Darwin Buffaloes: 1.3 2.7 5.11 8.15 (63)
Tiwi Bombers: 2.4 3.7 9.7 12.7 (79)
Darwin Buffaloes: Adam Sambono 4, Jarrod Stokes 2, David Johnston, Braden Culhane.
Tiwi Bombers: Austin Wonaeamirri 4, Ross Tungatalum 4, Adam Tipungwuti 2, Christian Burgess, Harley Puruntatameri.
Tiwi marching into finals on a high after taking down the Buffaloes.
Ross Tungatalum drew first blood for the Tiwi Bombers kicking the opening goal of the game and within minutes took a mark and kicked another. Lee Mununnggurr worked the ball down to the Buffs forward line spearing a rocket pass into Adam Sambono to take it at full stretch and go back and kick on his left straight through the goals. Marty Corrie blocked the next two Tiwi forward entries clearning the ball out to his Buffs teammtes however they couldn’t get it past their 50 metre zone. Cam and Jarrod Stokes settled the ball in the midfield but Harley Puruntatameri and Nathan Djerrkura worked hard to stop their run. Aussie Wonaeamerri and Adam Tipungwuti both missed close shots on goal down one end and Joe Anderson pushed down into the Buffs forward line up the other end to have a running shot on goal but kicked across the face for a behind. A lower leg injury to Tiwi Bomber Jeffrey Simon saw him carried off just before the quarter time siren
A low scoring quarter that saw just one goal apiece scored for both teams. Simon Munkara set the tone for a defensive quarter with a spectacular chase down and tackle on young Mally Rosas for held ball. But the Buffs hit back with a goal to Sambono for his second goal just before the four minute mark. Bomber Christian Burgess had a missed shot on goal after receiving a free kick and Djerrkura quickly kicked to Wonaemerri who missed another goal from 30 out straight in front. Ross Tungatalum was the Bombers only goal scorer for the game with his third. Marty Corrie has been outstanding in the last line of defence for Buffs in his first game back from injury
Both teams got off to a great start with a goal apiece to Brayden Culhane Buffs and Christian Burgess. Some amazing quick hands from Simon Munkara allowed Aussie Wonaeamerri to run into goal followed by a great running snap to Tungatalum. Only minutes later Shane Tipuamantimerri got a 20 metre hand pass to Michael Cooper who then hit Wonaeamerri on the chest to go back to kick another goal and the Bombers broke away to a 17 point margin, the biggest of the game so far. Cam Stokes was able to kick into Buffs tall forward David Johnston who went back and kicked a goal to bring the margin back. Wonaeamerri kicked the Bombers fifth goal of the quarter after winning a free kick just outside the square. BUT WAIT there’s more – he then kicked goal of the day while being pushed over the boundary line which brought the crowd to life. Wonaeamerri had now kicked four goals for the quarter. Buffs Culhane had a shot on goal from 25 out straight in front which missed and the margin stood at 20 points the difference at the final change
Jalen Clarke had an early shot on goal but missed however moments later Jarrod Stokes made up for it with a goal and the Buffs started to stage their comeback. Stokes then kicked his second in a matter of minutes after great hands from Lee Mununnggurr. The Bombers were looking tired but Nathan Djerrkura brought himself into the game with a long run into attack but Wonaeamerri couldn’t take the mark. They eventually got the ball into Adam Tipungwuti who took a screamer off a Wilson kick and went back and kicked his second goal for the game. Harley Purunutatameri took two bounces to kick a goal from fifty and did the famous aeroplane celebration and then Tungatalum did the same celebration moments later when he kicked another goal and the Bombers ran away with the win despite Adam Sambono kicking his fourth goal after the siren.
St Marys 1.1 3.2 4.4 8.8(56)
Palmerston 3.4 5.8 9.11 11.13(79)
St Mary's: Mathias Liddy 2, Ben Rioli 2, Heath Moloney 2, Camden Vigona-Ross, Michael Jeffery
Palmerston: NO GOALS ENTERED
Palmerston run over the top of St. Marys in Alwyn Davey 150th.
First touch of the day went to the 150 man Alwyn Davey but the ball went up and down the field for the first five minutes with no score until Saints worked it into Ben Rioli who got hands off to Mathias Liddy to run into goal. Jamanie Wunungmurra kicked the Magpies first goal moments later. Lampton had a shot on goal for the Magpies but it was touched over the line. Aaron Davey got the ball into Brod Chuch who’s long bomb also went through for a behind. Jack Long was kept busy with the kick in duties and was bombing the ball long like his 70 metre kick last week. Magpie full forward Kyle Emery took a lovely mark on the wing and kicked a goal. Sam Talbot kicked the Magpies third goal in his game back after missing the last two weeks with suspension. Wunungmurra had another shot on goal but missed to the right.
Saints started the second quarter with a goal to Ben Rioli after Matthew Jeffery got a little kick out to him to run on to the ball. From then the ball went back and forward for the next ten minutes with neither team being able to score a major. Sam Talbot finally broke the drought kicking his second for the match at the 14 minute mark after receiving a free kick in front of goal for a push in the back. Saints tall timber Heath Moloney got the Saints second goal of the quarter at the 17 minute mark after being left unchecked. Magpie Brod Church kicked a lovely set shot from the boundary line to answer back after a lovely ruck tap from Matty Dennis to Alwyn Davey to get the ball to him.
Saints youngster Matthew Jeffery opened the goal kicking at the 11 minute mark but the Pies hit back straight away when Aaron Davey cleared the ball out of the centre tap and got the ball to Misha Perry Snr who picked it up one handed and got it into Joey Thompson to kick a goal. Palmerston then missed a number of opportunities which showed in the scoring shots and could have been much further in front but Kyle Emery eventually kicked his second for the match. Matty Dennis followed up with a long bomb. Perry Snr was then able to kick his first goal. Aaron Davey dominated in the midfield for the Magpies that quarter while Saints Jack Long and Nicky Yarran were good in defence as their team struggled to get the ball into the forward line.
A great quarter for St Mary’s with them finally being able to penetrate the scoreboard outscoring the Magpies but it wasn't enough for the win. Russell Davey combined well with his brothers Alwyn and Aaron to come into the game matching up on Saints James Quinn who tried hard. Gavin Dhurrkay took the mark of the game getting some serious air time and gave the hands off to Ben Rioli to finish with a goal in a match highlight for the green and gold. Ezekiel Frank kicked a goal from point blank range and the Magpies were able to celebrate in the milestone game of playing coach Alwyn ‘Froggy’ Davey.
Waratah: 3.1 6.1 7.3 10.3 (63)
Southern Districts: 2.7 5.9 10.14 14.15 (99)
Waratah: Henry Kerinaiua 3, Shem Tatupu 2, Daniel Simpson, Brodie Carroll, Errol McConnell, Jordie McKenzie, Luke Davies
Southern Districts: Jess Koopman 3, Josiah Farrer 3, Ed Barlow 2, Bradley Vallance, Michael Mummery, Brandon Rusca, Dean Staunton , Richard Tambling, Steve Rusca
Crocs flex their muscle in impressive win over the Tahs.
That man again Abe Ankers cleared the ball straight to Jordie McKenzie from the opening ball up who kicked a goal and Ankers followed up with another kick in minutes later which big Shem Tatupu marked in the goal square and went back and kicked it through the middle. Steve Rusca finally bustled his way through the midfield to get it to Jess Koopman who marked and played on, losing his player in the process to run into goal and get on the board for Crocs. Big Ed Barlow also managed to kick a grubber for goal. By quarter time the score was even but Crocs had 9 scoring shots to Tahs 4 and may rue their missed opportunities later in the game if it continues to be close.
Another close quarter with Daniel Simpson getting Tahs going with an early goal. Crocs were able to come back via Ed Barlow with his second and Brad Vallance rebounding from a Tahs kick in to goal and hit the lead. Erroll McConnell intercepted a wayward Crocs handball to kick an important goal for Tahs. Goal kickers to half time for Tahs are Shem Tatupu, Brodie Carroll, James Arratta, Daniel Simpson, Jordie McKenzie and Henry Kerinaiua all with one each while for Crocs Ed Barlow has two and singles each to Dean Staunton, Bradley Vallance and Jess Koopman.
Michael Bowden and Sean Martin worked hard doing important work in defence clearing the ball for Crocs. Defender Justin Beugelaar was thrown forward but it was small forward Henry Kerinauia who kicked Tahs first goal of the quarter. Steve Rusca once again worked the ball forward into Josiah Farrer who was able to throw the ball on his left and kick a goal off one step from about 40 out. Farrer showed he’s not a one trick pony following up with a superb goal from the grand stand boundary line on his left. Matty Rosier worked the ball into Crocs forward line for Jess Koopman to take a shot and he didn’t disappoint blowing the margin out to 16 points. Brodie Carroll worked super hard for Tahs that quarter but Michael Mummery and Steve Rusca both added to the goal list and it was the Crocs who dominated.
It took Richie Tambling just 40 seconds to kick Crocs first goal of the final quarter on his right from 40 metres out. Justin Beugelaar came off early in the quarter holding his jaw so we hope he is ok - Tahs were down to two on the bench with Mark Whiley off the second half with a groin injury. Henry Kerinauia was able to snap a goal at the seven minute mark after a ball up, working his way out of the pack. Koopman kicked his fourth goal after Michael Bowden delivered into the forward line and big Shem Tatupu managed to put another goal on the scoreboard for Tahs but it was all Crocs at the end of the game. Brandon Rusca finished with a goal extending the lead and Dean Staunton was outstanding for the red, black and white tonight.
Nightcliff: 3.2 6.5 8.9 10.12 (72)
Wanderers: 0.1 5.1 6.1 9.2 (56)
Nightcliff: Hugo Drogemuller 3, Phil Wills, Matthew Bricknell, Danny Butcher, Koko Niki, Liam Holt-Fitz, Shaun Wilson, Trent Melville
Wanderers: Aaron Motlop 3, Shannon Motlop 2, Alexander Weetra, Beau O’Connell, Jerome Motlop, Davin Ferreira
Nightcliff continue their dominate performance on home soil against Muk Muks.
The ball lived inside Nightcliff’s forward 50 for a majority of the quarter with neither team able to find space for the first few minutes as Nightcliff struggled to score and Wanderers struggled to clear the defensive 50. Nightcliff would break through at the five minute mark and kick a goal through Hugo Drogemuller. It didn’t take long for the Tigers to kick their next with Matt Bricknell kicking a goal after a strong contested mark. Wanderers had limited inside 50s and could only kick the one behind for the quarter. Shaun Wilson kicked the Tigers’ final goal.
Wanderers came out with strong intent for the second quarter and kicked the opening two goals through Ronald Fejo and Aaron Motlop. Although the Muk Muks’ intent was stronger, they did struggle for cleanliness at times by fumbling. Both teams then kicked goals back and forth with goals to Trent Melville, Beau O’Connell and Liam Holt Fitz before Wanderers kicked the next two through Aaron and Jerome Motlop. Nightcliff had several shots on goal which went through for behinds which could prove costly.
Both teams found plenty of space this quarter with the ball transitioning from one end to the other very quickly. Without a cloud in the sky, the heat started to take a toll with both teams fumbling the ball at crucial times. Goals dried up in the quarter with just there kicked in the entire quarter through Danny Butcher, Phillip Wills and Shannon Motlop.
Wanderers were not letting this game go and applied strong pressure until the last second. Neither team could get a significant chain going to get a clear shot on goal, which was the story of the day. Wanderers kicked the opening goal through Alexander Weetra. Hugo Drogemuller kicked the next before a dribble goal by Shannon Motlop and a set shot goal by Aaron Motlop got the Muk Muks to within 10 points. Kokwam Niki kicked the next to give the Tigers breathing space and lead by 15 points. Nightcliff’s inability to kick accurately kept Wanderers in the game, but it was also Wanderers’ pressure which did not allow Nightcliff to have easy shots on goal.