SHEFFIELD Thunder’s inconsistent season continues after they slipped to a 112-76 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Rams on Saturday.
The Thunder started strongly with the opening goal of the game to midfielder Tom Pullinger after a strong contested mark, but were dealt a major blow midway through the first quarter when the talismanic Garth Nevin had to leave the p itch after re-injuring his ankle. The Thunder continued to battle hard & kept the Rams goalless in the first quarter, leading by 10 points at quarter time.
The second quarter began with a fired up Rams coming out and kicking the first two goals of the game and dominating the 2nd quarter, kicking seven goals to two - opening up 24 point lead at half-time.
The third quarter began well for the Thunder with the opening goal, while forward Donal Collins & midfielder Childs combined well up front to produce a further two goals to the Thunder. However the Rams continued to match the spirited Thunder and the 3rd quarter ended with Rams growing their lead to 25 points.
The injured Nevin joined the midfield in the last quarter, and provided the spark the Thunder needed & allowing the strong marking Childs to go down forward.
Connolly showed great tenacity & chalked up his first Aussie Rules goal, with the team embracing to congratulate him, and a goal to Childs after terrific ruck work by Pullinger narrowed the margin further.
However the Rams hit back hard for the remainder of the quarter, winning it by six goals to four and running out comfortable winners by 36 points.
Coach Garth Nevin said: “Losing is never nice, but the guys from Huddersfield are an experienced bunch of blokes and we should be proud of the effort put in today.”
Sheffield travel to Huddersfield this Saturday to take on Wolverhampton Wolves.