Northern Territory Football Club

Northern Territory Football Club, nicknamed NT Thunder, was a Northern Territory-based Australian rules football club that competed in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) between 2011 and 2019.

NT Thunder
Names
Full nameNorthern Territory Football Club
Nickname(s)NT Thunder
2017 season
After finals5th
Home-and-away season5th
Leading goalkickerDarren Ewing (61 goals)
Best and fairestCameron Ilett
Club details
Founded2008 (2008)
Colours     Black      Ochre      Yellow      White
CompetitionNEAFL
ChairmanLincoln Jenkin
CoachAndrew Hodges
Captain(s)Shannon Rioli
Premierships2 (2011, 2015)
Ground(s)TIO Stadium, Darwin (capacity: 12,000)
 TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs (capacity: 10,000)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Other information
Official websitentthunder.com.au

History

The Northern Territory Thunder were formed in 2008 and were invited to join the West Australian Football League but instead opted to join the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL). At the conclusion of the 2011 QAFL season the Thunder, along with nine other Queensland-based teams, were invited to join the newly formed North East Australian Football League.[1] The Thunder finished the regular season with the best record in the Northern Conference and in doing so claimed their first ever minor premiership. The Thunder went on to prove their superiority by claiming the first ever Northern Conference NEAFL premiership by defeating the Morningside Panthers. A week later the Thunder defeated the newly crowned Eastern Conference NEAFL premiers, Ainslie Tri-Colours, to claim the first ever NEAFL premiership at Traeger Park.[2]

The Thunder won two NEAFL premierships and entered a side in the VFL Women's competition in Victoria. By the end of the 2019 season however AFL Northern Territory revealed it could no longer justify keeping the club afloat, and announced it's cessation from both competitions.[3]

2017 squad

Northern Territory Football Club
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff
  •  1 Michael Coombes
  •  2 Darren Ewing
  •  3 Ben Rioli
  •  6 Damian Williams
  •  7 Jack Long
  •  8 Michael Bowden
  • 10 Shannon Rioli (c)
  • 12 Jonathon Peris
  • 13 Davin Ferreira
  • 14 Hugo Drogemuller
  • 15 Matthew Rosier
  • 16 Cameron Ilett
  • 17 Domonic Grant
  • 18 Jack Shannahan
  • 19 Braedon McLean
  • 20 Ryan Smith
  • 21 Daniel Weetra
  • 22 Simon Bates
  • 23 Richard Tambling
  • 24 Abraham Ankers
  • 26 Samuel Smith
  • 27 Michael Hagan
  • 28 Thomas Davies
  • 29 Justin Beugelaar (vc)
  • 30 Sam Talbot
  • 31 Jake Roe-Duggan
  • 33 Justin Cooper
  • 37 Liam Patrick
  • 39 Scott McLeod
  • 40 Lochlan Dhurrkay
  • 42 Daniel Russell
  • 43 Jarred Erlandson
  • 45 Neil Vea Vea
  • 47 Kayle Kossack
  • 48 Lachlan Collihole
  •  5 Michael Mummery
  •  9 Tony Olango
  • 11 Nick Yarran
  • 25 Isiah Farrell-Nelson
  • 32 Kyle Emery
  • 34 Liam Holt-Fitz
  • 36 Matthew Bricknell
  • 38 Ankin Abbott
  • 41 Daniel Turner
  • 44 Adam Sambono
  • 46 Matthew Green
  • 50 Patrick Kossack

Head coach

  • Andrew Hodges

Assistant coaches

  • Aaron Motlop (assistant coach)
  • Brent Renouf (assistant coach)
  • Jason Roe (assistant coach)
  • James Debono (assistant coach)
  • Coleen Gwynne (bench coach)
  • Josh Heath (analysis coach)
  • David Crane (strength and conditioning coordinator)

Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 9 April 2017
Source(s): Playing list

Honour board

Legend:
 ^  Premiers,    Finals
Bold italics: competition leading goal kicker

SeasonPositionChairmanCEOCoachCaptain(s)Best and fairestLeading goalkicker (total)
20096thPaul TyrellStuart TothamMichael McLeanJarred IlettCameron IlettDarren Ewing (81)
20104th†Paul TyrellStuart TothamMurray DavisJarred IlettCameron IlettDarren Ewing (78)
20111st^Paul TyrellStuart TothamMurray DavisCameron IlettJake DignanDarren Ewing (115)
20123rd†Lincoln JenkinJarred IlettDaniel ArcherCameron IlettJason RoeDarren Ewing (64)
20137thLincoln JenkinJarred IlettDaniel ArcherCameron IlettCameron IlettDarren Ewing (94)
20144th†Lincoln JenkinJarred IlettXavier ClarkeCameron Ilett/Aaron MotlopCameron IlettDarren Ewing (73)
20151st^Lincoln JenkinBrendan CurryXavier ClarkeAaron MotlopRichard TamblingDarren Ewing (87)
20165th†Lincoln JenkinN/AXavier ClarkeShannon RioliCameron IlettDarren Ewing (58)
20175th†Lincoln JenkinN/AAndrew HodgesShannon RioliCameron IlettDarren Ewing (61)

Honours and achievements

Premierships

2011 NEAFL Grand Final
Saturday, 24 September (2:00 pm) NT Thunder def. Ainslie Traeger Park
5.4 (34)
9.11 (65)
11.14 (80)
 16.18 (114)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
6.4 (40)
9.7 (61)
10.12 (72)
 13.14 (92)
Andrew Ireland Medal: Cameron Ilett (NT Thunder)
D. Ewing 5, A. McLeod 3, W. Farrer 3, C. Ilett 2, J. Dignan , R. Smith , R. Tungatalum Goals M. Crook 3, M. Lawless 3, B. Hughes 2, N. Paine 2, A. vandenBerg , D. Walker , C. Mathis
C. Ilett, S. Tapp, A. Motlop, K. Tyrrell, L. Egger, J. Dignan Best D. Tow, M. Crook, B. Hughes, R. Tutt, R. Shirley, R. Tuohey


2015 NEAFL Grand Final
Saturday, 19 September (6:30 pm) NT Thunder def. Aspley TIO Stadium (crowd: 5,889) Report
3.2 (20)
6.8 (44)
10.10 (70)
 11.15 (81)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.3 (9)
4.10 (34)
6.11 (47)
 11.14 (80)
Umpires: Alex Whetton, Cameron Barr, James Waldorff
Andrew Ireland Medal: Chris Dunne (NT Thunder)
C .Dunne 4, D. Ewing 3, M. Hagan, J. Lockwood, G. Turner, L. Patrick Goals E. Hipwood 2, C. French 2, T. Dickinson, G. Grose, M. Payne, C. Stevenson, N. Jackson, E. Sansbury, J. Neils
B. Rioli, C. Dunne, D. Ewing, C. Ilett, J. Beugelaar, T. Motlop Best M. Payne, M. Hutchinson, J. Wagner, C. Stiller, J. Williams, G. Grose

Club Champions

Former captain and six-time club champion, Cameron Ilett, during July 2015.
  • 2009 – Cameron Ilett
  • 2010 – Cameron Ilett
  • 2011 – Jake Dignan
  • 2012 – Jason Roe
  • 2013 – Cameron Ilett
  • 2014 – Cameron Ilett
  • 2015 – Richard Tambling
  • 2016 – Cameron Ilett
  • 2017 – Cameron Ilett

Grogan Medallists

The Grogan Medal was awarded between 2011 and 2013 to the best and fairest player in the NEAFL Northern Conference.

  • Cameron Ilett (2011)

Ray Hughson Medallists

The Ray Hughson Medal was awarded in the QAFL until 2010, and in the NEAFL Northern Conference between 2011 and 2013 to the leading goalkicker.

  • Darren Ewing (2009) – 81 goals
  • Darren Ewing (2011) – 115 goals
  • Darren Ewing (2013) – 94 goals

NEAFL leading goalkicker

The NEAFL leading goalkicker has been awarded since 2014 to the player who kicks the most goals in the NEAFL competition.

  • Darren Ewing (2015) – 78 goals
  • Darren Ewing (2016) – 58 goals
  • Darren Ewing (2017) – 61 goals

NEAFL (Northern) Rising Stars

The NEAFL (Northern) Rising Star was awarded between 2011 and 2013 to the best young player in the Northern Conference.

  • Ross Tungatalum (2011)

NEAFL Rising Stars

The NEAFL (Northern) Rising Star has been awarded since 2014 to the best young player in the NEAFL competition.

  • Adam Sambono (2017)

Premiership coaches

NEAFL Coach of the Year

The NEAFL Coach of the Year has been awarded since 2014 to the best coach in the NEAFL competition.

QAFL Team of the Year representatives

NT Thunder competed in the QAFL between 2009 and 2010 before joining the NEAFL.

  • Darren Ewing (2009)
  • Cameron Ilett (2009, 2010)
  • Jarred Ilett (2009– captain)
  • Peter MacFarlane (2009)
  • Brett Goodes (2010)
  • Zephaniah Skinner (2010)

NEAFL Team of the Year representatives

Between 2011 and 2013, the Team of the Year representatives were from the Northern Conference. Since 2014, the representatives have been for the whole NEAFL competition.

  • Darren Ewing (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Cameron Ilett (2011– captain, 2013, 2014– captain, 2015– captain, 2016– captain, 2017)
  • Shaun Tapp (2011)
  • Ross Tungatalum (2011)
  • Kenrick Tyrrell (2011)
  • Jake Dignan (2012)
  • Jason Roe (2012)
  • Matt Rosier (2012)
  • Chris Dunne (2013, 2014)
  • Justin Beugelaar (2015)
  • Richard Tambling (2015)
  • Raphael Clarke (2016)
  • Adam Sambono (2017)

AFL players

The following is the list of NT Thunder players who have played at AFL level and the club they play(ed) for.

Club song

The NT Thunder club song is "We are the Territory Thunder".

Match records

Correct to the end of round 17, 2017

  • Highest score for: 193 points
    Round 18, 2010 (Gardens Oval) – NT Thunder 29.19 (193) vs. Broadbeach 8.3 (51)
  • Lowest score for: 28 points
    Round 17, 2017 (Sydney Cricket Ground) – NT Thunder 4.4 (28) vs. Sydney Swans 25.24 (174)
  • Highest score against: 174 points
    Round 17, 2017 (Sydney Cricket Ground) – NT Thunder 4.4 (28) vs. Sydney Swans 25.24 (174)
  • Lowest score against: 15 points
    Round 13, 2014 (TIO Stadium) – NT Thunder 19.11 (125) vs. Sydney University 1.9 (15)
  • Highest aggregate score: 287 points
    Round 4, 2009 (Victoria Point) – NT Thunder 20.11 (131) vs. Redland 23.18 (156)
  • Lowest aggregate score: 89 points
    Elimination final, 2014 (TIO Stadium) – NT Thunder 7.11 (53) vs. Ainslie 5.6 (36)
  • Lowest winning score: 53 points
    Elimination final, 2014 (TIO Stadium) – NT Thunder 7.11 (53) vs. Ainslie 5.6 (36)
  • Highest losing score: 131 points
    Round 4, 2009 (TIO Stadium) – NT Thunder 23.18 (131) vs. Redland 23.18 (156)
  • Greatest winning margin: 142 points
    Round 18, 2010 (Gardens Oval) – NT Thunder 29.19 (193) vs. Broadbeach 8.3 (51)
  • Greatest losing margin: 146 points
    Round 17, 2017 (Sydney Cricket Ground) – NT Thunder 4.4 (28) vs. Sydney Swans 25.24 (174)
  • Longest winning streak: 13 matches
    Round 11, 2015 vs. Sydney University (Henson Park) to round 1, 2016 vs. Gold Coast (TIO Stadium)
  • Longest losing streak: 3 matches (achieved four times)
    Round 15, 2009 vs. Redland (Traeger Park) to round 17, 2009 vs. Southport (Carrara Stadium)
    Round 2, 2010 vs. Redland (Victoria Point Oval) to round 4, 2010 vs. Southport (Fankhauser Reserve)
    Northern conference grand final, 2012 vs. Brisbane Lions (Leyshon Park) to round 2, 2013 vs. Aspley (Graham Road Oval)
    Round 20, 2013 vs. Redland (Traeger Park) to round 22, 2013 vs. Aspley (TIO Stadium)
  • Most goals in a match by an individual: 14 goals
    Darren Ewing, round 19, 2013 (Leyshon Park)

References

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