The messages this week will in part be linked to Shannon Rioli’s 100th NT Thunder games.
The message to the playing group this week has been simple, we need an improved effort and attitude.
Getting a win at home for our Alice boys in the side is extremely important to us.
With the mid-season bye out of the way, we face one of our toughest challenges this week against the Canberra Demons.
They do a fantastic job and the opportunity to get a mental recovery at this time of the season is invaluable.
Round 10’s clash with Sydney University presents an opportunity for our younger group to step up.
Our effort and attitude define who we are, and what we want to achieve.
It was pleasing for our coaching group to finally see the consistent message pay off last week.
Last week’s loss was one we couldn’t afford to have.
Only percentage separates us and the Demons on the ladder, we are both sitting two wins and two losses after Round 5.
The young Thunder brigade are eager to make an impact within the side and have so far shown positive signs to suggest it’s possible.
The players over the past week have been extremely focused on regaining some respect after their last performance.
As disappointing as the loss was, we had some very positive signs to take out of the game.
This week’s opponent, the Brisbane Lions Reserves are a polished outfit with numerous top 30 AFL draft picks from last year.
Of the 47 players on our list, 36 have come through the NT Thunder talent pathways.