Women’s Premier League
Waratah 4.0 6.1 9.4 9.5 (59)
Darwin Buffettes 1.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 (24)
Waratah: Sue Nalder 3, Amy Chittick 2, Madeline Gault 2, Clare Harper, Tarryn O'Hehir
Darwin Buffettes: Kylie Duggan 2, Jasmine Anderson, Rhiannon Banner
Best on Ground: Madeline Gault (Waratah)
Tahs came out firing, with Tarryn O’Heihr kicking the opening goal in 90 seconds. Amy Chittick, Maddie Gault and Sue Nalder then fired off the next three and it wasn’t until 10 minutes in when Jas Anderson got one back for the Buffs just before the quarter time siren.
Thanks to a classy Lauren O’Shea goal in the second quarter the Tahs got out to a 21-point lead which was extended after a converted free kick went the way of Clare Harper. Then Rhiannon Banner and Kylie Duggan each kicked a goal, just before the siren to get the Buffs right back in it. There was a very vocal and cheering crowd showing their support throughout the fast-paced Women’s Grand Final.
When Duggan kicked the opening goal for the Buffs in the first two minutes of the third term the margin was only 13-points. The Tahs remained strong as their tackling and pressure went up a notch and with some ill-disciplined play by the Buffs they kicked three unanswered goals.
At full time of the Women’s Premier League Grand Final Waratah 9.5.59 defeated Darwin Buffettes 4.0.24 to reclaim the Premiership Cup they love to have! Only one point was scored in the final term as play got tight but we don’t think that will bother the Tahs one little bit.
Men’s Premier League
Southern Districts 4.3 9.7 12.12 14.17 (101)
Nightcliff 5.0 7.2 8.6 10.7 (67)
Southern Districts: Dylan Barry 2, Michael Bowden 2, Lionel Ogden 2, William Farrer 2, Josiah Farrer Rory O’Brien, Jake Roe-Duggan, Matthew Rosier, Dean Staunton
Nightcliff: Mathew Bricknell 2, Cameron Ilett 2, Kokwam Niki 2, Jonathan Peris, Zackary Derksen, Brodie Filo, Shaun Wilson
In a frenetic opener, Kokwam Niki kicked the first goal for the Tigers before Districts took charge kicking the next three. Cameron Ilett then let his boot do the talking and got two back for the Tigers. Dylan McLachlan got the next one for the Crocs but then Brodie Filo goaled with a long shot followed by Zack Derksen with a relentless chase and snap off the boot to put Nightcliff’s nose back in front.
During the second quarter Districts went inside their forward 50 on 17 times compared to the Tigers' nine. However, it was only in the last five minutes that they broke away on the scoreboard with Rory O’Brien, Dylan McLachlan and Lionel Ogden kicking truly. Jonathan Peris and Matt Bricknell kicked goals for the Tigers but Ilett will rue a missed set shot from 40 out. The first half had set the stage for a big second half.
It was a big third term by the Crocs as they took a step closer towards this season’s Grand Final. While the Tigers tried to slow things down Districts were very happy with the fast pace. For the Crocs, Sam Smith was stellar in defence, as was Kaine Riley for the Tigers. To three-quarter time the multiple goal scorers were O'Brien, McLachlan and Will Farrer with two each for the Crocs while Brickell and Ilett also had doubles for the Tigers.
At full time Crocs 14.17.101 defeated Tigers 10.7.67 to make it through to their first NTFL grand final since the 2006/07 season! After Kokwam Niki kicked the first goal of the final term for the Tigers things could’ve got a bit tense but the Crocs class and professionalism rose to the occasion and they showed why they were the team that finished top of the ladder for this season.
Under 12 Deslandes Grand Final – Nightcliff v Banks
Nightcliff 15.5.90 defeated Banks 4.6.30
Best on Ground: Taj Murray (Nightliff)
Nightcliff came out of the blocks firing in the Under 12 Deslandes Grand Final. It took until the 11th minute of the first quarter for Banks to score their first goal and they just couldn't find their way back into the match. It was a very free flowing match, which allowed Nightcliff to score very easily. It has been two years since Nightcliff lost the Under 12 Deslandes Grand Final and they found redemption with a comprehensive 65-point win. Peter Atkinson presented the best on ground medal to Taj Murray from the Nightcliff Tigers. It was great to see so many of the senior Men’s Division 1 and 2 players supporting their youngsters on the Banks side, and likewise the Tigers had a lot of senior support in the stands.
Under 12s Atkinson Grand Final – Palmerston vs Darwin Buffaloes
Palmerston 5.11.41 defeated Darwin Buffaloes 6.4.40
Best on Ground: Tatyana Perry (Palmerston)
This was one of the closest grand finals you'll ever see! Under 12 Atkinson going to extra time, with Palmerston defeating Darwin by one point with a behind scored in the Golden Point Rule. It was a high-pressure match throughout with lots of tackling and smothers. Palmerston looked like they had won the game when they shot out to a 17-point lead in the final term. However, it wasn’t over yet as Darwin kicked three consecutive goals to steal back the lead. Palmerston went on to kick a couple of behinds with the final siren showing both sides were level. During extra time the ball was back and forth with either team looking like they could win it, before a shot at goal rolled through all too quickly for the Buffs defence. Tatyana Perry was judged the best on ground and was presented her medal by Peter Atkinson.
Under 15 Girls Grand Final - Palmerston vs St Mary’s
Palmerston 5.4.34 defeated St Mary’s 4.3.27
Best on Ground: Zoe Larkins (Palmerston)
In a hard tackling high pressured game, Palmerston were first on the scoreboard thanks to Under 15 leading goal kicker, Zoe Larkins, before Saints responded heading into half time. The margin was close all game and even got within one point during the final term. Palmerston managed to hold onto their lead and take home the premiership flag which was a great comeback after narrowly losing last season’s Grand Final to the Tiwi Bombers. Larkins sealed Palmerston’s win with her fourth goal for the day and went on to win the Best on Ground Medal.
Under 18 Girls Grand Final - Darwin Buffettes vs Southern Districts
Darwin Buffettes 7.13.55 defeated Southern Districts 3.3.21
Best on Ground: Molly Althouse (Darwin Buffettes)
Coming into the game the Buffettes were looking to make it three in a row while Districts were in their first grand final for the Under 18 Girls Division. Buffs came out firing kicking four goals and two behinds to the Crocs one goal and two behinds in the opening quarter. The lead then extended to 35-points at the main break as the Buffs held Districts scoreless in the second quarter. By half time Tayla Hart-Aluni had kicked three goals for Buffs and Under 18 Girls division best and fairest winner, Mattea Breed, showed just why she was the League’s best by dominating in her forward half and working well with Molly Althouse to get the ball further forward. On the Crocs side Bella Clarke led from the front and Emma Forsyth worked hard. It was a more spirited second half by the Crocs with the Buffs only managing one more goal for the rest of the game, and the margin ending up with a 34-point difference. Molly Althouse, who transitioned from Under 15s last season to the Under 18s this season was rewarded for her long bombs and forward pressure, by picking up the Best on Ground.