Team profile – Sheffield Thunder
As the first evidence of this year’s summer starts to glimmer through, we take a look at Sheffield Thunder. Founded by two Aussie ex-pats in 2010, the Thunder are one of two Aussie Rules clubs in the Yorkshire area and have seen both GB and England players (and coaches) pass through their ranks.
After their creation, the Thunder quickly developed into finals stalwarts, rarely finishing outside of the top 4. Arguably, the Thunder’s finest hour came in 2015 when a string of victories, including one against eventual premiers the Mozzies, saw them make the Grand Final for the first time in their history. Although it wasn’t to be, as the Mozzies secured victory in a second consecutive final, Sheffield walked away knowing that, having won 3 out of 4 quarters, the future looked rosy.
However, a perfect storm of injuries and retirements, combined with stellar performances from their AFLCNE counterparts meant that the Thunder finished 5th in 2016, eventually finishing runners-up in the inaugural Plate Final to the Tyne Tees Tigers, and for the second year in a row losing a final despite winning 3 quarters of the game.
2017 sees the Thunder looking to rebuild their depleted squad and once again make a tilt for the finals. As part of this, they are welcoming all newcomers, irrespective of fitness level or experience – for more information find them on Facebook or Twitter.
You can first see Sheffield Thunder in action vs Wolverhampton Wolverines, on 22nd April at Moderns RUFC, Nottingham, NG11 7AA.