Round 4 Match Report

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Round 4 Match Report by Club Development Manager Peter Atkinson

Defeating the last team to beat us was a huge relief and adds to our confidence.

Seven forced changes had some silver lining with the debut game of Muluwurri Magpie, 19 year old ruckman Aaron Daniels, and the return of Roy Farmer. We continue to win with only 13 of the Premiership side available, so it was a good win whilst building for the future at the same time.

The late loss of Dion Munkara was covered by the return of champion follower Rupert Pupangamirri.

Tiwi Bombers overcame a slow start caused by the multiple changes and ended a bit of a bogey to record its 11th straight win when it beat Wanderers by 28 points last Saturday.

The Eagles were the last side to defeat the Bombers in Round 14 last season before we claimed the Club’s history making first Premiership.

Despite winning the centre clearances through the ruck dominance of Dan McLinden and ground support from skipper Shane Tipuamantmirri and Simon Munkara, several Bomber defensive lapses let the opposition stay in touch.

The second quarter set up the final result with Ross Tungatalum, Roy Kantilla and Kristan Height feeding off the dominance of Tippa and Co plus the run from half back led by Albert Tipungwuti.

The Bombers halftime lead 28 points turned out to be the exact final margin.

Tiwi kicked 5-4 to 3-1 in the third quarter to look comfortable at the last break but Wanderers refused to go away with their onballers and wingmen suddenly dominating to reduce the margin quickly to 10 points.

To the credit of the side it steadied again through the skipper and half forwards Ross Tungatalum (6 goals), Kristan Height and Roy Kantilla who finished with 3-1.

Scoreboard

Tiwi Bombers 4-1 12-5 15-6 21-11 (137)

Wanderers    4-2 7-7 12-11 16-13 (109)

Goals: Ross Tungatalum 6, Roy Kantilla 3, Brad Palipuaminni, Simon Munkara, Roy Farmer 2 each, Albert Tipungwuti, James Puautjimi, Kristan Height, Cannis Tipuamantimirri, Gerrard Cunningham & Rupert Pupangamirri 1 each

Best: Ross Tungatalum, Shane Tipuamantimirri, Rupert Pupangamirri, Dan McLinden, Albert Tipungwuti ,Simon Munkara & Jason Puruntatamerri.

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