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The Tiwi Islands Football League is an Australian rules football competition in the Tiwi Islandsmarker, Northern Territorymarker, Australia.Australian Rules football is the most popular sport on the Tiwi Islands.The Grand Final of the TIFL is broadcast each year on ABC Northernmarker and more recently, nationally on ABC2.

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Action from thde 2005 TIFL Grand Final.


The Tiwi Islands Grand Final is an event held in March each year that attracts up to 3,000 spectators and is a tourist attraction for the Northern Territorymarker. The Tiwi Australian Football League has 900 participants out of a community of about 2600, the highest football participation rate in Australia (35%). Tiwi footballers are renknowned for exquisite one touch skills. Many of the players have a preference for participating barefoot. Many of the male players also play for the St Marys Football Club in Darwinmarker's Northern Territory Football League.

Results

Wet Season Grand Final

1969/70 Tapalinga def. Pumaralli (scores not known)

1970/71 Irrimaru 15.6 (96) def. Pumaralli 9.14 (68)

1972/73 Imalu def. Tapalinga by 55 points (scores not known)

1973/74 Imalu 12.8 (80) def. Pumaralli 8.5 (53)

1974/75 Tuyu 11.8 (74) def. Imalu 10.13 (73)

1975/76 Pumaralli 13.16 (94) def. Tuyu 8.12 (60)

1976/77 Tapalinga 12.6 (78) def. Pumaralli 10.9 (69)

1977/78 Pumaralli 14.15 (99) def. Imalu 10.9 (69)

1978/79 Imalu 25.15 (165) def. Tapalinga 2.3 (15)

1979/80 Pumaralli 10.16 (76) def. Taracumbi 7.10 (52)

1980/81 Imalu 12.12 (84) def. Pumaralli 12.7 (79)

1981/82 Imalu 20.8 (128) def. Tapalinga 8.18 (66)

1982/83 Tapalinga 18.17 (125) def. Pumaralli 19.5 (119)

1983/84 Imalu 16.13 (109) def. Tapalinga 15.16 (106)

1984/85 Imalu 14.10 (94) def. Irrimaru 7.13 (55)

1985/86 Imalu 21.3 (129), Tapalinga 19.15 (129) DRAW

1985/86 Tapalinga 24.12 (156) def. Imalu 22.3 (135) REPLAY

1986/87 Tapalinga 22.7 (139) def. Pumaralli 16.13 (109)

1987/88 Tapalinga 18.13 (121) def. Imalu 14.14 (98)

1988/89 Imalu 18.9 (117) def. Taracumbi 11.17 (83)

1989/90 Imalu 23.22 (160) def. Taracumbi 14.11 (95)

1990/91 Tapalinga 14.9 (93) def. Imalu 12.8 (80)

1991/92 Imalu 19.5 (119) def. Tuyu 12.10 (82)

1992/93 Imalu 15.8 (98) def. Irrimaru 9.11 (65)

1993/94 Imalu 22.25 (157) def. Tuyu 14.5 (89)

1994/95 Tuyu 15.12 (102) def. Irrimaru 11.11 (77)

1995/96 Imalu 17.9 (111) def. Tuyu 10.12 (72)

1996/97 Irrimaru 13.6 (84) def. Imalu 12.6 (78)

1997/98 Tapalinga 17.7 (109) def. Pumaralli 11.5 (71)

1998/99 Imalu 9.8 (62) def. Ranku 3.6 (24)

1999/00 Pumarrali 8.6 (54) def. Tuyu 6.12 (48)

2000/01 Ranku 12.7 (79) def. Taracumbi 9.7 (61)

2001/02 Tuyu 7.8 (50) def. Tapalinga 6.6 (42)

2002/03 Pumaralli 11.10 (76) def. Muluwurri 7.10 (52)

2003/04 Tapalinga 10.10 (70) def. Imalu 9.6 (60)

2004/05 Tuyu 12.9 (81) def. Muluwurri 10.3 (63)

2005/06 Pumarrli 7.7 (49) def. Muluwurri 6.8 (44)

2006/07 Muluwurri 25.6 (156) def. Imalu 12.4 (76)

2007/08 Imalu 12.9 (81) def. Tapalinga 10.8 (68)

2008/09 Tapalinga 12.9 (81) def. Imalu 11.7 (73)

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History

Br. John Pye and Br. Andy Howley introduced Australian rules football to Bathurst and Melville islands in 1941.

The locals quickly took to the game and the first dedicated ground was built in 1942.

In 1944 the first games consisting of a full complement of 18 players and matches according to the rule book were played.

In 1954, the St Mary's Football Club began enlisting Tiwi servicemen, and in the following year with the assistance of a majority of Tiwi players won the NTFL premiership.

In the 1960s, the most talented export of the TIFL, David Kantilla had a successful career in the NTFL, which reached a peak when he later became a professional player in the South Adelaide Football Club (SANFL) premiership ruckman, and winning leading goal kicking and Best and Fairest awards at the club. The league's top goalkicking award was later named after him.

The 1969/1970 Wet Season saw the first season of the TIFL, with 5 teams competing: Pumarali, Tapalinga, Imalu, Tuyu and Irrimaru.

In 1982, Tiwi Maurice Rioli won the Norm Smith Medal for the Richmond Football Club, becoming one of the first Tiwis to succeed in the VFL/AFL. Michael Long was later to do the same in 1993. Adam Kerinaiua played 3 games for the Brisbane Bears in 1992. Malcolm Lynch is a more recent product of the Tiwi Islands playing the AFL. Although these players were not from the TIFL, the success of these players in the elite Australian competition did much to boost the popularity of Australian Rules amongst the local Tiwi Islanders.

In 2006, it was announced that a Tiwi Islands Football Club would join the Northern Territory Football League initially known as the "Super Tiwis". The team began 2006 season as the "Tiwi Bombers".

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