Charlie Deegan

Revenge and redemption on the agenda for Thunder

30.07.19 15:33

After three weeks of horror, Thunder has the chance to save it’s VFLW season and it starts this Sunday in Geelong.

The Thunder players have been feeling flat after last Saturday’s smashing at Ballarat, but Charlie Deegan believes their luck can change.

“It’s been disappointing the last couple of weeks with no wins,” she said. “But we are hoping to turn it around this week and hopefully play some good footy.”

The Western Bulldogs brought in a plethora of talent last Saturday against a weaker Thunder side which led to the one-sided affair. If Thunder are to bounce back, they need to bring in the cavalry.

“Tayla Thorn was out injured,” Deegan said. “She should be back this week along with a few AFLW players that are available to return.”

Thunder hasn’t seen Geelong since the elimination finals of 2018. The Cats walked away victorious that day as Thunder had to bid farewell to a fine season.

Now Thunder has the chance to redeem themselves as some players are keen for some payback. However, Deegan knows Thunder must be desperate.

“We have to be more competitive at the contest and more cleaner with our execution,” she said. “We have to be desperate and put our best foot forward. Hopefully, we get the win before the bye so we can earn our week off. Also, Geelong is in a similar spot to us, so we have to take this opportunity to take it to them and play four quarters of football.”

Originally from Broome, Deegan has been travelling long and hard for the past two years. From local league to NTFLW to VFLW, Deegan has many feathers to put in her cap.

“I moved up here last year from Broome,” she said. “I started playing with the Crocs (Southern Districts) and got all the way to the Grand Final. Now I’m playing for Thunder and I’m enjoying it every week.”

Normally Thunder’s season would be over if the VFLW finals contained a top-four finals fixture. Luckily, the system has changed and now a top-six fixture has been set for this year’s 2019 VFLW finals.

Collingwood, the Southern Saints, and the Western Bulldogs are almost a lock for the top three on the ladder. Melbourne Uni and Richmond look likely for fourth and fifth place, but the sixth spot is still uncertain.

NT are currently in eighth place and with only three games left, the battle for the sixth spot is between Hawthorn, Geelong, and NT Thunder.

Hawthorn are in good form but their run home is tough. They must face Melbourne Uni, Casey Demons, Southern Saints, and Collingwood.

Geelong has an easier run but are lacking consistency. They play NT Thunder, Melbourne Uni, Williamstown, and Carlton.

Thunder’s challenge lies with three very good teams.

Geelong and Casey are very winnable games in the next two weeks but then they must take on Melbourne Uni at their home ground.

Statistically, Thunder could win two of the three games and Hawthorn and Geelong could tank. Logically, Thunder must win every game not just to make finals but build some momentum as they head to the end of 2019.