Photos (Top to Bottom): NTC's Will Abbott (in black) shields the ball; Will Abbott (left) tries to stop his brother, David, from crossing; Beachside's Ben Crosswell (left) stretches for the ball; Bernhard Klasen makes it 2-0 for Beachside; NTC goalkeeper retrieves the ball from the back of the net; Beachside's Sam Howarth (left) and NTC's Jamie De Smit watch a midfield duel; NTC's Jeremy Walker; Glenorchy Knights players Alex Holmes and Corey Smith watch the game with Knights coaches Nick Harrison and Anthony Grundy [PlessPix]
National Training Centre 2-2 Beachside
Beachside sparred with the National Training Centre or TIS squad yesterday evening at Olinda Grove.
The match was played in three thirds and was a practice session for the NTC before they play in the NTC Challenge series.
Beachside led 2-0 at the end of the first third, while there was no change to the score in the second third.
Ben Crosswell gave Beachside the lead after 14 minutes, while Bernhard Klasen added the second in the 20th minute.
The NTC team recovered in the final two thirds of the match and goals by Jamie De Smit and Josh Williams for the NTC in the final third made it 2-2 at the end.
Beachside looked very good in the opening third but then ran out of legs somewhat for the rest of the game.
The NTC had up to half a dozen new players from last season’s team.
Brett Pullen and Nathan Robinson played for part of the game for Beachside, while New Town Eagles’ under-19 keeper Liam Ferrall was a guest player for them.
Taroona’s David Abbott also played for Beachside and was often opposed by his brother, Will.
The match attracted some interest and Glenorchy Knights’ coaches Nick Harrison and Anthony Grundy were watching.