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.
Gove Australian Football League (GAFL)
Saturday 31 August, 2019
Best on Ground: Cedric Marika (Gopu)
In a replay from last years Grand Final, the men’s game will go down in Gove folklore! In a very fast, skillfull and tough affair, the game was all locked up at full time with both teams on 11.11.77
Micah Pascoe was dominant up forward for Gopu kicking three second half goals while Nguykal had their three main targets up forward kicking three goals apiece: Wuli Mununggurr, Damien Djerrkura and Rico Mununggurr.
With 5 minutes being played each way in extra time the footy was red hot with both teams putting their body on the line. Nguykal, for the first time in the game took a 1 point lead in the first half of time on and the scores remained that way until the conclusion with the reigning premiers winning in a nail biter by 1 point. Cedric Marika from Gopu FC was named best on ground in a brilliant four plus quarter effort with great desperate defensive plays.
Best on Ground: Frances Gurruwiwi (Gopu)
In a low scoring and tough Grand Final, Gopu women’s team held on to win by 15 points over a rampaging Djarrak outfit coming home strongly in the second half. Gopu forward Frances Gurruwiwi was judged best afield with two goals and countless possessions with both Munungurritj sisters, Roberta and Whitney also having great games. Rokuwuy and Shanita Garrawurra were the best for Djarrak.
Barkly Australian Football League (BAFL)
Saturday 14 September, 2019
Best on Ground: Jobastin Priest (Spitfires)
A massive crowd, the famous Barkly breeze, high flying Hawks, a fleet of Spitfires and the stage was set for the 2019 finale. The first quarter saw an intriguing battle in the ruck between Elliott’s Liam Dixon and Spitfire’s Jobastin Priest that would continue throughout the game. It was Spitfires gaining the early ascendancy to lead by 3 goals before late goals to Anthony Raymond and Tristan Rankine brought the margin back to 4 points at the first break. The Spitfires swooped with a couple of early second quarter goals before Hawks captain Donovan Raymond delighted the crowd with possibly the play of the match. Bringing the ball out of halfback, the man they call the ‘General’ took 4 bounces, got the ball inside 50 off the boot to a teammate, kept running to accept the handpass and slotted it home from 30m. Minutes later he slotted his second to keep the Hawks in the game. 3 more goals, all to the Spitfires including a Priest special from 45m on the boundary, into the wind and it was a 25 point margin at halftime. With the breeze maybe just favouring Elliott in the 3rd quarter it was the Spitfires defensive efforts that kept the Hawks to 1 goal while booting 1 major and 5 behinds to extend the margin to 5 goals at three-quarter time. When 16 year old Nathan Dickson intercepted a handball 10 seconds into the final term and slotted his first, it looked like the Spitfires might be home but minutes later it was another 16 year old in Anthony Raymond with his second. Time ticked away until Spitfires were next on the board after a 50m penalty brought Matthew Green within range and he slotted it home from 48m. Elliott weren’t giving up but the clock was against them. Tony Sandy from the Hawks the last player to get his name in the scorebook and at the final siren it was a 32 point margin and Spitfires lifting the Premiership Cup for a fourteenth time.
Big Rivers Football League (BRFL)
Saturday 21 September, 2019
Katherine Camels 18.4.112
Arnhem Crows 9.6.60
Best on Ground: Tristan Warner (Katherine Camels)
The Camels put the pressure on early, kicking two goals in the opening three minutes of the game. Continuing the their momentum, the Camels kicked their third goal early in the opening term. The Crows were able to respond with fancy footwork, and three unanswered goals to really put the pressure on! In the second quarter the intensity continued, with the Camels kicking three goal and the Crows kicking two.
In a fast pace third term, the Camels continued to add to their goal count kicking four goals to the Crows one. Despite the Crows showing promising signs early on in the final term, the Camels continued to dominate. Stacking on another five goals before the game was up, securing the Camels first Premiership since 2012.
Katherine Camels 5.5.35
Best on Ground: Charlee Byers (Eastside)
Eastside got off to an ideal start, kicking the first two goals thanks to Cammie De La Coeur and Peta Ross. After some back and forth play, the Camels were able to respond with a major of their own in the first quarter. Charlee Byers kicked Eastside’s third goal of the game after a free kick and fifty meter penalty awarded her way. During the second quarter the intensity rose with the Camels kicking back.
Billie Byers kicked an impressive running goal for Eastside when she used her speed to break out the pack early in the second half. The Camels soon responded with a goal of their own. Alexandra Biggs then continued with the Camels momentum to kick a goal in the final minute of the third quarter. Putting them in front for the first time all game. By the seventh minute of the fourth quarter things were all tied up - 35 a piece. However after a centre square infringement, Eastside took back the lead with a quick goal. Eastside continued to improve - kicking the next two and finish the game as the reigning BRFL women’s premiers.
Wadeye Australian Football League
Saturday 21 September, 2019
Palumpa Power 10.1.61
Daly River Buffaloes 9.5.59
Best on Ground: Joseph Madikan (Palumpa Power)
Despite no home teams in the Grand Final a large and enthusiastic crowd descended on Wadeye Main Oval for the Grand Final between the Daly River Buffaloes and Palumpa Power. Buffs went into the game as hot favourites after an impressive season and showed why when big full forward Mathias Liddy kicked the opening goal just 10 seconds after the opening bounce to start the game. Palumpa had to work hard and captain Mark Airuu stepped up to the challenge getting them back into the game and at the end of the opening term the Buffs were just a goal in front with the scoreboard reading 4.1.25 - 3.1.19. The second quarter continued in much the same fashion with a good old fashioned shootout taking place and the crowd going wild running onto the ground every time a goal was kicked and the score at half time was Daly River 6.3.39 - Palumpa 5.1.31.
They don't call the third quarter 'the premiership quarter' for no reason and it was the Power who came out pumped up after the main break totally outplaying the Buffs kicked three goals to one point in a massive turnaround. The scoreboard read Daly River 6.4.40 - Palumpa 8.1.49 and the crowd could sense a massive last quarter coming up. They weren't disappointed as the game was goal for goal and the Buffs reclaiming their lead through some great work by star player Adam Sambono around the ground. With a minute to go Power had one last crack and got the ball into their forward line and snapped a goal with 40 seconds to go to seal the win. After making it to the grand final in 2018 and losing to the Nangu Crows, Palumpa finally took home the premiership in a thrilling finish. Their spectators went crazy rushing the players and embracing on the ground. The Daly River Buffs were gracious in defeat and applauded when Joseph Madikan was adjudged best on ground at the presentation ceremony.