Written by Grant Jessup
Lauderdale midfielder Sam Siggins and Glenorchy forward Aiden Grace are ready to represent the Bupa Tasmanian State League as part of the Under 25 Representative Game.
The Tasmanian Devils will face Victoria Metro on Sunday at UTAS Stadium with some of the TSL’s best young stars looking to impress.
Siggins has made a spectacular return to the Tasmanian State League after playing for Geelong’s VFL side in 2018.
The former Adelaide Crow is proud to represent his state on the big stage.
“It’s obviously a massive honour to put on the Tassie map,” Siggins said.
“I know the boys are super excited to go out there on Sunday and hopefully make a good account of it.”
Grace is having a tremendous season with the Magpies and is currently equal-first on the TSL goalkicking leaderboard.
The young forward is keen to continue his good form on Sunday.
“Absolute honour to pull it [the map] on, do Tassie proud and have a real crack.”
“We’ve got a good bunch of blokes [coaches], a good playing group as well, so it’ll be really exciting to see what we put together on Sunday,” Grace said.
Both players are hoping the side can make a statement to the rest of the country against some of Victoria’s brightest young talents.
“The boys are super excited to go out there on Sunday and hopefully make a good account of it,” Siggins said.
“I know that speaking to [coach] Jamie [Hayward] and the group, we’re pretty content to win the game and show people all around Australia that we’re good enough and can certainly mix it with the best.”
Grace claims the Devils squad has put aside their TSL rivalries for the good of the state.
“The first training was a bit different, a bit weird, but you just put it all aside, come together as one. Once you put that jumper on, it’s a different thing.”
Siggins may find himself in old territory during the game with the midfield prototype expecting to line up in the backline.
“I think I’m starting down back; it’s going to be a little weird going back.”
However, a potential return to the backline does not faze the Southern Bomber.
“I’m pretty used to it now, that I’ll probably play a number of different roles.
Lauderdale defender Josh McGuinness will captain the side which takes on the Victorians at 3pm.
Before the contest, the NAB League Tasmanian Devils will face the Murray Bushrangers while the Allies take on Victoria Country as part of the NAB U18 National Championships.
GAME DAY DETAILS:
Sunday 9 June – UTAS Stadium, Launceston
10:00am – Tasmania Devils v Murray Bushrangers (NAB League Round 10)
12:30pm – Allies v Victoria Country (NAB U18 National Championships)
3:00pm – Tasmania Devils v Victoria Metro (U25 Representative Match)