Officially reconstituted as the New Town District Football Club when the district system was implemented in 1945, the club also discarded its old green and gold playing uniforms in favour of black and white.The side’s first post-war grand final appearance came in 1946, but Sandy Bay were comfortable winners by 42 points, 12.16 (88) to 5.16 (46).“We can see what footy does for remote communities and the opportunities it creates for people and what it exposes them to.“Everyone talks about closing the gap and Indigenous disadvantage and that’s what it’s all about – having Indigenous businesses and enterprises providing pathways.” Intract Australia General Manager – Northern Australia, Michael Rotumah outlined how Intract Australia and the Territory Thunder share many similar objectives.Mc Leod relished the opportunity to return home to the Northern Territory and give back.“This is a chance for me, through my role with Intract, to use football as the vehicle for off-field change in remote communities in the Northern Territory,” he said.The 1935 triumph was to be New Town’s only success prior to the TANFL’s introduction of district football in 1944.
“To be able to deliver some of the messages Intract and NT Thunder are both trying to promote in the community has been a great opportunity.
Andrew Mc Leod was joined by fellow Intract Australia Director Michael Rotumah, NT Thunder Head coach and former AFL star Xavier Clarke and a number of NT Thunder players on the three-day trip.
Principal of Gunbalanya School, Sue Trimble said that the chance to meet a Territory icon ‘in the flesh’ meant a lot to the kids.
The club then became a grand final fixture, contesting no less than 13 grand finals over 14 seasons.
The silverware return was a further three premierships (with victories in 1983, 19 to add to 1975).