Assistant Coaches & Support Staff

David Crane

David Crane

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator


David grew up in Darwin and has achieved a Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning). He is also a Level 2 accredited professional coach through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. David works closely with the players to help monitor their physical wellness and workload and provide guidance with their rehabilitation and strength training.

James Debono

Defence Coach


Is the coach of the National Army side who won the 2016 Championship and has just been appointed a Senior Assistant Coach of the Palmerston Magpies Football Club for the 2016/17 NTFL season.
James is a two time premiership Captain for Collingullie. He is also a premiership player for the Banks Football Club in the NTFL Division 1 competition.

Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard

Runner/Specialist Coach


Premiership runner in Thunder’s 2011 year he does everything from running to coaching and works closely with players in specific areas of the game. He is heavily involved with Wanderers FC in the NTFL, and is a general-all-round clubman. Affectionately known as “Scrubber” he is also always happy to offer some free advice.

Tavis Perry

Forwards Coach


Started off as Thunder’s opposition-analyst while working at AFLNT. Tav has now been appointed as Senior Coach of the Palmerston Magpies and was a former player at NT Thunder and the Magpies. His overall general football knowledge well equips him to coach forward structures for the side.

Brent Renouf

Stoppage/Bench Coach


A 2008 AFL Premiership player with the Hawthorn Football Club, Brent played 68 games in total with Hawthorn and Port Adelaide Football Clubs before his career was cut short due to rupturing his patella tendon. He brings extensive football knowledge from the highest levels to NT Thunder.

Tim Weatherald

Midfield Coach


Tim enjoyed an extensive and impressive football career with Sturt and Norwood in the SANFL, playing a total of 310 games. In 2002 he won the Magarey Medal – the prize awarded to the fairest and most brilliant SANFL player. He moved to Darwin in 2014 to coach NTFL Premier League side Waratah Football Club before joining NT Thunder as a Senior Assistant Coach.
He works closely with the midfield team, imparting his extensive knowledge to the group.