North-West Thunder focused on booking finals spot ahead of Canberra Gunners clash

 BY CAMRON SLESSER (@camronslessorTHE ADVOCATE   North-West Thunder play-maker Daniel Sepokas believes his side can’t let another opportunity slip ahead of its final home game of the season. 

The North-West Tall Timbers Thunder will take on Canberra at Schweppes Arena this Saturday sitting in equal fourth position on the SEABL ladder with just three games remaining. 

They go into the clash against the Gunners following a loss to the Hobart Chargers last weekend and Sepokas said it gave the Thunder the wake up call they needed with a finals position on the line. 

“We had a really good opportunity to cement our spot in the top four and we let that one slip [against Hobart],” Sepokas said. 

“Now we are tied with Bendigo for fourth and we have the upper hand on them, but we can’t let another opportunity go to waste. 

“While we never hope for a loss, honestly it was a good wake up call for us and brought us back to reality a bit.

“Everyone was feeling really good about where the team was at and I think the loss was just another kick start for us heading into the post-season.”

Sepokas has formed a formidable partnership with fellow Thunder recruit Ahmad Starks this season with the pair improving each week on the court. 

He said it was exciting to work alongside Starks in the guard positions and he had been learning how to impact the game when Starks was firing from all cylinders. 

“It’s just about finding ways to get myself involved in the game because when Ahmad is on he is the hottest player in the league,” he said. 

“So I’ve just got to rebound or defend and just keep the offence flowing.”

The Thunder defeated Canberra by 17 points on the road last time they met and Sepokas said his side were focused on getting the result they needed. 

“We kind of let them hang around a bit last time we played them and Ahmad [Starks] pulled up with a bit of an injury in the fourth and I think Jeremiah [Ingram] had foul trouble in that game.

“So with all guns firing we should hopefully get the job done and make it a real clinical performance.”


The Thunder take on the Gunners from 7.30pm at Ulverstone this Saturday. 

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