NTFL Wrap-Up Round Nine

By – Jackson Clark

Twitter – @jclark182


A hard fought Palmerston and St Marys encounter has resulted in a drawn match at Northline Oval on Sunday. Both sides played with plenty of ferocity and intensity and the game ended with the scores locked at 14.11 (95) apiece. You could tell the Magpies were ready to play when star recruit Leroy Jetta booted the opening goal within ten seconds from a classy centre clearance. Despite Palmerston’s strong support from its home crowd, it was the Saints that had the early ascendency. The Magpies wrestled back the momentum and were the better team in the second and third quarters. When the home side kicked the first goal of the last term, it looked as if their lead would be insurmountable for the Saints. But St Marys slowly crawled its way back and a late mark and goal from Luke Stapleton levelled the scores. Jack Geary was superb for St Marys while Cameron Cloke kicked seven goals and dominated up forward for the Magpies.

Southern Districts rebounded from its loss last week in emphatic style with a 108-point trouncing of Wanderers at Norbuilt Oval on Sunday. The Crocs’ performance would have pleased a vocal home crowd as they ran out winners 21.18 (144) to 5.6 (36). Districts booted the first six goals of the match and were in full control of the contest right from the opening bounce. It was a disappointing result for the Eagles, but if they were searching for positives, it could be some of the impressive efforts from its younger players. Will Farrer and Matt Cannard led the onslaught combining for ten goals while youngsters Sam Smith and Michael Bowden were good across the four quarters.

The Buffaloes recorded its fourth win on the trot with a come from behind victory over the Tiwi Bombers on Saturday at TIO Stadium. While in previous years when they would have crumbled, the young Buffs are playing full of confidence and maintained the belief that they were never out of the contest. The Bombers’ inability to play four quarters of solid football is costing the side games and this match against Buffaloes was no exception. A seven-goal third term was the catalyst of the win for the double blues as Centralian recruit Daniel Stafford started marking everything up forward. The big man finished with five goals and was certainly the most dangerous forward on the ground. Jarrod and Cameron Stokes were also excellent while skipper Phillip Wills worked hard all day.

Nightcliff are back on the winners list with a comprehensive victory over Waratah on Saturday at TIO Stadium. Despite a shaky start, the Tigers booted 14 goals to two after quarter time to cruise to a 71-point win. The match never reached any great heights but the win will give the Tigers some much-needed confidence heading into its big clash against Palmerston this Sunday. Gibson Turner continued his rich vein of form with another solid performance while Desmond Nandy was far too good for the Warriors defenders.


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. David Conallin says

    Thanks for these updates. As a long time ex resident (ex treasurer of Nightcliff and NTFL) I love to hears that the Tigers are Christmas Champs again and the Tahs are getting smashed!! Used to live at Bees Creek and saw N Buckley play at Fred’s Pass Reserve. Gee that was along time ago

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