Tiwi Islands Football League (TIFL)
Sunday 19 March, 2019
Ranku Eagles 10.10.70
Tapalinga Superstars 8.13.61
Best on Ground: Jerome Tipuamantamirri (Tapalinga Superstars)
Ranku Eagles last won a TIFL premiership in 2000, while Tapalinga was going for number 14 when the two teams met for the biggest day on the 2019 TIFL calendar. The Superstars has all the fun early but were not so accurate, kicking seven points in the opening quarter. The Eagles started to find some of the footy towards the end of the first term and a setshot was all it took to get them firing, with scores being level; 1.1.7 to 0.7.7 at the first break. The second quarter saw Ranku jump out to an eight-point lead by half time, following on from fast-paced, exciting passages of play. Once again the Superstars were quick to get the footy moving but the Eagles were that tiny bit cleaner and more efficient when it counted. In the third quarter, the Superstars kicked three goals in 15 minutes to jump out to a handy lead but the Eagles only needed a couple of inside 50s to look dangerous. A free kick resulted in their only goal for the term as Tapalinga took a four-point lead into the final break. The teams combined for eight goals in the final quarter, Ranku kicking the first three goals before a quick snap in the goal square from the Superstars had them back in it. The teams then traded two goals each to follow with Tapalinga coming home strong. But they ran out of time and the Eagles claimed their second flag in club history, 19 years after their first.
Kiwunyi District Football League Grand Final (Lajamanu)
Saturday 30 March, 2019
Libanangu Hawks 7.14.56
Wiyarla Tigers 8.5.53
Best on Ground: Emilio King (Libanangu Hawks)
This year's competition comprised of five teams from Lajamanu, one from neighbouring Kalkarindji and one from their neighbours, Dagaragu. making it a seven-team competition and one of the largest remote comps in the NT. The season consisted of 14 home and away rounds followed by finals.
The Grand Final saw the Kalkarindji team, the Libanangu Hawks head to Lajamanu Oval to take on the Wiyarla Tigers from Lajamanu.
These two teams finished first and second on the ladder and had been the best two teams all year.
The Hawks got the jump and dominated play in the first half but couldn’t kick straight which kept the Tigers in the game. The second half was a different story with the Tigers dominating play and after having not led all day, they hit the front late in the last quarter. But the Hawks kicked another and held on to take the game.
Maningrida Football League Grand Final
Saturday 20 July, 2019
Best on Ground: Ricky Ankin (Hawks)
A great example of remote footy was on display at the 2019 Maningrida Football League (MFL) Grand Final between the Tigers and Hawks. The game was fast, skilful, physical and close with the large crowd enjoying every moment at Maningrida Oval.
After the Home and Away season, the Tigers held the top position on the MFL ladder by eight points and was the standout team all season - the Tigers progressed directly to the Grand Final winning their semifinal over the Lions. Whereas, the Hawks had to win their last two games of the Home and Away season to force their way into the top four and then had to do it the hard way – firstly defeating the Buffaloes in the Elimination Final and then recording a nail-biting two-point victory over the Lions in the Preliminary Final.
The first quarter of the Grand Final was all the Hawks, who gained the momentum from the first bounce and had the majority of the play; however, they didn’t capitalise kicking 2.6 for the quarter with the Tigers registering two goals straight in what was an extremely fast quarter of footy. The second quarter was more an arm wrestle with each side kicking three goals apiece, with only four points then separating the two teams at the main break. Rickly Ankin for the Hawks was playing well as was Darryl Maxwell for the Tigers.
The third quarter was tough and physical, with the Hawks straightening up in front of goal kicking four for the quarter as opposed to the Tigers who slotted just the two. It was to all come down to the last quarter with the Hawks holding a lead of 18 points.
The first 15 minutes of the last quarter was a dour struggle with the Tigers pressing but the Hawks holding firm. With only five minutes to go the Hawks held a lead of three goals and the game appeared to be over, however, the Tigers roared back very late, opening the game up and kicking two late goals, but unfortunately for them the siren blew, and the Malala Health Scoreboard showed a victory to the Hawks by seven points. The 168 General Store Player of the Day was awarded to Ricky Ankin of the Hawks.