Thomas Mundy says spirits are high in the Tassie Mariners camp ahead of their final game of the National Academy Series against the GWS Giants Academy at Kingston’s Twin Ovals on Saturday.
The Mariners hold an undefeated record after comfortable victories over the Northern Territory, Brisbane Lions Academy, Sydney Swans Academy and Gold Coast Suns Academy, and a win over the Giants would secure the series title.
The former Burnie Docker from Smithton said there was a strong camaraderie among the playing group and the team remained confident ahead of the clash against the Giants.
“We are all very excited going into the last game and we are hopeful of taking away the championship, because now that Sydney has had a loss, we only need to win the game,” Mundy said.
“We have a range of players from across the state, I think everyone has gelled really well as a team and it has all fallen into place for us.”
Mundy believed the quality of the players across the team was higher than in previous years, which is a great sign for Tasmanian football.
“We have numerous players which are very good and hopefully we can get five or six drafted this year, which would be good for Tassie football.
“It will put us back on the map a little bit, because the AFL has been forgetting about us as of late with the North-West footy going down and state league struggling. We have a great bunch of boys and they have been good this year.”
Mundy said he felt he had some “highs and lows” personally throughout the series, but he remained hopeful of doing enough to again make the Allies squad..
“I have played OK in patches during games, I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like to be, so I don’t know where that holds me,’’ said Mundy, who was overlooked in last year’s drafts.
“The Allies will be my best chance to show what I can do, with the squad decided next week, but even if I don’t make that squad, there are other ways around it. I will play about 15 games in the State League (for Launceston) this year and recruiters still come down and see those games out.”