Coach’s Column Round 14

01.07.16 16:21

Coming off the bye last week with a strong win against the Brisbane Lions was a great result for us. But in footy you don’t get the luxury to sitaround and bathe in your glory! Come 9:30pm last Saturday our focus

Come 9:30pm last Saturday our focus immediately shifted to our Round 14 clash against the Sydney Swans at
the SCG.

It doesn’t get much bigger for some of our players, getting the opportunity to play on a first-class ground like the SCG on a Saturday afternoon, in a curtain-raiser to a big AFL game.

It gives us a chance to mix it with the best, to see how we rate against the competition leaders. These are guys who are pushing to make it onto a senior AFL list, a number of whom are fulltime athletes. It’s easy

It’s easy to be intimidated but I have confidence in our game style and the 23 players that will represent the Club in today’s game. Benny

Benny Rioli makes his return along with Michael Hagan and Jack Shannahan, all players who use the ball well and are pivotal in mounting our attack.

Darren Ewing has found some good form, kicking 16 goals in his last two games and is being used to school young defenders, whose coaches are keen to pair them against a traditional full-forward type. Cameron Ilett

Cameron Ilett and Jared Brennan are getting better as the season goes on, their experience is leading the way, while our backline looks confident and settled with Raph Clarke and Justin Beugelaar taking charge.

This weekend while everyone back home celebrates the Top End and all that makes the Territory so special, we aim to bring Territory style footy to the SCG.

We hope our return home brings us the four points and just reward for the hard work we’ve been putting in.

Go Thunder!