13/04/2024

Waylon Davey celebrates his first goal for Palmerston Magpies. Image: Northern Territory Football League

Teenager Davey and 35 year old Eddie Betts kicked three goals each to lead the Palmerston Magpies to a convincing win over the Tiwi Bombers.

Remember the name: Waylon Davey.

Teenager Davey and 35-year-old Eddie Betts kicked three goals each to lead the Palmerston Magpies to a convincing win over the Tiwi Bombers in Round 10 of the NTFL season on Saturday afternoon.

Waylon Davey snaps an impressive third goal. Video: NT News/AFL Northern Territory

Davey, at just 15 years of age, was one of the Magpies best as Palmerston won the sapping encounter 19.12 (126) to 7.12 (54) on a hot afternoon at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

With temperatures soaring to 36 degrees in extreme humidity, the day got off to a fantastic start for Betts with the former Crow and Blue stalwart kicking his side’s first two goals of the game.

In just his second game, Davey, the nephew of Steven, Daniel, and Shannon Motlop, could have been mistaken for Betts at times, kicking three fantastic goals including two special snaps in the final term. 

From L-R: Palmerston Captain Chris Williams, Waylon Davey, and Palmerston President Russell Davey. Image: @PalmyMagpies/Instagram

Jayden Stafford was commanding in the forward line for the Magpies, working tirelessly and ending the day with six goals, including three in the final quarter.

Like Davey, in just his second match for Palmerston, Ben Gibbeson starred as he booted five impressive goals.

Not without their own highlights, the winless Tiwi Bombers lead in the first quarter but struggled throughout the remainder of the day as they remain anchored to the bottom of the NTFL ladder. 

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Former Essendon star Alwyn Davey, Eric Guthrie, and Liam Flanagan were strong throughout the day as Palmerston secured their first win since Round Three. Debutant Lochi Cross shone on the wing as his side piled on the misery for the Bombers.

Speaking after the game, best-on-ground Luke Meadows said he was happy that Palmerston was able to celebrate their first win since October.

“It was good to get the win, it was very hot out there so it was good to see the boys kick a big score and celebrate the win”, he said.

“The coach (Josh Heath) was very pleased with our four-quarter effort.”

With just two more games until the Christmas break, Palmerston will travel to Southern Districts next in an important match for both sides as they push towards a finals berth.

In other Saturday NTFL games, Waratah was able to defeat the Crocs by 21 points, whilst the Nightcliff Tigers easily disposed of Wanderers. 

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