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11.06.2009 12:25 Age: 7 yrs

Thunder squad ready to take on angry Cats

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The Thunder squad return from the QAFL break to take on the Broadbeach Cats who are looking for revenge this Saturday night at TIO Stadium.

The NT Thunder squad will be back in action this Saturday night at TIO Stadium taking on angry Broadbeach Cats in a curtain raiser match to Darwins’ only AFL premiership match this year.  After having a break last weekend for the interstate clashes the squad know they will need to be at their best to take on the Cats who will be looking for revenge after Thunder earned their first away win against them in Round 6 at Carrara. In what is set to be a thrilling match Thunder are looking to maintain their winning form against an 8th placed Broadbeach who have 3 wins and 5 losses after Round 8.  Broadbeach come from a devastating loss to Mt Gravatt Vultures in Round 8 and will be eager to get back in some much needed winning form. 

Support the boys and get behind your Territory team in full voice this Saturday night at TIO Stadium. 

Saturday 13th June
TIO Stadium
Gates open @ 2pm
NT Thunder v Broadbeach @ 3pm
Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide @ 6.40pm 

A reminder to all members that NT Thunder membership does not allow access to this game.
Grandstand & General Admission tickets are available for purchase through Darwin Entertainment Centre and associated outlets. or phone 8980 3333

Round 9 team to play Broadbeach Cats @ TIO Stadium:
Full Back - S. Rusca, J. Emblem, H Labastida
Centre Half Back - D.Roe, D Kent, D. May
Centre B - Palipuaminni, J.Ilett, N McLean
Centre Half Forward - M.Cannard, K Morton, S.Thorne
Full Forward - I.Vallejo, D Ewing, S. Munkara
Rucks - P MacFarlane, M.McLean, C.Ilett
Interchange - S Taylor, J.Puautjimi, B Ahmat, D Measures, K Tandogac, D Pickett, P Wills
(3 to be omitted before Saturday night)

Ins - B Ahmat, K Tandogac, C Ilett, M Cannard

Outs – M.Smith (Ankle) R Roberts (Hamstring)

Injuries – Christian Schild (knee) 8 - 10 weeks, Relton Roberts (Hamstring) 3-4 weeks, John Anstess (knee) 3-4  weeks, Iain Macpherson (ankle) 1-2 weeks, A Motlop (knee) Season, Mark Berts (Calf) 1-2 weeks, Karl Lohde (Groin) 1-2 weeks, Jayden Kickett (Shoulder) 1-2 weeks, Marty Smith (Ankle) 6-8 weeks, Charlie Maher (knee) Indefinite

Round 9 Wrap Up from High Performance Manager
NT Thunder return to TIO Stadium after a well earned break. With only 3 representatives from NT Thunder involved in State Football at the under 21 level (James Puautjimi, Bradley Palipuaminni & Damien Roe) the majority of the squad is refreshed and ready to take on Broadbeach in what is a vital clash for both clubs finals aspirations. A win for the Thunder will see them remain in the top 5 and a loss for Broadbeach will see them drop 3 games behind 5th spot.

Whilst the side will miss Marty Smith (ankle) & Relton Roberts (hamstring)  the squad is strengthened with the return of Cameron Ilett, Matt Cannard, 2002/2003 Nichols Medallist Ben Ahmat and dual Southport Premiership Player Kevin Tandogac who has played the last 2 years with the Tiwi Bombers.

Ben Ahmat has trained solidly since joining the squad. He missed the start of the year due to work and family commitments & has done everything required of him to be in contention for selection this week. He’s a classy player and will be important given we’re likely to be without Marty Smith for anywhere up to 8 weeks.

Kevin Tandogac will be added to the squad after indicating that he won’t be returning to QLD to finish out his contract with Southport.  Kevin knows the competition and is a proven performer at the level, he’s a dual premiership player with powerhouse club Southport, played just under 100 state league games & is a former Brisbane Lions rookie. As he’s shown with his 2 years in the NTFL with the Tiwi Bombers he can play in a number of roles and will only add to the flexibility of the Thunder squad.

Contact – Murray Davis 0408 460 004

Thunder Chairman awarded an Order of Australia
Paul Tyrrell, Chairman of the NT Thunder Board of Directors, was on Monday awarded the highly desirable Order of Australia.  Paul who is the retired chief executive of the Chief Minister's Department has been named as being behind every major NT development in the past 30 years. 

Mr Tyrrell was the first to see the opportunity to pinch the $12 billion Inpex gas project from Western Australia and against every expectation, the gas plant was won, becoming the most significant project in Territory history.  "It should underpin our economy into the future," he said.

The NT Thunder team not only congratulate Paul for being awarded this honour, but also thank him for his efforts with the NT Thunder.

A range of NT Thunder merchandise is available including shirts, stubby holders, shorts, playing guernseys etc from the Cricket and Football Shop in Stuart Park and Alice Springs. The merchandise range is available from both these locations and also will be sold at all NT Thunder home games at TIO Stadium and Traeger Park. For more information call 08 8981 9579 or visit

Memberships are still available for as little as $35 for an Adult and $20 for a Junior.

Next Game
The Thunder squad head interstate in Round 10 for their first clash at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns against Morningside Panthers.  This will be NT Thunders first match against Morningside who currently sit on top of the QAFL ladder with 6 wins and 2 losses.  With both teams playing on unfamiliar ground the Cairns match will be a good test with Thunder wanting to stay in the finals race and Morningside looking to keep the top spot.

QAFL Round 10
Saturday 20th June
Cazalys Oval, Cairns
NT Thunder vs. Morningside Panthers @ 6pm

For more information please visit or call 08 8980 4820.