Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019
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54 SPORT SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Saints keen to right the wrongs of last season as Magpies prepare for twins to soar THE extraordinary success of St Marys in 67 years of life in the NTFL competition has meant it has very rarely been forced to look up instead of down. The 2019-20 NTFL season is one of those times for the club dubbed the Green Machine. The club that has won 32 senior flags has some work to do in the five months until March when finals football begins to loom large. Their first wooden spoon and the immediate challenge of a Palmerston side coming off a nine-week pre-season has produced mixed feelings for first-year coach Anthony Vallejo. Weve had eight weeks of pre-season ourselves and played a couple of practice matches, but for us the real stuff starts now, he told the Sunday Territorian. After the disappointment of last year a lot of players, along with myself, wanted to right the wrongs and theyve really knuckled down in the lead-up. Doubt on the availability of defender Kieren Parnell through his draft camp commitments means Saints have named an extended bench for the 5pm clash. But midfielder Jack Geary is a certainty to play, along with big spearhead Dylan Johnstone and Nichols Medal favourite Nathanael Paredes. Palmerston will debut the thrill-a-minute Davey twins Jayden and Alwyn Jr who at 15 years of age will replicate their fathers first senior game almost 20 years ago. WAFL recruit Guy Langdons 195cm frame will also add another edge to the Magpies armoury with classy ruckman Matthew Dennis saddling up again. Davey Sr expects his players to run out four quarters after their extended pre-season. That is the opposite to last year when we ran out of gas midway through the third quarter more often than not, he said. And having Matty Dennis at centre bounces will get our midfielders up and about. Well need that against a quality outfit like St Marys. NIGHTCLIFF showed why they are the defending NTFL champions with a come-frombehind win over Southern Districts at TIO Stadium last night. The Tigers booted six goals to three after halftime to snatch a gutsy 13.10 (88) to 12.7 (79) win in front of a big crowd at league headquarters. A 12-goal first quarter set the scene for a classic contest between two teams who played off for the premiership seven months ago. RIGHT: Nightcliffs Brodie Filo in Round 1 NTFL action Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL Tigers snatch late win GREY MORRIS Brodie Filo (Nightcliff) and Josiah Farrer (Districts) were prominent for their sides as the ball swung from one end to the other at lightning speed. Even the goalkicking was from the top shelf, Districts Tim Brook unloading from 55m out to split the middle, and repeating that feat minutes later from 45m out on an angle. The first-quarter goalfest turned into an arm wrestle for the remainder of the match, with goals and clean possessions hard to come by. Filos hard running and su perb kicking won the game for Nightcliff after Districts looked in control at the main break. His ability to find space and use the ball with maximum efficiency set up several goals for the premiers, who looked the fitter of the two sides in the last half. New Tigers spearhead Lachlan Sharp booted four goals in an impressive debut in Top End football. His two majors in the last term were crucial to the final outcome, particularly his fourth goal when he steered it home from an angle to give the Tigers some breathing space. Districts were far from disgraced despite some costly skill errors that gave the ball up to their opponents. Josiah Farrer was their best player through the middle, Keegan Dingos return to league football was a success and former Buffalo Damian Williams showed he will be an important player across half back. NIGHTCLIFF TIGERS V STH DISTRICTS 88NIGHTCLIFF6.1 7.3 11.5 13.10 79DISTRICTS6.2 9.3 10.7 12.7 GOALS Nightcliff: J Sharp 4 J Butcher 3 B Filo 2 B Bell P Wills K Nikki C Ilett Districts: W Farrer 4 T Brook 2 J Clarke 2 S Barnett 2 S Stewart J Farrer BEST Nightcliff: B Filo D Bowles C Ilett K Nikki B Bell Districts: J Farrer D Williams J Clarke K Dingo L Ogden Buffaloes far too strong as Tiwi have no answer to 12-goal star Sambono GREY MORRIS ADAM Sambonos 12-goal haul led a Buffalo stampede at TIO Stadium yesterday. Sambonos goalkicking, and superb four-quarter performances from Chris Williams and Joe Anderson, overwhelmed last seasons NTFL preliminary finalists Tiwi Bombers. The 24.13 (157) to 6.8 (44) win shot the Buffaloes to the top of the ladder after Round 1 with a predominantly local side. The Buffaloes got more good news when returning midfielder Tim Eldridge played all four quarters after a serious back injury ruined his 2018 season. Everything feels really good and the win just added to it, Eldridge said. I copped a couple of knocks in the region and the back stood up to it. It was a great win for the club. Our young blokes Isaac Seden-Kurnoth and Tom Swan were very good and Adam was terrific up forward where his goal sense reminded me of Willie Rioli when he was at St Marys and the Tiwis. The Tiwis had the better of the first quarter, even if it only went for the minimum 20 minutes following a mix-up in the timekeepers box. A trademark Sambono snap from a series of run and carries from teammates further up the ground produced the first goal of the game and the season. The big-marking left-footer displayed his full bag of tricks on a day when the delivery from further up the ground was first class. Sambono booted two goals in the first term, and five in the second and third to finish with a dozen goals, the best return from an NTFL forward since Trent Melville booted 10 for Nightcliff against the Tiwis last season. But the Bombers kicked three of the last four goals in the quarter, debutant Cade Abala booting their first and ruckman Liam Wale-Buxton following up soon after. Wale-Buxtons work with Nathan Djerrkura at centre bounces was working a treat until Djerrkura suffered a hand injury that saw him off the ground for long periods. The Buffaloes tackling and clean use when in possession overwhelmed their opponents after the first quarter.Yesterdays hero for the Buffaloes, Adam Sambono, marks during his teams big victory Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL BUFFALOES V TIWI BOMBERS 157BUFFALOES2.2 11.5 19.7 24.13 44BOMBERS3.3 3.3 4.7 6.8 GOALS Buffaloes: A Sambono 12 B Culhane 3 C Williams 3 T Eldridge J Stokes D Miles John Anderson Joe Anderson J Clarke Bombers: P Heenan 2 C Abala L WaleBuxton M Kantilla A Wonaeamirri BEST Buffaloes: A Sambono Joe Anderson P Boles C Williams J Clarke Bombers: L Wale-Buxton D Kruse P Heenan N Djerrkura