Category: State Leagues

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 wash-up: NTFL – Round 2

SATURDAY’S TIO Stadium triple-header produced three relatively one-sided results, leaving two sides without a win and seeing last year’s grand finalists bounce back to claim their first win of the year. The theme continued on Sunday too, with last year’s wooden spooners crashing back down to earth after a Round 1 victory.

WARATAH 19.10 (124)
TIWI BOMBERS 7.8 (50)

GOALS:

Waratah: L. Collihole 5, R. Jolliffe 3, S. Weddell 3, S. Godden 2, H. Kerinaiua, B. Minkulk, C. Barrett, Z. Westerberg, M. Blake, A. Aurrichio.
Tiwi: D. Munkara 3, N. Pangiraminni 2, H. Puruntatameri, R. Tungatalum.

BEST:

Waratah: L. Collihole, M. Blake, R. Jolliffe, H. Kerinaiua, S. Weddell
Tiwi: D. Munkara, A. Darcy, H. Puruntatameri, S. Babui, T. Tambling

The first of Saturday’s games saw Waratah improve to 1-1 with a strong 74-point win over the winless Tiwi Bombers. It was a consistent four-quarter effort from Waratah, with four goals to two in each of the first three terms giving them a comfortable 35 point lead going into the final break. They then poured on seven goals to one in a dominant final term to soar to a statement victory.

Lachlan Collihole was named best afield for his five-goal haul, while Raven Jolliffe and Samuel Weddell were also thereabouts with their bags of three. Waratah’s other multiple goalkicker was Sam Godden with two, while the likes of Matthew Blake and Henry Kerinaiua also put in good shifts and hit the scoreboard. For the Bombers, Dionysuis Munkara continued his good start in front of goal with three majors earning him Tiwi’s best-on honours. Norman Pangiraminni was the only other to claim multiple goals, with Harley Puruntatameri also finding his way into the best for the losing side.

The percentage boost sees Waratah sit just below the two undefeated teams in third, while the Bombers sit second-bottom as one of two winless sides.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 17.13 (115)
ST MARYS 6.10 (46)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: S. Thorne 4, L. Jetta 4, T. Brook 2, M. Mummery 2, D. Abbott, C. Gallio, I. Wyatt, B. Rusca, C. McAdam
St Marys: N. Paredes, J. Cullen, S. Richardson, C. Parris, M. Liddy, N. Yarran.

BEST:

Southern Districts: N/A
St Marys: N. Paredes, K. Delahunty, R. Clarke, B. Taylor, J. Quinn, N. Yarran

Southern Districts powered to a 69-point win over St Marys in the round’s second game to cement its spot in the competition’s top two. It was a slightly more comfortable win for the Crocs this time out after their down-to-the-wire Grand Final rematch win last week, with the Saints again struggling to find the goals despite holding a one-point lead at the half. Fifteen goals to three after the main break saw the reigning premiers run away with the result, kicking into gear quickly after a slight scare.

Former Essendon goal-sneak Leroy Jetta snared four goals alongside Shane Thorne, with impressive youngster Michael Mummery booting two of his own and Timothy Brook rounding out the multiple goalkickers with his two majors. The Saints had fewer forward contributors, but the likes of Nathaniel Parades and Nicholas Yarran troubled the scorers while also being named in the best. Kieran Delahunty was also impressive in a losing side along with ex-Saint Raphael Clarke.

The result sees either side make up the top and bottom two respectively, with Southern Districts one of two undefeated sides, while St Marys sit bottom as one of two winless teams.

 

WANDERERS 5.10 (40)
DARWIN BUFFALOES 14.8 (92)

GOALS: 

Wanderers: S. Motlop, K. Fejo, M. Motlop, J. Jeffrey, J. Salmon
Darwin: A. Sambono 3, J. Clark 3, S. Anderson 2, C. Williams 2, L. Thomas 2, J. Stokes, J. Clarke

BEST: N/A

2018 runners-up Darwin Buffaloes rounded out Saturday’s fixtures with a bounce-back win over Wanderers. It was a steady contest between last year’s second, and second-last teams as Wanderers utilised an end advantage to lead at quarter time. The Buffaloes hit back hard though, with four goals to one in the second term giving them the ascendancy, which they didn’t relinquish before storming home with seven fourth quarter goals to beef up the margin.

Darwin’s Adam Sambono found some of his better form to slot three goals, with his haul matched only by teammate Jackson Clark. Former AFL forward Lindsay Thomas also found the goals with two of his own alongside Steven Anderson and Chris Williams in the dangerous Buffaloes forward line. The Motlops, Shannon and Marlon were both typically busy in for Wanderers in their forward-line with a goal each, while youngster Joel Jeffrey also impressed.

The win sees both sides claim the bottom two finals spots, with Darwin’s far superior percentage of 143.8 granting them fourth place. It was always going to be a tough ask for Wanderers to back up their Round 1 win here, but they’re still placed nicely early in fifth.

 

NIGHTCLIFF 21.15 (141)
PALMERSTON 8.8 (56)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: T. Melville 5, M. Bricknell 3, C. Ilett 3, J. Tsitas 2, L. Holt-Fitz 2, W. Derksen 2, J. Peris, F. James, D. Reeve, J. Budarick.
Palmerston: J. Marshall 2, E. Frank 2, A. Davey, S. Autio, A. Lonergan, S. Talbot.

BEST:

Nightcliff: C. Ilett, S. Wilson, J. Budarick, J. Tsitas, J. Miles, P. Kossack
Palmerston: M. Dennis, C. Baird, S. Talbot, J. Marshall , N. Lockyer Jnr, L. Harrison

Nightcliff stormed to the top of the table with a thumping 85-point win over Palmerston in Sunday’s only fixture. The Tigers stormed out of the blocks, with five goals in each of the opening two terms giving them a 49-point lead heading into half time. While the Magpies somewhat stemmed the flow after the main break, it was more of the same to see out the game as Nightcliff piled on eight-straight majors in the last.

Trent Melville was the star with five goals for the Tigers despite Cameron Ilett being named best-on for his three-goal effort. Mathew Bricknell also booted three majors, while former Geelong Falcon James Tsitas and youngster Liam Holt-Fitz also claimed two each alongside Wade Derksen. Shaun Wilson and Jess Budarick were also among the best for the winners, overcoming the injection of AFL experience in the Palmerston line-up. Ezekiel Frank booted two goals and Alwyn Davey managed one, but it was Bundoora ruck stalwart Matthew Dennis who again claimed best-on honours for the Magpies.

The loss sees Palmerston sit just outside of the finals spots with their win on the board, while Nightcliff maintained their soaring percentage and first place in what was an impressive performance.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 2

THE reigning premiers returned to the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition with a bang. They recorded the second biggest winning margin of the round, with Palmerston getting the bigger win over Nightcliff. Pint was again involved in another close win, and remain the only side that has won two from two in this season’s heated competition.

 

WARATAH 1.1 | 3.3 | 6.3 | 9.5 (59)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.0 (12)

Waratah returned to the NTFL Women’s competition in fine form, getting a comprehensive 47-point win over Southern Districts. The Crocs kept Waratah to just a goal in the first term, but the reigning premiers fought back  with three majors in the second quarter, taking a 15-point lead into half-time. Waratah kicked three majors in both the third and fourth terms to take its lead out to 47 points by the end of the game. Lisa Miceli was named best-on-ground for Waratah with three majors. She was complemented by Breanna Martin, who also kicked three goals in the win. NT Thunder duo, Madeline Gault and Sue Nalder also hit the scoreboard, kicking a goal each. Their Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s teammate, Lisa Roberts was also named in the best.

GOALS

Waratah: L. Miceli 3, B. Martin 3, M. Gault, T. O”Hehir, S. Nalder
Southern Districts: Not supplied

BEST

Waratah: L. Miceli, G. Cusack, L. Roberts, R. Pryer, J. Kolodziej
Southern Districts: Not supplied

 

WANDERERS 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.2 | 2.4 (16)
PINT 0.1 | 1.1 | 2.2 | 3.2 (20)

Pint has been involved in another close encounter, getting a four-point win over the Wanderers to sit on top of the ladder. The Queen Ants backed up their three-point win over Palmerston in Round 2, kicking the only goal to half time. Amazingly, the Wanderers scored their first goal of the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Queen Ants two goals to one to nearly clinch the lead they had for virtually had for the whole game. Ellie Ryan, Ellen-Kristine Markussen and Emma Greaves were the goal kickers for Pint while Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Arthurina Moreen was the hero for the Wanderers, single-handedly bringing them back into the game. Markussen was also named second best, behind Cassie Henderson who dominated in Pint’s win. NT Thunder player, Katie Streader also contributed well.

GOALS

Wanderers: A. Moreen 2
Pint: E. Ryan, E. Markussen, E. Greaves

BEST

Wanderers: Not supplied
Pint: C. Henderson, E. Markussen, K. Smits, E. Ryan, K. Streader, E. Hetherington

 

NIGHTCLIFF 1.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.3 (15)
PALMERSTON 4.2 | 8.3 | 13.4 | 16.6 (102)

Palmerston secured a clinical win over Nightcliff with a dominant performance at PSC BM Oval. The Magpies kept the Tigers to just one goal for three quarters, while piling on 13 goals themselves. After two four-goal quarters, Palmerston went one better in the third term, kicking five goals to take a 74-point lead into the last break. A three goals to two quarter led to the Magpies securing an 87-point win. Natasha Medbury led the way with four majors, while Wynona Barlow and Karlee King kicked two. Northern Territory Under-18 duo, Janet Baird and Tabitha May also got on the scoreboard, with Baird bagging four goals and May kicking one. Both were named in the best in the big win.

GOALS

Nightcliff: Not supplied
Palmerston: N. Medbury 4, J. Baird 3, W. Barlow 2, K. King 2, B. Byers, T. May, H. Davey

BEST

Nightcliff: Not supplied
Palmerston: B. Byers, T. May, N. Medbury, J. Baird, P. McMillan, H. Davey

 

TRACY VILLAGE 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.2 (14)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 | 1.4 | 2.7 | 3.11 (29)

The Buffettes got on the winners’ list for the first time this season with a 15-point win over Tracy Village. The Razorbacks led at the first break, holding the Buffettes scoreless while kicking a major themselves. Darwin fought back in the second term with one goal, but could’ve scored more, kicking four behinds to lead by just three points at the main break. The inaccuracy continued for the Buffettes, kicking two goals and seven behinds in the second half, while the Razorbacks managed one major and one behind. This helped Darwin secure the crucial win. Former Adelaide Crows AFLW player, Jasmine Anderson got on the board for the Buffettes with one major. The other goals were kicked by Meredith Turner and Nicky Anderson. Turner was also named second best behind NT Thunder player, Machaelia Roberts, who was the best player in the Buffettes’ win.

GOALS

Tracy Village: Not supplied
Darwin Buffettes: J. Anderson, M. Turner, N. Anderson

BEST

Tracy Village: Not supplied
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, M. Turner, A. Bryan

AFLW Draft preview: GWS GIANTS

GREATER Western Sydney (GWS) Giants came so close to a Grand Final last season, with their fate up in the air up until the last round. With some key losses like Maddie Boyd, Phoebe McWilliams and Renee Forth ahead of the 2019 AFL Women’s season, the Giants will need some young talent to go one step further this year.

 

Last season: 4th

In: Christina Bernardi, Yvonne Bonner (rookie), Taylah Davies (rookie)
Out: Maddy Boyd, Phoebe McWilliams, Renee Forth, Melissa Freckleton, Rebecca Privitelli, Alex Saundry, Pippa Smyth, Renee Tomkins, Haneen Zreika (rookie)

GWS AFLW LIST (24/30)

  • Jacinda Barclay
  • Nicola Barr
  • Rebecca Beeson
  • Eleanor Bennetts
  • Christina Bernardi
  • Yvonne Bonner
  • Ellie Brush
  • Maddy Collier
  • Jess Dal Pas
  • Taylah Davies
  • Alicia Eva
  • Amanda Farrugia
  • Courtney Gum
  • Tanya Hetherington
  • Jodie Hicks
  • Tait Mackrill
  • Erin McKinnon
  • Phoebe Monahan
  • Pepa Randall
  • Aimee Schmidt
  • Cora Staunton
  • Louise Stephenson
  • Emma Swanson
  • Britt Tully

DRAFT PICKS

12, 42, 52, 59, 64, 69, 72, 75

POTENTIAL DRAFT PROSPECTS

The Giants are likely to take New South Wales (NSW) Most Valuable Player (MVP) at this year’s AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, Alyce Parker. Parker has been one of NSW’s most dominant players throughout her whole Under 18s career, playing through the midfield and up forward when needed to. A midfield trio of Parker, Courtney Gum and Amanda Farrugia could be a threatening prospect for the rest of the competition. Murray Bushrangers defender, Eloise Ashley-Cooper is another player who could earn a spot at GWS. Ashley-Cooper spent some time in the TAC Cup Girls playing for Murray but has represented NSW at a representative level. She is a classy defender who could complement the likes of Tanya Hetherington and Pepa Randall. Alexia Hamilton is another one who will likely be on the minds of the GWS recruiters. She is a known goalkicker and a smart footballer who can play consistently well over a stretch of games.  

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.  

Weekend previews: NTFL – Round 2

With Round 1 in the books and a few surprise results to boot, Round 2 looks like dishing up a few intriguing contests that could set the tone for clubs vying for a top five spot.

WARATAH v. TIWI BOMBERS

Round 2 – Saturday October 13, 2:30pm

TIO Stadium, Darwin

The first match of Saturday’s TIO Stadium triple-header pits two teams coming off a first-round loss against each other, in the form of Waratah and Tiwi Bombers.

Waratah were beaten out the blocks by last year’s wooden spooners Palmerston in their season opener, while 2018 elimination finalists Tiwi Bombers fell to last year’s second bottom team in Wanderers. With the sides evenly matched and the Bombers pipping the Warriors to a finals spot last year by a single game, this Round 2 clash is set to be a belter with both teams out to gain their first taste of victory for the season.

The Warriors will hope to sharpen up in defence having conceded 24 scoring shots last time out, with former Northern Blues American import Alex Aurrichio holding up the fort alongside the likes of Brock Orval – who was their best in Round 1 and can also run through the midfield. Tiwi have the AFL experience of former Demon excitement machine Austin Wonaeamirri, while the class of hard running midfielder Albert Tipungwuti and Essendon Academy Manager Harmit Singh will provide cool heads through the middle, hoping to bring lively forward Adam Tipungwuti into the game.

It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top here, with both sides surely keen to break their ducks and gain an early edge over a similarly-placed opponent.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS v. ST MARYS

Round 2 – Saturday October 13, 5pm

TIO Stadium, Darwin

Premiers Southern Districts will look to continue their NTFL dominance on the back of a six-point win over fellow grand finalists, Darwin, when they clash with St Marys at TIO Stadium. St Marys were tasked with a tough introduction to the 2019 season with fixtures against last year’s top two home and away teams. This clash against the Crocs may prove to be an uphill battle, but if their fighting loss against Nightcliff in Round 1 is anything to go by, they are up for the fight.

The Crocs possess former AFL talent in Leroy Jetta and Richard Tambling, but have in-form stars all around the ground. Forward Brad Vallance was key to their win last week with his three goals and will look to continue that form, while the likes of Lionel Ogden and Sam Smith made good starts from defence. For St Mary’s, the experienced Raph Clarke will hope to further his calming influence across half-back, with exciting 16-year-old prospects Maurice Rioli Jnr and Jacob Long slotting into pockets at either end of the ground.

On paper this match-up does not seem like it will produce a thriller, but do not be surprised to see St Marys take it up to Southern Districts.

 

WANDERERS v. DARWIN BUFFALOES

Round 2 – Saturday October 13, 7:30pm

TIO Stadium, Darwin

The final fixture in Saturday’s triple-header sees last year’s second bottom side face the runners up under lights. The opening round results see either side’s form lines contrast in an unexpected way though, with Wanderers claiming a win at the expense of Tiwi, while the Buffaloes sit 0-1 having lost the grand final rematch.

The Wanderers have a dangerous forward line, with the likes of former Gold Coast Sun Liam Patrick firing last week with his three goals, and Beau O’Connell dominating with four of his own. Add to that the experience of veteran Shannon Motlop and the exuberance of 16-year-old Joel Jeffrey, and you have the makings of another 30 plus scoring shot display. The Buffaloes are clearly no slouches though, with only the might of reigning premiers Southern Districts proving their downfall last week. They’ll still be confident in getting on the board for 2019 with exciting players on each line. Matt Campbell will hope to have an impact, while the likes of Adam Sambono, Bradley Stokes, and teenage prospect Malcolm Rosas should provide a spark not many teams can handle.

Both defences should be busy, with Darwin hoping they can cut off Wanderers’ supply to their dangerous forwards by winning the midfield battle.

 

NIGHTCLIFF v. PALMERSTON MAGPIES

Round 2 – Sunday October 14, 4pm

PSC BM Oval, Nightcliff

Nightcliff hosts Palmerston in Sunday’s lone fixture for the round, with both sides holding a win after their respective season openers. Runners up in the regular season last time out, Nightcliff will hope to continue on with the form that saw them claim that position in 2018 after narrowly overcoming St Marys in Round 1. Meanwhile, Palmerston sit top of the ladder after matching their season wins tally from last season with a Round 1 win over Waratah.

Trent Melville was one of three multiple goalkickers last week for the Tigers, booting the all-important two that saw his side over the line. Midfielder Jess Budarick was named their best, and will be hoping to continue supplying well for the likes of Kaine Riley and Liam Holt-Fitz up forward. The Magpies will be confident that the class of the Davey brothers, former Bulldog Ezekiel Frank and Northern Football League stalwart Matthew Dennis will be enough to pull them over the line once again, keeping them atop of the ladder and bettering their efforts of last year with just two games played.

Almost polar opposites last time around, it should be an intriguing contest given the strength of both sides on paper, and will give a good indication of where either team sits.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 1

A COUPLE of close games highlighted the evenness of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s league this season. St Marys was the only team who secured a massive win, while Tracy Village secured a comfortable win. Southern Districts and Pint were the teams that were made to work for their victories, playing in exciting contests.

 

ROUND 1:

ST MARYS 2.3 | 6.5 | 9.6 | 11.7 (73)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.3 (9)

It was another difficult start to the year for Nightcliff, with St Marys putting on a clinic to get a 64-point win. The Tigers held St Marys to a slow start, with the home side managing two goals in the opening term. But the Saints fought back with a four-goal second term to open up a 40-point lead at the main break. The onslaught continued with five goals in the second half but luckily for the Tigers, they were able to get a goal on the board in the last quarter. Jaylene Boundry led the way for the Saints, kicking five of her team’s 11 majors. She was complemented by Lauren Gooden and Fatnowna Frances, who each chipped in with two goals. For Nightcliff, Alexandra Dudley was the side’s only goal kicker. Sophie Hatzismalis was named best-on-ground for the Tigers while Hannah Turnbull, Emma-Lou Wolsey and Tayla Dando also had impressive games.

GOALS:

St Marys: J. Boundry 5, L. Gooden 2, F. Frances 2, A. Coombes, M. Gunderson.
Nightcliff: A. Dudley.

BEST:

St Marys: Not supplied.
Nightcliff: S. Hatzismalis, H. Turnbull, E. Wolsey, T. Dando

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 0.2 | 3.5 | 3.6 | 6.6 (42)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.1 | 1.5 | 5.5 | 5.5 (35)

The Southern Districts scraped away with a win in this game after plenty of lead changes. In the first term, the Crocs and Buffettes had the same amount of scoring shots, but the Buffettes were able to make the most of them, kicking 1.1 to Southern Districts’ two behinds. In the second term, the Crocs sparked up, holding the Buffettes scoreless while kicking two goals themselves to take a 12-point lead into the main break. The scoring then dried up for Southern Districts, as Darwin went bang with a four-goal third quarter to take an 11-point lead into the last break. However, that is where the scoring ended for the Buffettes, with the Crocs storming home with a three goals to none last term to take home a seven-point win. NT Thunder trio, Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze and Tayla Thorn led the way for the Crocs, being named first, second and third best, respectively. Their teammate, Machaelia Roberts was named best-on-ground for the Buffettes while Kylie Duggan got on the board with a major.

GOALS:

Southern Districts: C. Deegan, B. Clarke, T. Voysey, K. Patterson, J. Hoes, A. Bartlem.
Darwin Buffettes: K. Duggan, M. Taylor, M. Turner, Z. Anderson , N. Anderson.

BEST:

Southern Districts: L. Jeffrey, T. Holtze, T. Thorn, M. Craufurd, B. Clarke
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, M. Turner, T. Docherty-cole, L. Johnston

 

TRACY VILLAGE 2.0 2.2 | 4.5 | 6.6 (42)
WANDERERS 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.1 (13)

Tracy Village came away with a comfortable win at Gardens Oval on Sunday. The Razorbacks opened up the scoring with two first-term goals before the Wanderers evened up the contest, outscoring them in the second quarter. But Tracy Village fought back in the third term with a four goals to none third term. The Wanderers pegged one back in the last quarter, but the Razorbacks had also got on the board with two goals, taking them to a 29-point win. NT Thunder player, Kristy Irvine and Hayley Coga led the way for Tracy Village with two majors a piece. Debra Bree Bonde was named best-on-ground for the Razorbacks. Keyona De Satge and Paula Glover were the goal scorers for the Wanderers.

GOALS:

Tracy Village: K. Irvine 2, H. Cogan 2, I. Hoadley, S. Grainger.
Wanderers: K. De Satge, P. Glover.

BEST:

Tracy Village: D. Bonde, A. Gray, R. Bull, J. Downie, J. Ellis, R. McCracken
Wanderers: Not supplied

 

PALMERSTON 1.2 | 1.2 | 3.4 | 3.6 (24)
PINT 0.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 4.3 (27)

Pint has claimed a thrilling three-point win over Palmerston to kick-start its season. The Queen Ants started slowly, not scoring a goal in the first term. The Magpies did, but couldn’t get on the board in the second term, as Pint fought back with two majors to take a four-point lead into the main break. The trend occurred again in the third quarter, but this time it was the Magpies who got the better of the Queen Ants with a two goals to none term. They had the opportunity to score two majors in the last term but instead scored two behinds, while Pint kicked two majors in the term to secure a key victory. Kristen Smits scored half of Pint’s goals, while Cassie Henderson and Megan Dohnt each chipped in with a major. Smits and Henderson were named in the best while Erin Hetherington was deemed the leading player on the ground for the Queen Ants. Karlee King, Northern Territory Under-18 representative, Janet Baird and Wynona Barlow were the goal kickers for the Magpies. King was deemed best-on-ground for her side.

GOALS:

Palmerston: K. King, J. Baird, W. Barlow
Pint: K. Smits 2, C. Henderson, M. Dohnt

BEST:

Palmerston: K. King
Pint: E. Hetherington , C. Henderson, K. Smits, S. Freeman, A. Henley, E. Greaves

AFLW Draft preview: Brisbane

BRISBANE has lost a fair few names from its best side over the off-season, but has terrific depth which has seen the Lions make two consecutive Grand Finals. Lauren Arnell arrives at the club to give some vital experience, while young gun Brianna McFarlane signed on as a rookie last week. With the young talent coming through Queensland, it is expected Brisbane will have plenty of new faces walking through the door, and join the likes of Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Jessica Wuetschner as dangerous players to opposition sides. The Lions will look to reload for 2019 and hope to go one better after two near misses.

Last year: 2nd

IN: Lauren Arnell, Brianna McFarlane
OUT: Kaitlyn Ashmore, Renee Cowan, Britt Gibson, Nicole Hildebrand, Kalinda Howarth, Tahlia Randall, Molly Ritson (rookie), Jamie Stanton.

BRISBANE AFLW list (25/30)

  • Ally Anderson
  • Lauren Arnell
  • Bella Ayre
  • Emily Bates
  • Ruby Blair
  • Shannon Campbell
  • Arianna Clarke
  • Gabby Collingwood
  • Sophie Conway
  • Nat Exon
  • Sabrina Frederick-Traub
  • Megan Hunt
  • Leah Kaslar
  • Jessy Keeffe
  • Breanna Koenan
  • Kate Lutkins
  • Kate McCarthy
  • Brianna McFarlane
  • Emma Pittman
  • Krystal Scott
  • Sam Virgo
  • Sharni Webb
  • Jessica Wuetschner
  • Jordan Zanchetta
  • Emma Zielke.

DRAFT PICKS

9, 22, 33, 44, 54, 60, 65

POSSIBLE DRAFT PROSPECTS

Brisbane is in the unique position of having the senior coach – Craig Starcevich – as the head coach for the Queensland Under 18s side, which had a terrific AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. He will know not only the talent, but the characters of the players inside and out. Of those invited to the AFL Women’s Draft Combine, athletic ruck Lauren Bella could slot straight into the side to replace Tahlia Randall, coming off a strong performance at the championships, and impressive testing results at the combine. Under 18s state captain, Natalie Grider is another prospect expected to join her coach at the Lions, primarily playing off half-back at the championships and showing good composure and skills out of the back half. Jacqui Yorston was the third Queenslander invited to the combine, and will be able to slot straight into the Brisbane midfield if required. Only so many Queenslanders can make their way onto the Brisbane list, but Jade Ellenger, Tori Groves-Little and Jesse Wardlaw played off in a senior Grand Final in the Queensland Women’s Football League and did not look out of place. With Gold Coast coming in next year, even if some miss out this season, there will more opportunities available ahead of the 2020 season.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL – Round 1

LAST year’s wooden spooners have started the year on a high, recording an 18-point win to lead the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Men’s Premier League. The Magpies saw off the challenge of the Waratah Warriors following a four goals to zero first term. In other results, the Wanders staged a remarkable comeback after quarter time to down the Tiwi Bombers by 19 points, while Nightcliff knocked off St Marys by 10 points and Southern Districts repeated their narrow win in last year’s decider with a six-point victory over Darwin Buffaloes.

ROUND 1:

PALMERSTON 4.4 | 5.6 | 9.8 | 9.15 (69)
WARATAH 0.2 | 3.5 | 6.8 | 7.9 (51)

A fast start to Palmerston saw last year’s cellar dwellers overcome Waratah by three goals. The Magpies booted four goals to zero in the opening term, before Waratah cut the deficit to 13 points at the main break. Palmerston booted four goals to three in the third term to extend the margin back out to 18 points, before missing out on the chance to extend it further in the final stanza with seven behinds. The Warriors booted 1.1 in the last term to break even, but it was not enough to turn the tables on the Magpies. Kyle Emery was the star of the show up forward, booting four goals, including three in the first half, while Brock Orval booted two and was named among the best for the Warriors. Matthew Dennis and Aaron Davey were prominent for the Magpies throughout the four quarters, while Orval and Justin Beugelaar were named the best for Waratah.

GOALS

Palmerston: K. Emery 4, L. Dhurrkay, A. Lonergan, S. Talbot, N. Collins, S. Autio.
Waratah: B. Orval 2, Z. Westerberg, J. Hatcher, L. Collihole, S. Godden, C. Barrett.

BEST

Palmerston: M. Dennis, A. Davey, K. Emery, S. Talbot, R. Baird
Waratah: J. Beugelaar, B. Orval, B. Carroll, S. Weddell, S. Godden

 

WANDERERS 3.2 | 7.7 | 13.11 | 16.16 (112)
TIWI BOMBERS 6.4 | 7.8 | 11.8 | 14.9 (93)

Wanderers have coming from a quarter time deficit to post a 19-point win over Tiwi Bombers in a high-scoring game. The match saw 30 goals kicked, only 14 less than the other three games combined. After the first term, the Eagles booted 13 goals to eight, including a six-goal third term to record the solid victory, applying plenty of scoreboard pressure with 32 scoring shots to 23. There were no shortage of goal kickers for the Wanderers with Beau O’Connell booting four goals, while Patrick Fairhead and Liam Patrick booted three apiece. For Tiwi Bombers, they shared the goals around with 10 individual goal kickers for their 14 goals. Alastair Darcy was named the Bombers’ best, while Jason Puruntatameri was also impressive. Adam Tipungwuti booting two majors and was also named among the best for the losing side. Eagles captain, Braedon McLean was terrific leading the side, while he named defender, Doug Mansell as a young gun to look out for this season along with O’Connell.

GOALS

Wanderers: B. O’Connell 4, P. Fairhead 3, L. Patrick 3, J. Jeffrey 2, S. Bates 2, B. McLean, J. Priest.
Tiwi Bombers: D. Munkara 2, A. Tipungwuti 2, J. Best 2, J. Munkara 2, K. Apuatimi, A. Wonaeamirri, R. Tungatalum, N. Pangiraminni, M. Dunn, K. Kantilla.

BEST

Wanderers: B. O’Connell,B. McLean, D. Mansell, L. Patrick, P. Fairhead
Tiwi Bombers: A. Darcy, J. Puruntatameri, P. Heenan, M. Dunn, H. Puruntatameri, A. Tipungwuti

 

ST MARYS 0.1 | 1.2 | 5.4 | 5.6 (36)
NIGHTCLIFF 1.2 | 1.6 | 4.7 | 6.10 (46)

In a tight, low-scoring contest, Nightcliff recorded a come-from-behind victory against St Marys. The Tigers booted the only goal of the first term, and led by four points at the main break. The third term opened up with seven of the game’s 11 goals kicked in the quarter, with St Marys regaining the lead by three points to set up a thrilling final term. Nightcliff booted the only two goals of the last term – courtesy of Trent Melville – to run over the top of the Saints on their way to a 10-point victory. It was the fifth consecutive time the Tigers had got the better of the Saints, sparking plenty of celebrations with six debutants in the team. The young St Marys side did well to almost snatch it, with five individual goal kickers for the game, and the experienced Raphael Clarke leading the way throughout the match. For Nightcliff, they had the three goal kickers with two majors each, with Melville, top-age Liam Holt-Fitz and Jonathan Peris all booting two majors. Kaine Riley and Jess Budarick were voted the team’s best in the victory.

GOALS

St Marys: M. Liddy, K. Smith Thompson, T. Saunders, R. Smith, K. Delahunty.
Nightcliff: J. Peris 2, T. Melville 2, L. Holt-Fitz 2.

BEST

St Marys: R. Clarke, T. Saunders, T. Davies, K. Delahunty, K. Smith-Thompson
Nightcliff: K. Riley, J. Budarick, J. Miles, J. Peris, P. Wills, C. Ilett

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 | 4.7 | 7.8 | 9.11 (65)
DARWIN BUFFALOES 3.3 | 5.5 | 5.5 | 8.11 (59)

In the final game of the round, last year’s grand finalists battled it out, with the match living up to pre-game expectations. Southern Districts trailed at quarter time and half-time, with the Buffaloes starting strong early. A scoreless third term for the Buffaloes saw the Crocs regain the momentum with a 3.1 term and lead by 15 points at the final change. Darwin charged home with a three goals to two final quarter, but six behinds proved devastating for the Buffaloes, falling six points short in another heartbreaking loss to the Crocs. A late goal to Brad Vallance – his third of the game proved to be the sealer for the winners. The victory was the tenth from eleven games for the Crocs against the Buffaloes. Vallance was the major goal kicker on the night, while William Farrer booted two in the win. Lionel Ogden and Sam Smith were named the best in the Crocs’ win, while teenage sensation, Malcolm Rosas was terrific for the Buffaloes, booting a goal and looking dangerous throughout the match. Kevin Maroney and Jarrod Stokes (two goals) were also impressive for Darwin in defeat.

GOALS

Southern Districts: B. Vallance 3, W. Farrer 2, L. Dale, C. McAdam, R. O”Brien, S. Smith.
Darwin: J. Stokes 2, M. Campbell, M. Rosas, J. Clarke, J. Clark, C. Williams, I. Palmer.

BEST

Southern Districts: L. Ogden, S. Smith, R. O”Brien, D. Wehrung, B. Vallance, L. Dale
Darwin: M. Rosas, K. Maroney, J. Stokes, K. Williams, B. Stokes, T. Miles