Signed/Listed players in 2018:
Joe Anderson – Last played for the NT when he was captain of the Under-18s at national level. With AFL and high-level experience in the VFL and SANFL now under his belt he will bring experience and great skill to the 2018 team.
Abraham Ankers – The sole Alice Springs representative at Thunder in 2017, Ankers had a standout year and finished equal runner-up in the Club Champion.
Rodney Baird – At 192cm the Palmerston teenager has established himself as a hard-working, agile defender and has captured the eye of the greater football public.
Patrick Boles – a mid season signing, Boles is a hardworking and fast utility/inside mid who can also play half back.
Tim Brook – New to Thunder in 2018, he is a utility who has predominantly played in defence for Southern Districts but can play further up the ground and through the midfield.
Matt Campbell – At 31-years-old, it will be ex-North Melbourne player, Campbell’s first time in a Territory jumper since representing the NT at national under 18 level.
Zane Clarke-Edwards – From Alice Springs, he is a cousin (once-removed) to former NT Thunder head coach, Xavier Clarke and is known as a quick, outside midfielder who has speed and exemplary delivery by foot.
Josh Cheek – “He sets the tone at training and even though he didn’t play too many Thunder games last year his effort and attitude is outstanding,” is what Head Coach Andrew Hodges said about the ADF member.
Jackson Cole – Another of the young prospects coming out of Central Australia, he has established himself as a reliable defender.
Thomas Davies – Davies played 18 games in his first year for Thunder in 2017 and was awarded the Most Professional Award at season’s end.
Hugo Drogemuller – On top of his 15 games and 13 goals, Drogemuller impressed in his first season with Thunder with his aerial work at contests and in his ability to cover the ground.
Sam Dyke – A solid no-nonsense defender who can play on players of varying size and rarely loses a one on one contest.
Jarred Erlandson – Played 11 games in 2017, and is a hardworking inside midfielder that embodies the type of guy we want to be involved at the Club.
Darren Ewing – ‘Boof’ has been the Club’s leading goal-kicker every year since our inception and says ‘Thunder is a great place to be’, which is why he has signed on for a tenth year.
Davin Ferreira – Played his first season on the NT Thunder senior list in 2017 averaging nearly one goal a game, will be looking for a consistent season in 2018.
Dominic Forbes – Plays for Federal in the CAFL and was awarded the 2017 Under 16 McAdam Medal for being the most valuable player in the Northern Territory Under 16 team.
Shawn Foster – Is a midfielder who can play forward, known for his relaxed demeanour, but his attack on the ball and evasive skills are impressive.
Domonic ‘Junior’ Grant – The 19-year-old is a versatile forward and outside mid who Head Coach Andrew Hodges said has shown great resilience through his setbacks.
Matt Green – The Tennant Creek local had an impressive year in 2017 with Under 18 national representative football and is an AFL Academy player.
Cameron Glover – Part of the Redtails program in Alice Springs, he has played as a hard-running halfback most of his career but has recently developed into a quick inside and outside midfielder
Jamie Hampton – Has a great ability to run and carry and make sound decisions when the ball is in hand and is another promising talent to come out of the Red Centre.
Patrick Heenan – A star with the Tiwi Bombers who can play anywhere he is put, Heenan returns for his sixth season with Thunder.
Liam Holt-Fitz – Another Tennant Creek export, Holt-Fitz is an exciting youngster whose star is on the rise.
Cameron Ilett – After announcing his retirement from Thunder last July the allure of a tenth season, awesome form in the NTFL and some coaching development has the three-time premiership winning, six-time Club Champion back for 2018.
Francis Kinthari – Hailing from Port Keats, approximately 400 kilometres southwest of Darwin, he is also commonly known as the ‘Wadeye Magician’ and is well recognised for his fast pace and a goal sense that troubles opposition players.
Kayle Kossack – One of the well known footballing Kossack brothers from Katherine, Kayle will go into his fourth season at Thunder.
Jack Long – Long missed the whole 2017 NEAFL season due to injury and a shoulder reconstruction but is a valued player.
Braedon McLean – With 28 Thunder games to his name, McLean was a dependable figure in last season’s team and deservedly finished fifth in the Club Champion.
Scott McLeod – Recognised for his positive attitude and commitment to training, McLeod was awarded the NT Thunder 2017 Clubman of the Year.
Jack Monigatti – “Jack’s a strong bodied tall who’s very mobile and competes in the ruck but also has the ability to move around the ground and get involved in the play which really excites me.”
Michael Mummery – Michael Mummery became the youngest ever player to debut for Thunder at age 15 in 2016 and will be looking forward to playing after recovering from illness.
Dion Munkara – A clever outside mid, Dion is well known for his elite foot skills and lightning speed.
Jack Munkara – Quick and agile with a light frame, he loves attacking the contest and off-field is described as having a big heart.
Kieren Parnell – Parnell has been sidelined with a bad run of injury but is a classy medium-sized midfielder who can also play either end of the ground.
Kaine Riley – A first-time Thunder player, the 2017/18 NTFL season was Riley’s fourth with Nightcliff, and one in which he asserted his dominance as a key defender who can play on both tall and small opposition.
Ben Rioli – Since debuting in 2012, Rioli quickly became a fan favourite and took no time at all to establish himself as a consistent performer and reliable team member. He’s in-line to play his 100th NT Thunder game in 2018.
Shannon Rioli – Captain of the side in 2016 and 2017, Rioli said he was looking forward to the future.
Adam Sambono – The Daly River young gun burst onto the scene in Round 1 last season after kicking six goals on debut against Aspley and his name hasn’t been forogtten since.
Tyler Saunders – A mid-season signing, Saunders is a 28-year-old on baller/ruck rover who played with SANFL club Glenelg.
Ryan Smith – Nicknamed ‘Scissors’ for his long legs, the 196cm player has played 61 games with NT Thunder since debuting in 2009.
Sam Smith – A joint runner-up with Abraham Ankers in the 2017 Club Champion, Smith, was one of only two players to represent NT Thunder in all 19 games of the 2017 NEAFL season.
Bradley Stokes – The younger brother of Jarrod, he also impresses with his pace and is known as a small defender who can shut down key forwards while creating opportunities for his team.
Jarrod Stokes – Stokes, who has played 120 Premier League games for Darwin, including a superb best-on-ground performance in the 2017/18 NTFL Grand Final, played three senior games for Thunder as a 17-year-old in 2012.
Sam Talbot – The 28-year old played 17 games in 2017 to take his Thunder games tally to 32, which leaves him on track for his 50th game in 2018 with all things going to plan.
Richard Tambling – A well-respected leader and one of NT Thunder’s favourites, Tambling is in line to play his 50th game for the Club after re-signing.
Ross Tungatalum – Often referred to as the ‘human highlights reel’, Tungatalum kicked 55 goals in 17 NEAFL games in 2011 to become a premiership player for the Club and is a thrilling inclusion for this year’s team.
Patrick White – NT Thunder Head Coach Andrew Hodges described 22-year-old White as a versatile forward who is handy in front of goal and also has the ability to rotate through the midfield.
Chris Williams – The first ‘new’ face to be added to the 2018 NEAFL list, Williams has played the past two NTFL seasons with the Darwin Buffaloes and his commitment to the program so far has thoroughly impressed Andrew Hodges.
Phillip Wills – A 50-game player for the Club, Wills is a highly respected leader and popular figure in Territory football.
Shaun Wilson – A member of the 2010 NT Thunder team who played 10 games and kicked seven goals, 26-year-old Wilson’s commitment has come off the back of a consistent season with Nightcliff in the NTFL.
Players from 2017 list who have departed the Club:
Justin Beugelaar – To play country Victoria
Lachlan Collihole – Moved to Victoria
Michael Coombes – Moved to Victoria
Lochlan Dhurrkay – Listed for Geelong Cats VFL
Michael Hagan – Moved to Queensland
Tony Olango – Drafted as a rookie to West Coast Eagles
Jack Shannahan – To play country Victoria
Ryan Smith – Retired
Neil Vea Vea – Seeking opportunities at Glenelg
Daniel Weetra – Seeking opportunities at Glenelg
Damian Williams – Not playing
Nick Yarran – Seeking opportunities at Claremont