Patrick Boles and Ross Tungatalaum

Rocco and Boles with Thunder

31.01.19 15:42

NT Thunder has added more talent to its plan of attack by securing the services of Patrick Boles and Ross ‘Rocco’ Tungatalum.

Both members of the 2018 squad, Boles was a late addition to the list as a mid-season signing and made an immediate impact in the nine games he played.

Overcoming a groin injury, he has established himself as a consistent performer for the Darwin Buffaloes this NTFL season.

The 25-year-old can play as both an inside contested midfielder or an outside, hard running one, and brings with him SANFL experience after spending seven years with North Adelaide before relocating to Darwin last year.

No stranger to the club, Tungatalum is a 2011 premiership player with Thunder and was inducted into the Team of the Decade off the back of his ‘human highlights reel’ approach to football.

2019 will be the Tiwi Islander’s fourth season with the club, where he will look to better the 23 games and 70 goals he has amassed so far.

The 28-year-old has been in blistering form for the Tiwi Bombers this NTFL season, with his 34 goals in 12 games currently placing him in second spot on the leading goalkicker list for the Men’s Premier League.

NT Thunder Head Coach Darren Reeves said he was confident Tungatalum would hit the ground running with Thunder.

“A player of Rocco’s calibre is always a delight to coach; he has natural talent and a flair for doing the unthinkable.

“After such a strong first year with Thunder, where he won the premiership and was awarded the 2011 NEAFL Rising Star it’s always going to be difficult to back it up, but we have great confidence in the work Tiwi Bombers General Manager Leigh Crossman is doing and with Rocco’s commitment to better himself.

“We won’t change the plan up too much with Rocco, as we will look to keep him playing forward with short bursts further up the ground,” he said.

On Boles, Reeves said it was great to have his professionalism back at the club.

“We’ve been really pleased with Bolesy’s form over the past few weeks; he looks like he has got himself into great physical shape.

“He’s at the right age to be an important part of our midfield and build on establishing himself as a mentor to the younger players around the club,” he said.