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Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 14

ROUND 14 of the 2020/21 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League season could prove crucial on the road to finals, with the top three sides all facing teams lower on the ladder while fourth placed Southern Districts have the bye this week. Pint will look to keep its winning streak intact while neither St Mary’s nor Darwin Buffettes can afford to slip up.

Pint v. Wanderers
Saturday, 16 January

The Queen Ants will come into this encounter with plenty of confidence, not just because they are still undefeated after 13 rounds, but also because of the form and consistency the side has shown throughout the season. While the Wanderers certainly have players who have stepped up to the task week in week out, the side has lacked some connection through the midfield and versatility up the ground, with just the one key goalkicker throughout the season in Kaitlyn Armstrong. While Armstrong sits second on the goalkicking tally this season, there are little other options for the Muk Muks in the front end, and could be the kicker in this encounter against Pint given their relative firepower at both ends of the ground. Expect Pint lynchpins Amy ChittickJasmyn Hewett and Cassie Henderson to step up as per usual, with the former two plying their trade in front of goal combining for 29 goals between them. Add in the extra work rate of Casey Morris (14 goals) and Jessie Baumer (11), and the Queen Ants are hard to stop. Wanderers’ Morgan JohnstonCassie Ormsby and Tishara Davern have been consistent throughout the season, although the side’s 94-point loss to Pint back in Round 4 could be a difficult margin to overcome this round.

Tracy Village v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, 16 January

Palmerston Magpies will look to inch up the ladder this week when they take on the winless Tracy Village, with a blistering 87-point Round 4 victory sure to spark plenty of confidence for the black and white side. The Razorbacks have only managed to boot one goal since that encounter which certainly puts the Magpies in good stead, however this could be one of Tracy Village’s last opportunities to put a competitive scoreline on the board before the end of the season, so could be the kick in the right direction for the cellar-dwelling side. With both sides coming into this match off the back of losses, expect both teams to come out with a point to prove. For Tracy Village, expect the ever reliable Zhoe Clark to step up to the front once more, while three of her four fellow consistent best on ground teammates in Meagan WylieKahla DumbrisIndianna Hughes and Kiri Marschall have booted the side’s three goals. For the Magpies, Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May have proved to be as tough as they come, both named in the best a whopping 10 times, while Crystal Browne (10 goals in seven games) and Arthurina Moreen (seven in three) are crucial out the front.

Waratah v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, 16 January

Expect a tighter battle in the third match of the round, with Darwin Buffettes certainly improving as the season goes on – with last round’s blitz against Tracy Village a testament to that – while Waratah have found some form in patches but ultimately not quite had the consistency across quarters, or indeed matches, to apply real pressure on the competition. That being said, last time these sides met the Buffettes only just escaped with a seven-point victory, pushed throughout by a fired up Waratah side. The Warriors come into this match off the back of an extra week on the sidelines following a bye last round, so will look to fly out of the blocks against the Buffs who will be swimming in confidence up in third on the ladder. Waratah’s Lisa Miceli has booted 17 goals in eight gams to sit in third on the goalkicking tally and leads the charge for her side, with regular performers Jenna SinghDanica Pedersen and Breanna Martin providing firepower out the front. For Darwin, Jemma Iacono has played every match and been named in the best six times, while Kiera Kumoth (four bests from eight games), Zoe Anderson (16 goals in nine games) and Machaelia Roberts (11 goals in nine games, four bests) are all players to watch in this matchup.

Nightcliff v. St Mary’s
Sunday, 17 January

The final match of the round is a standalone Sunday afternoon battle between fifth and second on the ladder, with St Mary’s on an excellent run of form while Nightcliff has certainly stepped up throughout the 2020/21 season but somewhat struggle against the top sides. With three wins separating the two sides but a huge difference in percentage, Nightcliff will really need to turn on the afterburners to stay in contact with the powerful Saints outfit and maintain intensity throughout the contest. While they play for opposing sides, Michaela Long (St Mary’s) and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith (Nightcliff) are huge threats and provide significant firepower for their respective teams, booting 17 and 16 goals for the season and both consistently are named in the bests for their workrate. Nightcliff’s Mickayla Ward and Eliza Morrison have continued on from their excellent 2019/20 form with dominant performances when they take the field, while the likes of Emma-Lou Wolsey and Rose Russell have also supplied plenty of scoreboard pressure. For the Saints though, there is no doubt Jasmine Anderson (seven best nominations and nine goals in 11 games), Megan Williamson (seven bests in seven matches) and a smattering of multiple goalkickers – 20 in fact – make the side hugely threatening and tough to stop when they get going given the consistency and firepower across the entire playing group.

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2020/21 NTFL Women’s – Midseason review: Darwin, Nightcliff, Palmerston

HEADING into a break over the Christmas period Draft Central takes a look at the NTFL Women’s Premier League so far, putting each team under the microscope and considering elements such as key standouts for each side, current win-loss ratio and who they are set to face when play returns in January 2021.

Darwin Buffettes

Position: 3rd
Win-loss-draw: 8-2-2
Percentage: 211.30%

It is been a solid start to the season for the Darwin Buffettes collecting eight wins out of their twelve outings, putting them in good stead for the remainder of the season. In their past five encounters the Buffettes have registered three straight wins while also entering the summer break off a bye meaning they will be raring to go once the season recommences.  They have shown on more than one occasion that they have the firepower to mix it with the best and will be eager to continue that form against Tracy Village in their first game back next year.

Zoe Anderson has been a steady stream of goals for the Buffettes throughout the season so far managing 16 majors from nine outings while Michaela Roberts is not too far off the pace with 11 of her own. Delsey Ah Wang has also been a solid contributor for Darwin slotting eight goals while Johanna Dodsworth has chimed in at times with eight goals. In terms of best performers Jemma Iacono has been a consistent figure as has Dominique Carbone and Katelyn Hazlett with the latter two both registering an appearance in the bests four times. Another player to keep an eye out for is Kiera Kurnoth who has proven to be a livewire when she gets going.

Nightcliff

Position: 5th
Win-loss-draw: 6-4-1
Percentage: 142.52%

It has been a relatively up and down season for Nightcliff who have definitely enjoyed some peaks but so too some troughs boasting a six-four win loss ratio. However they have been steadily building, registering two wins in their past five games while also experiencing a bye and notching up a draw against the higher placed Southern Districts showcasing their ability to take it up to sides. They will have their work cut out for them when Round 13 comes around, however taking on top of the table Pint who will be raring to go after a solid break.

When looking at potency inside 50 it is hard to go past current Nightcliff leading goalscorer Jacqueline Anyon-Smith who has made a name for herself with her innate goal sense. She has recorded 16 majors for the year while Mickayla Ward has also been a handy option in front of the big sticks with 13 goals of her own. Although she has only played six games this season Emma-Lou Wolsey is a real x-factor able to navigate the goals and currently boasting 12 majors while Rose Russell has steadily added to her total with 10 for the season. Eliza Morrison is a regular fixture in the bests credit to her star power across the ground as is Emily Casey and Lauren Gooden showcasing the amount of depth the squad has.

Palmerston Magpies

Position: 7th
Win-loss-draw: 2-9-1
Percentage: 59.66%

Sitting towards the bottom of the ladder the seventh placed Palmerston Magpies have experienced their fair share of losses throughout the 2020/21 season already and will be eager to rectify a few areas over the break. It has been a difficult past five games for the Magpies with the side currently on a four game losing streak but in saying that have faced three of the top four teams. Unfortunately the job will not get any easier when it returns in January faced with the 2nd place St Mary’s who are being in scintillating form.

Under trying circumstances Crystal Browne has been the go-to-girl in front of the big sticks for Palmerston leading all-comers with 10 goals while Arthurina Moreen was handy in her three outings but has not played since mid-November. The likes of Natasha Medbury and Tabitha May are also solid contributors for the Magpies with the two able to find the goals with May also frequently recognised in the bests for her consistent efforts. Iesha Ronberg is another consistent performer able to ply her trade, named in the bests nine times alongside May while Billie Byers is more than capable of popping up and playing her role.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 11

EXPECT a tight round of NTFL Women’s Premier League action, with the competition well and truly heating up now as we enter Round 11. The penultimate round before the Christmas break, Saturday’s fixtures will either set teams in motion heading into the latter rounds of the season, or separate the top sides even further from the bottom. Wanderers have the bye this week, and will look to recuperate after a tough match last round.

Southern Districts v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, December 12

Expect an interesting matchup here between the Districts and Magpies, with the two sides opening the round and never failing to put on a show. While it was the Districts who got the chocolates in their first encounter of the season – their second straight win, which effectively sparked their better form to sit in fourth now – the Magpies have been putting up competitive scorelines for much of the season proving the side is capable of great things, they just need the extra polish and consistency around the ground to push it all the way. With two wins on the board to the Crocs’ five and two draws, the Magpies are certainly capable of pulling another solid effort out here, but will need to really come out flying against the Districts to get the job done.

Districts’ Tayla Thorn is currently leading the overall goalkicker tally, so will hope to continue her excellent form over the past few rounds, as will Emma Forsyth who sits even on four bests alongside Thorn. Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock have been a couple of other major targets up forward, while there is no denying the impact of the likes of Bella ClarkeEbony MillerMalory Nankervis and Megan Craufurd. When it comes to consistency, there is no doubting the workrate of Magpies’ Iesha Ronberg and Tabitha May, with the duo named amongst the best on seven of their nine respective matches, showcasing just how impactful they are. Billie Byers is also high up for the Magpies with five bests, while Crystal Browne (nine goals) and Arthurina Moreen (seven) have proved crucial up forward, but have only played four and three games respectively, showcasing the Magpies’ requirement for more players to step up in their absence.

Nightcliff v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, December 12

Another intriguing battle is expected in the second match of the round, with the Tigers and Buffs going head-to-head. A 49-point margin last time they met was certainly not what Nightcliff was expecting, and it is safe to say the side will be looking to not only redeem themselves for that scoreline, but also continue on from their solid victory last round to jump up the ladder. Given both teams are coming off Round 10 victories and some fairly consistent form, expect a show from the two, though Buffettes may have the number of the Tigers given their dominance last time around and confidence, sitting in second on the ladder.

While Thorn leads the goalkicking tally with 18, Buffettes’ Zoe Anderson is not far behind on 16 goals and realistically, could be far higher if it was not for the amount of forward 50 options the Darwin side has at its disposal. With both Machaelia Roberts (nine goals) and Delsey Ah Wang (eight) right up there too, there is no doubt the Buffettes have the firepower to consistently get the job done. Add in the constant pressure of the likes of Jemma Iacono, Dominique Carbone and Katelyn Hazlett and the Buffs are hard to stop once they are on. For the Tigers, Mickayla Ward is a real lynchpin, listed in the bests on six of her seven outings and leading the side’s goal tally on 13. Emma-Lou Wolsey and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith both sit on 12 apiece, with the former leading the competition tally early in the season, while Lauren Gooden has been a consistent figure for the side.

Pint v. Waratah
Saturday, December 12

Pint will look to continue their consistency and dominance this week, and a win over Waratah – a side which has been such a force to be reckoned with in the competition for so many years – would certainly do the trick. While Pint has been at the top of the ladder since Round 4, Waratah had to escape a rough start to the season and are now currently suffering in the mid-table logjam, putting on some solid performances but not quite hitting the mark against the top sides. A 36-point loss to Southern Districts last round certainly would not have helped that, while Pint is yet to falter with their closest margin two points back in Round 8. It will require a huge effort from the Warriors here to have a chance against the powerful Queen Ants.

There is no doubt that Pint has plenty of firepower, with Amy ChittickCasey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett all registering double figures in front of goal, credit to not only their ability to find the ball, but also the side’s midfielders’ ability to deliver the footy on a silver platter. The trio have combined for 37 goals so far this season, with Chittick also racking up five bests alongside Cassie Henderson who rarely skips a beat. While Waratah does not record bests, the likes of Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have consistently provided not only that forward foray, but also the ability to score well with 15 and nine goals to their names, respectively. Miceli and Danica Pedersen (seven goals) have both only played six of the side’s nine games, proving just how impactful they can be when they get ball to boot.

St Mary’s v. Tracy Village
Saturday, December 12

St Mary’s will look to redeem themselves after a couple of disappointing days on the track, with a battle here against Tracy Village. While the Saints’ past few rounds have not been ideal, the side still remains amongst the top sides in the competition and it will take a huge, season-changing effort from the Razorbacks to get over the line here. Although the Razorbacks have shown glimpses of form, the side has failed to score in four of their nine encounters – including against the Saints in Round 6 – and has not scored since Round 7 – a single behind against Southern Districts. Expect a confidence-boosting win here from the Saints, who will need a boost to ensure their percentage stays high coming into the later stages of the season.

When it comes to sharing around the footy and accolades, there is no doubt that the Saints excel at showcasing their depth of talent. While Michaela Long leads the goal tally with 13 to her name from nine matches, Danielle Ponter and Ash Melnikas both have eight to their name while four more players have multiple goals on the board. Megan Williamson has been named amongst the best in all seven of her matches, while Melnikas, Ponter and Jasmine Anderson have been listed five times each, and three more players have been named four times apiece, proving the consistent efforts around the ground. For the Razorbacks, Zhoe Clarke and Kiri Marschall are right up there, rarely skipping a beat or letting up on the pressure regardless of the scoreline.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 10

IN a round of highly anticipated NTFL Women’s Premier League clashes, things did not quite go to plan as all four matches saw significant margins. While not necessarily seeing huge blowouts as has become the norm for some teams, the closest result of the round saw an 18-point buffer and plenty of tough battles across the round. Another solid win for Pint leaves the side well on their way to taking out the minor premiership given their continued dominance, while Darwin Buffettes overtook St Mary’s to jump into second on the ladder and Tracy Village escaped another consecutive loss with a bye this round.

NIGHTCLIFF 4.1 | 5.3 | 8.6 | 10.7 (67)
WANDERERS 2.0 | 3.2 | 4.5 | 5.6 (36)

Nightcliff got back on the winners list this week with a comprehensive win over the Wanderers, with a four goal to two first quarter effort setting the tone of the match and allowing the Tigers to maintain a solid margin throughout. While the Wanderers, to their credit, never took the foot off the pedal, Nightcliff continued to push with a finals position ultimately on the line here and came away with a 31-point margin and plenty to be happy about.

Mickayla Ward starred for the Tigers with four goals to her name, and named best on for her efforts. Add in the respective two-goal hauls from Rose RussellKristy Irvine and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith, and Nightcliff once again proved how hard they are to stop when they get going. Eliza Morrison found plenty of the footy to be listed on the bests, whilst Irvine and Russell also got nods for their solid efforts up forward. The Wanderers are yet to release their goalkickers or bests.

WARATAH 0.2  0.2 | 0.4 | 1.5 (11)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.5 | 7.5 (47)

Waratah were blown out of the water by a tenacious Southern Districts outfit, and still look like a shade of their 2019/2020 side which finished minor premiers last season. While the grand final rematch once again saw plenty of competitive moments, the Warriors could not seem to hit a target inside 50 which allowed the Districts to well and truly dominate across the ground and create an ominous 36-point margin. It was an excellent four goal final term that saw the Crocs really lift and solidify their top four chances, with five wins, two losses and two draws telling the tale of their season.

Lisa Miceli was Waratah’s lone goalkicker this round, while Southern Districts proved impressive with six players hitting the scoreboard, as Bella Clarke booted two for the side. Tayla Thorn, Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock continued their excellent form with a goal apiece, all hitting the scoreboard for the third week straight while Megan Craufurd and Emma Forsyth were both named among the best in a solid win for the Crocs.

ST MARY’S 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.1 (13)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.0 | 2.3 | 4.6 | 4.7 (31)

The Buffettes sent an ominous sign to ladder-leaders Pint with this victory, well and truly dominating against the Saints in a tough, low-scoring battle. While the match did not see a wealth of goals hit the scoreboard, both teams were relentless in their pursuit for the elusive top two spot – which the Buffs secured, albeit potentially temporarily – and saw excellent defensive efforts across the ground which well and truly showcased the depth across both sides, which typically have no issue finding the goals.

St Mary’s had an uncharacteristically tough time finding the goals in this match, with just Jasmine Anderson and Michaela Long finding the big sticks, while Eliza and Annabelle Shannon both were named among the best for the second straight week. For the Buffs, Zoe Anderson once again proved handy for the side with another two majors added to her tally, while Machaelia Roberts was consistent as ever out the front and was named amongst the best for her continued efforts. Jemma Iacono was also an influential figure around the ground for the Buffs, while Delsey Ah Wang got the job done.

PINT 4.3 | 6.3 | 7.4 | 11.5 (71)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 3.2 (20)

Pint continued its fantastic season with another win on the board making it nine straight wins from nine matches. While the Magpies had their chances, they were no match for the Queen Ants and just could not quite match the intensity of the ladder leaders. To their credit, they did manage to keep the side accountable in the second term and booted two goals apiece, however it was Pint’s ability to reset at the main break and come out firing once more that saw the Magpies struggle to keep up, with a five goal to one second half seeing Pint run out with a 51-point victory.

As per usual, Pint had no shortage of quality options up forward with eight individual goalkickers hitting the scoreboard once more. Jasmyn Hewett and Casey Morris combined for five goals between them, with both players named among the best for their consistency and continued dominance around the grounds. Gemma Cusack and Reni Hicks also found plenty of the ball, with Hicks booting her sixth goal for the season. For the Magpies, Jo GuthridgeCrystal Browne and Litonya Motlap booted a goal apiece, while the usual suspects in Iesha Ronberg and Shanoah Leedie continued their solid form to be named amongst the best once again.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 10

AS quick as a flash, the NTFL Women’s Premier League season has flown by as the competition has now officially passed its midway point of the 2020/21 season. The finals race is heating up with a mid-table log-jam evident already, while Pint sit comfortable and undefeated at the top of the ladder as the competition heads back into return fixtures. Tracy Village are yet to win a game but will get some valuable rest this week with a second bye for the season, while this weekend of action will see some teams hope to replicate their Round 3 form from their last encounter against their respective sides.

Nightcliff v. Wanderers
Saturday, December 5

While Nightcliff come into this match off a Round 9 bye, Wanderers will be looking to take every chance they have of upsetting the Tigers this week. Neither team has significant issues finding the goals, but at times seem to lack the defensive pressure to limit their opposition in the scoring department making for an intriguing matchup here. Nightcliff came away with the “W” in their Round 3 encounter, downing the Wanderers by 19 points and certainly giving the Tigers some confidence coming into this one, but will need to be hyper-aware of the side’s ability to fly out of the blocks and challenge teams.

Kaitlyn Armstrong (Wanderers), Lauren Gooden and Emma-Lou Wolsey (both Nightcliff) were crucial for their respective teams last time around, hauling much of the forward load. The Wanderers will need some of their other forward targets to take some of the load off Armstrong if they are to win this one, with Shekeine de Satge and Tishara Davern the likely suspects although the former is more of a transitional player. Wolsey’s powerful kick was huge early in the season but a couple of quiet weeks have allowed the likes of Darcy Elliston and Lauren Gooden to step up, while there is no doubt Jacqueline Anyon-Smith and Mickayla Ward will be up for a big match after a week off.

Waratah v. Southern Districts
Saturday, December 5

This battle between last year’s premiership sides is sure to be a big one, with their Round 3 match ending with a draw in a fitting finish to the close encounter. Factor in that both Waratah and Southern Districts come into this round with a couple of season-saving wins on the board over the last three rounds, and this match could realistically go either way. Neither side lack in firepower, but at times they seem to fall apart when their key forwards are under pressure, with both sides’ leading goalkickers in Tayla Thorn (Southern Districts, 17 goals) and Lisa Miceli (Waratah, 14 goals) flying under the radar for the most part until the past few rounds.

Expect the usual suspects to command the footy in this match, with plenty of key options on both sides able to hit the scoreboard and do so with ease. Add in the fact that both teams need a win here to realistically stay in touch with the top sides and this should be just as tight a matchup as it was the first time around. Given Waratah need a victory on the board to generate some more confidence and Districts are only a leg up due to a second draw, expect the firepower to be out in spades with the aforementioned duo just the tip of the iceberg for both teams. Crocs young gun Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock are able to switch on with ease, while for the Warriors there is no doubt Jenna Singh will be out with a vengeance as will Danica Pedersen.

St Mary’s v. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, December 5

While the battle between St Mary’s and Darwin Buffettes was close last time around, expect big things from the two top four sides this week with much more at stake as the finals race heats up. The Saints have breezed through this season for the most part, soaking up pressure and outlasting in tough battles, but came off second best last round to the Crocs which allowed the Buffs to equal the Saints on points and be in with a fighting chance of taking over second on the ladder. Neither side has any shortage of key options around the ground, and have both continuously showcased defensive capabilities to match their respective forward firepower, with plenty of options able to put on consistent performances.

Intriguingly, when taking a look at the season stats so far there is a significant similarity between the two sides and the way they go about their game, particularly inside forward 50; while both sides have a key option up forward, they do not rely on that one player and have no shortage of key pillars inside 50. While this was not as evident in their last battle, where the two sides combined for 56 points overall with no multiple goalkickers, the likes of Saints trio Michaela Long (12 goals), Danielle Ponter and Ash Melnikas (both eight), and Buffs trio Zoe Anderson (14 goals), Machaelia Roberts and Delsey Ah Wang (both eight) showcased their respective abilities to hit the scoreboard with ease. While the Saints realistically should get the job done here given the consistency of Megan Williamson, Ponter and Melnikas, the Buffs have a plethora of key figures around the ground with the workrate of Dominique Carbone and Jemma Iacono unquestionable.

Pint v. Palmerston Magpies
Sunday, December 6

The final match of the round is a standalone Sunday fixture, pitting top-of-the-table Pint against the lowly Magpies. Given the Queen Ants still sit undefeated after nine rounds and rarely come off second best in their closer encounters, able to play through tough pressure and conditions, they should realistically have this one tied up with a confident 44-point Round 3 victory telling much of the tale prior to the match beginning. That being said, the Magpies have finally put a few wins on the board, albeit not consistently, and have proven they are capable of forcing teams into close margins so will look to do exactly that in this encounter. Realistically, the Magpies need a win here if they want any chance of moving up the ladder for a chance of finals footy.

Last time they met, Pint put on a show with Jessie Baumer leading the charge with three goals to her name, while Cassie Henderson showcased her consistency to lead from the front. With three multiple goalkickers behind Baumer and conceding just two goals from the Magpies, it is safe to say the Queen Ants will come into their second battle with plenty of confidence. The Magpies have no shortage of star players, but just have lacked the fire in the belly to really get the job done. Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg have consistently stood up throughout the season, while Arthurina Moreen and Crystal Browne have ben solid fixtures inside 50 combining for 15 goals across their respective three games apiece. For Pint, Amy ChittickCasey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett are the ones to watch out for up forward, with 13, 10 and eight goals, with Chittick a consistent performer alongside Henderson.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 9

ROUND 9 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League is set to be a big one with some eye-catching match-ups set to headline the round. Tracy Village will have their work cut out for them against a dominant Pint side while St Mary’s will be chomping at the bit coming off the bye. Meanwhile, Nightcliff has the week off, and will hope results go in their favour to attack the second half of the season.

Southern Districts v. St Mary’s
Saturday, November 28

Fresh off the bye and determined to keep second spot, expect the Saints to throw everything they have at Southern Districts who are coming off a tight contest and will be ruing their missed opportunities. Southern Districts have plenty of firepower, able to blow teams out of the water but will need to put out a consistent four quarter effort to reduce the chance of the same thing happening in consecutive weeks. On the other hand, the Saints are proven winners thus far this season, and with fresh legs will have plenty of run in them against the Crocs.

Tayla Thorn will be one to watch for the Crocs given her explosiveness inside 50 and ability to convert, nailing 13 goals in the past two games, with her bag of 10 one of the most impressive hauls so far. Grace Mulvahil is another barometer for the side, able to navigate her way towards the big sticks coming off a two goal spree and proving more than a one-trick pony – as is Jessie Brock, showcasing the array of talent and variety of avenues the Crocs have. The second placed Saints have a number of goal scoring options with Michaela Long and Ash Melnikas slotting 11 and eight goals respectively throughout the season. Danielle Ponter is another handful to keep a watchful eye on, highlighting the number of options the higher-ranked side have heading into the contest, able to pile on the pressure consistently.

Tracy Village v. Pint
Saturday, November 28

It will be a big ask for Tracy Village this round, yet to secure a win and faced with top of the table Pint who have seven straight wins on the board. Pint know how to win and have shown that more times than not, constantly attacking the footy and exploiting their opponents with their silky ball movement. In the past three weeks the Razorbacks have only managed to slot one point, highlighting their struggle and inability to impact the play, and will have to bring their A-game if they are chance of ruffling the feathers of Pint, who are full steam ahead despite only narrowly getting over the line in Round 8.

Although Tracy Village have struggled to find the big sticks throughout the course of the season, Megan Wiley has been known to bob up every now and then to hit the scoreboard. A couple of familiar names in Zhoe Clarke and Kahla Dumbris have been consistent figures for the Razorbacks and will once again have to lead the way for the side, as will the likes of Kiri Marschall and Sarah Wilson who were both named in the bests last round for their high output. For Pint, Casey Morris leads the charge inside 50 with eight goals to her name so far this season making her one to watch while Amy Chittick is also a handy option around the big sticks. Pint have the luxury of being able to share around the goalkicking duties with a number of players able to step up to the plate and deliver, with Jasmyn Hewett proficient across the ground and in front of goal as is Gemma Cusack.

Waratah v. Wanderers
Saturday, November 28

Waratah will be riding high after a stellar victory in Round 8 trouncing the Razorbacks by 176 points and will be hoping to bring that same intensity against the Wanderers in this clash. Currently sitting in sixth place, there is only one game separating the two sides showcasing just how much is at stake for both teams. The Warriors proved their extensive depth in their last outing, finding a number of players who were able to do some scoreboard damage while the Wanderers had glimpses of brilliance and will be hoping to find some continuity in their performance this round.

Danica Pedersen proved to be a real handful up forward last round, booting a bag of six and will be eager to keep that hot streak going as will teammate, Lisa Miceli who has taken her season tally to 11 goals. Another player that cannot be overlooked is Jenna Singh, renowned for her pluckiness around the goal front while Molly Cooper and Monet Hunter are coming off strong performances. The Wanderers will have to be on song from the opening siren if they are to halt Waratah in their tracks and cause a boilover. In saying that, the Wanderers have no shortage of options inside 50 that know how to find the big sticks, with Sophie Fazzolari and Shekeine De Satge both prominent figures in attack. Morgan Johnston is another one to keep a constant eye on given her explosive nature alongside Tishara Davern, with the duo a force to be reckoned with.

Darwin Buffettes v. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, November 28

The Buffettes will come in as hot favourites due to their third ranking, seeing them muster up five wins for the season so far compared to the Magpies’ seventh position, showcasing the stark difference between the two sides. However, Palmerston are coming off a strong performance in Round 8 and will be hoping to replicate that same intensity and attack for the ball in this clash. To keep in touch with the top two, Darwin must win this game while if the Magpies want to hike up the ladder now is the time as the competition hits the midway point of the season.

Despite only playing two games for the season, Crystal Browne has proven to be the go-to-girl up forward bagging eight goals, six of them last week making her a real livewire each time she steps out. Although Iesha Ronberg is not overly prominent on the goal scoring front, her ability to cover the ground is what makes her a standout while Laquoiya Motlap is another promising player for the Magpies, able to navigate her way around goals. For the Buffettes, Zoe Anderson is the real barometer and one the Magpies will be hoping to stop given her tenacity and goal nous already taking her season tally to 14. Delsey Ah Wang and Machaelia Roberts are a couple of other impressive players for Palmerston, as are youngsters Tayla Hart-Aluni and Dominique Carbone making for an exciting clash between the two sides.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 8

ROUND 8 of 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League action is set to be explosive, with a top three battle between Pint and Darwin headlining the round and a match-up between the rapidly improving Southern Districts and ever-competitive Nightcliff that could either further shake up the mid-table logjam or really begin to separate the top and bottom ends of the ladder. St Mary’s has the bye this week, while two of the bottom four teams are guaranteed a move up the ladder when all four go head-to-head. All that, and more, in our NTFLW weekend preview.

Wanderers vs. Palmerston Magpies
Saturday, November 21

Wanderers will host a second straight opening match of the round when they take on Palmerston Magpies this week, and with both teams coming in off the back of mostly competitive losses, expect a tight battle here between the Wanderers and Magpies. Both sides boast the same 1-5 record to start the season, meaning that both teams will know a second win is within their grasp and potentially up the intensity on the field, although percentage-wise the Magpies stand head and shoulders above the Wanderers and would hope to use that to their advantage given their firepower across the field.

Just five Wanderers have played all six matches, with Djimila Totham, Kaitlyn Armstrong (12 goals) and Shekeine de Satge earning three best on ground appearances each, while the ever-consistent Morgan Johnston has proved to be a force to be reckoned with in every encounter, earning herself five bests from five outings. But while Armstrong has played every match, the Wanderers do not really have a reliable second target forward to take some of the heat, meaning another step up from the rest of the forward unit is warranted to get over the line against the Magpies. For the Pies, there is no doubt Tabitha MayIesha Ronberg and Arthurina Moreen are the go-to players around the ground, with the latter booting seven goals from her three appearances and named amongst the best on two of those occasions.

Waratah vs. Tracy Village
Saturday, November 21

A second lower ladder battle follows the first, as Waratah and Tracy Village go head-to-head this week. While Tracy Village are technically once again in with an upset chance here for a maiden win this season, realistically the Warriors have the winning attitude and defensive nous to keep the Razorbacks away from the scoreboard once more. Both sides have struggled up forward this season, coming in as the eighth (Waratah) and ninth (Tracy Village) ranked teams for points for, respectively, although the Warriors have put up competitive scorelines for the most part – bar the last two rounds – while the Razorbacks have now been rendered goalless four times from six outings.

For Waratah, Lisa Roberts was the lone goalkicker last week, adding another to her tally while Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have been fairly reliable firepower so far this season and will really hope to pile on the offensive pressure against the Razorbacks.For the Razorbacks, Meagan Wylie and Indianna Hughes are still the only goalkickers all season meaning the side will want to lift their forward output against a lower-ranked side and attempt to pile on the pressure. The likes of Kiri Marschall and Zhoe Clarke have both been named in the best three times, as has Hughes, so fans will hope to see these players step up to the plate once more.

Nightcliff vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 21

One of the matches of the round will see Nightcliff and Southern Districts go head-to-head, with neither side quite yet hitting the form they expect to but fortunately still sitting within top five calculations. Reigning premiers, Southern Districts had a shaky start to the season but are now sitting on three straight wins and a draw – including their huge confidence boosting, 137-point victory over Tracy Village last round – while Nightcliff have had a few bumps in the road but are ultimately enjoying an improved season and will hope to test the Districts and send them packing with a lower ladder position.

Emma-Lou Wolsey lost top spot on the goalkicking tally following last round, so the Nightcliff forward will be looking to amend that this round and pile on the scoreboard pressure to pull away once more past her current 12-goal count. Her consistency and backup around the ground is paramount to the Tigers’ success here, with the ever-impressive Mickayla Ward continuously offering a crucial second option with eight goals and four bests to her name, while Jacqueline Anyon-Smith is also well and truly up there not only supplying the firepower but also allowing Wolsey to stand strong up forward. For the Districts, a huge 10-goal effort from Tayla Thorn last round was exactly what the doctor ordered, but now it is about maintaining that intensity against a quality team and utilising additional options up forward, with Megan CraufurdEmma Forsyth and Grace Mulvahil all providing crucial targets with two goals apiece last round but not consistently showcasing that effort on the scoreboard otherwise.

Pint vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 21

The biggest match of the round will close out a huge Saturday of action, with ladder-leaders Pint hosting Darwin Buffettes in a battle for dominance at the top-end of the ladder. While Pint is realistically not at any chance of dropping from top of the ladder given the side’s excellent percentage, the Buffettes will want to assert dominance as the first side to topple the Queen Ants. For Pint, everything is at stake here given the Buffettes’ ability to not only control matches with extensive margins, but also maintain a lead in closer battles. The trick here for Darwin is to utilise Pint’s Round 7 bye and explode out of the gates, and with great matchups across the field there is no doubt this match will be a cracker.

Two of the most well-rounded sides are Pint and Darwin, both boasting plenty of firepower up forward and the defensive acumen to back it up and propel the footy forward once more. Both sides have proven more than capable of supplying consistent goalkickers, with Darwin’s Zoe Anderson taking over top spot last round to lead the tally with 14 goals, while amongst these two teams, Machaelia RobertsDelsey Ah Wang (both Darwin) and Jasmyn Hewett (Pint) have all booted seven goals, with Hewett backed up by Casey Morris and Jessie Baumer (both six). When it comes to consistency, Pint’s Cassie Henderson and Darwin’s Jemma Iacono rarely falter, both named amongst the bests for their respective teams on four occasions from six outings, while Dominique CarboneAmy Chittick and Morris are also more than capable of stepping up and leading the charge on three bests apiece.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 7

THERE was no shortage of close encounters throughout Round 7 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League with two of the games decided by less than 20 points. While the ladder leaders in Pint had the week off, second placed St Mary’s kept the heat on notching up their fifth win to remain in the hunt for that top spot. At the other end of the table, Tracy Village fell to their sixth straight loss.

WANDERERS 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.1 | 5.2 (32)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 4.4 | 5.5 | 6.6 | 7.7 (49)

A fast-starting Buffettes side was ultimately the difference between the two teams, as Darwin piled on four goals to one in the opening term and therefore managed to dictate the terms of the game for the remaining three quarters. Despite a strong last quarter performance from the Wanderers they simply could not peg back the margin enough to get over the line as the Buffettes walked away with their fifth win of the season. Darwin could have won by more had they been more accurate in front of the big sticks, notching up seven behinds, but overall will be pleased with their ability to halt the Wanderers in their tracks.

Zoe Anderson continued her stellar form in front of goal to make it three straight weeks where she has contributed to the scoreboard, posting two majors in this clash against the Wanderers. She was not the only multiple goalkicker in the side with Delsey Ah Wang bobbing up for two goals of her own while in her first game for the season Tayla Hart-Aluni also managed to slot one through the big sticks. Dominique Carbone was once again named in the bests for the Buffettes as was Molly Althouse for her second time in three weeks. Talia Corrie and Bianca Stokes also made their presence felt across the ground in their side’s win. For the Wanderers, Kaitlyn Armstrong once again found her range slotting a major while Shekeine De Satge and Kiarhii Williams also managed a goal apiece. Morgan Johnston was a constant threat across the ground and was recognised for her efforts, making her way into the bests for the third straight week as did Tishara Davern.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 (1)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 5.5 | 13.6 | 15.7 | 21.21 (138)

It is fair to say that it was all one-way traffic with Southern Districts handing Tracy Village a 137 point thumping. The Crocs had the ball on a string and came out with a real fire in the belly, not allowing Tracy Village any easy touches. The real damage was done in the second quarter where Southern Districts piled on eight unanswered goals as Tracy Village simply had no remedy to stop the avalanche of scoreboard pressure. it was not until the final quarter that the bottom of the ladder Razorbacks managed to register a mere point.

There is no denying that Tayla Thorn was the best afield with the Crocs forward putting on a show and walking away with a staggering 10 goal haul for her efforts inside 50. She was a constant firepower and showcased her impressive goal nous to take her season tally to 16. Emma Forsyth, Megan Craufurd and Grace Mulvahil all collected two goals each highlighting the number of goalscoring options the Crocs had. Michala Shaw and Indianna Hickling both stood up to be named in the bests joining the likes of Thorn, Forsyth and Craufurd.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.5 | 2.6 | 3.8 | 4.8 (32)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.1 | 2.5 | 3.6 | 6.9 (45)

It all came down to the final quarter of action with Nightcliff pulling away and showcasing their high level of endurance and footy smarts to come from behind at three quarter time and steal the win. The lead chopped and changed throughout the game testament to the intensity and closeness of the match however a three goal to one final quarter allowed the Tigers reign supreme. Inaccuracy plagued both sides but the Magpies will be ruing their sloppy start to the game, monopolising the play and scoreboard but just unable to capitalise on their chances.

Goal-scoring machine Arthurina Moreen was up to her usual tricks and while it was not enough to get her side over the line her two goals kept them in the hunt. Crystal Browne was the only other Magpies player to hit the scoreboard nailing two majors of her own. Tabitha May continued her dominant ways across the ground, named in the bests for her third consecutive week while Michaeline Brown and Jo Guthridge also slotted into the mix. For Nightcliff, Mickayla Ward proved to be handy inside 50 nailing two goals as first gamer Amy Pittman booted a major to kick off her season. Jacqueline Anyon-Smith returned to the goalkickers list this round while in terms of best performers, Andi Moliere, Emily Casey and Eliza Morrison were recognised for their performance.

ST MARY’S 2.3 | 4.4 | 4.4 | 4.6 (30)
WARATAH 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.3 (9)

In the final game of the round, St Mary’s flexed their muscles with a strong showing against Waratah to collect a 21-point victory and edge closer to the top of the table Pint. It was a fast start from St Mary’s that set the tone for the match and while accuracy was somewhat of a problem they still managed to get the job done and shut down Waratah’s every move, rendering them goalless until the final term. The second and third quarters proved to be a stalemate for both sides, unable to create any real fluidity however the Saints had all but set the game up.

Ashlea Melnikas was in hot form converting three goals to take her season total to eight while Claudia Whitfort was the only other goal scorer for the victors. Melnikas was also named in the bests credit to her output throughout the game as Danielle Ponter and Megan Williamson also made their third straight appearance in the bests. Eliza Shannon and Annabelle Shannon both plied their trade across the ground for the Saints. The only goal scorer for Waratah was Lisa Roberts who showcased her goal nous while the bests are yet to be released for the Tahs.

Weekend preview: 2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League – Round 7

ROUND 7 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League will see ladder leaders Pint get a well-deserved break after an excellent and undefeated start to the season, while St Mary’s will aim to boost their percentage once more to attempt to steal top spot and reigning premiers Southern Districts will have an opportunity to clinch a third straight win when they take on Tracy Village. All that, and more, in our weekly preview.

Wanderers vs. Darwin Buffettes
Saturday, November 14

The Wanderers will look to step up their recent form this round but could well and truly be stopped in their tracks when they take on a lively Darwin Buffettes outfit. The Buffs sit in third after downing Nightcliff last round and will be eager to continue their winning ways when they go head-to-head with the Wanderers, with plenty of solid performers amongst each side but the winning attitude set to go the way of the Darwin outfit. The Wanderers come into this match off the back of a bye last round so will be raring to go, and while their only win on the board this season was against the lowly Razorbacks, they have shown some real promise, able to hit the scoreboard against the top sides and forced closer margins with their continuous defence. That being said, the Buffettes have too many consistent and threatening performers up the ground for the Wanderers to stop, so the Darwin side should get the chocolates here.

For Darwin, watch out for livewire Zoe Anderson and the ever impressive Machaelia Roberts, with the duo providing plenty of spark up forward and consistently in among the action, combining for 22 goals so far this season, while Delsey Ah Wang is also up there and Jemma Iacono has earned three mentions in the side’s bests. Wanderers have their own power up forward though with Kaitlyn Armstrong showcasing plenty of scoring ability across her five games with 11 goals to her name so far, though it’s the side’s lack of further options inside 50 that could be the real issue in this match. A number of consistent performers are among the side though, with Morgan Johnston earning four best on ground mentions for the season, while Tishara DavernShekeine de Satge and Djimila Totham have earned three apiece.

Tracy Village vs. Southern Districts
Saturday, November 14

Tracy Village will host the Southern Districts in the second match of the round, unfortunately taking on the reigning premiers now that they have gotten some confidence back up after a lowly start and expected to defeat the Razorbacks with relative ease. Tracy Village have now had two scoreless matches on the trot where the Crocs have finally gotten the ball moving with wins on the board, meaning the Razorbacks will need to really come out flying if they want to come away with a semblance of pride this round. While Southern Districts did not get a win on the board until Round 5, they have put up some fairly competitive performances and ultimately, should get an easy win on the board this round and if all goes to plan, even potentially jump into the top four.

Zhoe Clarke, Kiri Marschall and Indianna Hughes are the ones to watch for the Razorbacks, consistently putting on solid performances and rarely letting up despite expanding scorelines, while Meagan Wylie and Hughes are the lone goalkickers for the season so far. For the Districts, Tayla Thorn is always a tough option inside 50 while Jessie Brock, Malory Nankervis and Ebony Miller consistently put in 100 per cent.

Palmerston Magpies vs. Nightcliff
Saturday, November 14

The Palmerston Magpies will really look to challenge Nightcliff this round, and as one of the sides which has posted mostly consistent and fairly competitive scorelines despite their seventh ranking on the ladder, could be in with a real chance. That being said, there is no doubt the Nightcliff Tigers have exploded out of the blocks in 2020, and bar losses to fellow top four sides Pint, St Mary’s and Buffettes over the past two rounds, have been solid against lower sides and had little issue getting wins on the board.

The real question in this match will be firstly whether the Magpies will be able to negate Emma-Lou Wolsey up forward, and secondly whether they will be able to limit Nightcliff’s number of quality forward options, with Mickayla Ward and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith not far behind Wolsey on the goalkicking tally and Ward in particular providing a consistent effort week-in and week-out around the ground. The Magpies have some impressive and threatening names of their own though, with Arthurina Moreen leading the side for majors this season despite only playing two games so far, and Natasha Medbury also providing a quality option. Tabitha May and Iesha Ronberg have also been named among the best in four matches of five, proving to be constant threats around the ground.

St Mary’s vs. Waratah
Saturday, November 14

The final match of the round will see Waratah take on St Mary’s, with the Saints hoping to overtake Pint on top of the leaderboard purely on percentage if they get a win here. While Waratah have struggled to hit the highs they have over the past few seasons, there is no doubt they still have that winning mentality and the ability to come out firing. That being said, the Saints have five wins on the board compared to the Warriors’ one, a great percentage to match and have conceded less than 100 points across their six matches, so will likely prove difficult for Waratah in this outing.

Saints’ Michaela Long and Danielle Ponter both proved huge up forward last round with four goals apiece, and could make things tough for the Warriors give they are not the only firepower the side has on offer, with a whopping 20 goalkickers for the season so far and just six of them booting more than one goal – showcasing how many play have an impact. Megan Williamson has been impressive this season earning a best on ground mention in all six games so far this season, with Alana CoombesAsh Melnikas and Ponter not far behind. For Waratah, Lisa Miceli and Jenna Singh have been the main firepower and will need to be forces to be reckoned with here to command the game and upset the Saints.

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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.