Men’s First Grade Season Preview

Men’s First Grade Season Preview

From the Coach – Adam Hett

What is the team’s biggest strength heading into the season?

With any Northern Tigers squad one of the biggest strengths is the team culture, there’s always been a really good vibe around the squad from the onset.

The other strength is that we have a very competitive squad and we’ve got cover in every single position. I think that competitiveness has helped to keep standards high at training and we’ve had a good pre-season as a result.

We’ve been lucky that we’ve kept the core group from last season together, with a couple of quality additions to the squad. We have a good mix of players – of a lot of lads that played Under 20’s last year and had a good season coming through and we’ve got a few older heads in the squad as well that will hopefully provide experience for the younger players.

What is the team looking to improve upon from last season?

One thing that we’ve spoken about, is that when you break the last season down into small moments, games where we conceded either early in the first half or late in the second half could’ve been the difference between us finishing fifth and finishing second.

So one of the things we’ve been focused on is making sure we start well, making sure that we finish well when we are in good positions and I think that’s the biggest thing the players need to take on board. If we can eradicate that from our game, with the additional quality that we’ve added, then we should be up for a really good season.

What match or matches are you looking forward to the most?

I think in particular, we have seven home games in the first nine rounds, so it’s very important that we get a good start and take advantage of that to build momentum heading into the rest of the season.

There’s a couple of them that stand out – obviously Bonnyrigg are going to have a strong side coming down from NPL1, Mounties seem to have put a good squad together on paper so those matches will be interesting. However every game is important and we need to look forward to each and every fixture.

First Five Rounds

Round 1 vs Macarthur Rams: Saturday March 2, 7pm, NTRA
Round 2 vs St George FC: Saturday March 9, 7pm, NTRA
Round 3 vs Hills United FC: Saturday March 16, 7pm, NTRA
Round 4 vs Spirit FC: Saturday March 23, 7pm, Christie Park
Round 5 vs Canterbury Bankstown FC: Saturday March 30, 7pm, NTRA

Click here to view all fixtures.

2019 Squad List

Player – 2018 Team

Shervin Adeli – Bonnyrigg White Eagles
John Bachelard – Northern Tigers First Grade
Ally Brown – Northern Tigers First Grade
Jamie Craig – Northern Tigers First Grade
Luke Dawson – Northern Tigers First Grade
Alex Di Ciano – Northern Tigers Under 20’s
Jordan Ferrier – Northern Tigers First Grade
Will Foristal – Northern Tigers First Grade
Joel Hardwick – Northern Tigers First Grade
Aidan Hancock – Northern Tigers First Grade
Nick Kalogerou – Northern Tigers First Grade
Tonu Liiband – Northern Tigers First Grade
Lachlan Lloyd – Northern Tigers Under 20’s
Liam McConaghy – Northern Tigers First Grade
Zach Morris – Northern Tigers First Grade
Karim Moursi – Northern Tigers First Grade
Rory Spiers – Northern Tigers First Grade
Josh Swadling – Central Coast United
Ben Taylor – Northern Tigers First Grade
Matthew Warner – Northern Tigers Under 20’s
Ollie Wiggin – Northern Tigers First Grade
Rhys Williams – Manly United
Cas Wolff – Northern Tigers Under 20’s

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