Tigers and Saints destroy scoreless opponents

IT was an incredibly one-sided round of NTFL Women’s Premier League action, with two teams held scoreless and the closest margin of the four games being 42 points. That, along with the next closest margin of 64 points paled in comparison to the beltings that Nightcliff and St Mary’s handed out, which totalled a whopping 406 points between them.

Nightcliff produced one of the best performances in NTFL Women’s history, booting 40 goals in a 40.16 (256) to 0.0 (0) win over Wanderers, keeping its opponent scoreless for the third straight week. The writing was on the wall early with a massive nine-goal first term, and by half-time, the Tigers were one point shy of the ton.

That quickly came about in the most one-sided second half in competition history, as the Tigers booted 25.7 (157), with a goal in less than every two minutes on average. It was a complete blitz during the 256-point shellacking, with plenty of forwards filling their boots.

AFLW Draft Combine invitee and 20-year-old mobile forward Cassie McWilliam booted 12 goals in the win in a memorable performance, supported well by the experienced Mickayla Ward (nine) and top-age crafty forward Sophie Berry (five). They were amongst 11 individual goalkickers on the day, with Sarah McNamara, Sophie Hatzismalis and Georgia Johnson all praised for their performances.

After some more competitive efforts in the first two weeks, Southern Districts was no match for a rampant St Mary’s, who booted 22 goals from 38 scoring shots in a 148-point win. The Saints remained undefeated from the victory, kicking nine goals in the first half, before a 13-goal second half resulted in the green and gold putting the foot down and blowing the final score out to 22.16 (148) to 0.0 (0).

The talking point from the match was bottom-age draft hopeful Emma Stark kicking six goals up forward, and being one of five multiple goalkickers and 11 individual players who hit the scoreboard. Marlee Gundersen and Jordan Mifsud each kicked three goals in the win, while Jo Miller also impressed for the victors.

Though they failed to score, the Crocs named Isabella Boyd and Indya Kinna as some of the better players, while over-ager Rhania Hewitt also tried hard in the contest.

In the tightest game of the round, PINT continued its unbeaten start to the season with a seven-goal victory over Waratah in the 2022/23 NTFL Women’s Grand Final rematch. After a tight start, the Queen Ants kicked away with five goals to two in the second half, locking in a 10.8 (68) to 4.2 (26) victory.

Amy Chittick, Steph Lawrence and Casey Morris all kicked two majors in an evenly spread performance, while Zoe McWhinney, Stella Ajani and Reni Hicks joined those goalkickers among the best. Jenna Singh Lippo was the sole multiple goalkicker for Waratah with two, while Victoria Winstanley and Kaitlyn Bailey were among the better players.

In the final game of the round, Palmerston secured an easy 64-point win over Tiwi Bombers, producing a four-quarter performance to win, 12.9 (81) to 2.5 (17). Double bottom-age talent Marika Carlton backed up her impressive debut with a five-goal haul and best on ground performance against the Bombers.

The Magpies kept their opponents goalless in the first half, and though Tiwi was competitive in the third term, Palmerston put the foot down in the last quarter with four goals to nil. Natasha Medbury also impressed in the win, while Ciana Niesner booted three goals. Kimberley Cunningham was named best-on for the Bombers.

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