NTFL Round 16 Wrap-Up


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Waratah ended a 14-game losing streak to defeat Southern Districts by 13 points in the early game of a triple-header at TIO Stadium. In wet conditions, the Warriors simply wanted to win more than its opponents and its players reacted in jubilation when the final siren sounded. The match did not reach any high standards but it was a hard, tough slog that the supporters love to see. Warriors big man Angus Clarke played arguably his best match for the club while Basil Althouse kicked three goals in only his second appearance at Premier League level.

It was heartbreak for the second consecutive week for the Buffaloes as they succumbed to a determined Palmerston side by one point at TIO Stadium. The double blues started with a bang and led for the majority of the match, but not when it mattered most as the Magpies won 9.14 (68) to 10.7 (67). Alwyn Davey capitalised on the rare luxury of being left all by himself in the forward fifty by kicking the winning goal. It was an important win for the Magpies as they fight for a spot in the final five.

Tiwi Bombers sent a message to the rest of the competition with an emphatic 108-point victory over a disappointing Wanderers in the late game. The Bombers were unaffected by the slippery conditions and used the ball with slick and precision in a style that was reminiscent of their premiership winning season. Perhaps that most impressive aspect of the win was the Bombers’ defensive performance, with the side running back to defend in numbers and only conceding five goals for the match. William Rioli, who is doing pre-season training with SANFL club Glenelg, put on a clinic and was easily the best player on the ground. Ross Tungatalum has continued his dominant form and between he and Austin Wonaeamirri the pair kicked nine goals. Wanderers were best served by defender Daniel Weetra who performed admirably on the competition’s leading goal kicker in Mathias Liddy.

St Marys were untroubled in a 60-point win over Nightcliff at BM Insurance Oval on Sunday afternoon. The win was dedicated to the life of Cadji Dunn, while also celebrating the milestones of two club legends in Iggy Vallejo and Peter Macfarlane. Vallejo became only the fourth player to join the illustrious 300-game club while skipper Macfarlane reached life membership at the Saints. The green machine started strongly and already piled on three goals within the first five minutes before the home side tightened its defence. Shannon Rioli starred for the Saints while John Anstess was as solid as a rock on the last line of defence.


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.

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