Wednesday 4 August 2010

Northern Territory ruckman Kenrick Tyrrell admits the Thunder’s heart-breaking 10-point loss to the Brisbane Lions last Saturday was a “massive wake-up call”, writes Jess Webster from the NT News.

The Thunder’s finals prospects are hanging by a thread following the disappointing fadeout, with only percentage keeping them in the top five.

The Territorians held a commanding 36-point lead early in the third quarter only to drop away and concede 10 of the last 13 goals of the match.

Tyrrell was at a loss to explain why Thunder couldn’t finish off their good work in the first half.

“It’s hard to put it down to one thing, we just sort-of lapsed. I think they (Brisbane) had a bit more fitness than us,” he said.

“We’re definitely lacking a bit of experience… we just expected to win. It was a massive wake-up call.’

“We know we’ve got to win the next three games, especially with Redland winning yesterday.”

The Thunder returns to Brisbane this week and faces Aspley in their last interstate game for the home-and-away season.

“We have to work hard on the (training) track (and) we’ve got to dig in deep. This Saturday is do or die – if we don’t win we are pretty much over and done with,” Tyrrell said.

Thunder will face competition leaders Labrador and Broadbeach in the last two rounds – both played in Darwin at Gardens Oval.

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