Looking to go one step further

High expectations: With a strong mix of youthful talent and experienced workhorses, Great Flinders are hoping to finish on top of the table. Photo: File.
High expectations: With a strong mix of youthful talent and experienced workhorses, Great Flinders are hoping to finish on top of the table. Photo: File.

Great Flinders coach, Michael Curtis, is quietly confident ahead of the 2019 Mortlock Shield promising a strong side at this years carnival. After finishing runners up for the past two competitions, Curtis said that their midfield and defence will be key to their success in this years Mortlock Shield.

Table Toppers: After finishing runners up in the past two Mortlock Shield competitions, Great Flinders will be looking to go one step better in 2019. Photo: File.

Table Toppers: After finishing runners up in the past two Mortlock Shield competitions, Great Flinders will be looking to go one step better in 2019. Photo: File.

"Former Sturt premiership player Michael Curtis will have plenty of midfield options at his disposal with Xavier Watson, Mitch Lawrie, Lachie Paech and Tyler Frankling giving us some hard nosed experience through the middle of the ground" he said. "It's also going to be great to have some of the EP's best young talent in the side led by Levi Brown, Jackson Murphy and Brayden Martin who all add some genuine leg speed to the side and use the ball well".

Up forward Curtis will look to the experience of Crettenden, Hazelgrove and young spearhead James Richardson to convert opportunities created up field, but it his defensive unit that he believes can lead his side to a carnival victory.

Battle at the back: Great Flinders coach, Michael Curtis said defence will be vital in taking out this years competition. Photo: File.

Battle at the back: Great Flinders coach, Michael Curtis said defence will be vital in taking out this years competition. Photo: File.

"They will be a tight knit defence and very difficult to score against," he said. "Our back line will be very strong with an aggressive half back line that will generate plenty of attack, with Joe Walker, Jordan Hind and the Crettenden boys all expected to play big roles defensively".

Curtis is relishing the opportunity to coach a side that he believes has enough talent to win this years Mortlock Shield carnival. "We have some outstanding players in this side and it's going to take a good side to beat them, but we know it won't be easy against some quality opposition".