NT Thunder’s opening round loss sent it to the bottom of the ladder, which it’ll be keen to quickly rise from, while Uni’s win over Aspley put them in third position on the ladder.
A new-look side under new-look coaching will take to the field at TIO Stadium in Darwin against Brisbane on Saturday night.
In its first year in the VFL W, in it’s first year in existence, Thunder will play in the finals with the intention of extending the fairytale until the very end.
“I’ve honestly never seen a debut like that at Thunder level,” Tambling said.
When NT Thunder runs onto the field at TIO Stadium to take on Southport in Round 20 of the NEAFL this Saturday, it’ll be the club’s last home game of the season.
With the bye in next week’s final round, Thunder will be keen to defeat the Hawks to avoid any possibility of missing out on the double chance come finals time.
The evidence suggests that if NT Thunder can keep gun Redland forward Matt Hammelmann to seven goals or less, then it will win the two teams’ Round 19 clash at TIO Stadium on Saturday night.
There have been many memorable games of footy played at Victoria Park and this weekend NT Thunder has the chance to write its own significant chapter.
“I’ve just been having so much fun, it’s what footy’s all about at the end of the day and hopefully we can keep Thunder going for years to come.”
Close to securing its sixth consecutive finals appearance, Aspley will provide some tough opposition when it travels to Darwin this weekend to take on NT Thunder in Round 17 of the NEAFL.
Alice Springs will host its first ever VFL W game on Saturday when NT Thunder welcomes the Casey Demons to TIO Traeger Park for Round 12.
NT Thunder will be hoping to inflict a fourth-straight loss on Richmond when the two sides meet at the Swinburne Centre in Round 11 of the VFL W on Saturday afternoon.
For Saturday night’s return clash against the Canberra Damons in Round 16, Thunder will surely be hoping for Darwin’s TIO Stadium to be at its hot and humid best.
A 12-point win over Redland last weekend has kept NT Thunder’s hopes of making the NEAFL finals alive, but in Round 15 on Saturday it faces a team sometimes known as The Bloods, which is seeking out its ninth victim in a row.
“Our tackling has been one of our strengths this season and it probably did drop off the past couple of weeks for whatever reason,” Foley said, “but when a side’s got the ball and you’re onto them they can’t do much with it so that was a good highlight for us on the weekend.”