NT Thunder’s 2015 premiership campaign has been bolstered with the re-signing of four integral players.

NT Thunder’s 2015 premiership campaign has been bolstered with the re-signing of four integral players.

Shannon Rioli (St Marys), Jonathan Peris (Nightcliff Tigers), Chris Dunne (Wanderers) and Justin Beugelaar (Waratah) have again pledged their commitment to Thunder, coming off the back of a successful 2014 season in which they proved indispensible to the club.

Head Coach Xavier Clarke comments:

“The re-signing of Justin Beugelaar, Shannon Rioli, Jonathan Peris and Chris Dunne adds both experience and excitement for the up and coming NEAFL season. All four players have had their individual and team successes in 2014, with Beugelaar having a break out year. Shannon Rioli earned selection from his peers to be named in the leadership group and will continue to grow as a leader of this football club. Chris Dunne comes off kicking 46 goals as a hard running forward with Jonathan Peris being a solid, consistent defender for the team in his inaugural season.”

“All four players are a vital part of the make up of the team as we continue to build our list for 2015. I look forward to having these boys a part of NT Thunder once again.”

Player Profiles

Shannon Rioli
Age: 23 years old
Position: Midfield / Forward
Club: St Marys

A skilful, lightening quick midfielder with a family tree of footy greats, Rioli is dangerous in space and provides exceptional support to the forwards. Heading into his 5th season with the club, Rioli will continue his fundamental role in the leadership group.

Jonathan Peris
Age: 26
Position: Defender
Club: Nightcliff Tigers

A running defender, Peris is adapt in winning the contested ball. After overcoming a broken wrist last season, Peris has returned to top form and has been a key position player and part of the leadership group for his NTFL Club Nightcliff Tigers, reinforcing their 2014 successful campaign. 2015 will be Peris’ second season in the Thunder jumper.

Chris Dunne
Age: 27
Position: Forward
Club: Wanderers

Thunder’s goal sneak Chris Dunne re-signs for his forth season with the Club. Named in the 2014 NEAFL team of the year and playing twice in the 2014 NEAFL representative squad, Dunne plays a central roll in the Thunder forwards and is renowned for clocking up the kilometres on the field.

Justin Beugelaar
Age: 24
Position: Full Back
Club: Waratah

After his break out season in 2014, Beugelaar has established himself as one of the premier defenders in the competition, topping the most marks of the season at 140. The 24 year old will see his third season in the Thunder colours in 2015 and holds the potential as a future leader of the club.