DEBUT: Mersey Leven Power’s Grace Huxtable and Karina Cowling ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Dockers. Picture: Cordell RichardsonMersey Leven Power are more than ready for their Tasmanian Women’s League debut.
Coach Trent Huxtable on Thursday saidhis players were ‘’jumping out of their skin’’ ahead of their clash with Burnie at West Park on Saturday night.
The Power is a combined effort between the Ulverstone, Latrobe and Devonport football clubs.
The team has takenover the Tasmanian Women’s League license held by Devonport last season.
Huxtable described his squad as being a ‘’really good group’’.
He has seven members of the youth girls academy, with three of those seven (Zoe Knight, Sarah Skinner andLauren Stevenson)part instate’s youth girls championships side.
‘”We have a good mix of youth and experienced senior players, and it is a good blend of girls,’’ he said.
‘’It will be very exciting to see them play, and I know the girls are excited to have a crack.
‘’We played Burnie in a practice match a few weeks ago and we were competitive. and we are hoping to take it right up to them on Saturday night. ‘’
The Power will wear Latrobe jumpers this week and Ulverstone next week before their new ones arrive.
Burnie coach Jamie Bradley said she was expecting a ‘’hard fought battle’’ against the new outfit, after being impressed with what she saw in thatpractice match.
She said having a new team made up ofthree clubs was a sign of the growth of the game on the Coast.
‘’From what I have seen they (the Power) are a fantastic bunch of girls who have formed what should be a very strong club,’’ Bradley said.
Bradley said her side would be boosted by the inclusion of Britt Gibson this season.
The women’s match will be part of a football feast on Saturday at West Park.
As well asNWFL matches with the Dockershosting Devonport, theirmen’sState League team will welcomeLaunceston.
The women’s game is scheduled to start at 6pm.
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