Women’s side gets lift from class duo

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NT Thun­der Women have added some fire­power to their line-up with AFLW pre­mier­ship team­mates Abbey Holmes and Ebony Mari­noff named to make their de­buts to­day.

Third-placed Thun­derW trav­els south to take on the Dare­bin Fal­cons in Round 10 of the VFLW sea­son, with a win help­ing to main­tain a po­si­tion in the top four.

Holmes and Mari­noff will be joined by Waratah’s Sue Nalder, who re­turns to the team along with Court­ney Cramey, Mar­i­jana Ra­j­cic and Justine Mules in six changes made to last week’s team who de­feated the Gee­long Cats by 65 points.

Go­ing out of the side is Kristy Irvine, Eloise Jones, Jenna McCormick, Machaelia Roberts, Emma Swan­son and Deni Varn­hagen.

Thun­derW coach Tim Weather­ald said the ad­di­tion of Holmes and Mari­noff would give the side a huge boost.

“Any­one who can kick 100 goals in any com­pe­ti­tion and has played two sea­sons of AFLW is a qual­ity player and we get Holmes for the re­main­der of this year and she can’t wait to rep­re­sent Thun­der,” he said.

“Mari­noff is a proven AFLW player who won Rookie of the Year in her first sea­son, she’s had an in­jured back but been train­ing re­ally hard and we just had to wait for the right time to get her in and it’s the per­fect time this week with Irvine un­avail­able due to fam­ily com­mit­ments and she’s a per­fect change.

“We won’t change any­thing from last week, it’s the first time we’ve played a team for the se­cond time this sea­son and they’re still the mea­sur­ing stick and will be throw­ing ev­ery­thing at us this week.”

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