No football club would be able to operate without the amazing support staff and volunteers who make a significant contribution. I’m lucky to witness first-hand the long hours of dedication and hard work by all, allowing the club to put out a side each week.
Coaches, medical, team managers, hydration technicians otherwise known as water runners, strength and conditioning and timekeepers all doing a mountain of work and giving up countless hours to support the club. They are the utmost professionals who give their all, and we’re lucky to have plenty of them right across the NT.
Again, this week, another talented young Territorian will make his debut for NT Thunder in the NEAFL. Centralian Dom Forbes will run out alongside fellow Alice Springs training partner Abe Ankers for the first time in senior Thunder colours. Both lads are good mates, and I’m excited to see Dom’s talents go to work this weekend.
Dom has earned the opportunity through his hard work and dedication, a strong contributor at the academy level this year. I always admire the work all our players put in on a weekly basis, for players in Central Australia the extra travel and nights away from home to play at this level is a fantastic effort. Matt Rosier, Abe Ankers and many other great players from the region have made the same commitment in past years.
Now young Forbes can add his name alongside those great players to represent NT Thunder. He’s about to embark on a journey that will have its challenges, however with Abe mentoring him through the journey, as Rosier did for him, he will learn from one of the best. The lessons he will receive on preparation for travel, staying away from home and still performing at your best will be priceless.
I’m excited this weekend to have another four of our Academy Under 18 players in our NEAFL side. Between them and the volunteers, the future of the club is in great hands.