The Tasmania Mariners (Under 18s) are back in action tomorrow (Saturday April 8 2017), facing up against the GWS Giants Academy from 10:00AM, at North Hobart Oval.

The Mariners come into the match after a week off with their scheduled trip to face the Brisbane Lions academy washed out due to inclement weather in Queensland, last weekend. Their last showing and their first match of the academy series was back on March 26, which saw them down Northern Territory convincingly to the tune of 49 points.

Despite last week’s cancelled match, coach Lance Spaulding believes the team has prepared well and is ready for the challenge of GWS, tomorrow.

“Training has been terrific, one of the real positives about tomorrow is we have Chayce (Jones) and Tarryn (Thomas) away with the AFL Academy, so it gives an opportunity to look at another couple of blokes.”

Glenorchy’s Harrison Gunther comes in to the side after a strong showing in the TSL, while Clarence’s Tyson Hanslow and James Brenner have also been included.

“We’ve had blokes come into the side in Gunther, Hanslow and Brenner and they’ve really deserved to come into the team. the opportunity hasn’t just been given to them, they’ve really earned it which we are please about.”

Spaulding believes the victory over Northern Territory has built confidence in the team and it has been evident in the training standards ahead of the meeting with the Giants.

“We can only take it on how their training has been, we’ve had the week off and it would have been good to keep the roll going but we’ve had a good week on the track and we are looking forward to jumping back into it.”

Both sides will be missing some key stars that have been called up for the AFL Academy teams but the matchup will be highly competitive. The GWS Giants Academy’s present a strong threat will a lot of tall timber at their disposal, with 11 players in their 25 player squad standing at 192 cms or more. The Tassie Coach believes fast ball movement will be key in his Mariners nullifying the big men and gaining the upperhand.

“We expect them to be fast, quick with their hands, they will be pretty keen to do well against us. They look a tall side but they’ve lost a few to the Academy sides as well so their side will be a little bit different to what we have observed.

“We know it is going to be a tough, physical game and it is going to be important early to set the standard. Most importantly it is about doing what we have been doing and getting better at it. We are not changing anything.

“I’ve been happy with the way we’ve been using the ball, our patterns and our style of play has been terrific to this point but its going to go up a notch. Our biggest challenge is whether we’ve got it in us to pull the trigger and use the ball faster.”

The only impact the unscheduled week off has had on his team is a spike in the boys desire to play, says Spaulding.

“We’ve got back to the point where the boys are really hungry to play again and I think thats a real positive.”

TASSIE MARINERS U18s

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GWS GIANTS ACADEMY U18s

                                                                                                                                                                                           

at  North Hobart Oval

10am Saturday 8 April 2017

NO First  Name Surname TSL CLUB
1   Josh     WILLIAMS Lauderdale
6   Toby     COWEN Kingborough Tigers
7   Tyson     HANSLOW Clarence
8   James     BRENNER Clarence
11   Lachlan     CLIFFORD Kingborough Tigers
12   Mitchel     ANDERTON Lauderdale
13   Harrison     PEARCE Glenorchy
14   Nicholas     HUTCHINSON Hobart City
17   Lochie     GRIGGS Kingborough Tigers
19   Casey     BROWN Launceston
20   Matthew     McGUINNESS Lauderdale
22   Ben     McGUINNESS Lauderdale
23   Ryan     TYRRELL Launceston
24   Cooper     SAWDY Kingborough Tigers
25   Lachlan     GADOMSKI Kingborough Tigers
26   Jake     HINDS Launceston
27   Thomas     MUNDY Burnie
29   Harrison     GUNTHER Glenorchy
30   Tyran     MANSELL North Launceston
31   Nicholas     BAKER Hobart City
34   Hugh     DIXON Kingborough Tigers
36   Tim     AUCKLAND Launceston
39   Zac     BUECHNER Clarence

 

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