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.