Minahan medallist re-joins NT Thunder
NT Thunder has welcomed back young Alice Springs midfielder Abraham Ankers to the club in time for the 2017 NEAFL season.
The 21-year-old played 14 games for NT Thunder in 2014, and has grown in stature the past few years in the local NTFL and CAFL competitions.
Originally from Brisbane, Ankers moved to Central Australia as a 15-year-old, and won the McLean Medal for the best U18 player in the AFLNT Thunder State Academy in his debut NEAFL season in 2014.
Most recently, Ankers was awarded the 2016 Minahan Medal for the best player in the CAFL last year, and has impressed for Waratahs during the current NTFL season.
NT Thunder Head Coach Andrew Hodges said Ankers’ showed faith in the club and he was pleased to have him.
“It’s great to have an Alice Springs local talent on our list, living and working at home but still having the opportunity to play at NEAFL level and be every part as much of this club as the next player,” he said.
“Abe as the CAFL’s Minahan medalist in 2016 will be an integral part of our midfield group this year.”
On making his return to NEAFL level after a two-year absence, Ankers said he was looking forward to a new challenge and to pull on the boots for NT Thunder again.
“I love living in Alice Springs, and I love my footy also, so being able to have both and represent the Territory at the highest level is a bonus,” he said.
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