bendigo Pioneers
29 Sophie VAN DE HUEVEL 10-Dec-00 171 GWV Rebels
30 Nina MORRISON 13-Dec-00 165 Geelong Falcons
31 Millie BROWN 15-Jan-01 160 Murray Bushrangers
32 Lucy McEVOY 13-May-01 172 Geelong Falcons
33 Rene CARIS 18-Mar-99 184 GWV Rebels
34 Chloe BRAIN 22-May-99 158 Murray Bushrangers
35 Eliza SHANNON 23-Oct-99 173 Geelong Falcons



1 Lily BRANCATISANO 28-Mar-99 162 Northern Knights
2 Georgia PATRIKIOS 30-Mar-01 165 Calder Cannons
3 Madeline BRANCATISANO 05-Sep-00 167 Northern Knights
4 Lauren CARUSO 19-Nov-99 161 Calder Cannons
5 Aleesha HOBBS 10-Mar-00 171 Western Jets
6 Molly WARBURTON 10-Aug-00 166 Calder Cannons
7 Chelsea JANSEN 16-Sep-00 161 Western Jets
8 Sarah DARGAN 03-Feb-99 162 Calder Cannons
9 Isabel QUINTAL 11-Mar-99 168 Sandringham Dragons
10 Olivia VESELY 06-Dec-99 165 Sandringham Dragons
11 Eleanor CORNISH 12-Jan-00 170  Calder Cannons
12 Eleanor BROWN 21-Jan-00 176 Sandringham Dragons
13 Emerson WOODS 12-Jul-00 171 Eastern Ranges 
14 Sarah KENDALL 08-Jan-00 181 Eastern Ranges
15 Georgia McPHERSON 21-Feb-00 173 Eastern Ranges
16 Carla RENDELMANN 04-Sep-00 182 Calder Cannons
17 Charlotte WILSON 29-Dec-00 177 Eastern Ranges
18 Sophia ROTHFIELD 20-Apr-01 170 Sandringham Dragons
19 Laura McCLELLAND 03-Jul-01 174 Eastern Ranges 
20 Cleo SAXON-JONES 04-Nov-01 176 Western Jets
21 Gabrielle NEWTON 31-Aug-01 175 Northern Knights
22 Charis ULU-PENIATA 28-May-99 161 Sandringham Dragons
23 Neve O’CONNOR 23-Apr-00 184 Northern Knights
24 Hannah McLAREN 10-May-00 175 Oakleigh Chargers
25 Nell MORRIS-DALTON 05-Apr-01 173 Northern Knights
26 Madison PRESPAKIS 02-Nov-00 160 Calder Cannons
27 Isabella GRANT 21-Sep-01 174 Western Jets
28 Olivia FLANAGAN 10-Mar-99 171 Eastern Ranges
29 Georgia RICARDO 09-Jul-99 166 Sandringham Dragons
30 Maddy GUERIN 25-Oct-99 170 Northern Knights
31 Monique CONTI 09-Dec-99 165 Calder Cannons
32 Ysabelle PRICE 28-Dec-99 172 Eastern Ranges