Western Storm six to stand tall for Tasmania

THE spine of last season's State League premiership-winning team will turn out for Tasmania in Saturday's representative match against the NEAFL.

Six of the players that helped South Launceston claim the flag will represent their new club Western Storm in coach Mathew Armstrong's state side at Bellerive Oval. North Launceston has also supplied three players in a 26-man squad dominated by ladder-leader Clarence.

``The coaching staff has been very impressed with the lead-up to the game and the commitment of all players throughout the program,'' Armstrong said before last night's training session at Aurora Stadium.

``We believe we have picked a final squad that will give a good account of themselves on game day with the ultimate goal of winning.''

The squad will be trimmed to 23 players today.

Former Clarence coach Brett Geappen will serve as Armstrong's game-day coach, assisted by Zane Littlejohn, Scott Stephens and Adam Henley.

 The final squad for the women's team   to play Queensland as an 11.15am curtain-raiser to the men's game at 2pm was announced yesterday.

Men's squad:  Nick McKenna, Darren Banham, Nick Walters, Harry Walters, Jason Laycock (Bur); Matthew Drury, Brady Jones, Jake Cox, Jeromey Webberley, James Charlesworth, Jordan Roberts, Trent Standen (Clar); Jaye Bowden, Brayden Webb, Aaron Cornelius (Glen); Tim Peterson (Tigers); Elijah Taylor (Lau), Taylor Whitford, Mitch Van den Berg, Andrew Cox-Goodyer (NL); Jay Blackberry, Mitchell Hills, Bart McCulloch, Matt Hanson, Will Hanson, Thane Bardenhagen (WS).

Women's squad:  Emma Humphries, Jess Whelan, Kirby Goodson, Ellyse Gamble (Bur); Maddison Smith, Natalie Daniels, Natalie Pearce, Zoie Crawford, Natalie Curtis (Clar); Rachel Crack, Chantelle Graham, Danielle Dunstone (Dport); Sandy Eaton, Mietta Lynch, Alanah Kelly (Glen); Alex Olejniczak (HC); Zabreena Manjerovic, Thomasa Corrie (Lau); Meagan Kiely, Chanette Thuringer, Kiara Foley (Lton).

Northern members of the state football team. BACK: Mitchell Hills, Matt Hanson, Bart McCulloch, Thane Bardenhagen, and Will Hanson.   FRONT:  Jay Blackberry, Andrew Cox-Goodyer and Taylor Whitford  at training last night at Aurora Stadium. Picture: MARK JESSER

Northern members of the state football team. BACK: Mitchell Hills, Matt Hanson, Bart McCulloch, Thane Bardenhagen, and Will Hanson. FRONT: Jay Blackberry, Andrew Cox-Goodyer and Taylor Whitford at training last night at Aurora Stadium. Picture: MARK JESSER

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