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Ex-AFL players starring in the NTFL

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The Northern Territory Football League is set to resume this weekend after a two-week long Christmas break.

A plethora of former Indigenous AFL players have featured for Territory clubs across the first period of the season.

Ex-Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Gold Coast midfielder Jed Anderson has been in sensational form, quickly establishing himself among the top echelon of players in the competition.

Anderson opted against joining his junior club the Darwin Buffaloes and instead signed with rival Southern Districts at the beginning of the season.

After a slow start, the tough midfielder has been exceptional and has averaged over 25 disposals and a goal a game for the Crocs, who sit equal top of the ladder with Waratah and St Marys.

Anderson is fresh off a 24-disposal six-goal masterclass against Wanderers in the last round before the Christmas break.

Steven Motlop has been excellent for PINT this NTFL season. (Image: AFLNT/Celina Whan)

Injury-prone ex-Geelong and Brisbane utility Nakia Cockatoo has played three games for his junior club Southern Districts and has been named in his team's best players twice.

Cockatoo's best performance was a 21-disposal, nine clearance performance against reigning premiers Waratah in Round 10.

Recently delisted Essendon player Anthony Munkara has kicked 20 goals in nine games for Waratah upon his return to the Territory competition.

Munkara starred in the opening round of the season with a best afield six goal effort in a big win over Southern Districts.

Former Geelong and Port Adelaide player Steven Motlop produced scintillating form in the backend of the pre-Christmas NTFL period for a PINT team who sit fifth on the ladder behind fourth-placed Nightcliff.

Motlop entered a purple patch of form with two best afield performances against the Tiwi Bombers in Round 8 and Palmerston in Round 9.

He had 40 disposals, including 35 kicks, against the Bombers and followed it up with a 37-disposal performance against the Magpies.

The Darwin Buffaloes sit in sixth position and have had four Indigenous ex-AFL players pull on a double-blues guernsey.

Former North Melbourne players Phoenix Spicer and Matt Campbell have been in solid form, while ex-Brisbane listed player Blake Coleman and former Port Adelaide listed player Trent Burgoyne have also played good footy.

Former Richmond rookie listed player Tiger Gibson Turner, ex-Saint Ross Tungatalum and recently retired Essendon cult figure Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti have suited up for the Tiwi Bombers, who sit seventh after an improved season.

Ex-Western Bulldogs listed player Shane Thorne and former Port Adelaide player Marlon Motlop have featured for a struggling Wanderers team who sit second-last on the ladder.


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