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NTFL Grand Final - St Mary's vs Tiwi Bombers


The Northern Territory Football League Grand Final will be played this weekend to finish off a fantastic season for the code with this year’s most consistent and dominant team, St Mary’s, taking on reigning premiers the Tiwi Bombers.

The following press release from the AFLNT details how the weekend of footy will unfold. The weekend will feature many Grand Finals in various grades and divisions, with the Premier League Grand Final the highlight of the weekend.

AFL Northern Territory today announced its official line-up of events for TIO NTFL ‘Seatbelts Save Lives’ Grand Final week.

Fans from all over Australia will converge on the Territory to join the locals and share memories and experience on one of the nation’s greatest exhibitions of pure football talent, the NTFL Grand Final.

The week kicked off in style with Territory football’s night of nights, the Officeworks Nichols Medal, at SKYCITY Casino on Sunday being won by the Tiwi Bombers captain Shane Tippuamantmirri and as always the week of football fever concludes with the famed Tiwi Islands Football League Grand Final on Sunday 17th March.

AFLNT CEO Tony Frawley said the biggest week in Territory sport offers fans and visitors a thrilling experience, with football played to the highest standard and many ancillary events that fans can be part of.

“This is the biggest week that showcases the Territory’s number one sport in a week long celebration of our great game”, said Frawley,

“The Officeworks Nichols Medal had a very deserving winner in Shane Tippuamantmirri who made one of the most endearing acceptance speeches I have ever heard.

“With so much happening and so many great people travelling from interstate for the week, it is a great way for people to witness firsthand how popular football in the NT really is.

“Football is the biggest sport in the NT and this is Football’s biggest week. We are thrilled with the regional and remote focus of this year’s Grand Finals with the Big River Hawks playing in the U18 final, Jabiru Bombers in the Division 2 final and of course the Tiwi Bombers in the big game.

“As we have flagged all season ‘football is the spirit of the Territory’ and we are delighted that two very worthy adversaries St Mary’s and Tiwi Bombers get to once again square off in the biggest game in NT sport.”

Frawley added that a number of key events with high profile guests were well worth attending and give footy fans a great opportunity to have a pre-game experience.

“Shennanigans are once again hosting the representatives from the two finalists at their famous St Patrick’s Day breakfast on Friday, Nightcliff’s traditional Grand Final Breakfast on Saturday with Merv Hughes and Tony Shaw is not to be missed and the ultimate pre game function is being held by St Mary’s in their clubhouse with a number of great speakers present to entertain attendees.” said Frawley.

All the footy action also kicks off at 8am at TIO Stadium and TIO 2 with nine matches being played throughout the day.

The Tiwi Island Grand final takes place on Sunday the 17th at 2pm.

“The Tiwi Grand Final is an important part of our remote footprint in the Territory and has for many years provided players with a potential pathway to the AFL”, said Frawley,

“We couldn’t ask for a better way to round off the biggest week in Territory sport”.

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NTFL Grand Final - St Mary\'s vs Tiwi Bombers
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 11:45 pm ACDT

The following is a press release from the Tiwi Bombers in the leadup to tomorrow's NTFL Grand Final. This will be of interest to many including Melbourne supporters as it involves a recent past player.

PRESS RELEASE   Re:      Tiwi Bombers Captain for Grand Final     Former AFL footballer Austin Wonaeamirri will Captain the Tiwi Bombers in the TIO Grand Final against his original NTFL club St Marys.   The 24 year old played 43 AFL matches for the Melbourne Demons before returning to the Tiwi Islands in 2011. He will toss the coin in the absence of suspended leader Shane Tipuamantimirri.   Wonaeamirri was one of 3 joint Vice-Captains under Tipuamantimirri along with Rupert Pupangamirri and Ross Tungatalum who will remain in their roles as part of the official onfield leadership group.   He has played 32 games for the Tiwi Bombers and 71 NTFL matches in total in a career beginning as a 16 year old in season 2004/05. He has kicked 22 goals for the Club and has a career total of 41.   Coach Leigh Crossman said that whilst Wonaeamirri will be the formal leader for the TIO Grand Final the team will share the leadership responsibilities left by his suspended captain across several well credentialled players including former Club Captains Simon Munkara and Edward Darcy.   “Both myself and the players recognize one current individual player cannot replace the leadership style of our suspended Captain but with the experience and team spirit amongst the 22 who take the field I expect that we can at least partly compensate by sharing the responsibility” he said.     Crossman added that the team understands that Shane Tipuamantimirri will be with them onfield in spirit.  
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