Friday, February 22, 2019

Hobart Zebras to travel north to play sister club Launceston City

Hobart Zebras travel to Launceston tomorrow for a pre-season friendly against sister NPL Tasmania club Launceston City.

The game will be played at St Patrick’s College ground at 2pm.

Zebras will be without Jordan Muller, Jan Charuza, Dwayne Walsh, Matthew Pace and Henry Fagg.

They are either injured or are being rested.

On the positive front, Mathew Sanders and Nicky Edwards will fly into Launceston from Melbourne to join the team.

“This game is a very good opportunity for a number of players who have had interrupted pre-seasons and or not had good playing minutes in the last few weeks to stake a claim for the Devonport game next week,” said Zebras coach, David Smith.

“We have had a pretty hard week on the track since the Riverside game, a game in which we were poor and lacked a lot of the intensity from previous games and I and the players were disappointed with our outcomes.

“This week, we need to see much quicker ball movement in transition, more patience on the ball, especially in the defensive-third, and much improved distances between the lines, which are all things we have worked on in pre-season.

“We are taking 15 players up and all will get good minutes against a Launceston City team that I know very little about.

“They obviously have new coach in Sawdie [Peter Sawdon] and lots of changes in personnel and are no doubt looking to gel these players together as they prepare for game one of the NPL next week.”

The Hobart Zebras squad will be:  Sam Whatman, Thomas Little, Ryu Yonezawa, Riley Dillon, Jayden Hey, Lachie Burt, Adam Lapolla, Luke Huigsloot, Nicky Edwards, Adam McKeown, Luke Bighin, Jimmy Ackerley, Chase Clark, Nathan Reid, Mathew Sanders.

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