Round 6 Premier League wrap

Liam Holt-Fitz getting away with the ball

Game 1

Palmerston 4.2 6.4 9.7 14.10 (94)
Wanderers 4.2 10.4 16.6 18.7 (115)


Palmerston: Desmond Ugle 5, Alwyn Davey 2, Noel Collins, Justin Cooper, Aaron Davey, Justin Emery, Ezekiel Frank, Jacon Lampton, Samuel Talbot 

Wanderers: Brett Eddy 4, Braedon McLean 4, Neil Vea Vea 3, Daniel Weetra 2, Joel Cubillo, Hugo Drogemuller, Davin Ferreira, Thomas Motlop, Marcus Totham

The Friday night clash had a tightly contested opening quarter at Asbuild Oval in front of a sizeable crowd. Big Sam Autio and Jacon Lampton played well for the Magpies early while Braedon McLean and Hugo Drogemuller are in the Muk Muks best in the first quarter. Drogemuller stood up in front of goal for the Muks Muks as they outscored the Magpies six goals to two in the second quarter. Neil Vea Vea was moved to the forward line and had an immediate impact. Aaron Davey and Sam Talbot were in the Magpies best in the first half trying hard around the ground. In the third quarter, the Muk Muks slammed on six goals before the Magpies clawed back three late goals to make it a 41-point margin at the final break. Brett Eddy and McLean had four goals each for the Muk Muks and Vea Vea had three, while for the Magpies Desmond Ugle kicked two to be their leading scorer to three quarter time. The Magpies outscored the Muk Muks by 20 points in the last quarter but it was a little too late. Two-time premiership player Mitchell Taylor was a welcome addition in defence for the Eagles in his first game of the season, as the Wanderers  held on to defeat Palmerston for the second time this season.

Game 2

Southern Districts 9.4 11.11 14.15 21.18 (144)
Tiwi Bombers 3.2 4.4 7.4 10.6 (66)


Southern Districts: William Farrer 8, Gerald Ugle 4, Keegan Dingo 2, Leroy Jetta 2, Dylan Barry, Mark Jamar, Charles McAdam, Nikolaus Rokahr, Matthew Rosier

Tiwi Bombers: Ross Tungatalum 4, Austin Wonaeamerri 3, Michael Dunn 2, Pio Puautijimi


Both teams came into Round 6 off the back of convincing wins, however out at Norbuilt the Crocs showed their dominance at home from the first ball up. In hot and humid conditions the Crocs scored the first goal of the game within the opening two minutes and by quarter time they had a 38-point lead over the Bombers. Southern Districts had the opportunity to be well over 100-points heading into half time, with nine scoring opportunities in the second quarter. However, due to inaccuracy, the Crocs only managed to convert two out of the nine potential goals. With more competitive footy in the third quarter both teams managed to slot three goals each before heading into the final break. However, Southern Districts with the help from William Farrer, who like last week, kicked a whopping eight goals, ran away with the game in a dominant fourth quarter. After their win, the Crocs remain the only Men’s Premier League team to be undefeated.    

Game 3

Nightcliff 1.0 3.5 4.9 9.10 (64)
St Mary’s 3.3 5.5 6.9 8.13 (61)


Nightcliff: Cameron Ilett 2, Kokwam Niki 2, Patrick White 2, Matthew Bicknell, Liam Holt-Fitz, Julian Lockwood

St Mary’s: John Anstess 3, Maurice Rioli Jnr 2, Raphael Clarke, Mathias Liddy, Shannon Singh


Going into this game Nightcliff had just dropped two games and St Mary’s had won their first two of the season, so it was always going to be a closer affair than the 80-point win the Tigers enjoyed over the Saints in Round 1. Things started off well for the Saints, booting three goals to the Tigers’ one in the opening term. In the second quarter, former Saint-turned-Tiger, Cam Ilett was first to goal before his teammate Kokwam Niki slotted a set shot. Jack Musgrove stood up for the Saints when it counted and kicked the Saints’ two goals to give them a 12-point buffer at half time. Things got tight in the third, with both teams only adding one major to their score but the best was saved for the last. In the fourth quarter, Nightcliff came out firing with Liam Holt-Fitz goaling in the opening minutes before Niki put the Tigers within a point. Saints young gun Maruice Rioli Jnr settled things a little with a brilliant goal on the run and against play before Shannon Singh put the margin back out to beyond two goals. However, big Julian Lockwood wasn’t done with yet and goals to him and Patrick White had the Tigers within three points. Queue Ilett. With about 90 seconds remaining, the Saints missing chances and the Tigers pushing hard, Ilett at 25 metres out under immense pressure fumbled the ball a couple of times, was even on his back at one stage, but managed to gather and snap for a goal that sealed the nail biting win for Nightcliff, breaking Saints hearts in the process. 

Game 4

Waratah 2.4 4.8 4.12 7.16 (58)
Darwin Buffaloes 1.2 5.5 7.10 11.13 (79)


Waratah: Justin Beugelaar 3, Abraham Ankers, Lachlan Collihole, Samuel Weddell, James Wray

Darwin Buffaloes: Darren Shillabeer 7, Leslie Maroney, Liam Philpott, Malcom Rosas, Jarrod Stokes


With the heavens opening and drenching the Gardens Oval prior to the commencement of the game it proved to be a slippery and muddy Sunday afternoon of footy. Waratah got off to a positive start, kicking the first goal and leading heading into quarter time. The Tahs continued to dominate the footy after the break however only managed to convert two of their six scoring opportunities. With only three points the margin at half time the Buffs were able to gain momentum and extend their lead to 18-points heading into the final break. Darwin Buffaloes full forward, Darren Shillabear, was seeing plenty of the ball in front of the goals throughout the game getting 12 shots on goal however was only able to slot seven through the big posts. It was an exciting fourth quarter with Tahs wasting no time getting the first two goals before Buffs broke away leading them to a 21-point victory, for their third win of the season.  

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