Contributed by: Wesley Hull Saturday, November 07 2015 @ 11:58 pm ACDT
The new season might just be five rounds old but the Southern Districts Crocs have already thrown down the gauntlet to all clubs. Their 69 point demolition of perennial powerhouse, St Mary’s at TIO Stadium today was the biggest sign yet that the Crocs mean business in 2015/16. The victory sees them level on points with last year’s premiers Wanderers but well clear on percentage.
The loss for St Mary’s places them in an unusual position – for them. They now sit in fifth place, albeit just a game behind Crocs. But with the developing log jam at the upper end of the ladder, Saints will need to find more wins than others to get back in reach of top spot.
Final Score: Southern Districts 19 9 123 d St Mary’s 7 12 54
Wanderers played the Tiwi Bombers up on Bathurst Island at Wurrumiyanga and recorded their fourth win, and their fourth game of the year decided by less than a goal. The Bombers shot out of the blocks in front of their home crowd and held sway to three quarter time. But a powerful final quarter from Wanderers saw them sneak home by just five points in a high scoring match. For the Tiwi Bombers, the loss paints a bleak picture for finals with the club winless after five starts and playing the red-hot Crocs next weekend.
Final Score: Wanderers 17 12 114 d Tiwi Bombers 16 13 109
Darwin Buffaloes continued their tremendous start to the season, holding on against a committed Nightcliff Tigers to record their third win of the season and a claim on fourth place. The match was tight from the outset with both teams able to gain leads. But the born-again Buffaloes were too good in the final quarter and ran out solid 20 point winners in a tight defensive match.
Final Score: Buffaloes 10 15 75 d Nightcliff Tigers 8 7 55
The Palmerston Magpies enjoyed a day out against the hapless Waratah crew. The final result was 86 points the Magpies’ way as they jumped Waratah early and continued to build their lead. Down by 31 points at half time, Waratah held a theoretical chance to come back, but a withering 16 goal second half from the Magpies buried Waratah and sent the Magpies to third place on the ladder.
Final Score: Palmerston Magpies 23 14 152 d Waratah 10 6 66
Next week’s round will see the Magpies take on Wanderers, Waratah meet the Darwin Buffaloes, Southern District Crocs against the Tiwi Bombers and Nightcliff hosting St Mary’s.