2021/22 TIO NTFL Morris' Women's Premier League Grand Final Wrap


THE Darwin Buffettes are champions of the Women's Premier League for the second time after a decisive 18-point win over Nightcliff in their NTFL grand final on Saturday.

The Buffettes had 14 scoring shots to six in a dominant performance over the Tiger women, who were appearing in their first WPL decider.

Midfielder Dominique Carbone again underlined her class by winning the Brenda Williams Medal awarded to the best player on the ground.

Carbone, now a listed player with VFLW club Hawthorn, was everywhere for the Double Blues, kicking vital goals in the first and last quarters to ensure the Buffettes secured another flag in their seventh grand final appearance.

For coach Melinda Taylor, the four goal to two win was the cream on the cake in her first season as a senior coach.

"I'm a little bit lost for words, to be honest,'' an emotional Taylor said post-match.

"We wasted a lot of opportunities by rushing things a bit, but at the end of the day Nightcliff brought it to us in the biggest game of the year and we proved to be the better team on the day.''

Taylor grinned when asked if her dad John Taylor's record of 11 grand final wins with the great St Mary's sides of the 1980s and '90s was in her sights.

"It would be great to have the coaching success my father had and I firmly believe if we can keep this playing group together, we've got a really good chance to be a very successful club,'' she replied.

The Buffettes got big contributions from every player on the ground in another reminder that premierships are won by teams and not individuals.

While Carbone shone, Gwynne medallist Molly Althouse was again superb in a mobile rucking role, skipper Kylie Duggan through the middle and the impressive Tayla Hart-Aluni on a wing got plenty of the football and Tikesa Docherty-Cole used the football very well.

Nightcliff can be proud of its achievement in making the grand final, despite coming up against a quality Darwin Buffettes outfit in both finals the two sides contested.

Midfielder Eliza Morrison enhanced her reputation as one of the best players in the competition and Hannah Turnbull's standing as one of the league's best defenders got another big tick.

The Hatzismalis sisters, Sophie and Olivia and debutant forward Cassie McWilliam enjoyed consistent seasons and will form the backbone of Nightcliff's push for a maiden premiership in 2023.

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