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Tiwi Bombers record third consecutive win

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The Tiwi Bombers have continued their winning ways after notching a third consecutive victory in the Northern Territory Football League competition on the weekend.

The Bombers 16.14 (110) were far too strong for an accurate Palmerston 9.1 (55) on Saturday at TIO Stadium.

Former South Adelaide player Kim Kantilla was at his electric best kicking five goals and being named among his team's best players.

Experienced heads Sam Darley and Patrick Heenan were excellent while Jerome Tipuamantumirri, Damien Dunn and Michael Thompson were shining lights in the 55-point win.

The Bombers have been the Top End competition's big improvers in 2023/24 and have won three on the trot for the first time in four years.

In the last game before the NTFL's Christmas break, the Bombers recorded the upset of the season with a six-point win over one of the premiership favourites in St Mays on Stanley Tipiloura Oval on Wurrumiyanga.

Before the Saints game, the Bombers thrashed Wanderers by 73 points in what was the club's biggest win since the 2018/19 season.

With the pandemic and various lockdown measures playing a factor, Tiwi went through two seasons failing to register a win and looked on the brink of folding at times.

Former Essendon star Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has returned to the Tiwi Bombers this NTFL season. (Image: AFLNT/Tymunna Clements)

The club had a breakthrough victory against PINT last season and scored a major coup with the announcement of former AFL player Patrick Bowden as coach during the pre-season.

Despite some uncertain periods during the opening half of last Saturday's win against Palmerston, Bowden told the NT News he was happy with his team's performance.

"We took a while to warm up, but went in the right way knowing we had to play well in the first half to keep them under control, and then we finished off really well," he said.

Bowden also told the NT News that he hopes his team can continue building on the momentum they have created since December.

"We need to sustain momentum from here, we need to stick together as a group and keep on enjoying football," he said.

"If we can do that I think we can catch up with some of the top teams, but the next few weeks will be really difficult so it's about we prepare for those matches."

Former Greater Western Sydney and Western Bulldogs player Sam Darley has established himself as one of the competition's best ball winners, averaging over 32 disposals per game among providing invaluable leadership for the team's younger players.

Skipper Brendan Kantilla has been in exceptional form averaging more than 23 disposals per game and registering 11 goals in eight games whilst the form of NTFL newcomers Thaddeus Puautjimi and Karlson Kantilla has been positive for the club.

The Bombers now sit in seventh position on the NTFL ladder, just one game behind the Darwin Buffaloes.


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