The Northern Territory news Tue 16 Mar 2021
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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.
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36 SPORT TUESDAY MARCH 16 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Hell of a lot of hard work to go, says Wills A RELAXED Phillip Wills has finally revealed what every Top End football fan already knew. His Tigers want to join the Premier Leagues exclusive three-peat club. Saturday nights grand final against St Marys has the yellow and black jumpers poised to add a sixth to their history board. Only the Darwin Buffaloes, St Marys through the 1960s, 80s and 90s and Wanderers 100 years ago have reached the pinnacle. Id be lying if I said otherwise, because that is what our goal is, a three-peat of flags, Wills told the NT News. Now we have to do what is required to finish it off and that means a hell of a lot of hard work. There is always a first for everything and its important to note the club and all of its supporters and the hard work done in 70 years of our history has brought us to where we are now. Theres a job still to be done to end the season on the right note against an opponent in St Marys we respect enormously. We know what they can do and what theyve done in the past and we also know theyre going to come out pretty hard, but so are we. Wills said his Tigers were privileged to be in this position after a lot of hard work and a big focus on getting all the little things right. Its why we look like hav ing our best side out there, he said. Every player has done the work required by dotting the Is and crossing the Ts and now were ready to play in the biggest game of the year for the third season in a row. Thats what all of us play footy for, to be part of a successful side by winning a premiership and enjoying it with your teammates. Nightcliff and St Marys have met three times this season, with Nightcliff winning the season opener and a wet slog at their home ground in Round 14. Saints fans will tell you they could easily have won that game if their goalkicking radar had been working. St Marys repaid the favour in Round 4 when beat Nightcliff by 19 points on the back of Jackson Paines five goals. Watch the Tigers v St Marys grand final live at ntnews.com.au. Nightcliff captain and Nichols medallist Phillip Wills swings on to his left foot. Picture: Celina Whan AFLNT/Media GREY MORRIS THE Nightcliff Tigers bid for three successive premierships against the under-siege St Marys football club in Saturday nights grand final will be exclusively livestreamed on ntnews.com.au. The culmination of the electrifying 2020-21 season will be a must-watch event, with PINT and Buffettes playing in the Womens Premier League grand final earlier on Saturday afternoon. 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