The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019
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36 SPORT MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 GREY MORRIS PALMERSTON retained second position on the womens Premier League ladder when it beat Tracy Village by 10 goals at Marrara on Saturday. Michaeline Browns three goals on a day when the wind changed direction every 15 minutes were crucial. Gabby Fejo through the midfield, Charmaine Marshall and Tabitha May were other Magpies who found plenty of the football in their sides 11.4 (70) to 1.4 (10) win. Coach Russell Davey wanted his players to play patient, smart football on a windswept day at TIO Stadiums No.2 ground. It was important they kept their composure in those conditions and to the players credit they did exactly that by using the football instead of blazing away, Davey said. Ladder leader Waratah continued on its merry way with a comprehensive 64point win over a game but outclassed Nightcliff. Amy Chitticks five goals were all class, Sharona Bishop had the football on a string and was impassable at half back and Kelsie Piscioneri was a four-quarter contributor up forward for the red and whites, who won their 11th game from 14 starts. PINT stayed fifth despite beating the side above it, the Darwin Buffettes, in a lowscoring defensive slog at Gardens Oval. It was the Queenants first win over the Buffettes in three years, midfielder Sam Barnett leading the charge out of the midfield, while Abby Glasser down back and Katie Streader were influential players. Southern Districts put a month of frustration behind them thrashing St Marys by 66 points at Norbuilt Oval, three-goal forward Rhiannon Busch a standout for the Crocs. Charlie Deegan through the midfield and Tyler Thornton in the ruck were other good contributors. Coach Tarmon Elliott is confident the win will build momentum in the run to the finals after Districts moved to outright third on the ladder. We had a down side last week (lost to Palmerston) but bounced back with some positive footy against Saints, we can move forward after this with a lot of confidence, he said. Paredes injury a blow for Saints players like Ben and Shannon (Rioli) and a few others. Yarrawonga recruit Jess Koopman booted three goals and took several strong marks in a performance that stamps him as an important player in the finals. And Dean Stauntons three goals and superb foot passing was a treat to watch and Jared Brennans 65 metre goal at the scoreboard end of the ground had Crocodile supporters jumping out of their seats. St Marys never gave up despite the dominance of Districts big three and the precise ruckwork of Crocodile Seb Guilhaus at centre bounces and around the ground. Jacob Long booted three goals from limited opportunities to be among his sides best. GREY MORRIS Magpies clever in winds of change enjoy the rest of the season. A lot of them will drop back to the under-18s next weekend to play against Nightcliff, he said. Joel Jeffrey is a big one where he has to qualify. And a special mention for our two Gove boys, Winston Yunipingu and Gabriel Marika, who in my opinion kicked the goal of the season in the win over the Buffs, Leonard said. Big scalp has smile on Wanderers coach THE smile on Wanderers coach Peter Leonards face after Saturday nights win over the Darwin Buffaloes was a sign the NTFL Eagles are about to fly. While five wins from 16 matches including two each over the Tiwi Bombers and Darwin Buffaloes may not look successful, Leonard knows better times are ahead. Saturday nights side was given little chance of beating finals-bound Darwin without experienced quintet Liam Jur rah, Adam Cook, Daniel Weetra, Marlon Motlop and Aaron Motlop. But a six-goal to one first quarter, including three in the first five minutes, shot the Eagles to a 29-point lead that they never surrendered. The game was always going to even out after that and get into a bit of a slugfest because of the wet conditions, Leonard told the NT News. I told them that advantage would be wiped out pretty quickly if we took our foot off the pedal because the Buffaloes would come back at us. Our young blokes have still got plenty to learn. Every club has got them and its all about how you develop them and keep them interested and focused. Leonard said the Eagles had some good young ones on their list and he wants them to GREY MORRIS ST MARYS midfielder Nathaniel Paredes NTFL season appears to be over after he suffered a suspected broken leg in yesterdays loss to Southern Districts. The Nichols Medal favourite left the ground in the first quarter after a sliding tackle from a Districts opponent collided with his right shin bone. Paredes injury sealed a bad day all round for the Saints, who could not control experienced Districts trio Ed Barlow, Matt Rosier and Jess Koopman on the wide open spaces of Norbuilt Oval. Districts 13.13 (91) to 7.3 (45) win in windy conditions at the Freds Pass ground has almost certainly consigned the rebuilding Saints to season alsorans, meaning they will miss the finals for only the third time in their history. Barlow was everywhere through the midfield and occasionally up forward in a best on ground performance that will again make him a dangerous proposition for rival teams at finals time. We got a bit of momentum back last week and with players to come back in from now on we can build something towards the finals, Barlow said. St Marys made us earn the win despite losing Paredes early. Theyve got some really good movers of the ball with Tracy Villages Kahla Dumbris gets boot to ball against Palmerston Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL Lions new blood make their mark THE talk around Brisbanes AFLW side over the off-season has been about the big-name departures, but a handful of new faces were pivotal in the season-opening two-point victory over GWS. With foundation Lions Kaitlyn Ashmore, Britt Gibson, Jamie Stanton and Tahlia Randall joining expansion club North Melbourne, few experts were giving the Lions any hope of making a third-straight grand final. While the class finishing of gun forward Jess Wuetschner stole the match from the Giants as she booted three of Brisbanes four goals, coach Craig Starcevich heaped praise on a trio making their Lions debuts. With the arrival of veteran Lauren Arnell from Carlton and young draftees Jesse Wardlaw and Lauren Bella, Brisbane showed it should not be underestimated with the 4.5 (29) to 4.3 (27) victory. Kangaroos debut with win NORTH Melbourne has thrashed Carlton by 36 points in its AFLW debut match. One of the flag favourites, the Kangaroos had too much pace in the 7.10 (52) to 2.4 (16) victory at North Hobart Oval. Emma King booted a double and had a game-high seven tackles, with the remaining goals shared between five players. Reigning league best and fairest and skipper Emma Kearney and Ashleigh Riddell sparked things from midfield. Kearney finished equal-top of the possession count with 18, alongside Kate GillespieJones. Round 12 Nightcliff 9.12 (66) d Buffaloes 7.10 (52); Waratah 11.9 (75) d St Marys 5.15 (45); Sthn Districts 14.16 (100) d Wanderers 6.8 (44); Tiwi Bombers 19.14 (128) d Palmerston 14.12 (96) P W D L % Pts Nightcliff 16 13 0 3 162 52 SDistricts 16 12 0 4 163.5 48 Buffaloes 16 8 0 8 101.3 32 Waratah 16 8 0 8 97.2 32 Tiwi 16 7 0 9 94.8 28 Palmerston 16 6 0 10 68.8 24 St Marys 16 5 0 11 83.9 20 Wanderers 16 5 0 11 69.6 20 Round 13 Saturday: Wanderers v Tiwi Bombers, 2.30pm, TIO Stadium; St Marys v Nightcliff, 5pm, TIO Stadium; Sthn Districts v Darwin Buffaloes, 7.30pm, TIO Stadium. Sunday: Palmerston v Waratah, 4pm, Asbuild Oval 2018-19 NTFL MENS PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON STH DISTRICTS V ST MARYS 91STH DISTRICTS3.2 7.6 10.10 13.13 45ST MARYS2.0 3.1 4.1 7.3 BEST Sth Districts: E Barlow J Koopman M Rosier D Staunton J Brennan St Marys: T Saunders N Yarran J Long L Stapleton M Liddy. GOALS Sth Districts: J Koopman 3 D Staunton 3 M Mummery 3 B Vallance 2 J Brennan L Ogden St Marys: J Long 3 T Saunders 2 S Rioli L Stapleton