Northern Territory Football League Round 13 Wrap-Up

For those interesting in keeping up to date with what is happening in the Northern Territory Football League, here is a report on this weekend’s action.

St Marys did just enough to overcome a gallant Palmerston side in wet conditions at TIO Stadium on Saturday. The Saints squandered many opportunities in front of goal early in the game but were able to win 13.16 (94) to 10.7 (67). It was a scrappy affair for the first half with the Saints always managing to stay a couple of goals clear. A strong mark and goal to Cameron Cloke early in the third quarter reduced the margin to only nine points and momentarily shifted the momentum the Magpies’ way. The Saints regrouped and a three goal third quarter from William Rioli gave them a five goal advantage at the final change. The rain slowed the game down and the last quarter was purely academic with the Saints running away 27-point winners. Despite giving away plenty of size in the ruck, Kevin Tandogac worked hard across the four quarters while Justin Van Unen kicked a wayward 4.5.

It was the Gerry Cunningham show in the late game with Tiwi Bombers defeating Buffaloes by 95 points. The small forward kicked nine goals in his side’s 25.18 (168) to 10.13 (73) win. Despite the slippery conditions it was a fast start to the match with the young Buffaloes side competing well against their more fancied opponents. Tiwi got on top during the second quarter but could not capitalise on all its chances in front of goal. In a similar way to last week, Buffaloes dropped off in the second half and conceded 15 goals to the Bombers. Ross Tungatalum was superb across half forward and through the middle while recruit Mitchell Hills was a valuable addition to the side.

A dominant opening quarter led to Southern Districts recording a 26-point win over Waratah at Gardens Oval on Saturday. The Crocs started like a house on fire in the first term to lead by 44 points at the first break with Waratah yet to register a score. The game heated up after quarter time with plenty of spite in the contest. Although the Warriors were able to outscore Districts after quarter time they would rue their poor start to the match. Simon O’Donnell played his best game for the season while Sonny Dann was also solid.

Wanderers responded from its controversial week off the field with a 17-point win over Nightcliff at BM Insurance Oval on Sunday. The Eagles adapted better to the wet conditions early in the piece to kick the first two goals of the match. Nightcliff responded through a couple of goals from hardworking midfielder Trevor Baust and later Brant Chambers. A late goal to Shane Thorne gave the lead back to Wanderers at quarter time. The game reached a stalemate early in the second quarter as both sides struggled to find scoring opportunities. Thorne ignored constant jeering from the Nightcliff crowd to kick the only two goals of the quarter to bring his tally to five for the half. A couple of goals to Chris Dunne early in the third quarter blew the lead out to over four goals as Wanderers took control of the match. The Tigers were still in the contest during general play but kicked eight behinds without a goal during the second and third quarters which must have concerned coach Damian Hale. A late charge from the home side midway through the last quarter brought them to within 11 points but the Eagles kicked a sealer with only minutes remaining to get back on the winners list. Aaron Motlop led from the front only hours after the birth of his son while Shane Thorne’s five first half goals was the difference. Nightcliff youngster Mickitja Rotumah-Onus showed impressive signs in what was only his second Premier League match.



1 St Marys 13 12 0 0 1 1493 782 190.92 48
2 Wanderers 13 10 2 0 1 1134 888 127.70 40
3 Nightcliff 13 7 5 0 1 1195 1033 115.68 28
4 Southern Districts 13 6 5 1 1 1122 951 117.98 26
5 Waratah 13 6 6 0 1 945 1006 93.94 24
6 Tiwi Bombers 13 4 7 1 1 1243 1373 90.53 18
7 Palmerston 13 3 9 0 1 889 1272 69.89 12
8 Buffaloes 13 2 10 0 1 817 1308 62.46 8



45 – Justin Van Unen (St Marys)

40 – Damian Cupido (Southern Districts)

38 – Troy Taylor (Southern Districts)

35 – Shane Thorne (Wanderers)

32 – Peter Macfarlane (St Marys)


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About Jackson Clark

Born and bred in Darwin, Northern Territory, I am a young, aspiring football writer that lives and breathes the game of Australian Football. I'm also a keen player and coach.


  1. Great stuff Jackson. Keep these coming every week and we would be glad to keep putting them up. Your ntfootball facebook page linked above is a gem that all Almanackers would enjoy. The linked video is great to see the sublime skills mixed with the mindless thuggery. Footy as it used to be played.
    You mentioned that you play for St Marys. What grade and how are you travelling personally this season?

  2. Jackson Clark says

    Thanks mate, I’d be more than happy to send a report in every week. I reckon it’s a great competition up here so hopefully the Almanackers have some interest in it. I have played 10 games in the Premier League and two games in Division One this season and I also coach the club’s U12 side. We’re travelling well considering I haven’t lost a game all season (playing and coaching). Competition for spots in the Premier League is red hot so hopefully I can put my best foot forward.

  3. What position do you play Jackson and are you currently in the top side? (This Premier League and Division One stuff sounds like a bit of a pommy affectation. How did you go in the Milk Cup? Do you have your eyes on Europe next season?)
    Also an Under 12’s comp report is required. Do you coach as well as you play and write?

  4. Jackson Clark says

    Yeah currently playing Premier League (which is the top division).

    Division One is essentially the reserves while Division Two is essentially a C-grade competition.

    And yep coach, play and write so it gets a bit busy but I enjoy it.

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