Coach sees the po­ten­tial of youth

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - LIONS SEASON PREVIEW -

AF­TER a solid pre-sea­son, the Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault colts have some se­ri­ous po­ten­tial, ac­cord­ing to coach Matt Stevens.

“I’ve been get­ting to know what they can do on and off the field,” Stevens said.

“Some of the first-year colts from last year have the po­ten­tial to play 100 games for the club.”

De­spite hav­ing a “fresh new squad” Stevens said he was pos­i­tive and ex­cited about the sea­son ahead.

“I think we can be pretty com­pet­i­tive,” he said.

“I was very im­pressed with pre-sea­son com­mit­ment, which is a very big ask dur­ing the sum­mer months when they could be off do­ing bet­ter things.

“They’ve re­ally got their hearts in it,” he said.

Stevens said sec­ond-year colt Tim­o­thy Stevens had shown he was pre­pared to lead by ex­am­ple with his ef­forts dur­ing the pre­sea­son and Tan­ner Perkins was set to be a ver­sa­tile player for the team, along with new­comer Noah Brown. “Brown is an un­known quan­tity for now, but he looks like he re­ally has some­thing to give,” Stevens said.

Brown may not be the only un­known quan­tity, but this has not damp­ened Steven’s con­fi­dence in the team’s po­ten­tial.

“I know what four or five of them can do, so it’s all about what they can show me in the first few rounds,” he said.

“The ball is on their boot, so to speak.”

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault de­fender Jack­son Perkins looks for a hand­ball op­tion last sea­son.

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