Match Report - Round 13
RARE SHARK ATTACK IN ALICE SPRINGS
Southport 5.2 9.5 14.6 19.9.123
NT Thunder 1.4 5.7 8.8 10.10.70
Goal Kickers –Shepheard 6, Baxter 4, Johnson 3, Lancaster 2, Erickson 1, Mutu1, Hancock 1, Holland 1.
Best Players –Shepheard, Crowley, Grayson, Keras, Croad, Johnson, Tape.
We were up early Saturday to travel to Alice Springs for a game that would define our season. After a tumultuous week, we prepared very well for the game and got off to a great start with Hamish Shepheard dominating the forward 50.
NT lifted during the second quarter but we steadied the ship to go in 22 points up at half time.
A 5 goal to 3 third quarter extended the lead to 34 points at the final change as both teams got to know each other a little better after another Shepheard goal on the final siren.
The last quarter was outstanding as we slammed on another 5 goals to 2 and ran out convincing winners by 53 points.
Our pressure across the whole game was much improved and despite numerous injuries throughout the game, we were able to finish with 23 fit players. Mutu, Franks, Grayson, West, McKenzie & Giacoumisall received treatment throughout the game but our medical staff were outstanding and we were able to keep rotating.
Well done to the coaches and players who were able to push through a tough week, stay focussed and get a really important win. A big thanks also to Bob, Ron and Al for their efforts over the weekend.
Jarrod Field GM –Football Operations