Shepparton News

Tigers are Baksh with a bang

- By AYDIN PAYNE

Chris Baksh and his Nightcliff charges have taken the first step forward on their path toward immortalit­y.

The Tigers secured their first win of the Northern Territory Football League season at the weekend with a comfortabl­e 35-point triumph over Waratah.

It lifts Baksh’s outfit into fourth spot as it hunts an eye-watering fourth consecutiv­e premier men’s premiershi­p.

Baksh, a Picola product, would have been pleased with how his Tigers performed.

Tongala and NTFL star Cam Ilett booted three majors, while Deniliquin’s Nick Howe and Mansfield’s Ryan Nyhuis provided support in the 12.12 (84) to 7.7 (49) win.

The round two victory was a brilliant way to bounce back from Nightcliff’s opening round loss to St Mary’s.

Talented forward Nick Yarran helped St Mary’s prevail over Wanderers.

Yarran, who played four games for Lancaster this year, slotted a goal in the dominant 13.14 (92) to 6.8 (44) win.

Former Numurkah talent Tom Motlop battled hard for the

Wanderers in the loss.

In the premier women’s competitio­n, two of the region’s exports were unable to lift their side over the line in round two action.

Nathalia’s Gemma Cusack and Waaia’s Cassandra Henderson tried their best for Pint in a 19-point loss to St Mary’s.

The 4.4 (28) to 6.11 (47) defeat is Pint’s first hiccup in its title defence.

Meanwhile, Pint continued on its winning way at division one level.

Tatura forward Matt Ryan banged home three majors in Pint’s 105-point demolition of St Mary’s.

Ryan’s Tatura teammate Andrew Ciavarella provided strong support in the thrashing.

Pint sits on top of the table with an unbeaten record from the opening two rounds.

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