THE Bendigo Bank Pioneers take on the young stars from Northern Territory in Sunday's clash in the TAC Cup under-18s football competition at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
Bendigo is desperate to end its winless run, but the task will not be easy against the pacy and skilful Thunder line-up.
The Pioneers welcome back captain Jake Maher after a lengthy stint on the sidelines because of injury.
Bendigo's on-ball division led by ruck-rover Billy Evans, ruckman Jack Lawton, rover Jacob Chisari and Sam Simmons in the centre will play crucial roles in winning centre breaks and stoppages.
Final score: Bendigo Pioneers 23.17 (155) d Northern Territory 7.4 (46).
Pioneers win by 109 points after scoring 10.6 to nil in final term. Many outstanding players in Bendigo's biggest win in many rounds.
Fourth quarter, 26th minute: Jake Maher marks in goalsquare and goals. Bendigo leads 154-46.
Fourth quarter, 21st minute: Bendigo scores ninth goal of quarter through Daniel Davie. Pioneers lead 147-46.
Fourth quarter, 16th minute: Daniel Davie goal-of-day as kick from boundary on run in Rifle Brigade Hotel pocket curls through. Pioneers lead 14046.
Fourth quarter, 14th minute: Tommy Cole goals on run. Pioneers lead by 87 points, 133-46.
Fourth quarter, 13th minute: Billy Evans on end of Josh Ryan tap from contest near goal and kicks truly. Pioneers lead 127-46.
Fourth quarter, 11th minute: Josh Ryan goals on run. Bendigo leads 120-46.
Fourth quarter, 10th minute: It's raining goals. Pioneers win centre break and work ball to Maher for another goal. Pioneers lead 114-46.
Fourth quarter, 9 mins: Pioneers ccaptain Jake Maher goals, 108-46.
Fourth quarter, 7th minute: Pioneers pass 100-mark after Billy Evans goal. Bendigo leads -02-46.
Fourth quarter, 6 mins: Great goal by Patrick Ludeman under pressure. Pioneers lead 96-46.
Fourth quarter, 3rd minute: Pioneers doing all the attacking. Bendigo leads 90-46.
Three quarter-time: Bendigo Pioneers 13.11 (89) lead Northern Territory Thunder 7.4 (46).
Another great quarter by Pioneers as they scored six unanswered goals to be well in control of contest.
Third quarter, 27th minute: Back-to-back goals for Thunder as Dylan Gordon is on target on run at city end of big ground. Pioneers lead 89-44.
Third quarter, 26th minute: Thunder breaks Bendigo's run with a goal. Pioneers lead 89-38.
Third quarter, 25th minute: Matthew Chisari marks and kicks his second goal of game. Pioneers lead 89-32.
Third quarter, 18th minute: Marty Hore from Leitchville-Gunbower stretchered off after heavy collision in marking contest at centre half-back.
Third quarter, 16th minute: Lachie Tardrew breaks through tackle and goals on run for Bendigo. Pioneers lead 82-32.
Third quarter, 13th minute: Bendigo leads 76-32 after Sam Simmons goal. Five players from Sunraysia region have kicked goals for Bendigo.
Third quarter, 10th minute: Lachlan Ryan marks and goals for Bendigo. Pioneers lead 70-32.
Third quarter, 8th minute: Point for NT. Pioneers lead 64-32.
Third quarter, 6th minute: Jacob Chisari kkicks third goal of match after being pushed in mark just 25m from goal. Pioneers lead 64-32.
Third quarter, 4th minute: Quick reply for Bendigo through Jacob Chisari after strong mark near goal-line. Acute angle no problem. Bendigo leads 58-32.
Third quarter, 2nd minute: Ralph Dhamarrandji boots third goal after swooping on turnover at half-forward. No team-mate in 50m arc so kicks long to unguarded goalsquare. Bendigo leads 52-32.
Half-time: Bendigo Pioneers 7.10 (52) lead Northern Territory Thunder 4.2 (26).
Much improved quarter by Pioneers as they capitalised on dominance through midfield to score five goals and build a 26-point lead.
Bendigo Pioneers showing they have plenty of scoring options through seven goal kickers in first half.
Second quarter, 24th minute: Lachie Tardrew goal caps chain of hand passes in Bendigo's forward 50m. Pioneers lead 51-26.
Second quarter, 22nd minute: Thunder scores long-awaited goal through Ralph Dhamarrandji. Pioneers lead 45-26.
Second quarter, 20th minute: Jake Maher goals for Bendigo. Second and third efforts by Pioneers a key factor in gaining a 25-point lead. Pioneers lead 45-20.
Second quarter, 16th minute: Bendigo' s Billy Evans goals on run. Pioneers lead 39-20.
Second quarter, 15th minute: Great goal by Matthew Chisari, set-shot from near boundary in pocket. Bendigo leads 33-20.
Second quarter, 13th minute: Cameron Barrett goals on run in pocket. Pioneers lead 27-20.
Second quarter, 8th minute: Pioneers lead 21-20.
Second quarter, 5th minute: Pioneers in front, 20-19. Bendigo doing all the attacking.
Second quarter, 4th minute: It's 19-all.
Second quarter, 2 mins: Rushed point for Bendigo. NT leads 19-18.
Quarter-time: Northern Territory 3.1 (19) leads Bendigo Pioneers 2.5 (17).
Flying start by Thunder as it scored opening two goals of contest. Bendigo again let down by inaccuracy before Jacob Chisari kicked team's first.
Great play by Josh Ryan to gather bouncing ball and kick truly after dodging opponent.
Pioneers lifted pressure and started to win a lot more contests.
First quarter, 22nd minute: Josh Ryan evades opponent and goals for Bendigo. Thunder leads 19-17.
First quarter, 18th minute: Ralph Dhamarrandji shows great pace and goals on run. Thunder leads 19-11.
First quarter, 15th minute: Jacob Chisari marks and goals for Pioneers. Thunder leads 13-11.
First quarter, 14th minute: Rushed point for Pioneers. Nt leads 13-5.
First quarter, 11th minute: Dylan Gordon goals on run for Thunder. Nt leads 13-4.
10th minute: Thunder leads 7-3.
First quarter, 9th minute: Nt leads 7-2.
First quarter, 5th minute: Thunder point from set-shot. Nt leads 7-1.
First quarter, 3rd minute: Northrrn Territory goal. Thunder leads 6-1.