Huge Cash Prizes to be Won at Tiwi Bombers Presentation Day!!

Toll Tiwi Bombers President Mick Burns has confirmed that 3 (three) $1,000 cash prizes will be drawn on Sunday at the Good Sports Annual Presentation function for the Toll Tiwi Bombers at Wurrumiyanga , Bathurst Island on Sunday. The $1,000 cash prizes will go to 3 Tiwi families who are represented by players, members or supporters of the Club but they must be present at the draw.

Hopefully a large attendance will be present to hear who the Toll Tiwi Bombers Club Champion is for the 2013/14 season

Toll Tiwi Bomber Adam Tipungwuti Wins NT News NTFL Rising Star Award

Congratulations to Toll Tiwi Bomber Adam Tipungwuti on becoming the first from the Club to win the NT News NTFL Rising Star Award

Affectionately known as “Jabber” the 17 year old played 11 games in season 2013/14 mostly as a rebounding halfback opposed to the opposition quickest small forward during the season to take his NTFL career total to 20.

His selection showed the judges were very astute with the focus of the award being on a “Rising Star from the NT” which Adam fulfils beautifully. The judging panel included NT Hall of Fame member and multi Brisbane Best & Fairest Michael McLean.

Born 4 June 1996 the talented youngster made his debut shortly after his 16th birthday in 2012 playing 9 games in NTFL Season 2012/13.

Adam is a member of the Brisbane Lions Youth Development Squad whilst attending St Patricks College in Brisbane. He stays with the Whitecross family whose son plays with Hawthorn.

After playing for Queensland as an overage player in 2013 at the AFL National Under 16 Championships Adam will represent the Maroons at the 2014 AFL National Under 18 event.

Eligible for the 2014 AFL Draft in November Adam will attract attention for his skills highlighted by his clean ball handling under pressure, awesome disposal and above average “balance”.

Adam’s most outstanding game in the just completed NTFL season came when opposed to recently delisted Gold Coast Sun Liam Patrick in a home game at Wurrumiyanga in Round 6. Opposed to the brilliant Liam Patrick who has emerged as the most influential player in the current NTFL finals series Adam not only nullified his more experienced opponent but provided skilful rebound to the Toll Tiwi Bomber team.

A younger brother of Toll Tiwi Bomber Premiership player Albert, Adam has matured both as a player and a person with his Brisbane school and football experience to quickly become a respected team leader despite his tender years.

Congratulations again to Toll Tiwi Bomber player Adam Tipungwuti

TIFL Preliminary Final Thriller


The second last match of the season, and with Tuyu waiting for the winner, it was the battle of the Melville Island communities in this year’s preliminary final.  After a week of uncertainty as to the venue of the game, the match took place at Wurrumiyanga in front of a huge crowd.  Reigning premiers Imalu jumped away to a good start making the most of their opportunities whilst the Magpies were inaccurate in front of goal.  More of the same in the second quarter and although the teams had the same amount of scoring shots at half time, the Tigers had opened up a healthy 25 point lead.

With nothing to lose, the Magpies knuckled down in the 3rd quarter and capitalised on their forward thrusts with 5 goals and this time it was the Tigers who couldn’t find the big sticks with a disappointing 0.7 for the term.  As a result the margin had been whittled back to a single point and for one of the teams there would only be 20 minutes left for season 2013/14.

Imalu controlled the play in the first part of the quarter and stretched out to a 15 point lead before the Magpies replied with 3 quick goals of their own to hit the lead.  Best player for the Tigers, Dion Munkara, slotted one through to regain the lead for Imalu but once again Muluwurri replied quickly.  With a couple of minutes to go the Magpies pushed numbers back into defence and this proved to be a winning move as the Tigers couldn’t penetrate into their forward 50 and when the final siren ended the match it was the Magpies coming away with a 5 point victory and the prize of a shot at premiership glory.

TIFL Preliminary Final


This weekends TIFL preliminary Final will be played between Imalu Tigers & Muluwurri Magpies at Garden Point on Saturday.  2pm kick off.


End of Season Message from Peter Atkinson

A special thank you to our fantastic group of Sponsors without whom we would struggle to survive. Your support for and response to Board Member Craig Oldroyd has been generous and much appreciated.

Whilst disappointing that we have missed the finals for the first time in our short history there are many positives including the introduction of over 20 Tiwi Island based players to the tough standard of the TIO AFLNT Premier League competition. Many of these island based players are teenagers and the Club hopes the taste will provide motivation to represent the Tiwi community on a regular basis. The fact we finished the season having used a record 65 players (last season 37) is possibly at the core of our inability to establish a winning team system.

Also mentioned in the post is a huge thanks to a fantastic group of volunteers who make up the football operations support staff looking after all the small essential jobs to ensure the players can concentrate on performance.

The Club also thanks sincerely another often overlooked group who are those players domiciled south who provide size, experience and football nous to the team mix. They play without financial reward, undertake balancing acts between their employment and the travel demands, endure very real inconvenience to their family and friends plus their social lives but embrace the Tiwi spirit to improve our chances of success. Without exception they play for the love of the Tiwi people and for the game of AFL.

Finally as this is the final Match Report for Season 2013/14 we acknowledge the effort made by our Coaching group led by joint Head Coaches Gregory Orsto and Cameron Hotton who took on the joint role at a late stage. Personal reasons unrelated to football prevented the initial appointee filling the role. It has without a doubt been tough and very disruptive to their family, professional and private lives. Team Captain Shane Tipuamantimirri also deserves acknowledgement balancing his Tiwi College employment load with an enormous amount of road travel between communities on the island.


To all Club Sponsors – again, a big thank you for your continued support of the Toll Tiwi Bombers in 2013/14.

To all Club Sponsors – again, a big thank you for your continued support of the Toll Tiwi Bombers in 2013/14.

Updating the latest football news: With the Toll Tiwi Bombers now out of finals contention the match against Southern Districts at 5.30pm on Saturday at TIO Stadium will be our last for the 2013/14 season.

After the weekend our attention will turn to the Club Best & Fairest function tentatively planned for the Nguiu Club at Wurrumiyanga Bathurst Island on Sunday 9th March. More details when we finalize arrangements but the focus is on involving and thanking the Tiwi families who have supported our players all season. The Tiwi Island Football League Grand Final is on Sunday, March 16

The actual Toll Tiwi Bombers Club Champion result will be wide open this season with only 2 players having played every game out of 64 who have represented the Club in Season 2013/14. Over 20 Tiwi players, many young, have debuted with the Club and over 50 Tiwi players make up the 64 total.

The Toll Tiwi Bombers in conjunction with the AFLNT have nominated Premiership Captain and 2012/13 NTFL Nichols Medallist (Competition best player from all clubs as adjudged by the umpires) Shane Tipuamantimirri for the upcoming NT Sports Awards He has been nominated in the “Best Local Performance” category focussing on the fact Tippa won the 66 year old medal whilst domiciled remotely at Tiwi College on Melville Island without the benefit of being able to train weekly with his team as other town based players do.

Again THANK YOU for your support

*** Call to Arms-Honouring Mark McCasker***

Call to Arms 

  • The annual Call to Arms match is being played this weekend to commemorate the passing of Mark McCasker, the former NT Thunder player, who passed away on the 4th of February 2007 after an 8 month battle with cancer.
  • To  honour Mark and support those who are in the fight against cancer; the Premier side for this round will be wearing yellow (socks /shoelaces) and all other sides will wear yellow armband tape during their match.
  • This gives us an opportunity to raise funds and awareness to help support the fight against cancer.
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, which means many of us will be affected by this disease at some point in our life.
  • Make note of the donation boxes/tins around the grounds this weekend and please give what you can to help support our vision of a cancer free future.

How Many Games has ? Played? Both this Year and in Total. After Round 17!

2013/14 Games Played-Individual Players (After Round 17- 1 bye, 16 games played)

The Toll Tiwi Bombers have used 64 individual players this season including at least 20 first time Tiwi Island based players. A record number of Under 21 players have also made their debut this season.

As at and including Round 17 only 2 Toll Tiwi Bomber players have played every game.

  • = 1st year Tiwi based player

Key: (Name – followed by 2013/14 Games and Total NTFL Career Games)

*Kevin Portaminni 16 (16)

*Jerome Tipuamantimirri 16 (16)

Jason Puruntatameri 13 (74)                                      Ben McCasker 5 (81)

Ross Tungatalum 13 (106)                                          Narby Kelly 5 (29)

Rupert Pupangamirri 12 (131)                                   Mark Parmbuk 4 (9)

Bradley Palipuaminni 12 (114)                                   Virgil Puruntatameri 5 (9)

Albert Tipungwuti 12 (96)                                           *Urban Kerinaiua 4 (4)

Dion Munkara 12 (61)                                                            *Hector Tipungwuti 4 (4)

Adam Tipungwuti 11 (20)                                           Tom McNamara 4 (4)

Shane Tipuamantimirri 11 (143)                                Nick McElwee 4 (4)

Roy Kantilla 10 (136)                                                  *Alex Puruntatameri 5 (5)

Donald Mungatopi 11 (118)                                       Gibson Turner 4 (17)

Austin Wonaeamirri 10 (82)                                       Brendan Clark 4 (4)

*Alistair Darcy 10 (17)                                                             3 Games

*Gary Puruntatameri 8 (8)                             Liam Jurrah, Cameron Kerinaiua (22), Mitch Hills

*Chris Warlapinni 8 (8)                                 Jackson Heagney Bart McCulloch Roy Farmer (83)

John Kelantumama 8 (19)                                           2 Games

Anthony Vallejo 7 (233)                                  Tim Bongetti (21), Dylan Kerinaiua(15), Tim Martin,

Gerard Cunningham 8 (110)                           Michael Fairweather (41), Patrick Heenan,

Samson Mungatopi 7 (95)                              *Gene Puruntatameri, *Bronson Mungatopi,

Kenny Puruntatameri 7 (15)                           Sam Dyke, *Vivian Kerinaiua, Paul Scanlon (19)

James Puautjimi 6 (97)                                               1 Game

Billy Barden 6 (20)                                          Francis Kinthari, Nathan Daniels (5),

*Jonus Babui 6 (6)                                           *Mark Tunmuck, *Anthony Kerinaiua,

Thomas Simon 5 (117)                                   Adrian Mungatopi (4), *Dennis Kantilla, Ricki Newton

John-Patrick Munkara 6 (11)                      Kristan Height (18), Nelson Puruntatameri (6)

*Jack Munkara 5 (5)                                       Dan McLinden (27)

Former St Mary’s President joins AFLNT Board!!

 (or should that be the St Mary’s Football League?)
Due to the resignation of current board member Mark Crossin, the AFLNT Board of Directors ratified the appointment of former St Marys President, Mr Shaun Hardy to the AFLNT Board following the nomination and acceptance by the AFL.


Call to Arms-Fight Cancer! Game On.

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This round is ‘Call to Arms’ where the NTFL and all clubs join the fight to help save men’s lives. One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85 and this round is all about raising the awareness of the importance of men’s health.

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