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Talented Tiger Cubs’ big trip

Some of Tasmania’s best emerging cricketers have tested themselves against the nation’s elite talent at the Cricket Australia Under 19 Male National Championship in Albury, Victoria.

A gruelling week-long schedule saw the Tasmanian Tigers secure two wins agains the ACT and Victoria Country to sit in fifth place overall.

The team was captained by New Town player Jesse Willmott, with the 14-man squad also featuring locals Jack Miller (North Hobart), Joe Groom (University), Joe McGann, Luke Quinlan and Tom Murrell (Lindisfarne), and Zac Curtain and James Scott (Kingborough).

Head coach Andrew Gale said every player in the squad had the opportunity to showcase their skills at the national level.

“With six games in eight days, the schedule was quite gruelling and made rest and recovery even more important,” he said.

“We have tried to push our pathway players more than ever this year and it was great to see them compete at this year’s national championship.

“The squad had a blend of south, north and north-west players and this competition provided them with a great opportunity to showcase their ability.”

Willmott said tournaments like this were a great opportunity for all players to compare their game with the best in the country.

“For a busy schedule like this your recovery has to be at the highest standards which involves taking a professional approach to eat, sleep and overall preparation,” he said.

“I’m settling into the captaincy role and I’m keen to improve further over the summer both as a player and a leader.”

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