- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 September 2012
Photo: The Tasmanian squads left for Coffs Harbour this morning on this Qanats flight [PlessPix]
The Tasmanian Under-13 and Under-14 representative squads flew out of Hobart this morning bound for the national championships at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.
Tasmania will compete in Group B in both age groups.
Photo: The Tasmanian Under-13 squad at Hobart Airport this morning [PlessPix]
The tournament commences on Monday, 1 October 2012, and concludes on Friday, 5 October.
An All Stars team from both age groups will be announced on Friday and they will play against the champions in both age groups.
The match schedule for the Under-13s is:
Under 13s Fixtures
Mon 1 October - 1pm vs Northern Territory
Tues 2 October - 3:10pm vs Northern NSW Country
Wed 3 October - 12:30pm vs NSW Country
Thurs 4 October - 9:50am vs Victoria Country
Fri 5 October - 9:50am vs Queensland Country
The Under-13 Squad is:
Henry Andrews, Paul Arcena, Nicholas Canales, Xavier Castaneda, Samuel Caswell, Blaire Challis, Jesse Dance, Nicholas Drew, Andrew Kang, Jairus Lesek, Mark Ortmann, Joel Sammut, Pajari Sculthorpe, Dominic Smith, Connor Thompson, Jack White (Coach: Anthony Alexander; Manager: Craig Westwood; Sports Trainer: Grant Bender)
The match schedule for the Under-14s is:
Under 14s Fixtures
Mon 1 October - 5pm vs Victoria Country
Tues 2 October - 4:30pm vs Capital Football
Wed 3 October - 1:50pm vs Northern NSW Country
Thurs 4 October - 3:10pm vs Northern NSW Metro
Fri 5 October - 4:30pm vs Northern Territory
Photo: The Tasmanian Under-14 squad this morning prior to departure [PlessPix]
The Under 14s Squad is:
Kieran Brown, Roan Gillam, Josh Hope, Henry Pritchard, Connor Schmidt, Oscar Thomas, Lewis Urqhuart, Benedikt Wade, Aaron Wilson, Matthew Oh, Kobe Kemp, Beau Blizzard, Dylan Headland, Gianluca Pizzirani, Liam Quaile, Lachlan Allen (Coach: Mark Broadbent; Manager: Lee Gillam; Sports Trainer: Peta Barnett)
Anthony Alexander is pleased with the preparations going into the tournament and is hoping that some Tasmanian players will be selected in the All-Stars side.
“Touch wood,” Alexander said. “I think there are players with immense ability in both the 13s and 14s that should definitely be looked at, but that’s the challenge sometimes, being from Tasmania and getting the attention of the bigwigs.”
“Preparations have gone very well. I think, for both programs, it’s been a very good year.
“For the Under-13s, it’s the first year we’ve had the Skilleroos, where we’ve trained all year and combined to make a team in the north and south.
“A big squad of 36 was cut down to 16 in the last month and a half.
“It’s been good preparation.
“The Under-14s have a good year playing in the NTC tier 2 and they’ve developed a long way in the last 12 months.
“Overall, I think it’s going to be a very positive week.
“It’s always tough opposition. It all comes down to numbers and we’re a regional area at the end of the day.
“We play teams like Queensland Country who draw from a pool with a larger population than Tasmania.”
Under-14 coach Mark Broadbent was also happy going into the tournament.
“It’s been fantastic this year,” Braodbent said.
“Obviously, a few of players are actually in the NTC Program and they’ve been with me for most of the year.
“The Northern lads have been in a very good program up there with Luigi Gugliotti and they’ve benefited as well under the curriculum and, hopefully, we can do well playing the 4-3-3 system against the other teams which also play that system.
“The Mainland opposition is always tough from what I’ve known in the past and it’ll be no different this year.
“But, I think we’re better equipped this time and some of them have toughened up.”
Photo: The Qantas Boeing 737 (VH-YVK) carrying the Tasmanians lifts off from Hobart [PlessPix]