Coach’s Column Round 10

03.06.16 16:02

After a disappointing loss last weekend in Alice Springs against the Redland Bombers there were still some positives to come out of the game.

Daly Shannon played his first senior game and found the footy, Alice Springs young gun Dylan Barry also made his senior debut in front of family and friends and looked dangerous at times.

Jack Long made his return to the Club and was one of our better players on the day.

Justin Beugelaar’s return from a broken hand was a positive one and Luke Bath’s presence in the midfield after returning from an ankle injury gave us some quality clearances around the ground.

Tonight presents another opportunity and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Good teams don’t shy away from what’s in front of them, they attack it head on and this is what our focus is this weekend.

The one thing that will be important for us as a team is that we stick to the things that we know work for us, we can’t reinvent the wheel overnight but we can reinforce what we are capable of.

With seven changes to the side, we welcome back skipper Shannon Rioli, Cameron Ilett, Richard Tambling, Matthew Rosier and Jared Brennan who will all strengthen and add more depth to our midfield.

The other day I read an article about recruiting staff into your business and one quote stood out; ‘Hire for passion first, experience second and credentials third’. This is no different when you’re recruiting players and staff into your football team. For us, when our players pull on that Thunder jumper it’s their passion, they want to be here, they want to be a team that has a crack and they want to do their family, friends and the NT football community proud.

There may be some bumps along the way but we ride them together.

Get down to TIO from 3:00pm to watch the Women’s Lightning Series and stick around for first bounce at 6:30pm to support your team.

Go Thunder!