North-West Thunder are growing after time together

BY ALEX FAIR (@AJFair85) THE ADVOCATE   Despite facing two daunting tasks this weekend, there is a level of confidence coming from those in charge of the North-West Tall Timbers Thunder.

Coach Sam Armstrong on Thursday said he believed the improvement shown in recent weeks would again be on show on Friday against the Geelong Supercats at The Geelong Arena, then at home against the Nunawading Spectres on Saturday.

“The thing is with this new group, there has had to be this time for the chemistry to develop,’’ Armstrong said.

“I think definitely that has taken shape over the last three or four weeks and guys are understanding their roles now within the team now they are 10 plus games into them trying to understand my coaching philosophy.

“Although they did pick that up quite quickly early in the season, that is different to going out there and putting it into game situations and handling it under pressure.

“When we are on song, you can see our development trying to take some shape, but there has been some inconsistency there and some fundamental errors that will tag along with where this group is at.”

But he noted the task ahead for the 3-10 Thunder.

“They are both really tough games, as they are the top two or three teams in their respective conferences.

“Geelong on their home floor is one of the toughest assignments for anyone in the SEABL and we are under no illusions of the challenge ahead of us, but we know that our best is good enough to compete with anyone.

“Things don’t get any easier against Nunawading, a team who is on top of their conference.”

Ben Richmond’s foot issue will see him miss the trip to Geelong, but Armstrong was hopeful he would be fit for Saturday’s 7.30pm outing.

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