If you wanted a blueprint on how to bat, we probably got that over two weekends there.Tim Coyle
Just as things started heating up for the Raiders, they now find themselves without two marquee players going forward this season.
All-rounder Evan Gulbis will play this weekend in the red-baller against Clarence, however he will return to Victoria the following week to play club cricket with Carlton.
Fellow Carlton native and now former Raider Brayden Stepien has already returned to Victoria to play.
Raiders coach Tim Coyle said the departures would be a big loss for the team.
"Hopefully it will give someone else an opportunity to step up into those roles and grab it with both hands," he said.
"We knew this would be the case, we knew it would just be about how long it would take for the competition in Victoria to get up and about."
"Their whole influence around the group has been tremendous, there's no doubt about that.
"We've learned a lot from them, they set very high standards and hopefully our players will learn from that."
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The departures come after the pair posted two astonishing double-centuries in their partnership against South Hobart in round five.
Despite Gulbis' (226 not out off 199) and Stepien's (223 from 158) rampage, the Raiders drew with South Hobart, falling short of victory by two wickets.
Coyle said it was an extraordinary two days of what was "next-level" cricket.
"It was great to sit back and watch; from a team point of view hopefully our younger players watched how that unfolded and how those players went about their business," he said.
"If you wanted a blueprint on how to bat, we probably got that over two weekends there.
"The first weekend was very aggressive and calculated in scoring and hitting, then Alex Doolan [210 not out off 256] fought hard to make sure he batted all day.
"It was a good couple of days of a learning curve, it was just a shame we couldn't get those two extra wickets to get the victory which we probably deserved after day one."
The Raiders will play their first consecutive day two-day match this weekend.
"It's a bit of a different concept, you don't get that break. But also it ensures the game stays even," Coyle said.
"There's no week-to-week factor that can influence conditions so backing up the next day is always a good challenge for players to understand how that works."
It will also be the Raiders' first game at UTAS stadium for the season.
"Hopefully we respond really well to that and playing at UTAS Stadium on what should be a really good weekend with a fantastic outfield ... it's pretty exciting," Coyle said.
"We see it as a bit of a home for us because we spent most of our preseason practice out there ... it's going to be really good to get out there and enjoy the atmosphere and playing on that ground."
Stepien will be replaced by Devonport all-rounder Samuel O'Mahony.
"We can use Sam's batting ... he hits the ball well and he gives us an option with bowling as well at the left arm," Coyle said.