Sunday Territorian 14 Feb 2016
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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2016 SPORT 61 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA ST MARYS V NIGHTCLIFF 98SAINTS4.6 5.13 10.17 13.20 68TIGERS2.1 4.4 7.5 10.8 GOALS St Marys: P MacFarlane 3, D Ewing 3, P Puautjimi 2, S Rioli, L Bath, J Williams, J Cooper, J Heath Nightcliff: C Clyden 4, M RotumahOnus 2, J Peris, J Lockwood, K Kossack, B Filo BEST St Marys: H Labastida, J Geary, B Long, P MacFarlane, J Heath Nightcliff: B Clifton, C Clyden, K Riley, G Smith, N Brown UMPIRES J Howard, A Manicaros, S Sim PALMERSTON V WANDERERS 39MAGPIES1.2 1.3 4.3 6.3 85EAGLES5.2 7.7 7.10 12.13 GOALS Wanderers: S Motlop 3, A Cook 2, A Lovett, J Miles, D Weetra, J Motlop, N Djerrkura, S Bates, A Motlop Palmerston: L Dhurrkay 3, M Tilmouth-Turner 2, A Davey BEST Wanderers: N Vea Vea, N Djerrkura, A Motlop, B McLean, J Motlop Palmerston: N Carnell, L Dhurrkay, M Perry, J Emery UMPIRES J Galbraith, Z Dent, A Smith points behind, with only one goal. Shaun Cusacks halftime address fired up his troops and Lochlan Dhurrkay kicked the important first goal after half time to give Palmerston a glimmer of hope. Moments later Wanderers hearts were in their mouth when key midfielder Nathan Djerrkura grimaced awkwardly after a Russell Davey tackle. Djerrkura limped away and remained on the field but was clearly in pain. Palmerston late call-up Nick Carnell, the 2015 captain of VFL side Coburg, provided necessary toughness around the contest throughout. Eagle Neil Vea Vea was given the freedom to play around the ground and found plenty of the footy, with Jona thon Miles taking the majority of ruck taps. Thomas Motlop was used unfamiliarly at half back by Wanderers mentor Dean Rioli, containing Palmerstons Gibson Turner. The third quarter was Wanderers turn to go goalless, with 25 points the deficit at the final break. Jerome Motlops cheeky snap three minutes into the last quarter made the Magpies task difficult, compounded by Adam Cooks second for the night and Simon Bates 50m finish less than a minute later. Wanderers had all the run of play in the last as they look to secure third position on the NTFL ladder with the 46-point Round 17 triumph. Palmerston face an elimination final against Tiwi Bomb ers on Saturday. Wanderers will need to beat Nightcliff on Friday to wrap up the doublechance third spot. WANDERERS unbeaten streak was rarely in doubt as they ground out a win over Palmerston to remain without a loss since the Christmas break. In last nights final clash, Wanderers kicked five goals to two in a dominant last quarter to put the exclamation mark on their 12.13 (85) to 6.3 (39) win. Palmerston were again gallant after enduring another challenging week off the field with former captain Pierce Liddle on the cusp of a life ban. With plenty on the line for both sides, the intensity at the footy was an early highlight. Early goals were important as the rain fell heavily midway through the first quarter and Tigers in mood for full-on challenge GREY MORRIS NIGHTCLIFF might have lost last nights Round 17 battle against a more organised St Marys, but coach Damian Hale (pictured) is confident his players are ready for a full-on war. The Tigers have to beat Wanderers on Friday night in a mini elimination final to guarantee a finals berth, while closest rivals Palmerston meet the Tiwi Bombers at Northline Oval on Saturday afternoon. Hale believes his side is better placed than the leg weary side that crashed out in straight sets one year ago. We were really buggered at the end last season where now weve pretty well got a full list, though Jason Roes got a bit of a knock to the knee well have to monitor, he said. Hes had leg problems before, so nothings simple with Roeys injuries, but weve got our fingers crossed. We really dont want to go into the last game worrying about playing in the finals, especially when weve had some ding-dong battles with Wanderers this season with one and two-point games deciding both games. Were looking forward to that, even though its a short preparation and we need to do our recovery and get back on the horse after a long season. Hale conceded last night Tigers were flat after a month of good footy. We didnt play well and probably werent allowed to play well by a Saints side that out enthused us early when we got behind and couldnt get back, he said. It was a bit of a wake-up call for us and to Saints credit, I was impressed by their young guys like Ben Long and Jack Williams, who is coming of age as a player. Kieren Parnell is another very good player and Michael Coombes was hard at it, so the young Saints put their hands up. Having said that, to our blokes credit they never gave up despite Saints putting on a lot of pressure on all night. They are very disciplined in their defensive efforts. One Tiger who failed to fire was midfielder Brodie Filo, one of Nightcliffs best in a season that has them poised for another shot at snapping a 51year premiership drought. He couldnt get into the game today, but hes been fantastic for us, Hale said. Hes had 12 best on ground awards in 17 games, so he was probably due for a bit of a downer. Big ruckman Seb Guilhaus is expected to play against Wanderers after missing the last two matches with knee soreness. Saints have last laugh in comedy of errors GREY MORRIS St Marys full forward Darren Ewing (left) does his best to elude Nightcliff defender Jason Roe during NTFL Premier League action at TIO Stadium yesterday. Inset: Mishai Perry from Palmerston marking in front of Wanderers Zelio Casimiro in the late game at Marrara last night Pictures: HELEN ORR Wanderers keep to straight and narrow for victory Wanderers got the better of the crucial start to lead by 24 points at quarter time. Shannon Motlop made his presence known, kicking two first-term goals and playing a key role in the Wanderers forward line. In a niggling second quarter on the very wet Marrara track, goals were hard to come by. Wanderers fullback Daniel Weetra snuck down during the 18th-minute melee in the second quarter to kick a rare major. Palmerstons woes appeared to finally encroach on the footy field, with the blackand-whites looking disorganised and despondent. The Magpies would have had their heart-and-soul leader Liddle on their mind as they entered the main break 40 ST MARYS continued their run towards another NTFL finals series with an authoritative 30-point win over Nightcliff at TIO Stadium last night. An inaccurate Saints outfit was always in control, despite suffering a bout of the goalkicking yips in the first two quarters. The 13.20 (98) to 10.8 (68) win was enough to produce a rare grin from Saints skipper Peter MacFarlane. A really good win even if the goalkicking has to improve, he told the Sunday Territorian. But considering they were close to full strength and theyre fighting for their spot in the finals, for the boys to come out like they did today was what was required. Our pressure was excellent and our tackles were right on. The high stakes produced a sloppy first half despite Saints jumping to a 17-point quartertime lead. Players from both sides found new ways to make mistakes, most of them in the goalkicking department. St Marys were the worst offenders, hitting the post from three gettable shots on the way to recording a deplorable 5.13 by the main break. Fortunately for the Saints faithful, Henry Labastida, Jackson Geary and Josh Heath were getting plenty of the football around the ground and MacFarlane was finding his feet at centre half forward. The skill level improved in the third term when some St Marys goals shot them to a 30point lead at the last change. Both sides lost key players in that time, Jason Roe from a knock on his troublesome right knee that looked like it might require a stretcher to re move him from the ground and Saints defender Jack Long with what looked like a groin injury. MacFarlane became a focal point up forward with two majors, both of them running into goal instead of being the result of strong marks. In the back half, Ben Long was his usual composed self and Iggy Vallejo and Kieren Parnell effective. The main goalposts copped a hiding from both sides, St Marys hitting them four times and Nightcliff twice. Darren Ewing and Jonathan Peris took the prize for the worst posters, both of them from 25 metres out. Nightcliff lost reliable duo Nathan Jones-Cubillo (illness) and Bayden Ngalkin (ear) before the game and the Tigers hierarchy decided to wait for another week before recalling first-choice ruckman Seb Guilhaus from a knee injury. Katherine speedster Caleb Clyden impressed with four goals in the manner a small forward is supposed to and Goulburn Valley recruit Ben Clifton continues to get a lot of the ball. LUIS NARVAEZ