What is NT Thunder Academy Under 16s?
NT Thunder Academy Under 16s is the Territory’s representative team for male participants aged 15 and 16.
What competitions do they play in?
Nt Thunder Academy Under 16s play in the National Championships in Division 2 against Tasmania, NSW/ACT and Queensland.
When did the Under 16s squad first commence?
What have been some highlights?
Each year the squad members get the opportunity to travel interstate and compete against some of the best young footballers from across the Nation. Often going to AFL matches and observing the top level football players.
Who is the current coach?
2017 squad members:
|Player #||Player||League Club/Local Club|
|1||Jacon LAMPTON||Palmerston FC|
|2||Robert CAMPBELL||Big River Hawks FC|
|3||Dillen BROWN||Wanderers FC|
|4||Ben JUNGFER||Waratah FC|
|5||Brandon RUSCA||Southern Districts FC|
|6||Deacon BRAUN||South Alice FC|
|7||Dominic FORBES||Federals FC|
|8||William GILMOUR||Southern Districts FC|
|9||Francis BRUCE||Pioneers FC|
|10||Jack NELSON||Southern Districts FC|
|11||Shawn FOSTER||Pioneers FC|
|12||Maurice RIOLI (JNR)||Darwin Buffaloes FC|
|13||Marly MCGREGOR||Nightcliff FC|
|14||Raymond PROWSE||Southern Districts FC|
|15||Steven RORY (JNR)||Big River Hawks FC|
|16||Braith HODGES||St Mary’s FC|
|17||Malcolm ROSAS||Darwin Buffaloes FC|
|18||Deshaan GINDIKINDI||Elcho Island|
|19||Joel BUDERICK||Big River Hawks FC|
|20||Jack PALMER||Southern Districts FC|
|21||Mitch MUSGROVE||St Mary’s FC|
|22||Jackson COLE||Pioneers FC|
|23||Joel STEVENS||Waratah FC|
|24||Daniel FULLER||Wanderers FC|
|25||Timothy SMITH||Waratah FC|
|26||Joel JEFFREY||Wanderers FC|
|27||Leonard FERREIRA||St Mary’s FC|
|28||Kaiya JONES||Waratah FC|
|29||Cody TAYLOR||Southern Districts FC|
2017 fixtures and results:
12 June, Blacktown International Sportspark
Tasmania 19.13 (127) d Northern Territory 6.4 (40)
Tas: Rand 4, Peppin 3, Green 2, Dakin 2, Turner 2, Gordan 2, Paprotny, Cooke, Ireland, Chaplin
NT: Gindikindi 2, Jeffrey, Ngurruwuthun, Rusca, Palmer
Tas: Gordan, Peppin, Reeves, Ireland, Burrow-Cheng, Dakin, Rand
NT: Brown, Braun, Rioli, Ngurruwuthun, Lampton, Rusca
11 July, Metricon Stadium
NSW/ACT 20.16 (136) d Northern Territory 1.10 (16)
NSW/ACT: Delahunty 5, Thorne 4, Barling 4, Ellem 2, McGuire 2, Swaney, Russell, Allen
NSW/ACT: Grant, Delahunty, Thorne, Martin, Barling, Rannan
NT: Forbes, Jungfer, Rosas, Cole, Rioli
15 July, Metricon Stadium
Queensland 17.11 (113) d Northern Territory 6.6 (42)
QLD: Tozer 5, Hewago 4, Jeffery 3, Wischnat 3, Gore, Marytn
NT: Ngurruwuthun 3, Brown, Bruce, Rioli
QLD: Fitzpatrick, Tozer, Moloney, Jeffery, Liessi, Budarick
NT: Braun, Jungfer, Lampton, Rusca, Rosas, Brown
2017 support staff:
Mat Creeper – Assistant Coach
Peter Lake – Assistant Coach
Greg Bain – Assistant Coach
Matt Campbell – Assistant Coach
Michaela Long – Team Manager
Belinda Creer – Wellbeing Coach
Jake Shannon – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Tim Fitzgerald – Physiotherapist
Jan Wray – Head Trainer
Chelsea Mulcahy – Trainer
Kathy Hutt – Trainer
How do you qualify for this squad?
Athletes are identified through local leagues and can be nominated by someone from their club. They may also invited to participate in the Under 16s program from game observation throughout the season by other officials.