Stars re­turn to strengthen Thun­der for Sharks

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NT THUN­DER re­gains the ser­vices of tall tim­ber Hugo Dro­gemuller, star de­fender Justin Beuge­laar and speedy small Jake Roe-Dug­gan for to­day’s NEAFL away clash against South­port at Fankhauser Re­serve.

Roe-Dug­gan, who first played for the Thun­der in 2015, re­turns af­ter a year off, while Dro­gemuller re­turns from fam­ily com­mit­ments, and Beuge­laar from sus­pen­sion.

Mak­ing way for the three in­clu­sions is Jonathan Peris (ham­string) and Michael Coombes (con­cus­sion), with Ankin Ab­bott and Scott McLeod to travel as the Thun­der’s emer­gen­cies.

Coach An­drew Hodges said his team was look­ing to con­tinue its good form af­ter an im­pres­sive 30-point win over Gold Coast last week.

The Thun­der is fifth on the lad­der with three wins and three losses, while the Sharks are last with one vic­tory.

“We are still look­ing to play a full four quar­ters, which we need to do if we want to chal­lenge top-five sides,” Hodges said.

“We ex­e­cuted a lot bet­ter (against the Suns) than what we had been.

“Our in­ten­sity and com­mit­ment on the foot­ball was at the level it needs to be.

“The level of pres­sure we ap­plied to the op­po­si­tion was what we’re af­ter and we’re just look­ing to try and do that con­sis­tently week-in, week-out.”

On South­port, the coach said the chal­lenge would be fo­cus­ing on get­ting an im­por­tant win away from home.

“South­port are a very good side,” he said. “We al­ways have very good matches against them and any away game is al­ways a very big chal­lenge no mat­ter who you play.

“So we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to have to be on our game.”

“We’re def­i­nitely go­ing to have to be on our game” THUN­DER COACH AN­DREW HODGES

Gun de­fender Justin Beuge­laar will re­turn for the NT Thun­der in their match to­day

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