Thunder's leaders make tough call

FORFEITING a match is something no sporting team wants to do.

Bendigo Thunder coach Russell Jeffrey, pictured, and the club's leaders were faced with the difficult scenario of play or not on Friday.

In the end a lengthy injury list meant Thunder would not play Diamond Creek on Sunday.

Jeffrey and the club's leaders should be applauded for putting player welfare ahead of any pursuit to contest a match.

The successful coach declared a squad of 14 players was keen to play, but some were carrying injuries.

To that extent the risk was too great.

"The issue of player welfare from our club's perspective is essential."

Despite some massive defeats in their first season in the Victorian Women's Football League's premier division, Thunder's players, staff and loyal fans keep on turning up.

It was not so long ago they were celebrating win after win and premierships.

The step up to the league's top bracket was a challenge many at Thunder wanted to do.

On-field success is yet to be achieved, but the desire of Thunder's players, coaches and staff to keep improving and learning has never waned in a difficult season..


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