Northern Territory Football League

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Northern Territory Football League
Formerly Northern Territory Football Association (NTFA)
Northern Territory Football League (NTFL)
Sport Australian rules football
Inaugural season 1916, Darwin, Northern Territory
Country  Australia
Most recent champion(s) Tiwi Bombers
TV partner(s) ABC1
Official website ntfl.aflnt.com.au

The Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) is an Australian rules football semi-professional league operating in Darwin in the Northern Territory.

The premier grade is the largest Australian rules football league in the Northern Territory. The league consists of a three level division with under 14, under 16, under 18, reserves and open (professional) levels of competition.[1]

Most NTFL matches are played on Marrara Oval (TIO Stadium).

The NTFL regularly attracts high profile semi-professional players from interstate leagues due to its lack of salary cap and its season which allowing players to extend their playing season into their off-season.

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Premier League Clubs

Club Nickname Home Ground Location Entered
competition
Premierships
Darwin Buffaloes TIO Stadium Marrara 1917 23
Nightcliff Tigers Nightcliff Oval Nightcliff 1950 3
Palmerston Magpies Northline Oval Durack 1971 3
Southern Districts Crocs Norbuilt Oval Freds Pass 1984 2
St Marys Saints TIO Stadium Marrara 1952 30
Tiwi Bombers Bombers Tiwi Oval Wurrumiyanga 2007 1
Wanderers Eagles TIO Stadium Marrara 1917 12
Waratah Warriors Gardens Oval The Gardens 1917 14

Division One/Two Clubs

Club Nickname Home Ground Location Formed Premierships
Banks Bulldogs Gardens Oval The Gardens 1978 17
Central Australia Redtails Traeger Park Alice Springs 2012
Jabiru Bombers Brockman Oval Jabiru 1982 5
Mindil Sharks Gardens Oval The Gardens 1991 1
Olympic Spartans TIO Oval No. 2 Marrara 2011 1
PINT Greenants Marrara Cricket Ground Marrara 1982 7
Tracy Village Razorbacks Tracy Village Oval Lyons 1978 1
University Rats TIO Oval No. 2 Marrara 13
Wadeye Magic Wadeye Oval Wadeye 2011

Jumpers[edit]

History[edit]

See Australian rules football in the Northern Territory

While most other Australian rules leagues in Australia operate during the southern hemisphere winter, the NTFL chooses to play in the Northern Territory's 'wet season' from October to March, primarily due to hard playing surfaces during the 'dry season'.

The NTFL was founded in 1916 with The Wanderers Football Club and Waratah Football Club as founding members. Waratahs are the only club to have competed in every season of the NTFL. Darwin (Buffalos Football Club) was formed in 1917, Nightcliff in 1950, St Marys in 1952, Palmerston in 1973 (as North Darwin), Southern Districts in 1987 and the Tiwi Bombers in 2006 (with full entry in 2007).

In the 1990s, the league ran into financial problems primarily due to the Northern Territory government luring the league to the new purpose-built stadium at Marrara Oval after its construction in 1991. The move pushed the league's operating costs up drastically despite contrary promises from the NT government. Marrara Oval is now known as TIO Stadium, as part of a naming rights deal with NT health insurance company Territory Insurance Office.

During this history of the league it has exported successful players to other leagues, notable players have included Michael McLean, Maurice Rioli and Michael Long.

In 2006, it was announced that a team representing the Tiwi Islands, called the Super Tiwis would be added to the 2006/07 season for eight games against teams that would normally have the bye. They became a permanent part of the league in the 07/08 season as the Tiwi Bombers, clad in Essendon Football Club style guernseys of black and red.

There was also a push for an NTFL representative club to compete in the Adelaide-based South Australian National Football League (SANFL). The first of a series of trial matches was held in 2006, with a long term view of admitting a Darwin side into the SANFL. A strong crowd at Marrara Oval witnessed SANFL club North Adelaide defeat a composite NTFL squad by 27 points, demonstrating that a Darwin team could be competitive. There was a push to make the event an annual match,[2] however, the NTFL decided on fielding a side in the AFL Queensland State League from 2009 (which became the Northern Conference of the North East Australian Football League in 2011) and the Northern Territory Football Club was formed.

In 2010 it was decided to merge the NTFL with the Top End Australian Football Association (TEAFA) to create a three division competition in which the NTFL would make the Premier League whilst the NTFL reserve competition and clubs from the TEAFA would incorporate the First Division and Second Divisions.

The 2012/2013 season saw Banks Bulldogs and the Central Australian Football Club placed on a four-match trial in the Premier League, for possible full-time inclusion. The Bulldogs, originally a part of the TEAFA competition, would stay in the NTFL Division One competition. But the CAFC team would continue their trial run in the Premier League, the number of games extended to 10 for the 2013/2014 season.

Audience[edit]

Attendance[edit]

The NTFL attracts strong local crowds. The 2005 Grand final attracted a crowd of over 5,000 people. One of the biggest crowds was the 2010/11 Grand Final between St Mary's and Wanderers, with the Muk Muks(wanderers) prevailing with a 28 point win, which attracted an over 9,000 strong crowd.

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

In 2006, NTFL matches were broadcast nationally for the first time ever on ABC2 each Sunday afternoon from February to March. Previously the matches had only been shown in the Territory on ABC Darwin. In 2008, it reverted to local broadcasting. Internet broadcasting commenced through YouTube during the 2012/2013 season, followed by its inclusion on the ABC iView on-demand service the 2013/2014 season which uses the recordings taken from the match day broadcast.

Radio[edit]

Premier League[edit]

2011-12 Ladder[edit]

NTFL Premier League Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Nightcliff 15 0 3 0 2525 1434 176.08% 60
Tiwi Bombers 12 0 5 1 2682 1626 164.94% 50
St Marys 12 0 6 0 1760 1394 126.26% 48
Wanderers 10 0 8 0 1778 1623 109.55% 40
Waratah 9 0 8 1 1979 1756 112.70% 38
Southern Districts 8 0 10 0 1660 1644 100.97% 32
Palmerston 5 0 13 0 1648 1811 91.00% 20
Darwin 0 0 18 0 762 3506 21.73% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Wanderers 29 15 189 Waratah 14 6 90
Qualifying Tiwi Bombers 11 19 85 St Marys 10 12 72
1st Semi Wanderers 19 14 128 St Marys 12 6 78
2nd Semi Tiwi Bombers 26 20 176 Nightcliff 11 6 72
Preliminary Nightcliff 16 11 107 Wanderers 7 13 55
Grand Tiwi Bombers 9 20 74 Nightcliff 9 6 60

2012-13 Ladder[edit]

NTFL Premier League Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
St Marys 17 0 1 0 2297 1053 218.14% 68
Tiwi Bombers 14 0 4 0 2279 1734 131.43% 56
Southern Districts 11 0 7 0 1929 1708 112.94% 44
Waratah 10 0 8 0 1571 1557 100.90% 40
Wanderers 10 0 8 0 1530 1630 93.87% 40
Nightcliff 4 0 14 0 1453 1887 77.00% 16
Central Australia 3 0 1 0 407 377 107.96% 12
Palmerston 3 0 15 0 1185 1854 63.92% 12
Darwin 3 0 15 0 1219 1958 62.26% 12
Banks 1 0 3 0 348 460 75.65% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Wanderers 13 7 85 Waratah 10 5 65
Qualifying Tiwi Bombers 26 12 168 Southern Districts 9 7 61
1st Semi Wanderers 22 12 144 Southern Districts 6 8 44
2nd Semi St Marys 19 9 123 Tiwi Bombers 10 12 72
Preliminary Tiwi Bombers 18 9 117 Wanderers 9 12 66
Grand St Marys 16 6 102 Tiwi Bombers 11 5 71

2013-14 Ladder[edit]

NTFL Premier League Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
St Marys 17 1 0 0 2156 1011 213.25% 68
Wanderers 13 1 4 0 1515 1347 112.47% 52
Nightcliff 11 1 6 0 1660 1282 129.49% 44
Southern Districts 9 1 7 1 1457 1384 105.27% 38
Waratah 8 1 9 0 1261 1431 88.12% 32
Palmerston 6 1 11 0 1294 1608 80.47% 24
Tiwi Bombers 4 1 12 1 1628 1878 86.69% 18
Darwin 2 1 15 0 1033 1838 56.20% 8
Central Australia 1 1 7 0 624 849 73.50% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Waratah 13 15 93 Southern Districts 5 9 39
Qualifying Wanderers 20 7 127 Nightcliff 12 8 80
1st Semi Waratah 16 11 107 Nightcliff 10 17 77
2nd Semi St Marys 14 9 93 Wanderers 8 11 59
Preliminary Wanderers 11 11 77 Waratah 4 11 35
Grand St Marys 11 11 77 Wanderers 8 8 56

Division One[edit]

2011-12 Ladder[edit]

NTFL Division One Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Banks 16 0 1 0 1798 578 311.07% 64
Waratah 13 0 4 0 1773 823 215.43% 52
Nightcliff 11 0 6 0 1473 971 151.70% 44
Southern District 10 0 7 0 1295 874 148.17% 40
St Marys 10 0 7 0 1340 990 135.35% 40
Wadeye 8 0 2 0 1088 534 203.75% 32
Pints 8 0 9 0 1148 1148 100.00% 32
Palmerston 7 0 10 0 1048 1377 76.11% 28
Wanderers 4 0 13 0 1011 1559 64.85% 16
Tracy Village 3 0 14 0 960 1397 68.72% 12
Darwin 0 0 17 0 247 2930 8.43% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination St Marys 14 4 88 Southern Districts 7 3 45
Qualifying Nightcliff 11 12 78 Waratah 10 7 67
1st Semi Waratah 9 19 73 St Marys 4 7 31
2nd Semi Banks 16 4 100 Nightcliff 16 3 99
Preliminary Waratah 21 10 136 Nightcliff 10 3 63
Grand Banks 10 9 69 Waratah 7 5 47

2012-13 Ladder[edit]

NTFL Division One Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % MR
Banks 12 4 2 0 1355 619 218.90% 85
Waratah 14 1 3 0 1431 827 173.04% 82
Pints 13 1 4 0 1322 906 145.92% 76
Wanderers 12 0 6 0 1587 981 161.77% 66
St Marys 9 1 8 0 1166 1097 106.29% 52
Wadeye 5 4 5 0 761 774 98.32% 50
Nightcliff 7 1 10 0 1181 1225 96.41% 41
Southern District 6 1 11 0 1039 1120 92.77% 35
Tracy Village 6 0 12 0 979 1180 82.97% 33
Palmerston 6 0 12 0 1024 1344 76.19% 33
Darwin 0 1 17 0 413 2185 18.90% 0

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Wanderers 22 9 141 St Marys 9 4 58
Qualifying Waratah 8 11 59 Pint 8 3 51
1st Semi Pints 7 11 53 Wanderers 6 15 51
2nd Semi Banks 13 5 83 Waratah 11 5 71
Preliminary Waratah 13 8 86 Pint 3 2 20
Grand Waratah 10 12 72 Banks 10 5 65

Division Two[edit]

2011-12 Ladder[edit]

NTFL Division Two Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
Olympic 17 0 1 0 1865 636 293.24% 68
Banks 16 0 2 0 1914 541 353.79% 64
Jabiru 15 0 3 0 1630 573 284.47% 60
University 11 0 7 0 1282 1007 127.31% 44
Waratah 10 0 8 0 1811 1016 178.25% 40
Pints 6 0 12 0 1073 1686 63.64% 24
Southern District 6 0 12 0 865 1712 50.53% 24
Mindil Sharks 5 0 13 0 787 1598 49.25% 20
Palmerston 3 0 15 0 672 1772 37.92% 12
Tracy Village 1 0 17 0 496 1854 26.75% 4

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Waratah 10 15 75 University 9 4 58
Qualifying Banks 12 9 81 Jabiru 9 6 60
1st Semi Jabiru 9 11 65 Waratah 7 8 50
2nd Semi Banks 13 4 82 Olympic 8 10 58
Preliminary Olympic 15 9 99 Jabiru 4 5 29
Grand Olympic 13 10 88 Banks 5 5 35

2012-13 Ladder[edit]

NTFL Division Two Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts
University 15 0 3 0 1623 791 205.18% 60
Olympic 14 0 4 0 1401 590 237.46% 56
Jabiru 14 0 4 0 1661 792 209.72% 56
Banks 13 0 5 0 1587 793 200.13% 52
Mindil Sharks 11 0 7 0 1300 1118 116.28% 44
Pints 9 0 9 0 1181 1102 107.17% 36
Waratah 7 0 11 0 1157 1147 100.87% 28
Southern District 3 0 15 0 767 1652 46.43% 12
Tracy Village 2 0 16 0 580 1726 33.60% 8
Palmerston 2 0 16 0 471 2017 23.35% 8

FINALS

Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Elimination Banks 12 14 86 Mindil Sharks 9 2 56
Qualifying Jabiru 16 6 102 Olympic 6 6 42
1st Semi Banks 10 6 66 Olympic 5 5 35
2nd Semi Jabiru 10 6 66 University 7 8 50
Preliminary University 11 5 71 Banks 4 5 29
Grand University 12 11 83 Jabiru 5 6 36

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