NTFL – Finals Week 2: Wrap Up


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St Marys have fought off an intense Wanderers outfit to earn a spot in the NTFL grand final in a fortnight.

The Saints overcame a three quarter time deficit to win 14.9 (93) to 8.11 (59) on Saturday at TIO Stadium.

It was arguably one of the games of the season and the result was essentially a win-win for both sides.

Despite the loss, the Eagles looked very impressive in the first three quarters and will be confident of going one better should they get through the preliminary final.

Late withdrawals from Nathan Djerrkura and Braedon McLean hurt the Eagles but despite this they looked the better side early in the piece.

The side failed to convert important chances in front of goal with Chris Dunne in particular missing two early shots that would have kick started his team.

In contrast, the Saints made the most of its limited forward fifty entries and goals to Peter Macfarlane and Darren Ewing gave them a lead at quarter time.

The second and third quarters were played at a high intensity and neither side could break away.

A calm and collected Rick Nolan addressed his troops at three quarter time and it was a different looking St Marys in the final term.

Wanderers had ran out of legs allowing the Saints to completely dominate the final term and win the match by 34 points.

Kane Leersen is reaping the benefits of a pre-season with Geelong’s VFL side as he was full of run throughout the match.

Raphael Clarke was another at his brilliant best and he copped a cut above his eye for his efforts. The Eagles had a number of good players throughout the four quarters.

Neil Vea played perhaps his best game for the season while Zelio Casimiro mopped up the back half all day against his old side.

Interestingly, St Marys entered the match with only one legitimate ruckman and Wanderers’ Bobby McCallum was instrumental at times.


Waratah has sent Nightcliff out of the finals in straight sets after a come from behind win in the knock out semi-final.

The Warriors overcame a slow start to steady the ship and record a comfortable 16.11 (107) to 10.17 (77) win to advance further in the finals.

The Tigers showed up ready to play and dominated the opening ten minutes of the match. Toby Stribling and Trevor Baust were running riot as their side kicked the first four goals of the match.

Waratah hit back midway through the quarter and evened up the contest by the first change.

Waylen Manson looked dangerous deep in the forward line and Nightcliff defenders had to work overtime to curtail his influence.

Despite conceding late goals in the first quarter, the Tigers were not going to let this match slip easily and maintained a lead at the half time break.

Waratah started to get on top in the third quarter with big bodied midfielder Michael Handby picking up a stack of the football.

Early goals to start the last quarter was the nail in Nightcliff’s coffin as the Warriors ran out winners by 30 points.

Manson booted five goals while Davin Hall chimed in with three. Jake Farrell provided plenty of run from the wing while Jack McEwin’s long and direct style of football was a feature.

Although it is a clear improvement on last season, it must have been a frustrating finals campaign for Nightcliff supporters.

It is hard to fault the side’s competitiveness but after losing so many players through injury, suspension and unavailability, it was always going to be hard for the Tigers to go far.

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. Jackson, Thanks for the update. How has Nathan Djerrkura been going up until this injury, and what’s the latest about him playing in the prelim final?

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