Round 12-Big Win over Nightcliff-Back to Tiwi Style Football

The Board and Players wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Successful New Year. A special good wish to the Sponsors, Members and Volunteers without whom the Club could not operate to give the Tiwi players and community the enjoyment of the representative team.

An early Christmas present was provided by the Toll Tiwi Bombers players in Round 12 with a classic free spirited victory over equal second placed Nightcliff. Coach Willie Rioli Senior demanded better discipline but at the same time encouraged the high risk style football which is a feature of Tiwi football (and sometimes the undoing) of the Toll Tiwi Bombers.
The fierce determination of the players was evident and provided much Christmas Joy to their enthusiastic supporters in spades. It may surprise some Toll Tiwi Bomber followers of the high number of people based interstate as well as within the NT who watch the games at TIO Stadium live on AFLNTTV. It is done on YouTube with excellent David Kennedy & Grey Morris led commentary. The number of excited messages both during the game and afterwards to the Club shows there is a high level of passionate support which extends outside TIO Stadium.
As we do most weeks battling a much taller and heavier opposition and down 6 points at half-time the Toll Tiwi Bombers threw caution to the wind to out-run and use classic Tiwi flair to kick 17 goals to 4 after half-time. The margin of 71 points was stunning against the second placed Tigers.

In what was an impressive workload share the standout performances were many although highlighted by 10 goal full-forward Mathias Liddy, midfielder Owen Henry Jnr and running defender Dion Munkara. The defensive group played their best game for the season with Vivian Kerinaiua, Jason Puruntatameri, Adam Tipungwuti, Sylvani Babui and Sam Gill supporting Dion Munkara and playing as a genuine and committed unit over 4 quarters.

Ruckmen Zac Caldwell and Steven Miles were key parts of the victory refusing to be intimidated by the size and reputation of their Nightcliff opponents. Their stats might not have been huge but their ability to nullifv the opposition rucks was critical to setting up the victory.
I said last week “the Round 11 result means we are going to have overcome the odds to play finals ” so the reaction of the players to take on the second placed side with flair and confidence generates a lot of hope in the remaining 6 games.

Scoreboard-TIO Seat Belt Awareness Round 12
Toll Tiwi Bombers 5-2, 8-4,15-8, 25-8 (158)
Nightcliff 4-7, 8-10, 10-15, 12-15 (87)

Goals: Matthias Liddy 10, Lindsay Moreen 3, Roy Farmer, William Rioli Jnr, Owen Henry Jnr, Rupert Pupangamirri, Albert Tipungwuti 2 ea, Gerrad Cunningham, Nicholas Daniels-Heenan 1 ea

Coaches Best: Owen Henry, Matthias Liddy, Dion Munkara, William Rioli Jnr, Vivian Kerinaiua, Jonno Mullins, Adam Tipungwuti, Jason Puruntatameri, Sam Gill, Rupert Pupangamirri

NT News Best: M.Liddy, O.Henry, L.Moreen, W.Rioli Jnr, J.Puruntatameri

Remaining Matches (All at TIO Stadium, Marrara) Round 13 3.10pm Warathas

Round 14 5.35pm Buffaloes Round 153.10 Nightcliff Round 16 Wanderers

Round 17 Palmerston

Round 18 St Marys

Toll Tiwi Bombers CLUBSeason Goalkickers
Toll Tiwi Bomber Mathias Liddy with 33 goals hasjumped to 3rd spot on the NTFLGoalkicking ladder after his 10 goals against Nightcliff. 2 behind the joint leaders his 33 goals have come from 11 games played including 16 from the last 2. Willie Rioli Jnr sits in equal s” spot with 20 goals in 8 matches. Next best are Co-Captain RossTungatalum (8 games) and Roy Kantilla (7 games) on 17 goals each.
Congratulations to Nicholas Daniels-Heenan who kicked his so” NTFLcareer goal on Saturday.

Other NTFLPremier League Results-Round 12
St Marys defeated Darwin Buffaloes by 32 points after leading by over 50 with 10 minutes to go, Wanderers defeated Waratahs by 11 points after scores were level at % time, Palmerston defeated Southern Districts by 17 points after leading by 30 at half-time.

Premiership Ladder after 12 Rounds (Full Season = 18 Rounds)
St Marys 38, Southern Districts & Nightcliff 32, Palmerston & Wanderers 24, Toll Tiwi Bombers and Darwin 20, Waratah 4

Next Game: Sat 10th Jan 2015 TIO Stadium Marrara at 3.10pm vs Waratahs

Premier League: Youth Girls:
On Christmas break until the 2015 Australia Day weekend

Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls Team are now a clear 2nd on the Premiership ladder high hopes are held for 2015

For full match details go to and on the Toll Tiwi Bombers


Players must be attending school to represent the Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls team.

Pints Football Club – Aligned Club

The Chairman and Board acknowledge the welcoming manner of the Pints Football Club which field teams in Division 1 and 2 grades. They provide the venue for mainland based Toll Tiwi Bomber players to train and play if not required by our Premier League team. The manner Pints officials led by President Clive Fowler and Coach Chris Baksh welcome and involve our players deserves credit.

234 NTFL game veteran Anthony Vallejo is a regular with the Pints team whilst current Toll Tiwi Bomber players Zac Caldwell, Steven Miles, Nathan Daniels-Heenan and Camden Vigona-Ross train with Pints regularly. Tiwi based players in town on business train with the Pints Club as well.

Pints are having a great season and currently sit top of the Div 1 ladder after defeating arch-rival and 2nd placed Banks on Sunday at Pints home base Marrara Cricket Ground. Thank you Pints and good luck in 2015. Pints play University on January 10 at the MCG.

Umpire Director’s Visit to Real Estate Central Oval
Mark Noonan, the NT Umpiring Development Manager travelled to Wurrumiyanga last 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. Perhaps lessons learned from the visit resulted in a much more disciplined effort this week?

It was a terrific gesture by the AFLNT Umpiring Department – much appreciated

The Essendon Football Club Ron Evans Leadership Grant

Congratulations from the Board, Players, Members and supporters to our The Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls Coach Karina Gray who was announced the winner of the 2014 Award at the Essendon Annual General Meeting last Monday.

In a tremendously sensitive and thoughtful gesture Karina took a number 8 Toll Tiwi Bombers Youth

Girls Guernsey to present to the Evans family. Ron Evans played in the number 8 guernsey. The Toll Tiwi Youth Girls Guernsey features the Tiwi design sash designed by Tiwi College student mentor & Club member Dianne (Tic Tac) Moore – Go to our website and have a look at the Guernsey in the photos from the presentation which were provided by the Essendon Football Club and appear on both the Essendon FC and the Toll Tiwi Bombers websites.

The Annual award is offered nationally and 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 Premiership Bomber player, Essendon Premiership President and AFL Commission Chairman.