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Football exports | Local footballers continue to shine in NTFL

By Aydin Payne

As round four of the Northern Territory Football League came to an end at the weekend, it capped a brilliant month of football for some of the Goulburn Valley stars.

There is a strong contingent of local exports plying their trade in the nation's top end, with multiple players turning heads with electric performances.

Leading the list is Goulburn Valley League and Shepparton Swans talent Jayden Clarke, who has starred in the NTFL with Southern Districts.

Clarke has booted 10 goals from four games — with a bag of six in round three — and sits inside the league's top-five leading goal-kickers.

The potent forward has wound back the clock to his junior days with Shepparton East, where he kicked more than 100 goals in a season while playing in the under-14 competition.

Unfortunately, Clarke suffered a nasty knock to his head in the round four win against Waratah and did not return after half-time.

Suiting up alongside the emerging forward is Kyabram's Tom Holman, with this year's GVL premiership star a mainstay in defence for the Crocs.

And newly signed Violet Town footballer Will Farrer has been in damaging form for the Crocs, with bags of four and three goals the highlight of his three matches this season.

Farrer is no doubt going to make supporters of the Kyabram District League club excited next season if he is able to keep cashing his cheques.

Rounding out the Southern Districts quartet is former Shepparton premiership hero and last year's Morrison Medal winner Nik Rokahr.

The VFL-listed footballer missed the opening two matches, but slotted into the line-up for the round three win against Palmerston Magpies, where he featured in the list of better players.

Meanwhile, Southern Districts’ opponent at the weekend, Waratah, featured incoming Rochester senior coach Steven Stroobants.

Like Rokahr, the spearhead forward has missed two rounds of football, but the inconsistent game time has not impacted the Tigers’ new mentor.

In the loss to the Crocs at the weekend, Stroobants helped himself to three majors, which followed his haul of four against St Mary's in round two.

Lastly, ladder-leader Nightcliff has enjoyed the services of four local footballers in its undefeated start to the season.

The Tigers have welcomed two Murray Football League A-graders to the list, with Tongala's Cam Ilett and Nathalia premiership player Bailey Bell featuring for Nightcliff.

Ilett showcased his football prowess at the weekend, as the decorated NTFL player kicked four goals in Nightcliff's 101-point win against Palmerston,

His teammate — former Congupna and Shepparton United footballer — Daniel Bowles has featured in Nightcliff's top-two better players in the past fortnight.

Seymour's Kyle Winter-Irving has fronted up in each match for the Tigers, as he continues a strong year on the field.

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