No More NT Thunder. What's Next?

jmac91

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Dec 27, 2017
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It was recently Announced that the NT Thunder will no longer play in the NEAFL and the VFLW. What is next for AFLNT? Will they move to a way more viable League (WAFL/WAFLW or SANFL and SANFL Womens).
 

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jatz14

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It was recently Announced that the NT Thunder will no longer play in the NEAFL and the VFLW. What is next for AFLNT? Will they move to a way more viable League (WAFL/WAFLW or SANFL and SANFL Womens).
WAFL clubs couldn't afford to play in Darwin, and travel for the Thunder would be more expensive as well, so that will not work. Not unless the AFL subsidised it, which I doubt.

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Rob

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They had the costs of playing in a national league without actually playing in a national league. Without a benefactor funding it all, they were doomed.

Bear in mind Australian football requires a squad of 22 to travel plus coaches and possibly support staff. That's more than most other sports which increases expenses.
 

kid_a

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It was recently Announced that the NT Thunder will no longer play in the NEAFL and the VFLW. What is next for AFLNT? Will they move to a way more viable League (WAFL/WAFLW or SANFL and SANFL Womens).
The costs of running the team became too much and their resources had dried up.
Rewind back to 2011 and the had sponsorship deals wth rio tinto and inpex, up and coming soon to be AFL players and quite a fair bit of support, home games from 2010-16 used to get about 1,000 people to them and when they hosted the 2015 GF they had almost 6,000 turn up (not bad when you consider Darwin only has about 150,000 people), but last year you'd say they probably got about 100-200 people to home games.

On the field the talent and results have dried up, the support from the community both in terms of interest and financially has dried up, and the costs of playing half your games a 4-5 hour flight away just caught up with them.

I'm very sad about whats happened.
 

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