Bombers No Match

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This game was due to be played at Tiwi Oval on Nguiu on Sunday, but after the AFL NT ruled the ground unfit to play on when they inspected the ground on the Wednesday through the week, we had to reshuffle our plans late in the week to accommodate the players coming over to play the game in Darwin on the Saturday.

Wanderers got the first goal on the board after James McNamee received a dubious free kick directly in front of goal. The Bombers bounced back to kick 2 of their own to gain back the lead but couldn’t hold it for long as the Wanderers kicked the next 3. Luckily the Bombers kicked a couple of late goals to get themselves back in the contest to be down by 3 points at the first break.

Wanderers kicked the first couple of the second quarter and were getting on top all around the ground. They seemed to have more players at every contest and were able to turn the extra possessions into scores on the board. In this quarter the Bombers only added the one goal but had more opportunities but kicked 5 behinds.

The third quarter was just about all one way traffic with the Wanderers piling up 4 goals 8 to our 1 goal 1. Our backman were under pressure all quarter and did well to limit the opposition to the 4 goals with the amount of shots on goal they had.

The last quarter was about playing for pride as the game was pretty much out of reach with a 44 point deficit hanging over the Bombers heads. Some players stood up and showed a bit of pride, but the Wanderers were still able to win the quarter, as they had for the other 3 on the day. The 53 point loss was the biggest we have had all year.

It was a disappointing result for Samson Mungatopi’s 50th NTFL game, but he can hold his head high as he put in another gutsy effort.

More devastation would come after the game when one of the planes returning to Darwin after dropping some of our guys off at Nguiu crashed. Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the pilot, Jamie Stephens, as well as all of the other pilots that were involve that night.

TIWI BOMBERS 4 0 5 5 6 6 8 11 59
WANDERERS 4 3 8 6 12 14 16 16 112


Best Players –
Ross Tungatalum, Donald Mungatopi, Samson Mungatopi, Patrick Heenan, Michael Dunn and Michael Fairweather

Goal Kickers – Gerrard Cunningham 2, Nathan Daniels 2, Nyaburu Kelly, Dan McLinden, Anthony Kerinaiua and Cannice Tipuamantimirri

The winner of the Starwin Management Under 21 Player of the Round was Gerard Purautatameri – congratulations on a good effort Shower.

Next week we take on Darwin in Round 17 back at TIO Stadium on Saturday. The game has been rescheduled from its initial time of 7pm to 1.30pm to enable the players to fly back to the Islands during day light hours.

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