Young squad hungry for success

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Corey Jerrard will be key senior player for Raider this season.
Camera IconCorey Jerrard will be key senior player for Raider this season. Credit: Laurie Benson

A young Raiders under-18s side will go into the new men’s A-grade competition with a focus on development.

Their main aim is to use the A-grade competition as preparation for State and country championships and help develop the squad.

The squad contains six players from last year while 10 have come up from the under-16s squad.

Coach Karl Kirby believes they will be competitive in A-grade. “The team is learning rapidly and is hungry for success,” he said.

Raiders will base their game around their defence.

“Our aim is to use the A-grade competition to develop us into a hard-nosed defensive unit that will help us when we go to States and country champs,” Kirby said.

“The group has established their own goals and winning country champs is at the top of the list”. He said the more experienced players were setting the right tone for the rest of the squad.

“There is a definite leadership group in the squad from the previous players who are setting the standard at training,” he said.

Senior players Coen Jackman, Liam Murdock, Ben Brown and David Arthur will be key contributors.

Raiders under-18s have a bye in round one.

Raiders squad: Liam Murdock, James Watters, Ben Brown, Saxon Henrickson, Austin Beeck, Coen Jackman, Corey Jerrard, Louis Stratico, Jordan Pansoy, Callum Dixon, Jordi O'Neill, Jacob Bennett, Ethan Richards, David Arthur

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