Photos (top to Bottom): Zebras coach Romeo Frediani (left) with senior player Josh Thorpe; Ben Crosswell (left) makes an appearance for Beachside against Metro [PlessPix]
Tilford Zebras’ new senior coach, Romeo Frediani, is excited at the prospect of coaching in the top flight after being in charge of the reserves last season.
“Training is good and we had a really good hit-out tonight,” said 38-year-old Frediani.
“Tuesday night was really good as well, so this week’s been a really good week for us.”
Matthew Lyall and goalkeeper Jason Voss are two new signings from Kingborough Lions United.
Frediani said that Voss would be fighting for a senior berth with last year’s incumbent, Troy Kaden.
“We haven’t made a decision yet as to who will start in the firsts,” said Frediani.
“It could almost come down to a last-minute decision, I think.”
Frediani said he was happy with the draw for the Summer Cup, where the Zebras have been drawn in Group A with Olympia, New Town Eagles and South Hobart.
“I suppose being a first-year senior coach, I may as well be thrown in the deep end and go up against South Hobart straight away,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to it. I mean, it’s a challenge for me.
“I’ve got a good bunch of guys, with a few of the younger guys stepping up from the reserves from last year.
“I’m happy with the draw.”
Frediani said he would be going into the competition with the aim of winning it.
“Any coach who goes into a competition and says ‘Oh, we’re just interested in trying young players,’ or ‘We’re not really interested in winning it,’ I think they’re just full of it,” Frediani said.
“If you’re going to coach at the highest level in Tasmania, you want to be winning everything you can.
“We’re going in it to win it.
“Obviously, I’m going to try and blood as many young players as I can, but I think those players are capable of being part of a winning team anyway.
“We’ll go in and to try and get maximum points and do the best we can and take it out, hopefully.”
Frediani said that Ben Crosswell would be playing with Zebras this season.
He said Crosswell’s appearances for other clubs such as Beachside and Taroona in recent pre-season friendlies was his way of getting fit.
Frediani selected South Hobart, Tilford Zebras, Glenorchy Knights and Clarence United to fill the top four places this league season.
Zebras will play Glenorchy Knights in a pre-season friendly at 7pm at Prince of Wales Bay next Tuesday.