Round 18 - Match report
NT Thunder 7.4 17.9 18.12 20.13.133
Southport Sharks 1.2 2.3 11.3 13.8.86
Goal Kickers –Clements 5, Howard 3, Hancock 3, Baxter 1, Shepheard 1.
Best Players –Clements, Crowley, Howard, West, Hancock, Keras, Thurlow.
The old football saying a “A game of two halves” is the only way you could describe what unfolded at TIO Stadium on Saturday.
NT Thunder turned up the heat from the get go and we had absolutely no answer to an onslaught of 17 first half goals. The lack of resistance was embarrassing and the game was effectively over early in the second quarter. We went in half time trailing by 96 points and facing a huge defeat.
The boys copped a well deserved spray from the Coach as he demanded some sort of effort.
What unfolded after half time was remarkable. We managed to kick 11.5 to the Thunder’s 3.4. and the winning margin was reduced to 47 points. At least we were able to gain some credibility on the scoreboard. If not for some missed shots early in the last quarter, we could have actually pulled to within striking range.
We are certainly capable of playing some quality football when we get going, but what we dished up in the first half was an absolute disgrace. Changes will be made for our final two H&A games as we search to find a better combination.
Congratulations to Tom Howard and 16 year old Connor Budarickwho both performed well in their debut games and thanks to Al, Ron and Rick for their efforts over what was a very taxing weekend.
Jarrod Field GM –Football Operations