Low scoring equals big win as Buffaloes down Bombers

The NTFLW Representative side have picked up a momentous win in their representative history, downing Essendon VFLW by seven points.

In conditions that were heavy thanks to recent rain, much of the scoring was done early as the intensity increased as the match progressed.

After Jasmyn Hewett gave the NT strong first use of the ball out of the middle in the opening centre bounce, it was not long before the Territorians were on the board with the first goal of the match via the boot of Steph Lawrence.

Despite the speed with which the first goal came, the second for the match took a lot longer to come as the ball lived between the arcs for much of the front half of the quarter.

Eventually Essendon did break through the strong NT defence and score its first goal after a strong mark from Jaimee-Lee Morrow saw her go back and convert.

The Bombers did not have the lead for long though as the NT was quick to get the ball back into their forward 50 and thanks to Emma Stark had a second on the board for the term.

That second goal for the quarter ensured the home side took a five point lead into the first break.

Scoring really dried up in the second term despite the wet ground conditions. Both sides certainly had their chances in front of goal, but the goal kicking accuracy took a brief early public holiday.

Two behinds to each side saw the margin remain at five points in the NT’s favour at the main break.

NT got the ball into their 50 even quicker to start the third term, but unfortunately for the home side could not get themselves a major for their work.

Even though they were not putting the score on the board, momentum was still in the favour of the Territorians as they were winning the possession and territory games.

Defensive pressure was particularly strong from the home side as they were able to really suffocate the Bombers in terms of options coming out from 50 and really made things hard for them.

Despite the possession and territory dominance they had, the NT again could not put any goal on the board, but thankfully for them the Bombers could not either and so the margin was now out to seven points as the teams turned for home and the rain started to tumble.

The contest become even more fierce in the last quarter as the tackling pressure increased and the scoring dried up like a lake in a drought.

Neither side added to their score in the final term as the NT took the win.

Although she could not get on the scoreboard Molly Althouse was providing great space and positioning up forward for the NT, while the likes of Carly Remmos was doing a power of work through the middle and up forward for them.

Meanwhile for the Bombers Danielle Marshall was a true general in defence, putting her AFLW experience to good use, while El Chaston was also influential.

It was two from two for the NT after the boys beat Essendon VFL in the later representative match.

AFLNT                            2.0        2.2        2.5         2.5 (17)
ESSENDON VFLW          1.1         1.3         1.4         1.4 (10)

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