Bombers Back on the Winning List


After the events of the weekend before, the game time was changed to 1.30pm to enable our players and coaching staff to return to Tiwi in daylight hours. There were also other factors that we had to take into consideration to make the flight to and from Darwin as comfortable as possible – such as bigger aircraft and times of flights.

The decision was made to get a 19 seater plane to pick up the guys from both communities the morning of the game. So the players arrived into Darwin nice and early and were able to get to the ground with plenty of time to check out the conditions of TIO – a ground that we hadn’t played on since Round 12.

The Bombers got the first goal of the game when Ephrem Tipungwuti kicked the first of his 10 goals for the day. Darwin responded with 2 of their own to get their noses in front, but then we replied with 2 goals and it went back and forth for the remainder of the quarter. When the siren went at quarter time, the Bombers hung onto a 3 point lead. The highlight of the term was when Ross Tungatalum gained possession on the back flank, took on 3 opponents with the aid of several shepherds from his team mates, carried the ball to half forward and kicked the ball with pin point precision to hit an Ephrem lead on the chest. Ross then slumped with his hands on his knees to catch his breath while Ephrem slotted through with of his 3 majors for the quarter.

Darwin came out in the second quarter and had most of the play for the first part, but couldn’t convert on the scoreboard. The second half of the term was a different story though, with the Bombers lifting their work rate and gaining the ascendancy around the ground. The forwards were able to capitalize and when Roy Kantilla snapped a brilliant goal from the boundary, the Bombers had increased their lead to 20 points just before half time.

The half time break worked wonders for the Bombers, as they came out in the same fashion they finished off the second quarter. Samson Mungatopi was able to kick truly from the goal square, Ephrem kicked his 6th and 7th goals for the game and Gerrard Cunningham used his evasive skills to enable himself a run into an open goal before the Buffaloes had even had a 50 metre entry for teh half. The Bombers had opened up a 56 point lead before they took their foot off the pedal in the last 5 minutes and let Darwin back into the game somewhat.

The Buffs didn’t give up in the last quarter, but the Bombers were able to hold onto their lead and come away with a comfortable 32 point win. It was a well needed and well deserved win, and a good team effort by all players. A disappointing result that came out of the game was that Douglas Timaepatua hurt his wrist and was taken off for x-rays at half time. Hopefully he is able to recover and get back on the ground come finals time.

TIWI BOMBERS 5 4 11 6 18 6 22 8 140
DARWIN 5 1 8 4 11 8 16 12 108

Best Players –
Ross Tungatalum, Ephrem Tipungwuti, Dan McLinden, Jarrod Atkinson, Donald Mungatopi and Alan Kerinaiua

Goal Kickers – Ephrem Tipungwuti  10, Roy Kantilla 5, Gerard Cunningham 4 and Samson Mungatopi 3

The winner of the Starwin Management Under 21 Player of the Round was Ross Tungatalum – congratulations on yet another great game Rocco.

Next week we take on Southern Districts in Round 18 at TIO Stadium on Saturday night at 7.30pm. A win is now necessary to hang onto our 3rd spot on the ladder which gives us a double chance in the finals.

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