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.
Four NEAFL players require fitness test before becoming available for the Round 6 selection, while few women carry some niggling injuries heading into Round 1.
“There’s no better time than against the reigning premiers in Southport,” Ben Rioli said.
A first-quarter blowout has seen NT Thunder soundly beaten by Gold Coast in NEAFL’s Round 5, eventually losing by 70 points.
The most pleasing aspect of the early part of the 2019 NEAFL season from a coach’s perspective has been seeing some of our young and new players grab their opportunities.
NT Thunder welcomes co-captain Shannon Rioli for his first game in 2019 as the team looks to make it two wins on Saturday night in Darwin.
Two injuries added after Round 4 while the other boys continue to improve and with any luck, the coaches will have a full, healthy squad to select from in the next few weeks.
At 172 centimetres and 71 kilograms, Abraham Ankers isn’t the biggest player getting around the NEAFL, but he still makes his presence felt and rarely more so than when he helped propel NT Thunder to its first victory of the season over Redland in Round 4 on Saturday.
NT Thunder has climbed off the bottom of the NEAFL ladder with an exhilarating 25-point victory over Redland in Round 4, and in doing so claimed its eighth ANZAC Day clash victory.
The values that our ANZACs and all of our service men and women live by every day; courage, mateship, perseverance and sacrifice are values that our players can hopefully take a lot from.
It will be the ninth year in a row that Thunder and Redland play in the ANZAC Clash, with Thunder debuting Ben Taylor for the occasion.
Three players will undergo fitness tests before they are declared available for Round 4.
Templeton said the week’s events are a reminder of the sacrifices others have made through history.
In good news, some of the injuries have come off the list in Hugo Doregmuller, Josiah Farrer and Ben Taylor while minor one-week injuries have been added.