NTFL Wrap-Up : Round 10

It is fair to say that it was an entertaining and spiteful week of NTFL action.

Wanderers clawed its way back onto the winners list with a thrilling three-point triumph over the Buffaloes at TIO Stadium. The typical free-flowing brand of football we normally attribute to both these sides was restricted due to wet weather influencing the game. Nonetheless it was still a terrific contest and both teams played with plenty of passion and determination. The Eagles got the early jump and led by eight points at half time but the double blues had the better of the third quarter. It was any side’s game for the taking but a late goal by Nook Mansell sealed the victory for Wanderers. Buffaloes coach Mark Motlop was unhappy with the officiating of the match and will face the tribunal for allegedly using insulting, threatening and obscene language towards umpires. Brad Vassal and Jarred Erlandson were superb for the Eagles while Adam Cook kicked three goals.

Tiwi had the better of Waratah in a high-scoring shoot-out over on the Islands. The Bombers always looked in control of the match but to the Warriors’ credit, they refused to give in. Despite the loss they can draw positives from the first up performance on Norwood player Jesse Aish who booted four goals. The Bombers were best served by reality television star Ryan Semmel, Kristian Height and also Rupert Pupangamirri, who showed flashes of his NTFL for from a couple of years ago.

Southern Districts dealt St Marys its second loss of the season with a 10-point win in a scrappy encounter at TIO Stadium. The match was played in difficult conditions with a slippery surface limiting the skill set of the players. But the big bodied Crocs were hard around the contest and moved the ball forward quickly to the dangerous duo of Will Farrer and Troy Taylor. Youngster Michael Bowden played with the poise of a veteran in the back half while Kristian Papertalk used his speed and skill to perfection.

Arguably the most anticipated match of the round was left for last with a rampant Palmerston taking on Nightcliff. Spurred on by a vocal home crowd it was the Tigers that burst from the blocks kicking the first four goals of the match. But the Magpies fought its way back and narrowed the margin to just four points at the quarter time break. The second quarter was an arm-wrestle and this was reflected by the closeness of the scoreboard. Things heated up in the third term with plenty of push-and-shove and noise from the crowd. But football-wise it was the home side that had the better of the term and at three quarter time led by three goals. The Tigers players were given specific instructions by coach Damian Hale to stay disciplined and focus on the game and his troops did exactly that on their way to a 26-point win. Baydon “the Nailgun” Ngalkin was electric, especially in the all-important third quarter, while Seb Guilhaus controlled the ruck against his undersized opponent.



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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. Mick Jeffrey says

    What is it with coaches abusing umpires? Is there a book on which coach will be next?

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