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Second Semi Final Match Report

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Match Review-2nd Semi

Tiwi Bombers          2-5         4-7       6-11     10-12    (72)

St Marys                    4-1        11-4      16-7      19-9     (123)

Goalkickers: Roy Kantilla, Austin Wonaeamirri 3 each, Ross Tungatalum, Michael Dunn, Ephrem Tipungwutri, Tim Bongetti 1 each

Best: (Coaching Panel) Dion Munkara, Paul Scanlon, Jason Puruntatameri, Edward Darcy, Daniel McLinden, Austin Wonaeamirri

A bitter football lesson was delivered to the Tiwi Bombers when the opposition applied strong numerical pressure when the Bombers had the ball and exploited the Tiwi defensive weaknesses when it gained possession.

A nervous start showed on the first quarter scoreboard when Tiwi only got 2 goals from 7 scoring shots against the opposition 4 goals from 5 shots. The absence of key leading forwards Cunningham (Suspended) and Height (unavailable) created uncertainty going forward and the opposition took full advantage by being long and direct to their own forwards.

In the second quarter the critical centre square contests went the way of the opposition which killed off the contest adding 7-3 to the Tiwi 2-2 score resulting in a 35 point halftime lead. Despite a good third quarter start a further 5 goals to 2 extended the gap before the Tiwi Bombers showed terrific character by winning the last quarter 4-1 to 3-2. The Bombers would, however,  be deluding themselves if they though it was only a one quarter lapse as they were provided a lesson of sustained hard running and working by the opposition. Was the lesson learned? Only next Saturday against an equally tough opposition will tell.

Halfback/rover Dion Munkara was one of a few who worked to a high standard for four quarters followed closely by last year’s Chaney Medallist Paul Scanlon in the midfield. Defender Jason Puruntatameri continued his great form against the odds opposed to a gun southern recruit. Key defender Edward Darcy stood tall without enough support and has played himself into excellent form while Dan McLinden was great in the ruck and opposed to the tall forwards down back. Aussie Wonaeamirri was the most dangerous Tiwi forward finishing with 3 goals and having a hand in 2 others.

The benefit of finishing the minor round in second spot provides a double chance and the Tiwi Bombers have now played that card. Can we regroup and improve our attitude and belief both of which were lost too quickly last week? Both attitude and belief are mental qualities and within our control. Lets hope everyone who plays genuinely believes in our ability, plays for the team and not themselves which some did under pressure and reach the game to defend our title-Boom Boom!!



Match Review-Qualifying Final

Tiwi Bombers              4-3              10-7             17-8               26-12     (168)

Southern Districts      3-1                7-2              7-5                 9-7          (61)

Goalkickers: Gerrard Cunningham 7, Kristan Height 5, Ross Tungatalum 4, Dion Munkara, Edward Darcy, Darcy Barden 2, Samson Mungatopi, Bradley Palipuaminni, Roy Kantilla, Aussie Wonaeamirri 1 each

Best: (No particular order) Gerrard Cunningham, Narby Kelly, Edward Darcy, Ross Tungatalum, Billy Barden, Dan McLinden, Rupert Pupangamirri, Dion Munkara, Kristan Height

The Tiwi Bombers carried the last quarter form from the last minor round into the Qualifying final against a fired up and confident Southern Districts Crocs. The Bombers threatened to break away early but a few mistakes let their opponents stay in the game to half time when the Tiwi team led by 23 points. With the full side available for the first time this season the island side improved its teamwork and started playing to its strengths in a brilliant third quarter.

With the midfield group led by Captain Shane Tipuamantimirri and Rupert Pupangamirri feeding of the ruck dominance of Dan McLinden the Tiwi side took over the game to add 7-1 to the Crocs 3 points to have the match wrapped up at three quarter time leading by 63 points.

Forwards Gerrard (Muna) Cunningham was brilliant on the lead finishing the game with 7 goals and crumbing forward Kristan Height contributed 5 from strong marks. 10 individual goalkickers underlined the Tiwi Bomber dominance.

Ross (Rocco) Tungatalum showed a return to form and confidence kicking 4 goals.

150 game milestone Tiwi football Champion Edward Darcy even contributed 2 goals when moved forward after forming a tight rebounding backline with Albert Tipungwuti, Jason Puruntatameri and the smooth moving Dion Munkara. The backline was led by an inspirational Billy Barden who had the toughest task on the NTFL competition leading goalkicker Cupido who kicked his lowest tally against the Bombers for the year.

The Tiwi Bombers stormed into the 2nd Semi by 107 points where they meet arch rivals St Marys on Saturday at 3.15pm. the game is “live” on ABC television. Expected to available from illness and injury are veteran forward Ephrem Tipungwuti and running defender Michael Dunn. Unfortunately the team has lost dynamic forward Muna Cunningham at the tribunal for misconduct but his absence will create an opportunity for another player. Go Tiwi Bombers-boom boom!!

ROUND 18 Match Report


Match Review-Round 18

Tiwi Bombers           7-2           10-3           14-11          23-16     (154)

Darwin                       2-2           8-5             11-7            13-7       (85)

Goalkickers: Gerrard Cunningham 5, Ephrem Tipungwuti, Rupert Pupangamirri 4 each, Ross Tungatalum 3, Bradley Palipuaminni, Simon Munkara, Narby Kelly, Roy Kantilla, Dan McLinden, Kristan Height, Michael Dunn 1 each

Best: Paul Scanlon, Dion Munkara, Rupert Pupangamirri, Narby Kelly, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Dan McLinden, Jason Puruntatameri, Gerry Cunningham, Ross Tungatalum.

The Tiwi Bombers proved too fast & skilful for the Buffaloes in the final minor round match for the season. The win was the 17th successive win since the Bombers came into the NTFL and Darwin remain the only Club yet to defeat the Bombers.

With second chance sealed several weeks ago and finals qualification the priority for several players the game was surprisingly fast for three quarters with the young Buffaloes earning credit for their workrate and determination.

Buffs kicked the first 2 goals of the game before Tiwi hit back with the next 7 before quarter time before the Bombers relaxed again in the second quarter to only lead by 10 points at halftime. An even third quarter saw Tiwi extend their lead to 22 points at the last change before crushing the tiring Buffaloes in the last to win by a massive 69 points.

Last years Grand Final Best on ground Paul Scanlon and Captain Shane Tipamantimirri took advantage of the winning ruck work of Dan McLinden who only returned from Europe a week ago.

Ruckrover Rupert Pupangamirri was to fast and hard at the ball to kick 4 goals and prove why he was a worthy winner of the NT News Player of the Year Award-the first Tiwi Bomber to do so. The “Miracle Man” earlier this season became the first Tiwi Bomber player to reach 100 games for the Club.

Other highlights were the improved form of defender and wingman Dion Munkara, the continued form of Jason Puruntatameri and the improvement of veteran Edward Darcy in his 149th NTFL game.

Halfbacks Narby Kelly and Michael Dunn were terrific rebounding players with great support from Albert Tipungwuti.  Up forward Gerry (Muna) Cunningham was the best forward after champion Ephrem Tipungwuti was forced to leave the ground with injury. Crowd favourite Ephrem played an inspiring 10 minute burst in the first quarter kicking 4 goals before the injury disappointment.

Tiwi Island footy followers honour the first Captain (joint with Thomas Simon) of the Tiwi Bombers in 2006 Edward Darcy who reaches the magical 150 game milestone in this week’s Qualifying Final against the tough Southern Districts Crocodiles. A wonderful achievement with the journey including back-to-back Premierships with the Palmerston Magpies and a Premiership with Mulluwurri Magpies. An injured Edward missed playing in last years first Tiwi Bombers Premiership so lets hope the team can help him to a history making back-to-back flag in 2013.

The Qualifying Final against Southern Districts will be live on ABC television on Saturday so lets hope the boys do us proud-Go Bombers!!


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Round 11 Match Report

Jason Puruntatameri celebrated his 50th NTFL Premier League match with a brilliant Best on Ground performance at full back against the Darwin Buffaloes at Nguiu on Sunday.

Playing with only 11 of the side which played the week before and 9 of our inaugural Premiership team plus seriously lacking height the Bombers needed a special performance from some regulars against a side with 2 players just off AFL lists and overall more experience than the home side.

A real rarity for the Bombers to be held to 12 goals even despite the rain but we still prevailed.

It is an interesting debate about forwards “winning” games and defenders “saving” them and anyone at the match at Nguiu would agree we saw an example of defenders “saving” the game with Pura’s performance supported by halfbacks Donny Mungatopi and Michael Dunn.

Roy Kantilla ended with 4-2 to be our main goal scorer followed by an opportunist effort by Nathan Daniels with 3 goals with 2 of those coming at critical times.

The team contained four 17 year olds Kenny Puruntatameri, Adam Tipungwuti, Patrick J Puruntatameri  and Lachlan McGill, the latter our tallest player. Lachlan has been playing with our mainland NTFL Div 1 feeder club Pints and was in the 2012 Queensland U18 Academy Squad.

Their endeavour over four quarters was great and all have exciting futures.

That of course increased the pressure on our core leadership group of skipper Shane Tipuamantimerri and Rupert Pupangimerri. Sometimes when there is a general lack of experience the older players try to do too much and that happened in patches on Sunday. Despite the lack of the regular experienced group future leaders like Dion Munkara, Samson Mungatopi plus those already mentioned like Jason Puruntatameri, Donny Mungatopi and Michael Dunn all “stood up” when scores were level midway through the last quarter.


Tiwi Bombers                     2-3                          4-5                          10-7                       12-10 (82)

Darwin                                  2-4                          4-9                          7-10                       9-14 (68)

Goals: Roy Kantilla 4, Nathan Daniels 3, Nicholas Daniels-Heenan 2, James Puautjimi, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Cannis Tipuamantimirri 1 each.

Best: Jason Puruntatameri, Donny Mungatopi, Samson Mungatopi, Roy Kantilla, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Michael Dunn, Rupert Pupangamirri, Nathan Daniels.

Games resume on Sunday January 6th 2013 when we meet the Damien Cupido led Southern Districts at TIO Stadium in Darwin at 2.30pm.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Successful New Year



Round 9 Match Report

The Tiwi Bombers were too quick and skillful for the so-called bogey team Wanderers in Round 9 to record its 16th straight win by 87 points to maintain its undefeated current season record of 9-0.

The dominant win was made more impressive because of an early injury to silky veteran Simon Munkara and forced late changes which included 4 of the previous week’s back line of Edward Darcy (Illness), Michael Dunn (Injured), Albert Tipungwuti (Injured) & Donny Mungatopi (family).
Aussie Wonaeamirri, Paddy Heenan, Kristan Height & Darcy Barden were “fair” “Ins” though!

Ruckman Darcy Barden ensured the midfield would get more opportunity with Captain Shane Tipuamantimirri, Kristan Height, Aussie Wonaeamirri and Dion Munkara feasting off his taps.

Rupert Pupangamirri, whether at half forward or midfield, was at his explosive best along with veteran forward Ephrem Tipungwuti (3 goals) and an accurate Gerrard Cunningham (4 goals).

Some terrific individual highlights with 16 year old Kenny Puruntatameri debuting on a wing and moving like he had played every game. Arriving back from boarding school on Thursday, Kenny kicked a goal and recorded several goal assists which should earn him a Rising Star nomination.

After Kenny’s debut the Club has now used 39 players in 9 rounds.

Jason Puruntatameri was brilliant in defence to continue some outstanding form.

Other highlights included regular defender cum ruckman Ben McCasker kicking the 3rd goal of his 70 game career. In contrast Ephrem Tipungwuti (3) took his goalkicking career tally to 480 in 170 matches and Gerrard Cunningham (4) took his to 251 in 93 matches.
Roy Kantilla (2) took his career total to 253 in 115 matches while Ross Tungatalum (1) took his total to 180 in 82 matches. Pretty deadly forward line!

Tiwi Bombers 4-7 10-12 13-19 18-22 (130)
Wanderers 3-1 5-3 6-3 6-7 (43)

Goals: Gerrard Cunningham 4, Ephrem Tipungwuti, Kristen Height 3 ea, Roy Kantilla 2, Ross Tungatalum, Bradley Palipuaminni, Aussie Wonaeamirri, Kenny Puruntatameri, Ben McCasker, Darcy Barden 1 ea
Best: Dion Munkara, Rupert Pupungamirri, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Aussie Wonaeamirri, Kristan Height, Jason Puruntatameri, Darcy Barden, Ephrem Tipungwuti, Michael Fairweather

This week the Club defends top spot as it chases its 17th straight win playing St Marys at 5.00pm at TIO Stadium on Saturday.



Round 8 Match Report

The Tiwi Bombers were too quick and skilful for Palmerston to win its 8th straight match this season and 15th win since the Club last lost way back in January.

Despite battling in the ruck in the 3rd quarter when most clearances went straight to our backline Tiwi finished comfortable 74 points winners.

The return of Simon Munkara, Samson Mungatopi and Tim Bongetti covered the absence of Paddy Heenan, Aussie Wonaeamirri, Jimmy Puautjimi and Kristan Height from the previous match.

With Donny Mungatopi playing his best game for the season kicking 2 goals from half-back along with Brad Palipuaminni the Tiwi forwards had plenty of opportunity finishing with 43 scoring shots.

Wayne (Jo Jo) Pilakui was another to return from injury kicking 2 goals and setting up several  others.

The Bombers established supremacy early with Ephrem Tipungwuti, Rocco Tungatalum and Roy Kantilla giving the Magpies plenty of headaches opening an early 26 point lead at the first break.

The second quarter midfield dominance of Simon Munkara, Paul Scanlon and Shane Tipuamantimirri  plus speedy  wingmen Samson Mungatopi and Brad Palipuaminni ensured the forwards led by inform Muna Cunningham and his team-mates killed off the contest adding another 8-2 to 4-2 to create a half-time lead of 52 points.

Despite their ruck dominance the Bombers added another 7 goals to 6 in the third quarter before a few minor injuries and the early game heat slowed the scoreboard hits down. Tiwi added 4-5 to the Magpies 4-1 in the last quarter for a final margin of 74 points and retention of top ladder position.

Considering the pressure the backline was put under by the Magpie third quarter midfield dominance the speed and rebound skills of Donny Mungatopi, Jason Puruntatameri and Edward Darcy was fantastic.


Tiwi Bombers 6-6 14-8 23-11 27-16 (178)

Palmerston 2-2 6-4 12-7 16-8 (104)

Goals: Ephrem Tipungwuti 5, Roy Kantilla, Gerrard Cunningham, Simon Munkara, Ross Tungatalum 3 ea, Edward Darcy, Donny Mungatopi, Wayne Pilakui 2 ea, Samson Mungatopi, Dion Munkara, Tim Bongetti, Aaron Daniels 1 ea

Best: Simon Munkara, Ross Tungatalum, Tim Bongetti, Paul Scanlon, Donny Mungatopi, Brad Palipuaminni, Jason Puruntatameri, Dion Munkara, Ephrem  Tipungwuti, Edward Darcy.

This week the Club chases its 16th straight win, playing the last team to beat us back in January, the Wanderers Eagles, at 7.30pm at TIO Stadium Marrara on Saturday.




Round 7 Match Report

The Tiwi Bombers had its 5th straight win over Nightcliff at Gardens Oval and 14th in a row with accurate goalkicking setting up a 46 point victory.

Despite losing veteran Simon Munkara (leg strain) and Samson Mungatopi (missed plane!!) the team arrived ready to play with the inclusion of Chaney Medallist (GF Best on Ground) Paul Scanlon a highlight for Premiership teammates.

A 9 goal to 3 second quarter killed off the match as a contest with midfielders Shane Tipuamantimirri, Aussie Wonaeamirri and Paul Scanlon providing plenty of opportunities for forwards Gerrard Cunningham, Ephrem Tipungwuti, Roy Kantilla and Ross Tungatalum who combined for 12 goals to match the Nightcliff total.

The Bombers defence was better without sacrificing the critical run and carry approach which is important to the team. Backmen Albert Tipungwuti and Donnie Mungatopi chipped in for 3 goals.

In attack 11 goalkickers shows the Bombers are prepared to share the goalshooting around. The weird circumstances of a Nightcliff player being sent off at quarter time and not replaced for 10 minutes when the NTFL officials got it wrong certainly unsettled the Tigers.

An exciting highlight of the match was the free spirit of the developing backline combination of Edward Darcy, Jason Puruntatameri, Michael Dunn, Albert Tipungwuti and Donny Mungatopi. Built on speed and skill the group have an exciting instinctive and confident approach at present.

Best players were again difficult to identify because at the moment everyone is playing their role according to the demands of the Coaching staff. The continued improved confidence and fitness of Aussie Wonaeamirri, Jason Puruntatameri and Rupert Pupangamirri and Bradley Palipuaminni is fantastic for the Club . Ross Tungatalum was again at his brilliant best kicking 2 and assisting with at least 4 others despite being targeted for plenty of attention.


Tiwi Bombers 3-1 12-5 17-7 21-9 (135)

Nightcliff 3-4 6-6 9-11 12-17 89)

Goals: Roy Kantilla 4, Ephrem Tipungwuti, Gerrard Cunningham 3 ea, Ross Tungatalum, Albert Tipungwuti, James Puautjimi 2 ea, Aussie Wonaeamirri, Paul Scanlon, Rupert Pupangamirri, Donald Mungatopi, Aaron Daniels 1 ea

Best: Michael Dunn, Aussie Wonaeamirri, Ross Tungatalum, Paul Scanlon, Rupert Pupangamirri, Edward Darcy, Jason Puruntatameri, Roy Kantilla, Brad Palipuaminni



Round 6 Match Report

Some called it a shoot-out!!

Others called it “One-way” footy!!

Either way the Tiwi Bombers still finished in front by 33 points against a likely finals side

Our backline had a long, hot, hard day with the opposition key forward Damien Cupido (ex AFL) finishing with 11 goals but as winners the Bombers had the last laugh.

The win was the 13th in a row for the Tiwi Bombers and hopefully we can keep it going.

10 goalkickers this week with Gerrard (Muna) Cunningham back to form with 5 and ex Hawthorn listed and Tiwi Premiership player Kristan Height also kicking 5 goals.

Great to see Premiership centre half forward Tim Bongetti back and playing after a serious injury and long lay-off (since April!!) from injury down south. Bongo played in the ruck and was great beating the Districts opposition by playing smart and tough-loved it mate!

Through the midfield brilliance of Ross Tungatalum, Simon and Dion Munkara, Aussie Wonaeamirri and skipper Shane Tipuamantimirri the Bombers dominated in the first 10 minutes to slam on 7 goals before the boys eased off and lost control both at ground level and in the air.

A 10 goal first quarter was great BUT we let the Crocs score 6 which kept them in the game.

Defenders Michael Dunn and Jason Puruntatameri were rebounding well along with 100 gamer Donnie Mungatopi but the Crocs were killing us in the air all over the ground.

The Bombers seemed to have the answers in an even 2nd and 3rd quarter but got worried when the Crocs got to within 10 points halfway through the last quarter.

Leaders Ross Tungatalum, Simon Munkara, Kristan Height, Rupert Pupangamirri and Shane Tipuamantimirri again stepped up a level and the Bombers skipped away to a matchwinning lead.

Must admit a game total of 48 goals was entertaining BUT finals footy is usually won/lost around defence so the Bombers are going to have to improve in that area very soon!!

This week we chase our 14th consecutive win against an improving Nightcliff Tigers at Gardens Oval from 2.30pm on Saturday.


Tiwi Bombers 10-1 15-6 20-8 27-11 (173)

Southern Districts 6-3 12-7 17-10 21-14 (140)

Goals: Gerrard Cunningham, Kristan Height 5 ea Dion Munkara, Simon Munkara, Ross Tungatalum, Austin Wonaeamirri 3 ea Rupert Pupangamirri 2, Bradley Palipuaminni, Roy Kantilla, Michael Dunn 1

Best: Aussie Wonaeamirri, Ross Tungatalum, Michael Dunn, Tim Bongetti, Dion Munkara, Kristan Height, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Gerrard Cunningham, Patrick Heenan, Rupert Pupangamirri.

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