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Former AFL player Jed Anderson stars in NTFL representative win

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Ex-AFL player Jed Anderson has produced a best-on-ground performance in the Northern Territory Football League representative team's win over Essendon VFL on Wednesday.

The former Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Gold Coast player relished the slippery conditions winning a mountain of contested ball for the Territory team.

Anderson claimed best-on-ground honours in the home team's 11.7 (73) to 5.11 (41) win at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

Playing through the midfield, the 29-year-old's ferocious attack on the man and the football was a huge asset for the ochre, black and white all night.

Anderson has been in excellent form upon his return to local football after an 11-year AFL career.

He surprised many Top End football supporters after opting to sign with Southern Districts instead of his junior club the Darwin Buffaloes, where his family have left an outstanding legacy.

The tough on-baller has averaged 24 disposals per game and kicked 16 goals across his 13 NTFL games this season.

His best performance was a 24-possession six-goal effort against Wanderers in Round 11.

Tiwi Bombers play Kim Kantilla showed impressive signs during last night's representative game. (Image: Essendon VFL)

Anderson is considered one of the front runners for the NTFL's Nichols Medal award and his Southern Districts team is one of the premiership favourites.

Last night's representative game was a tight tussle in the opening quarter, which saw the Territory head into the first change with a narrow three-point lead.

A four goal to zip second quarter in favour of the NTFL was the catalyst for the win with the home team using the football better and making more of their opportunities in front of goal.

It was the NTFL representative team's fourth consecutive win after claiming victories over Glenelg, Woodville West Torrens and South Fremantle in recent years.

Tiwi players Brendan Kantilla, Kim Kantilla and Karlson Kantilla all had solid moments last night during their cameos for the Bombers VFL team.

Former St Kilda player Jack Peris played his first game in red and black colours and looked lively all night, playing mainly in attack.

The NTFL women's representative team also notched up a win in a close encounter.

Heavy conditions severely restricted both team's ability to hit the scoreboard as the NTFL won 2.5 (17) to 1.4 (10).

Former AFLW player and current PINT star Jasmyn Hewett added to her impressive football resume by being judged best afield.

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