Xavier Clarke to coach Territory Thunder

Former St Kilda and Brisbane Lions AFL star Xavier Clarke appointed as NTFC Head Coach

The Northern Territory Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of former St Kilda and Brisbane Lions AFL star Xavier Clarke as the Head Coach for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

After an extensive recruitment process that included a nation wide search, Xavier Clarke will take over the reigns left by predecessor Daniel Archer who announced his departure back in October.

Xavier has spent the last 14 months working as the AFL’s National Indigenous Programs Coordinator which allowed him to pursue his coaching aspirations as a Head Coach of this years Footy Means Business program and coaching roles with the Flying Boomerangs that toured South Africa in February this year and Fiji in December 2011. His experience, professional approach and understanding of the game lead to a number development roles within the Brisbane Lions FC in particular at NEAFL level with their reserves. He was also appointed the role as Opposition Analysis Coach with the Brisbane Lions from 2011 – 2012 and coached the World Team at the 2012 U16 National Championships.

 

His AFL career as a player spans 106 games with the St Kilda FC (2001 – 2009) and the Brisbane Lions (2009 – 2011).

CEO Jarred Ilett comments –

“Xavier is a local product that knows the AFL pathway. He will provide a real insight to the challenges, dedication and demands of making it the AFL whilst being based in the Northern Territory but more importantly he will be able to coach and develop our athletes with his 10 years of AFL experience as a player. Xavier is highly regarded within the AFL system as a football coach, teacher of the game and manager of people. Xavier’s appointment is what NT Thunder is all about – tapping into the vast knowledge and professional expertise we have available through Territorians that have made it in the AFL.”

“I look forward to working with Xavier over the next two years in developing Territory talent and establishing the Northern Territory Football Club as a powerhouse in the NEAFL competition.”

Xavier Clarke comments –

“Its an exciting opportunity for me to continue in my coaching pathway and work with a football club that I have a connection to. I want be help develop Territory football, I want to see more Territory boys play at the elite level who have come through the Thunder program and I want to see the NT Thunder become a successful team again!”

“We as a team and an organisation want to play and win finals footy, I also see the Thunder program playing a vital role in the NT communities through, education, health, employment and leadership. Our players will be given the best opportunity to develop into great players and great leaders, this will be built off respect, honesty and hard work through a system that both challenges and supports the person and the player.”

 

TIFL Round 4

TIFL Telecast 4

 

Match of the Round for Round 4 saw Wadeye Magic take on the undefeated Imalu Tigers at Garden point.  The Tigers started off with authority, booting 4 goals and keeping the Magic goalless.  Wadeye fought back in the second quarter but couldn’t close the margin.  The match changed complexion in the 3rd quarter with the Magic actually hitting the front at one stage before the Tigers steadied with the final 2 goals of the quarter.  With the game up for grabs Imalu flexed their muscles and closed out the match full of running, recording a 28 point victory.  Dion Munkara and young guns Steven Puruntatameri & Alex Kantilla were best for the locals, whilst Arnold Dulla was best for the visitors, alonf with Louis Narndu and Alex Lantjin who backed up their good games from last week.

Muluwurri Magpies clashed with Walama Bulldogs on Sunday morning and the Magpies registered their second win for the season with a 20 point margin over the Bulldogs.  NTFL players, Al Darcy, Bronson & Samson Mungatopi all played well for the winners and for the Bulldogs it was their younger players, Clancy Puruntatameri & Donovan Puautjimi who were best performed.

Pumaralli thunder & lightning clashed with Tapalinga Superstars in a night game after the Tiwi Bombers – Wanderers match and it was Pumaralli who came away with the 4 points, their first victory for the season.  With only 2 points the difference at three quarter time it was anyones game, but a 6 goal to 1 last quarter put the issue beyong doubt.  The Munkara’s, Jack & Simon were best for the winners with Gene Puruntatameri and Roland Cunningham best for the Superstars.

Tuyu Buffaloes took the honours in their clash with Ranku Eagles after both teams went to the three quarter break with scores locked together.  Ranku had the better of the better of the first half with the Buffaloes levelling up in the third quarter.  A 5 goal to 3 goal last quarter enabled Tuyu to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact led by Wayne Pilakui and Dylan Kerinaiua, whilst the best for the Eagles were Terry Fernando and Ricky Tipiloura.

 

Round 4 Results (9-10 November)

 

Muluwurri Magpies         13.13..91     def      Walama Bulldogs  11.5..71

Muluwurri

Best Players                Alistair Darcy, Samson Mungatopi,  Bronson Mungatopi

Goalkickers                 3..R.Farmer, 2..S.Mungatopi, E.Darcy & A.Mungatopi, 1.. D.Kerinaiau, Nicholas D &Phillip P

Walama

Best Players                Clancy Puruntatameri, DonvanPauatjimi, Curtis Tipiloura

Goalkickers                 3..J.Kantilla & B.Tipiloura, 1..Richard T, Sebby P, D.Pauatjimi, Christopher R & Mitchell P

 

 

 

Imalu Tigers                        16.13..109   def      Wadeye Magic       12.9..81

Imalu

Best Players                Dion Munkara, Steven Puruntatameri, Alex Kantilla

Goalkickers                 4..R.Wilson, 3..Patrick Puruntatameri, 2..T.Tipungwuti, 1..F.Puruntatameri, M.Liddy, S.Puruntatameri, A.Kantilla, J.Farmer, C.Dann & J.Burke

Wadeye

Best Players                Arnold Dulla, Louis Narndu, Alex Lantjin

Goalkickers                 3..A.Lantjin, 2..H.Williams, 1..Alo Lantjin, R.Tchinburr, J.Wornir, R.Dumoo, A.Dumoo, T.Dumoo & A.Dulla

 

Pumaralli Th & Light         11.9..75        def      Tapalinga Superstars       6.7..43

Pumaralli

Best Players                Jack Munkara, Simon Munkara, Neil K

Goalkickers                 5..Neil K, 1..Rex.P, S.Munkara, Damien M, John P M, Christopher A & Nelson P

Tapalinga

Best Players                Gene Puruntatameri, Roland Cunningham, Karl Kantilla

Goalkickers                 2..Andre P, 1..Robert C, Frank C, Barney T & Karl K

 

Tuyu Buffaloes       13.13..91                 def                  Ranku Eagles          12.8..80       

Tuyu

Best Players                Wayne Pilakui, Dylan Kerinaiua, Elias Palipuminni

Goalkickers                 3..E.Fletcher, 2..G.Alimankinni & A.Orsto, 1.. D.Kerinaiua, W.Pilakui, C.Puruntatameri, J.Dulla, S.Puruntatameri & Bonjo W

Ranku

Best Players                Terry Fernando, Ricky Tipiloura, Trevor Orsto

Goalkickers                 4..M.Tipungwuti, 3..K.Kantilla, 1..M.Heenan, A.Kantilla, T.Orsto, Norman P & B.Tipungwuti

 

 

 

Ladder after Round 4

 

Position

Team

Played

Wins

Losses

Draws

%

Points

1

Tuyu

4

3

0

0

129

16

2

Imalu

3

3

0

0

174

12

3

Muluwurri

4

2

2

0

104

8

4

Ranku

4

1

1

1

98

6

5

Wadeye

2

1

1

0

96

4

6

Tapalinga

4

1

3

0

83

4

7

Pumaralli

3

1

2

0

65

4

8

Walama

3

0

2

1

82

2

Leading Goalkickers after Round 4

 

14        Michael Wilson                      Imalu

11        Mickey Tipungwuti               Ranku

8          Angelo Orsto                          Tuyu

Round 5 matches

 

ROUND 5

Muluwurri vs Ranku 1pm Sunday 17 Nov Garden Point
Tapalinga vs Imalu 1pm Sunday 17 Nov Wurrumiyanga
Tuyu vs Wadeye 3pm Sunday 17 Nov Wurrumiyanga
Pumaralli vs Walama 5pm Sunday 17 Nov Wurrumiyanga

Round 6 Toll Tiwi Bombers v/s Wanderers

Round 6 Match Report

Scoreboard:

TOLL Tiwi Bombers                         4.5          6.9          11.11     17.12     (114)

Wanderers                                         6.3          9.9          14.11     18.16     (124)

Goals: John Kelantumama 6, Liam Jurrah 5, Ross Tungatalum, Roy kantilla, Mark Parmbuk, Jerome Tipuamantimirri, Gary Puruntatameri 1 each

Best Players: Adam Tipungwuti, Jerome Tipuamantimirri, Kevin Portaminni, Liam Jurrah, Donny Mungatopi, Chris Warlapinni, Jason Puruntatameri, Bradley Palipuaminni

 

A much better performance at the Real Estate Central Home Ground highlighted by the presence of the exciting Liam Jurrah (5 goals) and a four quarter effort by every player.

 

Delayed ferry and charter arrivals from Darwin were well handled by the players with a tangible excitement about Liam Jurrah playing his first game with the TOLL Tiwi Bombers. Joining Jurrah in a first game appearance was 19 year old Tiwi and Kormilda College student Jonus Babui.

 

The TOLL team got off to an excellent start using its pace to kick 3 of the first 4 goals before the experienced opposition settled to lead the home team at the first break. Second quarter turnovers cost the home side as the opposition lead stretched to 18 points at halftime.

 

It’s a strange aspect of AFL in that the 3 goal margin remained for most of the second half with the TOLL Tiwi team showing courage and determination against a physically stronger opposition to several times to get back within a goal but never being able to quite grab the lead.

 

In a brilliant last quarter the TOLL Tiwi Bombers became more direct on Real Estate Central Oval to again get within 3 points with 7 minutes remaining only to see the opposition grab opportunities off Tiwi mistakes to kick 20 points clear with 3 minutes remaining. The never-say-die TOLL Tiwi Bombers still refused to concede adding a couple of late goals off the back of Liam Jurrah’s work.

 

17 year old Adam Tipungwuti was the Toll Tiwi best opposed to a recently delisted AFL player and was brilliant. Calm, clean, quick and skilful under enormous pressure the young defender was great.

Equally impressive was the improving 18 year old backpocket Kevin Portaminni who gets better each week alongside reigning Toll Tiwi Club Best & Fairest and fullback Jason Puruntatameri. Yet another teenager Jerome Tipuamantimirri (1 goal) also featured in the TOLL Tiwi best.

 

High marking crowd pleasers Liam Jurrah (5 goals) and fellow forward John Kelamantumama (6 goals) were targets all day entertaining the record crowd with some classic aboriginal football skill.

 

Next Match: 3.15pm Saturday at TIO Oval vs Alice Springs Redtails

Board Member Bob Beadman to Speak

The  27th Eric Johnston Lecture will be delivered by  Tiwi Bombers Board Member, Mr Bob Beadman, at Northern Territory Library next Thursday, November 14th 2013.

Northern Territory Library Director, Jo McGill said the Eric Johnston Lecture Series was established in 1986 and is an annual event that features prominent Australians as guest speakers.

“Whilst the topics of the lectures can vary greatly the central theme always relates to the Northern Territory,” Ms McGill said.

“We are honoured to have Bob Beadman deliver this year’s lecture ‘Poor Fellow My Country: Indigenous Policy – 50 Years of Progress?’ .

“Mr Beadman has spent more than five decades working for  the Australian and Northern Territory Government and, more recently, as the Territory’s first Coordinator-General for Remote Services, a position he held  for two years from May 2009.

“This presents an opportunity to find out more about indigenous policy making and gain an inside view on the workings of Government in this topical area.

“The Eric Johnston lecture is a popular annual event  hosted by the Northern TerritoryLibrary, with previous lectures being delivered by Clare Martin, Marilynne Paspaley, Tom Calma and Dr Mickey Dewar.

“The Eric Johnston Lectures have established themselves  as a prestigious and scholarly annual event in Darwin and have made a real and  lasting contribution to the spread of knowledge on Territory history and  culture throughout Australia.”

The lecture  will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday, 14 November. Bookings to attend the lecture can be made by phoning 8999 7177 or through the online booking system at www.eventbrite.com.au/event/8964582307

The lecture will be recorded and made available on the Northern Territory Library website for those unable to attend or travel to Darwin.

 

Round 5 2013/14

 

TOLL Tiwi Bombers      1.2          6.4          6.6          12.7        (79)              

Nightcliff                             7.6          13.8        19.12     28.20     (188)            

Goals: Kenny Puruntatameri, Thomas Simon 3 each, Dion Munkara, James Puautjimi, John Kelantumama, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Jerome Tipuamantimirri, Gary Puruntatameri 1 each

Best Players: Jason Puruntatameri, Chris Warlipinni, Kenny Puruntatameri, Ross Tungatalum, Thomas Simon, Albert Tipungwuti

In possibly the Club’s most disappointing minor round performance in its short history the Tiwi boys got thrashed on Saturday at the “desert” oval, Nightcliff. Are they that good with their multiple and well paid recruits or was it that we were so bad or a combination of both?

Does coming off the bye have that effect and if so thank goodness we have had our one and only!

 

Closer to the truth is that a lot of the Tiwi players have got way ahead of themselves after winning the last 2 matches against sides which will compete for the wooden spoon this season.

Add to that the factor of alarmingly poor fitness levels and the matchday exposure that we are not working hard enough between and during games to maintain competiveness against sides which may not have the talent but certainly the desire and work ethic.

Losing to a team which the previous week lost by over 50 points to the top side underlines how far we have fallen off the pace. Sometimes playing bottom sides early can be a major negative?

 If this sounds overly critical of the Tiwi boys then so be it as reality has to be faced. Many spoken words after the game by coaches and players suggest an adoption of a new approach but actions will be the measure.

 Fullback Jason Puruntatameri was best again over 4 quarters but was always going to be overcome by the sheer weight of delivery by the dominant opposition midfield. We got thrashed in the midfield and NOT because of their giant ruckman.

Coaches best were Pura, battling but well beaten ruckman Chris Warlapinni who worked without change against an experienced 200cm SANFL opponent from quarter time after we lost our second ruckman to injury, rover Kenny Puruntatameri (3 goals), follower Rocco Tungatalum who wore a heavy and rotating group of taggers throughout the game with almost no protection from the officials, veteran forward Thomas Simon (3 goals) and defender Albert Tipungwuti.

 Round 6 – This week on Sunday will be our 2nd Home Game at Wurrumiyanga on the REAL ESTATE CENTRAL OVAL vs Wanderers.  A huge test for the Club-Go TOLL Tiwi Bombers

FEMALE FOOTY SQUADRON

Female Footy Squadron

ROUND 3 MATCH REPORT

By the players own admission the victory was a “steal” but a great example of persistence and determination when all seemed lost. 15 points down with 3 minutes remaining had most of the media convinced the Bombers would lose against a side unlikely to play finals. The Tiwi team found a way.

To read the full report, click here Tiwi Rd3 Website Match Review

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

Mr Kerinaiua Snr.

The President, Board, Players and Members express their deepest sympathy to the family and Tiwi Community on the passing of a strong visionary leader.

R.I.P.

GOOD SPORT ACCREDITATION

Tiwi Bombers Accreditation_Good Sports Media_Sept 2013

SUPPORT STAFF BBQ

All Members, Volunteer Support Staff and Sponsors are invited to a Club Bar-B-Que Sunday 29th September at 4.00pm at Lake Alexander, East Point.

We are endeavouring to have Co-Coaches Gregory Orsto and Cameron Hotton, Team Manager Cindy-Lee McDonald and several players in attendance

If you could bring a plate of salad it would be appreciated. Sausages & soft-drinks supplied!

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