Sunday Territorian : 2018-12-16

SPORT : 53 : 53


SPORT 53 SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 2018 Nightcliff outguns St Mary’s GREY MORRIS NIGHTCLIFF V ST MARY’S NIGHTCLIFF’S search for an elusive Premier League flag took another leap forward last night when it beat a brave St Mary’s side by 37 points. Blake Grewar and 150gamer Cameron Ilett were dominant players in the 12.9 (81) to 6.8 (44) win that lifted Nightcliff to nine wins from 11 matches, level on points with reigning premiers Southern Districts but 14 percentage points away from top spot. Nightcliff applied two types of pressure to St Mary’s in the first half and both worked – physical and perceived. The Saints players were forced into hurried kicks or handballs when in possession and knew they had to play one-touch football when the ball was in dispute. Any fumble or half-hearted tackle was dealt with severely by the hard-working Tigers, who put their bodies on the line and booted four goals in the first term and another three in the second to lead by an even four goals at half time. Ilett in his milestone game was inspiratio­nal, copping some heavy treatment from his former teammates. Another good contributo­r in the game-setting first half was Grewar, resplenden­t in his lime green boots and possessed with quick hands and long kicking that found teammates in space on several occasions. Goals from Jack Musgrove and an unlikely source in defender Jack Long gave St Mary’s some hope in the allimporta­nt third quarter. The odds may have been stacked against them in the 81 44 NIGHTCLIFF 4.1 7.5 9.6 12.9 ST MARY’S 3.1 3.5 5.8 6.8 BEST B Grewar C Ilett P Wills M Bricknell S Wilson N Paredes B Rioli B Taylor R Clarke T Saunders Nightcliff: St Mary’s: GOALS M Bricknell 4 B Grewar 2 T Melville 2 S Wilson 2 P Wills H Williams J Musgrove 2 Brayden Rioli J Long M Liddy N Paredes Nightcliff: St Mary’s: UMPIRES L Kendrick, B Morcom, L Hutt first three quarters, including an ankle injury to brilliant small man Maurice Rioli Jr that robbed them of muchneeded drive around the packs, but the courage and pride of the 32-time NTFL premier remained intact. Nathaniel Paredes and Ben Rioli led from the front with hard running and strong bodywork at the contests and Raphael Clarke was tough and reliable across half back. Nightcliff’s scoring options meant they always went forward with confidence, Matt Bricknell and Trent Melville booting six goals between them and Grewar providing a third option. Goals by the courageous Phillip Wills, Grewar and Bricknell put the seal on a performanc­e that may have set Nightcliff up for a serious tilt at their first senior flag since 1965. RACING T TONIGH TO COME DOWN TRACK THE TEAR THIS VOUCHER OUT FOR ONE FREE ADULT ENTRY ON ANY RACE NIGHT. 89843167 15 HOOK ROAD WINNELLIE • Children under 18 free as well as seniors • Great entertainm­ent so bring the whole family along or a group of mates • Full TAB and Bar Facilities with our resident Bookmaker also on track • Air-conditione­d restaurant area with quality meals available • There is always a chance to pat a greyhound after the race to say well done Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer is fighting fit Email for more details Picture: MICHAEL KLEIN V1 - NTNE01Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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