When you lead by 10 points with all the momentum 13 minutes into the last quarter only to have a free kick well off the ball stop you in your tracks it doesn’t get much more frustrating.
A huge game in the context of the season but the result means we are going to have overcome the odds to play finals – where there’s life we are a chance! “Mathematically” we are alive-just!
There were still many positives with Mathias Liddy the standout in the absence of key forwards Ross Tungatalum, Roy Kantilla and Gerard Cunningham. Mathias kicked 6 of the total of 12 goals scored with 3 rippers from outside the 50 metre arc.
Mathias is a great example of a player gaining belief and confidence from being given a regular senior game and has performed at full-forward, centre half forward and centre half back this season.
First season recruit Josh Finch was great in the midfield as was Tiwi 2012 Premiership player Kristan Height in the midfield and defence. Island based first season defender Torin Petrie was motivated by the presence of his southern based parents and played a great game. He works at the Nguiu Garage.
Scoreboard-TIO Seat Belt Awareness Round 11
Toll Tiwi Bombers 3-1, 5-1, 9-2, 12-3 (75)
Wanderers 3-4, 6-6, 7-9, 12-15 (87)
Goals: Matthias Liddy 6, Lindsay Moreen 2, Bradley Palipuaminni, Austin Wonaeamirri, Owen Henry Jnr, Rupert Pupangamirri 1
Coaches Best: Josh Finch, Torin Petrie, Mathias Liddy, Kristan Height, Owen Henry Jnr, Jason Puruntatameri, Bradley Palipuaminni, John Meesen
Other NTFL Premier League Results-Round 11
Buffaloes & Palmerston drew, St Marys defeated Nightcliff by 22 goals and Southern Districts defeated bottom side Waratahs by 18 points. Nightcliff dropped from 1st to 3rd!
Premiership Ladder after 11 Rounds (Full Season = 18 Rounds)
St Marys 34, Southern Districts & Nightcliff 32, Palmerston 20, Darwin & Wanderers 20, Toll Tiwi Bombers 16, Waratah 4
This Week’s Toll Tiwi Bombers Games:
Premier League: TIO Stadium Marrara on Saturday at 8.00pm vs Nightcliff Tigers
Youth Girls: On Christmas break until the 2015 Australia Day weekend
Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls Team
The Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls team had a great win over Wanderers reversing an early season loss to that club and are now clear 2nd on the Premiership ladder. They resume in late January 2015.
Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls 6-2, 12-3, 14-6, 16-9 (105)
Wanderers 1-0, 1-1, 1-4, 2-6 (18)
Goals: Arthurina Moreen 5, Martha DeSantis, Jericha Heenan 3, Kyanne Warlapinni 2, Jasmine Brooks, Marion Fernando, Jovita Tipoloura 1 each
Coaches Best: Arthurina Moreen, Ursula Tipungwuti, Jericha Heenan, Roberta Tipungwuti, Bonita Tipiloura, Rachel Kantilla
The Toll Tiwi Bombers Board and members would like to say a special thanks to the volunteers who have coordinated the Youth Girls especially in the 2 games played after the school boarding students returned home to their communities.
With some great commitment from officials and players the Toll Tiwi Bombers were able to field full teams of Tiwi based girls who travelled into Darwin each weekend to represent the Club.
For full match details go to https://www.facebook.com/tiwibombers and on the Toll Tiwi Bombers Website: www.tiwibombers.com.au
Players must be attending school to represent the Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls team.
Umpire Director Visit to Real Estate Central Oval
Mark Noonan, the NT Umpiring Development Manager will travel to Wurrumiyanga this Thursday accompanied by visiting AFL Umpire Nick Foot and AFLNT Media Manager David Kennedy to work with the Tiwi Island Football League Umpires and with the Toll Tiwi Bomber team at practice.
This is the chance for players and the coaching panel to clarify the 50 metre rule!
The Essendon Football Club Ron Evans Leadership Grant
The Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls Coach Karina Gray has been shortlisted for the 2014 Award. Congratulations Karina. The Annual award aims to inspire and support leadership development of Essendon players, athletes and staff of the Essendon Football Club and their affiliated clubs such as the Toll Tiwi Bombers Football Club. It honours the late Ron Evans, a past Essendon Premiership President and AFL Commission Chairman.
Territory Thunder Tryout Invitation
Austin Wonaeamirri and Adam Tipungwuti received invitations along with 61 others to attend the first selection/training session this week with the Territory Thunder. Hopefully a couple of other players will earn invitations after Christmas.
The players, Board and Members wish 2012 Premiership Player Kristan Height the very best for his marriage when he marries on the 31st December.
Willie Rioli Junior has had leg soreness but should be back this week against the Tigers.
Roy Kantilla has shoulder soreness and is unlikely until January.
Gerard Cunningham has a foot problem and should be available after Christmas.
Premiership Captain Shane Tipuamantimirri has had the first stage of a knee reconstruction operation and will complete the procedure in 8 weeks. He had Lars surgery several years ago and that collapsed on him in Round 4. It is a 12 month recovery period so at best Tippa will return 2016.
Jobastin Priest has had a leg problem and unlikely before mid January.
Tim Bongetti has had shoulder surgery in Melbourne but may be available mid January.
Albert Tipungwuti has a calf injury and may be back after Christmas
Willie Rioli Jnr will travel to Adelaide on January 11 to do 2 weeks of pre-season with SANFL club Glenelg. A Territory Thunder player last season Willie has declined an invitation to re-join them.
Although this is the second last newsletter for 2014 the Club would like to acknowledge the fantastic group of volunteers and support staff for both of the Toll Tiwi Bomber teams in the 2014/15 Season.
The Board wishes everyone and our loyal Members a wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy, Safe and Successful New Year in 2015
See you all at Marrara on Saturday
ONE TEAM-ONE DREAM