NTFL Week One Wrapup




Nightcliff outlasted Buffaloes to win by 21 points in an entertaining game at BM Insurance Oval on Sunday. At half time it was a match that could have went either way but after a firm addressing by senior coach Damian Hale, the Tigers emerged a more determined outfit to win 16.15 (111) to 12.18 (90). The two sides went goal for goal early on in the piece as Daniel Dzufer ran riot up forward for the Tigers with three goals in the first ten minutes. But the Buffaloes hit back and had a dangerous forward up the other end of the ground in Ben Archard. Little separated the two sides at the first two changes but a six-goal to nil third quarter set up the win for the Tigers. Dzufer finished with five goals and put on a clinic up forward while Brandan Parfitt was one of the many young Tigers that excelled. The Buffaloes were best served by the returning Joe Anderson, who had the ball on a string in the first half, and also Jarrod Stokes who looks much fitter since his stint in the SANFL.

Southern Districts defeated Tiwi Bombers by 28 points in a fast paced match at TIO Stadium on Saturday. The Crocs led for most of the match in what was essentially a shoot-out between the two sides. Ultimately it was the Crocs’ better defensive abilities that resulted in a 20.9 (129) to 15.11 (101) win. Keegan Dingo mopped up everything across half back to be Districts’ best player while Ali Bond and Davin Hall impressed in their first games at the Crocs. The evergreen Paul Scanlon racked up plenty of the football to be one of the Bombers’ better players while Ross Tungatalum and William Rioli provided flashes of brilliance.

In the other two games, Waratah and St Marys both had big wins over Palmerston and Wanderers respectively. In a match where both sides fielded relatively inexperienced and undermanned sides, the Warriors, led by Josh Barton and Dylan Collis, were too classy for its Magpies opponents. While in the early game at TIO Stadium, the Saints led all game to account for Wanderers by 65 points. New recruit Jack Geary had the ball on a string while Grant Weeks kicked eight goals in what was his first game since the 2012/13 premiership win.


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. Good on you Jackson.
    Can you fill us in on these grounds?
    Where is BM Insurance Oval? Is that the old Nightcliff ground among the palm trees?
    TIO Stadium, I presume, is the main ground over near the airport where AFL matches have been played in the past?
    Thanks, DJW, once-of-Fannie Bay.

  2. Jackson Clark says

    Yes mate, BM Insurance Oval is Nightcliff Oval. Good suburban ground. TIO Stadium is the main one, aka Marrara Oval. Great deck.

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