In 2009, NT Thunder made history by playing its first game at state league level in the then QAFL. There have been many amazing memories formed in the ten seasons since. Plenty of highs and a few lows.
Earlier this month the club again made history, fielding a women’s side for the first time in the VFL W state league competition. What a memorable moment, our players running out convincing winners over last season’s premiers, the Darebin Falcons.
In their first hit out, the ThunderW girls were relentless in playing a familiar brand of Territory footy. Ruthless defence and exciting, fast ball movement, the style of footy our men have been renowned for over the past ten years.
This weekend we set out to make history again, for the first time, TIO Stadium will host both our VFL W and NEAFL sides. A day we can celebrate the talent of both male and female Territory footballers. There’s been an air of excitement around the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre all week, and today we set out to capitalise on it.
One of Thunder’s favourites, Richard Tambling will also play his 50th game tonight. Richie has shown great commitment to the club since signing on in 2015, making the trip from Katherine on a regular basis, and often with his family, to play a commanding role in the side.
We owe it to guys like Richie and to the great believers of Territory footy to get the win tonight. By no means will the Suns be a pushover, they’ll make us work hard for the ball and will come here looking to atone for their recent slump in form. If we work hard for one another and play our brand, then we’ll give ourselves every chance to take the four points.