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Nightcliff Winning On And Off The Field

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After the opening 11 Rounds of the 2019/20 TIO NTFL season, Nightcliff Football Club retain top spot in the Big Club division of the Statewide Super NTFL Club of the Year Award with 43.5 points.

Palmerston have moved up to second place, sitting only 25 points behind the leaders.

Southern Districts are sitting third in the race for the $5,000 prize money with St Mary’s moving down the leaderboard from third into fourth.

Rounding out the Big Club division is Darwin, Waratah and Wanderers in fifth, sixth and seventh position respectively.

In the Small Club division, last season’s winning club, Tiwi Bombers, are back in top spot with 73.5 points looking to claim the $2,500 prize money, four and a half points clear of PINT who retain second place. Both teams are boosted by strong on field performance and no poor behaviour point deductions.

Early leaders Banks, have moved into third position 20 points clear of Jabiru who are sitting on 30 points while University, Big River Hawks and Tracy Village trail the pack.

Points for coach registrations will be are calculated based on the number of registered coaches before December 31 2019 and these points will be added to each club’s tally in the new year.

All teams playing in Under 14 competitions and above are included in the calculations of the scores added to their club’s total points tally.

This season there is also the addition of $1,000 up for grabs for the Most Improved Club which will be awarded to a team with the highest points growth from the NTFL 2018/19 to 2019/20 season.

Manager of Community Football and Club Development Emily Wastle-Hopkins said with seven rounds remaining in the season, any club can steal top spot.

“The way we calculate the points allows all clubs to compete on an even playing field, with points awarded for completing business plans, coach registrations and other club development sessions.

“It is not just about clubs on field performance, but the reward is there for clubs who have strong procedures and policies, and positive on field behaviour thus reducing the chances for points to be deducted.

“There are still seven rounds remaining, it’s any clubs game!” She said.

Click here to see the full leaderboard in both divisions as at the end of Round 11.