NT Thunder is hoping to regroup at home in Darwin and launch itself back into the winners’ circle when it comes up against GWS in Round 9 of the NEAFL at TIO Stadium on Saturday night.
There aren’t any harder games in the NEAFL than taking on Sydney University at home.
“I get more excited than anything, just to represent the NT for one, and just to play with the talent we’ve got in the team is just awesome,” explained Alice Springs-based Jordann Hickey.
The Suns game marks a milestone for the former Richmond and Adelaide on-baller, Richard Tambling, who’ll play his 50th game for Thunder.
“I think we’re just going to try and do what we did in the first round and channel what we know we can control and what we’re good at and focus on that,” Barnett explained.
“The more time that we travel away together, spend together, play together, train together, that understanding of how each other plays and that trust and belief amongst the group will certainly continue to grow every game.”
Thunder launches its entry into the VFL W by taking its team on a road trip to Victoria to play reigning premier Darebin in Round 1, and the Falcons are no stranger to success.
Purely by the wins versus defeats figures, NT Thunder has the perfect opportunity to bounce back from last week’s loss in Round 3 of the NEAFL with a victory in Alice Springs on Saturday night.
Two NEAFL sides with unblemished records line-up against each other at TIO Stadium in Darwin on Saturday night with the scenario providing a tantalizing spectacle for footy fans.
“I just want to get better and better,” Kaine Riley said.
If the enthusiasm of newly-appointed NT Thunder vice-captain Abraham Ankers is anything to go by the Territory’s NEAFL side is in for an exciting season.
Thunder’s stocks are improved by the return of powerhouse midfielders, stalwart defenders and exciting forwards.
‘Thunder is ready to make an impact in this finals series and we’re just looking forward to doing just that on Saturday’ Head Coach Andrew Hodges
A win in this Round 21 clash and the Thunder could reclaim fourth spot on the ladder from the Gold Coast Suns and with that comes a home elimination final the following weekend.
Anything less than Thunder’s best will make it very difficult against a side brimming with talent.