A strong effort from our Tasmanian contingent has helped the Allies record an impressive round one Under-18 National Championships win in Blacktown, defeating Victoria Country by 23 points.
A stirring final quarter saw the Allies boot four goals to none, registering a 10.11 (71) to 6.12 (48) win in wet conditions.
This is the first time the Allies have started the Championships on a winning note.
Chayce Jones was arguably the best player on the ground, amassing 28 disposals and booting two goals in a dominant displayThe Mariners skipper also laid six tackles to go with five clearances, as he enjoyed the tough, contested style of football that was required.
Matt McGuinness was also a valuable asset, drifting between the attacking and defensive 50s to impact contests and highlight his versatility and durability.
Nic Baker was also impressive, using the ball well all day, while Mitch O’Neill and Fraser Turner also found plenty of the football and impressed with their running capacity.
Baxter Norton caught the eye with his efforts, finding the football and using it well inside forward 50 to set up several shots on goal.
Highly rated prospect Tarryn Thomas started the game slowly, but worked his way into the contest as the game went on, spending much of his time out of full forward while laying six tackles.
Blair Rubock and Ethan Jackson also provided some handy moments and will be key players to watch across the remainder of the series.
The Allies will play Vic Metro at Southport next Saturday.
Allies 1.1 4.4 6.5 10.11 (71)
Victoria Country 3.4 4.6 6.7 6.12 (48)
Allies: Briggs 3, Jones 2, Scott 2, Green, Peatling, Turner
Vic Country: Flanders 2, Garoni 2, Caldwell, Williams
Allies: Jones, Briggs, McGuinness, Green, Tomkinson, Baker
Vic Country: Walsh, Reid, Brownless, Serong, Idun, Fletcher