Ethan Liddle and Joel Jeffrey are in line to be the latest NT youngsters to debut for the NT Thunder senior side when it takes on Redland in the AFL curtain-raiser in Darwin on Saturday afternoon.
Jade De Melo and Josiah Farrer just need to pass their respective fitness tests in order to be ready for selection this week.
NT Thunder gets another opportunity to lift itself off the bottom of the NEAFL ladder this weekend when it hosts Redland in Round 9 at TIO Stadium.
Thunder got to within 14 points of the Demons in the final term, but just couldn’t bridge the gap created by a one-sided opening term.
The ups and downs that are part of football are a constant challenge, and that would be a good way to describe our last month.
Richard Tambling could be a surprise return for Thunder, while Cohen Thiele and Nigel Lockyer become the latest debutants.
The men’s injury list grows with a few more bumps, bruises and annoyances while the women get through mostly unscathed and should be ready to go after the bye.
Thunder hosts Canberra at TIO Stadium on Saturday night and is only one more victory behind the Demons, who are in eighth place and out of the top six by percentage.
Thunder followed up its brave 11-point defeat to ladder leader Southport last week by succumbing to a 79-point sting by the Aspley Hornets in NEAFL’s Round 7.
David Johnson, Braedon McLean, Jacob Templeton and Ross Tungatalum return for the big game against Aspley with four players missing due to injury.
NT Thunder added a few names to the NEAFL injury list after the weekend but nothing too serious, while Tahlia Holtze was the only key concern following the VFLW team’s win in Round 1.
NT Thunder has the perfect opportunity to lift itself off the bottom of the NEAFL ladder on Saturday night when it hosts Aspley in Round 7 at TIO Stadium in Darwin.
Thunder’s strong performance was built on the foundations of relentless defence by its back six under pressure from Southport’s fancied on ball division.
It’s an old saying; ‘a week is a long time in football’, but never has there been a more accurate statement.
NT Thunder prepares for its third away game this season against the in-form Southport Sharks at Fankhauser Reserve on Saturday.