The Warriors claimed this year’s premiership title after a devastating loss in 2017. (Supplied: NTFL)
The Waratah Warriors have claimed their sixth premiership in seven years, solidifying their title as the strongest women’s team in NTFL history.
The Warriors well and truly lived up to their name on Saturday night, finishing with a 35-point lead over the Darwin Buffettes (9.5.59 to 4.0.24) in a brilliant display of tough, entertaining football.
It capped off a dominant, near flawless season in which the team only lost one match.
Coach Colleen Gwynne said the win was a culmination of a year of hard work.
“The girls have worked so hard, we’ve had a pretty decent pre-season — it feels like we’ve been preparing for this for a year,” she said.
“They put the hard work in and they got the results so [I’m] really happy.
“We’ve done this a few times now, but I think we’ll enjoy this one for a while and then start to think about next year.”
Gwynne, who also serves as the Territory’s Children’s Commissioner, stood down from her role as coach in 2016 to take up a position as an NTFL board member.
She returned last year and said she could not be more impressed with the maturity shown by the Tahs players.
“We played really well across the board, it wasn’t just one or two efforts, every player did their job today,” she said.
The team lost last year’s grand final to the Buffettes, but captain Lisa Robertson said the team were not focused on “avenging” the disappointment.
“I don’t like the word ‘avenging’,” she said.
“No-one likes to lose of course, but we just took a lot of lessons out of last year’s match and worked really hard to do our best this season.”
Coach Colleen Gwynne said the win was the culmination of a year of hard work. (Supplied: NTFL)
Robertson was among the team’s best players, and lead from the front throughout the four quarters.
But it was 17-year-old young gun Maddie Gault who caught the crowd’s attention, and was awarded the Williams Medal for best player on the ground.
She said senior players had acted as mentors to her throughout the season.
“They’ve just helped me so much they’ve supported me, they’ve taught me so much this whole year [and] I couldn’t be more grateful,” she said.
“The girls deserve this, they’ve put in so much hard work. I’m just so happy.”
Gault said she was looking forward to many days of celebrations, but due to her age, would not be enjoying the celebratory champagne.
“No, it’ll just be a lot of lemonade for me,” she said.