Van Den Berg looking forward to leading Bombers into semi-final

 NORTH Launceston's Mitch Van Den Berg is growing in his role as club captain and looking forward to playing in a senior grand final.

The 20-year-old, who played in  the club's 2010, under-18 State League premiership, was the youngest captain ever appointed when given the role at the beginning of last season. 

With the support of a leadership group of vice-captain Taylor Whitford, Allan O'Sign, Daniel Roozendaal, Callen Young, Ethan Petterwood and Andrew Cox-Goodyer -  Van Den Berg said the club was enjoying its first taste of senior finals football since 2010, when it was knocked out in an elimination final.

 `It's really exciting and the first time at senior level that the footy club has been there for a few years so we will see how we go and how far we can go - but I'm looking forward to it,'' he said.

``Everyone is excited and the morale is good in the group.

``I try to make sure everyone's heads are focused on what their role is and they are ready before the game and know what they have to do to contribute and not get overawed especially now that it is finals.''

Van Den Berg said winning last week's qualifying final against Western Storm was a confidence boost and they had played their best team football of the season. 

He knows his side faces another tough challenge against Clarence in tomorrow's semi-final.

``Since they beat us last time we've just got better right up to finals so it should be a different side and we've won five or six in a row now and another couple would be nice,'' he said.

``Our goal coming into the year was to win a senior final and now we've done that, we go one game at a time and try to get the next win - but it is really good to see that we have improved since last year.''

The skipper said he thought they could beat Clarence if everyone played their role for the team and praised the contribution of marquee recruit Chris Tarrant to the club.

``Taz takes a bit of pressure off the other forwards knowing we have someone a bit older who can take a big mark and he normally takes the best defender which helps me and the other forwards like Zac Burt out.

``The advice and knowledge he gives around the club is valuable and he has certainly been helping me out as a tall forward.''


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