KEY SIGNINGS FOR THUNDER
NT Thunder has this week bolstered its big man stocks with the signing of Mark Bradley, Cameron Roberts & Robert Hale.
Mark Bradley currently playing in the NTFL with Waratahs brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Thunder squad. It’s been a well travelled journey for the man known as “chief”. A career that started with being drafted to Collingwood, a dual premiership player with Southport, a dual Best & Fairest player with Southport, VFL Ruckman of the year, SANFL State Player & more was recently awarded the ‘Best Player in the Competition’ in the Hills Football League.
Head Coach Murray Davis said “Mark is a quality person and he’s shown a real respect for the game, the way he approaches his football will be a real bonus for our whole playing group”
Cameron Roberts will return to the Territory after playing a handful of games with Southern Districts in the 08/09 NTFL season & working with AFLNT as Regional Development Manager for Gove. Cameron started his footy career in the SANFL with North Adelaide & was drafted to Geelong in 1996 where he played 11 senior games and was voted best first year player. Injuries unfortunately restricted Cameron’s impact at the highest level and he returned to the SANFL playing with North Adelaide & Sturt. After a stint in the NT, Cameron moved to Victoria for work opportunities while he also played and assistant coached at Hastings Football Club in the MPN Football League. He finished off the year winning the Best & Fairest and making the team of the year.
“Cameron certainly can play key position forward or back. His ability to read the game and long kick will be a real plus for the side. Cameron’s well respected on & off the field, to have him involved in a playing capacity and footy operations position is terrific” said Davis.
Robert Hale has come through the junior ranks of NT Thunder and was part of St Mary’s premiership side last season. Robert played as an overage for NT Thunder U18’s but took up an opportunity to play with Lavington in the Ovens & Murray League. Hale has now returned to the Territory and been one of St Mary’s most consistent players this year.
Head Coach Murray Davis said “Robbie is covering the ground really well and he’s marking the ball cleanly when playing forward. He has the ability to play in defence and shut down an opponent and the fitness to run and create as well, which can be very hard to match on”.
NT Thunder will play leading SANFL Club Sturt in a trial game on either the 19th or 20th of March 2010. Sturt played off in the 2009 Grand Final and have played finals in the SANFL for 10 out of the past 12 seasons.
“This game will be great preparation for the team in our lead up to the start of the 2010 QAFL season. We are pleased that Sturt have agreed to make the trip and it will be the first time Sturt have played in Darwin for over 30 years. It will also be a good test for our squad to play a strong SANFL Club to see how we compete against the next level up” said CEO Stuart Totham.