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.
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.