Wil­liams knows footy fate in own hands

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - MARC McGOWAN SAINTS BOMBERS

JACK Wil­liams has heard the lofty talk at St Mary’s about what he could be­come.

Wil­liams, fresh from fin­ish­ing his sec­ond sea­son at Ter­ri­tory Thun­der, is armed with role mod­els ev­ery­where he looks at the Saints.

Coach Rick Nolan also has a big rap for the hard­work­ing 22-year-old. But Wil­liams said af­ter his two-goal, best-on­ground per­for­mance yes­ter­day against the Tiwi Bombers that one fac­tor will de­ter­mine where he goes in the sport.

“(Nolan) tries and puts you on the right track, but at the end of the day it’s all up to your­self how hard you want to work,” Wil­liams said.

“It’s al­ways good to push down for­ward and it just comes down to your workrate. I want to keep get­ting bet­ter ev­ery week. You have to make sure you look af­ter your body – that is a big thing.”

Wil­liams is one of the rare Thun­der foot­ballers who has played in each of the first four rounds of the NTFL sea­son.

He racked up dou­ble-digit NEAFL games for the sec­ond straight year and has pulled on the black-and-ochre jer­sey 26 times over­all. ST MARY’S V TIWI BOMBERS BEST

Wil­liams was non-com­mit­tal about a third Thun­der cam­paign at this early stage.

He will play un­der a new coach if he does, with premier­ship men­tor Xavier Clarke ac­cept­ing a de­vel­op­ment role with AFL club Rich­mond.

“We’ll just see how the sea­son goes and see how my body is at the end of it,” Wil­liams said of Thun­der.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’d love to try 5.4 13.7 20.10 26.14 1.0 3.4 6.9 9.13 GOALS UM­PIRES and go back-to-back (with St Mary’s) – that’s why ev­ery­one plays the game.

“It was a great team ef­fort from the boys (to­day) in hard con­di­tions ... there’s just a great cul­ture at the club.”

There will be no lack of mo­ti­va­tion for the Saints next week, with club great Iggy Vallejo set to break Michael Athana­siou’s league record of 328 games against Waratah.

Pic­ture: IVAN RACHMAN

St Mary's player Henry Labastida in hot pur­suit of Tiwi Bombers ri­val Dion Munkara dur­ing yes­ter­day’s NTFL Pre­mier League clash at TIO Sta­dium

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