North Launceston defender Fletcher Bennett says his Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools side will put up a real fight in its representative match on Saturday.
The Northern half of the squad flew out of Launceston on Friday determined to represent Tasmania well and make a name for themselves against a second-string Associated Public Schools of Victoria side in Melbourne.
A number of AFL talent scouts are expected to be watching from the sidelines and Bennett, whose Northern Bombers have the bye this round, said he expected the Tasmanian side would gel together quickly.
“We’ve only trained once together but we all get along well and I’m looking forward to playing along with the boys,” the 18-year-old said.
“We’d love a win but obviously we’re coming up against a strong opposition.
“I think it’s more for the experience and it’s an opportunity for us boys to go out there, really put our names out there and impress the scouts and recruiters.”
Bennett lined up in last year’s SATIS representative game and will be able to share his experience with first-time players such as Devonport 17-year-old Charlie Castles.
The St Brendan Shaw College student played State League seniors last season before his Magpies joined the NWFL in the off-season.
“It’s my first time on the trip so it should be a good experience,” Castles said.
“I’m expecting a very fierce and fast contest, speedy and quick.”
The match starts at 10am at Carey Grammar Sports Complex in Bulleen.