Thun­der sees win over Swans as start on road to re­demp­tion


NT Thun­der will aim to rise from the ashes of its worst ever los­ing streak by win­ning its se­cond con­sec­u­tive game against the Syd­ney Swans at TIO Sta­dium to­day.

Af­ter walk­ing away vic­to­ri­ous in its first two matches of the sea­son, Thun­der en­dured a hor­ror nine-game pe­riod, los­ing on eight oc­ca­sions and plum­met­ing to se­cond-to-bot­tom on the NEAFL lad­der.

But a morale-boost­ing 12point away tri­umph over Red­land last week has breathed new life into the side’s 2018 cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to coach An­drew Hodges, who said: “It was great to get back on the win­ner’s list last week but the boys know that we can’t take our foot off the pedal dur­ing any game in the NEAFL and this week is no dif­fer­ent.

“Our Ter­ri­tory brand of footy, when played, is the best in the busi­ness and when com­ing up against a qual­ity side such as the Swans it’s para­mount that we’re switched on for the en­tirety of the game.

“The play­ers have put in the ef­fort dur­ing train­ing and I be­lieve they have what it takes to get over the line at home this week­end.”

The se­cond-placed Swans pose a sig­nif­i­cant challenge for the black and ochre jumpers, with the side con­tain­ing a host of AFL-listed play­ers in­clud­ing Jor­dan Foote, Alex John­son, Jor­dan Daw­son, Jack Maibaum, Darcy Cameron and Dean Tow­ers.

Thun­der has made five changes for the clash with young gun Michael Mum­mery, vet­er­ans Phillip Wills and Richard Tam­bling, mid­fielder Ty­lah Saunders and util­ity Pa­trick White re­turn­ing to add depth to Thun­der’s mid­field and for­ward-line.

Hugo Dro­gemuller and Coen Hutt will miss the clash due to in­jury.

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