Tigers set to un­leash claws on Robins

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - Sport - SFL PRE­VIEW BY GARY WIL­LIAMSON

THE SFL sea­son will kick off on Good Fri­day with a clash be­tween Brighton and King­bor­ough as the Robins host last year’s pre­miers un­der lights in what prom­ises to be an en­ter­tain­ing game.

The game orig­i­nally sched­uled for round five has been brought for­ward in a good pro­mo­tional move by Brighton. The Robins un­der new coach Daniel Will­ing have re­cruited well and will be a lot stronger out­fit this sea­son.

As their younger play­ers start to strengthen up the Robins should see more con­sis­tency and should ex­pect to climb sig­nif­i­cantly higher on the lad­der this sea­son.

The Tigers have lost a few qual­ity play­ers but have re­cruited re­ally well and they have a lot of depth and this will put pres­sure on the se­nior play­ers to re­main hun­gry and keep up the high stan­dard that has been set by coach Hen­ley.

The Robins al­ways play well un­der lights and use the wide-open spa­ces re­ally well and they need to get off to a good start to ap­ply some pres­sure to the vis­i­tors.

You would ex­pect a very brave show­ing from the home side as they look for an up­set but the ex­pe­ri­ence and class of King­bor­ough should see them take the points as they at­tempt to de­fend their crown.

MEAN­WHILE the first round will of­fi­cially kick off the fol­low­ing Satur­day, on April 14 when New No­roflk take on King­bor­ough in a re­peat of last year’s SFL grand also un­der lights at the Twin Ovals.

Reign­ing pre­miers King­bor­ough get the all-im­por­tant home ground ad­van­tage when it hosts New Nor­folk un­der lights in what prom­ises to be a high stan­dard game of foot­ball and a very close en­counter.

The Tigers have lost a few play­ers from last sea­son but have plenty of depth and have in­creased their play­ing stock with some key re­cruits, which will make them stronger than last sea­son and a big­ger dan­ger to other sides.

The Ea­gles will still be hurt­ing af­ter last sea­son’s grand final de­feat and this will give them the ex­tra in­cen­tive and mo­ti­va­tion to start the sea­son with a win and prove they are still the side to beat for this year’s flag.

King­bor­ough will have gained a lot of con­fi­dence with their break through win in last year’s grand final and I be­lieve they will con­tinue their win­ning way and start the sea­son with a win and take the four points.

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