St Marys recorded another emphatic victory with a 47-point triumph over Palmerston at Gardens Oval on Sunday. The Saints burst from the blocks with a dominant opening term that saw the reigning premier pile on the first eight goals of the match. It was the usual suspects that caused all the damage for the Saints with Shannon Rioli, Justin Wilson and Jack Geary running riot. The contest evened up after quarter time but Palmerston could not significantly claw its way back in the match. Darren Ewing booted five goals while Stephen Milne, Leroy Larson and Justin Wilson booted three goals each. The Magpies were best served by Bevan Charlton-White and Leroy Jetta.

A rejuvenated Tiwi Bombers continued its stellar form with an impressive 75-point demolition of the Buffaloes in the late game at Gardens. The Bombers are in a rich vein of form that is replicated the type of football it regularly produced during its premiership winning year. After an even opening term, the Bombers outscored its young opponents five goals to one in the second quarter to have some breathing space at the main break. Darwin came out hard in the third quarter but a couple of undisciplined acts late in the term cost them goals and the Bombers kicked away before three quarter time. It was champagne football in the last quarter by the Tiwi boys as they cruised to an easy 23.15 (153) to 11.12 (78) win. Arguably the competition’s most improved player in Mathias Liddy booted five goals while Ross Tungatalum and Rupert Pupangamirri dominated through the middle. Reality television star Ryan Semmel played easily his best game for the club and provided plenty of run and carry.

Wanderers’ jumped a sluggish Southern Districts early in the match before eventually winning by five goals at Norbuilt Oval. The Eagles played with plenty of spirit and passion and led by 38 points by three quarter time. Through the efforts of young gun Sam Smith and Kristian Papertalk, the Crocs started playing better football as the match progressed but they could not crack a steadfast Eagles. Davin Ferreira has been a terrific recruit for Wanderers and the tough youngster was one of the better players on the ground. Liam Patrick and Daniel Motlop formed a great partnership up forward to combine for nine goals.

A slow starting Nightcliff composed itself after quarter time to hand Waratah its 13th consecutive loss on Sunday. The Tigers looked a shadow of the side of earlier in the season in the opening term and found itself four goals down at the first break. But a calm and collected Damian Hale addressed his charges at quarter time asking for better use of the football. His side responded to his message as the scoreboard started to go in Tigers’ favour. In a credit to the Warriors’ determination, the match was still any side’s to be won at three quarter time. But a couple of early goals to the home side put the match out of reach. Jono Peris was excellent while former Hawthorn player Derick Wanganeen played his best game for the club with his run off half back. Alastair Darcy was a shining light for the Warriors and found a stack of the football.


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. Thanks for the update Jackson.
    Has it been a good wet?
    Sounds as though St Marys will be hard to stop.

    Hopefully also they find a straighter Commissioner.
    He has taken the money & run, hopefully to his birth place.
    The first mistake he did was to get rid of the khaki.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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