NTFA under-18 representative team ready for SFL challenge

EXPERIENCED HEADS, YOUNG SHOULDERS: Jonty Lanham, coach Roydon Peters, captain Tait Highet and Jake Williams. Picture: Paul Scambler
EXPERIENCED HEADS, YOUNG SHOULDERS: Jonty Lanham, coach Roydon Peters, captain Tait Highet and Jake Williams. Picture: Paul Scambler

Roydon Peters won’t be short of experience when he directs the NTFA’s best under-18s from the sidelines this weekend. 

His line-up for the North Hobart Oval clash with the SFL’s best juniors will feature half a dozen players who have played every senior game for their clubs this season. 

Team captain Tait Highet leads a group of four Deloraine players who have achieved the feat, while South Launceston and Longford have one each in Bowen Pearce and Daniel Berry. 

“We’re very lucky in that the final 22 there’s probably about 18 or 19 that have played senior footy this year and some of them even played senior footy last year,” Peters said.

“The guys from all the different clubs have come together and really embraced it and they know each other anyway a lot of them - they’ve gelled together really well on the training track.”

Peters’ side excels in midfield depth, with Highet to be joined in the centre by fellow Roo and ruckman Jarrod Scott, Bulldog Jonty Lanham and Longford duo Jake Williams and Kobe Moore.

Three more Country Tigers – Berry, Joshua Gray and Ned Carr - will support George Town forward Chev Deacon in the front 50 in a match where both sides will go in knowing little about their opposition.  

“What we’ve been working on in training is playing our game style and the way we want to play,” Peters said. 

“Gameday we’re going to have to have our finger on the pulse, and if there’s areas that are causing us some headaches we’re going to have to deal with it on gameday.”