NTFL Grand Final Wrap

BY – JACKSON CLARK

TWITTER – @JClark182

 

St Marys has capped off a perfect season by winning its 30th NTFL Premiership on Saturday night at TIO Stadium.

The Saints got off to a fast start and maintained their lead to defeat Wanderers by 21 points in front of a healthy crowd of 9446 spectators.

The reigning premier jumped out of the blocks and had already kicked four goals before the Eagles could register a score. As expected, it was a spiteful start to the match and a couple of late goals in the first term brought Wanderers back into it. The Saints controlled most of the play in the second quarter but could not capitalise on their chances in front of goal kicking an inaccurate 2.5 for the term. St Marys watertight defence was making it hard for Wanderers to get into scoring positions and at half time they led by 22 points.

The Eagles came out after quarter time full of enthusiasm and a couple of early goals ignited the blue and gold supporters. Sam Arthur and Liam Patrick gained some important touches and you could sense a slight momentum shift. But the clinical St Marys side played disciplined football and were able to stem the flow and prevent further scoreboard damage from Wanderers.

The Eagles needed a big final term to be any chance of claiming an unlikely victory but the Saints battled hard defensively and refused to give in. The premiership win was the perfect reward after a superb season from the St Marys juggernaut.

Kane Leersen ran hard all day and was a worthy winner of the Chaney Medal while Justin Wilson was solid around the midfield and let his presence be felt early in the contest. Iggy Vallejo saved his best game of the season for the most important time with a shutdown role on Daniel Motlop.

For the Eagles, Liam Patrick looked dangerous whenever he was near the football and Marlon Motlop led from the front, especially in the first half when he was arguably the best player on the ground. Alex Erlandson was given the big job on Nichols Medallist Peter Macfarlane and performed admirably.

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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.

Comments

  1. Jackson, Thanks for your previews and reports over the past months. Always good to hear the NT footy stories.

    Any truth in the whisper I’ve heard that you’ve been recruited by a Victorian club?

  2. Jackson. No mention of Raph Clarke in your review

    Howd he go? I hear is headed to a VAFA club down by the seaside for the Melbourne winter

  3. Jackson Clark says

    Haha yes John that may be correct!

    aussiegus, Raph was excellent again. He will go well in the VAFA.

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