The 2009 WFL Grand Final will be held this Sunday after 22 rounds of football between the Kartpurr Magpies and the Wudapuli/Nama Dockers.
After 22 rounds of football the Wadeye Football League has come down to just two vying for the premiership in 2009. The Kartpurr Magpies and Wudapuli / Nama Dockers will play off for the Premiership Cup this Sunday 26 April. After the home and away season comprising of six teams from the Wadeye / Daly River Region, the league was left with a final four which took part in final series at the weekend over two days. On Saturday it was Semi-Final Day in the WFL.
In the First Semi-Final between the Hawks and the Dockers was an even contest on paper which was reflected in the scoreboard with the teams being level at the final siren. After extra time the Hawks had their opportunities to take the game but the Dockers came away with a win by the narrowest of margins, one point. The game was played in terrific spirit and both teams were congratulated on their sportsmanship.
In the Second Semi-Final it was the top of the table clash between the ladder leaders of the WFL the Crows and Mapies. The Magpies relinquished the top spot to the Crows after losing five out of their last six regular season matches leading into their finals campaign. Looking to turn their form slump around the Magpies got off to a flyer and were never headed to maintain a comfortable three to four goal advantage throughout the match, earning the Kartpurr Magpies a Grand Final berth.
On Sunday the Preliminary Final between the Crows and Dockers. Early favorites the Crows let their less fancied opponents the Dockers help themselves to a four goal lead at quarter time. The Crows fought their way back into the match, bringing the margin back within two goals. This was as close as the Crows could get as the Dockers stretched out their lead to win by 23 points and put themselves in a position to win their first WFL Grand Final.
There are now two the Kartpurr Magpies and the Wudapuli/Nama Dockers vying for the coveted 2009 WFL Premiership Cup. Both sides are hitting form at the right time of the year. It will be a test of the older more experienced line up of the Magpies against the youthful and quick running Dockers. It is a game that will be full of excitement and should go down to the wire but only one team will raise the 2009 WFL Premiership Cup, who will it be?
Murray Davies, High Performance Manager NT Thunder and Brett Hand NT Thunder U18 and U16 Head Coach will be on hand at this week’s Grand Final. Davis said “Remote Community Grand Finals give us a great opportunity to identify talented players. We want to give all players in the Northern Territory an opportunity to play for NT Thunder regardless of how remote they are and I am really looking forward to visiting this weeks Wadeye Grand Final and seeing the talented players in action”
After a fantastic season played in great spirit, the WFL has been proved a great success. It is a result of the Wadeye / Daly River Region Project by AFL NT and supporting program partners FaHCSIA and Eni Australia.