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NTFL rep team set for Essendon clash

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A handful of Indigenous stars from the Northern Territory will get the opportunity to show their wares against Essendon's VFL team in tomorrow night's representative clash.

The highest profile name for the Northern Territory Football League representative team is former AFL player Jed Anderson, who has been named in the centre for the Territory Buffaloes.

The ex-Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Gold Coast midfielder has been starring upon his return to the local competition averaging 25 disposals per game for Southern Districts.

Experienced Wanderers defender Braedon McLean has been named in a back pocket after his strong season in Blue and Gold colours.

Creative forward-midfielder Nick Yarran will represent the Territory again after a strong season with his new club the Darwin Buffaloes.

One of the NTFL's best big men in Arnold Kirby has also earned himself a guernsey after a dominant start to the season that has saw him average 20 disposals and 28 hit-outs per game.

Nightcliff young gun Adrian Scott has been rewarded for his excellent season so far while Southern Districts forward Stanley Waistcoat has been named as an emergency.

Jed Anderson has been in outstanding form for Southern Districts this season. (Image: AFLNT)

Reigning NTFL premiership coach Ryan Ayres will lead the Territory team with Shannon Rusca, Shannon Motlop and Chris Baksh as his assistants.

Territorian and former St Kilda player Jack Peris has been named for Essendon after signing with the club earlier this month.

The 20-year-old had recently spent the pre-Christmas period training with the Gold Coast Suns in the hope of being selected as a Supplementary Selection Player.

Jermarl Daly will also get an opportunity for the Bombers after producing brilliant football for Sunraysia Football League club Ouyen United last year.

The Territory representative team are expected to enter as favourites off the back of three consecutive victories against Glenelg, Woodville West Torrens and South Fremantle in recent years.

However, a number of key players for the Territory team have opted to miss the game in favour of focussing on club footy due to the tricky Wednesday night timeslot.

The silky-skilled Marika Carlton headlines a talented group of players named for the NTFL Women's representative team.

Carlton created headlines nationwide last year after claiming four major individual awards last NTFL season.

The Palmerston Magpies star won both the NTFL's U16 Girls and U18 Girls competition best-and-fairest awards, while also collecting best-on-ground honours in both of her team's premiership wins.

Tatyana Perry, ex-AFL player Janet Baird and Molly Althouse are other names to keep an eye on for the Territory women's team.


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