NTFL Round 8 Wrap-up



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Buffaloes have won three in a row with a thrilling upset victory over Nightcliff on Saturday night at TIO Stadium. The Tigers led narrowly for most of the match but not when it counted as the Double Blues reigned supreme 12.11 (83) to 11.10 (76). It was any side’s game for the taking deep in the last quarter but a spectacular mid-air goal from former Nightcliff player Joey Collinson gave the Buffaloes the lead. Ironically another former Tiger in Daniel Stafford kicked another just moments later to seal the seven-point victory. Boom North Adelaide recruit Todd Miles was excellent in his second game for the club while his Roosters teammate Matt Campbell led from the front. Skipper Phillip Wills played one of his best games of the season while William Foster was a livewire up forward in his first game.

Inspired by their vocal supporter base, Palmerston recorded its fourth win on the trot with a nine-point triumph over Waratah at Gardens Oval on Sunday. The Magpies looked full of confidence and burst from the blocks in the opening term kicking six unanswered goals to lead by 37 points at the first change. Despite being a long way back, the Warriors refused to give in and reduced the deficit at the half time break. The home side hit the lead midway through the third term but the Magpies kicked away late in the quarter. By this stage the Magpies were without inspirational co-captain Pierce Liddle who left the field late in the second quarter with blood coming from his mouth. Waratah had its chances in front of goal but could not capitalise in what was a spiteful final term. The siren sounded at the 27 minute mark with Palmerston in front 14.7 (91) to 12.10 (82). Alwyn Davey starred with four goals while Leroy Jetta was his usual classy self.

An impressive Tiwi Bombers outfit scored an upset 36-point win over Southern Districts over on the Islands on Sunday. The Bombers jumped a shell-shocked Crocs and booted 12 scoring shots to two in the first quarter. Districts got back into the game in the second quarter with a couple of early goals but the Bombers kicked away again. A six goal to two third term sealed the victory for the desperate Bombers. Vivian Kerinaiua and Dion Munkara were shining lights for the Tiwi side.

An eight goal to one in favour of St Marys led the way to a 49-point win over Wanderers in the early game at TIO Stadium on Saturday. The Saints hit the ground running and piled on goal after goal in a dominant first term. At the opening break the green machine led by 43 points with Darren Ewing, Leroy Larson and Stephen Milne looking ominous in attack. The match evened up after quarter time but St Marys slowed the tempo and the Eagles were unable to launch a meaningful comeback.


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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