Southern Districts 1.4 3.7 5.8 7.15 (55)
Waratah 3.2 6.2 7.5 9.6 (60)
Southern Districts: William Farrer 2, Callum Currie 2, Dylan Barry, Matthew Duffy, Jake Roe-Duggan
Waratah: Kim Kantilla 5, Michael Newton 3, Henry Kerinaiua
In what was probably the upset of the year, Waratah secured a five point victory over the previously undefeated Southern Districts. Waratah started the match firing out of the gates as they applied high levels of pressure on the Crocs and gave them little time and space. Southern Districts slowly worked their way back into the match and even gained the lead in the last quarter before Waratah regained the lead. The Crocs would rue these missed chances though as they had multiple kickable shots on goal in the last quarter, but would finish the match with a goal kicking accuracy of 35%. Sam Weddell was a pillar in defence for Waratah as he took numerous intercept marks, Kim Kantilla kicked five goals, including the winning goal for Waratah.
St Mary’s 4.4 12.7 18.9 22.13 (145)
Tiwi Bombers 7.1 9.5 13.6 18.10 (118)
St Mary’s: Peter Macfarlane 5, Jack Musgrove 5, Nathaniel Paredes 3, Francis Kinthari 2, Raphael Clarke, Michael Coombes, Shaun Edwards, Henry Labastida, Nicholas Mende, Shannon Rioli, Ryan Smith
Tiwi Bombers: Dionysuis Munkara 6, Austin Wonaeamerri 3, Gary Puruntatameri 2, Ross Tungatalum 2, Roy Farmer, Jack Monigatti, Jack Munkara, Adam Tipungwuti, Albert Tipungwuti
The Tiwi Bombers kicked the first three goals before the Saints got on the scoreboard and turned it into a fairly even quarter until the Bombers kicked two goals just before the siren. Nate Paredes was dominant early for Saints while Aussie Wonaeamerri is showed of why he has been a great Territory footballer for many years. The Saints slammed on eight goals to two in the second quarter with Peter ‘Noodles’ McFarlane and Jack Musgrove finding form in front of goals. Michael Dunn and Adam Tipungwuti tried hard but it was Saints who dominated around the ground. St Mary’s went into the final break with a 32 point lead. Luke Bath was everywhere for Saints well supported by Mikey Coombes and Raph Clarke while Tiwi big men Jack Monigatti and Daniel Sturzaker are working hard around the stoppages. It turned into a shoot out in the end with the Saints prevailing to win by 27 points. Peter MacFarlane kicked five goals for Saints in his third game back from retirement making it 17 goals in three games.
Darwin Buffaloes 7.3 9.5 15.5 19.9 (123)
Wanderers 2.1 6.2 8.3 9.4 (58)
Darwin Buffaloes: Darren Shillabeer 5, Matt Campbell 4, Todd Miles 2, Jarrod Stokes 2, Chris Williams 2, Jason Davern, Tim Eldridge, Leslie Maroney, Darren McGorm
Wanderers: Brett Eddy 4, Patrick Fairhead 2, Beau Cubillo, Jordan Jeffrey, Kevin Thompson
The Buffs wasted no time, firing their opening goal through Darren Shillabeer in the opening 20 seconds and by the end of the term the big guy had two, while player/coach Matt Campbell also had two to his name. Patrick Fairhead and Jordan Jeffrey did their best to get the Eagles going with their efforts in front of goal but the frenetic pace set by the Buffs certainly caught them off-guard. To the Eagles’ credit they had a stronger second quarter, kicking two goals in the first six minutes and Brett Eddy putting three to his name in time for the half-time break. In the third term, the Buffs picked up again, with Joe Anderson finding plenty of space on the wings and Malcolm Rosas showing lots of speed. Shillabeer took his tally to the game-high of five, while Campbell upped his count to four goals and ruckman Todd Miles moved forward to slot two of his own. Wanderers’ first goal of the quarter came at the 19-minute mark and to Eddy once again, while Mitchell Taylor was doing his best down back and Jeffrey continued to show a positive attack on the ball. In the end, Darwin ran out comfortable winners and the win took them to level points with the Wanderers, with both teams on four wins apiece.
Nightcliff 5.4 11.5 13.11 19.16 (130)
Palmerston 3.1 6.2 10.3 10.5 (65)
Nightcliff: Matthew Bricknell 4, Cameron Ilett 2, Scott McLeod 2, Elliott Powell 2, Harry Williams 2, Ryan Althouse-Cooper, Troy Coates, Zackery Derksen, Farron James, Julian Lockwood
Palmerston: Cameron Cloke 3, Jordan Erskine 2, Bradley Knowles 2, Aaron Davey, Alwyn Davey, Riley Judd
Although a 65-point victory appeared dominant, Palmerston certainly gave it to Nightcliff for most of the match and could have very easily ran over Nightcliff if they maintained their momentum. Palmerston trailed by just two goals late in the third term, but the final eight goals of the match were kicked by Nightcliff which gave them their near eleven goal victory. The match was played in free-flowing fashion apart from the third quarter when the pressure increased with lots of tackling and smothers. Nightcliff youngster, Matthew Bricknell, was influential in the Tigers’ victory, kicking four goals.